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Mary-Kay Gamel
Professor in the Literature department
at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
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Overall Quality
3.2
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.7
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83 Student Ratings
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06/06/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Lit61M Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Way too challenging, most of the class is failing, and she doesn't curve. Way too disorganized. However she is interesting and a good professor.

03/02/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
LTIN102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

An exceptional teacher who goes out of her way to make sure students understand what she's teaching and make herself available whenever someone needs her. However, even with all the help the classes are fairly difficult and will require a lot of effort for a good grade.

01/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Lit61 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Gamel is an amazing professor, always excited about what she teaches, is prompt in replying to emails, offers extra credit, lectures are organized/informative, studyuides are detailed/clear, if you are careful to read all the primary texts (there are many)/attend all lectures, you'll do well, tests are hard but very fair/do-able if you study.

12/13/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
LIT61M Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The tests were difficult to study for and there is a lot of unneeded reading. A lot of the test questions involved the student understanding the professor's opinion.

11/09/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
LIT61M Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Good teacher overall, however she can sometimes stray from the topic or let her personal views interfere with content.

11/06/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
LIT61M 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

Gamel is... well, the worst professor I've had in college yet. She is completely unprofessional, technologically incompetent, unwilling to acknowledge her own faults, and lectures the class much like a scolding mother. Her tests are nonsensical and she boasts her opinions as though they were facts. I don't understand all the positive comments here.

08/09/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Latin101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Mary-Kay is an excellent professor and will do everything to help her students succeed. She hosts study groups every day, and is always willing to help you individually in office hours or via email.

12/18/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Lit61D Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I LOVE Mary Kay! She's extremely engaged and excited about her own lectures, which gets me excited as well. Most of her film choices for this class were interesting, the comic ones were the borefests to be honest. Midterm and Final weren't hard at all, as long as you studied. Papers were graded too hard by the TA's for a Lower Div course.

11/15/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
LIT61D Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is interesting/sometimes entertaining/always speaks quickly but as if is excited about own lectures. Always explains how the films watched are connected to plays read. Offers extra credit opportunity. Midterm/final are not too difficult if one reviews names/characters/plots/symbols of films/plays and main terms (don't need all) from readings.

11/14/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
LTIN104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A challenging but do-able Latin course. Mary-Kay is one of the most intelligent professors I've had, a fair grader, fun, and really accessible via email. Plus, she threw us a party after the final. She loves theater and incorporates films and other fun things into the course.

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