Overall Quality Based on 58 ratings
Katherine Kiefer-Newman
Professor in the Religion department at San Bernardino Valley College
75%
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😎Most helpful rating: Computer Icon RELIG150
Jul 9th, 2021
If you are not much of a reader you will not do well in this class. The chapters in the text can be rather long and the test questions really want you to think. However, the chapters can be pretty interesting. Just be careful and be ready to do the workwhen you take this class!
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    Jul 9th, 2021
    Quality
    4.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
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    Jul 9th, 2021
    For Credit: Yes
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: A
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    If you are not much of a reader you will not do well in this class. The chapters in the text can be rather long and the test questions really want you to think. However, the chapters can be pretty interesting. Just be careful and be ready to do the workwhen you take this class!
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  • RELIG150
    😐average
    Jul 3rd, 2021
    Quality
    3.0
    Difficulty
    3.0
    RELIG150
    😐average
    Jul 3rd, 2021
    For Credit: Yes
    Would Take Again: No
    Grade: A
    Textbook: Yes
    After receiving a poor grade on my introduction paragraph about myself, I quickly learned she was a quantity over quality teacher. Not my favorite type but an easy pass if you can write. Make sure each discussion post is lengthy and youll do fine. Tests are pretty straightforward as well, but you cant google answers so do the reading.
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    Dec 23rd, 2019
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
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    Dec 23rd, 2019
    For Credit: Yes
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: B+
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    I took this class with Professor Kieffer-Newman online, in the fall of 2019. There is a lot of writing, as well as reading, and the book is sometimes hard to understand. Expect to work for your grade. Professor Kiefer-Newman is very prompt in Grading assignments, and is very fair. She is easy going and helpful. Overall, this class was great!
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    😐average
    Dec 16th, 2019
    Quality
    3.0
    Difficulty
    5.0
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    😐average
    Dec 16th, 2019
    For Credit: Yes
    Would Take Again: No
    Grade: B-
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    This class is HARD. Doctor Kiefer-Newman is very, very thorough with all of her quiz, test and writing prompts HOWEVER, she expects nothing less than high quality work. I must say, some of her writing prompts were very wordy and occasionally difficult to read. Again, this class is HARD and if it's just a class you're taking for fun, DON'T DO IT.
    Get ready to readTest heavyClear grading criteria
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    Sep 16th, 2019
    Quality
    1.0
    Difficulty
    5.0
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    Sep 16th, 2019
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Not Mandatory
    Would Take Again: No
    Grade: C
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    I reccomend if you like to be able to communicate and feel respected as a student you do not take her class. If you like to get emails answers, receive non-snappy responses, and feel cared about, move on to the next philosophy class. I am so upset that I went into this class knowing nothing about the way she "teaches". I'm sorry, but horrible prof.
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    Aug 3rd, 2019
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    2.0
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    Aug 3rd, 2019
    For Credit: Yes
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: A
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    I had this for an online course, but she was an amazing professor and replies to all of her emails fast. Her video messages are always helpful and you can really tell that she genuinely cares and likes what she is doing. I would recommend this course if you have an interest in mythology and are willing to put the work in.
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    Jun 3rd, 2018
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
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    Jun 3rd, 2018
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    Loved this class and the professor. The textbook is a little difficult to understand, but the articles she finds makes it much easier to understand/ relate to. Interesting topics make this class go by quickly. You can tell that Dr. K enjoys what she does. If you take it online expect the class to be test heavy. Not much homework except for reading
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  • REG180
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    Apr 23rd, 2018
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
    REG180
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    Apr 23rd, 2018
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: A
    Textbook: Yes
    Man do I hate reading but this professor is great overall. She gets tougher with the grading as the class goes on but it helps in the end, trust me. Shes humorous and amazing. I never actually looked forward to going to class before I started hers. Group work means loads of points but based on what YOU do. Up for a fun challenge? Take her class.(:
    Tough GraderGet ready to readGROUP PROJECTS
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    Jun 4th, 2017
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    3.0
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    Jun 4th, 2017
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: A-
    Textbook: Yes
    Dr. Keifer-Newman is a decent professor. Two tips for those taking her course; No 1: Get the current edition of the book- If the cost is too high, buy Amazon Rentals. No 2: Use the book. Her quiz questions come DIRECTLY from the book. If you are Eng 1O1 eligible, you had best show that in your writing, she expects college level work, even online.
