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This was by far the worst professor I have ever had. He uses slides but they're all pictures he finds online or photos of the places he's traveled to. The required textbook is not in any way helpful. The exams are totally different from the course material. Although I took notes and actually knew the material, the exams ruined us all. As a result, I failed my midterm, but his curve set me at a C. He also curved the final, and I ended up with a B- in the class, but I know that I could've gotten an A. In conclusion, don't take this class with him. Take it with Gillespie. Also, I have the textbook in pdf version for free. Text me if you want it **********
Miller has practically no idea what he's talking about. Just being able to follow his train of thought is a feat, let alone taking anything away from this class. He barely explains the essays that you write, and he is not willing to discuss the criteria used to grade or how to improve your score on the next paper.
He is the WORST PROFESSOR. Do not take this class. This class has no structure at all. His lecture slides are just pictures of places he's traveled around the world. He doesn't provide a prompt or grading rubric for any of the papers. If you do bad on a paper, he doesn't give you feedback on how to do well on the next one. I absolutely hate this class, it's so hard to follow along during lecture because he has no clear train of thought. 90% of the time he doesn't even know what he's talking about, overall the class is just a complete mess
I really enjoyed this class. Miller is a genuinely engaging professor that really cares about student learning. The class is split up into 2 "quizzes" which are really just short midterms, one small paper, and a large final paper. Miller may be a little disorganized in the trajectory of his lectures but the material is really interesting and if you engage with Miller himself you'll really like the class. I would take it again in a heartbeat. Just pay attention during lecture or record them and you'll be fine.
Not sure what the other people are talking about referring to Professor Miller. He is very consistent with the topics he is discussing, but you HAVE to take notes in all the lectures. There are two quizzes and two essays -- one of which is a very cool group project that allows you to be very creative with just about any environmental topic. Make sure to join a class study guide because people will put questions that they submitted onto there. Professor Miller is very genuine, knowledgeable, and experienced with the topics he is discussing.
Hahah this class made no sense. His discussions, the book, and his lectures are completely unrelated. No one knew what was really going on. Horrible low averages for a GE (60s). I haven't learned anything. The TAs were pretty nice though.
This professor is pretty bad...I mean he's such a nice and mellow person but academically, he goes on HUGE tangents. like i have not learned a single thing... DO NOT TAKE HIM! I took this class for an EASY GE and IT AINT IT CHIEF! He has literally no words on the slides only of pictures and he talks for a whole hour straight. I went to every single lecture and studied for the midterm and final yet the test was like...wtf is this. So i bombed tht and yea...I went to office hours to show him my study guide and it didnt help at all
Hands down WORST class that I've taken at UCLA. The workload was a joke and I learned nothing. Class was extremely boring all he does is talk about the same slide for 1hr+ (which are just pictures that he took for his research, weird flex but OK). I feel bad for the people who took this class as a letter grade because no one knew what was going on. Bottom line: Avoid this class/professor like the plague.
Do not take this class. This was by far the worst class I have ever taken at UCLA. The professor had no substance to his content, rambled on for long periods of time, did not have useful slides, and ultimately gave no guidance to his students. He failed to make the material informative and useful. There is one midterm, one final exam, and one final project that constitute your final grade. He claimed the midterm and final exam were a combination of his lectures and the book, which was a complete and utter lie, as it was solely based on his lectures that made no sense and had no substance. Do not make the same mistake I did and take this class. It is not an easy G.E, it will ruin your GPA, and the professor simply does not know how to teach. The entire quarter was a joke and almost everyone in the class could agree. 0/10 would not recommend.
Just gonna get straight to the point, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR! He will just give you migraines with his unorganized lectures and refusal to provide any advice on the midterms and finals. His slides were just pictures of places he has visited and nothing else. The slides serve to help him, NOT YOU. Readings, lectures, and labs do not sync at all. Labs were literally a waste of time but saved my grade because you now I bombed the midterm and final. Miller is a knowledgeable man, I'll give him that, but he is not a good professor. He will confuse you, bore you, and make you want to skip all lectures.
If you end up having to take this class with this man, the only advice I would give is to find a group and split the readings up between you all and take notes on them. Questions from the readings will be on the midterm and final, so it is important that you do take notes on them. Good luck and god speed