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Rich Zumkhawala-Cook
(English)


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Subject: Best Professor!  (Mar 24 2014, 03:32AM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journ )
Class:Cultural diverse Lit (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Professor Rich is awesome! Yes, he assigns a lot of reading but, what do you expect its college. He gives mini 5 question quiz's at any point so you always need to keep on track with the readings. He only requires you to take 15 of them but gives 18. So the extra three are bonus points. He's super nice, though I found the class to be very enjoyable. He goes very deep into the books meaning and I found it fun to listen to what he had to say. There is always a good class conversation going on too! He assigns a paper at the end, and there is a mid-term but they are pretty easy as long as you read the books! Overall I got a B.
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Subject: Farily good  (Oct 28 2013, 05:13AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:N/A (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Overall I was not a big fan of the course itself, however Rich is a decent professor. He is passionate about his work which is important in a professor. His classes are generally more fun and talkative although there is A LOT of reading involved. If you enjoy reading and talking about books, he is your guy. There is minimal classwork aside from reading and he does review key points before tests.
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Subject: Completely ignore the negative comments  (Mar 31 2013, 11:10PM)
Student: Anonymous (Marketing)
Class:Intro to Cultural Diverse Lit  (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I took Rich For my intro to lit class and I have never had a more in depth professor. We did have to read a lot of books for the class, but he goes over every single section in complete detail during class, this is the best time to take a few notes about what hes explaining about the book. These in class discussions are the material on the exams. There are only 2 exams, one mid term, one final and they're multiple choice, if you did all the readings and took notes in class I guarantee you will get an A on the exams. He is a really really nice guy and more than willing to answer questions for you.Also he doesn't force you to participate but its in your best interest to. Not only will participation help you grade, but getting involved in the discussions will help you understand the books better. Its a really good class and he's a really great professor. I recommend taking him for a basic lit class!
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Subject: Great!  (Jan 16 2012, 05:13AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:N/A (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. ZC (or "Rich") is a great professor! His classes are really laid back and he makes the material really interesting! Sure, the reading assignments can sometimes be lengthy, but it's an English class so what do you expect? I'd take him again given the chance.
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Subject: Good professor  (Mar 23 2010, 09:23PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to cult. diverse lit. (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I really like Rich as a professor. Yes, you do have to read like 6 books for the class, but I don't know why people complain so much. This isn't high school, people. 6 books is comparable to most college level english classes. Some of the books can be quite boring, but as long as you read them, you will do fine in the class. I believe Rich is a genuinely nice person and I am planning on taking more courses with him.
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Subject: Take him  (May 15 2009, 08:27PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Edu.)
Class:WIFYS (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Rich (he allows you to call him by his first name!) is a great guy. He's a nice prof. and is easy to talk to. His class is practically complete participation but it's easy to do because it's all discussion. There is a lot of reading though, *usually 1 or 2 little articles a night*, and you just discuss them in class. The articles were actually pretty interesting and he really gets to the root of things, makes you think about it in different ways. There are 3 essays and 1 research paper but as long as you back up your argument, you can get a decent grade. Overall I really enjoyed his class - he made an hour and 45 min. feel like a 50 min class.
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Subject: Nice Introduction to being an English Major  (Mar 26 2008, 06:01PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Into to Literary Studies I (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 If you came out of high school thinking being an english major in college would be as easy as your AP class in 12th grade, Rich is a good guy to help bring you down to earth. He is nice, but a prof. He grades things fairly. Not easily. FAIRLY. Not all his book choices were to my liking, but finishing the semester with Equus was a nice treat. Very big on participation in class discussions. Assigns long papers. Group paper evaluations were very helpful. Good prof. Nice guy. Effective teacher.
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Subject: I can't wait to take him again.  (Mar 26 2007, 10:53AM)
Student: Anonymous (English Secondary Cert.)
Class:Intro to Literary Studies (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This professor is a really nice guy with a really interesting approach to teaching. You do a lot of free-writing (taking about 1-2 minutes of writing whatever comes to your mind about the subject he mentions) which I find really helps you come up with paper topics. You don't always have to do the writing mainly because the freewritings you can bullsh*t. LOTS OF DISCUSSION in class...you can kinda dodge participating but I don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to join in, he has some pretty awesome debates. We had a few papers, and had to memorize a poem and interpret it in front of the class, but really the class was so great. I'm a huge class skipper, and I only missed that class twice. I really enjoyed it. Plus, when it's nice outside he'll let you all sit outside and chat. I really liked him and recommend him to all!
