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ENGL 290

Grade Received: B

posted 2017

I got by this class, but man I never really knew how to please this woman. The topic is interesting and I appreciate how intrigued she is in all of the research, but sometimes the lectures can be a little dry and she has to beg for participation and enjoyment from the students. Could easily be because it's an 8am and she doesn't allowed coffee in the class... but that's besides the point. Definitely at least skim the reading for this class and pay attention to the vocabulary terms and back of the chapter review and questions. Any multiple choice questions on her exams are pulled directly from those review questions so I just made Quizlets of all the questions and answers (easy because they're also provided for you). The most annoying this about Moretti is that she is very particular with answers. She marked me down for being too specific at times, or one time for writing the letter "a" as the little o with a tail (that might not make sense... but it will once you get to phonetics). You get a note card cheat sheet for every exam and she drops your lowest test score which is nice. The in-class labs are an easy way of getting good points as long as your descriptive, include an ending reflection, and I would recommend typing it so it shows you put a lot of work into it. She also tends to end class early which is also cool because you can finally get that coffee you've been craving. I'm fairly positive she is the only professor that teaches this course so you don't have much of an option but to take her. She doesn't suck, just wasn't my favorite.

polyratings post

ENGL 391

Grade Received: B

posted 2017

English is not my favorite subject so I went into this class not expecting to love it. The material was super interesting but I wasn't super fond of Alicia. I liked her until I saw my first participation and homework grades. She doesn't tell you this but you have to click on all the links she posts because they are "homework". She is also not very nice about participation grades, participate and you won't get 100%, almost as if she doesn't want your participation. She is super strict about technology, coffee, and talking to classmates during class, even if its relevant to the class. She seems annoyed most of the time when you ask a clarification question. That being said her first test was easy and the second one much harder. There is a lot of reading that she assigns and she has a few pop quizzes. The class is however passable without reading. There are two midterms, readings, and a final 8-10 page research paper. This class is a required liberal studies class and she is the only professor. Just make sure to get on her good side and you'll be fine. Its an easy B and an A if you work super hard.

polyratings post

ENGL 391

Grade Received: A

posted 2017

I. LOVE. HER. Because of Alicia and this class, I'm getting a linguistics minor. She is so so knowledgable and genuinely cares about your success in the class. She is so willing to help and guide you in the right direction. She wants you to do well and take something out of the course that you can apply to your life and career goals. You have a lot of freedom on tests--you can select which parts of the exam you want her to grade (i.e. just the multiple choice part vs. just the written part, or equally grade both). Exams are a mix of student input and her lecture outlines, but if you do the readings and take good notes you will be just fine. This was a required class for me, but I genuinely think everyone should take it.

polyratings post

ENGL 290

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

Alicia is a very nice professor. But overall this class was by far the hardest class I've taken at cal poly being an English major. This class is super frustrating and demanding and in order to really understand the material you have to retain everything she says in lectures. she goes super fast in lectures and needs to slow it down like really really slow it down especially since everyone feels so lost already. Her grading is uniques 3 tests that are 2 part consisting of short answers definitions and diagrams and an short essay portion. You have the choice to choose if you want the short answers/definitions to be graded or essay to be graded or both together. Whichever you feel you did best on at the end of the test you circle part1 100% part2 100% or 50/50. Honestly I found the best option is to choose the essay to be graded by itself. Defiantly increases your points in her grading. A lot of people who choose short answers/definitions/diagrams were super disappointed in their grade when choosing this option. and honestly don't have to really focus on retaining the chapters from the book they don't really help and there's nothing on the test from the book. Make sure you give her options for test questions and essay questions she usually puts them on the test. She really designs the test to your favor. You also have a cheat sheet that ranges from 1-2 pages front and back you get to use.

polyratings post

ENGL 391

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

Alicia was amazing at clarifying material and understanding student difficulties. She makes lectures very interesting as well The class is definitely challenging and her expectations are pretty high, but she is very fair. Definitely do the reading and prepare well for your partner presentation and final paper and all the rest will come to you. I HIGHLY recommend taking Alicia as a professor for any class she teaches.

polyratings post

ENGL 391

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

Moretti was a really good teacher. She is funny, nice, and really tries to get to know each student. She clearly cares about her students' success. The material is a little difficult to grasp, but she is always willing to help. Her tests are fairly easy, too. She is a very fair professor and I highly recommend her.

polyratings post

ENGL 391

Grade Received: A

posted 2016

Alicia is wonderfully personable and very passionate about Linguistics. She presents a lot of really interesting examples and topics and encourages discussion to make sure that everyone understands. No matter what, she will adjust the course to make sure it meets students level of understanding and area of interest. This is amazing and all professors should adopt a system like this. I could say countless wonderful things about her. The work load for the class is extremely manageable. Just do the reading. It is not that hard. Tests will be made based on questions suggested by students. She really does a great job of making sure students are tested on what they know and what they are interested in.