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    Apr 11, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I'm not used to many online classes, but had my schedule not been so hectic, I probably could've kept up better despite having a B anyhow in the class. But some moments with quizzes were very odd, which is why I rated pretty average. For example, she'd tell us what module(s) to study that tell you the basic major things in the chapters to study, and she'd tell you there'd be some compare and contrast, right? Well, first time this happened with C&C, I read the chapter as told that the quiz would hold, and was about to take the quiz . . . But literally the ENTIRE quiz was based on that compare and contrast. So why tell us to read the WHOLE chapter for this quiz if literally the quiz is ENTIRELY based on only two pictures in the chapter, or only one from that chapter and another picture to C&C with from another chapter? That made no sense. I got to read everything for the actual test earlier, I guess, but for what reason? I retain my info better being done when the test is open and immediately rereading my notes alongside glancing at the book and taking the quizzes/tests because it's all in my brain and I have a bad memory if I sit on it too long, and I can easily forget things based off memory most of the time. If I already read it, and then forget, and have to reread again and relook at the images, I pretty much wasted some of my time worrying for nothing, sadly, and trying to refresh my memory even more. I would actually have wanted the quiz to literally be what it stated-- about the entire chapter(s)-- and not telling me it is yet it'd only about the C&C parts and making me worry about reading everything in time. For conveniences sake, that's my only real beef with the class. I do appreciate the reading quizzes to help you along with what to know from some artworks, but sometimes the answer choices don't sound anything like what I just read, even though I just read the book or looked at the link provided . . . It can sometimes be worded so unlike what I read that I need to keep pulling up a dictionary or wondering if we're reading the same material she said was on this reading quiz. It happened a good number of times until I stopped taking those, but it's a good way to know when you should be done reading the chapters they're based on. Some parts aren't exactly necessary though or related to the chapter that much to care for like most 'documents', but I guess if you like getting into Art History, you might like doing those, but I prefer to stay focused, personally.

    Course highlights:

    About art from the Renaissance and back, Romanticism, Realism, Photography, Symbolism, Van Gogh, Donatello, Leonardo, Michealangelo, etc. I learned about the relations between certain artworks, or how past artists became inspirations for future themes and ideas or more elaborated brush stroke techniques, etc.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I appreciate how the notes in the modules laid everything out more simply so I could go to the book and it doesn't seem like so much to read anymore if you focus on the general history for background info and only the artworks she lists. DO NOT IGNORE THE MODULES, TRUST ME! You'll save yourself so much stress/time and know better what the tests/quizzes will have on them. I just wish I had the option to get a physical book as well from my school's bookstore; I do far better with that in ARH1 and flipped through pages faster when doing the tests, AND kept up better, even got ahead for a while! And it's far less limited for me to reach: just grab the book and go anywhere with it no problem, compared to needing the Pearson website for the e-book and the code needed which makes it expensive, a good internet connection, the plug-ins for it all to load, etc. And take some notes, like, 'VERY into the artwork' notes detailing every where the stuff is on certain pages to go back to in the future, just because some questions will pop up that you might not think about that aren't that broad, or it might be trick question where she changed the year from the practice quiz so now you could be wrong, or remembering it wrong, and it's better to not constantly flip from the textbook to the quiz every question since you only get 1 minute per question + a few extra minutes. You HAVE to know this stuff well enough to not lack on every question, or know where it is in the book to switch around really fast. Have the modules open every test too; I did this for every test and did SO well because everything was open and quick to get to and I had an idea where everything was, good notes . . . Do all of this and you'll have a set A-/B grade for sure even if you didn't read the book that well, especially if she does a little extra credit to add to quizzes!

    • Spring 2016
    • IlleniaMendoza
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