Monica Smith

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ANTHRO 2
Archaeology: Introduction See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 3.8

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I really liked this class and I found it to be really interesting. There are two papers (4-5 pages) and they were straight forward and she gives you exactly what she wants to be on there. She even gives you the exact outline she wants it in. The tests are a midterm and a final. They were fairly easy if you pay attention and take notes in class because most of the material comes from the lectures. You will be fine as long as you study the night before or even 2 nights before. Make sure to memorize some important dates and have a good grasp on the timeline. There were a lot of readings, I did not do them and I was fine because she goes over the main ideas in class. I really liked my TA, he made the discussions worth going to and he really knew his stuff! So if you have an opportunity to, pick Jaimie Vela as your TA. Also there is an opportunity for extra credit which can boost your overall grade 5% so do that ASAP because that really helps.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
ANTHRO 8
Archaeology: Introduction See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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Professor Smith seems like a genuinely nice lady who is passionate about what she is teaching, but DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. It is absolutely awful, the TA's are complete savages when they grade. I literally got a 20/50 on one of the essays and it completely ruined my grade for the class. You can do as well as you want on the midterm and finals, but the essays will still destroy your grade. The TA's are not willing to review grades and help the students. When I tried to go in for help, my TA lowered my grade even further. I hated this class and I 100% would not recommend taking it as an easy GE. While Professor Smith is a nice lady, her awkward sense of humor and monotone voice both bored and disgusted me throughout lecture. I have major regrets about taking this class. DO NOT TAKE IT I'M SERIOUS.

(Spring Quarter 2016)
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ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: UCLA Centennial Initiative: 100 Years of Archaeology at UCLA See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 4.0

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I really liked my fiat lux (food and culture during pandemics) with Professor Smith. She is really nice, funny, and wholesome, and she always makes an effort to include everyone. The class involves a weekly reading that usually ranges from 4-20 pages (most are between 4-7). They're really interesting, and you definitely don't need to retain all of the information - just an elementary summary understanding will suffice. Then, in class, she always starts with an intro question like your favorite staple cooking ingredient and goes around the room to share. You will participate in this class, but it's not intimidating at all! She's super understanding and approachable. After the intro question, you just discuss the reading and any current events for the remainder of the 50 minutes. She ends class punctually and sometimes will send additional articles she thinks are cool throughout the week afterwards.

Overall, Prof. Smith is an AMAZING anthropologist with lots of cool stories. If you ask her about her experiences, she'll recount some really interesting projects and things she's learned (ask about Asia!). Prof. Smith is also very understanding of mental health and zoom exhaustion. She lets you miss 2 classes and even spent some time on the day before the election talking about mental health resources for us. I would definitely recommend taking the seminar if you want an interesting, low stress class, and take advantage of the discussion time you have!!

(Fall Quarter 2020)
ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: COVID-19: Food and Culture in Post-Pandemic Era See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 112P
Selected Topics in Historical Archaeology See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 112R
Cities Past and Present See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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Cities Past and Present was the best class I have ever taken at UCLA. She is so chill. There were 20 people in the class and we sat around each day and talked about cities- what we thought of them, how they made us feel, why people moved into and out of them, etc etc. We only had two small ethnographies to write, a two question midterm, and a final paper (plus three 10pt, 1 page ec summary papers that would bump your entire grade up by a whole letter grade). The reading was very interesting and the discussions were great. We all laughed a lot and shared our personal feelings. She has a great way of sparking converstaion and asking you to look deeper. Keep in mind, classes are laidback but you still have to do the reading for the exam. Not intensively, but you MUST cite author's names and fieldsites to support your arguments (which she gives to you- along with a study guide). I got an A+ and it's almost impossible not to. One day Prof Smith even brought in Japanese HipHop for us to listen to. Great Professor and very nice lady!

(Nov. 14, 2004)
ANTHRO M115B
Historical Archaeology: American Perspective See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.5 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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Pros:
*Intelligent
*Funny
*Very well-organized lectures and good use of slides
*Well balanced workload
*Extremely straightforward tests

Cons:
*In upper-divs, expects you to know a lot
*In lower-divs, assignments are repetitive

Overall: Worth taking her classes. She puts in a lot of effort, has a lot of time in office hours

(April 30, 2012)
ANTHRO 116
Archaeology of South Asia See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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This is my second class with Professor Smith and I love her classes. This class was more entertaining than her other classes because she is very passionate about this region of the world. There are no tests but there is a project and three essays for both midterm and the final where you have 3 and 7 days respectively. The essays are very difficult but she gives extra credit up to 7.5 percent. I recommend this class to people who can do the readings and attend classes regularly.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
ANTHRO 116P
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Archaeology of South Asia See Full Profile

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