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I had Dr. Park for 32A and 33A. By far and away he is my favorite professor at UCLA. 32A was like taking a high school class again: the instructor cared about you, TAUGHT the material, and helped out constantly. 33A was amazing too, but only because I went to office hours constantly. I loved being able to walk into his office whenever I could to talk about life with Dr. Park. He will surely be missed at UCLA, so i hope those anteaters appreciate him!
Let's start off like this: I had and liked Norberg, Corbin, Kucherenko, and Hainline (astro TA); if you liked any of them, we have similar affinities to great teachers. Park is definitely up there. Great lecturer, well-organized, a bit OCD with the 3D pix (but that can be a nice breather). Have fun in 32A, cuz I heard 32B is a total b____ here in UCLA (hence why I took Math11 at SMC). However, if you have good reason to take 32B here, you better have Park, Accept No Substitutes.
Also, I had Laura Smith as TA, quite awesome, had a crush on her, too pansy to act on it; BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THAT.
Everything you read below about Park is true. The most important thing you need to know is that if you think you're on the borderline between two grades, you can almost guarantee that Park will give you the higher grade. (I thought I was on the verge of getting a B+ and Park ended up giving me an A+ due to his generous curve). Park is a fantastic lecturer with a great sense of humor that really lightens up the dreariness that sometimes accompanies a math course. His midterms and final are very fair, and he has a policy where he will drop your lowest midterm grade. The way that works is if you do better on your final than one of the midterms, then your final exam grade will count as both the final exam grade and the midterm grade and your midterm won't count at all. That really helps your grade. His tests are very much like the practice exams so if you understand those, the exams should be quite easy to do well on. He has graded homeworks, of which he drops the lowest score for one assignment. The one thing to keep in mind is that Park curves TOO generously for exams. Seriously. You will probably end up scoring much better on an exam than you think you did. I thought I got a B on the final but ended up getting a solid A on it because he curves so well, despite the fact that I totally botched one out of the seven problems on the exam. Funny, great lecturer, really cares about student learning, Park's the whole package. Take him if possible.
I took Park for math 31b and 32a and have to say that he is one of the best teachers I have had at UCLA so far! Here are just a few of the reasons why Park is awesome:
1. He is a great lecturer and makes all of the material easy to understand.
2. No dry lectures; additionally he has that corny sense of humor that adds to things
3. Friendly and helpful in office hours
4. Seems to have a strong interest in students. Knew my name after only a couple times going to office hours.
5. Fair grader. If you put in the time and effort to understand the material you will do well in this class. 6. In my opinion, he is also pretty fair on the exams and doesnt ask any questions that are unnecessarily tricky.
Teachers like this are the reason I enjoy learning, and I will definitely take Dr. Park again if I ever have the chance to. If you have the chance to take this guy for any math class do not miss out on it!!!
I took his course spring quarter of 09. His exams are extremely straightforward. Study his practice exams over and over again and you will be fine. I got B's on my two midterms, where one was below average and the second was average, and yet I still ended up with an A in the class. His two grading schemes really help you out. Take his class over any other professors!
I LOVE PROFESSOR PARK!
his class is amazing! it has honestly been one of my favorite classes at UCLA ever! his lectures are always entertaining with Park making nerdy, sarcastic jokes. He is also very helpful and open during office hours, making students feel welcome outside of class. Also his tests are pretty easy as his study guides and review sessions are EXTREMELY helpful. TAKE PARK FOR MATH! IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
I hate math, but somehow, Dr. Park made this class bearable. His lectures are entertaining, he doesn't go off on inapplicable tangents, he actually cares that his students learns the materials neccesary for higher level math classes. He is hilarious, full of sarcastics jokes, and is obsessed with drawing his pictures correctly, to the enjoyment of the class.
However, be aware that his midterms are very difficult. I almost dropped the class after the first one thinking I got a 30%. Even if you think you did terribly, don't be alarmed- Park gives away points and is VERY generous with partial credit.
If Park is available, take him. If he is not available, wait till the next quarter when he is.
Park is a great teacher. His practice midterms and practice final are amazing tools for success. Let me just go over some negatives that other people haven't said...
His grading scheme is so generous that it can hurt you sometimes. Some of my friends deserved 40%'s on some midterms but Park just HANDS OUT points for nothing. So in essence if you happen to do well on the first MT, you kinda get screwed out of it because everyone else's grades below you are drastically augmented. If i had done poorly on my final i would've been PISSED at his grading scheme. As it is, i'm not complaining, but just heads up on his grading. Also, he only has like one office hour all week so it's very difficult to reach him.
Overall he's a good teacher. You do not have to attend lecture at all. ever.
Park is the man. Simple rule: If you need to take a math class, and he's teaching it, take his class.
By the way, I got an A. I can't help but think that Park's generous grading may have saved made my grade, but I'm not complaining.
Park's class was honestly the best college class I have taken here at UCLA. His lecture style is straightforward: he will explain a concept, give you the definition of the tool used to solve, prove how the tool works, and walk you through various examples, complete with meticulously drawn diagrams and pictures. His review sessions were amazingly comprehensive, they covered all the material that appeared on the midterms and final. His grading scheme benefits the student as he will drop one of your midterms if you screw up. His attitude is really laid back. He makes sure you understand the material and adapts his lecture if the class is "not happy". Really, he provides you with everything you need to do well. He connects well with the students, and understands their needs. Great guy.