ENGL 10A

English Literature to 1660

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Marissa Lopez See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 2.0

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Literally will never give you an A on anything you do unless it's praising her activism obsession in some way, shape, or form. But she's a good lecturer; she's pretty funny and interesting to listen to. Just don't expect to ever do well on anything.

June 2, 2014
Saree Makdisi See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.1 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.0

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Took him for English 10B and I liked him so much that I am taking another class with him, 163A. I would highly recommend Professor Makdisi because he is organized, articulate, straightforward, and a very nice man. His powerpoint presentations are filled with graphics so that lecture is made more interesting. Yes, the final was very tedious to study for but he tells you exactly how to prepare and you know exactly what to study. I didn't feel that the final was especially tedious, especially since many of the works were interesting. Also, Makdisi takes student comments and/or criticisms into consideration, and because many students complained about not having a midterm, he introduced a midterm for English 163A. It's a pleasure taking a class with this man and I would recommend him to any English major.

Sept. 22, 2011
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Robert Maniquis See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.0

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This professor is a true intellectual and he teaches you how to be one. Maniquis has forever changed the way I see the world. He doesn't do the banal way of teaching, which is to explicate a single work that you can get on Wikipedia as most professors do, instead, Maniquis asks you to take responsibility for your own education. He shows you what you need to do, that is, he tells you how to learn on your own. At first this is a lot of work--to look up every single word I do not understand to look up every term I am unfamiliar with but after a few weeks this method becomes invigorating. I am participating in my own learning! I am NOT just a downloading what the professor says. Maniquis is the best kind of education a person can get. His class structure gives you a construct that views the period of time in a cultural way--and you are free to research this on your own and he encourages you to do so and he tells you point blank that his is not he only way to view the period. You can do what he did and read all the original newspapers of the periods and all of the important writings of the period to see for yourself if you agree with him or not. He is fair grader. Work load is manageable. I think he is the best education. Take him he is BRILLIANT and he teaches you. There is an old proverb that says If a hungry man comes to you and you give him a fish you feed him for a day but if you teach him how to fish you feed him for a lifetime.

Sept. 19, 2010
Claire McEachern See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 2.4 Workload 1.9 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.6

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I completely agree with the previous poster - DO NOT TAKE SAMIR SONI as your T.A. He started off the first day saying that just because we may have received A's in other English classes at UCLA, we should not expect an A in English 10A. Well, excuse me, but getting an A is not just the student's responsibility, but also depends on the ability of the professors and teaching assistants and how well they teach. In any case, it was not a very encouraging way to start the quarter. I ended up dropping the class, but would have loved to stay in it because of the professor...she was really smart, funny and approachable. I thought she presented the material and made it fascinating and easy to understand.

Aug. 27, 2010
Michael North See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.2

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Professor North is a witty, organized, brilliant professor. He is an excellent lecturer, and every word he has to say is gold. Unfortunately, he has a monotone voice which makes listening to his every word a little difficult sometimes.

The only negative thing I have to say about him is that he assigns paper prompts that could easily be answered in a paragraph or two. I would literally sit in front of my computer screen for hours trying to expand without sounding repetitive or like I was trying to change the prompt.

June 7, 2011
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Debora Shuger See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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Professor Shuger gives good analyses on the texts, so her recorded lectures are good for breaking down the material after you've read it, to the point where you can sometimes get away with not reading it. She's also super passionate about the content which I loved. Sometimes the texts were difficult because they were old, but I think her lectures were entertaining enough to make up for that. Plus I liked the poetry personally. We had 3 essays, weekly short quizzes each with an extra credit question, and an optional test for extra credit at the end. Don't know if it was because of COVID but I was always pleasantly surprised by my essay grades, and the extra credit on the quizzes went a long way. I enjoyed this class despite all the horror stories. But def put aside time for those readings and lots of lectures each week.

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