Interdisciplinary Academic Writing
English Composition: 100W - Winter 2010
Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0
English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language
English Composition: 3 - Winter 2010
Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0
I actually really enjoyed Dr. Fretz. Yes, she is demanding and expects you to do your work just like every other professor you will have at UCLA. Just get on her good side, do your work, and she will love you! She also offers a lot of help so go to office hours!
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And I do recommend taking her class. It's a great class!
Dr. Fretz is honestly one of the nicest teachers I have had in college. If you treat her with respect and actually try in this class, she will give you the respect you deserve as a student and I promise you will gain so much out of english comp! I can't even explain how much this class taught me! I considered myself a good writer before college, but taking this class made me a great writer. I have improved SOO much with my essays (from building a strong thesis, to making my transitions flow, to forming conclusions, to making quote sandwiches that support my argument, etc) that even though the work load may have been heavy, it definitely paid off in the end. Knowing how to write a powerful, well-written essay is one of the most valuable things to know in college, so I say definitely take Dr. Fretz's class because you WILL learn and grow as a writer. Just some words of advice coming into the class though:
-manage your time (there will be three essays in this class, write them well and make sure you have lots of time to spend on them while also making time for your other classes.)
-participate in class (you will get so much out of it)
take the reading logs seriously (they will help you so much with your essays)
-visit a writing tutor for all of the three essays
-trust Dr. Fretz's process, it may seem tedious, but she is a very intelligent woman with lots of knowledge and knows what she is doing
-keep a positive attitude! the class can be so much fun if you get into it, stop freaking out about the workload and just get excited about the work you are doing. After all, we are in college to learn new things
-Visit office hours! Dr. Fretz is so nice and you can really see that during office hours. Get to know her! She has an amazing life story.
-Take advantage of the journal Dr. Fretz has you write in. It may seem like a hassle at first, but writing in my journal was one of my favorite parts about the class. Making time for you and your thoughts is so important, especially in college, so definitely take advantage of that freedom you have to explore your mind as you write. Write lists, goals, your worries, what makes you happy, free writes for essays, and even doodle. It is the best.
Going back to Dr. Fretz as a person, regardless of what these other reviews say, Dr. Fretz is so sweet and truly cares about the betterment of your writing. Not only that, but she loves all her students and wants them all to succeed. All of the classes are valuable, and Dr. Fretz goes above and beyond in supporting her students. She is in no way a racist, and I am really confused about what these other reviews are referring to. If anything, she is genuinely interested in learning about other races and cultures since her theme for the class was "love stories in different cultures," which I found really interesting. So yes, the workload will be heavy, but remember the things I said earlier, and it will all pay off. At the end of the quarter, Dr. Fretz bought us all pizza with her own money (what other teacher does that?!) and had us give compliments to one another on our essays that we had worked so hard on. It was so thoughtful, and really reveals how much she cares about us. She also said that she is there to help her students even after they leave the class (with written statements in job applications, graduate school essays, etc) so I feel really lucky to have had her as a teacher. As I left the last day of class, a group of her students and I were talking about this and they all agreed with me. However, most people who write reviews are the people with negative things to say, so I thought I needed to say how I felt.
All things considered, take the class if you are willing to put in the time. You will learn so much. :)
I had Dr. Fretz for English Comp 3 for Spring 2012. I had read the reviews on here and walked in extremely nervous because I was expecting a whole load of work and a whole load of stress along with an unreasonably insensitive professor. However, I think this class ended up being my favorite class of the quarter. The theme of her class IS ethnography since that is what her research is on.
Basically, the class consists of three papers, journal entries, and a few other assignments here and there. You are required to purchase your own journal and at the end of the course you are graded on how many pages you used in your journal. Simple enough, and very easy to get points. You don't even have to write full entries. You can just doodle and it'll count. It actually helped me a lot. The journal helped me destress and clear up my head.
