English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

Bruce Stone

English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

English Composition department

Bruce Stone

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Overall 3.7
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Easiness of class 2.9
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Workload 2.9
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Clarity of professor 4.2
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Helpfulness of professor 4.2
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  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters
  • Often Funny
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Spring 2019
16.1%
13.4%
10.8%
8.1%
5.4%
2.7%
0.0%
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A
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
17.9%
15.0%
12.0%
9.0%
6.0%
3.0%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
B-
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C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2018
28.8%
24.0%
19.2%
14.4%
9.6%
4.8%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
26.0%
21.7%
17.3%
13.0%
8.7%
4.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
23.4%
19.5%
15.6%
11.7%
7.8%
3.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
30.6%
25.5%
20.4%
15.3%
10.2%
5.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2015
38.5%
32.1%
25.6%
19.2%
12.8%
6.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
22.7%
18.9%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2014
27.8%
23.1%
18.5%
13.9%
9.3%
4.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
28.6%
23.8%
19.0%
14.3%
9.5%
4.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
27.0%
22.5%
18.0%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2013
33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
11.1%
5.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
24.3%
20.3%
16.2%
12.2%
8.1%
4.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
18.2%
15.2%
12.1%
9.1%
6.1%
3.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
21.9%
18.2%
14.6%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
21.5%
17.9%
14.4%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted Sept. 23, 2019 Grade Received: B

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 @cathydoesnotcare34@gmail.com if you are interested.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted April 1, 2018 Grade Received: B-

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Sept. 29, 2020 Grade Received: A

Bruce Stone is an excellent writing teacher – plain and simple.

If you care about becoming a better writer, take his class! More than any other class I've taken at UCLA, Stone's ENG COMP 3 class has demonstrably improved my analytical reading and writing skills.

If you are looking for an "easy A", look elsewhere – Stone is an honest grader, not an easy grader. Nevertheless, if you demonstrate genuine effort and respond to feedback, there is no reason you can't get an A in this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 2, 2020 Grade Received: C+

Very difficult class to get an A in, he grades super tough. NOT WORTH taking the class unless you really, really want to become a better writer... which I did not want as a freshman fall quarter.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Feb. 19, 2020 Grade Received: A-

Professor Stone is clearly an amazing writer and cares about the subject so much that he would marry it if he could (e.g. he calls good sentences "delicious"). He clearly cares about his students (he went out of his way to try to learn everyone's names by week 2). However, this class is definitely not a piece of cake and Professor Stone holds everyone to a high expectation and grades pretty harshly on the essays (we had 3 essays). For the sample paper, he was borderline A-/B+ but ended up giving the person a B+ because she had the wrong citation. Make sure you have the correct citation!!! Also go into office hours early when drafting your essays because a lot of other students will be there as well. The reading is not heavy at all; the workload is mainly in writing the essays. My writing abilities improved drastically with Professor Stone; however, I think his class was harder than an EngComp class normally should be.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Nov. 19, 2019 Grade Received: B

Do not take this class

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted June 19, 2019 Grade Received: A-

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.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 18, 2019 Grade Received: 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.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 20, 2019 Grade Received: A

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted March 12, 2019 Grade Received: A-

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.

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Tags

  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters
  • Often Funny
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again
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