May 19, 2006

Ratekin, Thomas
[FYSB BC1156/69] First Year Seminar: Legacy of the Mediterranean I

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

In my opinion, Professor Ratekin is one of the most arrogant professors I have ever had. He does not understand the boundaries of discussion during class, and therefore pushed me to my limits, something that no professor or human being has done before. If you can, avoid this professor like the plague. He is not helpful, and does a horrible job advising you in how to become a better writer. The only thing you will learn from him is how to manipulate your papers into his form so you can get away with a decent grade. Although he did mail us our final 10-
page papers at the end of the year, his comments for the hard work I did on a 10 page paper were about three sentences in length (which I had to completely rewrite from my first draft because he didn't think my idea was "original"). Again, avoid this man if you can, because you will not learn anything nor will you have meaningful discussions during class, because, despite his idea that plot is unimportant, the discussions revolved only about the plot and what was happening to the characters physically. Don't try and bring new ideas to the class, unless you have proof that 10 other scholars have written on (and those whom he likes).

Workload:

Not difficult, you barely have to read the books, although you may want to since you won't be gaining anything from discussions. You have two papers during the semester which you get to rewrite--I suggest you forget your own ideas and just rewrite it to his own stubborn ideas in order to get a good grade. And finally, the 10 page research paper, which had better have an "original" idea.