middCourses
with Louisa Burnham2 months ago

Professor Burnham is extremely passionate and knowledgeable in her field of work. Assignments mainly consisted of annotating primary sources before discussion and completing inquisitive assignments (questions from the online textbook website). The inquisitive assignments sometimes took way too long—the difficulty of the questions would vary and you lose points for each incorrect answer. She also assigned chronology quizzes that expect you to memorize dates—some of the questions can be tough. Everything she assigns is online, including the midterm and final. The midterm and final exams are essay exams in a certain time window. Overall, I learned a lot because I completed textbook readings and paid attention in lectures. She can be a tough grader because she expects you to remember specific information for the essays. The class is on the light side on readings.

Professor Burnham is extremely passionate and knowledgeable in her field of work. Assignments mainly consisted of annotating primary sources before discussion and completing inquisitive assignments (questions from the online textbook website). The inquisitive assignments sometimes took way too long—the difficulty of the questions wou …Read more

Fair Grading
4hrs / week Some difficulty Very high value Would not take again
with Louisa Burnham3 months ago

Professor Burnham is highly passionate about European history! She includes much of her experience of traveling to various European countries in lectures and even shows us medieval items she collects. Her class isn't too heavy on readings and homework, and she's a very understanding professor.

Chill and RelaxedLots of HomeworkTough Grading
5hrs / week Some difficulty High value Would take again
with Louisa Burnham4 months ago

Louisa Burnham is extremely excited by the material she teaches for this class which i think brings a lot to what we speak about. However, the exams are super heavily focused on names and dates which can make them tedious, difficult, and memorization based. I think the material is super interesting but doesn't necessarily correlate with what you are required to know to do well in the class.

Louisa Burnham is extremely excited by the material she teaches for this class which i think brings a lot to what we speak about. However, the exams are super heavily focused on names and dates which can make them tedious, difficult, and memorization based. I think the material is super interesting but doesn't necessarily correlate w …Read more

Fast-PacedTough GradingDifficult Exams
3hrs / week Average difficulty Average value Would not take again
with Louisa Burnham10 months ago

Burnham is brilliant and clearly super passionate about the material, but a lot of the assignments and readings felt like busy work, and she grades super slowly, which can make it hard to gauge how you are doing in the course. Exams tended to focus on names, dates, and events, and the lectures felt a bit scattered at times. Definitely a course you can do well in, but not necessarily one I could take again.

Burnham is brilliant and clearly super passionate about the material, but a lot of the assignments and readings felt like busy work, and she grades super slowly, which can make it hard to gauge how you are doing in the course. Exams tended to focus on names, dates, and events, and the lectures felt a bit scattered at times. Definitel …Read more

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingTough Grading
4hrs / week Some difficulty Above average value Would not take again
with Louisa Burnham3 months ago

The Making of Europe with Professor Burnham consisted of a lot of busy work and many quizzes. You need to memorize a lot of dates to do well on the exams, but the class is not too hard as long as you stay on top of the assigned readings.

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingFair Grading
3hrs / week Average difficulty Average value Would take again
with Louisa Burnham4 months ago

Overall, the course was simply not the right making of an intro history course. The lectures were too fast, the tests digging out the most random material. I don't know how the teacher made an enjoyable topic horrible.

Fast-PacedLots of HomeworkTough Grading
5hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Louisa Burnham10 months ago

I found this class to be difficult to follow and the material was dense. Burnham is super passionate about the topics, but she is a really tough grader and I never had a good read on what she was looking for. I found this class to be stressful

Fast-PacedLots of HomeworkTough Grading
3hrs / week Very difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Louisa Burnhamlast year

The course just has a lot of busy work. If you’re willing to spend the extra time to do the busy work it is not hard to do well. Prof was super approachable for me and was always happy to answer questions and give extra help. You have every resource to get an A+ on every assignment available to you, but you have to do all the work for it.

Fast-PacedFair GradingEasy Exams
4hrs / week Some difficulty Average value Would take again
with Louisa Burnhamlast year

I think Burnham is a very good historian but she's a bit scattered. We don't get our projects back promptly, nor our tests. She also is not the greatest at responding to emails. There's a lot of random assignments that aren't particularly interesting. It's a semi easy class for a distribution requirement though.

Lots of HomeworkDifficult Exams
3hrs / week Average difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Louisa Burnham3 months ago

This class was a pretty basic history class, there were a lot of lectures that you kinda just have to sit through. The exams are fair, but the chronological quizzes seemed pretty unnecessary and more difficult than they needed to be.

Fast-PacedFair GradingDifficult Exams
3hrs / week Some difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Louisa Burnhamlast year

Burnham loves European history, but she is so disorganized that it's impossible to follow lectures. Her Canvas page is super confusing. She also assigns Inquizitive textbook readings quizzes every week, which seem pretty useless. The material is pretty worthless and is focused on memorizing small details of random events. Super super disorganized.

Fast-PacedFair GradingEasy Exams
3hrs / week Average difficulty Very low value Would not take again