All Ratings and Reviews for John D Lopez
jd is AWESOME. i've always loved english, but his class (english 4HW) convinced me to double major in english. he's passionate about teaching, literature, THINKING in general. he may be demanding, but that's because he really cares that we learn how to function as thinking members of society and are able to express ourselves rationally and well. very approachable, down-to-earth; very authentic in the existentialist sense. i wish everyone could have the opportunity to take a class with him.
J.D. is definitely the best teacher I have had at UCLA. He is concerned about every one of his students, and is available outside of the classroom almost all of the time. He is, as someone already said, very passionate about literature. His choice of books and explanations about them were absolutely intriguing, even to a lowely physics major. If you have any chance to take a class with him, I highly recommend it. He made the class millions of times better than it would have been with another teacher.
JD is by far the best teacher I've ever had my four years at UCLA. He's the only instructor who's ever really made me think about life in general, and not just about what we're studying that day. A lesson in his class is a lesson in life. I missed two of his classes the entire quarter and regretted it. He's just that amazing.
First off, JD is not a professor. He has spent the last nine years or whatever trying to get his Ph.D. and hasn't yet. Secondly, I agree with the comment below. He definitely uses antics to get your attention on him, not the material. Also, make sure your student-teacher conferences remain in the classroom.
JD Lopez is a good lecturer, true, but I think the rave reviews are as dramatic as he can get. True, he gives out his home phone number, yadda yadda, but he never answers the phone, and he is passionate about the material, but it was all a little too artificial for me. He's a bit difficult to speak with because he loves himself more than the material or how you do on a paper. Which is understandable, I guess, when one has his students completely entranced with his persona and distracted with his wild antics (ie throwing books around, frothing at mouth,etc). GIve me a break.
He was my TA for English 10B. He's a tremendously intellectual individual and very aproachable and likeable. I usually never go to office hours but I actually tried to go to his, and he was so helpful. He lectured once for 10B and he was so awesome. He was a history major as an undergrad so he knows a lot about the backgrounds behind the books we were reading, and his knowledge was very helpful- and impressive. He's also very down-to-earth and very nice... he's definitely one of the best instructors I've ever had at UCLA. People who go through their English majors never having taking him are missing out. Oh yeah, he's really really cute too. :)
jd is a fantastic guy and a great teacher. he can get you into just about any book. he is a big-time communist/socialist, so if everything you say or do in that class appeals to him on that level, you will do well
Awesome guy, awesome class. He's so approachable. You feel like you can talk to him about literally anything. Lectures were very captivating and much unlike I have experienced here thus far. I feel that my perspective english and the world has been significantly broadened. My only critique is that I wish he had given more instruction on writing in general, but his office hours are great for getting extra help! Overall, i highly recommend him.
JD's a great guy, but not the best professor if you're looking for instruction and guidance on how to read, how to write, etc, for future English classes. He does have lots of interesting things to say, so lecture is never boring with him. He's always willing to help you out and gives a LOT of leeway with grades. Basically, go to every class and talk a lot and as long as you're aren't braindead or really annoying, you'll get an A.
Amazing guy. You just want to pick at his brain. You can talk to him about anything and he understands. He is the best teacher at UCLA. He really should be a prof. He opened my mind to new ways of thinking and writing. If you haven't taken him, you may have missed out on a lifetime opportunity.
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