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Subject: Prof  (Oct 24 2006, 05:46PM)
Student: Anonymous (Accounting)
Class:Writing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This prof was easy. The main thing with this class is the reading. You have to read a lot. You only have a few papers to write for the semester. Overall he is a better prof than any other one I have ran across.
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Subject: So much reading, so worth it  (Oct 03 2006, 03:52PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:N/A (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 So the man definitely throws a lot of pages at you all at once, but his method of teaching and really bringing out aspects of the reading that you would normally not even notice or grasp is utterly amazing. He's very honest about the workload up front and doesn't throw any curve balls at you like many professors do. This is the one class that I honestly wish would last longer each time it ends.
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Subject: Awesome  (Apr 14 2005, 01:33AM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:20th Century Brit Lit (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Rich is awesome. He's a literary genius. He really challenges you to think critically about the texts, so if you don't like to be challenged, don't take him. And no matter how idiotic the comments you make are, he never makes you feel stupid. He'd rather have you say something than just sit there and do nothing. The only qualm I had was with the class discussions. The presenters are allowed to lead the discussion any way they see fit, and most of the time people would have you sit in groups for half an hour while they did nothing, then let Rich take over the discussions for them. But that's just something minor. I really enjoyed the class a lot more than I thought I would.
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Subject: Rich is the greatest!  (Feb 13 2005, 03:11PM)
Student: C.H. (English)
Class:College Writing (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Rich is such a wise and thought provoking professor. His class discussions were challenging at times, but he was open-minded and posed questions on the issues that we hadn't taken into consideration. He grades the papers pretty critically, but it IS a college writing class, so you must expect that. He makes things interesting and just wants you to show some sort of interest in what you are learning. He is a very liberal, laid back guy who is always willing to help if you need it. If you want a class that you can just slide by without doing any work, this is NOT the one for you. However, if you want a professor that is truly passionate about his teaching, is really chill, and will help you improve your writing, then GO FOR HIM!
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Subject: very upbeat class  (Feb 09 2005, 10:48PM)
Student: Anonymous (Sec.Ed.-History)
Class:Intro to Lit (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Rich had a good approach to teaching and getting the class involved. The assignments were not difficult and the readings were easy to manage. Tests were all essay and the quizzes were easy. Take the class-you'll enjoy it.
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Subject: Good Professor  (Nov 14 2004, 10:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro. to Lit. (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Rich (he asks that you call him that) does a really good job making you appreciate the pieces you read in class... there are some drawbacks, like the Discussion Board posts can be tough, but other than them, the class is pretty easy as long as you do the reading.
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Subject: Ok class to take  (Nov 08 2004, 01:59PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Ed)
Class:College Writing (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Rich had such a good class. Maybe because it was in the afternoon, but I always wanted to go to his class. We read 2 books, one is very interesting and easy to read, and the other is a little more dry, but doable. He gives quizes almost every day on the readings, but they really aren't that bad as long as you read. usually we do a free-write during class, but once in awhile we will have large class discussions. As long as you say at least one thing every class you will be fine. Also, there are only 3 papers, two that are 4-5 pages and one, the final, that is 7-8. We are also required to do blackboard posts once a week, but they are only 150 words, so its about a paragraph, and you can basically repeat what as said in class. So i would recommend him!
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Subject: Great Prof  (May 24 2004, 05:07PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:Intro. to Literary Studies I (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Although some aspects of the class were challenging, Dr. Zumkhawala-Cook never ceased in aiding your understanding of anything in the class. This was my second course with him and I'm really glad I took it. It was a night class but it went by so fast every night it hardly felt like 3 hours at all. Grades were based on attendance (only one class could be missed per semester but keep in mind it was a night class), posts on the black board website (ten posts altogether, not hard at all), two papers 6-8 pages based on any aspect of any reading from class, and a final. The class is targetted towards English majors and minors but I think anyone could take it and do well. Take Rich, he's a really great prof.
