All Ratings and Reviews for Tiffany Powell
You would think that becuase it is an upper division course, it would be alot more informative. It is NOT. She is by far the worst professor I have had at UCLA. She makes you feel like you have to be in defense all the time. Sometimes she doesnt know the answers to questions which is perfectly fine but then she grades harshly. I would not reccommend this class to anyone. It is not effective.
Every day spent in this classroom felt like having major dental work. I don't mind difficult teachers, as long as they know their stuff, but Prof. Powell was neither knowledgeable nor reasonable. Several native speakers in our class had to correct her while she was "teaching." Also, she has this weird thing about not telling you what the homework is if you ask her out of class - if you missed class or forgot, she refuses to tell you! You have to call another student to find out. That's just petty.
Powell is the worst professor ever. She keeps the students confused and is not consistent. She frequently goes back on her word, almost as though she is deliberately trying to trick us. Dont take her class...shes terrible.
It seems that alot of people that come into a Spanish class have an idea that it's going to piece of cake. If you are one of those people that has taken AP classes and passed out of Spanish 1-6 at UCLA, your Spanish skills will not be competent enough for this class, I know because I passed them too. Be prepared to come to class to learn alot of new things. I did learn alot of grammar and Spanish composition skills, despite what other have said about Dr. Powell. That being said, Dr. Powell will try to trick you into thinking it's an easy class by giving you material in class that's hardly covered in the midterm and final. She'll give you grammar assignments on the side... these are very important if you don't know them, learn these well. She's not that bad. I didn't get stellar scores on compositions but I did end with an A- for the class. Don't fear her, but take the class with intentions to learn new material.
Dont take this class.....she is by far the worst teacher.
I don't know what problems some of these other students had with Dr. Powell, but I found her very nice and approachable. One student in particular was disrespectful in class and seemed to have it in for her; maybe that's who wrote some of the harsh stuff. I think she's fine - not outstanding but good.
The person who said "the Spanish TAs at UCLA are all horrendous" doesn't know what he's/she's talking about. The work is not "abudant," and I was actually surprised that they didn't assign more work. Also, the tests aren't "impossible," if you actually study. And the TA's don't lack "adequate teaching" skills either. Try going to office hours and try engaging in the material. Do you really want to be 'spoon-fed' the material?
This is not High School Spanish! Try to give some real effort. UCLA has some standards, and some people just don't seem to understand that.
Someone should start a movement to get this witch fired. Her main interest in teaching is apparently to show off her personal spanish skills, which are mediocre on a good day. Somebody in the hiring department made a huge mistake. DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS
I guess it all depends on which TA you get... I had matthew boyce, and he was great. The class is NOT as hard as people make it out to be, it was like a high school spanish class for me.
For Spanish 3, anyway, the class is not taught by powell, but by TAs. And again, it is not that tough -- and this is coming from probably the whitest guy you'll ever find.
We reviewed grammar for most of the class, but when it came time to write (we had 3 papers, each about 2 pg) Powell was a tough grader, very nit-picky, and not good at giving helpful comments. You have to write them exactly as she says, with transition words beginning each paragraph, even if it doesn't make sense to put them there. Though I always added at least a page of content and fixed all the grammatical errors she pointed out, I never got more than 2 or 3 percentage points added to my second draft scores. Very frustrating, it seemed pointless even to write that second draft. Her response? Your vocabulary isn't advanced enough for 105. Not helpful at all. You can get a B without working too hard, maybe get an A- or A if she likes your papers and you ace the tests, but you won't improve your writing skills and you will probably be frustrated throughout the course.
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