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I loved Professor Collett! She made lecture so fun with her little anecdotes, and this helped me remember concepts better, as I could try relating new, difficult concepts to occurrences in my life! I didn't really know much about sociology before taking this class, but this class has opened up my eyes to several inequalities and injustices that happen in our society, that I never realized or thought about. It was overall very informative and made me interested to take even more sociology courses. I know you won't regret taking her class!
The professor really made this class interesting. She talked about certain topics that I personally was interested in. To keep the class engaged, sometimes she'll show videos. She has clicker questions so you do have to go to lecture. They're based off all the assigned readings for the week so you do have to do the reading. They are a little bit difficult so make sure to read the questions carefully. Section attendance is mandatory but my TA (Angela) was honestly super helpful so it was worth it to go. She made sure we understand all the concepts pretty well and that were we able to draw connections. This class has two midterms and a final. They're a mix of multiple choice, short answer, and an essay question. The multiple choice are kind of like the clicker questions. Mainly make sure you know the readings and are able to draw connections to the concepts talked about in class. The textbook is required in the class but if you don't want to buy it, it's on reserve in Powell. She does seem kind of unapproachable but if anything you could talk to your TA.
Basically you do have to put some effort in this class. You do have to do the readings, but most of them are interesting so it shouldn't be too bad.
Absolute best class I've taken at UCLA yet!! I'm selling the required textbook text me 4156861877
Prof. Collett was amazing. The readings for this class are very intriguing and eye opening. We did not have a textbook, rather a book of journal articles, ethnographies , etc. Her class is not structured solely around tests, participation, assignments, and in lecture quizzes are all portions of the grading. Her tests are MC and short answers directly related to assigned readings and lecture topics.
I thoroughly enjoyed this class and had an amazing TA (Angela) and definitely walked away from the class with a lot more than just a good grade :)
Professor Collett is one of the best, if not the best, teacher there is at UCLA. She is extremely organized with all of her tests and due dates. You will know when everything is due, all exam dates, and the grade breakdown before the first day you step into class. The exams aren’t hard as long as you go to class and keep up with the readings. She will often give away answers to clicker questions and exams if you listen in lecture. There are a lot of readings, but you don’t need to complete them before the clicker test because a lot of it is common sense. However, you should stay on top of them because they’re important and actually really interesting. Clicker questions are a downfall, but she does drop 6 of them and drops questions of over 50% of students get them wrong, so I ended up with some extra credit from them. The sections are helpful and she provides a lot of opportunities for study sessions before exams. 10/10 recommend this class.
Professor Collett is so amazing!!!! Her class was really well organized and structured for optimal student learning. She really cares about her students and their success in the class. The material is super interesting and she is very engaging and does her best to make sure everyone is on the same page. the exams are not tricky, and if you attend class and understand the material you will be 100% fine. the only thing a little tricky are the essay portions of the exams because they require you to be VERY specific. This class was a 10/10!!
Side note: my TA, Holly, was super helpful and prepared us well for exams!!
I'm honestly glad I took this class because I learned so much and most of it was interesting. The readings got burdensome sometimes but the iclicker quizzes every lecture kept you on top of your readings. I would say her tests were fair and she has this rule if less than 50% of the class misses a question she takes it out, and if you got it correct you get extra points (this goes for iclicker questions and tests). I realized I actually liked going to this lecture and it never seemed like a drag to get out of bed. She gives so many examples from readings and real life that help you visualize concepts. Take it, just do it.
EASY GE. Studied less than 2 hours for all the midterms and final, and the lowest grade I got was a 94. The two midterms and the final are all the same length which was nice, because the final didn't stress me out (since it also wasn't cumulative). Lectures are engaging and she uses lots of examples that will pop up on exams. The only thing is that there are iClicker quizzes every class, on the readings for the day. Having readings due every class felt like a burden, but they usually only took me an hour to finish them, while also taking notes on them. Really easy to get an A in this class, hard to get an A+, I was less than 1 point away, but she only gives A+s to grades above 100%. Besides that, I would def recommend Soc 1 with Professor Collett for an easy A and interesting material! Holly was my TA and she was great too!
Prof. Collett is a great professor and she really cares about her students. Her lectures are organized and she uploads all materials on CCLE, which is great and helpful for review. She uploads slides before lectures and gives out outlines at the beginning of slides, which can help you have an idea about what will be discussed in lectures. In lectures, she take everyday examples and examples from readings to illustrate abstract concepts, and those examples are usually vivid and interesting. Also, you need to take iClicker quizzes for readings in almost every lecture. Sometimes, those quizzes are tricky, but to be honest, they are really helpful to your further understanding of readings and their connections to lectures, and they are also helpful to having a sense of what multiple questions will be like in exams. Homework is almost all about reading. Sometimes, there is a sort of heavy workload for reading but they are quite interesting and I really enjoy doing those readings. Tests are not so hard as long as you engage in lectures and do those readings (which are really important!). Generally speaking, Prof. Collett is the kind of professor that I am willing to take further courses with.
I loved this class! Prof. Collett is one of the best professors I have had at my time at UCLA. Her lectures are engaging, relatable, and interesting. She has a way of speaking that keeps you paying attention and she uses great examples to support her speaking points. She is a really kind person and I would recommend visiting her at office hours if there is any confusion. I had trouble coming off the waitlist initially, but she was very helpful and got me into the class. She seems like she really cares about her students.
Yes, there are graded iClicker questions every lecture, though honestly they boosted my grade in the end. At first I didn't like them, but eventually you get used to them and do better. They also made it so the information is fresh in your head so you don't have to study as hard for the exams (which are 18% of your grade each and there are three).
I would highly recommend this professor.
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