Jeremy Smoak

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AN N EA 10W
Jerusalem: Holy City Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness
Do not be fooled by the Fall 2015 Grade Scale. I do not if this is lies, but I am currently taking this class and the average is probably around an 82-8... (Fall Quarter 2016)
AN N EA 10W
Jerusalem: Holy City See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.7

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Do not be fooled by the Fall 2015 Grade Scale. I do not if this is lies, but I am currently taking this class and the average is probably around an 82-86. In comparison to other Writing IIs, this class is not worth the numerous amount of work. Personally, I am not doing bad in this class, however, this course has become harder and requires the attention of not only a writing class, but a history class too. There are easier Writing II GE's and I would wait for them personally, especially if you are not too interested in Judaism, Christianity, and Islamic beginnings.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
NR EAST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
Course: Jerusalem 10W Spring 2011 I have not even finished the quarter with Professor Smoak but I have to say that he is one of the most pragmatic prof... (June 4, 2011)
NR EAST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.0

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Course: Jerusalem 10W Spring 2011

I have not even finished the quarter with Professor Smoak but I have to say that he is one of the most pragmatic professors I have had. The class becomes extremely simple with his lecture style, he is very transparent of what he expects and does a great job at lecturing main points and not trivial info. I don't know why he has not gotten many more positive reviews but if you have a chance to take his GE Jerusalem 10W you should it is a very straightforward class in which you will actually learn something but not be super pressured.

(June 4, 2011)
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I E STD M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
I E STD M20
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ASIAN M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness
This is a GE with a lot of work. We had 2 papers, a museum visit, weekly mandatory discussions with turned in summary, a project, midterm and final. In... (Spring Quarter 2017)
ASIAN M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.5

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This is a GE with a lot of work. We had 2 papers, a museum visit, weekly mandatory discussions with turned in summary, a project, midterm and final. In addition, this class was hard. Smoak is a great lecturer and the TA was awesome, but the material was still challenging due to the majority of it not being taught in any other classes. We had to memorize facts from 10+ different writing systems, and the difficulty showed on the averages of the quizzes which were quite low, despite a high midterm average. Final was quite difficult due to the need to recognize different artifacts, all which looked quite similar. Still, it was really enjoyable.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
NR EAST M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.6 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness
I'm surprised all the reviews on here are so positive. Dr. Smaok is a really nice professor and is pretty fair. However, the work load for this class wa... (Spring Quarter 2016)
NR EAST M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.1

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I'm surprised all the reviews on here are so positive. Dr. Smaok is a really nice professor and is pretty fair. However, the work load for this class was excessive. It's a GE and there were two reading quizzes, weekly reading assignments, a project that requires you to go to LACMA and write about it, a large group project, a difficult final paper, a midterm, and a final. Also, he tests small details so you need to know random specific things. He did try to make it interesting but personally I found the material to be very dry. Dr. Smoak was helpful and the TA's were considerate, but overall I recommend avoiding this class if you can. It's just too much work for a GE and the material isn't material I can see myself needing to know ever again.

(Spring Quarter 2016)
SEASIAN M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 1.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
I do not recommend taking this class as a GE. The professor is really nice and helpful but he doesn't podcast his lectures and his lecture slides don't... (Spring Quarter 2017)
SEASIAN M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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I do not recommend taking this class as a GE. The professor is really nice and helpful but he doesn't podcast his lectures and his lecture slides don't give a lot of information so attendance is mandatory. The tests he gives are incredibly hard and focus on the smallest details of the information learned. He even tests the memorization of the Phoenician alphabet. There is a group project with about 5 people to create a writing system, which was really difficult to do and took a lot of time outside of class. There is a final paper that you have to write about 5 pages long with a ton of requirements regarding sources, the layout, etc. The information was interesting but not enough to take it for a GE.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
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SLAVC M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
I really enjoyed this class. I had no idea about the history of writing, and Professor Smoak really changed my view of language. This class relies heavi... (Spring Quarter 2017)
SLAVC M20
Visible Language: Study of Writing See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.0

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I really enjoyed this class. I had no idea about the history of writing, and Professor Smoak really changed my view of language. This class relies heavily on memorization, there isn't a ton of material to memorize, but some terms are unfamiliar and could easily be confused. The book is worth the buy and very well written, although sometimes he did post the readings online. Martin was my TA, and he was so incredibly helpful and knowledgable. There is a group project where you invent your own writing system, which requires a fair amount of creativity and effort, but its pretty fun. Tests were simple, just memorize slide information and terms.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
NR EAST 50A
First Civilizations Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.4 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness
Took 10W. Smoak is good at talking, but THIS IS NOT AN EASY CLASS! YOU HAVE TO DO A LOT OF WORK AND RESEARCH FOR THE ESSAYS! DON'T PLAN ON THIS CLASS BE... (Sept. 27, 2012)
NR EAST 50A
First Civilizations See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.9

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Took 10W. Smoak is good at talking, but THIS IS NOT AN EASY CLASS! YOU HAVE TO DO A LOT OF WORK AND RESEARCH FOR THE ESSAYS! DON'T PLAN ON THIS CLASS BEING AN EASY A. That being said, take him during the spring, NOT FALL quarter. He is more laid back after the Fall quarter.

(Sept. 27, 2012)
M E STD M50A
First Civilizations Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
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AN N EA 89
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AN N EA 89
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