All Ratings and Reviews for Joshua S Goode
I really enjoyed Prof Goode's lectures!! Yes, he speaks very fast -- yes, he gives a TON of info -- ... but I learned so much from his lectures, which are delivered with lots of energy, a sense of humor, and great stories to supplement! My advice: don't spend too much time on the readings... in stead, Go to his office hours, get to know him, and GO TO LECTURES!! He's a nice guy who knows a lot about the subject and genuinely cares about student learning. Plus, he seems to understand college students and always seems to know what we're thinking! :) He also writes good exams -- and the class is only a midterm and a final.
He is the reason i decided to double major in history. Seriously, he's that good. He's an interesting lecturer, a VERY knowledgable professor, and a often humorous guy. He honestly cares if you understand and enjoy the material, and i only hope that all future history profs that i encounter can have the flair and wisdom that he has. Thank you, Professor Goode, for affirming my love for history.
Professor Goode is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. He is extremely knowledgable, has a humorous and entertaining personality, and will answer any question you have without thinking twice. He makes study guides available for both the final and midterm meaning that you know what will be on both tests. If you enjoy history you will appreciate his lectures the way I did, because he gives so much info in his lectures that you would never find in the textbook. The class does ask for a fair amount of reading, but buying a review book can easily substitute for the textbook. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and recommend professor goode
TAKE THIS CLASS- and when you do..
GO TO LECTURE
Even if you dont like history, and you only need the credit, Professor Goode has organized lectures which are very entertaining. He adds in fun historical stories to his lectures and everything on the exams are from his lectures. The exams consist of ID's (strictly regurgitation and simple memorization of famous people/places/events), a short essay, and a long essay. The best part of the exam is that you can choose from a variety of essay topics as well as IDs. The discussions can be really long, but his lectures made me like history, especially western civilization. Everyone thinks that the TA's grade too harshly, but I got a C+ on the midterm and still pulled an A in the class.
SO BORING!!!!! He basically talks to himself, assigns tons of reading and never lets you out early. Don't take his class, you'll be asleep the whole time.
Professor Goode is ok.
My main complaint is that it's IMPOSSIBLE to keep up in his lectures. He speaks without breaks and just goes on and on.
They were interesting however. The exams were ok....the essay questions were way too analytical. I studied a lot for the class and knew all i needed to, but it's one of those classes that you don't need to study hard because the tests are abstract. It's all up in the air.
Also, the TA's grade way too differently. My friend literally studied for two hours adn got an A on the midterm, and my other friend studied for two days and got a B. Different TA's...unfair grading system.....good professor......too much reading.....overall....it's a lot of work and can be unfair sometimes to the hardworking student.
You put in way too much work for Goode - and when you get the exams, your efforts seem futile. The TA that i had graded really hard.....and this class was a big burden to me. I'm glad it's over. My expected grade is an A, but i still wouldn't take this class again if you paid me.
His tests come straight from lectures; definately go to lectures. His class was simple, with nothing beyond studying for midterm and final plus a short paper. He even gave us a study guide for the final.
Prof. Good is only good if the student has a background knowledge... He does bombard students with information, often giving a different view point on the same topic and so.
While his lectures are enjoyable though a bit heavy, his classes have the same problem that any other history class has: TA's decide on the grades... If you are stuck with a nice TA you will do well, if not study hard for a B.
I really did enjoy Prof. Goode's history class. I was really hesitant about taking this class because I'm definitely NOT a history whiz. But, Goode changed that. He actually made the lectures semi-enjoyable, despite the fact he spoke 300 words a second. GO TO LECTURES if you decide to take him: his midterm IS his lectures, and the discussions, well, you gotta go to them anyway cuz they're 15% of your grade....the final essays are very abstract and I found them difficult to begin....My TA was very knowledgeable, but a bit too wordy, and perhaps a bit too difficult as a grader. In short: good prof + good ta = good class (no pun intended). But, as a suggestion, i think this should be a 5 unit class.
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