All Ratings and Reviews for Bruce Stone
Professor Stone is great and all, but his class is not easy. He even tells his students that if they want an "easy A" that English Composition 3 with him is not the way to go. However, the only reason that this class isn't easy is his grading. It's unclear in what exactly it is he is looking for in a paper. He wants unique points of views of the stories he has you read, but he doesn't want you to deviate away from the story. The class consists of 2-3 papers and that is where a majority of your grade comes from and it's hard to get anything above a B+ on his paper. He even says that it is because most students don't write about "what he is looking for." The grading is immensely subjective and his revisions are so vague and sometimes even contradictory. I went as far as going to the Undergraduate Writing Center to raise my last paper to an A and even they didn't understand some of the revision comments and what exactly I could do to change the paper and give him what he was looking for.
Overall though, I enjoyed the class! I just wish there was more direction in how to go about bettering the papers he had us write. I am selling the book "The Classic Fairy Tales" by Maria Tatar Second Norton Critical Edition for $10 is anyone is looking to buy it. It is a little worn from the front cover, but the book remains very much so intact. Email me @firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
This professor was a cool guy, he had a lot of jokes but overall he was extremely boring. I found it hard to stay awake in class. You have 3 essays but these essays are challenging. He is a really tough grader as well. I went into this class thinking I was a decent writer but apparently not. Unless you are going to be an English major I recommend to pick a different EC3 teacher. Do not make the mistake I did and put yourself through unnecessary stress.
Bruce did help me to improve my analytical writing skills, but he is a pretty tough grader and it is very, very, very difficult to receive an A on any of the papers unless you are willing to put in some grueling hours. Participation is also very important to Bruce, so I suggest that you sit at the front if possible, keep up with readings, and try to speak at least twice per class meeting because it will affect your grade if you do not participate. Overall, I really enjoyed Bruce but this class was definitely not an easy A.
Professor Stone is overall a reasonable and chill professor and what he mainly wants is to see the effort that you put into writing. I liked how passionate and dedicated to writing he is but it is fair to say that he doesn't give the clearest formula for writing a paper (since he's against the idea of a formula anyway) so it might be a little difficult for beginning writers. The workload for this class is quite manageable and I'm pretty sure Stone is one of the best Engcomp 3 teachers out there, who don't grade harshly or too subjectively.
Let me just start off by saying this: if you have the opportunity to take ANY class from Bruce Stone, do it. He is just incredible, and it will surely become one of your favorite classes. He is epic.
Bruce Stone is extremely intelligent and understanding, and I am very thankful to have had such an incredible professor for my first quarter. His grading is fair, and he very much pushed me to improve my writing skills. He does an incredible job preparing students for all three essays, and his conferences offer a perfect time to get one-on-one help with specific assignments. His lectures are fun and interesting, and you should try to participate as much as possible- trust me, it's worth it! In high school, it may have been easy for everyone to pull off an essay by turning in mediocre work to get a good grade, but you will have to work harder in this class, and I promise that it will only benefit you in the end. In the 10 weeks I had this class, my writing skills drastically improved; his goal is to help undergrads become the best writers possible, and I can tell he is very successful at that. Many of my friends that haven't taken Eng Comp 3 have already heard about Stone from me and his other students, his classes are going to start filling up! Do yourself a favor and take his class, you will truly enjoy Stone, as a professor AND person, and benefit from his teaching style.
Take this class! I loved it so much. The work load is reasonable (three essays over the course of the quarter) and the material taught is so important and applicable, regardless of your major. Professor Stone is knowledgable, helpful, witty, and just a cool dude overall. He really wants to help you improve your writing skills. If you have specific questions about your own writing, he'll talk to you one-on-one in class or in his office hours - he really takes the time to help you understand where you can improve.
If you want to improve your writing immensely, take Professor Stone. I'm not going to lie, the theme at first was not exciting to me at all and I was dreading it but he makes the lectures and stories you have to read extremely interesting, it became one of my favorite classes towards the middle of the quarter.
Make sure to keep up with all the readings to participate during the lectures, participation is your best friend in this class. The conferences are extremely helpful as well, he will answer your questions clearly and guide you to write amazing papers.
Professor Stone is one of my favorite professors at UCLA--and I'm a STEM major. I do enjoy writing, but Professor Stone's class was still one of my favorite English classes that I have ever taken. The theme of the class is fairy tales, which was really interesting to me. You get to ready different fairy tales from different time periods and places.
He's a very fair grader and the conferences he has before each essay is due are extremely helpful and he really tries to guide you in the right direction. Even if you already write well, he will still try to push you and make sure that you are still learning and growing as a writer. The reading for the class is interesting and not too intense. There are no midterms or finals. I definitely recommend taking this class with Professor Stone!
Genuinely he is the best professor / teacher I have ever had. He makes you very critically think about your own writing. He grades very fairly, and writes a LOT of helpful commentary for each assignment. There were times in class when I had to stop and appreciate the eloquence of his speech and the profound things he was telling the class. I think this guy is a genius. If you are actually trying to improve as a writer, I strongly encourage you to take this class.
Professor Stone is definitely a tough grader, but he will make your writing improve!
It's not an easy A, but the reading is really interesting and like I said, your writing level will jump to the college level. Great class to take with wonderful discussions. Will definitely help you in your future college writing classes!
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