All Ratings and Reviews for John Pohl
Cute little man teaching what he is passionate about. Even though I did not go to most of the lectures I did relatively well. For the midterm he releases 5 prompts in which 2 are chosen for the actually midterm. The final is just a paper. Definitely an easy GE which I would recommend.
Really easy class he releases the midterm questions ahead of time and there was no final just a research paper. Text me if you'd like to buy the books for cheap 559-287-9333
great professor. even though he does have a monotonous voice, he's quite funny. Midterms and Finals aren't that bad either.
Professor Pohl is a really nice man and one of the least annoyingly "academic" professors i've had. his lectures tend to get a little reiterative but i guess its helpful if you miss a few. midterms and final were more than fair and the paper assignment was creative. i liked his eagerness to perform demonstrations of the imagery for the class.
Pohl is an interesting guy. A little on the weird side, but still interesting. Anyway, the class was interesting, even though it moved really fast. If you have a good TA, you will be fine in the class. Discussions really do help narrow down what you are supposed to get out of the lecture. The exams were not fun. Both the midterm and the final were unusual formats for art history classes. I had difficulty with them because they were so broad. Some people did fine though. There was no slide ID, just general essay topics and you had to bring in info from lecture.
This is the worst class I've ever taken here at UCLA! Prof.Pohl cared very little about student learning and left everything up to the TAs. This would not be a problem if the TAs were helpful, but the TA I was unfortunate enough to get was horrible. When my concern was brought to Prof.Pohl, he did nothing. I would not recommend this class or this professor.
Prof Pohl is one of the best profs that I've had. If you can get over his monotone voice, you'll see that he REALLY cares about teaching. His antics make lecture good fun. He encourages students to get the big picture and doesn't stress insignificant details. Prof Pohl is also very helpful at office hours and makes time for you.
Professor Pohl is quite the interesting fellow. At every lecture he reviews the one before it. If you were there and you understood everything, it might be a little annoying, but otherwise this is very helpful. When I had him in Spring 2001 he would imitate the figures in the art by actually getting up on the stage and posing like them. His voice is a little monotone, but if you pay attention you'll find that he's quite funny, however little the rest of the students in my class understood (or cared about) his jokes. If you don't especially like Art History, however, you might not like Professor Pohl. The exams were easy, however, and I got my first solid A ever in this class.
Excellent professor! His lectures on pre-Columbian art are fabulous. He is well-organized, interesting and always on schedule. He knows his field really well. TAs are wonderful and kind. His homework assignment is creative. It incorporates lectures with real art works. I learn a lot from his assignment. His exams are not so hard, either. If you prepare decent outlines for the essays, B is a guarantee. His readings are easy to understand--not to mention they are informative as well. He is nice--always saying "thanks for coming in, I appreciate that" after his lectures. I disagree with people saying he has a monotonous voice. Very nice lecturer, take his class and you will walk out with new perspective on art history. Too bad he is not a full-time faulty here. UCLA can really use some passionate professors like professor Pohl.
I never had a problem with his voice. It really isn't that bad. The lectures are clear and easy to follow without jumping around or going off on a tangent. The Andean section of 55B contains three readings that have no information that you will be tested on, so pay particular attention in lecture and get outside sources. He also works doing tv stuff so be prepared for campy drama. Miscommunication with the TAs was a major issue. During the final he turned his back away and slammed down his paper in frustration cuz two different finals were given out.
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