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I absolutely loved Dr. Mehdizadeh's class. She is so passionate and well-informed on all the topics she discusses and it shows. She also does a great job of addressing the several nuances of diversity as a concept. Participation is essential in this class - even a large component of the grade is based on it - but don't worry about that as the topics are very engaging and evoke natural participation. The class is very heavy on workload but you get used to it with time. The assignments in this class are as follows: a reflection (on as assigned reading) due at the beginning of every class, and a 3-5 page final paper - which is supplemented with a 3-page personal reflection and an annotated bibliography. We worked on several drafts of this final paper and its components throughout the quarter. The professor holds individual meetings and peer review sessions to help us improve our drafts up until week 10.
Personally, I think having so much writing work was very beneficial as it helped me get writing practice. I believe my writing skills have dramatically improved over the course of this quarter thanks to Dr Mehdizadeh.
IMPORTANT WARNING: Dr. Mehdizadeh might seem a bit harsh at first, and the coursework might feel too heavy to handle in the initial weeks. So if after the first class you are tempted to drop out, I'd highly recommend waiting it out. Even I was initially intimidated by the workload and the seemingly harsh grading scheme. However, I assure you that one gets used to the workload and even the grading is eventually lenient.
I really think Dr. Mehdizadeh is the best professor I've had at UCLA and I'm going to miss her.
In a nutshell, TAKE THIS CLASS. If you're looking for a fun, memorable EngComp class, do take this!
Hands down, one of the best classes I took in my two quarters at UCLA, if not the best. Professor Mehdizadeh ensures the point of this class is for us to leave as better writers and more critical and compassionate individuals. In the initial few classes, it might seem like a lot of work and she acknowledges that too, requesting you to hang in there. Trust me, you should. Over time, you see a change in your own writing and will enjoy immensely the work you might have complained about earlier. Her teaching style is very participatory in nature and places you at the center of your own learning experience, while she chips in with very meaningful insights. She offers a lot of help on your final essay with individual and group conferences. This class is as good as you want it to be.
The topics we covered in Winter 2020 were 'Race and Technology', 'Women in STEM', 'Transgender Rights' and 'Immigration and Undocumented Status'. We could all pick a topic we wanted to to work on for our final essay. While the topics might seem over discussed, her take on the class, the articles we are meant to read allow you to really form logical arguments for your stance rather than support politically correct or popular opinions on these hot-button topics. There's really something for everyone in this class.
Dr. Mehdizadeh is always there for her students. She has weekly assignment and readings that are pretty straight forward. While at first glance it may seem like a lot it is really not. It is pretty straight forward work. Mostly writing summaries and your thoughts on readings that were pretty short or videos that were short as well. The project is an essay that you're working on throughout the quarter so it never felt like a huge workload. At times you may be frustrated with her feedback on your essay throughout the quarter, because it seemed like she always wanted me to change something about my essay. Your writing will also improve throughout the quarter because she gives a lot of tips to improve. Overall, I would take this class again with her. You will be fine if you do the assignments and show up to class, and listen to her feedback on your essays.
I don't see why everyone is raving about this class. I did like prof Mehdizadeh, but personally I did not find the material engaging or very interesting. It wasn't life-changing like most reviews make it out to be nor did I really see improvement in my writing.
The class is very work heavy, and you really need to participate. She also seems to grade harshly at the beginning, and then loosens up once you turn in your final submissions I assume just to motivate you to actually try rather than glaze by at the bare minimum.
Do I recommend this class? Sure, if you have the time - you'll most likely get an A if you put in the work and you'll get the diversity requirement out of the way. It was also a nice change to be in a 20 ppl class rather than a large lecture hall.
