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I took 5HA in the summer with professor Riguer. I enjoyed the class and it seemed like a pretty chill environment where I could learn very useful, practical information. She is super kind and caring and she likes to interact with her students which is admirable. She helped me when I felt stressed about the class and she would give me guidance on how to do good on her assignments. At one point, she held one-on-one appointments with her students, which I thought was very nice of her (during the meeting I found out she has a photographic memory which is pretty cool!). However, we got our grades back very late which, especially during summer, left us wondering what our grade was like towards the end. Overall, this class is great and Dr. Rigueur is a very caring professor
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My standard of comparison is the 4 upperdiv classes I have taken prior to this class. Rigueur is setting you up for failure. Her lectures do not have the clarity and specificity that she expects from students in her exams. Everything from her policies to how she explain content is ambiguous. Her exams are a test of your ability to read her mind not the content. Her quizzes are ripe with errors that make it difficult to understand but she won’t take any accountability for it. She is terrible about responding to emails, she’d take anywhere from 2-14 days to reply. She seems so nice and friendly but what she says hardly if ever lines up with what she does and how her policies affect her students. She never stuck to the timeline of exams and grading she promised in lecture. She’d say the quiz would be open on Tuesday but it would actually not open till Friday. She’d say midterm grades would be available Tuesday the week after the exam but it would actually be Thursday of the next week or even the week after. She said only paper 5,6 would be on the final but we were tested on 1,4,5,6. She’s so paranoid about her answers being leaked and compromising future exams that she’d much rather compromise our quality of education in the present. She doesn’t provide answer keys to her exams and she cuts points off on short answer responses seemingly arbitrarily. There is no way to understand what exactly she is looking for. If you ask to discuss your midterm privately just so you can get the correct answers, she basically threatens you by pointing out places where she should’ve cut more points but doesn’t explain why. And when you actually get an answer about what she was looking for you’d fail to see the connection to the question and how you could reasonably infer that. It also really felt like there’s a lot of information she doesn’t share with the entire class, aka you are greatly disadvantaged if you cannot attend her office hours.
I managed to get an A because I relied more heavily on the textbook but you would really fare better with any other professor.