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After comparing my own thoughts with the reviews of other people, I have come to the conclusion that Hobbs is awesome for Psychology of Language and Gender, but a tough professor when she's teaching 101.
Her 124 class is pretty chill. The short response papers are really helpful for developing critical thinking skills. To receive a good grade on the paper, make sure to really (over)analyze the text and stick to the topic. I read the majority of the reading assignments, but I am guilty of skimming or even skipping some of the really long articles. The vast majority of the articles are extremely engaging and very informative. She doesn't care if you disagree with her, just make sure to be critical of everything. She is clearly one of the most educated, sophisticated professors on campus...but she acts very humble and treats the students with respect. I took this class during the summer and got an A. She's my favorite professor (other than Von Blum of course).
She is a little off beat when she lectures and has her own sense of humor, but she's an AWESOME professor. The reading is definitely manageable, and most people didn't read most of it since she reviewed the material in class. Also - you didn't really have to know the reading material except for one article she assigned every week to write a short (2-page) opinion essay. At the end of the class, we had to write a paper (about 5 pages) that addressed any of the topics that we talked about in class. You could seriously do it on almost anything, which was awesome. She's really accessible and answers e-mails VERY quickly. Her grading also is not too hard since she tries to make everyone do well in her class. If you talk to her one-on-one, you'll realize that she's such a great and knowledgable person on almost every topic. She brings in her personal experiences into the lectures since she used to be a lawyer and grew up with a really different childhood. Overall- very interesting and awesome professor!
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