All Ratings and Reviews for Jennifer Jung-kim
Overall, the course material was informative and the professor seemed fairly passionate about the class, which is good. This class, however, is one of the harder GEs in my opinion.
First of all, the readings she gives out every class is a bit much (around 40-60 pages). Secondly, the midterm and final, which are both based on the readings, are graded unnecessarily harshly. These exams are fairly straightforward: she gives us the prompts one week in advance and we're expected to write short answers to those questions during the allotted exam times.
After getting the midterm scores back, I was disappointed with my overall grade and decided to ask what I needed to work on for the next exam. Basically, she had told me that I needed to write more. Personally, I felt that I had answered the questions well enough and it was unfair for her to grade based on how much I wrote. Additionally, (though I may just be a really slow writer) I was writing nonstop for the entire exam. Even if I did not write in enough detail, she doesn't give us a rubric so it's hard to do well if you don't hit the mark from the get-go.
I had Jennifer over the summer and i thought she was great. Because she's only a little bit older than most of the students, she understands what we're going through and tries to make it easier for us. The take home midterm was pretty demanding but the in-class final wasn't too bad. Even though her lectures can be boring because she has only 2 hours to cram in centuries of Korean history, it's worth going to lectures because she expands on the material and thoroughly reexplains what we should have read before we went to class. I would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in Korean history - the material is interesting and Jennifer does a great job.
I thought this class would be hard because of the all the readings, required partcipation in terms to contributing to the web site, taking roll, and talking in class, and because of the pop quizzes. But Jennifer tells us the important things, or the key terms to focus on, and drops so many hints about the pop quizzes such it's pretty easy to know when they are. She gave a take-home midterm which I thought wasn't too bad, and she seems to grade pretty leniently. She occasionally breaks the lecturing of the course by showing us pictures and videos. I haven't gone to any of her office hours, but she responds to email fairly quickly. Contributing in class isn't very hard to do, just asking for clarfication for things during class counts, I think, and you just rant about whatever on the dicussion board, Overall, a friendly professor who make its clear what we need to know, and a lenient grader. If you follow everything she tells to you to do, it shouldn't be hard to get an A in the class. She's also the only professor that I know who has asked the students to post their review of her on this website. I thought that was pretty cool, since most of other professors really don't care. Recommended this class if you have any interest at all about Korea.
*edit* from the post below:
I meant I missed 3/10 discussions. Discussions are important haha.
Evaluation for -K50-
Professor Jung-Kim is the nicest, most caring professor I have ever met. She's always willing to open her office hours and make appointments with students.
The lectures were very interesting for me (maybe it's because I'm korean and majoring in history). Her powerpoints are very well organized. She lectures well too. Also, she shows clips of videos from Korean dramas from time to time - fun.
I had Howard Kham as my TA. Although I did miss 7/10 discussions (mainly b/c I couldn't wake up by 9am for a Friday morning discussion), they were interesting when I did go. Although he may come off as being a little intimidating at first, he's actually a really funny guy who makes discussions worthwhile.
There is a midterm exam, one paper (really easy; you can write about a film), and a final exam. The exams consisted of IDs and an essay. I got a B on both exams (the ID part screwed me up; the TAs look for lots of details).
Overall, take this class. It's not the easist GE, but if you're interested in Korean/Asian history, you'll enjoy this class a lot.
This evaluation is for EAS101.
There are tons of readings. Because she decided against using a textbook, she ended up picking and choosing an assortment of reading and lumping them together under topic/period. Some of them were painfully boring, and there were only a handful of interesting ones. I usually read everything, but some of them got so bad that I ended up skimming and reading over the conclusion sections for our weekly 2-page summaries. While there were originally 8 weekly summaries with the top 6 being counted towards a grade, she ended up lowering it to 5, because apparently people find it difficult to write a 2-page summary every week. Granted, it was annoying having to do them over the weekend (they were always due Monday evenings), but generally if you provided some general points and analysis, you were okay.
Despite the long readings, though, I felt like this was less of a "capstone class" for seniors as she put it and more of a high school-level AP class. The weekly summaries, the group presentations about topics sometimes only vaguely connected to that week's readings, the review guides for the mditerm and final -- all of it felt like it was just lacking that something to make it more of a college-level course, aside from the rather rigorous grading. She would also digress a lot during lectures, as it was two hours long and had a class size of something like 45, which apparently meant she could take her time with attendance (she counts tardies -- also something I thought I had left behind in high school) and struggle with loading up Youtube on the classroom computer to show us video clips. I would have skipped lecture so much more often if she hadn't counted absences religiously; class discussions were often filled with long stretches of awkward silence as she asked us summary-based questions that had very obvious answers drawn from the text that nobody wanted to be the one to answer. Maybe it was because we didn't have a textbook and instead had to make do with whatever readings she assembled; either way, the class itself was very loosely organized and dragged on as a result.
All that being said, she does genuinely care, probably much more than an average GE professor. Though, there were some times where she made comments that I felt were slightly...rude? Like asking a student about his plans after college, and then saying something like "Really? That's what you want to do? That seems so boring to me. I mean, my husband..." blah blah blah. Otherwise, though, she's very friendly and the sort to recognize you outside of class somewhere on campus and be very understanding if you have family crises and those sorts of things. I'm honestly not one to go to office hours unless I absolutely have to, but the class would probably have been more bearable if I had gone to see her more often. Still, that's not enough to rescue the rest of the class. I wouldn't want to take it over again, and I would hesitate to recommend it to someone else.
I had her for k50 in the past fall quarter, and I thought she did a very good job. She's a very good lecturer. Very organized, and friendly. It might seem like a lot of info to memorize, but I think her exams were fair. Just don't miss any lectures. Listen closely to her. She drops hints here and there, telling you exactly what would be on the midterms, and even the kind of answers she wants. Taking good notes in lectures is the way to survive and get an A.
i took her for korean 50 and i heard it was her first time doing the lectures, and for her first time she did a pretty good job. the lectures for korean 50 are really long and are based on the book reading and notes outside of the book. the midterms are based on the book, whereas the final is based on the book, the discussion reading and lecture notes. this class needed a lot of memorization but its just like any other history class. she is always available in her office hours and doesn't mind spending time to talk about any questions a student might have.
Good Teacher. Take her class.
Professor Kim was a very effective professor. Her lectures were thorough, and she kept the course interesting by adding pictures and trivia to her lectures. To do well in her class, make sure you attend every lecture and listen to her carefully. She was also very helpful during her office hours, so if you can, try to attend those also.
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