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Professor Rett lacks the proper teaching skills. She tries so hard to be funny in class just to connect with the students but in truth she barely connected with any of us at all. All her lectures, powerpoint presentations and podcasts were ineffective. The quizzes, too, did not help the students in any way. All the homework questions were crucially hard and the worst part was it was up to us students to figure out the answers in detail as Professor Rett did not help us at all. The Final Exam may be open book and notes but it was still the hardest test because the questions asked were not at all taught to us. Even the review sheet did not help us in any way as they were all just random terms she chose from the book, and by random I meant, she did not teach us those terms in lecture at all.
It is truly sad that there are people who do not care for student learning. From the first day of lecture, she intimidated us with words such as Linguistics is not for everyone. Another instance is when a student asked Professor Rett about the time it will take to finish the exam, Professor Rett replied: "I don't know. It only took me 10 minutes to finish." From a student's perspective, these words not only dissuaded me from studying Linguistics but it also made me lose confidence in myself.
Wow, what a freaking awful class. I wasn't really interested in Linguistics to begin with, I just took this as a GE because I heard that it's not so bad and I figured I may learn a thing or two.
First of all, Prf. Rett is SO BORING. Honestly I would sit in Royce literally about to fall asleep from boredom. She is so monotonous and the subject material she covers in her powerpoints are pretty much identical to what's in the book. Most people stopped coming to lecture altogether.
The class has no midterm, just an open-book/note final exam, 7 homework assignments, and quizzes after each lecture. Most of the quizzes were alright, and the homework required a lot of re-reading the book because she never went over most of the concepts in class.
The final exam sucked. It was on concepts that hadn't been re-enforced in class, and you basically had to rely on your notes and knowledge.
Please for the love of god, don't take her. She made what should've been an easy GE into a nightmare.
Don't get me wrong, she's nice but damn--
SHE SUCKS. Boring, dry and monotone.
Even my TA thinks so... She makes a lot of mistakes.
Maybe she is too busy with her research. Heed this warning. I am a linguistics major.
Just don't do it. For ANY class.
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