All Ratings and Reviews for Georgiana Galateanu

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C&EE ST 91, taken Spring 2017 Submitted Sept. 26, 2017 Grade Received: A

I really loved taking this class with Georgiana. I found it to be a very interesting topic and being taught about the Soviet Union by someone who lived through it was fascinating. Georgiana has a wide range of attitudes during class; sometimes she's just funny and chill and other times she aggressively calls on students and berates them for not knowing answers. Her tests were not all that challenging and she did provide lots of extra credit.

I have the course reader, please call/text me at 714.595.7802 if you want it. I'm willing to give it away for free.

C&EE ST 91, taken Spring 2017 Submitted June 27, 2017 Grade Received: A

How much you invest into this class is what you get out of it. The professor is nice and shares the outlines of her notes with the class before the lecture, so it's easier to follow along when she speaks. That being said, that also makes the lectures a little boring and hard to stay focused. She also takes attendance by calling on students and quizzing them on materials last lecture, so attendance is basically mandatory. The things she asks us are sometimes really detailed and she gets frustrated when students can't answer and can be a little bit harsh in her comments. Overall though, she still really cares about her students' learning and tells really interesting stories of her time in Romania.
Sasha (our TA) was really helpful and wanted to make sure that we do well in the class, so our discussions have a lot of review powerpoints, and the quizzes are really easy as long as you attend discussion and get the points.
There are weekly readings, which are a hit or miss. Sometimes her outlines are basically a simplified version of the reading , but other times, you really have to read the articles to know what she's even talking about.
Before her exams, she shares a document with all the topics she would select test questions from, and you basically just have to go through her lecture notes, fill out the document, and memorize it. The tests are short answer responses, about 6-8 questions, and she requires that you give a certain number of distinct points in your response. They're doable, but the memorizing part can be stressful.

ROMANIA 101B, taken Winter 2016 Submitted Jan. 24, 2017 Grade Received: A

Note: this is my review from 101A, which is just as applicable to 101B.

I took Romanian 101A-C with Prof. Galateanu, and she is undoubtedly among the best professors at UCLA. She is incredibly intelligent, is passionate about and dedicated to teaching Romanian, and her enthusiasm for imparting knowledge is readily apparent and rubs off onto the rest of the class. She always encourages students to seek her help with any material that they find difficult or challenging, and is a genuinely kind person.

She structures the lessons and textbook (which she herself wrote) toward native English speakers which makes Romanian, in my opinion, the best option for fulfilling your foreign language requirement at UCLA. Her book explains the grammatical concepts needed to grasp Romanian grammar, which is incredibly help (since, in my experience, English grammar isn't taught in the US anymore). The workload, tests, etc. are all reasonable by UCLA standards as long as you are willing to put in a real effort. One thing that I particularly loved about the class is that Prof. Galateanu incorporates a lot of material about different aspects of Romanian culture into every lesson. In addition to learning the language we learned about Romanian history, customs, etc. throughout the course. I cannot recommend this course enough, taking it will be one of the best decisions you make at UCLA.

I imagine that the summer course is fantastic (Romanian 103), but if you see that Romanian 101A-C are being offered during the school year I'd personally recommend taking the full year course as it provides much more time and opportunity to study in depth and retain what you learn. That said if the summer course is your only opportunity to take Romanian then absolutely go for it!

As mentioned in reviews for some of her other classes such as C&EE 91 (which I also had the privilege of taking and loved. I highly recommend it when it is offered in the Spring), you will get a letter grade in accordance with the amount of effort that you put in. Prof. Galateanu is without a doubt one of the most fair professors you will find at UCLA, but unfortunately some students feel that they are entitled to a good grade no matter what and have decided to blame the professor for their grades rather than their own laziness. If you take the course seriously, do the Romanian practice exercises and homework from the course reader, study for the exams, and pay attention/participate in class, yes you will receive a good grade but even more importantly, you will actually learn Romanian AND have fun! If you put in zero effort, the grade you receive will reflect that. Students at UCLA shouldn't have to be told that this is how school (and the rest of the real world) works.

ROMANIA 101A, taken Fall 2015 Submitted Jan. 24, 2017 Grade Received: A+

I took Romanian 101A-C with Prof. Galateanu, and she is undoubtedly among the best professors at UCLA. She is incredibly intelligent, is passionate about and dedicated to teaching Romanian, and her enthusiasm for imparting knowledge is readily apparent and rubs off onto the rest of the class. She always encourages students to seek her help with any material that they find difficult or challenging, and is a genuinely kind person.

She structures the lessons and textbook (which she herself wrote) toward native English speakers which makes Romanian, in my opinion, the best option for fulfilling your foreign language requirement at UCLA. Her book explains the grammatical concepts needed to grasp Romanian grammar, which is incredibly help (since, in my experience, English grammar isn't taught in the US anymore). The workload, tests, etc. are all reasonable by UCLA standards as long as you are willing to put in a real effort. One thing that I particularly loved about the class is that Prof. Galateanu incorporates a lot of material about different aspects of Romanian culture into every lesson. In addition to learning the language we learned about Romanian history, customs, etc. throughout the course. I cannot recommend this course enough, taking it will be one of the best decisions you make at UCLA.

