All Ratings and Reviews for Brian Smith
Honestly didn't expect to like Professor Smith as much as I did—initially, he makes it seem like the class will be extremely difficult and that he'll be a stickler about everything, but that isn't the case. He's really friendly, has a great sense of humor and sarcasm (not everyone gets it, but he's a funny guy), and really seems to care that we learn the material.
A lot of the teaching can seem hand-wavy in the first half the class because this is just an intro class, but he does his best to explain things without getting overly complicated.
The class does cover a *lot* of material, but Professor Smith did a good job of connecting back to old material when relevant.
Really enjoyed the class and I hope to take another linguistics class with the professor.
Weekly homework + quizzes in discussion (and the occasional lecture quiz), but only the top 10 quizzes count. Homework is sometimes difficult but not unmanageable; same with quizzes.
He makes the class sound a lot harder than it will be (just check the grade distribution!)
Also high recommendation for Adeline as your TA if she's an option!
DO NOT TAKE LING 20 AS A GE. IT IS MADE FOR LING MAJORS. TAKE LING 1 INSTEAD
I think Brian was my favorite professor so far. He was engaging and funny and always dresses so nicely. He also tried to make the class as engaging as possible, asking for our judgement on certain parts of English or having us pronounce some sounds out loud. His sense of humor is a bit sarcastic and I loved it.
We were given 8 homeworks, which were more difficult than the tests in my opinon. These homeworks were made up of problem sets (usually 2-3 FRQs and whatnot). There were also 13 quizzes, with the lowest 3 dropped so that was very cool. His tests weren't too bad either.
All in all, I'm gonna miss him and his cool sweater vests.
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