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Lauren J Arenson
Professor in the Anthropology department
at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.6
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
3.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
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07/05/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthro1 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I took her class before on campus and dropped it within the first 3 weeks because her assignments were unclear and lectures. I just completed her online class (6 weeks) and it was WAY EASIER! The materials are easier to understand, there are a lot of writing assignments, and the practice quizzes are your extra credit.

05/07/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ANTHRO1L Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: C+

She is one of the worst teachers at PCC. She put little effort into the online course, she re-posted items from prior years. Grading was harsh, class average was 50% on the mid-term. Homework was one paper a week, with confusing instructions and group work. Avoid her classes. She did not respond to emails. Her feedback on homework was minimal.

04/03/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ANTHRO1L Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I took the online lab course and I must say she is one of the worst online professors I have ever had. She is EXTREMELY unclear with the assignments and most of them make no sense or are completely pointless. The directions are vague and treats this class as if it were 4 units. Her grading is unpredictable and gives little feedback. AVOID HER

01/27/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

on what planet do you accept 6 online lab classes as a professor and completely ignore your emails. This professor has an attitude. Take it with someone else.

01/24/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTHRO 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Honestly, plan on working pretty hard for this class if you want an A. NOT an easy A! I did all 20 extra credit points & put in HOURS of work on my essays & preparing for my exams, but ended up with an 89%. Luckily, she curved the class.

12/13/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Anthro 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Way too much work for a 3 credit class, unless you love anthro I recommend taking another class. Strict grader as well

10/18/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Anthro1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great person and personality but horrible professor. Her lectures are very unclear and if you ask her a question to clarify you end up more confused. When she talks about what she wants on research papers in class you MUST double check her prompts online because it is always different. Only take if you are confident in anthropology.

09/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTH001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I'm currently taking her class fr the Fall Semester and have to say, she's one of the best professors at PCC. University level class and she's a great lecturer which is always a plus. She expects you to keep up with studying and class work, but really there's no excuse to slack off.

09/20/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ANTH 001L Taken for Credit:No Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Try not to take this professor, her clarity level is beyond incomprehensible. She gives you a broad outline of what to do. I put in effort for responses to her questions and yet she pins it down as if there was a structured outline/guideline on how to answer everything. Very b-word/rude/picky professor that doesn't clarify anything. Total waste.

08/17/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTH1 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Listen to lectures,practice tests,review handouts- all are test material. Must know college level composition for research paper! She's tough when grading because she expects students to show they understood the material. She gives extra credit that really helps those who need it. Some group assignments were confusing at first, but not impossible.

06/22/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthro 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is great professor!!! Listen to what she has to say such as practice quizzes! They will prepare for both exams and just read the chapters and do the extra credit. I will admit didn't have the greatest attendance towards end of the semester but read all the chapters and did allt he practice quizzes. I got B without really trying towards the end.

05/27/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthro 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are interesting, a lot of reading, some movies. She can be very anti-religion.Tests are online, which is okay lets you google the questions. I barely got an A, didn't really care for subject. She has a horrible sense of style, but is funny and has a great personality. You won't be bored in class. Take notes.

05/27/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthro 1L Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Probably one of the easiest lab classes, every week you write a one page paper. Sometimes confusing and she can grade hard. You need to put in the time for this class, I got an A but it was not easy. Honestly, you really need 5 hours or less a week for this class. Some assignments are easier than others, some are pointless. You will learn nothing

04/03/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTHR 2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Take good notes during lectures bc theyll be on test. Likes to tell stories to help you understand(and theyre just fun haha) Likeable person. Read chapters well.Doesn't try to trick you on tests, which is nice. Essay topics are often unclear so ASK QUESTIONS and write thoroughly using terms in the book. Just multchoice tests n about 2 essays no hw.

12/27/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTH1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Funny teacher. She may seem intimidating at first but if you attend to her lectures, you'll find out she's a really great person. Her class is challenging...in a good way. There isn't many assignments, so it's best to do them all. Plus she gives extra credit which raises like 8% of your overall grade if completed and curves at the end of the final.

12/14/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTHR2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Don't get one her bad side because once you do you're pretty much no good in her eyes.if she doesn't like or trust you theres a good chance you'll fail. She doesn't know the meaning of clarity. Save yourself the time/effort and take another professor's class.

12/12/2012
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
Anthr1411 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

LOVE HER! Sweet and funny, but don't piss her off or else that's it. Do your work + act mature/responsible & you'll pass. Ask PLENTY of ?'s or you will be lost! Don't cheat,she's not stupid. She'll bend over backwards for you if you go for help, so, ASK HER FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT. Simple as that.

12/07/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTHR2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class is honestly very simple.Pay attn and take GOOD NOTES during lecture youll pass test even just reading thru chptrs once. Prf Arenson really cares abt students..its strange to me why everyone is saying such neg things. Obvsly if you show attitude thats wht youll get back. Essay topics r difficlt to undrstnd so ask many qs. Id def take her again

10/25/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthr4367 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Not very helpful when asked help.. not clear on guidelines.. basically if you have a ? and you're going to fail because she didn't respond..you'll fail cus she doesn't respond

10/18/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Antro1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Stay far away from this professor. Not only is she rude to her students, she doesn't return emails. If you don't take the rude comments already posted seriously, good luck.

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