Ghislaine Lydon

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HIST M10A
History of Africa to 1800 Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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History of Africa to 1800 See Full Profile

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AF AMER M10A
History of Africa to 1800 See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 3.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 2.2

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Literally the worst class I have ever taken in my life. I would honestly avoid taking this class at any cost.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
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HIST 10B
History of Africa, 1800 to Present See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 3.8

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Prof. Lydon was the worst teacher I have ever had at UCLA. Though the class itself is not that difficult(I'm a science major and I did well without too much effort), it is painful in the extreme to sit through. She refuses to post her slides, though people asked her to do so throughout the quarter, and yet she speaks quickly and goes through the slides ridiculously quickly. She won't tell you this, but she wants you to focus on what she is saying rather than what's on the slides so if you really want to learn bring a recorder and learn to type very fast.
We had 2 papers 6-7 pages each, they were not that bad, and the midterm was just memorization - she gives you a large list of people/issues to know and tests you on that. The map part of the test was not too bad either, just memorize all African countries and major areas.
The annoying thing is that she speaks in random African languages that no one knows except two or three students and plays really awful music (I listen to some African artists and they're really good - Lydon just tries to find the worst and oddest music she can to play in class).
Do NOT contradict her, she will say stupid things like "Africa is at the center of the world because of the Big Bang" (which almost made me walk out - she is completely science illiterate!) but if you talk to her politely after class she will bite your head off for having an opinion and not taking her word as the 'ultimate truth'. If you can stand the pain, take her for a GE. Oh, have Reem as your TA, she's wonderful.

(March 10, 2010)
HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.7 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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I took her seminar. She was very sweet and nice, very understanding of the class' needs. It was a small class, and she really tried to teach us and make us aware. Overall, a very memorable class, and not too much work. The final "project" ended up being a trip to Little Ethiopia, where we got free food.

(Feb. 2, 2010)
I A STD 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: Africa in Media: Old Images, New Clichés See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

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HIST 97J
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in African History See Full Profile

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HIST M102A
Historical Archaeology: World Perspective See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.1 Helpfulness 3.4

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I took her class History M10A Civilizations of Africa: Hist. to 1800's
Overall it was a pretty boring class, but you learn some cool things. I had Nana as my TA, and he was a great TA. Try to get him if you can.

""Selling Course Reader for $10** Original $26
Has some water damage on the front cover, but rest of book is in good condition.

(Jan. 5, 2016)
HIST M110A
Iranian Civilization See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.6

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I took her for history 10 b. Class can be a little boring but it is definitely an easy A. Lecture is not totally necessary but she did take a random attendance during one lecture. Midterms are graded very leniently and the final was a take home essay. Overall it is a good GE if you're looking for an "A" and history interests you. Selling course reader for $10. Text or call (951)234-1366 if interested.

(June 12, 2015)
HIST 160B
Mexican Revolution since 1910 See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.8

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I was a straight A student until I took this class. I got a B+. I'm not necessarily saying Lydon is a bad teacher but she's definitely not a very effective one. I attended every single lecture without missing a day. If you have ever taken this class you would understand what an accomplishment that is. Her lectures are boring, dry, and straight off of a powerpoint. It appears that she doesn't really care about her students. She has favorites in the class and it's pretty obvious. I took the class when she did not have a TA and I guess she has high expectations and grades pretty tough. That is pretty ironic considering how ineffective her teaching is.

(March 23, 2012)
HIST 166A
History of West Africa: West Africa from Earliest Times to 1800 See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.9 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 3.8

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I actually took history 165 (history of african things) but felt the need to leave a review in defense of professor lydon. yes she is a pretty dry professor, especially with online classes, but she's a very sweet woman and she knows a lot. she was also extremely lenient with grading and with making accommodations since we were all transitioning to online school and since that quarter was so turbulent regarding the protests. her care for students really makes up for the dry lectures. we also didn't have many assignments, just one paper, a group project, and a final essay (optional)

(Spring Quarter 2020)
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