English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language
You're very lucky if you can get into this class since so many people want her. She is always available via email and willing to help you with your papers. Office hours is a must, and she's very approachable. Maija even brings her students treats! Today we got Diddy Riese cookies! She writes all over your papers - at first it was intimidating but after going to office hours, getting an A was highly possible.
Spring 2022 - This class has been my favorite at UCLA so far! The professor was super easygoing, understanding, and explained the material well. The topics we explored were super interesting and the teacher gave really thoughtful feedback on our rough drafts which was super helpful when it came to writing our final drafts. 10/10 would recommend this class and the professor!
Fall 2019 - 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 **********.
Winter 2019 - 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 2019 - 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+