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Comments:GTX 2302 - Dr. Weaver is a wonderful person, but the workload of the class leaves a bad impression in my mind. We are assigned about 100 pages per week (on average, 50 pages due each class), and two 300-word writing assignments each week. It doesn't seem like a lot, but the great texts are challenging. It is hard to balance science classes with this much reading AND learn it all. He is a harsh grader of essays but is more than happy to meet with you during office hours or by appointment. Please only take his class if you actually want to learn great texts. I have zero interest in any literature and I'm only taking it because of the honors requirement, so I would love a lighter workload.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2022-11-16

Comments:GTX Ancient - Extremely helpful teacher that genuinely wants you to succeed in his course. You’ll definitely need to read, but he didn’t feel unfair and he has a fairly lenient way of doing homework assignments. The tests will be the hardest part of the course but if you study you’ll be fine.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-09-27

Comments:2301 - This was my favorite English class I've ever taken. Our section was all engineers and he would check the engineering schedule so his major assignments didn't overlap with ours. Reading reflections (~300 words) are pretty easy and help with retaining what you read from the book (or the spark notes). Should not rely on spark notes but they can help every once in a while. The final is an oral exam over and it's basically just a discussion. Would take again.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-05-24

Comments:GTX 2301 Honors - Great teacher! Super informative and passionate about the material, I'm pre-med and this class was still fun to participate in. It's a lot of work to read all the books, but just skim over it for class and make sure you understand the context of it and the main parts.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-05-22

Comments:Honors GTX 2302 - Dr. Weaver is very knowledgeable of the texts and likes to emphasize their historical significance and context in class. You will walk away with a greater understanding of the texts, the authors, and the time period that they were written in. Dr. Weaver is also great at getting everyone engaged in a class discussion which is beneficial for your participation grade (10%). There are readings and a 300-word reflection due before each class period, but you only have to get credit on 20 out of 26 reflections in order to get full credit for that portion of your grade. You should be prepared to take at least 2 hours or sometimes more for each reading assignment and reflection because the passages can be rather lengthy. The reading will only benefit you though when you go to study for the midterm and final. Dr. Weaver gives a free response mid-term where you must identify and write a few sentences about key terms from the texts and quotes that he chooses. This was very challenging, but many people score high as long as you use the reflection questions to prepare. Besides the mid-term, I thought the class was very fair. Dr. Weaver assigns good essay topics, and he is more than willing to meet with students before the essays are due. This definitely helps in the writing of the essay, and I think gives students an advantage at just a few more points. The final is an oral interview where Dr. Weaver asks you questions about an assigned text and has a conversation. It is very relaxed, and he only asks questions that were discussed in class or on the reflection questions. You do have to score high on your essays and final to receive an A because it is a 93 and above, but I think it is very doable if you show up to class and utilize his office hours before the essays. I would recommend Dr. Weaver to anyone searching for a Great Texts professor.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-12-21

Comments:GTX 2301 - Professor Weaver is a fantastic Great Texts professor. He is kind, respectful, and professional. He's very knowledgeable about the works we read in class, and he makes it a point to involved everyone in the discussion so everybody learns something. There is a short reflection essay due before class - stay on top of these and you should be fine, they're meant to help you understand the topic of the assigned reading. There are also three longer essays assigned throughout the semester, and it's helpful to plan for these early because they can be pretty tricky. Visit his office hours for the large essays - Dr. Weaver gives great feedback!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-11-22

Comments:GTX 2302 - Dr. Weaver is a good professor who is pretty passionate about Great Texts. The class does have quite a bit of reading involved and reflections due each class period, but the grading isn't that bad. His lectures are fairly good but if you don't really enjoy literature, this won't be your favorite class. However, Dr. Weaver is a really nice guy who will talk to you about anything in office hours and help you with the class. I'd recommend him, just be prepared to read!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-11-03

Comments:2301 - The Weave is legit. Take him if you can he knows his stuff. Super nice guy. Occasionally his lectures get a little long-winded and his metaphors are kind of obscure but that is any Great Texts professor.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2019-04-11

Comments:2301 - Loved this class, probably my favorite English class ever. The workload was hard to keep up with but if you put effort into it it's not that bad. Midterm and Final are both oral which is interesting but doable. He gives three essays about interesting subject matter and they aren't huge ten page papers or anything. Take good notes because you will need them to help you remember the reading later on, maybe even keep a reading journal. Oh, and say you're taking Greek or Latin that will make his day.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-05-05

