professor
Tsolin Nalbantian

Jul 2006

Tsolin is dedicated, but at the same time, the phrase "obsessive-compulsive" is the most accurate way to describe her. Also, I think she gets frustrated that people aren't as gifted/talented as she is (if you've had class with, you know exactly what I'm talking about). The most dangerous thing about her is that I feel she intertwines her political agenda with course material in subtle way, which you won't notice unless you're watching for it. I could see a certain type of student really liking her teaching style, and they'll also like hearing things reiterated that they already believed beforehand.

Jul 2006

Tsolin is a great TA. The other reviewers probably did not do as well as they expected and are taking it out on her. The work is quite minimal and easy you just have to make sure to send the questions every week. If you do even some of the readings, email your questions every week and participate in discussion, you'll have no problem. And you can talk to her anytime when you don't understand something. She also holds review sessions before the midterm and final, which I definitely recommend going to.

Mar 2006

It seems that Tsolin herself could have written the second review - it wouldn't surprise me if she went to such lengths. She is a bit obsessive-compulsive about bureaucratic requirements and does not seem to care about understanding the students' point of view. In my opinion she is condescending to the point that our section had awkward moments of silence, and tries to make students feel stupid in front of the class by jumping on trivial points, ignoring thr big picture.

Dec 2005

Not the worst TA, by any means, but I would suggest avoiding her sections for related courses. She requests strenuous weekly postings/questions on the readings without really detailling what she is looking for. In section she is helpful in reviewing the lectures and sorting out the themes/topics of the course, but she is also mildly brash. She is extremely PC in a "careful with how you use that term" manner, and puts up the friendly screen while in reality being a bit aggressive and stand-offish.

Dec 2005

I totally disagree with the previous reviewer. I have found Tsolin to be a great TA - she is prepared with questions for discussion, has clearly read all the material and cares about it. It is true that she will call you out on bs and make you explain yourself - but this is not because she wants everyone to think as she does - rather she just wants the students TO THINK. I look forward to section with her. She also makes an immense amount of effort in grading - I think I've never been returned a paper (each student writes one short paper in response to the readings during the semester) with more feedback, and constructive feedback at that. I would definately recommend her to others as a fantastic TA - concerned, challenging and caring.

Nov 2005

Not the sharpest tool in the shed, but it could be worse. It would be unfair to call her completely dumb, but it was obvious to most of us that while she is unyielding in her views, either she didn't understand or doesn't listen to what people say a lot of the time. But she does speak English fluently, and she's not totally boring; she's just not that helpful. Not a born teacher, but not a total wreack either.