All Ratings and Reviews for Sharon Gerstel
Took art hist 51 Medieval art. Great class and the professor is really nice. you can learn everything you expect from the class and get any answers about your questions during office hour. Also, the grade is fair. Most people can get A in the class. Selling all the books needed for the class.
Took art hist 51 Medieval art. Great class and the professor is really nice. you can learn everything you expect from the class and get any answers about your questions during office hour. Also, the grade is fair. Most people can get A in the class. Selling all the books needed for the class. Text me 3109624479
Class: The class itself is pretty interesting (for me at least) and you NEED to attend EVERY lecture.
Professor: She is willing to listen to your advice about the class and tries her best to make it easier. She is truly amazing when you talk to her because she knows everything about her field. I suggested to change the final exam because the midterm was too hectic and it took her a second to change it.
TA: My TA was Carlos Rivas and he was understanding and I believe he is a fair grader.
Exams: Essay question and 10-12 Identification questions. Very easy if you attend lecture and study the images. She does not trick you!!!
Overall, It is an easy GE class and I recommend everyone to take it.
I really enjoy Prof Gerstel's lectures!! Her lectures are clearly organized. Many paintings or architectures she discusses are elaborate. It's a pity that I cannot take her classes any more (I need so many courses to fulfill my major requirement D:) Finals and midterms are fair. Be sure to write fast in exams. Jessa is my TA. She is very helpful, approachable and concerned with your study!! She'll help you review general ideas of required readings which are usually written in a professional, confusing way. Take this class if you want to enjoy yourself, learn something and get a fine grade.
Like the other reviewers, I took this class as a GE and, despite initially low expectations, really enjoyed the material. Gerstel was also a great lecturer who put time into her powerpoints. The tests were straightforward and relied on your ability to memorize pieces of art (roughly 40 for the midterm and final, so not so bad). Take this class, it will surprise you.
I took Medieval Art with Professor Gerstel and initially thought it would be dull but she made the subject and the class a wonderful experience. I highly recommend her. Not only does she posess an astute expertise in the subject, she is very approachable and genuinely cares about her students. She does not obsess over slide identifications, but rather, focuses on major concepts. Professor Gerstel is great.
Got an A+ in the class, but I DID work for it. If you can memorize pictures and write fast during a test, it'll be the easiest GE you will ever take.
When I first started this class, I honestly thought I would not enjoy it...but I was wrong. This class is actually pretty enjoyable and very fair in terms of grading. Basically, there is absolutely no way you can't do well if you don't study and go to lecture. The readings for the week are a bit boring, but not that bad. There were two papers to write, and they were actually a lot of fun to write. The midterm and final were in the exact same format, and they were not tricky whatsoever...just slide identifications. I suggest making flashcards, even though it was a little time consuming. Professor Gerstel is very caring and willing to do almost anything to benefit the students in the class. With all that said, this class is a very enjoyable GE. Yes, it's somewhat a lot of work, but I felt that I got something out of it. The class is not an easy A, but it's also not impossible. I'm a south campus major and this was my first Art Hist class, and I enjoyed it. At first it was a little intimidating being with a bunch of Art History majors who just knew everything, but I go used to it. Oh yea, my TA was Melia and I have to say she was one of the best TA's I've had while at UCLA. By the way, I still have my course reader which is in almost perfect condition, and I'm trying to sell it...so if anyone is interested, just let me know in a comment here and i'll give you my email address. I know this was long, but I hope it helped :)
Gerstel is very reasonable, wacky, and nice. Lecture is about 90% of the exam. If you skip, I think you'll be screwed because none of the information is in the textbook. The textbook is just pointless, don't bother reading.
Section is a bigger component than in most classes--separate material/readings for section that are on the exam. That was kind of annoying.
A children's book that you make is a huge percentage of your grade. Kind of nice because you can do well on it, but also a pain in the ass in the long run.
The exams covered somewhat random stuff--not what she emphasized in the lecture. But she gives extra credit opportunities.
I got an A, it was pretty easy but not overly easy. She's really cool though.
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