Aleksandr Ospovat
Department of Slavic
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Easiness 2.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.4 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Nov. 18, 2008

I took a class from his 140 series a while ago and am taking one now. I have one thing to say about this guy: sucks to be anyone at UCLA who can't read and write Russian fluently. He's an amazing professor and his enjoyment of his subject matter is contagious and fascinating to observe.

In all honesty, 140C was better than 140A, if only because 140A divides the quarter into four short stories. It took us half of the quarter to go through two seven-MS Word-page stories by Pushkin, because Ospovat kept stopping at every sentence and explaining it. On the other hand, expectations about reading Dr. Zhivago over the weekend, as in 140A (if you haven't read it yet) are relaxed and if you never talk in class, he's unlikely to call on you.

There is a "final," which involves writing an essay on one of the pieces of literature he presents in class. He gives you all the necessary points; you just have to listen for them. And the final is during the last class, tenth week, which I'm ambivalent about, since you've got an hour and fifteen minutes to squeeze out an essay.

If you have any sort of problems with the class - really unlikely, but whatever - go to his office hours. He's really pleasant to talk to and he's very approachable.

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I took a class from his 140 series a while ago and am taking one now. I have one thing to say about this guy: sucks to be anyone at UCLA who can't read and write Russian fluently. He's an amazing professor and his enjoyment of his subject matter is contagious and fascinating to observe.

In all honesty, 140C was better than 140A, if only because 140A divides the quarter into four short stories. It took us half of the quarter to go through two seven-MS Word-page stories by Pushkin, because Ospovat kept stopping at every sentence and explaining it. On the other hand, expectations about reading Dr. Zhivago over the weekend, as in 140A (if you haven't read it yet) are relaxed and if you never talk in class, he's unlikely to call on you.

There is a "final," which involves writing an essay on one of the pieces of literature he presents in class. He gives you all the necessary points; you just have to listen for them. And the final is during the last class, tenth week, which I'm ambivalent about, since you've got an hour and fifteen minutes to squeeze out an essay.

If you have any sort of problems with the class - really unlikely, but whatever - go to his office hours. He's really pleasant to talk to and he's very approachable.

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4.6
Overall Rating
Based on 6 Users
Easiness 2.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.4 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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