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Fletcher requires quite a bit of reading (I spent most of my quarter reading for Classics 30 instead of focusing on chem, math, etc). His images are all relevant to his exams and I think the material is pretty cool. The stories we get to read are really exciting (if you like mythology... my friends don't like, so they didn't take this calss). As long as you read before class, lecture is just reiterating what you just read. If you don't read b4 lecture, he kinda spoils the plot for you and you don't really know what's going on. However, I just read the material and quickly glanced over my notes and got an easy A in the class.
I CAN SEE WHY PEOPLE LIKE HIM
UNLESS YOU ARE LIKE SOME ENGLISH MAJOR WHO LIKES TO READ 10 BOOKS IN ONE SEMESTER...
HE GOES BY REALLY FAST.. I HATE THE LECTURE HALL.. MY TA GRADED VERY STICTLY .. YOU FALL ASLEEP IN THE CLSASSS... BUT HEY
IF YOU LIKE TO READ YOU WILL PROBABLY DO WELLL.. NOT THE BEST OF G.E. FOR ME CONSIDERING I HATE TO READ BOOKS. HE TRIES TO BE FUNNY AND PEOPLE FORCE LAUGHS OUT BUT ITS REALLY AWKWARD. I DONT KONW HOW HE GRADES MY TA EMPHASIZED HOW EASY THIS CLASS IS AND IN THE END-- WE WERE ALL FOOOLED. TAKE IT, I'M SURE YOU MIGHT DO WELL ( BUT ITS BORING.. I THOUGHTI WOULD LIKE MYTHOLOGY BUT ALL THE READINGS WERE TOO MUCH AND THE TESTS SEEM EASY BUT THEN AGAIN IT HAD SOOO MUCH MATERIALL.. AND DETAIL)
Classics 30 was a pretty easy class. I enjoyed greek mythology and prof. fletchr taught it well. his lectures felt like he was always rushing, trying to fit everything he can into each lecture, so his lectures got pretty messy. at times it was hard to follow because you had to take notes and listen while watching wats on the screen and follow what he is reading in the book, which he NEVER gave the line numbers for so you were always trying to catch up with him. really a lot of work for class. plus a lot of reading. but the class overall is really easy. didnt have to do so much. essays arent too hard to right, def. a good choice for a GE
i could see why some people think he's so great (he's funny, organized). But really, I thought there was too much reading, the tests were too obscure. He's also big on image identification for the gods and such - showing 10+ pics per lecture. The idea is nice and I thought it was ok until on the final he asked for the artist's specific name for one of the questions (short answer). I agree with the reviewer below me.
I dont know where all these glowing reviews come from, but i did not enjoy my time in fletcher's class. He tries to be funny and he seems like a nice guy, but hes not a very good prof. honestly i dont think he cares very much about students because he messed up on the midterm and refused to do anything about it. it definitely had an affect on people's grades. Ok. who is the god most affiliated with space? yeah its hestia. ok it was supposed to be domestic space and he just left out the word "domestic." yeah.
large amount of reading even though the books are good. There are two essays which are both pretty easy, a midterm, and a final exam which has irrelevant questions. Overall i would not recommend this course for a GE. If you are looking for a really easy GE this is not the one to go with.
Professor Fletcher is truly one of the best professors I have ever had at UCLA, and I would recommend him to anyone. I took Classics 30 to fulfill a GE Requirement, yet I am now looking into double majoring in Classical Civilizations because of Fletcher. He truly makes an effort to make his lectures intriguing and interesting, and though his jokes may be corny, his effort is not wasted and lectures are often easy to sit through, while extremely informative as well. Nearly everything on the midterm and final exam can be learned from lectures, three 50 minute classes on MWF. There are 2 essays, a midterm, a final, participation, and quizzes on the reading every discussion (they are very easy and 4 questions long). Overall, the class is not too difficult, but highly enjoyable, and a great way to fulfill a GE.