Posted by i_love_my_ducatis on October 15 2010 07:28 PM
With my Art History, it could have been the teacher. It was one of those huge university classes with 150 people in it. We just looked at endless slides and the exams were all memorization type questions, so who painted this and what was the date? It was just complete memorization and wasn't really about social commentary, historical time frame or social movements. I felt like it was draining! I did poorly on it! I think I ended up withdrawing, because the constant memorization was exhausting!
I would look at the syllabus before I took it, see if they have a sample exam too! Get a feel for what the work is like. Also, they may have a list of the books, check into those too. I like to see what the exam formats are, if it's essay...or just midterm and final. Also, go on ratemyprofessor.com That can be helpful, see what people are saying about the class...if they say disorganized, rambled...avoid it! :) Ducati.
Uh-oh. Art History has to be one of my next classes. I'm glad to hear that it wasn't difficult for you, RottieWoman. Maybe I'll have the same experience. I'm like you, Kat, in that anything that's 'meaningless',... not 'related' to something that I've done or want to do, or that's happened to a friend, etc.,... is very difficult for me to remember. I just hope that, through the years, I've seen enough paintings and can remember enough artist's names as related to their work, that what's presented in the class will find a 'nesting place' within the scaffolding of my brain. Kat, was a D a passing grade, in the case of Art History, for you? Ducatis, thanks for introducing this subject of what passing 'art history' entails (or may entail). - jus'