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Jim Krusoe
Professor in the English department
at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
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Overall Quality
3.7
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
2.9
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12/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Eng. 1 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A
"Amazing lectures" "Inspirational" "Gives good feedback"

GREAT PROFESSOR... Definitely one of my favorite at SMC. Incredibly thought provoking and he really pushes you to write creatively. His lectures are amazing. Take his class if your interested in improving your writing technique.

12/03/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
English 1 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Krusoe is an amazing creative writing teacher! He helped me expand my writing skills drastically. Because of this class, I now really enjoy writing and I highly recommend him!!

09/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

Very good teacher! If you're interested in being a writer, take this class. He makes you think and gives really good advice as far as writing goes. He's a little bit kooky and weird, but overall a good guy. His class made me want to go back to school, if only to take more of his classes.

12/10/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG 1 and ENG30 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Take Krusoe if you are truly passionate about writing and want to become a better writer. Took him for English !, which was actually kind of a lot of work and I also took him for creative writing, which I strongly recommend. Great man and teacher with a dark sense of humor!

12/04/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor, probably my favorite yet.

02/23/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG1ENG1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Genius. Teaches with style and ease and a great understanding of Literature and the mysteries of life, without appearing entitled/annoying like many Eng proffesors do. Great sense of humor. Be HIGHLY descriptive, take risks in your writing, and go to him for advice and you will see your writing bloom as well as your grade.

12/27/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENGL1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Really funny guy. Makes you think outside the box when it comes to classroom discussions. You'll have to write essays about sadness, insanity, and other random topics. Make sure you're really descriptive when you write.

12/16/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL1897 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

AMAZING! Write your essays with a lot of description and take risks. Don't be afraid to get strange or personal in them or be somewhat poetic. If you are a good writer and enjoy writing, I am sure you will enjoy and get an A. Took so much from this class. Krusoe is also the perfect mixture of hilarious, laid back, and 100% knowing his stuff.

12/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG1885 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Krusoe is very passionate about English and insightful with the readings. Many questions and discussions will be held. You are to do about twenty essays and a research paper. The hardest part of the class will be the research paper and his grading, which is reasonable but still a little tough. Great class.

12/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG1804 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Excellent teacher, esp. for writers. You'll write notes on essays, a weekly essay in class and one report. Discussions on book essays were interesting and all the writing invaluable. At my age (50's) I was ready for a waste of time. Quite frankly, I feel that I have improved as a writer thanks to this class and Prof's comments and attention.

12/15/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very interesting discussions during class. Minimal homework. He is a very difficult grader and seems really unpredictable. I went to his office hours regularly to get help. Always ask him what you did wrong on your essays, otherwise you'll be extremely lost. Participate in class and show him you care. He drops a few essays so don't stress too much.

12/15/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
EngEng1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pretty good teacher, class consists of a lot of notes from the book as homework due once a week, essays, and a research paper. If you do the notes consistently, write good essays and find a good partner for the research paper, you'll have a guaranteed A or B and he wont make u do the final if ur grade is high enough to not be affected.

08/18/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL30A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Krusoe is the best creative writing teacher I have ever had the privilege of having. He is phenomenal. I have never met someone who understands writing more. The class was life-changing. Honestly.

06/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
AdvCr4194 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Jim Krusoe is an excellent mentor for writers, his ability to see the writer you can become is a priceless gift to his students. He understands the struggle that creative writing can be and sympathizes without coddling. A fine teacher and wonderful writer.

01/15/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Eng1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

As a warning...try not to take Krusoe because you don't really learn anything. I took him in Fall '10. He's a nice guy but he's not a good teacher. His comments he makes on the essays are hard to read and understand.

08/03/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Eng1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This guy is one great professor. Classes revolve around discussions which at the end aid you on your writing. Very nice and easy to talk to. Would highly recommend to those that are active listeners and looking for a "chill" class that isn't dull.

06/09/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
fict2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I've been attending Krusoe's class for many, many years. Nearly a decade. There is a certain pretention now I've never seen before. It would be nice to see Jim more enthusiastic. It would be nice to see a class more enthusiastic which may be why Krusoe is not. It's zombie land.

05/07/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
engliENGL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Doesn't let you know that he drops x number of tests until semester is almost over. Class is centered exclusively on discussions -- not on teaching you how to write. Weekly in-class essays on obscure concepts such as, "theft," "captivity" or "coldness." Kind, generous personality. Great writer, was never meant to teach entry level English courses.

03/07/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
AdvFict Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I'm glad I found this site. Krusoe is one of my most favorite people in the world. He's generous, smart, thoughtful, light-hearted, and well read. After a series of misfires in searching for a creative community in poetry, I appreciate his class, and his wisdom, that much more. Still unsure? Read his work.

12/09/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG1851 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Hard class to get an A in because of vague grading techniques. Pretty simple class structure, there are reading notes and an in class essay weekly. He is pretty lax on attendance, but obviously the more you show up, the better you'll do. Overall, interesting man and a decent class but you might have to accept getting a B at best.

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