Comments:GTX 2302 - Dr. Weaver is a decent professor. His lectures were straightforward and generally to the point about the text. He is willing to help proof ideas for papers if you approach him during office hours. His paper and exam grading methodology is generally moderate and fair. My only complaint comes from the way he structured our homework. He required 300 word reflections before every class. In contrast, some of the other Great Texts professors require around four for the entire semester. Further, he made these due at midnight the night before class. This gave me roughly a day after class on Tuesday to read 90 pages of dense material and write a somewhat intelligent 300 word essay. He claimed that the midnight deadline was necessary so he could read our reflections before class, but he seldom did so. With the exception of this requirement which I found to be unnecessarily aggravating and inconducive to sleep, the class was generally fairly structured and mildly interesting.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2014-05-16

Comments:2301 H - LOVED Weaver. Seriously my favorite class/ professor at Baylor and I didn't even want to take this class! It is difficult, and you really will have to work, but I learned so much and Weaver is definitely the best for this class!  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2012-02-15

Comments:GTX 2302 - Dr. Weaver is one of my favorite professors at Baylor, and i'm a computer science student. Not only is he passionate about his subject, but he has interesting perspectives on the texts. And, of course, he's a really nice guy who cares about his students. The workload is somewhat large for a class like this - he gives writing assignments once or twice each week, in addition to a couple of papers and a presentation - and his grading is a bit tough, but overall it's not that hard to do well in the course. His tests are mostly quote IDs, with some multiple choice; they're not easy, but not too hard either.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-01-05

Comments:GTX 2301 HONORS - Weaver is kindof an oddball, in a good way. He's always a tad aloof in class, but fantastic to talk to in person; he'll really try and help you understand the material. There's a lot of reading to do, but honestly, that's to be expected. There were two papers that we had to write and holds no punches- i went to the writing center AND consulted with him and I never got an A. His tests are a bit easier, half MC and half essay (like 2-ish pages, nothing terrible). Class discussion was always really interesting. I suppose my biggest complaint would be that sometimes he'd give out little daily assignments and briefly mention them and never say a word about them again, then call them up 2 weeks later. His final is a 15 minute oral exam; you draw a name of one of the books out of a hat. I read my ass off and got a B+ :/. There were also some suspicions in my class that he had favorites, and I'm not so sure they were wrong... overall Weaver is a good professor, but you will definitely have to work for your grade.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2010-08-23

Comments:GTX 2302 - Even though I got a B+ in this class, I absolutely loved it. When you first see Dr. Weaver you can definitely tell he's an intellectual young guy type, but his discussions in class really make you think and analyze texts in a new way. He's pretty tough on grading papers, but he's very very helpful and will let you meet with him before so he can give you advice. I'd DEFINITELY recommend you do that. He's terribly nice and even invited the whole class to his house for dinner at the beginning of the semester, and it was really nice. This guy is so nice and intelligent, if I could I would take him all over again. Make sure you keep up on reading and do the 300 word journals for each reading, which is definitely not bad, and I'm not generally a writer-person. Oh yeah and the final was pretty easy. I'd recommend him to anyone.   - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2008-12-19

Comments:GTX 2302 - As a GTX class, there is a lot of reading required, so you can't expect an easy workload on this one. He requires a journal of 200-300 words per reading assignment (so one per class day), but he doesn't want to see any critical analysis of the work, and he was quite harsh when grading "opinion" topics, if he doesn't agree with your thoughts, be prepared to see it on your grade, however, his grading gets easier with the semester (I had him his first semester here, so he might be overall eased now). He wants very structured papers, there are times he'll even give you an exact outline you must follow, which leaves little to no room for creativity, but it helps your grade to know what he wants and he is available to meet with you and talk about drafts of papers  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2008-08-25

Comments:2302.U1 - Dr. Weaver is not the most interesting professor I've ever taken, but I like him a lot in person. He likes quizzes and passage analysis. Like all Great Texts classes, you need to have a very refined paper topic. He always asks a follow-up question when you talk in class just to make sure you are not spewing sewage just because you're trying to get your participation grade. Dr. Weaver is a little rough around the edges as a professor, but he's worth taking.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2008-05-26

Comments:GTX2302 - If you can't get Dr. Foley for 2302, take Dr. Weaver! There's more reading for this class than the others, with less writing (only two papers, plus the midterm and final) and more class discussion. The midterm is essay. The final was quote ID (not hard if you study for an hour or two) and two essays. Random quizzes at the beginning of class that aren't hard if you read, or at least Sparknote it well. You also have a journal that you're supposed to keep, with 200-300 words per class period. Dr. Weaver is very smart, cares about getting everyone involved, and answers e-mails quickly. He meets with you before each paper is due and reads what you have, giving you tips and criticism. I had a good experience, and will look to take him again for a later GTX course.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2008-01-09
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