Gail Livings - Santa Monica College

Professor: Gail Livings
Department: Sociology
College: Santa Monica College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: SOC34
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She's a great professor very inspirational. I took her class pre-pandemic. I would always look forward to being in her class. Easy A!!!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: SOC133
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
After taking 2 classes with Professor Livings, I am glad that I did. The subject matter is very interesting and she is flexible and wants her students to do well. The only downside is that she can sometimes be late or change things last minute. She gives a lot of papers based on videos and they are all on very important topics.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: SOC1
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
At first the class was completely unorganized with assignments have due dates from 2-years ago, however the Professor worked this out within the first week. Syllabus is a disaster, have no idea what our class textbook actually is. I believe the Professor is highly passionate about social justice however I understand other peoples frustrations.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: SOC34
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Livings is caring and is very clear to what she expect from students. Very flexible with assignments, she most of the time, extends the due dates on them so we can have the opportunity to complete the assignment and to to receive an A in class. I took her this FALL for Soc34 and will be taking her for the Spring, too. Take her.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Livings has yet to complete grading our fall assignments and it is almost the beginning of the winter semester. Most of the assignments are from over three months ago. She isn't on top of grading at all and doesn't prioritize her classes.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She's the worst professor ever . she still hasn't graded any of my assignments since the fall semester started !!! i would definitely not take any of her classes ever again!!!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SOC34
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Livings is genuinely the worst professor I ever had. Her lectures have nothing to do with the learning. She puts no care into tests, often having repeat questions, questions with blank answers, and correct answers marked incorrect. She is impossible to get a hold of. Grades tough with no rubric or responses. Hasn't graded since 1st week.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I really wanted to like this course given that my major is Sociology. No clear direction as far as lectures and expectations of assignments. No rubrics or feedback ever. Thank god attendance is not mandatory because they are a complete waste of time.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Livings is hands down the worst professor I've ever had. Be prepared to teach yourself. Her lectures are unorganized and uninspired. She is the personification of all the negative stereotypes attached to tenured professors. If you wish to be taught by an attentive prof. choose someone else.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Livings is the worst teacher I have had in my entire academic career. The lectures never corresponded with the material we were supposed to be learning. Had to teach myself. Also a hard grader with no rubrics or feedback ever provided. Due dates would randomly change and new assignments not on the syllabus would pop up with no notice.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I don't understand why she has bad reviews here. LET ME JUST SAY that I took her for 2020 Fall and she was amazing! She truly cares about her students. She made extensions when we felt overwhelmed and the material is easy to follow. She doesn't take attendance but it is better if you go , you will become more engaged in the material!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SOC34
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Livings is my favorite professor at SMC! She is great and if you just read and attend her zoom lectures, you should do well.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Do not take this class. She's not teaching at all. Get ready to self-study.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SOCIO34
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
By far my favorite professor on SMC campus. I have taken 3 of her classes, soc. 1, soc 33, and soc 34. EASY CLASS. Her class consists of class discussions, group discussions, and documentary films. She ocasionallly gives HW... not really. THE STUDY GUIDES ARE HER QUIZ. SO IF YOU DO THE STUDY GUIDE YOUR SURE TO GET AN A+ REGARDLESS.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: SOC1
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The class is mainly video and text quizzes and reading. If you do the reading, you'll be fine and get an easy A. The lectures don't really help much with those things but I think it's a pretty easy class otherwise. She's super nice and is easy to contact!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
TRUST ME DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: SOC1
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Online course with 0 interaction, just syllabus posted (confusing), read book chapters and take tests w/ questions not in textbook. No papers, no critical thinking work or discussions. Nada. You are on your own. At end of course Prof went AWOL for 5 days, even Dept chair could not reach her. Final was posted late, w wrong date. Really, disastrous!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SOC33
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Learned nothing during that 12 weeks class. Lectures have nothing to do with the actual tests, 3 tests during the whole semester and pretty much nothing else that we got graded on. She simply does not care. Literally handed me an exam paper with the answers already circled by another student, acknowledged it, then gave it to me anyways
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: SOC1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Class wise, get ready to teach yourself the class. The lectures in class arent related to tests at all. And the professor doesnt really let your know where you are in the book/syllabus, and our grade is basically tests. But the teacher is really cool, chill, & sarcastically funny. She makes it interesting but can be pretty boring. Its passable.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SOCIOLOGY33
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I actually have not learned anything in a 12 week semester. She talks about current events that have nothing to do with the class and personal stories. She never answers emails, flakes on meetings, is late to class everyday, and when she says she will send a study guide , its sent the day before the test. Take a hard pass on this class.
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