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Subject: get ready to read  (Jan 15 2004, 01:07PM)
Student: Anonymous (english)
Class:20th cent. brit. lit. (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 rich (that's what he allows his students to call him) is by far one of the most intelligent professors I have studied under. He assigns A LOT of reading-so if you are not willing to read a half of a novel for each class--you might want to skip this one. But, if you want to read and want to discuss the reading with a fascinating individual who WILL make you look at things in an unusual way-take his classes. I worked harder in this class than in any of my other eng. classes here and seeing an a on my grades was a great reward. I feel that my writing and interpretive skills definately improved under his direction
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Subject: A Real "Life" teacher  (Nov 20 2003, 03:52PM)
Student: Courtney (Comm/Journ)
Class:College Writing (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Rich is a great teacher, not only is he passionate about what he teaches, he strives to find out what you are passionate about. He does give long assignments that you have to read to understand the class, and occational quizzes on the readings but overall its a good class. You will learn how to write a better paper as well. Rich truely gets his students to think about what goes on in the real world outside of the middle-class and America. A great choice if you want to learn something new!
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Subject: MUST TAKE!  (Nov 11 2003, 10:06PM)
Student: Anonymous (marketing)
Class:college writing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This guy is seriously AWESOME. one of the best I've ever had. I am not a big fan of going to class, and I never missed his once(by choice). There is absolutely no note taking or lecture.. the entire class is just sitting in a circle and talking about interesting topics. He really opened my eyes to a lot of controversial subject matter that I had never thought about before. You have to read like 4 books and write a paper.. but personally, I never read any of them and still got A's and B's on all my papers because all you do the whole class period is talk about the books! There is no need to waste your time reading them. Also, he's always pointing out quotes in the books during class, so just make sure you write down the page numbers so you can use them for your papers. I enjoyed going to this class, but honestly.. i didn't do shit. Besides posting on blackboard(which takes 2 minutes) I prob. spent 5 hours total doing work for this class. The papers are completely opinion, you can bullshit your way through the entire thing. I highly recommend this class because not only is it easy but you might actually learn something!
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Subject: Open Mind  (Mar 26 2003, 12:44PM)
Student: Anonymous (El Ed)
Class:College Writing (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Zumkhawala-Cook is a great teacher, very into his classes and the subject matter. Do the readings because he quizzes you on them the day they are due. It is important to be very open minded when writing, he likes when you explore a different view on issues and topics. There are a few papers, each 4-5 pages long, but he lets you pick the topic and helps you grow as a writer. TAKE HIM!
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Subject: very good professor  (Mar 25 2003, 01:48PM)
Student: Anonymous (comm/journ)
Class:post colonial lit (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 The only reason why people don't like rich is because he forces students to actually THINK for once. Rich was the professor who taught me the most during my four years here at ship. He is one of the professors who will change the lives of students.
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Subject: A Great Guy  (Feb 02 2003, 07:04PM)
Student: Anonymous (El. Ed.)
Class:College Writing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Rich is a great prof. and is there if you need help with anything. He does give long reading assignments so if you hate to read then this probably isn't the class for you. All classes are strickly class discussions on what was read the class before. He gets you thinking and encourages your opinions and class participation.
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Subject: He's a Fun Guy  (Nov 21 2002, 07:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (El. Ed)
Class:College Writing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Because his name is so long, he tells you to call him Rich. His class is all discussion about diversity. It really was more like a sociology class. If you don't like to talk, this class is not for you. I really liked him and enjoyed the class. You only have to write 3, 4 to 5 page papers, and you can revise one of them if you don't like your grade. The last paper only has to be 7 to 8. You do have to do listservs, which is basically writing a paragraph about something you read.
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Subject: good prof  (Nov 12 2002, 04:03PM)
Student: Anonymous (social work)
Class:college writing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Very good prof, 3 papers, 1 final paper. Outside readings were interesting and he is very easy to talk to. Likes participation, that is 10% of grade. Highly recommend!
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Subject: very good prof  (Nov 11 2002, 02:44PM)
Student: Anonymous (social work)
Class:college writing (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 When i got my schedule and got his name i was thinking, great another foreign prof. He is a tall white guy who resembles Jim Carey and i think he was one of the best profs ive had here at Ship. His class was very interesting. 3 papers and a final paper, he is a decent grader and if you like to speak up and share your opinion in class, take him!
