All Ratings and Reviews for Carson T Schutze
TL;DR - I really enjoyed this class and highly recommend it to those who are interested in linguistics or want to major in it or something related (like one of the ling & ______ dual majors). If you aren't interested, you'll probably find this class tedious and boring.
Prof. Schutze is extremely thorough (sometimes a little unnecessarily so) in his explanations of course material and answers to students' questions, as well as corrections to the textbook content and study guide answers. He also sticks to the syllabus schedule very closely. The TAs are also very organized and welcoming of questions.
I found that whatever was confusing to me during lecture was always cleared up for me in discussion section through asking questions and doing practice exercise, so it's extremely valuable and worthwhile to go to discussion every week, ESPECIALLY because it helps a lot on the homework too (which is worth nearly half your grade).
Make sure you do your homework thoroughly and ask classmates/friends for help (or even if you're sure of your answers, just double-check with them so you can maximize your points)! Do the psych pool EC experiments early on in the quarter (I finished all of mine by Week 5)!
This class is not at all easy but extremely rewarding if you're willing to put in the time and effort. There are weekly homework assignments that often consist of questions the field has not answered yet, so you have to make a claim and support your argument with facts. Time spent on weekly homework is in the 10-20 hour range if you want an A. Practically a necessity to collaborate with other students or go to office hours to ensure your analyses are reasonable. There is one midterm and one final. The midterm was a killer of dreams, but the final was slightly more manageable. If you find yourself struggling don't give up! The curve was generous. Professor Shutze literally knows everything there is to know when it comes to syntax. Go to office hours and ask questions. He can recite the year some theory was first introduced and who wrote the corresponding paper. Truly a remarkable man. His lectures can be a bit dry.
I found Professor Schutze to be a rather slow and boring lecturer. His slides are great, so if you find him to be too boring you could probably get by with the slides he emails everyone before class.
Professor's lecture are dry, difficult to pay attention in class. However, course materials were organized and his lecture slides were very helpful. Weekly homeworks take a ton of time to do, and the answers that the professor is looking for is super specific. It is difficult to not get a ton of points marked off on the homeworks. I also believe that the textbook should not be required for this class. The professor always makes a bunch of edits that override the information found in the textbook, thereby causing a lot of confusion to me and other students.
Professor Schutze is very knowledgeable and passionate about syntax, willing to adjust deadlines, syllabus, dates, etc. to make sure that students are learning the material, and a great professor overall. I don't know any other professor who not only reads the ENTIRE textbook, but sends makes note of anything in the textbook that is confusing, wrong, and any typos. He makes his handouts for each lecture based on what happened in the last, so that there's always just the right amount of detail. Truly a dedicated professor.
His office hours are key to understanding the material. You can ask any question there, but you should ask questions in class, because he is very happy to answer them in extreme depth. Make sure that you start your homework very early, so that you can ask questions, because a big part of the homework is not practice, but thinking outside of the box, which can be very difficult to do without being able to ask questions about your logic/thinking.
Make sure you do well on the homework; it's a big chunk of your grade. Do the practice problems in the book, and the study guide to be ready for the exams.
I have to say I was a bit nervous for this class just because I heard about how time-consuming ling20 (for any professor) can be. However, the class' pace and the homework was all very fair and straightforward.
I do think Schutze is a phenomenal lecturer. He presents the information clearly and concisely. The only issue I had was that I wish he touched more on the conceptional information in the class (since the final in particular is concept-heavy).
Discussions do help when you're confused. I just wished that my TA did a quick review before we dove into practice so that one could tell if we actually did understand the lecture or not. Overall, I did like this class and I feel fortunate to have taken it with Schutze and the TA I had.
Advice: try to do (or at least start) the homework before your discussion. It's a good gage to see if you understand that week's lesson or not. Be sure you study the concepts, the final ask you a lot of whys. Do the extra credit! It's easy and if you're lucky like me, one might be solely online.
I found Professor Schutze to be a really boring and confusing lecturer, but the class wasn't that hard. The homeworks can be long, so it's really helpful to find someone to check your answers with. There's 3% extra credit for studies.
He has extremely detailed lecture slides and goes over things thoroughly. His lecture however can be somewhat boring. Overall a very good (although kinda boring) learning experience. If you are really interested in linguistics do take his class, otherwise stay away.
If you are not in a hurry to take this class, I would advise against taking it with professor Shutze, especially if you did not have him for LING20. He teaches under the assumption that you took LING20 with him, which makes the first half of the quarter much more difficult for students who have taken another professor for LING20. Handouts are extremely dense and difficult to parse out, and his lectures are the driest lectures I have ever attended at UCLA. Just picture him reading off of the handout for 2 hours, and that's what his class is like. The class is Bruincast, and the majority of the class opts to skip class and just listen instead. Definitely go to section, though, since that's the only place where you'll be able to interactively solve problems before you have to attempt the unnecessarily difficult homework problems.
Lectures are confusing, long, and boring. The midterm and final were the worst. The final contained unrecognizable material. The TAs were very helpful but overall I would not recommend this class.
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