All Ratings and Reviews for Andrea Moudarres
I have mixed feelings about Andrea. I love him and I love his personality, but his style of teaching makes it difficult to do well even if you really do know the material. This is because on the 5 quizzes, he asks you to identify quotes by the person who said it, which canto (like chapter) it is in, and the context of the quote. I knew the material VERY well I mean like I spent a lot of time studying and I knew everything BUT when it came to identifying which canto it is from, it was difficult for me and for other students too. We did not see the relevance of understanding which canto it is from and we felt like we're not really learning the material or the bigger picture of everything Dante teaches us but we're actually just memorizing and cramming material.
Other than that, Andrea also grades pretty harshly on his essays. You really should work on them weeks in advance and ask for help in his office. He grades on things like style of your essay as well. The essays are only 4 pages but actually I would rather have a larger limit because I felt like I could not articulate my thoughts enough in only 4 pages.
i felt like the class was a memorization. It got interesting at times but it just stressed me out way more than I expected it to. It is not a lot of reading, as each canto is like 5 pages and he usually asks you to read 3 or 4 cantos for each class, but I feel like for what I learned in the class, I could not write a thorough essay. A lot of times he went over little things in the text in class but we never fully reached a point where it was like the meaning of all of these little things. I felt like we were going over all these things in the text but never reached a deeper understanding of theme in Dante. Only at the very last 2 weeks of the class did I feel I was understanding the theme.
Overall, Andrea is a tougher grader, but he is a really nice guy OH and he is extremely good looking lol (the italian accent and knowledge of everything adds). I would recommend this class to people, but only if they are willing to work hard. It is not insanely difficult, but it does require effort, especially for the essays and passage identifications. You do not have to really read the material thoroughly to do well in the class, this is because everything he goes over in class is on the quizzes only. He will not surprise you with something he never talked about. Anyway, I ended up with an A.
Easy and fun GE to take. Light readings that don't demand much time. Class has three quizzes for a total of 30%. There are also two essays for a total of 30%. Discussions count for 10%. Final counts for 30%. Exams are quite easy, and essays are graded leniently.
Fun lectures with entertaining professor, but not mandatory attendance. Good choice if you want an easy GE for an easy A.
Gonna start with the grading of this class first..
The grading is broken up into 5 reading quizzes worth 25% of your grade in total, 2 papers each worth 25% of your grade, and the final exam worth 25% of your grade. Grade distribution is fair, quizzes are straight forward but obviously require that you read the material and pay attention in class. However, I will say he's a pretty tough grader when it comes to the papers but that doesn't mean you can't get an A! He gives you the opportunity to ask him about your thesis/argument and he'll always point you in the right direction if he thinks you're going off track. So there's no reason you can't do well!
On that note, I just have to say that Professor Moudarres is amazing, SO brilliant and passionate about the subject he teaches. He's charming and has a good sense of humor which make the lectures enjoyable. He definitely needs to get more credit for how great he is!
But keep in mind that at the end of the day it's a LITERATURE course, so yes there will be reading that you have to pay close attention to, and yes, you will be expected to write well on your essays. But getting an A is totally doable.
Overall, I encourage everyone to take this class, you won't regret it! :)
Great Class!! Andrea is my favorite professor ! Hes a very good lecturer and as long as you do the readings and pay attention in class you will do fine.
Professor Moudarres is a great professor. Italian 42A has been my favorite class since I started UCLA. He made everything so clear and was so dedicated to Italian history. We only had 3 "quizzes" which were 50% of our grade and a final which was 50%. They were so easy if you knew the material and he also provided study guides for every quiz, which you could then use to study for the final.
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I LOVE this professor! I really recommend this GE.
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Moudarres is a great professor and a really nice guy. He is very passionate about what he does. Every time I walk into his office he's working very hard. This class was really good, not too difficult but you definitely have to put in work. The reading can be tough for people who aren't English majors but it is very interesting. In terms of your grade, you get what you put in.
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Moudarres is so nice! His lectures were great too! Make sure to go to lecture because honestly, you can't get by if you don't. The amount of readings he assigned were crazy and I didn't do most of them lol. He gives study guides for all the quizzes (which were VERY easy, factual, multiple choice). If you have friends that help you answer the study guide you'll be fine even if you don't do all the readings. The 2 papers for this class were quite manageable and my TA was such a sweetheart and a fairly easy grader. The final was 25 multiple choice questions and 3 one page essay questions so make sure to know the material he spends a lot of time on! Also, I'm selling the course reader! Text me 424 223 4462
Moudarres is very nice! Although the reading is quite heavy, you can skip most of them! I only read some interesting topics and still get an A. Take this as an easy GE.
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