Lara Dolecek
Department of Electrical Engineering
3.0
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 1.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.4 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.7 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.

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#### Reviews (8)

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Quarter: N/A
April 22, 2011

She's the best teacher for probability. Ever. She went through proofs in class that were crucial to intuition, and she didn't go too slow or too fast. She taught everything beautifully, and I thought the midterms were the most fun tests I have ever taken. She knows her stuff too, considering her background. If ever someone can teach probability, it would be Lara Dolecek.

Quarter: Winter 2022
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March 26, 2022

This class is fine. The exams weren't too hard, the homework load was fine. Homework was so light at the beginning and then became very time consuming at the end. The class for me was easy in the beginning(with combinatorics and stuff) but at the end it got much more complicated. The lectures are good and the professor aims to connect the material to real life applications with example problems which is good. Handwriting on the notes is sometimes hard to read, but just ask the professor if you don't know what she wrote and she'll tell you. The project is fine, but try to start on it early and ask lots of questions about instructions if you are unsure.

Quarter: Winter 2019
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June 10, 2019

Despite my grade, I would rank this as one of the hardest classes I've taken. Professor Doleček does a very good job as a lecturer (probably because of her experience teaching this class). The homework was challenging but didactic, and I truly felt I learned a lot from the class.

However, the midterm was just brutal. Walking out of the midterm I felt like I utterly failed – even worse than any test in a Professor Paul Eggert class, for those of you CS/E majors reading this. But they do give out significant partial credit, so you get a lot of points just for being on the right track. The final was hard but less so compared to the midterm. The curve was pretty generous though.

Quarter: Winter 2019
April 3, 2019

Damn this class was tough. Attending lectures is a must since the assigned book in my experience was too complicated with its mathematical notation of simple concepts. The midterm and final exams were also quite tough with the midterm average at around 67. However, I do give Professor Dolecek props because her lectures were clear and well paced for the amount of material she taught.
Also there is a final project on matlab that spills over into finals week so figure out how to schedule your time with working on it.

Quarter: Winter 2017
June 2, 2017

The exam is very tricky. It seems the professor want to lower the grade as much as possible. Grading is harsh. You will lose a lot of points on the stuff that you know how to do. Probability is not an easy class, but this professor make it harder. Her lecture is okay, but her hand-writing is extremely difficult to decipher.

Quarter: Winter 2017
March 21, 2017

Lots of content. Workload is not too bad, a couple problems a week and a MATLAB project towards the end. Lectures were definitely worth the two hours. Midterm and final have grade distributions are low but curved. Would take this class again with this professor.

Quarter: Winter 2016
March 17, 2016

Lots of material is covered in this class. Lara knows her stuff but can be very intimidating sometimes. Final was ridiculously difficult.

131 is a hard class in general (unless you're a math major taking this for fun, in which case it was probably child's play), but Lara is a good professor.

Quarter: N/A
March 24, 2012

Solid professor. Lectures worth attending and work load isn't too high. Final exam average was really low but curved.

Quarter: N/A
April 22, 2011

She's the best teacher for probability. Ever. She went through proofs in class that were crucial to intuition, and she didn't go too slow or too fast. She taught everything beautifully, and I thought the midterms were the most fun tests I have ever taken. She knows her stuff too, considering her background. If ever someone can teach probability, it would be Lara Dolecek.

COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Verified Reviewer This user is a verified UCLA student/alum.
Quarter: Winter 2022
March 26, 2022

This class is fine. The exams weren't too hard, the homework load was fine. Homework was so light at the beginning and then became very time consuming at the end. The class for me was easy in the beginning(with combinatorics and stuff) but at the end it got much more complicated. The lectures are good and the professor aims to connect the material to real life applications with example problems which is good. Handwriting on the notes is sometimes hard to read, but just ask the professor if you don't know what she wrote and she'll tell you. The project is fine, but try to start on it early and ask lots of questions about instructions if you are unsure.

Verified Reviewer This user is a verified UCLA student/alum.
Quarter: Winter 2019
June 10, 2019

Despite my grade, I would rank this as one of the hardest classes I've taken. Professor Doleček does a very good job as a lecturer (probably because of her experience teaching this class). The homework was challenging but didactic, and I truly felt I learned a lot from the class.

However, the midterm was just brutal. Walking out of the midterm I felt like I utterly failed – even worse than any test in a Professor Paul Eggert class, for those of you CS/E majors reading this. But they do give out significant partial credit, so you get a lot of points just for being on the right track. The final was hard but less so compared to the midterm. The curve was pretty generous though.

Quarter: Winter 2019
April 3, 2019

Damn this class was tough. Attending lectures is a must since the assigned book in my experience was too complicated with its mathematical notation of simple concepts. The midterm and final exams were also quite tough with the midterm average at around 67. However, I do give Professor Dolecek props because her lectures were clear and well paced for the amount of material she taught.
Also there is a final project on matlab that spills over into finals week so figure out how to schedule your time with working on it.

Quarter: Winter 2017
June 2, 2017

The exam is very tricky. It seems the professor want to lower the grade as much as possible. Grading is harsh. You will lose a lot of points on the stuff that you know how to do. Probability is not an easy class, but this professor make it harder. Her lecture is okay, but her hand-writing is extremely difficult to decipher.

Quarter: Winter 2017
March 21, 2017

Lots of content. Workload is not too bad, a couple problems a week and a MATLAB project towards the end. Lectures were definitely worth the two hours. Midterm and final have grade distributions are low but curved. Would take this class again with this professor.

Quarter: Winter 2016
March 17, 2016

Lots of material is covered in this class. Lara knows her stuff but can be very intimidating sometimes. Final was ridiculously difficult.

131 is a hard class in general (unless you're a math major taking this for fun, in which case it was probably child's play), but Lara is a good professor.

Quarter: N/A
March 24, 2012

Solid professor. Lectures worth attending and work load isn't too high. Final exam average was really low but curved.

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3.0
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 1.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.4 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.7 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.

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