Rafael Perez-Torres

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ENGL 100
Introduction to Special Topics and Genres See Full Profile

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Easiest class ever taken at UCLA with the nicest professor ever. Seriously, Professor Torres is so kind and passionate about what he's teaching and he's really approachable. You never have to go to lecture because the slides are always posted and the information is always common sense (but sometimes I go anyway because he's so nice that I feel bad for skipping).

We originally were supposed to have 1 group project due week 8ish, 1 individual paper due week 10, and a take-home final. The professor ended up shifting the group project due date to week 10 and canceling the individual paper. The take-home final is ridiculously easy and is more reflective (how did this class affect you, etc) than information-based.

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(Spring Quarter 2019)
ENGL M105A
Early Chicana/Chicano Literature Full Profile > 4.3 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.6 Workload 3.1 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness
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ENGL M105A
Early Chicana/Chicano Literature See Full Profile

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CHICANO M105B
Recent Chicana/Chicano Literature See Full Profile

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ENGL M105C
Chicana/Chicano Literature since el Movimiento, 1970s to Present See Full Profile

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CHICANO M105C
Chicana/Chicano Literature since el Movimiento, 1970s to Present See Full Profile

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Besides his TA, Abraham, who is literally a phony, the most USELESS, and the most WHINY TA on campus, Rafael is always available to his students. Beware however, his TA's grade work. Make sure you talk to Rafael so he can help you out. His lectures are long, but he makes his presentations interesting and teaches you with enthusiasm. He is very clear in lecture and he emphasizes on what will be on your midterm. There's one in class midterm and one take home final exam (which is an essay.) There is also an essay due around midterms. Lastly, there are 3 discussion papers, which is SUPER easy.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
CHICANO M139
Topics in Chicana/Chicano Literature See Full Profile

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ENGL 172A
American Literature, 1912 to 1945 Full Profile > 4.6 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness
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ENGL 172A
American Literature, 1912 to 1945 See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.4

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ENGL 173A
American Fiction to 1900 Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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ENGL 174A
American Poetry to 1900 See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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174B, American Literature since 1945 for Fall 2014:

Easy A. Perez-Torres lectures well, has good slides, mostly interesting book choices, gives pretty good feedback, and invites active discussion. Most people don't take him up on that last offer, but there's something about crowded classrooms (40ish students) that makes you (or maybe just me) not want to speak.

Attendance is part of the grade (25%), but thankfully this part also includes any assignments, of which there were 4 (half to one page long quote analyses). If you're too lazy to attend or have a busy schedule but do well on everything else, you'll be fine.

The midterm was 5 short essay questions (with passage & author identification). When he says "short," he actually means it. I did only three sentences with some of them, left early, and still got a 97.

There was also a midterm essay (bummer, yeah) due about a week later, but it was only 4 pages.

The final essay was 8 pages, and a comparison between 2 of the later works in class was necessary. The prompts were limited for this one, giving only two pairing options (though with different topics), so I'd recommend making your own prompt, if possible, for this one. Unlike most professors (in my experience), he kept the assigned final exam deadline rather than allow you to send it in, online only, at the end of the week. He's very serious about not accepting late papers, apparently.

All in all, I'd take his class again, especially in a 4+ courses schedule.

(Dec. 30, 2014)
ENGL 174B
American Fiction since 1945 Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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