All Ratings and Reviews for Roshini Ramachandran
Ramachandran is a very nice, approachable and caring professor. Her tests and material are very straightforward. I didn't take AP Chem in high school - i did take honors Chem - but I had a very easy time learning the material. She gives you a lot of resources: practice midterms, practice final, weekly ungraded homework with answers, videos, etc. Our final was on Thursday and she had office hours from 10-5 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. She even did a Facebook live Q&A. If you've had previous experience with Chem, you will have an easy time. If you haven't, you'll survive. Highly recommended!
Educative and inspiring classes like Dr. Ramachandran’s are what make UCLA a world-renowned academic institution. The student-focused learning environment she, her TAs and LAs have put together will prepare any motivated student for success, and I highly recommend you consider taking the course with her!
In terms of the class's material, Dr. Ramachandran truly goes out of her way to provide multiple opportunities to work with the content. Posting two entirely conceptual worksheets, multiple hand-picked book problems, engaging videos and hand-solved free response per week(!), she gives you ample material to succeed on her fair midterms. If you do plan on taking this class, I cannot reiterate enough the helpfulness of doing and re-doing the math problems, not blindly, but analyzing them and seeing where you could mess up. Do you know the units for all the answers? How do you think you could rewrite this question? As for the midterm's conceptual problems, Dr. Ramachandran’s powerpoints are a gold mine for true understanding; not a single bullet point is wasted. I would highly recommend internalizing all these details by yourself; they always show up in the multiple choice of her tests. In addition, if you are planning on taking the MCAT, seriously retaining all of Dr. Ramachandran's lectures is a double-win, for they cover every possible thermodynamics/kinetics concept that could show up on the test!
In terms of the grading, there are many opportunities in this class to catch up if you slip up on a midterm. Though the majority of your grade is dependent on the midterms (which are very fair) and the final, Dr. Ramachandran offers multiple quizzes online and in-class that are completely doable given you go over the material posted on CCLE. Additionally, the LAs and TAs are helpful in answering questions quickly on the discussion forum and during discussion sections. In fact, Dr. Ramachandran even offered individual sessions in our quarter after our first midterm so that she could give personally give advice to anyone who needs it! If you ever feel stressed, know that in this class, there is always someone you can reach out to.
Overall, it was really fun to take this course with such an inspiring professor who cares so much about her students’ success. I highly recommend you act on any opportunity to take this class with Dr. Ramchandran!
This class was too hyped up. The reviews for Dr. Ramachandran were tempting, so I signed up to take 14b with her. The midterms were relatively easy and straightforward, but you had to do EVERY single problem and step correctly. God forbid you make one mistake, minus 5 points. Her grading is ridiculous! She takes off points for the smallest things and is not lenient when it comes to giving partial credit. Those small points make a huge difference when the midterms are out of 80 points. She really does not know how to make a fair grading rubric. In addition, she said that the final was going to be at the same scale as the misterms( in terms of difficulty) so everyone wasn't expecting a hard final. Wrong! She made the final sooooo hard. There were kids who got 95% on the midterms( like me) and then ended up getting a C on the final and then our final grades dropped a WHOLE LETTER GRADE. Overall, the class is not too bad in terms of material and she is a pretty good lecturer but she grades harshly, so watch out. The TAs are fine. I thought that this class was going to be easy to get a good grade, but not by the way she grades lol.
Her class is great! Dr. Ramachandran is a good lecturer. She is super helpful and friendly and her tests are reasonable. Sometimes her lectures are a little unclear and seem oversimplified, but she has lots of office hours where you can get clarification.
Overall good professor. Tests are extremely fair. Only thing is her lectures are not enough, you need to spend time reading the book to get a good grade. She's very helpful and cares about her student's grades.
Professor Ramachandran is one of the best professors you will ever meet! She cares about her students and is willing to help in any way shape or form. Her class is fair; as long as you study the materials she provides, you will be fine. I wouldn't want to take 14B with anyone else. If you get the chance to enroll in her class, please do!
She is an amazing lecturer that makes it very easy to get a good grade in the class. Exams consist of similar problems found in discussion worksheets, homework and lecture slides. She responds quick to emails, she's very approachable, and I do not think there is a better chem instructor. You don't even have to read the textbook to do well in the class, just focus on everything she talks about in lecture. I strongly recommend her.
Ramachadran was a really great professor. She really made me like chemistry. She's extremely helpful and I would definitely recommend her for anyone considering a science major.
Literally love RoRo this was one of my first chem classes at UCLA and she was always so helpful and kind. Even in a class of 200 I feel like I still knew her relatively well. She tried so hard to make sure everyone in the class was understanding concepts in class. While you have to study for tests, I didn't think her exams were extremely difficult as long as you attempted to study and pay attention you really should pass. Such an adorable human would totally recommend and take again.
Honestly, I take back every good thing I said about Ramachandran. Her midterms and quizzes are EASY and do not prepare you well enough for the final. She spent the last two weeks rushing through what seemed to be A LOT of organic chemistry instead of reviewing questions she's never covered before in thermodynamics and kinetics. I didn't feel prepared for the final (there was no proper study guide or review session other than a lecture covering organic chemistry. I think the class would've been more properly weighted and we would've been more prepared for the final had the midterms and quizzes somewhat matched the difficulty of the final - so our grades wouldn't be so completely dependent on a final we weren't being prepared for.
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