May 07, 2010

Berger, Mark (TA) Silver_nugget
[PHIL V2201] History of Philosophy II: Aquinas to Kant

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Mark is a fantastic TA. I'd never had a philosophy class before, so (surprise, surprise) my first paper sucked. I didn't realize that beforehand, of course. I have always been good at writing the creative writing / English class types essays, so I was surprised when I got a C+ on my first History of Philosophy paper. Okay, surprised.. maybe a little angry.

But when I stormed into Mark's office hours ready to defend the honor of my paper, it turned out that he was very understanding and glad to take the time to explain how a philosopher paper is supposed to be written. And I did take a lot of his time. He offered extra office hours just about every other week (extra meaning 4 hours total - more than I've ever seen offered by a professor of TA before), and though I was in there often he never minded. He was also really good at explaining the material, which was not always clear from the class lectures (and usually the papers topics weren't covered in class). All in all, he's probably the best TA I've had so far!