All Ratings and Reviews for Bruce P Hayes
Professor Hayes is a very enthusiastic lecturer and has a concern for his students that is rare. He's also very interested in individual students and enjoys conversing with his students. There's no better way to fill an otherwise dull ten minute break between hours in a two hour class than by talking to Professor Hayes. I highly recommend him.
As great of a professor he may be, the material can be pretty challenging. Sad to say, I chose the class based on his high ratings on bruinwalk, but if linguistics isn't your thing, you're better off taking Ling 1. The great thing is that he sets the curve at B+. It's kinda hard to get an A when the class average was for the midterm was 91/100. Make sure you get Heather as your TA.
Prof Hayes is excellent. He has funny little quirks but explains material very well - you can tell he's a very smart guy.
He always uses the socratic approach during lectures and even during office hours (i.e. he asks you questions, doesn't just spoon-feed you).
He enjoys one-on-one interaction with students very much. I asked if he got worn out from talking to so many students during office hours and he said no, b/c he found it very interesting.
Homework is fair - not too easy or hard. Exams are also fair.
I think that Hayes is definitely a very good teacher. I know exactly what people are saying when they say both that he's unclear and that he's clear. He's a really good lecturer and he presents the subject matter in a really clear way. However at the same time the directions to his assignments are sometimes unclear. In the homework, lots of us got points off for not showing steps that the directions never said we had to show. That's the only frustrating part about his classes. I would still take any class of his and totally recommend him to anyone.
Prof Hayes was an amazing teacher. His lectures are informative and the information I got from him in these intro classes, I used in every ling class after.
If you can take a class, any class with prof. hayes, I would do it!
Prof. is a vry effective professor. For those who say he is unclear in what he wants, maybe you should pay attetion in class. All the specifics he gives, he basically does the homework for you. He is always in his office at the correct hours. No, he will not just give you the answers and this makes him even a better professor.
The location and distance of UCLA and all my friends going to UCI or UCSB made for a difficult decision. My first lecture at UCLA was Bruce Hayes, within 5 minutes i knew i made the right decision. He is so smart and is able to communicate his knowlege in a simple, understandable way. His classes are fun. He gets students to work together and gives interesting assignments. His use of technolgy adds to his classes and helps you learn things which are useful beyond school, not to mention for other subjects. He is really nice, almost always available around campus, and tries to help students with his classes and beyond, even getting us jobs. Hayes is the bomb!
Professor Hayes was one of the major deterrents in my focusing towards linguistics as a major. I got into his class one week late, was prepare to catch up on everything I missed, but when I talked to him after lecture on week 2, he told me to immediately drop the class. He was amazed that I even made it into his class and told me that he was surprised I was even considering the major as a 2nd year (Fall quater by the way) and I hadn't taken ling 20 yet. I would have liked to take his class, but the way in which he told me to drop it really discouraged me. He may be a good lecturer, but he obviously does not care enough about prospective students to let one try and work to make up one weeks work.
I love Professor Hayes!! He's a great instructor and is extremely knowledgeable. He is definitely one of the best professors I had at UCLA. If you ever get a chance to take one of his classes, I would highly recommend it. Also, if you take 103, make sure to ask him to say words emphatically....haha, he's awesome!
Bruce knows how to explain Linguistics very well. He writes the text for Linguistics 20 and 120A (these are the ones that I know of). These materials are extremely clear, thorough, and interesting. He has a habit of repeating what's in the text during lectures, which is bad in that it can make for some boring lectures, but good in that attending lectures is not strictly required and if you do go, he will take the time to reinforce the material and make sure it is understood. His assignments and tests were very "by the book" (hw questions even told you where in the text to look for the answer!), which made them simple and straightforward. There were no papers or projects; only weekly hw, midterm, and final. For those who crave a lot of structure in a course, he is a good choice. You always know exactly what to expect.
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