August 05, 2006

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

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

Probably the worst experience I have had with a professor to date. Arrogant, but rather awkward, Karl made a routine first-year english experience painful. He openly admitted to not reading our papers very carefully, yet they would come back with lengthy, and often irrelevant comments on them. He could write you an entire paragraph about the nuances of comma usage without telling you anything truly useful. Also, his written comments almost always required verbal explanation. Even when he gives you a decent grade, he fills your paper with somewhat unnecessary criticisms that are worded in the the most belittling way. Good grades always came as a surprise after reading some of his thoughts about my writing. Class discussions were pretty interesting, when Karl wasn't dominating them, which he did quite often. In general, I'd say Karl's class was a pretty useless introduction to college writing and not a fun experience at all.

Workload:

Manageable amount of reading. A few essays plus their revisions will seem like more work than they are. The final research paper on the topic of my choosing (15 pages) was the most interesting and enjoyable assingment.