Tufts University: Marci Hershman - English - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Marci is a really awesome teacher. Her comments on writing samples are extremely insightful and helpful. Her classes are carefully designed to get the day's point across as are her readings and excercises. When deciding whether I was going to register for this course, a lot of people complained to me that Marci is a very tough grader who doesn't give out A's. Ultimately, I found this to be untrue. I recieved an A in her class and I in no way claim to be an excellent writer. I can't say for sure why people have consistently evaluated her this way, however, if my classmates were in any way representative of the population taking English 005, the majority of people who enter this course are humourously bad writers. If you would like to get an A in her class, there are only a few rules to follow. 1) Get rid of all extraneous prepositional phrases. If the point comes across without it, remove it. 2) "Kill your darlings" as Marci says. If you write your stories around a few sentences which you thought were clever and the rest is lacking, stop. You will not be rewarded for being clever in this class.
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The workload is minimal. 2 short pieces, 3 shorter pieces, 1 re-write, 1 "turn-around". The readings are short and genuinely enjoyable selections. Students were supposed to hand back commentary and criticism to their peers on their stories, however, it was my experience that about 40-50% of the class failed to do so without being caught. Attendance is supposedly important in this once a week class, however, I skipped 3/13 classes without repercussion. I hope this review was helpful, if not, I blame it on my drunk.