Jesus Torrecilla

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SPAN 42
Iberian Culture See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.9 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.4

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This class is so easy I forgot I was even in it sometimes.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
SPAN 119
Structure of Literary Work See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.3

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I felt as though I learned a lot through this class but I must say that I was frustrated at the way the class was run. He didn't tell us that we would have a final until the second half of Week 3 (and the final was Friday of finals week!) which is unfair for people who have already made travel arrangements for winter break. He solely relied on discussion during class to relay information (like if we had an essay coming up, he would talk about it in class but we could not find information about it on the course website at all). This puts non-native speakers at a disadvantage as they have to pay complete attention at all times during each class to ensure that they don't miss any information. In addition, your class participation comes from his random calling on people during class to answer his questions. This was successful at forcing people to pay attention and not work on other assignments but it was stressful as it can be hard to follow everything going on.
Your grade is based on participation (his random callouts during class, attendance, daily hw assignments, and a 5 minute presentation), midterm, final paper, and a final (cumulative). If you work hard and pay attention, you can succeed in the class.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
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SPAN 119
Introduction to Literary Analysis Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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SPAN 119
Introduction to Literary Analysis See Full Profile

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SPAN 119A
Introduction to Study of Literature: Prose See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 4.6

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Great professor!
Took 119 with him. The workload isn't hard and even if you don't fully complete the homework he still gives you points and sometimes even lets you complete it and turn it in later for full credit. He explains the material VERY well. As long as you attend lecture (he also takes attendance) you'll do fine since the exams are basically what's discussed in class - no tricks or surprises. He is super kind and is always available, he really wants to see his students succeed.

(June 20, 2013)
SPAN 120
History of Literature See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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This class with Torrecilla is pretty simple. There are two essays, a midterm, a final, and some section participation points. He gives you the essay prompts in advance and the tests were pretty fair which was nice. His lectures can be kind of boring and he sometimes fails to cover all the information but when he does cover things he covers them extensively. It's not super necessary to really do the readings in depth but there are reading identifications on the tests. Overall it was a pretty easy class but not the most interesting.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
SPAN 120B
Literature in the Hispanic World: Hispanic Literature, 1700 to 1898 See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.5

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Prof. Torrecilla is one of the most amazing teachers I have had here. He is direct and thorough about every work he goes over in class. I did an honors contract with him that was too long and a pain, but he was the only professor in two quarters who agreed to give one. He knows everything about his subject, is approachable and available, and extremely concerned with his undergrads. This was quite refreshing coming from the bitter Prof. Johnson the quarter before. I only hope I can take Torrecilla again! Also, my TA was Manuel G, the best TA I've had yet.

(March 24, 2005)
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SPAN 128
The Enlightenment and Romanticism in Spain See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.0

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Torrecilla is a very smart and articulate professor, his spanish is clear and easy to understand for non-native speakers and the class was well organized and presented. The readings werent the most engaging I have had, but the reader combines well with lecture to stress the major themes and get to the point of all the readings. Overall one of the better Spanish Lit. classes I have had here

(Dec. 19, 2005)
SPAN 139
Romanticism and Realism in Spanish-American Literature See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.5

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Profesor Torrecilla es uno de los mejores profesores que he tenido en toda mi carrera. Su forma de evaluar es justa y te indica que es lo que quiere que entiendas de cada clase que da. Recomiendo a este profesor a aquellos que esten cursando una carrera en Espanol y "teaching" ya que el te puede orientar muchisimimo.

(Dec. 11, 2007)
SPAN 140
Modernismo Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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SPAN 140
Modernismo See Full Profile

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SPAN 140
Topics in Modern Studies: Marginal Groups and National Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries (18th and 19th C) See Full Profile

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