Mary Samuelson
Department of English Composition
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3.5
Overall Rating
Based on 11 Users
Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

25.6%
21.4%
17.1%
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24.2%
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16.1%
12.1%
8.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

37.1%
31.0%
24.8%
18.6%
12.4%
6.2%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

31.7%
26.4%
21.1%
15.8%
10.6%
5.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

38.5%
32.1%
25.6%
19.2%
12.8%
6.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

28.6%
23.8%
19.0%
14.3%
9.5%
4.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

27.0%
22.5%
18.0%
13.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Summer 2016
Grade: A-
Feb. 20, 2017

I truly enjoyed ENG COMP 3 with Professor Samuelson. She's very down to Earth and very approachable. I found her advice during our 1-on-1 meetings to be very effective in helping me plan out my essays. While I took this during the summer, I still took the class seriously and did all the readings. Those who did not do their fair share of work usually found it harder. Definitely not fair to blame the professor, who was not only kind and helpful in this class, but also very experienced in her field.

I definitely recommend taking ENG COMP 3 with her, especially in the Summer!

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: B+
Feb. 8, 2017

Mary is an awesome professor, gave me such an appreciation for writing. She's very democratic, and isn't afraid to hide it, but it works because of the location of our school. However, I would say if politics aren't something you love discussing, consider a different professor. The topics covered in class are very current and relevant, so it was easy to pay attention in class. Mary doesn't really lecture, its an active discussion with the entire class. She grades pretty hard, but knows what she's talking about and definitely helped me improve my writing. The class is basically three essays, and a few homework assignments but participation is important too. Highly recommend Professor Samuelson.

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Quarter: Summer 2016
Grade: A-
Oct. 10, 2016

Prof Samuelson was kind, helpful and extremely knowledgable. I find her lecture and class discussions to be engaging and thought-provoking. The topics covered in class were interesting. The reading materials were simply excellent.

Like most writing I class, in this class, there was 3 major papers to write. The topic of the first paper was American Dream. The second was about Art and Identity. The third was about social media and millennial's online behaviors. In addition to the three papers, we had to write one weekly journal, responding to questions about the assigned readings each week. Believe it or not, I actually found the readings to be fascinating and extremely well-written. I, as a lazier-than-a-sloth individual, did not mind even doing the readings because I honestly felt smarter every time I finished the assigned readings.

The workload for this class was not light, but it was doable. I took this class during summer; we only had 6 weeks to cover 10 weeks worth of materials, and I, as a slow writer, still managed to get all the work done on time. And, honestly, I felt like the knowledge I gained from this class was all worth my time and energy. Not only that I learned to be better communicate my thoughts on paper, but I also learn a lot about American capitalism, modern art history and social media. I came out of this class feeling like a better writer and a well-educated individual.

Bottom line: this class offers the quality education that we're here in UCLA for. TAKE IT!

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: B+
June 21, 2016

Don't listen to people who say she is a bad professor. Those who say she is bad are probably just lazy. She was wonderful. I had her at 8am and I went every single time because I really looked forward to her class. Her lectures were always great and being a smaller class off 20-something you really connect with her. Participation counts in her class so it can really help your grade if you participate and if you are shy she calls on you so you HAVE to participate and don't miss out on those points. I will admit she is a tough grader; however, she is not unfair. She grades honestly and so people get upset that they do not get a higher grade. She is aware she if a tough grader so from the start she informs you of 5 different opportunities to earn extra credit throughout the quarter. She also cares that you do well in her class so because many people were borderline c+/b- b+/a-towards the end of the quarter she allowed us to answer questions from past readings for extra credit in order to boost our grades. I thought my final paper was great so I didn't do the extra credit and ended up with a B+ but that is my own fault.

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: A-
March 31, 2016

She picked really relevant topics to write about throughout the course which I think was better than what I heard from other ENGCOMP 3 classes. She is really interested in film, so I found the topics she chose really interesting. Easy to approach and took the time to read all of my rough drafts but is a harsh grader in the end and I rewrote most of my papers. Prompts were open-ended which I found difficult personally.

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: B
March 29, 2016

worst professor ever. she is not a great professor. she has favorites, which you will notice after a week. i went to her office hours, and she was not even present. when i did go, she was on her phone most of the time, which was extremely rude..this happened the 2 or 3 times i went. oh, and i tried to make an appointment with her, and she never replied to the email. she was terrible, stay away. dont enroll in her class

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: N/A
March 10, 2016

She isn't even nice. Worst professor I had so far and will ever have at UCLA. I worked extremely hard on the essays and talked with her several times via appointments but she'd never give me anything in the A range. She is an unreasonably harsh grader (the average grade of her classes is C+ or something), there are a lot of workload that is very time-consuming, and her feedbacks on the essays don't help at all because she just writes a bunch of "awkward"s on top of sentences and don't give any specific advice. Her lectures focus too much on the topic (media and consuming in US) rather than on how to write well. She was either late or did not come to one-on-one office hour appointments and did not even apologize. Fucking hated her. Avoid her if you can.

