April 04, 2006

Pilinovsky, Helen Silver_nugget
[FYSB BC1156/69] First Year Seminar: Legacy of the Mediterranean I

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

I must disagree completely with the negative review of Prof. Pilinovsky. I found her to be one of the most impacting English teachers I've had.

She replied to all of my emails quickly and diligently--not just answering another tedious email.She really cares about developing her students' writing skills and understanding of literature. I believe she engaged my class in, what was for us, a really exciting discussion--often humorous and never belittling anyone's opinion. As was said before, she is indeed very educated and (compared to other pompous professors at both Barnard and Columbia, I never felt like she was merely trying to voice just how educated she was. Often if you just listen to her, and not think about the length of her 'lecturing' or her style of lecturing, you may realize that what she is saying is actually veryyy interesting.

She helped me, as long as I needed, work on a very long research paper and even though she specified certain avenues she wanted me to research (which for me, at the time, the subject matter was very difficult, complex and controversial), when I turned in the paper at the end, I was extremely proud of it. She pushes you -- and often if you show a little interest--you'll be very proud.

Don't confuse her age for inexperience-- she's wonderful, engaging, and for me, (someone who misses class quite often), I never missed her class once!

Workload:

Very fair. If you keep up with reading and provide thought provoking questions to the class, the assignments will be a breeze.