Fall 2020 - I took this class fall 2020 during covid and enjoyed it. I found it fairly easy although people seem to have really struggled on the midterm. She was a tough grader when it came to the papers and expects high quality work. If you can't write do NOT take this class. Class wasn't required and was honestly not super useful. However, discussions were INCREDIBLY important and I really enjoyed them. (35% Midterm Paper, 45% Final, 10% easy final assignment, 10% participation in discussions).
Winter 2016 - Tutino is a very challenging, but helpful professor. In the 97 Seminar, she has her students develop arguments using evidence from the readings. This may sound like a simple exercise, but Tutino is relentless and will pick your argument apart down to word choice. While defending your argument will be very tough and stressful (it was probably the most stress I ever been under in class that was not a test), she does this for your benefit and it really helped me to understand the process of arguing a historical thesis. Tutino is a very good professor who cares about her students and their learning. She begins class, and sometimes even halts discussion, just talking to her students asking about their weekend, interests, or just for the sack of talking. She is also hilariously Italian and it shows sometimes!
Winter 2020 - Although I haven't received my grade yet, I feel like I can give an accurate review of this class with it still fresh in my head. In short, her lectures are honestly incredibly engaging and funny, and I found myself actually wanting to go to her lectures (something I can't say about most other UCLA classes I've taken so far). The midterm was a short answer response to a passage from one of the important figures in 16th century history, and the final contains 3 short essay questions. Although I enjoyed her class, she is definitely not an easy grader, and was surprisingly intimidating to talk to one on one.