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Tim Brelinski
Professor in the Classics department
at University of California Davis, Davis, CA
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28 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
01/12/2015
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA 10 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a great teacher. He's really nice and the class was fun and not stressful. Study his slides and know the facts (which won't be as hard as it seems because its all fun stories) and you'll breeze through the exams.

01/09/2015
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
64522 CLA30 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Inspirational" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Respected by students"

He was a great professor! Although we have quizzes every Friday and they are sometimes tough, his passion and enthusiasm for the class makes it all worth it! I would definitely recommend him.

01/08/2015
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA 30 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A-
"Lectures are long"

Weekly quizzes, two midterms and a final. Quizzes were fair but took a good amount of studying to prepare for them. Boring lectures. Prof. Brelinski lost control of the class sometimes and people would talk over him.

12/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
cla30 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-
"Tests are tough" "Respected by students"

Brelinski is so nice! Seriously the most helpful lecturer in office hours! Class definitely required studying since there were weekly quizzes but if you study the topics he tells you to study ahead of time you'll be golden! Final material mostly comes from the workbook so definitely necessary!

12/28/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CLA 30F Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Hilarious"

Pretty easy class; you just have to memorize a lot. Lectures alternate between entertaining and kinda boring, depending on whether it's a grammar or classical culture day. Not a big deal if you miss a class sometimes since ppts are online, but there's a quiz every week and worksheet due every Mon. Prof is great though, recommend any of his classes.

12/25/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA30 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Amazing lectures" "Would take again" "Respected by students"

This class was fun and his lectures were interesting and helpful. No curve, there are weekly quizzes worth 10% and if you don't study you probably wont pass. The class is pretty straightforward but you have a lot of memorization to do. Amazing professor.

12/24/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CLA 10 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests? Not many" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read"

I had really high expectations for this class however it turned out to be an insane amount of memorization of tiny details. You don't really have to go to lecture, but unless you study HARD for this class, you won't pass. He is a really great professor though. Personally, would not take this class again.

12/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA 30F Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Respected by students" "Tests? Not many"

Go into this class expecting it to be an easy A and you'll end up with a B or a C. This class, although easy, required work. Weekly quizzes that are worth 10% of your grade. If you are the type that slacks off and waits last second to start studying for an exam I would avoid this class, it's not for you. Besides that, Professor is awesome.

12/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA 10 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Lectures are long" "Big time extra credit" "Clear grading criteria"

He's okay but he rushed in way to many slides every day. He was going 50 to 60 slides a day, which were pure memorization. The class is not easy! I was memorizing random relationships between people half the time. And he always says RIGHT? after each sentence! Super annoying!

12/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA 10 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Really nice guy. All the info you need to know are on slides but there are 400-500 slides per exam. You can review after every lecture and spend few hours before midterm to study OR you do nothing whole quarter and study 12 hrs straight before each exam. The class is not a breeze but it isn't difficult. A lot of memorization, no trick questions.

12/21/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CLA 030F Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B-
"Clear grading criteria" "Amazing lectures" "Hilarious"

Brelinski is hilarious! An easy class for GE units. He posts the powerpoints on smartsite beforehand so you can either take notes or refer to them in your laptop. You don't have to attend lectures to pass the class because everything is online. Weekly quizzes are a pain in the butt, but it's doable. Class requires minimal effort for a B.

12/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA 30 F Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria" "Would take again" "Amazing lectures"

Professor Brelinski is amazing lecturer. He always makes class really entertaining ane interesting. Previously, I thought this class was just reciting some word roots. But you can learn more staff than that, such as linguistics and Greek mythology. You need put lots of effort to get a good grade, due to weekly quizes.

12/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CLA 10 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A
"Get ready to read" "Hilarious" "Amazing lectures"

He knows the material so well he doesn't even have to look at the powerpoints for reference. He cares a lot about his students and is very helpful when you ask questions. I did all the reading, though it was not necessary. If you know the powerpoints, you wil succeed. I did this and I received 100% on both midterm 2 and the final.

12/18/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CLA30F Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Brelinski is a great professor. He kept the class interested in a class that can typically drag on... I mean it's word roots. But, I genuinely enjoyed the class. I learned quite a bit, and the class is definitely worth it if you put in the time to study. There are weekly quizzes and homework, but no midterm or papers. I highly recommend him. Easy B

12/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA 10 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Amazing lectures" "Would take again" "Inspirational"

I never ever bother to comment or rate professors on online websites like this, but I just had to laud Professor Brelinski because he is by far my favorite professor at UC Davis. I just love how he's such a nice person and make lectures interesting, and you could really tell that he loves his students too. Would definitely take him again.

12/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
cla30 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Brelinski is brilliant! He's so nice & helpful! There is a quiz every week and although they weren't SUPER easy, if you do the assigned bookwork, make flashcards, and memorize the power points , you could get away with getting A's after studying for only like 2 hours a week. Definitely recommend this class!!! you will not regret it!

11/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
cla30 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Amazing lectures" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Lectures aren't mandatory but it's best if you show up. He is very passionate for what he's teaching and he teaches it so well! I don't regret taking the class at all! He has a schedule and keeps to it, but I personally love knowing what to expect and when to expect it. No surprises and pretty straight forward.

10/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLA 30F Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"There for you" "Would take again"

He makes the subject interesting, and he's super nice. The tests aren't easy, but he's super helpful during office hours.

03/27/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CLA2 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Great professor that is passionate about the subject and shows great enthusiasm. Really cares about his students and is more than willing to help out in any way possible. However, this class was hard as a GE. 90% of your grade is based off of essays, and the TA's are relatively harsh graders. However, do ask for help and you will succeed!

12/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
clas 10 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

Easiest class you will even take at davis. He also seems to really love teaching and the subject, which is really refreshing.

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