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Subject: Nice guy, horrible professor  (Jan 19 2010, 09:33AM)
Student: Anonymous (Bio)
Class:Wifys (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Like many of the positive comments state, he is a very nice guy. He likes it when you voice your opinion, until he disagrees with it. If you have the same brain wave as him, you'll do well, otherwise find a different professor. This class had way too much reading for a gen. ed. I think he feels everyone is here to be an English major. I wouldn't take him again; I honestly learned nothing. The ideas he tries to get across are simply under the level of any college level student.
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Subject: Never there!  (Mar 04 2008, 01:33PM)
Student: Anonymous (undeclared)
Class:writing (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He gave me an F on a paper. So I scheduled a meeting with him and he doesnt show up. He's a nice guy but never around and doesnt help improve your writing cause he is never around to offer any help.
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Subject: Biased towards people  (Mar 21 2007, 06:11PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:N/A (C)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 At first I thought he was really cool but as the semester went on, I realized that he is not a very good professor. He has a biased attitude towards people. Either he likes you or he doesn't like you. He even ended up kicking a kid out of his class because he "shut his eyes," which was for like 4 seconds. Overall, I'm sure someone could do pretty well in his class as long as the reading is kept up with and the papers aren't done last minute. If you are a last minute kind or people and don't like to read than this professor is not for you.
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Subject: Horrible!  (Dec 11 2005, 11:22PM)
Student: Anonymous (Undeclared)
Class:Intro to Lit (C)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I'm not sure if it was the class I didnt like, or the professor. You read about 6 books and 10 short stories over the course of the semester--many times 50+ pages in between classes. He gives random, unannounced quizzes to make sure you read the material--not as easy as he makes them out to be. He grades pretty tough on midterms and writing assignments--even thinking things out ahead of time won't work if you're not superb at thinking abstractly when it comes to this stuff. And the worst part? If you're quiet and don't "participate", kiss 10% of your grade goodbye. He gives a lot of opportunities to talk, but when you have a lot of "speakers" in your class, it's hard to get a word in edge-wise. Don't take this class, if possible.
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Subject: just plain bad  (Apr 28 2004, 01:49PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to Literary Study (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 No matter how nice a guy Rich is, he's still a horrible professor to have. You will be required to read what is, on average, a ENTIRE BOOK every week. These books are all terribly uninteresting and the entire class period is spent in a circle discussing them. Don't even think about mentioning that you didn't like the book; to succeed in this class you must adhere completely to everything that Rich thinks (which is that all the books are great, and that if you disagree, you are racist and a bigot). []All the books tend to center around race, much to the exasperation of everyone in my class. His papers go along the same lines too; he is an incredibly hard professor to please with essays, and will poke holes in your analysis over incredibly asinine and irrelevant issues. I just barely skated out of getting a C in this class, and I'm an English major. Avoid this professor at all costs. DO NOT TRUST THE POSITIVE COMMENTS ABOVE! I FELL FOR THEM WHEN I CHOSE THIS PROFESSOR, AND MAN, DO I REGRET IT!
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Subject: woulnd't take him again  (Jan 12 2004, 04:25PM)
Student: Anonymous (math education)
Class:college writting (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I didn't like this class. We had to read books that I think could be considered cruel and unusual punishment. The quizzes were hard, at least I think so, and the papers are graded hard. Those who get an A are basically the people that regurgitate what he says and wants to hear. I think the class discussions were a waste of time; it was more like a bitch session. Especially when we were talking about working conditions. Some of the class was cool, and the idea behind the class is good, but I just would recommend taking someone else...if you have a lot of ideas then maybe you'll do fine, but he's an extreme liberalist and yeah I just hated the class.
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Subject: so much work!!  (Dec 10 2003, 02:48PM)
Student: Anonymous (comm/journ)
Class:fiction (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Rich is a cool guy he's down to earth has many good ideas and wants to share them with the world. I really believe he wants to bring the best out of his students. . . BUT. . . when it come to class work it becomes ridiculous. there were 5 books to read. He chose them because they had no real plot, meaning they were crazy hard to read and understand, and you had to read 50 to 100 pages for every class. After that you also had to write a Journal entry for evey reading and about 50% of the time there was a quiz. So for every class you HAD to read, write and prepare for a quiz every class! THEN you had group work every day, and five page papers due on books you can't understand. With four other classes I found it impossible to keep up, especially for a gen ed. Great guy, graduate course!
