Alexander Korb
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
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4.8
Overall Rating
Based on 35 Users
Easiness 4.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 4.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
  • Often Funny
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

42.5%
35.4%
28.3%
21.3%
14.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

32.5%
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21.7%
16.3%
10.8%
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26.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

36.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

37.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 12, 2020

Bruv this class SLAPS. No honestly one of the most underrated Life Science GEs a UCLA student can take. The grading scheme was equally divided into 20% for all of the following: Participation, Self-monitoring (I'll explain below), Midterm, Final, Final Paper.

This is a class that teaches you to become a better person, whether more productive, more mindful, more appreciative, the list goes on. Every week Professor Korb gives you these "interventions", and you complete them on your own time and then evaluate how you feel on a Google Form. This constitutes the "self-monitoring" grade. Then, at the end of each week, you write up a 1-page log. At the end of the quarter, you'll have a 6-10 page double-spaced paper which is actually not too hard.

As for the lectures, go to them and do the readings! Now, for non-LS majors, neuroscience may sound difficult but the material is actually quite easy and stripped down so don't worry!

I am selling all my comprehensive notes (with each lecture and reading) for $15. My notes contain bolded keywords and concepts and detailed drawings, and they definitely helped me get an A+. Text me at 7149870551 if you're interested.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 2, 2022

I really enjoyed this class and the content. My only complaint is that the discussion sections were pretty useless and did not involve discussing the concepts in class. Most of the discussion sections involved learning how to write a hypothesis or other very easy stuff that we learned how to do in middle school. I would have loved it if it involved actual discussion and everyone sharing their thoughts. The discussion groups were way too big as well but there is probably not much they can do about that. The actual lectures were incredibly interesting and Korb is great.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: B+
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Dec. 31, 2020

I enjoyed this class with Professor Korb. His lectures are straightforward and recorded. I didn't enjoy going to discussion section, but I did have a very nice TA who was helpful. The tests for this class aren't hard especially with the open notes. Every week you have to submit a log about your intervention for the week. These are easy points. There is also a final paper, but it's all information from your previous weeks' logs so it isn't very hard. I didn't read the actual textbook, and I did just fine going to lecture. I would recommend this class as a nice GE to learn about neuroscience.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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July 3, 2020

I took this class during the 2020 pandemic and it was online.

That being said, Dr. Korb is an excellent lecturer (really engaging and entertaining), and the material of this class is very interesting. I definitely recommend this class to anyone, but you'll definitely get something extra out of it if you're going through a hard time (like I was).

Grading is super fair. Distributed between 20% for participation, midterm, final, a paper, and then weekly logs (basically short papers) you turn in.

My only issues with this class are...

A) The tests seem to be much more difficult and precise than the Prof. lets on the lectures. In the lectures, Dr. Korb will use fun examples to demonstrate neuroscience concepts while some of the questions on the tests were ridiculously confusing and technical compared to the material he presented. I got a 70% on the midterm... I legitimately don't remember the last time I got a grade that low on a test (I take easy classes so its not a flex), but I ended up with an A in the class so its all good (study for the final!!!) However this discrepancy could've been an intentional adjustment due to the class being online.

B) While the workload isn't super serious, it isn't particularly light. Remembering to record your "wellbeing" data on a semi-daily basis (effects participation grade) sounds easy but is super easy to forget. Start slipping up and your grade will hurt. Same goes for the weekly "logs" (usually will have to be about a page and half and well thought out). Also this class requires you to constantly change small aspects of your lifestyle (working out, meditating, writing letters to other people etc.), and while you can BS it and just say you did the interventions in your logs even though you didn't, the papers (and the class) go smoother if you actually take the time to do them.

This class is definitely interesting and worthwhile, and probably one of the easier science GE's. As a North Campus major I'd recommend it for sure.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: B
Feb. 12, 2020

Such a great class! its an easy A, I was just being a bad student at the time lol. weekly homework consists of readings and then little experiments you do with yourself and then you write up an analysis of it. you learn about all the positive effects of physical and mental exercises and pretty much most of what you learn you can apply to your real life. I recommend this class to everyone! You do not have to be a science person whatsoever. Dr Korb is also hilarious and a great lecturer; we use the book he wrote for the class.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 27, 2022

Great life science GE for anyone, a far amount of work considering you have to complete interventions and log them almost every day. Work is easy and lectures are interesting if you really pay attention.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: N/A
April 20, 2022

This class is awesome. I have learned so much stuff about the human brain that is actually applicable to my life. The lectures are kind of long and tedious, but not really vital to the tests, I just find them interesting. Discussion attendance matters but they usually end early and are pretty quick paced. Perfect workload, 10/10 class.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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Feb. 10, 2022

Bar none the best class I've taken at UCLA. It's the kind of class that has incredible real-world value, where if you put in effort into learning the material and techniques, you will literally improve your life. This class has no "gotchas," it's not designed to trick you, and you learn invaluable insights into the mind along the way. It's abundantly clear that Dr. Korb genuinely cares about his students, and his book, while not necessary, is a great read if the topics interest you. For all the qualms we can have about UCLA and the bureaucracy of the institution, this is the kind of class that makes you think how incredible of an opportunity it is to attend a place like this. If only every course was like this one...

