Winter 2022 - I would say she’s tough , I’ll admit but she is also very helpful. She gives you so much clarity and she is very very chill . The work you do might be a pain but it is very helpful. It helped me with my writing skills. Her group and individual conference which are mandatory are very resourceful , you get so much great insight and clarify on your writing.
Fall 2019 - There are 3 writing projects out of which you submit 2 for grading. I barely did any work throughout the quarter, but Tamar basically tells you EXACTLY what she is looking for, you just need to pay attention and be smart about it. Tamar is a tough grader but you can definitely manage the grade. I'm not the best writer and my first drafts were shit, but she really helped me improve my work and gave her exactly what she wanted in the papers. The readings in the course reader are short and you don't even need to read, just annotate the pages. My course reader is fully annotated so you won't need to do any homework. I'm selling it for $40. The reader is also REALLY helpful because of the sample essays Tamar prints in it. Text me at 424-440-9353.
Winter 2020 - Overall, I enjoyed having English Comp 5W with Tamar. This course requires completion of three full-length essays throughout the quarter (25% each * 3 = 75% of your grade), and the rest of your grade (25%) consists of participation in class discussions. Tamar is an engaging lecturer who does cuss occasionally (she says she got that from the Navy lol), but she always has interesting insights for discussions and provides great feedback on the essays, which you should take seriously in order to do well in this class. Her style suggestions are interesting, and one unconventional style she had us play around with is known as Grammar B. As other reviewers have mentioned, Grammar B can be confusing and difficult to master, but I learned to love it because nowhere else have I been able to put together a creative piece that could consist of a recipe, letter, interview, news article or the like and still call it an essay. Individual appointments for the essays are mandatory, but you will enjoy them and be able to spend them learning how to make your writing that much more effective. If you need a Writing 2, I would highly recommend doing Eng Comp 5W with Tamar!
Spring 2022 - I really wanted to love this class. Tamar is really nice, funny, and very engaging, but her expectations for this class were really unrealistic. She has an interesting grading scheme, where you have to do different amounts of work, and while the expectations for a C and maybe even a B might correspond with the amount of time and work should be assigned for a 5 unit class, the amount of time required to get an A in this class is completely unrealistic. The premise of this class seems super interesting, but unless you are good with a lower grade, taking it P/NP, or have a ton of free time, I would not recommend taking it. I know that writing 2 classes tend to be quite challenging and time consuming, but with this heavy of a work load this class should at least be 6 or 7 units. I really this class had been structured differently because Tamar really was an incredible professor and I really enjoyed learning from her.