ENGCOMP 100W

Interdisciplinary Academic Writing

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Ifeoma Amah Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Bruce Beiderwell See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.6

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Prof Beiderwell has a deep understanding for the complexity of the English langugage. For the 1st 5 weeks he had us read articles/excerpts to learn different writing styles. Then for the last 5 weeks we worked on our own 15 page essay on ANY TOPIC OF CHOICE (after discussing with him).

Our 100W class had students who wrote at a wide range of proficiencies. What is great about Beiderwell is that he is a useful professor for students of all writing calibers. He helps you structure your essay in the most clear and concise manner, and guides you to use succinct verbage.

Overall the best writing professor I've had ever. period.

June 20, 2005
Mann Bunyanunda Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Tamar Christensen See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Dear Tamar,

You were the professor I needed not the one I wanted. Your class was WAY more difficult than it seemed on the outset (and the grade distribution). I spent way more time, especially in the final weeks of this class, working on your papers than I did for other classes. Why in the hell am I recommending you then? Because you taught me a lot: you helped me actually nail down how to create significance in my writing, be willing to make my writing malleable to constructive criticism, and helped me think more analytically. Also your 50's look is dope.

Spring Quarter 2017
Esha De See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor De is great at helping her students become better writers. At first, the assignments, (of which there are only a few), might seem challenging. However, if you put forth your best effort and ask for help when needed, there is no reason why you should not succeed in this class. I truly feel that I have developed a better ability to write a complex paper, which is a very good asset to have while writing in college, regardless of the class. What I particularly liked about the research paper assignment is that we were able to pick out our own topic, which made writing the paper much more enjoyable. I also enjoyed listening to all of the research paper presentations, as they were not only entertaining but also very informative. Overall, I would definitely recommend taking this class. You will become a better writer and will feel proud of what you have accomplished.

Spring Quarter 2018
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Randall Fallows See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.8

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Randy is an amazing teacher. He runs his class like a graduate student seminar which is refreshing. You can think of it as a giant participatory discussion section as opposed to a traditional lecture presentation. He is funny and lectures fly by. In terms of "homework" there really isn't much your paper grades make up 80% of your overall grade so put lots of time and effort into them and don't leave them to the last minute and you will do exceptionally well. Also, his class will teach you how to write and feel comfortable supporting your own opinions in a more natural personal way. The two essays you write are Traditional format and Grammar B format. The Grammar B essay looks difficult at first but I found it to be the more fun one in the end. He makes you write it from the perspective of your desired profession 5, 10, 15 years down the road and you get to use many different styles (Emails, Linkedin profiles, Diary entries, Eye Charts, etc.). Overall this CLASS is VERY FAIR. You get out of it what you put in. If you slack and procrastinate on your essays and you don't participate in class you won't do well in this class. But if you are diligent and stay on top of the course load and participate and come prepared to class you will do just fine! Randy is very open to meeting with students as many times as they need and he will give you comments and suggestions to improve your paper if it is not already an A paper. Go for it! Sign up for this amazing class! (If you can get in that is since its only 22 people per class)

Spring Quarter 2019
Edward Frankel See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.6

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Professor Frankel is a great professor and also a great person. Taking professor Frankel's class is different than many other classes because of the warm atmosphere. It's too bad I won't be able to take another class taught by Frankel due to me not needing any more English classes. He grades fair, very fair. He's organized. He's humorous. He's smooth too. I will continue to stay in touch with professor Frankel after UCLA.

Nov. 24, 2008
Rachel Fretz See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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It's quite amusing to see that everyone's negative reviews about Dr. Fretz is absolutely true. I just spent the most horrible ten weeks of my undergraduate life in her class and I can say, it was by far, the worst course that I have ever taken in my four years here at UCLA. First, the paper. We spend 10 weeks on a huge paper [the paper itself usually averages to about 25-30 pages] and we eventually turn it as a bounded project with appendices, draft plans, etc etc. So, in total, it was about 80 pages [imagine printing that out and then having to go to Kinko's to get it bind for $5.49] COMPLETE WASTE OF PAPER, MONEY, AND TIME. That is what you turn in at the end of the course. The ten weeks leading up to this is no better. I spent countless hours transcribing and revising drafts over and over again. On top of that, she had almost weekly conferences to discuss peer editing and all that other bs. I think she does not realize that we have other classes that we have to worry about because there is so much work that is assigned.

Don't get me wrong, the work is not difficult. It's just that its tedious and she hardly even looks at it. She checks your portfolio around 6th or 7th week and just gives you credit for "completeness." In my view, it just takes the workload off of her. And she does not allow you to express your own opinions in your paper! She wants the paper so completely structured in her format that she even "suggests" quotes that we should use. She wants things to be interpreted HER way, leaving very little freedom for the actual writer to express his/her own thoughts. The only freedom I had was in picking my narrator. I dont think I learned anything of substance in this class besides the importance of revising since we had to do about ten drafts!!!

If you take this class, be prepared to spend a fortune on ink and printing.
I would not recommend her. I don't mind if professors are difficult or require alot of work if I actually learn something of substance in return. But I didn't in this class. If you can, stay away!

and to end, i think she makes racist remarks. STAY AWAY FROM FRETZ.

March 13, 2009
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