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REVIEW FOR 33A:
Best math teacher I’ve had at Ucla thus far. Not sure what the other review is talking about because Bhaskar is so sweet and wonderful and a far better teacher than Liu (had him for 32A). The material does start out easy and pick up the pace really fast. Her lectures are speedy so if you miss something you might be lost. With that said, she’s really good at answering questions. She also assigns such short easy homework so honestly the workload for this class was the lowest workload I’ve had for any math teacher. Her first midterm was sooo easy, I think the average was a 88%. Second one was way harder, average was around a 60% I think. Her final was doable. She holds really good office hours, makes review sheets to help you study, and is awesome at answering questions on the piazza discussion board. I also had an awesome TA, get Harris Khan if you can. To top it off, her grade distribution was so nice. I get a 77% which turned into a B+. She also rounded you up if you were close. NICEST MATH TEACHER EVER, take 33a with her!!!!
***THIS REVIEW IS FOR 31B***
Her bruinwalk rating is very deceiving - I knew to take her after doing research on reddit and students on there saying she was a decent professor.
She is better than the other 3 math UCLA professors I've had my time here at UCLA. Her tests are difficult but grades them very reasonably, is a good lecturer - I feel that my time spent in class was definitely worthwhile - and she is funny sometimes. She has an accent but she is not difficult to understand.
Like the other review here said, she does move pretty quickly so if you miss something I'd recommend looking over the lecture notes she posts online. Otherwise, re-teaching from the Rogawski calculus textbook was helpful.
I'd highly recommend her for math. I'm not a savage math God by all means, and I still felt that I was able to do reasonably well with some extra effort.
The lectures moved fast, so at times students were scrambling to keep up/write stuff down. The average for the first midterm was a 35/40, and was in the lower B range for the second midterm and final I think. Her exams were generally reasonable, the hardest part was the True/False, which required a deeper understanding of concepts and applications of theorems that one would not know unless they had spent a significant amount of time working through many problems (and even then, one might not completely get the problem). There was an issue with how she graded the second midterm's true/false section, giving 2 points for a correct answer, 1 point for no answer, and -1 points for an incorrect answer. According to her, the reason behind this was to discourage people from simply choosing an answer without truly knowing the reason behind it, but it actually punished the people who may have put effort into studying but just arrived at the wrong answer (tricky questions) and benefited those who may not have put in the effort to study, did not know the answer, and therefore just left it blank. There is no way of distinguishing those who simply circled an answer for the sake of guessing and possibly earning points from those who knew their shit and just arrived at the wrong answer for any other reason. Still, the final was reasonable if one truly knew the material, and she was very generous with the final grading (generally rounding people who were in between grades up; the grade distribution was better than that of the average math class at UCLA). Out of the homework that Bhaskar assigned, only a few (generally trickier problems that required a lot of thought) were mandatory to turn in weekly. No quizzes. Would recommend!