All Ratings and Reviews for Mark S Quigley
Lectures are extremely boring. Very dry man. Seems that he does not stray too far from his lecture notes, and sometimes reads them at astounding speeds. Record his lecture if you plan on taking his class. Regret going to lecture at all since nothing was gained from it. Personally, I recommend you stay as far away as possible.
A midterm, a final, 6-10 page paper, and about 10 (somewhat informal) web postings. A lot of reading at first, but Quigley was willing to adjust (reduce) our readings so that we could cover what he felt was important. He was very friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and seemed truly concerned in his students learning the material, which at times was pretty tough. A fair, relatively easy grader. Overall, a very good class, and a must for any English major so you should probably take it no matter who the instructor is.
If I can take a Quigley course every quarter I'm here then my out-of-state tuition fee would have been worth it. He's simply amazing. He engages you from the first lecture and encourages you to participate. Materials that were a drag to read became under his explication, alive, interesting and amusing. He's a fair grader and distribute the points around as to not rely sorely on tests. To get a good grade in his class you'll definitely have to invest time but I can guarantee you that it will be fun and intellectually stimulating.
If it weren't for Quigley, I would yet be ignorant to the folly of my perception. The man has the ability to explain Deconstruction clearly: a feat not to be taken lightly. Granted his topics are challenging, and the readings are often arduous. But his classroom demeanor is priceless: he fills the room daily with eloquent lectures, engaging discussions, and of course, off the wall humor. Need to talk to him during office hours? No problem -- Quigley was almost always available.
There is however, one point I must add. Take care to study for the Midterm. It covers much material, so it is not so difficult as it is long.
Professor Quigley is truly a blessing to have as a professor. He truly does care about the students and to make things even better, he is a great lecturer. He really did make the three hour seminars easier to handle. I definetely wish he would be able to stay here and teach. He truly is a great addition to UCLA.
Professor Quigley is a stellar human being, and this probably contributes to his excellence as an educator. He is down to earth, witty, reflective and uber-considerate: he's brought candy to nosh on during exams, which is a brilliant way of getting us to stop for a moment and wind down, thereby preventing the evil, axon-snipping brain fairies from zapping our memories by sedating them with sugary goodness, which makes for better thought flow. His grading system is well organized and his assignments take reasonable percentages from the whole; but it seems to me that this the happy side effect of the smaller essays he has us write, which allow us to consider what we've been studying, articulate it, and in this way we feel more comfortable going into the exams and our final paper. He is easy to approach, and always responds to e-mail.
Prof. Quigley is one of the first Professors that I had at UCLA, so at first I had no frame of reference to compare his lecturing style with any one else's, but I can now confidently say that I think he's probably one of the best Professors I'll have because of the accessibility of his lectures and his willingness to make himself available to students at their convenience. Having never had any exposure to literary criticism, I admit I was a little intimidated at first by some of the daunting reading material, but his lectures are very comprehensive, and I hate to sound cliche, but extremely intellectually stimulating; I would literally think about some of the lectures for days. I should say, he does make the course very discussion oriented, as it is obvious that he takes a lot of satisfaction in debating and exchanging ideas with his students, and even though regretfully, I was too shy to participate in this way, I benefitted greatly just observing.
Prof. Quigley made what could have been very dry and dense material, relatable and interesting, and he treats his students with the respect he would, a colleague.
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