Review Comment

FYS Women and Culture

April 15, 2013

Gross, Charlotte
FYS Women and Culture

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Professor Gross was perfectly nice, but her class was horrible. We were all so bored and discussion lagged continuously. We never discussed anything of interest to anyone and she really didn't seem to care. She never said what she expected from us until we had all already done it incorrectly.
Her paper comments were muddled and confusing. Often, I got the sense that she didn't even really know what she wanted. She changed her mind constantly, often mid note. Meetings with her were unhelpful and left me unbelievably frustrated. They did more bad than good.

Workload:

Three papers (two drafts each). The last paper was a 8-10 page research essay.

December 29, 2012

Gross, Charlotte
FYS Women and Culture

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Professor Gross is a very sweet woman, but not a very good professor. She didn't tell anyone what she wanted or expected from an assignment until after we had all done it incorrectly. Meetings with her left almost everyone completely frustrated. In discussing essay revisions, she wouldn't say anything about any major problems she had with your essay and then dramatically lower your grade because you didn't read her mind. Class was really boring and the readings became entirely optional. She was one of the worst teachers I've ever had, which was such a bummer because this could have been a really great class. I don't think I learned anything.

Workload:

Three essays with two drafts each (the first draft is ungraded), light reading (a medium amount is assigned, but you very quickly figure out how much is actually required to participate and it's not much)

October 30, 2007

Steinkoler, Manya
FYS Women and Culture

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Professor Steinkoler is awesome. Seriously, these reviews of her that are negative, throw them out. I admit, I had my doubts when I first met her as well. But as the class progressed, I LOVED HER! She is brilliant, intelligent, inquisitive, caring, smart and maybe a little bit self-absorbed but that's okay. (Actually if you ever get a chance to talk to her about her life, you'll find she doesn't think so much of herself after all). Her lectures are very interesting and very low-stress. Their actually fun to go to (most of the time) because their so interesting. It isn't that reading intensive, rather, her style is to look at parts of the book and passages that spark interest and relates them to so many other things and changes your perceptions about things you never even thought of. You'll learn a lot from her! What is this about her not caring about her students? That's such a lie. If you ever have a problem with your paper, you can always come to her or e-mail her. She makes herself very available during office hours. If you ever have a problem, she's lenient with extensions on papers and is very understanding. She encourages you to meet with her and discuss your paper. She also wants you to express your own ideas, just be prepared to back them up. She's also good at working with your own ideas to develop into a clear argument (however, this is sometimes confusing because she might contradict herself if you discuss it with her later). She doesn't necessarily shoot down ideas during lectures, but she'll tell you if she doesn't agree with them. Overall, a great class and an awesome professor, definitely take her for First-Year English or Seminar!

Workload:

Moderate/Light. The usual readings every week about 30-50 pages per class, 3 papers 4-7 pages each.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1332: Women and Culture I Manya Steinkoler 2006 Fall MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1