Gail Lenhoff

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SLAVC 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 2.7

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I took Russian 25 as a GE class with Professor Lenhoff and found it to be enjoyable. From a South Campus perspective, I found the workload to be manageable, though the reading was perhaps a bit intense towards the end.

Take the class, DO THE READING... and you will learn and gain a new appreciation for good works of literature. This is not the easiest (nor the hardest) GE class I've taken, but it was worthwhile.

(June 12, 2014)
RUSSN 25
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RUSSN 25
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RUSSN 25W
Russian Novel in Translation See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.4

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Taking this class my first quarter at UCLA was a huge mistake. Not only is writing about Russian literature is hard, the professor does not tell you how to improve your writing and expects you to get everything together for the final paper. I don't know - maybe she is a lot easier in her upper div classes - but Rus 25W was absolute hell and it ruined my GPA.

(March 4, 2004)
RUSSN 25W
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Great Russian Novel See Full Profile

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SLAVC 40
Christianities East and West See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.8

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*Took Russian 25

Compared to other professor, Lenhoff is less than mediocre. She quotes wikipedia in lectures. Her analysis of the plays are basic plot outlines. She has her favorites in her class and makes it clear. If you say anything she does not agree with, she becomes dismissive. She looks bored when people answer questions in class. Sometimes she just say that she does not have enough information on the material. Her lectures are all over the place. She goes on tangents about her own personal life.
The material is great (Russian plays), but the class is not critical. You have to copy what she says in lectures on your assignments. Sadly, this was the only class I could take to finish off my Russian minor or else I would have avoided her.
If you like being told what is right and wrong and not be allowed to have a thought to yourself, you'll love her. If not, well try not to waste your time.
Sidenote: Her husband is the department chair so clearly she gets away with a lot

(Feb. 27, 2015)
RUSSN M118
History of Russia from Origins to Rise of Muscovy See Full Profile

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RUSSN 119
Golden Age and Great Realists Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Golden Age and Great Realists See Full Profile

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RUSSN 120
Literature and Revolution See Full Profile

Overall 2.9 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.4

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I took Russ 120 last Spring and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although a bit restrained, I always was quite fascinated by her lectures. I did not have any prior experience with Russ Lit, nor do I speak Russian as many of the students in the class seemed to--perhaps its my ignorance that allowed me to take interest in this class, but I did. I lived almost all the books we read, even though I didn't finish a couple of them. I received an A in the class withoout too much duress. Slacked off until the midterm and then crammed, same thing with the final and final paper. I don't know... I really liked it.

(Jan. 27, 2006)
RUSSN C124D
Studies in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky See Full Profile

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SLAVC 125
Interwar Central European Prose See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 2.7

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I took Russian 124D with Professor Lenhoff, though it's not listed here so the review will say I took 125 as that is the closest number. She is a great professor. The amount of reading was very large, roughly 2,000 pages, but she chose very interesting novels and I actually enjoyed it. She is very willing to answer questions, no matter when I emailed her I would get a response quickly. Also, she was willing to read the essays before turning them in and gave wonderful feedback. If you're willing to go back and forth with her a bit it shouldn't be too difficult to get an A. Professor Lenhoff is a very good teacher, I enjoyed this course overall and recommend it to anybody with an interest in Dostoevsky.

(March 20, 2014)
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