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Subject: tons of work!!!  (Aug 31 2003, 08:55AM)
Student: Anonymous (undeclared( education intrest))
Class:College Writing (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 If you want a lot of work..then feel free to take this prof. you have class discussion EVERY day. 5 books and papers to go along with the books..all are 5 pages..then a speech and the final paper is 8-10 pages. you have to do even more discussions on blackboard..and if you forget to do one you are screwed..if you don't discuss the reading in your class your grade with drop dramatically. if you take this class..don't say you weren't warned.
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Subject: Nice guy, not so good a teacher  (Jan 22 2003, 03:43PM)
Student: Anonymous (Geography)
Class:College Writing (C)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This class was a joke. You write 3 5-page papers, and a 7 page final paper that you do a presentation on. You also have to post on Blackboard every week, which isn't so bad. What is bad is the class discussions every day and the books we had to read. This class was more of a literature class than a writing class. The books were ridiculous like "What America Owes To Blacks." What's the kicker is that if this is a writing class, since I got B's on all my papers, how did I end up with a C? Do not take this horrible time-wasting class.
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Subject: WAY Overrated  (Nov 21 2002, 04:28PM)
Student: Jokerman (Comp Sci)
Class:College Writing (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This guy is a loser. His class is totally liberal and he expects you to adopt the liberal oppinions of the 4 books that you have to read. You have to read 50-90 pages a day with titles like "What america owes the blacks." He is always very big on participation and weekly quizes and posts that will kill you if you dont do good. I am horribly disguested that i did not have access to the information that i am presenting right now, i NEVER would have taken this guy.
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Subject: Eh.  (Jan 12 2015, 10:31AM)
Student: PS (English/sec. ed.)
Class:Literary Studies II (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Okay, Lit. Studies II is the class that every English major complains about: it's ridiculous, it's a pain in the ass, and the material goes right over your head. With Prof. Z-C, it is no better. We had a class of eight, one dropped in the third week, and the rest didn't ever do very well, except for one student in the class. There are three exams, one 10 page + paper on a novel of his choice, an annotated bibliography for said paper above, and ten explications (weekly response essays). The class is entirely conversation-based, where you discuss the reading for the entire class. Since most of the material is related to the literary theories (structuralism, feminism, etc.) he provides weekly papers with the terms you must know come exam time. As for his exams, they are average, but it's difficult expressing your opinions in his class because he: a) gets very annoyed if the class does not participate (which is quite challenging considering the material is ridiculous), and b) if you do not share the same opinions as him, do not expect him to understand ... he's difficult to talk to at times, but he's generally a decent guy.
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Subject: ...ooookay...  (Oct 29 2007, 08:00AM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to Lit Studies I (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 ...Huh? I like to think that I'm not an idiot, but holy cow! The discussions we have in that class are crazy! There were some really bright people in my class and they were the only ones that were able to talk much because Dr. Z brings up topics that are way above my head. I mean, I'm an English major, but I'm not much digging the literary portion of it. I LOVE to read, write, be creative, but analyzing a book in which the meanings rely on the INTERPRETATIONS of it...I HATE that kind of stuff. And that's all we read. There are things that can only be interpreted one way, but a good bit of it can go many ways. After getting the idea of what a literature course is like, I'm seriously wondering if maybe I'm in the right major. If you're smart and not analytically challenged, you'll be fine.
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Subject: interesting class that made you "think"  (Dec 21 2005, 11:02AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:college writing (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Well, this guy was a pretty good prof. He was not extremely hard. But I think its funny how this was supposed to be a college writing class and on the first day he said "I am not really concerned with the mechanics of writing." NO LIE HE ACTUALLY SAID THAT. We had to write three papers that were 4-5 pages long and then one that was 8-9 pages. It still wasn't that bad because it could be an extension of an old paper. Oh yah and no tests except for a really easy final that was just a short hand written essay. He is a tough grader but I went to the writing center and ended up with A- on all of my papers so that kept my grade up. He wasn't always a very big help. If I had a question he always told me to look it up in one of our books or go to the writing center. We had to read two books that we were quizzed on every week one was really dry and I always fell asleep reading it. The other wasn't that bad still boring but readable. The only other thing I can think of is that we had to do 10 posts on blackboard that were one hundred words each but they weren't hard at all. I just basically restated whatever I said in class. If you actually try you will do well if you just want a class that you can half ass your way through then don't take this class. I really enjoyed this guys class and would recommend him to my friends.
