Bruce Stone
Department of English Composition
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3.6
Overall Rating
Based on 42 Users
Easiness 2.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.9 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.1 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Needs Textbook
  • Participation Matters
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again
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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: B
Sept. 23, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B-
April 1, 2018

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: B+
Jan. 9, 2023

This class was hard. Although the material (fairy tale) is interesting, we weren't assessed on our interpretation of the fairy tales but on our analysis of scholars' opinions about a certain fairy tale. Professor Stone is a very nice person. You will feel like your work is being valued and read carefully. However, he wasn't a very helpful professor academically. He wasn't very clear about what he is looking for in your writing, and pretty vague on how your writing should improve. He also is very very strict on grading. I enjoy reading all those materials and learning about fairy tales. I also appreciate how the professor really tries to engage the class and make us feel welcome. But this was a very hard class. I put in huge efforts for all 3 papers and all ended up with B.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A
Dec. 2, 2022

The class is a lot of work, but has good payoff as the tasks effectively help create interest difficult/initially boring texts. He fosters a collaborative classroom environment, and the discussions that happen in class are super helpful to understand/articulate ideas better. He also provides great feedback/guiding questions on rough drafts and through office hours

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: N/A
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June 3, 2021

Professor Stone is a great professor. Although, his standards are very high for his students, which is reflected through his grading. The class is graded on participation (informal assignments), 3 essays. After taking his class, his teaching has definitely helped me improve immensely on my writing and critical thinking skills. His class is definitely not an easy A class, however, it is definitely very rewarding. I definitely recommend taking Professor Stone

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: B
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Dec. 28, 2020

Prof. Stone is helpful depending on the situation. When having a 1 on 1 zoom meeting he is 4/5 helpful. In zoom lectures, around a 3/5 on helpfulness if you can pay attention. Most of the homework seems easy, but in reality, a bit hard and could take well over an hour. Overall, a good professor.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Sept. 29, 2020

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: C+
March 2, 2020

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.

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

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B
Nov. 19, 2019

Do not take this class

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: B
Sept. 23, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B-
April 1, 2018

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: B+
Jan. 9, 2023

This class was hard. Although the material (fairy tale) is interesting, we weren't assessed on our interpretation of the fairy tales but on our analysis of scholars' opinions about a certain fairy tale. Professor Stone is a very nice person. You will feel like your work is being valued and read carefully. However, he wasn't a very helpful professor academically. He wasn't very clear about what he is looking for in your writing, and pretty vague on how your writing should improve. He also is very very strict on grading. I enjoy reading all those materials and learning about fairy tales. I also appreciate how the professor really tries to engage the class and make us feel welcome. But this was a very hard class. I put in huge efforts for all 3 papers and all ended up with B.

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Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: A
Dec. 2, 2022

The class is a lot of work, but has good payoff as the tasks effectively help create interest difficult/initially boring texts. He fosters a collaborative classroom environment, and the discussions that happen in class are super helpful to understand/articulate ideas better. He also provides great feedback/guiding questions on rough drafts and through office hours

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: N/A
June 3, 2021

Professor Stone is a great professor. Although, his standards are very high for his students, which is reflected through his grading. The class is graded on participation (informal assignments), 3 essays. After taking his class, his teaching has definitely helped me improve immensely on my writing and critical thinking skills. His class is definitely not an easy A class, however, it is definitely very rewarding. I definitely recommend taking Professor Stone

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: B
Dec. 28, 2020

Prof. Stone is helpful depending on the situation. When having a 1 on 1 zoom meeting he is 4/5 helpful. In zoom lectures, around a 3/5 on helpfulness if you can pay attention. Most of the homework seems easy, but in reality, a bit hard and could take well over an hour. Overall, a good professor.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Sept. 29, 2020

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: C+
March 2, 2020

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.

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

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B
Nov. 19, 2019

Do not take this class

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3.6
Overall Rating
Based on 42 Users
Easiness 2.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.9 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.1 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Needs Textbook
    (16)
  • Participation Matters
    (19)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (17)
  • Often Funny
    (15)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (15)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (13)
  • Would Take Again
    (15)
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