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Mckenzie is the absolute GOAT. His lectures are very well organized and he is always open to clarify questions from anyone. He wants everyone to succeed. He releases PDFs of the homework so no textbook is required. Weekly quizzes in discussion sections are very easy and properly prepare you for the exams. Overall, the exams are easy (occasionally Mckenzie will release a supplementary practice exam prior to the exam date) and there is no real need for a curve. Piazza is the group website Mckenzie uses and creates an extremely easy outlet to get any questions answered from TAs, Mckenzie himself, or other students. Mckenzie is a GREAT professor.
His lectures follow along with the textbook and the examples given, so it is extremely easy to understand the content. You can learn it in class then use the textbook to reinforce your understanding.
The homework is a page or two of problems, typed out for you, that you have the week to finish. This makes it extremely easy to time manage, as you can focus on the classes that are more hectic first, before working on Mckenzie's homework. Of course, do not procrastinate on the homework either, as there are quizzes every week during discussion.
Quizzes and midterms and the final are literally based on the homework. The format of the questions are just like they are on the homework, so if you understand every single homework problem and can solve them easily, you will have an easy time in this class.
Professor Mckenzie is great. He's funny, he's smart, and he's super helpful in dumbing things down so you can understand difficult topics. The other reviews here all vouch for him, as well.
However, echoing the comment of another student, I don't think I learned that much that will stick with me going forward. The tests are extremely easy - he doesn't try to trick you with anything and his homework consists of like at most 10 problems from the textbook that he has handpicked, which are also very easy. Compared to other Math 32A classes, this class is a walk in the park.
Because his tests lack conceptually-based questions, I was simply memorizing the math needed for different types of problems before each midterm/final.
If you are going into a math-heavy field, this class won't help you that much in actually grasping the nitty-gritty concepts. If this class is required, but is one of the only math classes you'll be taking (like it was for me), it's an extremely helpful GPA boost.
Mckenzie was fantastic though - has to be said again.
Dr. McKenzie is def the best math teacher / professor I've ever had! I'm a sophomore and this is the first class I've taken to date where I've actually gone to EVERY lecture. I went to his office hours twice and both times talked to him about math and life, and he is super engaging, interesting, and funny! He genuinely cares about his students. Makes you feel like every question & idea is a valid one. I loved his lectures and although the final was kinda hard, it was still very fair. I told him about this whack idea I had relating to math and he gave me really nice & helpful feedback. I think he is extremely smart and is gonna do amazing at ucla :)
Dr. Mckenzie was a great professor! I would definitely take another class if it was taught by him and I definitely recommend him! His lectures were very clear and easy to follow, the pace of the class was just right and manageable, the homework was based on content covered in lecture, and best of all, his tests were very reasonable and based only on topics he covered. There was weekly homework which was not collected, but there were weekly quizzes in discussion which would be a few of that week's homework problems (exactly the same questions!!). The lowest quiz grade would be dropped as well. Although lectures might sometimes be boring--it's math so there's not much that can be done--Dr. Mckenzie always answered questions and taught the foundations as well as provided many examples. I literally do not see why you would not want to take a class with this professor.
This was my first math class at UCLA last year. Professor Mckenzie was such an awesome professor. He was clear, concise, and an engaging lecturer who really cared about his students. I remember one time I and several other students had a lot fo questions after one lecture, and he was happy to clarify things and answer us. It took so long that the next lecture was starting, but was still happy to take the time to have us all step outside the 4000A lecture hall and finish answering our questions. He also has a rather interesting South African English accent, which only adds to his charm. The class was also not bad at all, and he taught it well.
Mckenzie is one of the best professors I've had so far at UCLA! The material for this class isn't terribly difficult. That being said, his lectures were clear and engaging and his office hours were regularly packed! The midterms and final were both fair. We had homework assigned every week but it wasn't collected. Instead, we'd have weekly quizzes in discussion that contained a random sampling of some homework problems. In addition to being a great professor, he's also incredibly nice and kind!
McKenzie's class was incredibly easy for the content, the homework would take an hour tops for an entire week's worth of problems and the tests were literally all computational (all the problems were exactly the same kind that we saw on the homework and the practice tests). I got an A- because I got too confident and made a really silly error on the final that cost me a lot of points (as well as some really dumb errors on the midterms), but I recommend McKenzie for sure – even though his pacing is a bit slow, he is really clear about the topics, and it's a good way to learn without being overly stressed. Everything still does get covered despite the slower pace, and he's also just a really cool guy in general.
What a great teacher. Lectures were always at a good pace and the midterms and finals were definitely tailored to what we were learning. Overall a very fair class with a professor who cares about the students.
I thought that 32A with McKenzie was good. He goes over the material very in a very clear way and takes the time to answer questions in class if people are confused, but he doesn't really go off on tangents. The homework was reasonable and the quizzes in discussion were never on the hard problems. You don't need to get the newest version of the textbook because he types up the homework problems. If you're looking for a relatively easy math class that will also teach you what you need to know I'd recommend this class.