All Ratings and Reviews for Stephen B Acabado
Anthropology 8 is really a typical ge course.
Pros: u don't have to even look at the textbook. u don't have to go to class. u can even cheat if u dare. Exams will be easy if you prepare using the study guide. Taking notes may be useful, but quite irrelevant most of times. Papers take some time, but overall it's easy to get an A.
Cons: this is boring for people who only want to take a GE. He talks a lot about Philippines and few care to learn. Sometimes he himself is not concerned.
If you are looking for an easy GE to fulfill your Foundations of Society and Culture category, look no further. Professor Acabado is a prompt and kind teacher who is very interested in archaeology, particularly passionate about his own research. Even though his powerpoint lectures could be boring, he posted everything on ccle for students to refer to. You don't really have to do the readings from the textbooks, unless your TA is strict about what topics to cover in his/her discussion. I mainly used the textbook a few days before the midterm and final. The easiest part about the class was that Professor Acabado gave study guides for the midterm and final which essentially told exactly what was on the tests. There were no surprises whatsoever. The final was also non-cumulative (an added plus). He even gave extra credit questions on the final which were quite frankly unnecessary since the class was already so easy. The class had two essays which were both manageable and on relatively interesting topics. Overall would highly recommend this class to anyone.
This class includes:
Weekly discussion section 20%
Paper 1 10%
Moodle Quizzes 5%
Paper 2 15%
I got an A+ in the class. Make sure to go to discussion and talk; you'll get major points and it's an easy 20% of your entire grade. The papers were pretty easy, just semi-eloquently answer the questions provided with correct grammar. The midterm and final were cake if you completed the study guides and memorized them. A majority of the multiple choice come from the moodle quizzes, so make sure to do the quizzes. The quizzes were easy too because (1) you could redo the quiz up to 3 times and only the highest grade would count and (2) after the first try, the answers are provided, so you're basically guaranteed 100% if you try. The work does add up, but it's definitely doable. I took 2 other classes and worked over 20 hours a week.
Acabado's lectures are dry and unnecessary, but I went to every lecture anyway, so it may have impacted how well I did. He posts up all the slides, but isn't a good lecturer because he's unorganized and rushes through the topics.
I took both his Anthro 8 and Anthro 118 class. Unlike his Anthro 8 class which can be boring, Dr. Acabado's Anthro 118 class -- archaeology of Southeast Asia -- is a more exciting class as he delves into his specialty of the Philippines and Southeast Asia. He seems disinterested when teaching Anthro 8 (he told me this personally). In his upperdiv class, he knows his students well and there's a fun project at the end. If you're a Filipino/SeAsian who wants to learn more about your culture, take Dr. Acabado! Remember that "balut" unites all Southeast Asian cultures.
This class was a relatively easy GE. Weekly online quizzes are very simple, since they are not timed, and each one can be attempted twice (the first attempt will tell you what the correct answers are). Discussions are mandatory graded on participation and completed lab worksheets-- we worked in groups and the worksheets were generally graded very leniently.
The midterm and final were very fair-- Prof Acabado uploads a study guide for each , and pulls directly from the study guide questions for the actual midterm and final. Both exams also include one or two short essay questions, which can be easily answered if you attend lecture, or do the readings. I would recommend filling out the study guide with another person in the class, or going to Prof Acabado's office hours (some of the quizlet answers are incorrect).
There was also a 4-6 page paper due between the midterm and the final (around week 9 for us). The five prompts were uploaded very early on in the quarter, from which you would choose one. The prompts had very clear topics/questions/instructions, as long as all the requirements were met, you got a decent score. I'd recommend showing the TA a rough draft during office hours.
All in all, the class was very straightforward and manageable, even if you aren't interested in archaeology/anthropology.
Although this class was a relatively easy A, I kind of dreaded going to lectures and discussion sections. Professor Acabado takes attendance using an app called TopHat, which you have to pay for, and he also uses the app to display his lecture slides. The app crashed often, which was annoying and affected checking in for attendance sometimes.
There are weekly quizzes on CCLE, but they are all take-home and online so it should be a guaranteed 100% on each. There are three labs done in discussion, and they are also very easy A's. The midterm and final were very similar to the study guides that Acabado gave out for each of them.
As a lecturer, he tends to be *very* boring, and I'd find myself zoning out often. Honestly, lecture isn't too important other than checking in for attendance.
This was an easy GE class for me, but it was just kind of a hassle because I had to try really hard to be somewhat interested in the lecture material.
This class wasn't even a backup class for me when I was registering during orientation this fall, but somehow I signed up and it was the best decision I could have made for my continuously sinking GPA. Tests are the same as the study guide, labs take place during discussion which is basically free points, and the essay is 5 pages and not hard. Acabado forever.
This was a pretty easy GE. It could be somewhat interesting on certain days. To be honest, just study the study guides he gives. The difficult portion of this class was the essay, but TAs are generally able to help you with any aspects of it.
Took Acabado for Anthro 116S: Southeast Asian Archaeology. The class was pretty straightforward. He provided a practice midterm exam, which was almost exactly the same as the midterm. For our final, we had to write 3 four page essays. This took a bit of work to complete. During the quarter, we had to write weekly precis on the readings. This was pretty time-consuming since some of the articles were difficult to understand. There was also a group project where we presented on some of the weekly readings and led discussions on them. Although this class was a bit of work (mainly due to the weekly precis), I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in this topic or needs to fulfill the Archaeology requirement as an Anthro major! Acabado was a fun professor and was always available to answer student questions/concerns in office hours or over email. He offered extra credit to the class if we made 5 memes about the course material.
This was a great class and I really enjoyed it. Actually, this was my third time taking professor Acabado and he never disappoints. This class consisted of 10 weekly quizzes, a group project, four biweekly's and of course; a midterm and final. The quizzes, midterm and final were all multiple choice questions based on the readings and some lecture material. The readings were not too bad, ranging from 30 to 100 pages a week (give or take). The latter was easy since it was assigned from a book, which by the way was very interesting and not too expensive ($30). Although all of the logistics I just mentioned were taken during the remote learning period, I was able to take him in-person in another class and it was pretty much the same: quizzes, group project, and midterm and final. I would definitely recommend this class, he's a great professor and you'll learn a lot.
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