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ENGL 85
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ENGL 113B
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ENGL 134
Creative Writing: Short Story Full Profile > 3.7 Overall 1.2 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness
I recently took this course with Professor Dimuro. It says English 134 but I was in his 139 course. I gave him a great review in teacher evals, but if... (April 1, 2015)
ENGL 134
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I recently took this course with Professor Dimuro. It says English 134 but I was in his 139 course.

I gave him a great review in teacher evals, but if I could, I'd retract that review. Perhaps it was pity for this professor- he was angry that nobody spoke up in class although most of us are attentive, and stormed out of the classroom saying we don't care about our futures. We are at UCLA for a reason. Although he appears nice, he doesn't really give a damn about his students, as seen through his actions. We didn't get our first essay graded until 9th week, when the second essay was due during finals week. I don't think it's feasible to plop down a prompt 9th week and have students to do well on their essays due 10th week when we have other finals, without receiving feedback.

On top of that, he loves to ask multiple choice questions on his finals, which I find ridiculous. Unlike other English classes where even if there are specific questions, his questions are a bit too specific- based on ridiculous background information of the novel, not the foreground text itself. I understand the author's background is important for understanding the work, but it shouldn't be tested on extensively. He also grades horribly unfair on his final essay analysis- it's pretty much not based on your explanation but if you can I.D. the work. Unlike other classes, where there are distinct authors, and distinct texts, the class I took was all Henry James. He took some obscure quote from the preface which sound very similar and a quote from a novel and all Henry Jamesian protagonists, if you read enough of him, are essentially the same. They have the same thought processes and downfalls, and imagery is almost identical across all works.

He added 15 points to everyone's final score because we did so poorly- when did a humanities class have a straight out curve, when most people get D's and F's on their finals?

(April 1, 2015)
ENGL 139
Individual Authors 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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ENGL 164
The Novel, 1832 to 1900 Full Profile > 3.2 Overall 1.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
I don't know what the heck happened in the other reviewers' classes that they would give this guy a bad evaluation. He is an incredibly sweet, adorable ... (Dec. 5, 2008)
ENGL 164
The Novel, 1832 to 1900 See Full Profile

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I don't know what the heck happened in the other reviewers' classes that they would give this guy a bad evaluation. He is an incredibly sweet, adorable man, who is interesting, somewhat humorous, helpful and welcoming. I wish I had gone to his office hours earlier in the lecture, we had an amazing time together. He's very laid back, sometimes lets you turn in your papers after the due date without caring or penalizing, his lectures are a perfect mix of abstract and concrete thoughts, and I didn't find his tests and papers that hard or complicated. It was 2 short papers, one long one and two tests. If you have an issue with reading looooooong novels, however, don't take this class. Victorian novels are long - Middlemarch is a good 600+ pages.

(Dec. 5, 2008)
ENGL 164C
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ENGL 166A
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ENGL 170A
American Literature to 1775 Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.0 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
I got an A in this class. Things you should know: Professor Dimuro will cancel a few classes due to illness, and he is very slow at grading (or at least... (Jan. 8, 2014)
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I got an A in this class. Things you should know: Professor Dimuro will cancel a few classes due to illness, and he is very slow at grading (or at least returning assignments). It's possible you may have to write your second paper without receiving feedback for the first. Also likely is you may end up taking the final with little security, knowing only one of your grades out of five assignments. However, the lectures are entertaining and educational. If you can follow Dimuro, you can learn a lot from his lectures. If you don't understand something - and most of the class seemed lost at some point - do ask! He's open and willing to clarify. If you're here to learn, then it doesn't matter what your grade is or how dull some of the readings are. You can learn a lot from attending lecture AND listening. Participating isn't necessary, but it'll give you brownie points.

(Jan. 8, 2014)
ENGL 171A
American Literature, 1832 to 1865 Full Profile > 3.5 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.2 Workload 3.8 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
Professor Dimuro was one the first professors I had at UCLA and after having taken classes with a variety of other professors, I'm going back for more. ... (Feb. 21, 2009)
ENGL 171A
American Literature, 1832 to 1865 See Full Profile

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Professor Dimuro was one the first professors I had at UCLA and after having taken classes with a variety of other professors, I'm going back for more. Yeah, he canceled class a couple of times, but is it that big of a deal? Catch up on reading at Powell. Considering what you get with Dimuro--humor, lively discussion, concern for his students--the good outweighs the minimally irritating.

(Feb. 21, 2009)
ENGL 173A
American Fiction to 1900 Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 1.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
Oh Dimuro-you give such amazing lectures, loaded with very, very interesting information and I took copious notes everyday of class. You make the most b... (June 23, 2011)
ENGL 173A
American Fiction to 1900 See Full Profile

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Oh Dimuro-you give such amazing lectures, loaded with very, very interesting information and I took copious notes everyday of class. You make the most boring material interesting and fun. I have learned so much from your class alone. You expect a great deal out of your students essays and I thank you for that. You challenged me and expected me to perform at a higher level than most other teachers on campus. I will not lie, some of the material is booooooooooooooring. But, you have done the impossible and made me a closet fan of Henry James.

(June 23, 2011)
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