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James Wilson
Professor in the Writing department
at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
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Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
3.4
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42 Student Ratings
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12/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Writ 23 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dont take this class!!! He is a pretty useless professor. He doesnt even try on his essay feedback. He just writes questions and stars. The other writing professors are way better. I only passed the ELWR because of his TA.

12/08/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Writing 23 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Overall, he is a great teacher but I don't recommend him. His goal in the class is to only understand your writing. He isn't really dedicated in improving it. His cover questions, office hours and others doesn't improve the way he helps your writing. It's just for his own benefit. He treats you more like a lab rat instead of a writing student.

06/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Writing 21 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The class is so interesting. He help me improve my essays, and pass the ELWR. I recommend this class because you will learn a lot and your writing will improve.

08/10/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
WRIT106 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He gave the impression this class would be low stress, and aim for everyone to get As. This was not the case at all, he marked you down for every little mistake and papers that were not marked down much, got a C+. When I addressed this issue he told me to Withdraw from the course and he will spend no more time on a student who negatively contribute

04/01/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Writ2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Such a good teacher!!! He is a hard grader but he is pretty clear about what he is looking for in your essays. Go to his office hours becuase he goes over your paper prior to the due date and can also give you extensions. Classes are pretty interesting and he gives points for participation so try and say at least one thing each class.

08/06/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
WRIT2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Horrible class and horrible professor! DO NOT take this class. You will definitely regret it because everything about the class is just ridiculous!

06/17/2009
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
WRIT2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His teaching style was horrible. Class participation was required. Was pretty fake and did not help with improving essays. DO NOT take this professor for writing 2! One of the worst classes here at UCSC.

06/10/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
writi56 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a very hard grader. He likes to grade with pass/no pass way. Very picky with essays and writing. Some of the classes were interesting and others were plain boring. The films were great. Take the class if you think you can handle the pass/no pass ideology and if you write very well.

05/28/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
WRIT2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

he is a really bad professor. his feedback sucked and i didnt learn anything. he has the most boring, dry personality and he loves listening to himself talk. take his class only if you want to be bored to death.

03/04/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
WRIT2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He was a really nice guy, cared about his students. However, his grading system is weird b/c he grades your essays with pass/nopass. He doesn't even look at your essays before you turn them in, rather its done by peer editting so that didn't help much b/c other students weren't as knowledgable about writing as he was. No help in essays but a nicegu

12/07/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
core80a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

he cares about students, and would prefer to ear students talk ratheer than himself; grades fairly, and gives lots of helpful suggestions for revision

06/25/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
WRIT6344 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I liked this professor a lot. He was very easy while grading our essays, although his feedback was so-so. I expected this class to be a lot harder than core, but it was the opposite. I especially liked how you could write about almost anything - this left no room for times when you have writers' block.

06/12/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
WRIT2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I actually liked the class, and didn't expect to because of all the comments on this thing.. His essay topics were really broad that you could practically write about anything. His class went by pretty fast, too. He takes class participation seriously, so just say one thing a discussion & he'll give you points. Good professor.

06/12/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
WRIT2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Was not very helpful and blames you for his mistakes. His grading is odd because you never know what he is going to give you. Overall though, you cant expect much from a writ 2 class. He is ok.

11/12/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Wrt1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He was the worst professor i've ever had in my life. Didn't learn anything from his class. We watched about 3 Italian films that were boring. The guys is teaching a class on Italy yet he has never been. He will apologize for doing something wrong but he will put the blame on something else.

11/09/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Writ2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a really nice guy and a fair grader. Essay topics were easy. Probably one of the easier writing teacher. Participation counts so make sure to say something at least once every class period.

08/28/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
WRIT20 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's very patient, intelligent and fair. Also, very helpful and a great discussion leader.

07/11/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Writ2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Its one of those classes you take because you have to. This class was pretty much another version of core except a little more bearable. I pretty much didn't have any idea of what my grade would be in the class because he graded papers either pass/no pass. Class got a repetitive with group discussions after readings from the night before.

06/18/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
WRIT2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class wasn't too hard. The topic sounds really boring and hard to relate to but his topics for his papers are broad and you can basically write about anything. Three of the four papers I wrote about had nothing to do with Italy (the theme of the class). His critiques aren't that helpful sometimes though. And it's never a bad idea to revise!

05/20/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Writing 2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

SOOO BORING. The subject matter was fairly interesting, but he managed to make it boring. He's one of those monotone teachers who likes to talk... a lot, although his class was extremely easy. Definitely the easiest writing 2 teacher.

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