N.B. for Classics students reading the above reviews: they may be perfectly true, but are not at all related to her skills as a Greek teacher. She is excellent at explaining grammatical concepts and is always willing to answer questions during the readings, and I would definitely recommend her intermediate Greek class. She does work you a lot, but not insanely.
It wasn't the best class ever and definitely not what I expected from classical mythology, but well worth it. Yes, Professor Said's lateness, random absences, deadline changes etc. were extremely frustrating but I had no problem doing well in the class. Do the reading (which is extensive, but mostly interesting), come to class, take notes. Regurgitate lecture notes on test. There were no surprises in the questions asked. The having to go to the office thing was kinda frustrating and awkward since her comments really made no sense. I really cared more about the grade than the comments, so i disregarded them. And, yes, I was extremely frustrating that I had no grade til like February.
The WORST professor I have EVER had. If you have the opportunity, take Elizabeth Scharffenberger for this class; she subbed for Professor Said for a few days and not only was amazing but proved to me that I was correct in thinking that we were learning absolutely nothing when Scharffenberger kept referring to texts and myths we should have but had never actually heard of. Professor Said is infuriating. Her lectures are awful - she basically restates what texts we were assigned to read. Class is a snooze. Her grading is inconsistent; many of us in the class received As on the exam with Cs on our papers or vice versa. She also REQUIRED us to meet with her to discuss our writing on our exam essay and papers, which is ridiculous in a course that is not writing intensive or the like. Our exam essays seemed "hurried" and were less organized that she thought they should have been. Ya think??? It's an exam for god's sake - there's not much time to concentrate on writing technique when you are trying to get everything you can remember down on paper. Her problems with our papers seemed to be that she really didn't read them thoroughly. The course itself is not work-heavy, and the exams are easy. You will get good grades in them if you go to her office hours and argue with her, but I happen to believe that this shouldn't be necessary and that she would get it right the first time if she were any kind of good professor. Also, beware of makeup classes or office hours she reschedules. Two of the times she did this she was 20-30 minutes late, and one other time we had to call her at home to ask her if she was coming she was so late. She also moved our final with only two weeks notice to the Wednesday of reading week (one week earlier than it was scheduled) because she had jury duty. She is extremely disorganized. None of us have even received our grades yet, and it is a few days into the spring semester. BEWARE!
Professor's Said French accent is a little hard at first, but you get used to it. No class participation, almost. Just do your readings and write down anything she says. Her exams are straight forward. Sometimes we had pop quizzes to check that we did the reading. She's very passionate and very knowlegeable. She helps you out with your papers, allowing you to hand in rough drafts for review, checks them, and then has one-on-one conferences with you. I liked that especially, because you never know exactly how each professor wants you to write.
Two hours of straight lecture (and mostly bs at that). She made me think that the core classes were supposed to be lectures. Only when I took CC did I realize that core classes are supposed to be about class discussion. Said's class gave me no clue about that. I learned more in high school AP Literature than I did in a whole semester with Said. Gave non-answers to legitimate questions during office hours. I would have asked in class, but she was too busy giving her useless lectures.