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    😐average
    May 29th, 2017
    Quality
    3.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
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    😐average
    May 29th, 2017
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: No
    Grade: B
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    Took this class online during the Spring, she gives her students lecture notes on the chapters you are reading that week. Expect weekly quizzes, and discussion board. I highly recommend you understand the reading without understanding the reading you won't do well on the quizzes or on the discussion board.
    RespectedSkip class? You won't pass.TEST HEAVY
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  • PHIL180
    😎awesome
    May 24th, 2017
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
    PHIL180
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    May 24th, 2017
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Textbook: Yes
    AMAZING, AMAZING. Dr Kiefer-Newman is hands down the best professor I've ever had. She is an amazing professor and truly cares about her students. She pulls no strings and you have to work for your grade. She will go above and beyond to help you succeed in her class and in life for that matter. SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!
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    May 21st, 2017
    Quality
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    Difficulty
    4.0
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    May 21st, 2017
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: No
    Grade: Not sure yet
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    I took this as an online class, which made access to the teacher almost impossible. She did not post assignments on Sunday although the class dates were Sunday through Saturday. She messed up posting tests and information and then made it as though she was doing you a favor by extending. Would not take her again.
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    Jan 25th, 2017
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    2.0
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    Jan 25th, 2017
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: B+
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    Hands down, best philosophy class I've ever had.
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    Dec 31st, 2016
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    3.0
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    Dec 31st, 2016
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: B+
    Textbook: Yes
    I was pretty terrified of this subject: death. I now have a really clear, strong, and more complete understanding of this subject. Definitely try to get this class with this instructor. These lectures changed my life.
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    Oct 31st, 2016
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
    PHIL180
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    Oct 31st, 2016
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: Not sure yet
    Textbook: Yes
    Kiefer-Newman is definitely my fave teacher this semester. Her class has a lot of critical thinking and reading but it really opens your mind and she has study questions and notes online to help guide you. Her lectures are awesome and there was only one paper to do. Really won't regret this teacher if you take her.
    Get ready to readAmazing lecturesCaring
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  • RELIG180
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    Sep 29th, 2016
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
    RELIG180
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    Sep 29th, 2016
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: B+
    Textbook: Yes
    I learned so much in this class, and not all of it was about Death. I learned how important ritual is and community and I learned to think critically. Absolutely don't take this class if you aren't willing to do the work!!!
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    Sep 29th, 2016
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
    PHIL180
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    Sep 29th, 2016
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: A
    Textbook: Yes
    Dr. N-K, a great resource. You have and must read the book in order to pass. She helps you improve your critical thinking. You need to understand the concept of the material not just read it. Quizzes are using for midterm/final as study guide. I learned so much. The best classes and teacher I have ever taken so far. Lecture are interesting, wow!
    Get ready to readParticipation mattersAmazing lectures
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  • PHIL180
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    Jul 19th, 2016
    Quality
    4.0
    Difficulty
    3.0
    PHIL180
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    Jul 19th, 2016
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Not Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: A-
    Textbook: Yes
    Dr. K-N is awesome! She herself is a student and structures her class as such. Lots of reading, but the text is captivating. Small quizzes on almost every reading, but not too difficult. Class was more myth/lit than I expected, but it left an impression on how I view myself and my community. Dr. K-N makes a class about death and dying FUN!!
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    Jun 14th, 2016
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    1.0
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    Jun 14th, 2016
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: A+
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    I just graduated and this was my last class. The subject (Death) was really tough, but the instructor went out of her way to help students get through it. I've had courses with more reading--the college average is like 50+/week. This was far less. You do need to participate, though. If you do the reading and pay attention, you can earn an A.
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    😎awesome
    Jun 2nd, 2016
    Quality
    5.0
    Difficulty
    4.0
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    Jun 2nd, 2016
    For Credit: Yes
    Attendance: Mandatory
    Would Take Again: Yes
    Grade: A
    Textbook: Yes
    Online Class: Yes
    I really enjoyed Professor Kiefer-Newman's Death and Dying class. She warns at the beginning of the semester that her class is tough, and she is not kidding! If you take the time to read (1-2 chapters/week) and produce a well thought out piece, you will have no problem passing.
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