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: B
March 9, 2016

three long papers...
discussion comments 5/quarter.
the professor got sick or whatever so i did not get 2 of my papers. so i did not know what improvements i needed.
shes nice.

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Quarter: Summer 2016
Grade: A-
Feb. 20, 2017

I truly enjoyed ENG COMP 3 with Professor Samuelson. She's very down to Earth and very approachable. I found her advice during our 1-on-1 meetings to be very effective in helping me plan out my essays. While I took this during the summer, I still took the class seriously and did all the readings. Those who did not do their fair share of work usually found it harder. Definitely not fair to blame the professor, who was not only kind and helpful in this class, but also very experienced in her field.

I definitely recommend taking ENG COMP 3 with her, especially in the Summer!

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: B+
Feb. 8, 2017

Mary is an awesome professor, gave me such an appreciation for writing. She's very democratic, and isn't afraid to hide it, but it works because of the location of our school. However, I would say if politics aren't something you love discussing, consider a different professor. The topics covered in class are very current and relevant, so it was easy to pay attention in class. Mary doesn't really lecture, its an active discussion with the entire class. She grades pretty hard, but knows what she's talking about and definitely helped me improve my writing. The class is basically three essays, and a few homework assignments but participation is important too. Highly recommend Professor Samuelson.

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Quarter: Summer 2016
Grade: A-
Oct. 10, 2016

Prof Samuelson was kind, helpful and extremely knowledgable. I find her lecture and class discussions to be engaging and thought-provoking. The topics covered in class were interesting. The reading materials were simply excellent.

Like most writing I class, in this class, there was 3 major papers to write. The topic of the first paper was American Dream. The second was about Art and Identity. The third was about social media and millennial's online behaviors. In addition to the three papers, we had to write one weekly journal, responding to questions about the assigned readings each week. Believe it or not, I actually found the readings to be fascinating and extremely well-written. I, as a lazier-than-a-sloth individual, did not mind even doing the readings because I honestly felt smarter every time I finished the assigned readings.

The workload for this class was not light, but it was doable. I took this class during summer; we only had 6 weeks to cover 10 weeks worth of materials, and I, as a slow writer, still managed to get all the work done on time. And, honestly, I felt like the knowledge I gained from this class was all worth my time and energy. Not only that I learned to be better communicate my thoughts on paper, but I also learn a lot about American capitalism, modern art history and social media. I came out of this class feeling like a better writer and a well-educated individual.

Bottom line: this class offers the quality education that we're here in UCLA for. TAKE IT!

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: B+
June 21, 2016

Don't listen to people who say she is a bad professor. Those who say she is bad are probably just lazy. She was wonderful. I had her at 8am and I went every single time because I really looked forward to her class. Her lectures were always great and being a smaller class off 20-something you really connect with her. Participation counts in her class so it can really help your grade if you participate and if you are shy she calls on you so you HAVE to participate and don't miss out on those points. I will admit she is a tough grader; however, she is not unfair. She grades honestly and so people get upset that they do not get a higher grade. She is aware she if a tough grader so from the start she informs you of 5 different opportunities to earn extra credit throughout the quarter. She also cares that you do well in her class so because many people were borderline c+/b- b+/a-towards the end of the quarter she allowed us to answer questions from past readings for extra credit in order to boost our grades. I thought my final paper was great so I didn't do the extra credit and ended up with a B+ but that is my own fault.

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: A-
March 31, 2016

She picked really relevant topics to write about throughout the course which I think was better than what I heard from other ENGCOMP 3 classes. She is really interested in film, so I found the topics she chose really interesting. Easy to approach and took the time to read all of my rough drafts but is a harsh grader in the end and I rewrote most of my papers. Prompts were open-ended which I found difficult personally.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: B
March 29, 2016

worst professor ever. she is not a great professor. she has favorites, which you will notice after a week. i went to her office hours, and she was not even present. when i did go, she was on her phone most of the time, which was extremely rude..this happened the 2 or 3 times i went. oh, and i tried to make an appointment with her, and she never replied to the email. she was terrible, stay away. dont enroll in her class

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: N/A
March 10, 2016

She isn't even nice. Worst professor I had so far and will ever have at UCLA. I worked extremely hard on the essays and talked with her several times via appointments but she'd never give me anything in the A range. She is an unreasonably harsh grader (the average grade of her classes is C+ or something), there are a lot of workload that is very time-consuming, and her feedbacks on the essays don't help at all because she just writes a bunch of "awkward"s on top of sentences and don't give any specific advice. Her lectures focus too much on the topic (media and consuming in US) rather than on how to write well. She was either late or did not come to one-on-one office hour appointments and did not even apologize. Fucking hated her. Avoid her if you can.

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: B
March 9, 2016

three long papers...
discussion comments 5/quarter.
the professor got sick or whatever so i did not get 2 of my papers. so i did not know what improvements i needed.
shes nice.

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3.5
Overall Rating
Based on 11 Users
Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Needs Textbook
    (4)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (3)
  • Participation Matters
    (4)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (3)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (3)
  • Would Take Again
    (3)
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