And when it came to the three papers, the first essay is very simple and very straightforward. No one gets an A on the first one. In my class, the theme was love stories. So the second essay was an ethnographic paper on a love story from a person in your family. The ethnographic skills that she teaches you is actually very useful. I used her style for another paper of mine and got an A+ on it. And on the third and final paper of the course, you collaborate with someone with kind of an opposite ethnic background than you and you kind of integrate your papers together into one cohesive one.
She's not exactly racist like a lot of these reviews say. In my class, she only made one insensitive remark but it wasn't even that bad. It was pretty harmless if anything. She's very nice to talk to in office hours and is a very knowledgeable professor. I do recommend taking her.
THIS IS AN ETHNOGRAPHY CLASS!!!
DO NOT TAKE! UCLA has a whole bunch of REALLY REALLY REALLY EASY English Composition teachers. WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WANT TO SKREW UP YOUR FIRST CLASS IN COLLEGE WITH THIS?!!????? Remember this.
I took Dr. Fretz during the summer of my freshmen year.
She has 3 papers during the fall. 2 during the summer. That is for the most part your grade.
1. An ethnographic paper about some reading you have to do in class.
2. She pairs you up with a classmate. And you write a paper about your parents ethnography (Ethnic story).
3. Ethnographic Movie
If your taking this class it is because you are trying to do your Writing I requirement. I got a 3 on AP english and that's probably why your here too. Meaning, the people who take this class have bad or undeveloped English skills. As a result, do not expect the best papers. Rather, the papers that the students write are sapphires in the rough. BUT she doesn't know that. She thinks that everyone has good writing skills and LOVES ethnography so would have passion for it. I know for a fact that everyone in my class (but one person) dreaded the class with passion. Nobody learned English in this class. We just do ethnography and annoying journals.
I would describe more about this teacher, but unfortunately, thankfully, I scratched out that horrible experience I had in her class from my memory.
DO NOT TAKE!
I took her class Fall 2011, and it was the smoothest transition from high school writing. She helps you become a smart writer.. and teaches you how to write an ethnography.. if you don't already know, it's a type of research paper that you can use throughout your UCLA career and finish an extremely hard paper very easily.
As for Eng Comp 3, the first essay has a REWRITE yes A REWRITE IN COLLEGE, the 2nd essay also has a rewrite.. OR you have a choice to drop both the first and second essays and make your final paper grade your grade in the class.. so there's always hope of an A even till week 10.
Take her class.. Boost your GPA.
SHE IS A MUTHERFUCKEN BITCH. SUPER RACIST. SUCH A PHONY. AVOID HER AT ALL COST.TAKE HER IF U WANNA GET FUCKED.
The most recent evaluations seem to be the most accurate. Ignore the old ones.
Honestly, this class does make you work. You're in college now, get over it. But, Dr. Fretz sets up the class in a manner that helps you succeed. You have three essays in the class, and each has specific due dates for outlines and drafts. You really can't get behind because of this, which I thought was really helpful. And even if you don't do your best on one of the first two essays, it won't hurt your grade really because you have the option of those not really counting.
Overall, I thought the topic of the course, writing about love and culture, to be very interesting. She is very open to all cultures and very knowledgeable on ethnography. Listen to her, she has an interesting life story.
Expect to have to schedule conferences out of class time. These are actually like the best though so you can do better in the class. She asks a lot about your opinion of the class during this time as well.
The workload is totally doable because she knows when other classes are busy, so you'll have more work for this class when you have less work for others.
Honestly, I was scared to take this class but came out knowing a lot and being very successful in it. Dr. Fretz wants everyone to get As and Bs. She even gives you a pizza party at the end of the quarter.
Take a risk and take the course. You might learn something. But yes, be ready to take criticism and put in the effort for the grade. If you're lazy though, find a different eng comp 3 class.
