Ratings for Skrzypczynska, A B
Based on 4 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: The only bad experience I had at Cal. A couple week into the semester only half the class would show up, those who do don't participate, and she is disorganized and somewhat passive aggressive - as if the class is responsible for her awkwardness. The assignments and exams are just like those in French 1-3, and there are many writing assignments that she corrects thoroughly. Very painful for students used to talented teachers.
Submitted Sept. 27th, 2013
Comment: Here's the thing about Anna: She's incredibly nice, incredibly helpful, but also incredibly shy. The lessons could do with a lot more energy and she should be less nervous about offending people. On the other hand, this also means she gives a lot of time for small-group discussion instead of forcing people to speak to the entire class at once, which was a relief for me. Sometimes it's unclear where she's heading (because it's really hard to tell when she's making a joke) but just be patient and it'll make sense. She takes class material as read so make sure you do all the reading (she puts up daily homework/reading on bspace), because while she does explain the grammar and texts, she expects you to already have questions or opinions. Anna also sticks really closely to the prescribed syllabus while other professors tend to give more leeway. Disadvantage: more work. I wrote something like 10000 words for French 4 this semester; first time I've ever felt the 5-unit load of a lower div French class. Advantage: Really makes you improve just from the practice alone. You never feel that you're 'forgetting' your French. If your language learning style is more independent, i.e. you understand the grammar explanations of textbooks and generally just need to clarify details, and you like to explore texts in your own direction, Anna is great for you. Go to class, go to office hours, read, and you will benefit. On the other hand, if you prefer much more explicit guidance and instruction, then someone else might be better.
Submitted Jan. 3rd, 2013