All Ratings and Reviews for Samuel Beckelhymer
I took Latin 1,2,3 with Professor Beckelhymer and he is the best Professor I have ever had. He cares so much about his students and that they are enjoying his class and learning the material. He hosts office hours everyday I think? But is also willing to schedule meetings whenever a student needs. He is also fluent in ?7? other languages and is so knowledgeable about Latin and Classics in general. I think he's even the head of the Classics/Latin department so he's super dedicated to his teachings and really wants everyone to succeed in his classes. Highly highly highly recommend Latin as your foreign language requirement (especially if you don't like speaking new languages because all of Latin 1,2,3 is written or read) and Sam is the best professor to take it with for sure.
This is for the whole Latin 1, 2, and 3 series. Professor Beckelhymer was amazing. He is super helpful and is engaging when the material allows for it. He is very passionate about the material which can be difficult in a class like this but his emotions rub off on the students as he gets excited about certain topics. I highly recommend taking the Latin series with Professor Beckelhymer.
For my section, this class was "online" aka taught by a TA (Hoose). The structure of the class is "flipped," meaning you are to learn topics on your own time, and class time is meant for reinforcement. The TA lead lecture, and overall I have mixed feelings for this class. I took it for fun (hence P/NP), It IS important that you look at the syllabus since quizzes/topics expectations are listed. The TA Hoose is knowledgable and accepts questions, and is communicative with her class. The structure of the class itself is very focused (there was about only 10 students in the class by week 6), so you should expect to actively participate and answer questions if called on. I was a bit discouraged since I lost my footing in this class around week 4 (I was taking other major requirements), and could feel lost/discouraged in class. There was a lot of awkward silences when asked for responses, Im guessing out of the fear of being wrong in front of people/ simply not knowing the answer.
But, (I guess to resolve the said problem), towards the end of the quarter, the TA encouraged collaboration between peers before being called on, which helped with my confidence in the class and material.
Only COVID-19 has this professor hanging in and hanging on. Poor dude, couldn't spell multiple medical terms, including on the exams he provided. The weirdest bit? His obsession with genitalia medical terms surrounding women's bodies and his frequent if not weekly use of the word sphincter in quizzes. This professor will remind you white men fail upwards all the time.
This professor made countless of my classmates feel stupid when meanwhile he himself was a moron; and I don't provide that review lightly. Why are all the lecturers on this campus so often white, so often male and so weird about talking about bodies like we're not adults? Can they enter this century and discuss bodies without a giggle? This guy needs to get reported but even sitting across from him again to do that would give me the heebie jeebies. You been warned.
You want a paper/post a week on medical terminology, 20 hours of work if you can't find the right answers on the internet and more?
AVOID LIKE RONA.
Oh, and I'm pretty sure he adds himself to the GroupMe, posing as a student like that's not creepy. I hope more of his real students start reviewing him cause this one's a mess.
I'm currently in Latin 3, and selling an extra Latin dictionary (the Cassell's Latin Dictionary), brand new. Contact 4244207383 if interested. I recommend having a dictionary with you but it is NOT required by the class. And I love Latin classes here! they are the most interesting classes I ever took
Look. Do not take this class if it is online. You do not get any of the benefits of Becklehymer's teaching. It will solely be on the TA and you. The TA currently is a hard grader and does not hold up any accountability with the class grades. If you can take it without this TA. Anahita. Then go for it.
Sam is an absolutely amazing professor, I took all three Latin classes with him. He was very accommodating during COVID and BLM protests, and genuinely cared about our mental health and well being. He is such a kind person and a great professor, although latin is not easy and the vocabulary and syntax pile on pretty fast but overall this series was very doable and enjoyable.
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