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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 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.
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!
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
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.
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!!!!
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.
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