Overall, very much not a fan of this class. Honestly, I am very very surprised at how positive all of these reviews are. I talked to many people in my class and they all had the same opinions as I did. Dr. Mehdizadeh can be pretty condescending in the way that she talks to students and although she acts like she really wants to help you, she offers incredibly ambiguous suggestions to your writing. Although I thought that this class wasn't absolutely terrible, it was definitely decent at best. Based off of the reviews for this class, however, I expected it to be my favorite class. If you are a good writer and good at arguing very leftist/liberal opinions, you will be fine. However, many of my friends have told me about how easy their English Comp 3 class was, so there are DEFINITELY better options out there. It's also very easy to fulfill your diversity requirement with another class. I would definitely recommend taking an easy English comp 3 class and fulfilling your diversity requirement through another easy GE. Trust me.
I loved this class. This quarter, she created her own curriculum that was focused on wellness.
Though it was challenging due to the fact that homework was due before each day of class, I actually learned so much about how to write at a professional level. This is definitely not the type of class that you was to procrastinate in, however, and it does require a lot of your time.
Things I loved about her class:
* She had us start our final project super early, and all of the material we learned in class was for the purpose of preparing us for our final project (scholarly essay and public facing project).
* She taught us how to write and use our own voices, while ensuring that we were being critical thinkers.
* She allowed us to create our own rubric for our final project.
* She actually cares about you as an individual.
Things I found challenging:
* The workload was gnarly, but definitely manageable. The readings were minimal, and all of the material we had to read and watch were actually super interesting. It's definitely not busywork, which I love.
* She grades heavily on participation, but I loved the fact that it wasn't about "Who can talk the most?" or "Who sounds the smartest?" She encouraged everyone to not only speak and voice their response, but to actively listen to other colleagues. It was great.
I took Dr. Mehdizadeh's class in 2015 Fall and received an easy A. I agree her class are challenging, but her topics are interesting. I have one friend that took another Engcomp 3 class and all he did was writing essays about the history of LA. For Dr. Mehdizadeh's class you can write anything that's related to the concept of multi-culture and diversity. This is essentially helpful if you come from a diverse family or culture background. Honestly I don't think the class is that hard, I am an international student and English is not even my native language, yet I manage to get an A. So if you actually work and read, you will be fine. Would recommend this class, professional professor, interesting topic and good class environment.
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS!!!!! LISTEN TO ME PLEASE. In the summer during my Orientation I picked this class because there was very limited english comp 3 classes and i made a terrible mistake. I did summer school also and i had a 4.0 GPA. I am extremely studious and social and Dr. Mehdizadeh seemed to have really liked me and i liked the class. The class was cool but it is extremely hard and stressful for no reason. If you already enrolled look at the syllabus she will send it really late and trust me ALL the work on there, you will do. This was the class that made me stay up late all nights as i had HW due everyday but the weekends and Tuesday. This quarter i took Math< enthomusicology Jazz and this class with a fiat lux and i received A's in all classes and a C in this one. I never missed an assignment i took all my essays to the writing center etc. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! Forget what everyone else says trust me. The class is fun but its fun with consequences. Hope i was able to help.
Dr. Mehdizadeh is a very cool professor i really liked her as a person, but in class, my fellow classmates and I didn't really like it. Dont get me wrong her class is probably the best english class i have been in throughout my life just being a freshman in college, but the workload is RIDICULOUS. It is not the traditional 3 essays then you are done. Her class is set up with a lot of readings that require annotations to show that you actually did it and each reading you have to give a summary etc. This class was a little stressful, but it was the only class i didn't fall asleep in all quarter. All her essays revolve around you and your input, which i loved about the class. We had 5 blogs due every friday, and the final project is worth 40% of the grade. The class is definitely doable but you gotta work for it. I did everything like EVERYTHING last second (even the final that was do yesterday) and still managed to scrape A's here and there. So take the class if it seems interesting but know that it is alot of work. She is a great proffessor!
Dr. Mehdizadeh is the first professor that I had at UCLA and I thoroughly loved her class. It was challenging but thought provoking and it could honestly be fun. We all became very comfortable with each other and shared our honest opinions about the texts we read. It was a discussion based class with Dr. Mehdizadeh guiding us through the texts. Professor Mehdizadeh gives great feedback on her essays and is very helpful in office hours. I would recommend Dr. Mehdizadeh for English Comp 3. Her class has been one of my favorites while I have been at UCLA.