William Summerhill

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HIST 8B
Political Economy of Latin American Underdevelopment, 1750 to 1930 See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.2

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Here's the deal with History 8B: Summerhill is a great lecturer. He's funny and well organized and really likes to lecture. But, the readings are almost always extremely long and dense, and many of the multiple choice questions come from obscure factoids in them, not the lectures. He also missed a number of lectures this last quarter for personal reasons, and he'll tell you up front that when that happens, he will make no effort help you catch up. This class is entertaining and enjoyable, but you HAVE to do the reading. And when he gives you some possible essay questions, make sure to study for ALL of them, not just two out of three. Invariably, the one you didn't study for is the one you end up having to write.

(March 21, 2003)
HIST 97
Historical Practices Adjunct Seminar See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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Summerhill quickly became my favorite professor at UCLA. I took 97e in fall 2014, and by around week 4 I was super into the class.

You HAVE to be involved in the discussions, but the reading is reasonable, and relatively interesting.

I wouldn't say this is an easy class, but I would say that Summerhill motivates you to want to put the work in.

He's fair, and he makes a real point of contributing energy and passion to his classes. Summerhill is the type of professor you always hope you will find.

(Jan. 2, 2015)
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HIST 97E
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History See Full Profile

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HIST 101
Topics in World History Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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HIST 101
Topics in World History See Full Profile

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HIST C101A
Variable Topics: Interdisciplinary Studies See Full Profile

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HIST C101B
Variable Topics: Interdisciplinary Studies See Full Profile

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HIST 161
Topics in Latin American History See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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This class was harder than I expected for sure. Summerhill is clearly very knowledgeable on the subject, but I found his lectures to be somewhat confusing and hard to follow. He has slides for each lecture, but much of the needed information did not appear on them. However, if you can take good notes in class, familiarize yourself with the subject, and do all of the readings, you will do fine in the class.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
HIST 161
Topics in Latin American History See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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This class was harder than I expected for sure. Summerhill is clearly very knowledgeable on the subject, but I found his lectures to be somewhat confusing and hard to follow. He has slides for each lecture, but much of the needed information did not appear on them. However, if you can take good notes in class, familiarize yourself with the subject, and do all of the readings, you will do fine in the class.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
HIST 162A
Modern Brazil See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.5 Workload 2.9 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.1

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I loved Summerhill! He is hilarious and gives lectures like he's telling you a juicy story with lots of drama, but this makes them super interesting to listen to. He is obviously very passionate about what he's teaching and he really captivates his audience with the way he lectures. He gives you a study guide a week before the midterm (40%) and final (50%) so you know exactly what to study. For the map quiz (10%) he gives you a map with exactly what he will test you on and you just learn that. If you go to lecture and follow along you will definitely do well in this class, he makes it easy to want to learn about the material. He strongly resembles Will Ferrel also. Love that

(Winter Quarter 2019)
HIST 162B
Brazil and Atlantic World, 1500 to 1822 See Full Profile

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