All Ratings and Reviews for Willemina Z Wendrich
A nice lady...but a miserable experience. Lectures are painful, kind of an intellectual enema. Testing structure is ludicrous, complete omission of any narrative history. If you like learing about stones, glass, baskets or any other pointless academia, her class is for you. I personally went from a fascination of Egypt to a seething hatred, thanks Dr. Wendrich! The only saving grace is that her class isn't very difficult.
Dr. Wendrich is a very clear and precise lecturer and a very nice person. Her assignments are fair and relevant to the basic ideas presented in class. Her personal experience in archaeology adds much to her knowledge and presentation. Her class on the second half of ancient Egyptian civilization has inspired me to look for opportunities to participate in an archaeological excavation at some point duing my educational experience. In addition to this, she has a really cool accent that is fun to listen to.
Willeke Wendrich is a great teacher. She is very concerned with her students. She wants you to learn and she is there to help you.
She uses powerpoint to lectures, and puts her notes online.
He exams are factual questions, essays, term identification, etc
Her grading is always fair.
You need to go to her lectures, they are very important. She stressing things that she will include on the exam, and since the reading is mostly supplemental you need to know what she thinks is important. GO TO CLASS and DONT BE LATE and DONT EAT IN CLASS
I tell you this because she says it on the first day. She thinks eatin in class is rude, she thinks coming in late is rude, and while she prob wont hold it against you, its like going into someone's home, you respect them, you are their guest. Be curtious to their requests.
In any case take these classes!!! They are great!
I got and A+ in both M103A and B, and an A in C165 which is her seminar
i LOVE egyptian anything. i was so exicted for this class and when i took it, regreted almost immediately. the subject is really interesting and the class grading is fair. but, she is so dry and boring, it's hard to stay awake for the 9:30 class. maybe i'm over the powerpoint lectures and sick of straining to hear her voice. she is soft spoken and missed the mic quite often. she did get into pottery a bit much and i got bored of it. unfortunetly for me, i didnt pass the class so i have to retake it in the winter. it wasnt hard to pass, it was just hard to show up.
Utterly atrocious! How can any class under the umbrella of history ignore the narrative with such regularity? If you are only glass making and tomb painting, which by the way she never states the historical significance of, you'll love her. If you want to take a course in ancient egyptian culture, she's the one for you, but if you actually want to know what happened during the time period, look elsewhere.
So you are thinking about taking a Egyptian history class? Very strange class. Wendrich took the accomplishments of the Egyptians and decided to spend whole lectures talking about: fiance, metal working, land usage, etc. While sitting there taking in the deep topic of fiance, I decided to just skip class for the rest of the quarter and go with the notes on the web. I have never done this but ended up with an A-(I also went to both extra credit meetings). So I only attended five lectures. You might want to attend class now and then to see if she is taking roll. Her tests are strange and even by going to class you will never know what is on them.
But three weeks after the class, I am still wondering how she could talk an hour plus about fiance.
I guess the class name has changed since the last reviewer, but it's the same Egyptian Civ class. She's very knowledgable about what she teaches, but beware--it is NOT chronological Egyptian history. I mean, one of her major fields projects is studying Neolithic mudhole-basket things. That should tell you something about what she chooses to focus on. As others have said, you'll get a lot of info on what artifacts were found at specific sites, and the classification of said artifacts, but you might need to do some outside study to figure out some actual history.
The textbooks are somewhat relevant to the way she teaches, but are also pretty useless to get a linear perspective. I'd recommend going to lecture just occasionally [she has excellent notes online], going to discussion [the TAs will greatly help you prepare for the mt/final], and finding a good online site with some traditional history to give yourself perspective.
Overall, she has her major weak points, but her class is very managable.
My class with Wendrich was probably the easiest I've ever taken at UCLA. There's literally no need to go to class as class notes are posted online and are the only things that need to be studied. In fact, the class notes are superior to any lecture notes you might take if you showed up.
Lecture itself is very dry unless you are very interested in the subject. Studying for the midterm and final is very easy as all you need to do is print out the class notes and study rigorously the day before. The exams themselves are quite easy.
Study the class notes and go to the weekly discussions and you should do well in this class with little trouble.
I don't know what the rest of the reviewers are talking about. Wendrich straightforward and interesting. She is also really passionate about the topic and will try to make you passionate about it too. There is a little more emphasis on archaeology than one would expect in a history class, but it's definitely not the only topic that will be discussed. Lecture notes are all online, word for word, and that's all you will need to know for the midterm and final. Very convenient. You will have to write one paper which a choice of maybe 10 or so topics, around 5 pages long, including pictures. Wendrich grades very reasonably and offers opportunities for extra credit.
Professor Wendrich is a well prepared lecturer. Her midterm was only worth 10% of your grade and then final was VERY similar to the midterm. Her tests are fair but require you know some specifics. Only had to write one paper. Good class, interesting topic. I recommend her.
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