Reviews for Abigail McEwenAverage Rating:
Grade Expected: A
December 2, 2010, 2:51 pm
|I was actually really excited to take this course because I am interested in the history and art of the ancient Mesoamerican people, but her lecturing capabilities (or more precisely, lack of) completely ruined the course for me. |
On the first day of class I encountered what has now become her infamous "um". She literally throws that in every other word. She also has an unfortunate habit of not being concrete. She uses terms like "kind of" and "sort of" and "possibly" instead of saying that it is. I'm not sure if this is the appropriate way to explain things in an art history course, but I found it irritating. This was also said every other word. I found that she tried to stretch themes and concepts so it fit the lecture, and sometimes I really couldn't believe the information she was giving.
The course itself was rather monotonous because it was just simply going over object after object. This class, however, was not hard by any means. The TAs' provided effective summaries of the themes presented in class, the quizzes in discussion and the exams in lecture were straight forward. If you want to get rid of your CORE, I would only recommend this class because it was easy, but do not take it with this particular professor.
Grade Expected: A
November 18, 2010, 9:56 am
|Prof. McEwan seems fair and nice enough, but I found her lectures very scatterbrained and hard to follow. I didn't know whether to write down everything she said or nothing at all. She says "um" far too often for a college professor to the point where it is distracting. The class itself covers interesting material, but she manages to make it tedious and boring in lecture. Go to discussion and get the books (they're cheap) because the TAs were very helpful, and I learned way more in discussion than in lecture. Not a hard class if you can pick up the important themes in the art quickly and are good at memorizing pictures.|