Holland, G B on Ninja Courses

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LINGUIS 22 (Spring 2014)

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24 37 26 25 12

Comment: I was going to take this class as an easy breadth class for a letter grade, but I realized that I would be lucky to get a B so I switched to P/NP. His lectures were extremely boring, and I didn't retain anything from the lectures. The homework assignments are fairly difficult, and the only positive aspect about them was that he only grades homework based on completion. Moreover, the exams were difficult to study for because I was just cramming facts that I did not understand. The exam itself was okay, but some of the questions were difficult to answer because I just didn't know them. There was no curve for the midterm or final, and I think the average for the midterm was a C. I suppose the class wasn't horrible to fulfill a breadth class, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I feel that there are easier (and much more interesting) classes out there.

LINGUIS 22 (Fall 2011)

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63 100 75 76 27

Comment: Sometimes difficult to understand, but office hours are extremely helpful!

LINGUIS 22 (Fall 2011)

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92 80 79 79 83

Comment: This is the first course that he teaches in lower division. Informative, easy to pass

LINGUIS 130 (Fall 2013)

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16 49 59 50 96

Comment: Holland was a bit of a nightmare. He is smart, knows what he talks about and is enthusiastic. That is about it though. He is condescending towards students who ask questions, his exams are graded really rough. And the lectures put everyone to sleep. The homeworks connect only loosely with the notes he hands out (which are just the lectures he reads the notes for). It's not bad, but alright for a course. And the GSIs grade most of the stuff and are very lenient for marking which balances out this lukewarm professor.

LINGUIS 130 (Fall 2013)

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73 79 67 71 100

Comment: Holland is super knowledgeable in his field. his lectures are super detailed but he assumes a lot of intricate details of Indo-European languages are common knowledge.

LINGUIS 130 (Fall 2013)

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55 58 58 58 77

Comment: Professor Holland's love for historical linguistics definitely shone through. He's a bit awkward, but he loves it when students are as interested as he is. However... he doesn't understand if you just "don't get" a concept, though, and expects you to come to the same conclusions he does even though historical ling isn't remotely a hard science (grading is pretty much on your final answer). Homework is long, but mostly not too difficult.