Suzy Ahn

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LING 102
Introduction to Applied Phonetics See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.9 Workload 3.9 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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The class is much easier than what I expected going in, having friends who took the more difficult 103 instead. There are only 6–7 weeks worth of actual material, and the rest were guest lectures. (The guest lectures still get tested on the final, but they are unsurprisingly quite easy.)

The more difficult aspects of the class are memorizing IPA symbols (useful even though you get cheat-sheets on exams) and reading spectrograms. Transcription of unfamiliar sounds could be difficult but the professor makes it easy by offering binary choices as the question format (choose the right one out of two). Overall, it's possible to make the class much harder while teaching the same material, and it's easy to get scared the night before an exam when you look at the amount of information covered. But trust me when I say that it won't be as hard as you fear.

The professor is okay, not too remarkable in either good or bad things. She's clear and helpful in lectures in the usual good ways, but not exceptionally/memorably so.

There are no papers, two homeworks (20%), six open-book online quizzes (40%), a midterm 45-minute in-class quiz for which you get two hours (10%), and a final (25%). Attendance in sections counts for 5%.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
LING 119A
Phonological Structures See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.9

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I just had to write a review to defend Professor Ahn because the one below is so attacking that many prospective students trying to take this class or professor will be surprised when they have her, and see how nice and fair she actually is:

To be fair to the critique below, Suzy tries her best to articulate her lectures, but at the end of the day a combination of her accent and reading off the packet of notes (each student gets a packet at the beginning of class) leaves students zoned out or doing other things. Most of the time I'd spend the class dozing off or on my phone, and sometimes I would feel bad for Suzy because she'd ask a question, have 0 response and audience participation, and answer it herself. If you're looking to master phonological structures, this probably won't be the class for you, yet Suzy does provide a decent foundation of the rudimentary topics.

In terms of grading, Professor Ahn is very lenient and easy. There is a quiz a week (7 of the 8 count towards your final grade), and she tells you beforehand what to study. The questions are very straightforward too, and most students average 9-10 /10 per quiz. The homeworks are a little more difficult and require some time, but at the end of the quarter I had a 97% average on my hw/quizzes, which make up around 40% of the grade. Her final is not tricky either. She gives a final exam study guide beforehand with practice questions, and she genuinely makes the exam so that no student would struggle if they have reviewed. As she says she's "not out to trick anyone". I ended with an A on the final, and I can tell you I really did not put too much effort into this class, and you won't have to too. She's a real down-to-earth person and cares for her students. Good luck in 119A!

(Spring Quarter 2019)
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LING 120A
Phonology I See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.9

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Suzy is one of the best instructors I have had at UCLA. She is kind, helpful, and incredibly organized, and makes sure that everyone is following at every step of the class. The class has quizzes each week though, so be sure to go to section since the data presented in the quiz tends to come from practice questions done during section!

(Spring Quarter 2019)
LING 375
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