Ratings for Sayre, N F
Based on 21 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: I took Geog 10 my first semester at Cal, and I don't recommend doing that. I thought it'd be an easy breadth course to take, but it wasn't. Sayre has a monotone voice, but his lectures aren't horrible to sit through. I remember missing class though and trying to listen to the lecture on the webcast site and I fell asleep lol. Sayre is cool, but there was no studyguide for the midterm so it was hard to study everything. The readings were dense. There was a lot of jargon. I spent like 5 days trying to understand one of the readings on biodiversity b/c I just did not understand it. I got the point of it later on, but there just ended up being 1 question on the midterm about it so that sucked. There are like 6 dense articles you have to read and understand for the midterm, but apparently they aren't a huge part of the midterm. The questions were a mix of multiple choice, fill in the blanks (which I hated), and short response (1-2 paragraphs or so). There were like 4 questions and you had to choose 3 to write about. The research paper was a drag. I had Alberto Velazquez as a GSI. Idk how helpful to other students, but he didn't really help me out all that much even though i did attend his office hours. I asked about the biodiversity article and he said just reread it. So I'd say go with another GSI. Oh, and there are map quizzes (they take you no more than 10 minutes to complete in section) Each quiz is on a continent, its countries, its states, capitals, cities, and their surrounding seas/oceans. In high school, I only studied the US map and Latin America, so for me it was hard memorizing other places, but I somehow did it. I remember being like shit, these are too many things to memorize, but as weeks went by, the map quizzes were the only assignments I enjoyed about the class.
Submitted May 23rd, 2013
Comment: Thought the class was going to be about memorizing maps and stuff. Nope! That's only 15% of the class. The other stuff is abstract concepts like space and states and territories and a weird fascination with capitalism and neoliberalism. So: lectures got heavy, readings got heavy, but the material is interesting and you'll learn a lot. Tests are fair, curves are nice. Sayre seems like an enthusiastic and helpful guy, but his voice might put you to sleep after a couple of lectures.
Submitted Jan. 20th, 2013
Comment: I honestly couldn't stand Sayre by the third week of lecture. He starts off pretty funny but soon after the class got really boring and the readings became excessively heavy. He's really monotone and has a lot of tangents. He also has a crap ton of slides for each lecture and gets like halfway through, followed by him talking about how he's not use to having one hour lectures. The course is also so broad that it became extremely hard to connect everything together. He's philosophical as f*ck and his syntax makes everything 2x harder to comprehend than it has to be. His slides used quotes from the readings just about the entire time. I thought it was going to be an interesting class because I liked human geography and the course description sounded like that but seriously, it became a class about the history of economics. Was not worth it, considering the fact lots of people took this for the international studies breadth.
Submitted Dec. 18th, 2012
Comment: Good presentation skills, but often spent too much time on one slide and went off on tangents while answering questions. It's a good class though and a great way for science majors to fulfill the social science breadth.
Submitted Oct. 19th, 2012