All Ratings and Reviews for Karen Keely
I found Professor Keely's lectures to be quite interesting most of the time. She really broke through the norm by asking students what they thought of the texts instead of going on and on about what only she thought all the time. Most of the time she would expand on their ideas and integrate it with her lecture quite well. And it was a nice change of pace when there were guest lecturers, either other professors or one of the TAs. She is also a friendly, approachable person herself, and I regret that it took me ten weeks to muster up my courage to finally talk to her in person. As someone who enjoys English, I recommend her. My experience with Professor Keely has been limited to a large class (English 85), but she made even Hemingway bearable. That says a lot in itself.
Keely is obsessed with grammar. I understand that this is an important part of the ENGLISH major, but this was too much. It has a lot to do with the fact that she worked as an editor for several years and was in school in New England, where they still do things the way they did at the turn of last century. So with all that in mind, you must be consistent with your punctuation and grammar. Do not even attempt to use a semicolon because you will probably not use it correctly. She had little else to say about our papers if not scolding us for our terrible writing. If you can take any of the courses she teaches with someone else, do so. Unless you'de really like to brush up on your spelling. Harsh grader.
Prof. Keely had several guest lecturers during the quarter which detracted from our learning and left a bad impression as if she was taking theh day off. Other than that, I felt her lectures were mediocre; there wasn't anythihng extraordinarily special about them.
I had Keely for seminar and she just seemed to ask questions to test whether we read the material or not. She doesn't help us dig in any of the texts. And her grading on the papers did concentrate a lot of grammar, which she didn't really help fix during office hours.
i took 178 with her, and she managed to keep her lectures fairly humorous and interesting. however, she included so many readings in her syllabus that i thought i was taking a GE class. by the time you actually got around to reading and analyzing one book, she'd already start lecturing on the next, so that got kind of frustrating. otherwise, she was a pretty cool prof...totally not intimidating or uptight. worth a shot.
I really liked the literature she picked for 172B, but didn't like the class much. I didn't felt like I really learned anything new by going to lecture. It was nice that she allowed class discussion, but she allowed a little too much of it. Sometimes the same stupid people would talk for the whole hour and 50 minutes. It got really annoying after a while... especially that guy in the Hawaiian shirts that would never shut up. Anyway, all the class discussion was rarely followed by concrete comments from Keely. It gave the impression that she didn't know much about the literature, even though she may have. I liked that she made us read out loud -- something English majors rarely have to do anymore. She was a pretty hard grader too -- and puts a lot of emphasis on grammar, which I think is good. The class was OK, but I think you'd get more out of 172B if you took it with someone else.
I think Prof. Keely is one of the most supportive teachers i've had here at UCLA - and one of the few that i'm willing to take again. Her lectures are detailed, well organized, and she encourgages discussion in her classes by being open to student ideas and willing to hear your views. She really digs into texts to by the end of the lecture, you really like you've learned something of value. I have and always will recommend this teacher to anyone looking for a really good professor.
I really liked the way Professor Keely conducted her lectures. Although her English 172B class consisted of more than 60 students, she was able to encourage a lot of participation and group discussion. She is very approachable and clearly loves what she does. Never once was I bored in one of her sections.
though keely seems genuinely interested in student learning, she does nothing to attain this goal in lecture, instead deciding to simply nod her head supportively and say "yes, yes" to even the stupidest comments. also her grading of papers focused obsessively on grammar and punctuation, and while this is clearly an important part of writing effectively, the whole class that I was in was left with the impression that she had little else to say about our papers.
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