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Subject: He's fun but...  (Apr 11 2005, 03:19PM)
Student: Anonymous (Mass Commu)
Class:Intro to British Lit (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Rich is a fun teacher but he really makes all of the students do the teaching. He makes everyone do lesson plans and then that leads to a class discussion. He picks some really interesting books to read but the amount of books that you have to buy is crazy. I had to buy something like 12 books for this class alone. He has some really interesting ideas about the literature that we read and he is really funny. He can connect some of the reading with real life and that really helps but his expectations on the essays you have to do are crazy. If you take him, make sure that you speak up during discussions and if he says 7 pages for a rough draft... make it 7!!
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Subject: Aging hipster...  (Mar 31 2005, 04:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journ)
Class:College Writing (B)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 This class was less about writing and more about the prof's crusade against corporate america. The papers received little or no attention, but the dry and sometimes overly technical books he had us read were discussed in class every day. If you don't like to read, don't take this prof.
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Subject: Hope you're a bookworm  (May 21 2004, 03:36PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journ)
Class:Intro to Literary Study (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 First off, don't get scared away by the strange last name....Rich speaks English just fine. This class was 107 and it felt like a 300 or 400 level. We read 6 books and had these horrible text books with readings from them. 2 papers, 6-7 pages basically on anything you want from the reading... I had him in night class, so it was a little overbearing at times, but the class discussions were pretty interesting. You have to do discussion questions for each class and post on Blackboard each week, which was a pain in the ass. My opinion of him kept changing from one class to the next. He is really intelligent and as long as you did and understood the reading, you're good to go...for the most part. It's a little hard to tell sometimes where he's going with things and what he wants from you and if you ask, he doesn't always give a straight answer. Be warned that he likes to spring stuff on you. At the very end of the semester, he made us do this Dramatic Interpretation crap which was such a pain. Basically, you get together with 2/3 other people and make up a skit to do based on a book and he gives you the characters. It sounds easy, but he gives no direction at all!! Also, the final is three 3-page papers and he actually gives you a prompt for it. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE NOTES DURING CLASS!! It's so easy not to, but it would have helped if I had for the final papers. Bottom line, if you like to read and don't mind getting someone else's political opinions shoved down your throat, and if you've got a lot of time on your hands, I'd reccommend him. He's a good prof, just SO much work for a 107 class!
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Subject: A nice guy  (Jan 01 2004, 06:30PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journ)
Class:World Literature (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Rich, as he prefers to be called by his students is a great prof. I thoroughly enjoyed his class, and the content, however I was very surprised with the workload that was thrown at us. For being a 200 level class, I felt like I was in a 300-400 level class. Your grade is based soley on class participation and DAILY blackboard entries. Now I am what you would say a very conservative student, I hardly speak in class unless called upon, so it was terribly difficult to keep up with what was expected. He also gives you two 6-7 page paper assignments with no direction whatsoever. The final is even more crazy, three 4 page papers on the texts discussed in class. This time he actually GIVES you the content to be discussed in the paper. Unfortunately, it's so hard to understand, that I completely winged it with my papers. If you have all the free time in the world, go ahead and take this class!
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Subject: You must speak!  (Nov 12 2002, 09:12PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Seminar in Literary Theory (-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Rich, as he asks his students to call him, is a wonderful professor that will undoubtedly stimulate every part of your brain. His classes go quickly because they are extremely interesting, and i have found myself being disappointed that class is over some days. I only have one problem with him as a professor. I am not the type of person to give any insight during a class discussion, and in a class of 10 students, it is very difficult to blend in. Numerous times, he has pointed me out in front of the class, telling me that i must speak before the class ends. This seems to be a once weekly occurrence. Other than this, he is a great professor! If i had the chance, i would take him again. Work Required: 2 presentations for the entire class period, a 5 page paper on that topic due a week after each presentation, a weekly two page paper, a take-home final, and partication weekly on listserv. This class itself is difficult because of the material we are reading, but it is worth it to take him and the class if you are willing to do the work.
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