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Steer clear. Lectures not recorded, notes/powerpoint slides not provided (just have to type as fast as possible while she talks), exams not open note (which is not something to typically complain about but considering that notes were never provided, it definitely made studying less effective) cancels class 2-3 times during the quarter, then tests students on lecture material that had not been covered due to class being cancelled.
Additionally, even after telling us the exams were based on stories from 1-2 novels along with lecture material, she will ask us the most random question that one would not imagine merit being asked on an exam, like "what was the author's first job?" and "did this story take place in New Mexico or Albuquerque, New Mexico".
Really ineffective way of testing for literacy and understanding of significance of chicano narrative. Seemed like she was just testing for memory of tiny unimportant details rather than comprehension of the greater historical/cultural context of the story. Determined to take points away, exams inappropriately graded.
Basically useless. Blown away by just how awful this class was. I have never wanted to call a professor a joke until I had Bermudez Castro. UCLA gave her a PhD??????????? If I was the Spanish department I would take that degree back, no way she earned that. Anyways actually hated her as a professor and a person, and I've never once hated a teacher.
I'm not even done with this course, but I've had enough time with this garbage professor to realize that she's some prick with a superiority complex. She constantly feels the need to take out her personal frustrations and failures as a professor on her students. I can't wait to write the final evaluation for the Spanish department to see because I have absolutely nothing positive to say. She actually ruined Chicano narratives for me, considering I loved the texts, studied, reread, and did my best on the midterm and still got a C. Most people didn't seem to do well, but what really is the most frustrating part is that she took over a month to grade a 2-3 page paper and 3 short response questions. She hasn't graded a single thing apart from the midterm and it is week 9, so I really have no clue what is going on or why she's considered competent enough to teach a university course at UCLA. She provided absolutely no feedback or justification for her harsh grading on the short response, and she really took points off of my grade because my essay was too well developed and long. She literally looked for reasons to take points off because of her terrible superiority complex. To add to the flames, she has cancelled class a handful of times and has lectured for probably 2 weeks without her camera on. Please avoid this professor at all costs, I've never written a negative review here on Bruinwalk, I look for the most positive things to say about these professors because I also realize they are struggling during this pandemic. But, she grades as if people actually care about this class and put most, if not all, their time to this course. UCLA please revoke her ability to teach classes, she is at best qualified to teach a high school class. Here lectures are so poor quality and difficult to sit through, which explains why no one participates and no one turns their cameras on. We hate you, Christian! Can't wait to see you burn in hell! <3
I took Dr. Bermúdez for another class last year and she was honestly very knowledgeable and understanding. She also provided a lot of feedback in our essays and my writing really did improve after taking her class. I also just want to say to the really hateful person below that you never know what someone else is going through, professors are human beings as well. You would think that students could give their TA's/professors the benefit of the doubt considering that they are also going through a pandemic, not just us. But some people are just entitled pricks I guess
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