professor
Rebecca Sonkin

Jul 2020

Honestly, just switch out. The only good that came out of this was the fact that all the students bonded with each other because of our shared suffering. On the second day of class, a student showed up about 15 seconds late, and Rebecca smiled and said, "If you can't make it on time, you should switch to another section." I should've known then and there that it was over for me. The main problem is in the teaching style. Rebecca never answers your questions, but instead redirects them with a "What does the class think about this?" Great, but if the class has no idea what an IP is because they were never taught, it really doesn't work. Even worse, she doesn't say anything when the class is wrong. During office hours she told me "I'm worried the class has the wrong idea because they think x, but it's really y." Wow, thanks for letting the whole class go the wrong direction. She doesn't even grade easily. The class always gets contradictory feedback, and it's also clear that she is incredibly biased with certain topics. If she doesn't agree with something you say, your grade will drop regardless of how well you make your argument.

Jul 2020

Honestly, just switch out. The only good that came out of this was the fact that all the students bonded with each other because of our shared suffering. On the second day of class, a student showed up about 15 seconds late, and Rebecca smiled and said, "If you can't make it on time, you should switch to another section." I should've known then and there that it was over for me. The main problem is in the teaching style. Rebecca never answers your questions, but instead redirects them with a "What does the class think about this?" Great, but if the class has no idea what an IP is because they were never taught, it really doesn't work. Even worse, she doesn't say anything when the class is wrong. During office hours she told me "I'm worried the class has the wrong idea because they think x, but it's really y." Wow, thanks for letting the whole class go the wrong direction. She doesn't even grade easily. The class always gets contradictory feedback, and it's also clear that she is incredibly biased with certain topics. If she doesn't agree with something you say, your grade will drop regardless of how well you make your argument.

Jan 2018

If you were assigned Rebecca Sonkin as your UW instructor and came here to check her reviews, stop right now. Go on SSOL and change sections immediately. You can read this review afterwards, but you can't afford the risk of having Rebecca as your instructor. Rebecca starts the semester as an excellent teacher (for kindergarten). You will each write your name tag and she will keep them so that you won't forget! She will ask you to CLOSE-READ the syllabus and write her an e-mail (she will constantly ask you to write her e-mails, but you'll probably only going to write the first one). Then she will confuse all of you. Her approach to the course is to "explain things little by little." For the 1st essay, we were writing our first draft without having read the essay prompt. In fact, we didn't even know it was a draft: she told us to write "a letter to a friend." When it come to the basic concepts, she will have trouble explaining them. By the time she had reviewed our formal drafts, 4 days before P1 deadline, she finally explained us what an IP was: out of 14 students in class, 13 didn't have an IP in their drafts. Rebecca constantly changes her explanations (first she told us our IPs should contain an X and a Y, but later she complained we haven't explicited Z). She also has the policy of "putting the questions to class." It doesn't work when the class was not taught at first, but she just doesn't answer anything herself. And if you are thinking "well, but at least she must great easily right" you are wrong. The feedback she gives you on the drafts is contradicting to the feedback she gives you on the essays. Highest course grade was a B+, and the essay grades were so random that she couldn't even explain when we tried to ask her. Unfortunately, not one among the 14 students in my class can recommend Rebecca Sonkin's section. If there is no other option and you have to take her, then I wish you the best. Try to bond with your classmates at least: it is the only thing that made us go through this semester.

Dec 2017

I would rather eat from the Meatless Monday menu for the rest of my life that take another course with her. She is quite ignorant yet condescending, annoying to the bone and bluntly useless when it comes to learning anything. RUN

Oct 2017

TERRIBLE. Sonkin is a horrible teacher, my writing basically got worse because of her thanks to her unhelpful and contradictory feedback. She was very tough on grading. But the worse part was the way she treated us. Everyone in the class hated her, and I'm very serious when I say this. She made inappropriate/racist comments many times, threatened some students to lower their grade if they wanted to write about a topic she did not agree with (aka the Free Palestine movement). She is such a fake person and every hour I spent in her class was a wasted one. DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS.