Ghislaine Lydon

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AF AMER M10A
History of Africa to 1800 See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.5

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Very boring lectures. Knows what shes talking about but stares at computer entire time and speaks quietly. Hard to focus during lectures. Gave study guide for midterm. LOTS to study but you know exactly what is going to be on test. Included a map quiz, ID terms and essay. Gave all possible ID terms and all possible essay questions beforehand. The homework is reading chapters from book. Way too many pages to read But you can get by without reading anything if you just attend lectures and discussion. Usually a waste of time, don’t need to do reading

(Winter Quarter 2018)
HIST M10A
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HIST M10A
History of Africa to 1800 See Full Profile

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

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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)
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 2.7 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.6

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I liked that her lectures aligned with the assigned readings. It eased the final push to memorized information during the quarters final weeks. She is also a very nice person, who is genuinely interested in your appreciating the rich history the belongs to Africa. I highly recommend her to Transfer students, her class is a good transition into university upper division curriculum.

(Dec. 30, 2008)
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