All Ratings and Reviews for Jinqi Ling
I loved this class with Prof Ling!
Prof Ling: He really cares about his students' success and is willing to work with students one-on-one through email and office hour appointments. He is very supportive!
Workload: Not bad, but I took this class online so there were no reading quizzes or anything. In fact, he was very lenient about our completion of the readings. There was still a lot of reading though (about a book a week). He sent us his lecture slides so we could reference them throughout the class. The class consisted of 2 short papers where he chose the prompt and one longer final paper where you chose the prompt.
I learned a lot in this class. Although he's a tough grader, this class made me a better writer and I am happy with my grade!
I read most of the short stories again the night before the final, and I have absolute confidence in the fact that I would have failed if I had not. Tests are like, 8-10 questions long and worth a total of 120 points. For those of you doing the math, there is an incredibly small margin of error, and if you simply don't know the answer to one you're completely boned.
Professor Ling is a genuinely good man- but as a professor, he is not as great. He truly cares about student learning, but the problem is his lectures are many times tedious and boring.
I took Professor Ling for AAS 99 and M112B and had a good experience in both. He is a very sincere person and a genuinely nice person. His interest in literature made historical study interesting. His courses weren't too difficult because the subject matter is interesting. I would recommend taking a course from him.
I took a seminar course with Professor Ling. I thought he was one of the best teachers I've had since coming to UCLA. I say this because he was very approachable and sincerely cared about the students. He knows his literature well but I felt that sometimes he went too much into the technical issues of literature and not as much into content. All in all he was great.
Professor Ling knows his literature but his lectures might be less than intriguing. He speaks in monotone which makes it easy for anyone to space out. But he is a fair grader. Just read the books and understand the underlying concepts and meanings behind it and anyone should do fine. If you miss the underlying concepts, he'll explain them in class.
If you're an english or american lit major, steer clear of this course. Professor Ling allows little room for interpretation of the texts beyond his shallow readings. If you enjoy hours upon hours of plot summary and tedious readings of passages that yield no pertinent information, this class is for you. People with an interest in Asian American Literature should get a copy of his syllabus and read the books on your own time- you'll get much more out of it.
I think many of the books that Professor Ling picked for us to read were very intereseting. However, the short stories were extremely confusing and very "postModern" shall we say, and required lots of interpretation. Ling's class however, does not focus on interpretation, but rather focuses on plot summary, which is somewhat of a bore after awhile. Ling also in some ways made me feel like I was in high school again. He would always remind us of our homework due dates and how it would affect our grade if we didn't turn it in. Although this is a very caring gesture, it makes me feel that he seems to not recognize our workload and realize that sometimes we do realize that it is due, but we just don't have time to do it and have to sacrifice.
I took the M112B class with Professor Ling. I did not feel he interpreted texts very deeply, and was also not open to other students' interpretations. He chose excellent texts that were very interesting, but the class was very unsatisfying because I did not feel I achieved a proper understand of them. His lectures are sometimes interesting, however attenting class is not necessary at all. His tests are very easy to prepare for, and in general they are easy to take. His grading scale is somewhat harsh - I received a 95% on a test, which was considered an A-.
I did well in the class. The TA grades everything, and my TA happened to be an easy grader, so that might be why I thought the class to be easy. He explains the stories well and reads between the lines.
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