If you want an easy GE grade, you can get that. If you want a life-changing college experience, you can get that too. 10/10 would recommend for everyone.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
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Sept. 1, 2021

BEST CLASS AT UCLA. Easiest science GE ever. SOOOO interesting,, made me consider studying neuroscience. Dr. Korb is the best, so sweet, so funny, very smart. Overall best guy. You won't regret!!

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: N/A
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June 14, 2021

BEST CLASS I'VE TAKEN AT UCLA!!! Professor Korb is such a good teacher. All of his lectures are clear and concise. The exams are straightforward and never have material that hadn't been discussed in lecture or in the readings. I took this class as a GE and I don't regret it at all. There was only one midterm and it was relatively easy. Korb gives us a study guide, and if you can fill it out without too much help you're pretty much guaranteed an A on the exams. I would recommend including a short description of the readings on your study guide too because there will also be questions about that. All of the assignments were "weekly interventions" where you conduct a mini experiment on yourself and then write a small writeup due before your discussion section. Professor Korb gives you and outlines and an example of what these logs should look like, and the TAs are super super helpful if you have any questions. The final paper is one huge log where you compare the results of the interventions that you've completed so far to one outcome variable. The instructions for the final paper aren't as clear as the weekly log, but follow the same type of direction. Again, if you have any questions the TAs are so so kind and are always willing to help you. My TA was Amanda, and wow she was so amazing I literally don't know how to put it in words. Participation is also important in determining your final grade which means you have to show up for discussion section and actively participate. At first I was worried how it would go especially with everything being online, but there is plenty of opportunities to participate and contribute to sections. This class was genuinely interesting. There was a time where I would refuse to consider a science major, but this class really made me consider it.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 12, 2020

Bruv this class SLAPS. No honestly one of the most underrated Life Science GEs a UCLA student can take. The grading scheme was equally divided into 20% for all of the following: Participation, Self-monitoring (I'll explain below), Midterm, Final, Final Paper.

This is a class that teaches you to become a better person, whether more productive, more mindful, more appreciative, the list goes on. Every week Professor Korb gives you these "interventions", and you complete them on your own time and then evaluate how you feel on a Google Form. This constitutes the "self-monitoring" grade. Then, at the end of each week, you write up a 1-page log. At the end of the quarter, you'll have a 6-10 page double-spaced paper which is actually not too hard.

As for the lectures, go to them and do the readings! Now, for non-LS majors, neuroscience may sound difficult but the material is actually quite easy and stripped down so don't worry!

I am selling all my comprehensive notes (with each lecture and reading) for $15. My notes contain bolded keywords and concepts and detailed drawings, and they definitely helped me get an A+. Text me at 7149870551 if you're interested.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 2, 2022

I really enjoyed this class and the content. My only complaint is that the discussion sections were pretty useless and did not involve discussing the concepts in class. Most of the discussion sections involved learning how to write a hypothesis or other very easy stuff that we learned how to do in middle school. I would have loved it if it involved actual discussion and everyone sharing their thoughts. The discussion groups were way too big as well but there is probably not much they can do about that. The actual lectures were incredibly interesting and Korb is great.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: B+
Dec. 31, 2020

I enjoyed this class with Professor Korb. His lectures are straightforward and recorded. I didn't enjoy going to discussion section, but I did have a very nice TA who was helpful. The tests for this class aren't hard especially with the open notes. Every week you have to submit a log about your intervention for the week. These are easy points. There is also a final paper, but it's all information from your previous weeks' logs so it isn't very hard. I didn't read the actual textbook, and I did just fine going to lecture. I would recommend this class as a nice GE to learn about neuroscience.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
July 3, 2020

I took this class during the 2020 pandemic and it was online.

That being said, Dr. Korb is an excellent lecturer (really engaging and entertaining), and the material of this class is very interesting. I definitely recommend this class to anyone, but you'll definitely get something extra out of it if you're going through a hard time (like I was).

