Morgan Pitelka at Occidental College

Morgan Pitelka

  • 4.0Overall Quality
  • 4.0Helpfulness
  • 4.1Clarity
  • 2.8Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
5/31/10

ASN101

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

At first, Pitelka seems easy going and the first test, at least for 101, was a breeze if you studied a bit. But, he grades papers hard, gives tons of reading, and attendance is mandatory. He does hold grudges against students! Overall, interesting lecturer but is not knowledgeable in areas other than Japan.

4/12/10

ASN250

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He takes attendance everyday. Doesn't give out any work besides a couple of moodle forums and two papers. No midterm or final. Grades with a rubric. Answers emails very quickly. Very nice and knows everyone by name.

5/21/09

ASN250

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

cool teacher, but grades kinda hard.

11/3/06

ASN250

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's a very nice and intersting professor who knows the material well. He does like to take attendance everyday though.

7/11/06

asn 101

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Lectures about history, but essays entirely on culture. Grades exactly to freshman core grading rubric, so follow that and you're assured a B or higher. 95% of class is lecture. Two quizzes/week is VERY annoying. Lots of work. Class discussions may be a little alienating if you're not interested in Asian Studies or have never been to Asia.

4/18/06

ASN 101

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Although Mr. Pitelka is knowlegable and his lectures are decently entertaining, I don't think that he cares about his students unless you plan to study Asia in more depth. Also, if you are not a prolific writer, he will insult your writing, and you. He is also close-minded and holds grudges against students. Know what you are getting yourself into.

3/30/06

ASN 101

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is an awesome and engaging professor and I totally recommend anyone to take one of his classes. His classes are very interesting.

10/28/05

ASN 101

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

10/28/05

ASN 180

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Pitelka is rad! His classes are extremely informative and his wealth of knowledge about Asian studies is very inspiring. Be wary - his classes are extremely difficult! I took ASN 180 and ASN 101. I asked him how I could get an A in his class. If you follow his guidelines and bust your ass during the semester, it is possible to get an A. He's also extremely willing to write teacher recommendations for his students for grauate school. You are seriously missing out if you pass his classes up!!

8/31/05

Early Modern J

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

We had REAL discussions about the readings, not straight from the book crap. The more interested people are, the better he teaches. Communication is easy and essential in order to get exactly what you want out of his class. He LISTENS.

8/12/05

ASN 250, 350

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great prof., knows his stuff, especially good in small seminar class. Gets behind in his grading and such though. But his classes are very worthwhile.

6/29/05

ASN 101, CSP 9

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Pitelka is an excellent, and challenging teacher who gives a lot of work. He also is very, very tech savvy, and so the majority of his assignments are online. If you need help or just have any questions, he is extremely understanding and helpful. I highly recommend taking a class with him but be prepared to work hard.

4/5/05

ASN101

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness2

Clarity5

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

boring...did not like his class...although he is very straight forward

2/6/05

ASN101,350-,360

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I have had three classes with Pitelka and they have all been excellent. His lectures are straightforward, and his discussions are very student-centered and thought-provoking. He assigns a lot of reading, but it is all pertinent and very interesting; besides, he never expects people to read it all.

1/18/05

ASN180

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy is boring and his tests come straight from his lectures...i hated attending class so much..it was like death every morning. you don't need to do any readings and all you have to do is study straight from the lecture notes he puts online...and it's an easy A-

7/28/04

asn 180

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

cut the guy some slack...he's basically the ONLY asian studies professor at oxy. he works very hard and still has time to be super nice and helpful. shame on oxy for not even trying to develop our asian studies department!

5/24/04

ASN 180

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Enthusiastic and helpful; has realistic expectations. Lectures frequently follow readings. Essays are hard. If you put in some effort, this class is not too difficult and you can learn a lot.

4/30/04

ASN101

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Pitelka is a good guy and a good teacher. But seriously, who goes to Princeton to Major in Tea Ceremonies??? Anywho, I don't know if he should get tenure so quickly. Why so much reading, with such poor discussions?

4/30/04

ASN101

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Teaches like he's still at Columbia, he's really intense sometimes it seems. Hopefully one day he will mellow out and relax a bit and give more slack on attendance and loosen up.

4/21/04

ASN 360

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Pitelka is a smart guy -- he came from an Ivy league school, and he expects his students to use the brains they were given. Oxy students may be steadily decreasing in quality, but the faculty know what they are doing, and Pitelka's no exception.

4/20/04

asn 180

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Some might say he is boring, but I would add that his lectures are extremely well-planned, easy to follow, and easy to take notes on. He is also very helpful if you have questions, and is one of the nicest and most good-natured professors at Oxy.

4/20/04

ASN 210

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

4/20/04

asn 101

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

boring, boring, boring. i expected more from someone who came from princeton. he's one of those profs who act nice, but aren't really

3/29/04

eng 101

Poor Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy is so boring I dropped the class. I would rather listen to waltz music with antz biting my butt than listen to him drone on about his "research".

3/27/04

ASN 250

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

While some may be bored by his lectures, I thought they were interesting. Also, discussion is emphasized in the last part of the course. Essay topics were interesting and he's extremely internet-saavy. His website makes class that much easier. Helpful too

3/8/04

ASN 101

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

lecture is very boring, treats you like a high school student.

4/24/03

asn180

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

3/10/03

ASN 180

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

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