Efrain Kristal

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COM LIT 1B
World Literature: Middle Ages to 17th Century See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.9

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Prof. Kristal is very knowledgeable of the material. However, the slides he show are mostly artwork. The majority of the information is spoken, and spoken quickly. So be prepared to constantly take notes. Also, although we studied 4 books in this class, we were not expected to read the books in their entirety. Discussion participation consisted of 20% of the grade so make sure you attend those.

(March 21, 2013)
COM LIT 4AW
Literature and Writing: Antiquity to Middle Ages See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.5 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.5

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I actually never met Kristal; the class is taught entirely by the TA (I had McCullough, who was awesome). I signed up for this class last minute after dropping a class I learned that AP credit actually applied to...there was slim pickings for the remaining classes so I figured I would just get my Writing II out of the way. This class is definitely work but certainly doable. You aren't going to get away with slacking in any Writing II course. This one consisted of biweekly submissions to a forum based on the weekly readings, 3 papers, a midterm, and a final. I was kind of mad that I got an A+ on the final and midterm (combined 25% of the grade) and an A on the final paper (also 25%) and wound up with an A- in the class (I got a B+ on the first paper which was only 10% and A minuses on the second paper and participation). I felt like I deserved an A overall.

Most of the readings were actually interesting; I only used Sparknotes once or twice out of time issues, not lack of interest. You only read bits of the books you are required to buy, like 2 sections of The Iliad, a few sections of the Bible, etc. I'm not religious and still found the class interested. In addition to this class I was taking a GE and an upper div while working 30+ hours a week and didn't feel like this class consumed the rest of my time. I would recommend it as long as you have a good TA.

(June 27, 2012)
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COM LIT 4BW
Literature and Writing: Middle Ages to 17th Century See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.1 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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COM LIT 4CW
Literature and Writing: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.4

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When I signed up for this course, it said Kristal/Feldman, but I never met Kristal. The class was taught solely by his TA, Leah Feldman. She was great; very approachable and really concerned about student learning. I had a lot of difficulty understanding what she wanted out of our writing, and she took the time to explain all of the most basic topics with me until I fully understood them, even stuff like what a proper thesis is and what a topic sentence is. She's extremely patient about stuff like that, and she also believed that everybody's opinion matters which was really nice. I was pretty intimidated taking this class, as I was one of the few freshman, but I enjoyed it. We read five books, and the class was fairly fast paced. Our grades were 20% participation, 10% a class presentation, 10% midterm, 15% for the first paper, 20% for the second paper, and 25% for the final paper. The first paper was graded pretty easy, but the others were harder. The midterm was easy, and the presentation was as well. Attendance was mandatory, which sort of sucked. I got a B+ in the class, which I'm happy about, being a south campus major and a pretty shitty writer. I really liked this class, and I think Feldman is a good teacher. I definitely recommend it.

(April 3, 2012)
COM LIT 4DW
Literature and Writing: Great Books from World at Large See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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CLUSTER 73A
Mind over Matter: History, Science, and Philosophy of Brain See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.3

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The course is fun but a challenge, it's doable. The cluster is taught by professors from the subjects: sciences but also humanities. It was a lot of fun. Make sure to form a study group, they help a lot. It's a good intro to life here at UCLA.

I am selling the course textbooks for cheap; the price is negotiable. text me at 323-447-9509

(Fall Quarter 2016)
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CLUSTER 73B
Mind over Matter: History, Science, and Philosophy of Brain See Full Profile

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ITALIAN 110
Dante in English Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ITALIAN 110
Dante in English See Full Profile

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SPAN 127
Golden Age: Don Quijote Full Profile > 4.6 Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.7 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness
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SPAN 127
Golden Age: Don Quijote See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.7 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.1

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PORTGSE M201A
Literary Theory and Criticism Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PORTGSE M201A
Literary Theory and Criticism See Full Profile

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