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during the quarter, i thought luceigh was a tough teacher. However, after ending the quarter i realized that i learned soo much from her. Thanks Luceigh!!! Some hints about the course: follow what everyone else says...do the practice exams...they help you out A LOT. Also, go to lecture, b/c luceigh uses her course reader much more than the book.
Prof. Luceigh is a wonderful professor. From previous students I had high expectation of her and they were mostly fulfilled. She has a passion for chemistry and she will try to make chem understandable for you. This quarter she had the tendency to go fast in lectures and sometime I found her course guide to be somewhat frustrating because she has the tendency to put down questions yet never answer them in the reader and lectures. overall the reader is a critical tool in her class. Do her practice exams...they will be somewhat similar to the exam you will take. Her exams were very fair this quarter overall she is a great prof to have for chem.
Dr. Luceigh is indeed a rare combination of expertise, eloquence, approachability, a genuine passion for teaching, and a concern for her students whom she so loves. I wish she would teach biochemistry, as I have absolutely no reservation that she is well qualified to do so. Performing well in class entails that you pay attention to lectures (which always went by so quickly!), memorize her course guide, and religiously do (and redo) her practice exams. This is the best class I've taken at UCLA thus far, and I'm certainly going to miss the grace and warmth of this admirable human being.
Luceigh is probably the best professor you will encounter in lower division South Campus. First of all, she actually comes across as a real person; her lectures are entertaining and interesting (don't EVER miss one or come late though). She really, really cares about her students. I did not do well at all on her first midterm, and went to her for help. She wasn't "condescending" at all, but rather asked what kinds of mistakes I made, and told me that she wanted me to do well. She helped me in almost every office hour that she held. Her office hours are fantastic; if there is something you don't understand, especially with the drug material, go to her for help! She explains things really well! Hardinger never taught us tautomerization and she kind of assumed we knew how to do it (from 14C), but she explained it for us, answering every question that we had. If you make an effort in the class, you'll definitely do well. The class is extremely labor-intensive (i.e. you will work extremely hard), but there is a great deal of satisfaction once you finish a test. On the last day of class, most of us were sad to leave (knowing that she hasn't taught 153A in years . . . we've got our fingers crossed). If you are willing to put in the effort, you will enjoy this course enormously.
If you have anything bad to say about Luceigh it's because you got a bad grade in premed class!! We're talking about a teacher who gets teary-eyed on her last lecture because she gets so attached to all her students and then gets a standing ovation from all her students, some who are also tearing.
The only regret I have is that I did not take Luceigh for the whole chem series. Instead I had Bauer and Hardinger, who are inferior in personality and teaching ability to Luciegh.
I will always think back fondly of Luceigh. I never went to her OH's, but it would have been nice to get to know her personally.