Mariko Tamanoi

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Easiness 1.3/ 5
Clarity 3.3/ 5
Workload 2.0/ 5
Helpfulness 3.0/ 5
Most Helpful Review
I don't recommend this class to anybody! The syllabus is misleading because you think you are signing up for a really interesting class but it's not. Also the way the class material is presented, you think you are learning about current situations but most of it is outdated. Professor Tamanoi is not a great lecturer. She is however the sweetest lady ever. I absolutely adore the professor but her class and T.A Misa Dayson is disappointing. This class does not teach students to think critically and to analyze, because they aren't really given the tools or practice to do that. This class does have section. I had a terrible TA experience. If Misa Dayson is one of the TA's, do NOT take her! She is horrible. She grades ridiculously and yet is never around. She went out of town during the quarter, was sick, and missed class. She is unreliable- she missed 4 sections because she missed her bus. Misa never answers her e-mail either. She also discloses on the first day of discussion that if you are unhappy with your grade, do not bug her over summer. I dismissed this comment thinking that the students that complained previously probably didn't do their work. But now I totally understand! Misa also docked me several points that did not make sense on my midterm and I had to go to the professor to have her re-grade it. The project is so easy but they grade difficult. It is ridiculous. It is your opinion on the articles yet they will grade you, on your opinion..... . During office hours, It seemed like neither Professor Tamanoi nor Misa could really explain what they wanted, and weren't really able to help me. In the end, this class is disorganized. There is a lack of unity and connection between lecture, reading, section, and the assignments/ exams. I don't recommend this class. I did not enjoy it Sadly because of the budget cuts, this class will probably remain. Maybe the professor will get the hint that she is here for her students and if she is going to set up specific expectations, address them more clearly and do not use T.A's who are hard on their students but are never around or available
Easiness N/A/ 5
Clarity N/A/ 5
Workload N/A/ 5
Helpfulness N/A/ 5
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