All Ratings and Reviews for Brooke A Scelza


Overall 4.2
Easiness of class 3.1
Workload 2.8
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.4
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.7
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ANTHRO 1 Submitted March 29, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Midterm is OK, but final is short but pretty hard. I ended with a C+ but definitely learned a lot because all I did is just memorized all the lecture slides. Bottom line, go ahead to take this class if you don't mind memorize shit load of material just like scerri's chem class!!!!

ANTHRO 8 Submitted March 18, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Wow, I'm surprised that no one had evaluated Dr. Scelza despite how many people take her class. Pointlessness aside, Scelza is an AWESOME Professor, she is incredibly organized. Class is done powerpoint style, but she places emphasis on printing out slides and writing what she says - Slides can be memorized. She's really cool, looks and sounds like Daisy from the hit TV Show Bones, and she definitely knows what she is talking about. She makes tests sound ALOT harder than they are, so if you're like me, you'll study like crazy, just to finish the midterm in 25 mins. with a Huge smile on your face - I don't mind, I learned ALOT. Bottom Line: Scelza is a great teacher who teaches a fun GE - Take the Class and Learn Something from a GE for a change =)

ANTHRO 124P Submitted March 1, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

I have to disagree with most of the reviews here. I found Professor Scelza's lectures entirely uninspiring. While she does put a lot of information into her slides there are a number of problems with her lectures.

First, the module I took (Human Behavioral Ecology) involved quite a number of fairly abstract quantitative models for explaining human behaviour. However, as these were presented on an extremely broad scale: they were made assumptions about hunter gatherer societies in general - it became quite difficult to conceive of how they actually manifested in the real world (HG societies being hugely varied and not complying with extremely basic statistical models).

Had she introduced a concept - e.g. methods of hunting in a particular society, and then demonstrated how a particular model could be applied to that situation, I would have stayed engaged with the class. As it was, she would simply talk in an extremely abstract fashion rarely displaying any applicability to the models in question.

The fact that a good 90% of lectures involved Professor Scelza simply reading out slides, the dull nature of the content kind of inspires you to stay at home. I think the fact that only around a quarter of enrolled students were ever in a lecture at any one time is testament to the level of engagement felt overall.

So, if like me, you do well writing papers - i.e. understanding concepts and demonstrating that knowledge by expanding on the basic points from lectures, you will hate this module - there is no continuous assessment. If however, you enjoy learning content and then repeating it parrot fashion in multiple choice exams then go right ahead, just prepare yourself for some dull hours in the lecture theatre.

ANTHRO 1 Submitted March 30, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

I loved this woman from the first day I sat in her class. She really does remind you of a character from the show Bones. I would definitely recommended taking her. She does incorporate her research into her lectures, but it does pertain to the material!

Course Breakdown:
Midterm 40%
Final 50%
Discussion 10%

Getting a good grade:
First off most of her exams are lecture based. Study her slides and memorize the examples as well. The TA's are really anal about definitions so memorize the definitions that pop up in her lecture from the book. The book is a good supplement and not really dense at all if you actually do the assigned reading ever week. The final is cumulative, but draws heavily from the second half of the course. Memorize the homework questions and answers from your discussion! Some of those pop up on the midterm and final

Personal Experience:
I got B+ on her exam and a A+ on her final, I ended up with an A+ in the class. I would have gotten at least a solid A on the midterm had the TA's not been anal about the definitions. When they say write only one or two sentences. Write a paragraph with two periods lol. Use examples from the lecture and discussions to get the full credit. Oh, and try to get Kate Brunson as your TA she is really funny and willing to help all the time
Take the class with Scelza if you are interested at all in Anthro! And it is an easy GE for life science.

ANTHRO 1 Submitted March 29, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Scleza is a great professor. She gives you all the materials you need to succeed. Her powerpoints are very thorough which really help to understand the information. She also puts them online so you can download before class. Her tests are not as hard as she makes you think. You'll still have to study quite a bit, but she is one of those professors that wants you to succeed. She is a great lecturer and I highly recommend her.

ANTHRO 1, taken Winter 2018 Submitted April 10, 2018 Grade Received: A

Anthro 7 (aka Anthro 1) is an amazing, interesting GE that is made even better when taught by this professor!
1. The class is graded on roughly an 85 and tests are relatively whatever was covered on slides (I just looked over my class notes and I was fine)
2. The information is really, truly interesting and you get an introductory, practical explanation of evolution and its effects
3. Scelza is an amazing lecturer and makes sure that the material is clear and concise; there's no beating around the bush for this one
1. Weekly inquisitives (homework quizzes)
2. You'll have to memorize a lot of weird ape names and characterizations for the second unit.
Nevertheless, this is an excellent GE made even better by this awesome professor.

ANTHRO 1, taken Winter 2018 Submitted April 16, 2018 Grade Received: A

Anthro 1 was an amazing class. I was so interested in the human relation to primates and the history surrounding our evolution. It was fun to learn the subject and I can honestly say it's one of the best classes I've ever taken at UCLA. The lectures are easy to understand and the tests are based more on the lectures than the book. The tests are multiple choice and short answer but a couple of days studying the slides should allow you to answer every question confidently. I must say I did enjoy reading the book, though. The best part is that an 84% and up is an A! Good luck and have fun, my friends. Also, go to office hours, Professor Scelza is cool and engaging.

ANTHRO 129, taken Winter 2019 Submitted April 3, 2019 Grade Received: A

Literally such an easy upper div if you just need upper div units. There's one midterm, one final, one argument paper, and 2 article reviews that you do in discussion that are dummy easy. There's no readings except for two articles that you pick and the material is exactly super interesting. Both my TA and the professor were really nice and easygoing though, so idk maybe that's why I never once shed a tear from this class. You just need to go to lecture and pay attention and take notes, the concepts are interesting and not hard. I'd take a class with Scelza any day she's cool and the classes are well structured, also the exams are multiple choice mostly with like 3 one-paragraph short answers, true/false, and fill-in-the-blanks.

ANTHRO 129, taken Winter 2019 Submitted April 6, 2019 Grade Received: B

I didn't show up to two discussions and half-assed all the readings, discussions, and assignments and still managed a B. I went to class, paid attention, and got B-range on the exams. Her exams are fair and direct. You aren't expected to know anything beyond what she goes over in class, and even her slides are pretty clear. You can manage to not go to class and do okay, but I think going to class enriches your knowledge of the material since she goes over it well and gives examples. She does spend a fair amount of time talking about her research, which isn't even tested on (rarely was), but the material she teaches is actually interesting and useful. I recommend her class and her as a professor. She's welcoming, polite and passionate about her work.

ANTHRO 129, taken Winter 2020 Submitted March 25, 2020 Grade Received: A+

My favorite class of the quarter! Really interesting and easy. There were no big exams and only small easy quizzes every thursday that just check that you've done the bare minimum. The unessay project at the end of the quarter replaces the final and is also a lot of fun. Overall a 10/10 class

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