Michael Rescorla

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PHILOS 7
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind See Full Profile

Overall 1.9 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.1

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Coming into the class, I was thoroughly interested in the subject but leaving it now, I regret taking the class!! I spent $50 on a "required" course reader when it was no help and was not needed for ANY of the assignments. You could use it for extra understanding or context, but he could have simply have put it on reserve at the library or online. Speaking of online, HE DOES NOT PUT SLIDES, SYLLABUS, OR ESSAY PROMPTS ONLINE which is extremely barbarous, we're in the 21st century! Furthermore, the organization for this class is horrible. I felt clueless the whole time, despite attending every lecture, discussion, or even going to office hours whether it being my TA's or Rescorla's. The class was soooo bad that even my extra help, peer learning facilitator (PLF), had no clue how to help us. The TA's were just as bad where they only restated what Rescorla stated and had trouble answering questions we asked. Each essay was given with no guidance or rubric so I got a B on each and everyone of them. Lastly, the final is coming up yet he gave us a review sheet FOUR DAYS before the final, in which he only listed the topics with no context. The so-called review sessions were horrible and more like "Q&As" and despite going to TWO review sessions I STILL HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO EXPECT FOR THE FINAL. Highly DO NOT recommend this class, specifically with Rescorla. If you want extra stress and confusion on your plate, go right ahead.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
PHILOS 170
Philosophy of Mind See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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It's so unfortunate this professor has such poor reviews. I took his class in the Fall and found it extremely engaging, and I left it feeling like I had a full grasp of the material he wanted us to know. The class was challenging and required a lot of work to be put into it. I, for most part excluding a few readings in the end, didn't do readings from the course reader because they were so well laid out by either Rescorla during lectures or the primary text. This class is an upper division class and was not easy. However, doing the primary readings before class every week set things up in a way that I felt well versed in the material.

3 papers, 2-3 pg, 3-4 pg, 4-5 pg, and a final consisting of material that was either necessary for the papers, plus a little extra from the beginning and end of the course. Course reader is expensive but it makes things far easier for the assignments. So, it's not necessary per se, but why make life harder if you can afford it? If you can't you can find it all online, which, if you do, print it off and bring it to class so you can keep up.

If you want to understand the subject, take this professor! If you want an easy A, look somewhere else!

(Fall Quarter 2019)
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PHILOS 183
Theory of Knowledge See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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(Reviewing for Philosophy 7 - Intro to Phil of Mind)
Michael Rescorla is AWESOME. Super funny, used lots of examples from movies (Truman Show, The Matrix...) to illustrate his points, very entertaining lectures. Highlights PowerPoint slides in blue if the information is "must-write-down" and is super helpful in office hours. Highly recommend this class and this professor

(Winter Quarter 2018)
PHILOS 185
Major Philosophers of 20th Century See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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There is a lot of nightly reading for the class but the essays are short, however, there are three of them in addition to the final. You are given plenty of time to do each essay. The questions were a lot to answer but they weren't impossible. The final was in person and a study guide was given in advance. All test questions were on the study guide, but it was unknown how many would have to be known or other specifics. He does his best to answer all questions and is very willing to take questions. Lectures are pretty dry but he does stick to important information. He is an amusing person (he's a little weird) wish that came through in his lectures. Overall he's a nice guy who wants you to succeed, but it's a class at UCLA, it requires a lot of work.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
PHILOS 185
Major Philosophers of 20th Century See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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There is a lot of nightly reading for the class but the essays are short, however, there are three of them in addition to the final. You are given plenty of time to do each essay. The questions were a lot to answer but they weren't impossible. The final was in person and a study guide was given in advance. All test questions were on the study guide, but it was unknown how many would have to be known or other specifics. He does his best to answer all questions and is very willing to take questions. Lectures are pretty dry but he does stick to important information. He is an amusing person (he's a little weird) wish that came through in his lectures. Overall he's a nice guy who wants you to succeed, but it's a class at UCLA, it requires a lot of work.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
PHILOS 191
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Philosophy: Structure of Justification See Full Profile

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PHILOS 286
Philosophy of Psychology Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PHILOS 286
Philosophy of Psychology See Full Profile

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PHILOS 375
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PHILOS 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum See Full Profile

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