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Professor Vicaria is okay. She does not have the best lectures, but they are also not the worst. I do not know the overall grade distribution yet, but I believe that the questions on both midterms and the final were fair. In particular, you are allowed to bring a page of notes to all three exams and she informed us regarding one of the questions on the final beforehand so we can prepare for it. The homework problems were also good as she provided a large sample of problems and only a small portion was required. Math 61 is not a difficult class and your experience will be solid if you ever take it with her.
I took this class in her first quarter teaching here and received an A. However, I don't think I've met more of an entitled professor in my entire experience at UCLA, even when her personal teaching and accomplishments warrant little to no entitlement. At some point she got angry that people used her solutions as a guide to base their own work off of and assumed they should get full points, and then she stated that she doesn't even have to give solutions and she "does much more" than other math professors by giving out solutions to her own homework (obviously not true, every math professor does this and much much more). I got an A in the class but would have much rather covered this topic with a more empathetic professor who cares about their students and making an impact on their studies, rather than shutting them down and taking every disagreement to their teaching as an attack. Also pretty unclear lectures overall, material is simple and trivial but her teaching honestly makes the material harder rather than simpler. I could have likely learned the topics better through online websites and guides.
The class material was definitely interesting and the professor made sure that the motivation behind each abstract concept is clear to the student. In my experience, the Professor was helpful and understood that this is an introductory proof class. Her midterms (both of them) and finals contained at least 2 questions that were from the weekly Homework problems. What was helpful for me was to attend the Professor's and the TA's Office Hours. They were definitely helpful for getting a stronger understanding. In one of the Office Hours, the Professor spent up to 1 hour going through one of the most complex proofs in the class and it only took that long because she was insistent on ensuring that every students present could understand each step in her proof. It is important to note that her exams are not the easiest but they are fair (i.e. you will do well if you put in effort in her class). The homework problems were genuinely fun to complete, they were a little bit like a list of brain teasers to solve. The course is hard (especially if you are aiming for an A and above) but I think the Professor is alright.
I've never written a Bruin walk review but she is so terrible I had to. She clearly views herself as better than everyone and gets upset when people ask for clarification, she views it as contesting her teaching. She is genuinely a terrible teacher and honestly a terrible person.
Genuinely the worst class I've ever taken. Please avoid.
Professor was very difficult to follow during lectures and I'd often walk out of class with even less of a grasp of the material than I walked in with. However, this wasn't the biggest problem: I've had several professors who were poor lecturers.
My biggest issue with this class was the discrepancy between the material presented to us and the material that was tested. As an introductory proof class, developing precise communication and syntax is important. So naturally, I would study her solutions closely and model my proofs after hers. However, replicating her explanations from lectures, homework solutions and past exams would not suffice for the exams. If her solution was presented verbatim on the exam, points would be deducted. Any slight deviances would be penalized unfairly.
This was further exacerbated by the grading system. Exams were out of 25 points, so minor errors in syntax would cost as much as 1 point, resulting in a 4% reduction in the overall score. I went back and forth with the graders on several occasions during the course and they never seemed to acknowledge my perspective.
It also didn't help homework wasn't graded on time. We had gone nearly 7 weeks before a homework assignment was graded. Without timely feedback on our homework, it was difficult to understand what was being assessed in this course.
Furthermore, her attitude towards the class made it difficult to stay motivated. She failed to fully answer questions and explain the material with humility. I would expect that making certain elementary errors (which are inexcusable for a PhD holder in math to make) during lectures and on slides would prompt her to take a step back and question her ability to distill important concepts and clearly present them.
I think some of these reviews are way too awful at least from my experience. She wasn't the most engaging lecturer ever but she got the point across and made things pretty clear to understand and covered the content quite well. The tests also could have been much harder but weren't so I found them fair, even slightly generous maybe as she used homework/very homework-like questions on the tests which was nice. Though there were some issues with class, Vicaria herself wasn't really that bad like some of these reviews make her out to be.