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coffing isn't as bad as everyone says. she's not that hard, and the tests aren't that hard, though there is a lot of material to cover in that class. the book isn't that bad, and wisdom of the bones is an interesting read. i liked that book. people need to stop griping and grow up. this is college!
Coffing was very mediocre. The Wisdom of the Bones was on the final, but never once even mentioned in class, in the practice final, or even mentioned in section. And it seemed like that book was on the syllabus just to sell and plug her friend/associate's work. The class also is just way too big.
TA Siamak was amazing though. Very knowledgeable, very helpful, and very personable too. Definitely recommended--he knows his stuff.
I didn't like Prof Coffing. I guess I wasn't that fair from the start with her because I was already biased. I have had bad experiences with female profs. All female profs that I've had have been overly enthusiastic with their material, which is annoying (for me), and made jokes that were so corny that I was actually embarassed for them. Prof Coffing is no exception. She seems to enjoy showing us slides of hominoid genitalia and sexual behavior. And she always makes a joke about them.
Anyways, this course isn't hard really. But there's SO much material covered during the course. And, the test questions seem so easy because they are so general, but the answers they want are so specific, it's hard to know what they are really asking for. It's so frustrating because you finish the test thinking you did well because you knew everything they asked but you get a bad grade because they asked a vague question and was looking for a specific answer. I wouldn't say that this is a good class or a bad class, but a BORING one and don't take it if you are just looking for a GE class, there are much better ones out there.
If you're looking for an easy GE class: DON'T TAKE ANTHRO 7 WITH COFFING! If you're looking to fullfill a major requirment: WAIT FOR ANOTHER PROFESSOR TO TEACH THE COURSE!! If you're just interesting in learning about Human Evolution: COFFING WILL KILL IT! Professor Coffing has to be the most lifeless, uninteresting, monotonous person @UCLA. She provides no insight in lecture; instead she regurgitats (word-for-word) what is already in the book. Her exams are not entirely hard but they are vague especially when you don't know what she wants for a "correct" answer since she holds no review before the midterm or final. I just wish there would have been reviews for her before I took her class so that I could have stayed as far as possible from her "teaching".
First let me just say that I got an A- on the midterm, i have gone to every class and done all the readings ahead of time. That said, professor coffing is the second worst prof. that i have had at ucla. When she is lecturing, it sounds like she is trying to be quiet because she is at the library. Her voice is so low and monotonous that i just about fall asleep everyday in the front row. The only reason that I did well on the midterm was because a lot of the material was the same as LS 15. I really feel sorry for those students that did not know the material ahead of time. She rushes so quickly through the important material that you do not have enough time to take good notes. If it weren't for Lecture Notes from Ackerman, I would be lost. She really makes no attempt to make the material interesting and she seems like she lacks a personality. I'm sure that she is a very smart person and she might be well trained in her field but she is not a great professor. You would be better off taking this course when it is taught by a different professor; just wait the extra quarter or whatever it takes.
She's really boring.. I feel asleep in every lecture. The class I took and essay midterms and finals that were graded really hard. The TAs are not help and very little prep. is giving before tests. I really don't suggest you take this class if you need to fulfill a GE