I imagine that the summer course is fantastic (Romanian 103), but if you see that Romanian 101A-C are being offered during the school year I'd personally recommend taking the full year course as it provides much more time and opportunity to study in depth and retain what you learn. That said if the summer course is your only opportunity to take Romanian then absolutely go for it!

As mentioned in reviews for some of her other classes such as C&EE 91 (which I also had the privilege of taking and loved. I highly recommend it when it is offered in the Spring), you will get a letter grade in accordance with the amount of effort that you put in. Prof. Galateanu is without a doubt one of the most fair professors you will find at UCLA, but unfortunately some students feel that they are entitled to a good grade no matter what and have decided to blame the professor for their grades rather than their own laziness. If you take the course seriously, do the Romanian practice exercises and homework from the course reader, study for the exams, and pay attention/participate in class, yes you will receive a good grade but even more importantly, you will actually learn Romanian AND have fun! If you put in zero effort, the grade you receive will reflect that. Students at UCLA shouldn't have to be told that this is how school (and the rest of the real world) works.

C&EE ST 91, taken Spring 2016 Submitted Sept. 25, 2016 Grade Received: A+

This class was hands down one of the best classes that I have taken at UCLA. You will not find a sweeter, kinder, humbler, and more caring professor than Prof. Galateanu.

As seen from the grade distribution, she definitely does not deserve the negative reviews which have been posted by some people on here. You don't even BOTHER to open the course reader, and thus can't participate in discussion section, probably failing the weekly quizzes (which are incredibly easy and usually a simple 10/10 if you as much as SKIM the readings), then cram for the midterm, the paper, and the final, and then complain that you walked away with a B-? Seriously? I don't even think high school was this generous.

This class covers the history and development of communism in Europe's central and eastern bloc, starting with the 1950s, following through with the cold war and the struggles of the Soviet puppet states, and finally concluding with the 2000s and the wars in Kosovo. It gives you a taste of everything, ranging from geo-politics and history, to the cultural and religious struggles of those who lived in such grueling times. Think how cool it would be to take a history class on Caesar's reign taught by someone who actually lived during that time! With Prof. Galateanu, you get the raw, uncut, passionate stories and experiences of someone who literally lived and breathed under the umbrella of the communist system. It doesn't get any better than that.

The class website has the LECTURE AND READING OUTLINES. Seriously, you don't even have to do the reading, because everything is already done for you. Where you do have to put in work is the term paper, which is worth only 8% of the total grade, but the professor is there to assist you with it every step of the way. If you need more time, she'll give you more time; if she doesn't like your paper (because you crammed it the night before), she'll let (help) you re-write it. The midterm and the final are verbatim questions taken from the study guide, so as long as you put SOME effort into looking at the questions and coming up with answers beforehand, you'll pass both tests with flying colors. When I took this class she offered an extra credit opportunity which involved travelling to the Getty museum (admission is free) and looking at some exhibits.

All in all, this professor wants you to succeed and wants to give you an A (pretty much everyone in my class got one). Put in SOME effort and you'll have the easiest A of your life.

C&EE ST 91, taken Spring 2016 Submitted Aug. 18, 2016 Grade Received: B-

The professor is really sweet, but was inconsistent in her teaching methods. She barely used lecture slides, and when she did they would literally just be pictures. A lot of the times she would jump around between topic and time period which made it very confusing. I didn't open the course reader, as a result did terribly on all the reading quizzes and ended up with a B- because I aced the midterm, final, and paper with some effective cramming. If you can handle dry subject material, take this class. Otherwise, strongly caution against it.

C&EE ST 91, taken Fall 2016 Submitted May 18, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

I loved the class and the topics! If you enjoy history you will love the class. If you are looking for an easy A, this isnt the class you want to take. But it isnt difficult if you do the readings and pay attention in class. The midterm was fairly easy and all the questions came from the list she sends before the test.

C&EE ST 91, taken Spring 2016 Submitted May 17, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

If you're looking for an Easy GE , this is not the class. The grade distribution is a sham. If you're looking for an easy A, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. I think the TA changed and the current one, Ani, has unrealistic expectations of what she wants. Avoid at all costs.

C&EE ST 19 Submitted April 2, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

I took CEESTD 91 with Professor Galateanu during winter quarter. She is an amazing! Not only does she teach the material very well, but she incorporates her own stories throughout the course which made the course more interesting. She was always very concerned about whether or not the class was understanding the material and she was always available outside of office hours. I was not at all interested in Eastern Europe when I enrolled in the class but Professor Galateanu made me want to know more. The readings for the class were very straight forward and easy to understand. She is one of the best professors I have ever had! Take her class!!!!

SLAVC 90 Submitted June 7, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Took CEESTD 91 with Prof. Galateanu Winter '14.
She's truly an incredible professor and she has some awesome information to teach you...BUT.
If you're not inclined towards history in general or if readings aren't really your thing, think twice about this class. There are a lot of reviews here saying this is an easy GEā€”this is really only true if you're a little more north campus than south. If you find the topic interesting you'll have a great time in this class, but if not, be prepared for a very, very rough quarter.

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