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she was rude a lot of the times and if you laughed for a second she will stop the whole class and put you on the spot. she was very informative and would ask questions in class expecting people to know the answers from the readings she assigns. I honestly enjyed the material but she could have been a little nicer in class. her tests are pretty fair but she will get anal if you get on her bad side.
Russian 90 - a very important class for a Russian Studies major, and the worst teacher I could imagine is leading it.
I agree with the review below; Myrna is an excellent TA, and she REALLY helps with the midterms and final.
Professor Klenin gives weird little smiles often during her lectures and acts excited to take questions, making it seems like she's nice, but she's actually somewhat evil...when approached before or after class, or in office hours, she is EXTREMELY rude for some reason. Very misleading.
She has a strange lecture style, and the best advice I have if you want to get a good grade but don't feel like reading is to take really good notes and just study those. She tends to go into a much lower voice and practically whisper when she's saying something important, but then she'll move on too quickly for you to figure out what it was. She is inconsiderate and she does start early and end late.
This class is very important if you're going to take Russian history classes in the future, and honestly it makes those upper divs a million times easier just because of how much work there is. She expects you to have an excellent memory for detail: dates, the names of all the Russian princes in order and when they ruled (which can be really confusing if you don't speak Russian), and many more things...So for the tests, be prepared to memorize details!
In short, the material is decent depending on your interests and background, but be prepared to at least come to lecture, and discussion is especially helpful. Also, in addition to the textbook (atlas) and reader, she'll want you to read Dostoevsky's "Notes from Underground" and Tolstoy's "Hadji Murat" and "Sevastopol Stories".
One important thing: she does NOT give a paper anymore...at least not as of Spring 2008..so that's nice :)
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