ENGCOMP 3

English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

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Tamar Christensen See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.9 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.1

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There are 3 writing projects out of which you submit 2 for grading. I barely did any work throughout the quarter, but Tamar basically tells you EXACTLY what she is looking for, you just need to pay attention and be smart about it.

Tamar is a tough grader but you can definitely manage the grade. I'm not the best writer and my first drafts were shit, but she really helped me improve my work and gave her exactly what she wanted in the papers.

The readings in the course reader are short and you don't even need to read, just annotate the pages. My course reader is fully annotated so you won't need to do any homework. I'm selling it for $40. The reader is also REALLY helpful because of the sample essays Tamar prints in it. Text me at 424-440-9353.

Fall Quarter 2019
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Richard Creese See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.2

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I highly recommend taking Professor Creese's class!! He's a nice and humorous guy who's passionate about what he's teaching, and his suggestions to your paper are always critical, useful and easy to follow. The workload is manageable, and all you need to do throughout the quarter is to write three papers. You won't be tested or blamed if you don't read or watch anything.

My suggestions to someone who takes this course:
1. You better watch most of the required movies (mine are screwball comedies from the 1930s and 1940s) before the professor talks about them in class, or you will be completely lost and you will have no idea what notes to take. Most times you should watch two 2-hour-long movies each week. I find these comedies super entertaining to watch, so I would seldom regard them as a burden.

2. The text reader is optional and I won't recommend you buying a new one, since all the useful quotes you may need will be given by the professor anyway and the reader is way too expensive. You can survive without any issue if you don't read anything.

3. Take notes! Write down what the professor comments on the movie. Use them in your paper. Use the quotes given in the prompts for paper. This makes writing the paper much easier.

4. You are allowed to rewrite all papers. Be prepared to be disappointed by your first grade. Most students will get a C. As long as you make changes according to professor’s suggestions, even though they may be tiny, you will be guaranteed to get a B or A as the new grade. No office hours required.

5. To international students: do not worry about this class. Professor Creese is very considerate and he will always turn on the subtitles. This class does not require any pre-knowledge about American culture or history. Also he is very tolerant on grammar and format problems.

Winter Quarter 2019
Shane Crosby See Full Profile

Overall 4.9 Easiness 4.7 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.9

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Prof Crosby is a great professor and somehow managed to get us to participate in an 8am class. I also learned a lot about the world and myself in this class, which i am very thankful about.
Nevertheless, here are some important points to consider:
- attendance is required. You get one unexcused absence. After that, your grade drops a whole letter for every class missed. Two tardies count as an absence
- this class has a huge workload. The homework took me more time than chem, bio and math combined.
- you need to participate in class.

Next to that, the class is really fun and truly an easy A or even A+

Winter Quarter 2019
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Margaret Davis See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.7

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10/10 english class. So each engcomp 3 class focuses on a different topic, and Peggy's is about pop culture and teenagers and stuff. So all the work in the class lowkey didn't feel like work at all. For example, we would read articles about popular films or listen to short podcasts about nostalgia, so it was really easy.

Homework-wise, there were mainly 3 components
1) you have to read a couple of articles before each class
2) you have to write a one-page journal for each class on basically any topic
3) you have to write 3 essays that are each ~5 pages give or take (but you turn in 2 at the end of the quarter). this quarters topics were: quarantine reflection, definition of a word/phrase in contemporary culture, and cultural analysis of a source.

My advice for this class is
-do the hw an hour before class so its fresh in your memory
-dont fall behind on the journals
-be an active participator
-edit your final drafts diligently

Peggy overall is super cheery and it really sucks that we couldn't have this class in person. She gives a lot of support and is super willing to help in any way possible. As a person who didn't do so hot in high school English, this class was certainly a good experience. If you put in a good amount of effort, you should be able to get an A.

Fall Quarter 2020
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Esha De See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.9 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 3.5

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I enjoyed this course! It's graded on improvement, so as long as you put in work you should be fine. Prof De gives SO much attention to each student and will tell you exactly what you need to write/fix during office hours.

Fall Quarter 2018
Nathan Deuel See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.1 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.6

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I would 100% recommend taking English Comp 3 with Nathan! He is such an engaging professor and your writing will definitely improve through this class.

But with that being said, this class does have a pretty large workload (even online). In addition to a weekly mini-essay, reading journal, and peer feedback, there are two midterms (3/5 pages) and a final (10-12 pages). Even though we did do a lot of writing, no two essays were similar and none were overly daunting. We also had the opportunity to revise the midterms until the last day of class.

Nathan does a great job of communicating deadlines and the workload should never be too overwhelming as long as you time manage well. Lectures are dedicated to either discussing the reading for that week or other students mini-essays. Even though Nathan did a great job of adapting the class to an online format, I do wish that I was able to take this class in person just because of how small it is and how personal many of the essays are. I hope I can take another one of his classes in the future!

Fall Quarter 2020
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LuAnne Dvorak See Full Profile

Overall 2.9 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.6

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If your not as liberal as she is, its best to just keep you mouth shut and agree with everything she says. If you tell her what she wants to hear you will be ok

Jan. 26, 2009
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