Okay, so I took Dr. Fretz despite all the negative comments on here. Yes, she does make you write multiple drafts on essays; but last time I checked it's a process called LEARNING. From every essay I wrote and edited I learned to analyze and make things thorough. Not only this, but the essay topics are really easy. You don't have to go out of your way or anything. She does love journaling, but she never checks your journal. Take it like a diary. At the end of the quarter she just asks how many pages you accomplished to write. Compared to other people taking English 3, I would say this course is fairly easy. Also, Dr. Fretz is very available. It is kind of scary at first to approach her, but if you do and you get to know her, she is very nice and willing to help! So, it is up to you. You choose what you think.
Yes, she does give you a lot of busy work, but it really ISN'T as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Busy work doesn't have to be a bad thing. It helps to raise your grade, so I wouldn't complain.
I didn't hear any 'racist' remarks from her, so I have no clue what everyone else it talking about. She is a nice lady concerned with learning, that's all there is to it really. She can be a bit boring, but face it, we all pretty much have to take English comp 3, so may as well just get it over with.
It's really not as much work as people say it is. I got an A, and I felt like I didn't go above and beyond on any of my work.
After reading these horrible reviews on Bruinwalk, I pretty much dreaded my first day of class with Dr. Fretz. And guess what?
She isn't bad AT ALL.
Granted, she does make a couple of insensitive, some might say "racist," remarks here and there, but overall, she really does try hard to give her students the best grade possible.
She doesn't grade the essays with a cut-throat rubric or anything, and I got A's or A-'s in every essay, even if I did do them the night before. She's really not that bad.
Fretz makes you do these reading logs and everyday journals that can get a bit annoying and time-consuming, but they're not graded, so it's no big deal. If you do the reading logs, you get a "plus." No? You get a "zero." Pretty simple. You don't have to put in too much time and effort in these logs. The journals are a joke. She requires you to write about three pages a day, which can get time-consuming, but she allows you to "free draw." Basically, draw "whatever comes to mind." So those journals aren't difficult. Just write or draw whatever comes to mind.
Fretz has this end-of-the-term final ethnographic research paper. Honestly, the topic is a bit corny... and unnecessary. But it's also another easy A. You get to do it with a partner. Yes, it's 15+ pages long, but she gives you a lot of time to do it and you have a partner. And she doesn't grade it to harshly.
One of my only complaints is that she has students waste a TON of paper doing drafts and such. Too many drafts.
Overall, don't be scared of her because of these reviews. She's not that bad at all. Just do all the work and you're already halfway there to an A. Do the essays, but don't stress out about them too much since she's not a tough grader.
SHE NOT THAT BAD!!!!
Its like any other college class, you cant expect to get away with doing nothing. If you show up to class, GO TO office hours, and write the papers exactly the way she wants it, you'll be fine. I actually had her this quarter and although its was time consuming its very do able, and everyone has a chance of getting an A.
Shes a DUMB Racist BItch!
you cant please her!, you have to understand HER side of the story
and if you have the slightest difference, you better pray that you find a way to bring up your grade in the future
SHE IS A DUMB BITCH. I SERIOUSLY THINK SHE IS AN ALIEN. horrible teacher, and waste of paper. self centered poop face
Terrible, Terrible!! she makes racists remarks too...I took her my first quarter of freshman year and she ruined English for me. She had us waste tons of paper!! and everything always had to be revised like 20 million times! It's never good enough. Her work is not difficult just so time consuming. I did not like this class at all! She made it hell. She was ok but man so much work. Did she think we only had her class and not others?
I would not recommend her to anybody but if you do find yourself in her class, good luck! You'll manage just like I did as well as everyone else on here. I got a B in the end but blah I did not enjoy her class at all. As a freshman especially, it sucked! Was not used to college yet and wow some proffesor I got. Well at least I passed and that's done with.
I would not advise someone to take this class. No matter how hard you work or how many times you edit your essay there will always be something wrong with it that will prevent you from getting an A. I guess the worst part is that she wants you to think and analyze everything you read a certain way. She also wants the essays to be written in a format that she will give and if for some reason you do not follow the format your essay will suffer. I worked really hard for her class and I ended up doing ok. But I felt like I deserved an A.
