All Ratings and Reviews for Rahim M. Shayegan

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Easiness of class 3.9
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Workload 3.4
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HIST M110A, taken Fall 2018 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: A

(copy paste of my Ancient Near East m110a review because it's the same class). The Iranian history series has some of the best/easiest classes I've taken at UCLA. This is coming from someone who took 110A with Shayegan and 110C with Nabel. The workload is light as all hell. It's 1 midterm (35%), 1 final (50%), and attendance (15% ?) . I may be off by 5% or so for these grade breakdowns, but that's roughly what it is. The format is the same for the whole history series, everything I'm about to say will pretty much apply for 110C (and 110B according to my friends).

The main thing you have to take seriously is attendance. I am paraphrasing, but Shayegan told us "I don't care if you sleep, but you have to come." You sign in for attendance in the beginning portion of class (within 10-15 minutes or so). Apparently students were caught signing in for each other, and I'm not sure how. You're allowed one unexcused absence. It's unclear how further absences will affect your grade but they make it clear that it will. It feels like attendance matters more than they say on the syllabus, based on anecdotes from other people saying they got higher overall grades than they expected. Shayegan will learn your name and he will call you out if he sees you talking/creating a ruckus. We had a big lecture hall and the man still saw and heard everything like an owl.

The midterm and the final are both a combination of 1. short answers, which can range from identifying terms, to providing dates, to answering brief questions (i.e. reasons why x battle was won), and 2. multi-paragraph essays (I can't remember if it was 1 or 2 essays). There is a study guide for each one that tells you everything that might appear on the exam. I highly recommend making a classroom document for those. He tells you which questions require the dates. There is a review session in the class before the midterm/final where he'll answer all your questions/explain what he's looking for on XYZ portion of the study guide.

There are readings, but you really don't need to do them. Just refer to the lecture notes and the slides, which he conveniently provides online. Paying attention in class will help, he'll mention when something's important for the exams. The only time I lifted a finger for this class was right before the midterm and right before the final. It was great.

If you have a problem with the grading on your midterm you can take it to a TA and they might mark you up a few points from your original exam if you have a solid case.

Shayegan is a pretty fun lecturer. I've heard people have trouble understanding his odd British-Persian accent, but I didn't have problems personally. He knows a lot and he'll answer your questions in/after class. He is a brilliant man.

AN N EA M110A, taken Fall 2018 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: A

The Iranian history series has some of the best/easiest classes I've taken at UCLA. This is coming from someone who took 110A with Shayegan and 110C with Nabel. The workload is light as all hell. It's 1 midterm (35%), 1 final (50%), and attendance (15% ?) . I may be off by 5% or so for these grade breakdowns, but that's roughly what it is. The format is the same for the whole history series, everything I'm about to say will pretty much apply for 110C (and 110B according to my friends).

The main thing you have to take seriously is attendance. I am paraphrasing, but Shayegan told us "I don't care if you sleep, but you have to come." You sign in for attendance in the beginning portion of class (within 10-15 minutes or so). Apparently students were caught signing in for each other, and I'm not sure how. You're allowed one unexcused absence. It's unclear how further absences will affect your grade but they make it clear that it will. It feels like attendance matters more than they say on the syllabus, based on anecdotes from other people saying they got higher overall grades than they expected. Shayegan will learn your name and he will call you out if he sees you talking/creating a ruckus. We had a big lecture hall and the man still saw and heard everything like an owl.

The midterm and the final are both a combination of 1. short answers, which can range from identifying terms, to providing dates, to answering brief questions (i.e. reasons why x battle was won), and 2. multi-paragraph essays (I can't remember if it was 1 or 2 essays). There is a study guide for each one that tells you everything that might appear on the exam. I highly recommend making a classroom document for those. He tells you which questions require the dates. There is a review session in the class before the midterm/final where he'll answer all your questions/explain what he's looking for on XYZ portion of the study guide.

There are readings, but you really don't need to do them. Just refer to the lecture notes and the slides, which he conveniently provides online. Paying attention in class will help, he'll mention when something's important for the exams. The only time I lifted a finger for this class was right before the midterm and right before the final. It was great.

If you have a problem with the grading on your midterm you can take it to a TA and they might mark you up a few points from your original exam if you have a solid case.

Shayegan is a pretty fun lecturer. I've heard people have trouble understanding his odd British-Persian accent, but I didn't have problems personally. He knows a lot and he'll answer your questions in/after class. He is a brilliant man.

IRANIAN M110A, taken Fall 2018 Submitted June 19, 2019 Grade Received: A

Hard to understand, dense readings, but got an A in the end.

HIST M110B, taken Winter 2019 Submitted Feb. 21, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

If you like the material he presents in the first week and you can deal with his accent, then this class will be enjoyed and a breeze for you, however, if you can't seem to grasp the material or what he says, I would not recommend this class in that case. 1 midterm, 1 final, 10% attendance. If you don't keep up with every detail presented in the lectures, you will not do well when its exam week, a couple days of preparing is not sufficient for the exams

IRANIAN M110A, taken Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 29, 2018 Grade Received: A

This class consisted of 2 tests only. The material is difficult to understand in my opinion, however, he does put out study guides to help. There's a lot of information to retain. I studied a lot but it paid off. I wouldn't say it's an easy A but if you work really hard, you'll do well. However, he is very unclear when he speaks. Good guy though.

Course not listed Submitted Feb. 26, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

I don't know what everyone is complaining about, because he is an excellent professor. At first, the class may seem a bit daunting but stick with it and I promise you won't regret it. He gives you handouts that pretty much spell out what will be on the exams.

Course not listed Submitted Sept. 15, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

What is wrong with this guy? He is absolutely the rudest professor at UCLA (or anywhere else). He does not let you ask any questions; you just have to sit down, shut up, and take notes or he would yell at you (or throw you out). If you really like the subject (ancient Persia), you could buy some books and study them. His tests are very easy and you just have to study your notes. If for whatever reason you decided to take his classes, please do not argue with him, and make sure when he is yelling at you, you just smile back. It is a shame that no one else teaches ancient Persian.

Course not listed Submitted April 29, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE THE CLASS. HE IS VERY HARD, RUDE AND DOESNT CARE ABOUT STUDENTS. IF YOUR IN THE ASS KISSING BUSSINESS IT WILL BE EASY BUT IF UR NOT HE WONT LIKE YOU.

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Course not listed Submitted June 15, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Shayegan is a good instructor. He knows his stuff and you will probably end up getting an "A". But, there are couple of stuff that you should be aware off. Yes he is a good instructor, but if you argue with him about an issue that even you are right, he will make such that you will lose!

So

1-do NOT argue with him or tell him he is wrong
2- Study the material, go to his office hours and you should be fine!

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 14, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor!!!! Dr. Shayegan is one the most knowledgeable people in his field, ask him anything relating to the subject and he will have an answer for you! Although the class was a three-hour class I did not get bored due to the fact that he doesn't simply ramble on and on about one thing or another and is extremely passionate about what he teaches. He goes over what will be covered on the midterm and on the final during the preceding lecture. He won't have anything surprising or out of the blue on there! If you love Iranian history you will love his class but if you have no interest in it then don't bother. Attendance/participation, the midterm and the final are the three things that will decide your grade. Also be aware that the class may come off as quite difficult during the first lecture because he talks fast but will repeat himself if you ask him. He will also call on you so make sure you follow on the reading. I would highly recommend this class!

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