Juan Sanchez

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ENGL M107A
American Women Writers See Full Profile

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**DO NOT TAKE ANY OF PROFESSOR SANCHEZ'S CLASSES!**

honestly, if you think you think you can suck it up and try to get through his class, you're just hurting yourself, your gpa, and wasting your time.

by far the worst professor i have EVER had, and this includes my experience in community college as well.

i'm the kind of person who likes structure in a classroom, likes when the professor keeps his/her lectures interesting most or at least half of the time, and likes it when the teacher gets the students engaged in the work and is also willing to help those who need it.Unfortunately, this is not Sanchez.

He has no structure to his classes, his books are expensive, rare, and usually boring and difficult to read. If you ask for help on a paper he'll give you obscure advice and when i asked him to give an example of what he wanted for the final research paper he showed us one of his graduate papers...i asked for a student example and he said "no i dont have one"...he's completely unhelpful on his own assignments!!!

sure he gives no final, he also gives no help, no learning experience, makes no sense,and you'll have no interest in his class. you'll be fighting to get out of your seat once class starts because each class starts with a 10 arbitrarily-questioned quiz (he usually doesnt even remember the questions he asks, how do i know my quiz is going to be graded correctly!?) and then he moves on to discussing the readings which goes by soooo slow because usually nobody likes the books we're reading so good luck trying to get people to talk about them.

(Dec. 15, 2011)
ENGL 109
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature See Full Profile

Overall 1.3 Easiness 3.8 Workload 4.3 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 3.7

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ENGL 133
Creative Writing: Poetry See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 2.5

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I took Professor Sanchez for my last three upper division classes for my English minor during Fall 2012 and Winter 2013. The classes were English 133, English 164B, and English 163A.

I am going to be the first to say that upon entering Professor Sànchez's class, he was very intimidating and after turning in my first two rough drafts - I took two classes in one quarter- I felt like I did not write. If you are looking for an easy A, this isn't the class for you. His style of writing works. If you take the time to seek his help, you will not regret it. There is a lot of reading and yes there are quizzes every day of class, but his system works. When you complete his class you will feel like a better writer. He cares about you learning and your writing as much as you do. He has a funny sense of humor. I agree it would help if he used a different example upon introducing his writing technique, but that doesn't prove anyone from getting an A in the class or anyone who is striving to be a better write. Remember that this is UCLA. Challenge yourself. Accept his challenge. You will be a better writer and student for it.

(Aug. 27, 2013)
ENGL 161
Later Romantic Literature See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.2

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I took a class with him during my first quarter at UCLA after transferring. However, I thought he was a complete joke because he tried so hard to be the “cool” teacher (it was his first teaching gig) and I dropped the class by the second week.

Fast forward to this summer: I only needed one more class in order to graduate, but alas, Sanchez was the only one teaching it! So I was forced to take his class again and went through the entire quarter thinking that I would end up failing—BUT I didn’t!

Grading Breakdown:
35% Quizzes
25% 6-8 page paper
40% Participation (in class and short online forum post)

Yes, you read that correctly—40% PARTICIPATION! But don’t let that scare you! I don’t know what kind of students the other reviewers are, but I am one of those shy, quiet, never say a word in class types. I’m pretty sure he didn’t even know my face or name by the end of the quarter. But since I did all the reading (thus receiving all the points for quizzes), did all the online posts and wrote a good paper I actually received an A! So if you’re one of those people who are terrified of talking in class, don’t let his “you have to participate to get a good grade” spiel scare you away.

There is a quick ten question objective quiz before each class. The quizzes are soooooooooo easy! Well…only if you read, obviously. The questions are always superficial plot details or what a poem is about. I thought the reading load was perfect. I honestly don’t know why people complain. I read everything the night before, posted random thoughts on the forum and received full points on all my quizzes with little effort. The best part? Since there is no final, after you take a quiz, you can just forget about everything you just read.

The paper really depends on how well you write in the first place. If you normally write good papers, then I don’t think you have anything to worry about—he seems to be a fair grader. But, do make sure to follow his “abstract” model because he is VERY adamant about it. Remember to write down notes when he explains what it … it will save you a lot of trouble later.