Don't take the course.
I was one of the many who, upon seeing the negative reviews upon Bruinwalk, thought that I could simply persevere through all of Fretz's issues. It's not worth it, really.
I had less of an issue with the readings and logbooks, but upon getting an essay back and having only two minor mechanical errors merit a B-, no. The class becomes 'hard' because she micromanages the crap out of everything from how we partner up to how we interpret the texts we read which, by the way, are her own, so she's extremely biased. She makes the class frustrating beyond belief.
Don't take the class. Within the first week or so you'll realize why, if not earlier. This was your warning, after all.
Haha, and I'm fucking done, by the way. YES!!!
Whoever wrote the comment below is out of their mind and obviously doesnt know how to tell a good joke.
STAY AWAY FROM FRETZ! Why would any professor offer candy for people that put up horrible reviews? The person below is insane!
The last day of this class, Rachel Fretz picks a few students and tells them to go on BruinWalk.com and submit as horrible a review as they can come up with. Rachel's favorite gets candy. I thought this was horribly cruel, so I've decided to set the record straight. Rachel Fretz is an EASY A!!!!! She's SUCH A COOL TEACHER, and she helps any student who wants to get an A. I really like her, anyone who's looking at the other reviews, it's a LIE!! she's great, and she really loves... fretz crackers? anyway yeah she's a really cool teacher and i definitely recommend her.
Rachel Fretz: paper-wasting, time-consuming, overly demanding, hypocritical, conceited, and an utter waste of a quarter at UCLA.
STAY AWAY FROM THIS WOMAN! you will REGRET taking her class more than you could ever know. She does have a tremendous talent for making a relatively easy class (English Comp 3, which fulfills the WRITING 1 requirement) nearly IMPOSSIBLE to do well in. The sheer amount of work she assigns will undoubtedly demand a majority of your time, forcing you to focus on BUSY WORK rather than other classes. The topics she obsesses over are interesting at first but GROW DULL after the first 4 articles OF HERS that DON'T SAY ANYTHING NEW. The course reader and books are EXPENSIVE and USELESS. She makes RACIST remarks from time to time and is CONDESCENDING rather than helpful. She CHANGES THE SYLLABUS AND PROMPTS to either add more work or make it due at an earlier date or make you rewrite your entire paper over the weekend and SPRINGS HOMEWORK assignment on you unexpectedly. She doesn't teach you ANYTHING about writing, only about how to please her and copy her sentences verbatim. This class has been SUCH A WASTE OF PAPER AND INK!!!! She demands MULTIPLE COPIES of each draft (oftentimes more copies than are needed so some are just THROWN AWAY) and disallows single spacing or front-to-back or using smaller text or anything. The final paper (in groups of 3-4) is MASSIVE-- including the appendices it is ROUGHLY 50 PAGES of fluff and quotes from the appendix. And i originally thought each GROUP had to turn in a copy and that upset me but EVEN WORSE, each PERSON has to turn in a copy of the 50 page monster, plus REPRINT the other papers we've written and get it BOUND so she can keep it and NOT RECYCLE. She's an AWFUL teacher too I seriously think my writing has WORSENED since taking her class. The only way to pass this class is my kissing ass and writing HER THOUGHTS RATHER THAN YOUR OWN, in her words too.The grading scale is INSANE-- One of my classmates received these comments on a paper: "Good argument. Great thesis and topic sentences. Really strong evidence. A few misplaced commas. C-"According to her, "an A is a strong argument, strong thesis and topic sentences, really eloquent writing style, completely new ideas that have never been used previously, and NO grammatical errors. a B is the same but with one grammatical error. a C is the same but with two or more grammatical errors." oh, and Rachel Fretz is certifiably INSANE!
Do yourself and PLANET EARTH a favor, and DO NOT TAKE ANY CLASSES WITH RACHEL FRETZ!!! If you have ever heard any good reviews of this woman or her classes, it is merely because that person must have kissed some serious ass or really loved wasting their life.