All Ratings and Reviews for Scott M Pletka
Wow this guy is serious about his work.
He's also very arrogant and self-centered - but at least he acknowledges this. But you can't blame him, he knows his stuff.
As for his lectures, he has a lot to say and yes, they get boring. So much in fact he has to put himself down and make fun of his work to keep what few students he has in lecture.
His tests are fair I suppose. If you do pporly in his class it's your own fault - the lectures are online, and he's always in his office.
Other than thas he's okay. I guess I would take him again in the future.
This class was the most boring class I have ever taken at UCLA. The professor was very arrogant and pretentious. He was funny on occasion, though. He is just too smart to teach undergraduate courses, especially a lower division GE course.
The lectures, were however, very easy to follow with nice visuals and good organization. Lecture notes were available on online, and if you read and went to section, there was little point in going to class.
The subject matter is interesting, but the lectures are long and mundane. Its difficult to stay awake. All lectures are done using power point and the power point presentations are all posted on the class web page. He reads most of his lectures directly off the screen, so if you don't feel like going to class, you can always just read the lecture off the internet. He is often pompous and self-absorbed, but he knows his information. I would discourage asking questions in his class 'cause if he doesn't know the answer, he'll give you his best guess and not tell you that he guessing unless you confront him.
I thought the class was pretty interesting. We only had to write four short essays, which were graded fairly. Yeah, so Scott is very uptight and anal, but it's part of his character. He's obviously very knowledgeable about archaeology, and I'd take more of his classes in the future.
He has a lot to say, and he knows his topic. He is a bit arrogant and cold, though, and though he encouraged us to attend office hours, when I did I felt like he was stand-offish. He is too young to be so uptight! If he smiles and relaxes, he will be great, because he is very organized and knowledgeable.
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