Yes, Professor Sanchez conducts his class in a very different manner. There are no lectures or structure—just random discussions between him and the more outspoken members of the class. Sometimes there isn’t even time to discuss everything. I pretty sure people only went to class because of the daily quizzes because “lecture” isn’t necessary. He can be entertaining though and some insightful knowledge does come out from time to time. You can’t deny that he has a passion for literature. But, if you don’t feel like listening, it probably won’t hurt you. Personally, I spent a majority of lecture playing games on my phone.

I really believe this was an easy A class. You obviously have to do some reading and work, but when is there ever no work involved? Just do the work and write a thoughtful paper and you’ll do fine.

(Aug. 11, 2011)
ENGL 162
Earlier Victorian Poetry and Prose See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 2.2

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I took Later Romanticism with Dr. Sanchez. Students are quick to berate professors when they do not achieve certain desired outcomes, namely, good grades matched with light coursework. I have grown immensely under Dr. Sanchez's instruction. He requires that students prove their comprehension of the material through frequent quizzes, and that they write strong. If a student seizes the opportunity, they will acquire some really brilliant insight about romanticism, and emerge as far stronger writers on the other end of the course. There is no midterm, and no passage ID final, but simply a final paper that needs to be well written. Dr. Sanchez provides his students all the tools they need to achieve this end. I was aware of his relatively poor rating on this sight and felt compelled to debunk existing notions. If you're not willing to invest in the course, no, Dr. Sanchez will not be your best friend, but for those of us that cared to grow, we loved the course and felt privileged to study under him. I would liken the process of selecting classes and professors to sitting down at a bar. Will you choose a vintage wine or a craft beer? Or will order your appletini–zero sophistication that goes down easy.

(Dec. 11, 2014)
ENGL 162A
Earlier Romantic Literature See Full Profile

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I've seen other reviews of Professor Sanchez that comment on the fact that this class is not an easy A, and that students have to work hard instead of skate by. This was not my issue with Professor Sanchez, as English classes are generally writing heavy and definitely reading heavy. My problem with his teach method was that despite quizzes every class, a presentation, and a final essay, I did not receive a single grade from him, and only received some feedback on my rough draft of my final essay. The only grade I received for any of my work was the final grade reported to my transcript. This was the first class I took at UCLA and it honestly set a really bad tone for my experience, especially as I was a transfer student who had experienced professors who took their time to throughly look over, grade, and give feedback for all work that was turned in. On top of this, he was frequently late (even though he was strict about students being on time) and was not very willing to listen of interpretations of a text that did not mirror his own. I came into UCLA very interested in British Romanticism, and I am leaving turned off of the subject entirely because of Professor Sanchez.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
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ENGL 162B
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ENGL 163
Later Victorian Poetry and Prose See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.3

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This class was by far one of the worst classes I've ever taken at UCLA in the English Department. Professor Sanchez's lectures are poorly organized and not engaging what so ever. Every time I got to class, I couldn't wait to leave.

If you like a class where the professor just reads from the book you're learning from and asks occasional questions from time to time about it then maybe this is the class for you. He gave us quizzes every single class meeting and never remembered what he quizzed us on, which was unprofessional and made every student question how we were getting graded.

He's horrible at answering emails. Even though in class, he'll say you can always email him for help, this is a straight up lie. He makes it incredibly difficult to communicate with him throughout the quarter. So if you're sick or have any question good luck...

He's also incredibly unprofessional. He handed back every paper I wrote like it had been crinkled up in a ball in the bottom of his bag. He literally unfolded and flattened out the paper on his desk before he handed it to me. This really shows he doesn't give a shit so why would you as a student care about his class at all. The books we read were so boring and his lectures did not expand on anything. I basically wasted an entire quarter taking this class where I didn't learn one thing.

Do yourself a favor and never take this class or any class from this professor.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
ENGL 163B
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ENGL 163B
Transatlantic Romanticism See Full Profile

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ENGL 164D
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ENGL 164D
Global 19th Century See Full Profile

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