Grading is super fair. Distributed between 20% for participation, midterm, final, a paper, and then weekly logs (basically short papers) you turn in.

My only issues with this class are...

A) The tests seem to be much more difficult and precise than the Prof. lets on the lectures. In the lectures, Dr. Korb will use fun examples to demonstrate neuroscience concepts while some of the questions on the tests were ridiculously confusing and technical compared to the material he presented. I got a 70% on the midterm... I legitimately don't remember the last time I got a grade that low on a test (I take easy classes so its not a flex), but I ended up with an A in the class so its all good (study for the final!!!) However this discrepancy could've been an intentional adjustment due to the class being online.

B) While the workload isn't super serious, it isn't particularly light. Remembering to record your "wellbeing" data on a semi-daily basis (effects participation grade) sounds easy but is super easy to forget. Start slipping up and your grade will hurt. Same goes for the weekly "logs" (usually will have to be about a page and half and well thought out). Also this class requires you to constantly change small aspects of your lifestyle (working out, meditating, writing letters to other people etc.), and while you can BS it and just say you did the interventions in your logs even though you didn't, the papers (and the class) go smoother if you actually take the time to do them.

This class is definitely interesting and worthwhile, and probably one of the easier science GE's. As a North Campus major I'd recommend it for sure.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: B
Feb. 12, 2020

Such a great class! its an easy A, I was just being a bad student at the time lol. weekly homework consists of readings and then little experiments you do with yourself and then you write up an analysis of it. you learn about all the positive effects of physical and mental exercises and pretty much most of what you learn you can apply to your real life. I recommend this class to everyone! You do not have to be a science person whatsoever. Dr Korb is also hilarious and a great lecturer; we use the book he wrote for the class.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 27, 2022

Great life science GE for anyone, a far amount of work considering you have to complete interventions and log them almost every day. Work is easy and lectures are interesting if you really pay attention.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: N/A
April 20, 2022

This class is awesome. I have learned so much stuff about the human brain that is actually applicable to my life. The lectures are kind of long and tedious, but not really vital to the tests, I just find them interesting. Discussion attendance matters but they usually end early and are pretty quick paced. Perfect workload, 10/10 class.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
Feb. 10, 2022

Bar none the best class I've taken at UCLA. It's the kind of class that has incredible real-world value, where if you put in effort into learning the material and techniques, you will literally improve your life. This class has no "gotchas," it's not designed to trick you, and you learn invaluable insights into the mind along the way. It's abundantly clear that Dr. Korb genuinely cares about his students, and his book, while not necessary, is a great read if the topics interest you. For all the qualms we can have about UCLA and the bureaucracy of the institution, this is the kind of class that makes you think how incredible of an opportunity it is to attend a place like this. If only every course was like this one...

If you want an easy GE grade, you can get that. If you want a life-changing college experience, you can get that too. 10/10 would recommend for everyone.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
Sept. 1, 2021

BEST CLASS AT UCLA. Easiest science GE ever. SOOOO interesting,, made me consider studying neuroscience. Dr. Korb is the best, so sweet, so funny, very smart. Overall best guy. You won't regret!!

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: N/A
June 14, 2021

BEST CLASS I'VE TAKEN AT UCLA!!! Professor Korb is such a good teacher. All of his lectures are clear and concise. The exams are straightforward and never have material that hadn't been discussed in lecture or in the readings. I took this class as a GE and I don't regret it at all. There was only one midterm and it was relatively easy. Korb gives us a study guide, and if you can fill it out without too much help you're pretty much guaranteed an A on the exams. I would recommend including a short description of the readings on your study guide too because there will also be questions about that. All of the assignments were "weekly interventions" where you conduct a mini experiment on yourself and then write a small writeup due before your discussion section. Professor Korb gives you and outlines and an example of what these logs should look like, and the TAs are super super helpful if you have any questions. The final paper is one huge log where you compare the results of the interventions that you've completed so far to one outcome variable. The instructions for the final paper aren't as clear as the weekly log, but follow the same type of direction. Again, if you have any questions the TAs are so so kind and are always willing to help you. My TA was Amanda, and wow she was so amazing I literally don't know how to put it in words. Participation is also important in determining your final grade which means you have to show up for discussion section and actively participate. At first I was worried how it would go especially with everything being online, but there is plenty of opportunities to participate and contribute to sections. This class was genuinely interesting. There was a time where I would refuse to consider a science major, but this class really made me consider it.

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4.8
Overall Rating
Based on 35 Users
Easiness 4.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 4.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Would Take Again
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