Ratings for English 45A

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Average Ratings

86

Based on 34 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.

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75
Exams
73
Helpfulness
79
Enthusiasm
93

Instructor Ratings

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Knapp, J D (ENGLISH 45A, Fall 2014)
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95
Exams
94
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: I'm not even an English major; in fact, I'm a intended STEM major. That being said, Paradise Lost was a pain in the ass for me to read, so I was perpetually behind on readings, but I did find that lectures were helping me understand the text a lot better. I started attending lectures before reading the passages, and the reading ended up being a lot less painful. You can tell that Knapp loves his subject and he's the type of guy you'd want to chat with at a cafe on a Sunday afternoon. His final was very reasonable and in fact a lot easier than I'd expected. I highly recommend hi-lighting/ jotting down the page numbers of the passages he references in class, as those will be on the final. Try not to skip lecture, although I didn't find discussion very helpful mainly because it lacked structure. That being said, my GSI was very helpful in improving my writing. I started out with a C+ essay and had jumped one-and-a-half letter grades up by the end of the course. My main recommendation is write and revise and then write and revise again; you will do well if you write multiple drafts. An easier final and participation grade (ie, showing up to section) will compensate for the hard grading on essays (most people receive B's).

Submitted Jan. 3rd, 2015

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Arnold, O M (ENGLISH 45A, Spring 2013)
Assignments
59
Exams
50
Helpfulness
91
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Great Professor with a lot of fresh insight and enthusiasm. Extremely helpful office hours. Two essay, 6 pages each. Pretty straight forward and easy class.

Submitted May 13th, 2014

93
Justice, S (ENGLISH 45A, Fall 2012)
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89
Exams
91
Helpfulness
81
Enthusiasm
92

Submitted Dec. 29th, 2012

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Justice, S (ENGLISH 45A, Fall 2012)
Assignments
61
Exams
61
Helpfulness
72
Enthusiasm
96

Comment: I LOVED Professor Justice. In a semester in which I despised most of my classes, his was the only one I looked forward to going to. I was dreading taking 45A; the material seemed horrendous. However, Professor Justice made everything SO clear that I ended up strangely really enjoying The Canterbury Tales and Paradise Lost. He is hilarious and every lecture is incredible. It is, however, a challenging course, nonetheless. There is no midterm, but the three papers are very difficult. Overall, I really recommend taking this course with Professor Justice. I hope to take another course from him.

Submitted Nov. 27th, 2012

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Justice, S (ENGLISH 45A, Fall 2012)
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8
Exams
10
Helpfulness
30
Enthusiasm
91

Submitted Nov. 14th, 2012

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Arnold, O M (ENGLISH 45A, Spring 2011)
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Exams
70
Helpfulness
74
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Oct. 8th, 2012

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Justice, S (ENGLISH 45A, Fall 2012)
Assignments
72
Exams
71
Helpfulness
90
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Oct. 1st, 2012

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Landreth, D (ENGLISH 45A, Fall 2012)
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100
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100
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100
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Sept. 26th, 2012

81
Justice, S (ENGLISH 45A, Fall 2012)
Assignments
93
Exams
71
Helpfulness
80
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Sept. 15th, 2012

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Arnold, O M (ENGLISH 45A, Spring 2012)
Assignments
69
Exams
68
Helpfulness
87
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: He's a really enthusiastic professor and definitely keeps you interested in some really old literature...definitely an accomplishment. No midterms, but the final was really tough and absolutely required the maximum amount of studying. The papers were interesting but tough, although you always could count on receiving great feedback from the GSIs.

Submitted June 18th, 2012