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I took this class during the quarantine, so my review may be different from other reviews.
When the class began, the professor seemed so nice. The lectures and discussions were fun and engaging, then the midterm came. The MIDTERM was supposed to take 2 HOURS MAXIMUM, but it took me 6 HOURS. The class average was over 8 hours and the professor did not really care about it. After a lot of complaints, (and I think someone talked to the department head), she just changed. She became very helpful and understanding. She gave us extra credit, replaced the lower grade for the test with the higher test, and gave a much easier final.
In the end, I kinda liked her. It was her first time in online teaching so she might not have known the difficulties, but overall, she deserves a higher rating than 2.4 (her rating was 2.4 when I wrote this review)
Took this class during Spring 2020, and her midterm and final were half short answer and half essay questions. She said it was supposed to take 2 hours total, but the class averaged 8 hours taking the exams. We tried to explain our situations during the pandemic but she was unreasonable and uncompromising of our issues. Do not take this class, especially if it is online.
I took this class during the pandemic and honestly I think people who are leaving negative reviews are overexaggerating. Yes, the midterm did take longer than the recommended 2 hours, but it was not the hardest test I've ever taken. The test was shortened due to the pandemic and she made things really clear during office hours. Others in the class felt like it was "the hardest midterm they've ever taken at UCLA" but it really was not. It was really fairly straightforward, 3 short answers, and 3 long answers. She posted lecture videos instead of live lectures so I just put them on 2x speed and took notes. Overall, the class was pretty interesting and she was a really good professor and made the content pretty clear.
Professor Cartmill seemed genuinely interested and knowledgeable about the topic, but she was just not willing to be helpful and accommodating to students. This class was so frustrating because she kept acting like she wanted to help us, but then refused to listen to any of our suggestions. She insisted that our midterm (which if you added up word count would be 2000 words) was doable in 2 hours in class, which is straight up a lie, and when we suggested that we be given more time to do it, or that we have fewer questions, she would tell us that she wouldn't do that and to stop asking. The material wasn't even particularly challenging, but she told us she wanted to "challenge and push" us and make it hard for us, resulting in confusing and misleading questions on the exams. Her lectures were also consistently late to be uploaded, and she wasn't the best at communication. Again, I get that going online was hard for everyone, but she demanded that we adapt quickly while asking us to make allowances for her. I think most people ended up getting As and Bs, but it was overall not a great experience.
I'm sure Professor Cartmill is a lot more organized in an in-person lecture format that she is more used to, but for online classes, her readings & lectures were consistently days late to be uploaded. I never knew when a lecture was up, and felt stupid doing the readings because they were all covered during the lecture, with no extra information presented to serve as an incentive to pay attention to lecture. That being said, the readings are important for the exams, because it's reading-heavy and you are required to cite sources. I took this as an elective as a linguistics major, but I wish I took something else because I didn't really learn anything I hadn't already learned in past linguistics courses. Definitely a good source of information for non-linguistics majors interested in language acquisition/socialization though!
Im writing this review crying while taking a break from doing this 12 HOUR FINAL. Dont take this class y'all. I hate it here. Her tests take hours and I'm just at my breaking point with all this work and the pandemic/ racial protests. This class made me HATE this subject. Im so tired. Im so over it. Idk why she has to go all out on her tests when everyone is having a hard time rn. I just wanna cry and never look at another transcript again. Please do yourself a favor and take a different class with a professor who actually cares about you and your wellbeing.
Took this class in the middle of a Pandemic and racial injustice protests - mentally this was a tough class to get through. What made it worse is she just seemed to not care. She would give us approximate times it would take to finish an assignment, but would totally miss the mark. For example, she gave us an essay format midterm with short and long answers that was supposed to take 2 hours to complete - the class averaged 8 hours. We sent her an email and she complained about it... but we were supposed to be patient with her posting late lectures. She obviously knows her stuff when it comes to the course and the content was very interesting, but her attitude completely rubbed me the wrong way.
Prof. Cartmill is very knowledgable about the subject material and explains course concepts well. However, she did not take care to assist us taking this class online during a pandemic. Our exams (half short answer, half essay) and homework assignments (transcript notations and short answers) took longer to complete than she said. When the class asked her about it, she complained and was uncompromising about our issues. The course content is very interesting but organization of the class online during a pandemic made it not worthwhile.
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