January 30, 2020

Mann, Wolfgang
[HUMA 1002] Lithum

i was waiting to receive my grade from last sem before writing this review, and just got it this morning. so here we go. i feel like i should mention grades were due on January 2nd and it's currently the morning of January 30th, and my GPA has just been tanked, so im a little heated. At the same time though, I feel like the laziness and disorganization that brought about my grade being nearly a month late is the most important thing you need to know about him. this man is the only professor ive ever had who has been lazier than i am. and i mean that. mans literally promised us our grades by the next class, then canceled that class because of the "flu", just to do the same thing the next week.

to be fair, prof mann's a pretty nice guy. always free for office hours and will genuinely work with u to develop your ideas. lectures can be unbelievably boring tho, and class is a lot less interactive than some other lit hum sections. it's basically just him talking for 2 hours straight as you try your hardest not to doze off (especially because class is at 8am).

another thing-- you will have absolutely no idea how u did in the class until the end of the year. Im not sure how he usually grades, but last semester it went something like this:

3 in class passage id quizzes
1 textual analysis (like 2 pages)
2 longer essays (1400-1900 words)
final

THATS IT. THATS ALL WE WERE GRADED ON. no homework or anything else (besides reading). so like, if u dont like doing much work, then yeah this is a good class for u if u know how to write a good essay. unfortunately, not my forte. as for these grades, I did okay on the quizzes (never did the reading), got a check plus on the textual analysis, did decent on the first essay and thats all i got back until my final grade just now. so u basically have no idea how ur doing in the class bc he wont rlly give u feedback (im sure he would if i had gone to OH but id rather not fall asleep to the sound of his voice while meeting with him 1 on 1, and im sure that would happen because it's basically become an instinctual response by now).

TLDR: prof doesn't give much work and is a really truly nice guy, but lectures are boring, he will likely email at 6am on the day of class telling you to bring a book you forgot you had, grade everything 3 weeks late, use made up illnesses or family emergencies as excuses for aforementioned late grading at least twice per semester (we're on to you prof...) and has the audacity to tank your GPA nearly a month after u thought it was stable.

6.5/10 + 1 for the fire fits = 7.5/10

Workload:

1 textual analysis (like 2 pages)
2 longer essays (1400-1900 words)
3 hour final

January 29, 2020

Lundy, Timothy
[HUMA 1002] Lithum

Tim is the GOAT. Great LitHum professor, very passionate about the books and encourages discussion. Doesn't lecture all that much but always poses interesting questions about the text in order to revive a dying discussion. Lots of group activities and things of that nature which is nice for a class like LitHum. Very reasonable grader, can be kind of tough on essays but very helpful during one on one conferences. Provides interesting context and background for a lot of books that we read, but also focuses a lot of our discussion on how these books relate to broader, more contemporary issues. The reading can be a lot but he sends out parts to focus on which is helpful and lets you otherwise generally skim the books. The workload will be comprable to other lithum classes but I can say I definitely gained a lot from his class and how he chose to approach the books we read. If you do the work, you'll likely score in the B+ to A range.

Workload:

2 Essays (15% Each), 1 Midterm (15%), 1 Final (20%), 1 Portfolio (10%), 6-10 Discussion Posts a Semester that add to the 25% participation quota

December 21, 2019

Ferreira, Caio
[HUMA 1002] Lithum

His discussions were thought-provoking and prepared us well for the final. Midterm only had passage IDs from class discussion so it wasn't too bad. He also gave a lot of opportunities for extra credit. I'd say that he does have high expectations and, as a result, is a little harsh on grading. But overall a really nice guy and would recommend taking lithum with him.

Workload:

standard lithum workload (with weekly discussion posts)

December 04, 2019

Roberts, Zachary
[HUMA 1002] Lithum

he's a really good professor. Engaging in class discussions and pretty chill but not at all boring.

Workload:

3 essays each worth 20% (gives you over a week to do them but no drafts allowed)
no midterm!!
SUPER easy reading quizzes every two weeks
2 creative projects (not taken s seriously and quite fun to do)
a bit more reading than other sections
final (resembles all other classes)
an Ok grader - not difficult to receive a B or higher if you listen to his feedback

November 04, 2019

Zanou, Konstantina
[HUMA 1002] Lithum

I'm shocked at the (lengthy) negative reviews about her. I absolutely loved Zanou for lit hum. I'm writing this at 3am in the middle of writing my paper for CC, and damn, I really miss her class. My CC class is okay, but our discussions in lit hum were much more interesting, and while my CC teacher has a much more student only led discussion approach, I preferred how Zanou would let us discuss a topic/theme and then synthesize the discussion with her ideas. I genuinely found her ideas so interesting and relevant. For example, she connected nostalgia themes in our books and connected it to how nostalgia plays similar roles in the experience of refugees in our current political climate. I also appreciated seeing the play adaption of antigone and how the creators connected themes from a Greek tragedy to police brutality in Ferguson. Maybe it's my tendency to idolize English teachers, but I will honestly carry our discussions with me. I was prepared to hate the core (and still do in principle), but she made Lit Hum my most interesting and important class.

Workload:

not too bad; just be prepared for class discussions and pay attention and you should be fine

October 27, 2019

Zingesser, Eliza
[HUMA 1002] Lithum

If you're a STEM student don't take this class! Eliza is a super inconsiderate Professor who doesn't care a bit about any problems you have. As a freshman, I found this class incredibly stressful and just wanted to kill myself because of her.

Workload:

Too much

June 12, 2019

Roberts, Zachary
[HUMA 1002] Lithum

Zach is THE best professor I had freshman year, but even beyond class he is just an immensely caring and considerate person. Class discussion is always interesting, and his midterm is very reasonable and simple. Essays are graded pretty easily. If you want to do well on the essays, go to his office hours and bounce ideas with him and he will offer you good directions to take your essay. If you get Zach, you will end up loving LitHum.

Workload:

3 essays, midterm, SUPER easy reading quizzes every two weeks, final. VERY VERY reasonable and an extremely fair grader.

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