Average 3.21 based on 85 teacher ratings
Brenda Garcia is a Social Studies teacher at Stuyvesant High School located in New York, New York. Brenda Garcia's 85 teacher ratings contributes to Stuyvesant High School's ranking of 1,018 in New York. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Stuyvesant High School is 4.1 stars.
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Ms.Garcia has favorites (those who participate a lot during her class). She spends most of her class talking about irrelevant topics. The only way you learn from her class is through the textbook. Her powerpoints are useless and don't provide info. Spends time in class "teaching" stuff you learn from the textbook the night before. You don't learn in her class. Period. She might be better than other teachers only if you listen to her talk when she has slides up.

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Strict, but is a really good teacher!

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I can tell that Garcia knows her stuff, but she's a terrible teacher. All she ever does is talk about her family, and sadly that's the most interesting part of her lessons. She talks while scrolling through images on a powerpoint and expects you to know everything in the textbook. She also assigns like one hour documentaries for homework the night before (as if we don't have 5 other classes to worry about) and gets extremely passive aggressive when no one remembers details the next day.

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Mr Garcia spends the first 15 mins of every class telling a useless story either about her family or about some random trip. then she goes very slowly through a ppoint presentation for the rest of the class. we didnt finish a single presentation the entire year. her tests are ridiculous and she curves them all. shes unnecessarily harsh on the short answer section of her tests. also, she has a small curve for the end of the year, but only if u participate consistently

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Get ready to know about every detail of her life because that's all she talks about. She gives notes and slides but they're more visual representations (so pay attention in class!) . She curves a lot though which is why I like her and she's pretty kind (but you HAVE to do your homework or she will lash out). Her tests are crazy hard but her final is pretty lenient. She sometimes gives homework quizzes so do well on your homework or you'll do pretty bad. Her projects boost your grade a lot.

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Garcia is rly nice & talks about her children and she often turns off the lights and shows a power pt so I can do my mando hw/take a power nap. Be sure to take occasional notes tho she collects binders and always raise your hand ( 2 or 3 times each class) and do any extra credit and do all ur hw perf 5/5. Her tests were ljke wtf lol fml but I had a 85 teSt avg but she gave me 100 overall! I love her yo. Also if she doesn't kno your name within a month ur grade is kinda screwed yah she has favs

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Transfer out
Visual summaries are difficult
She extremely overestimates herself

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She is a good teacher but the stupid visual summaries that she started making us do are a serious waste of time.
She gives HARD tests that only super students do amazing on
Homework is ok and note taking and notebook correction are annoying

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Honestly, I think she gives a lot of work. All the handouts are basically based from the textbooks, and you would probably end off better if you carefully read the textbook. Her tests are also difficult, especially the short response, because she would find every little mistake and deduct points. This applies to the HW as well. You have to write a lot, otherwise she give you a 4. It is useless to write 2 pages for 2 questions, if you understand the main and key concepts. Prepare to get < 90 avg.

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idk why ppl dont like her. shes actually pretty good and you do well as long as you study, plus she actually gives notes and teaches

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Really passionate and I think you guys are derailing against her too much. She's a great person and those tests are really hard but at least she helps you study by doing DBQs and handing out a bunch of handouts.

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ive heard a lot of bad stuff about Garcia, but it isn't that true. she doesn't teach in class but i'm pretty thats like the whole social studies department. she doesn't get pissed off that much and as long as you study a lot from the textbook, then you are going to be fine. i did well on most of her tests, but not so well on the last one. just make sure you know some random important like she gives a study sheet, but make sure you know EVERYTHING on it.

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Guys shes not that bad. Her tests aren't as hard as you guys think, most people just don't study and blame it on her. I actually liked her class alot.

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She gets an check plus for her teaching, but a check minus for her attitude.

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I don't know why everybody is saying she is bad teacher. Only reason why people are complaining about her class is because everybody applied her class so they can write WORLD HISTORY AP on their transcript. She is diligent about her work and she actually teaches the subject as if it is a "college course". Of course, her class would be hard! Everybody is dosing off because she actually teaches something about history.. No ones does work, that's the problem. If you are diligent, she is excellent.

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She's just so bad. CLASS: She goes on tangents and basically all the students zone out and don't pay attention; even if they did they wouldn't be learning. Then she shows an irrelevant video depending on what is available to her. It's just ridiculous. She never teaches, and if she so sweetly "tries" its garbage. Honestly her class is best for studying for math or something. TESTS: Way to hard considering she doesn't teach well at all. HOMEWORK: Basically becomes your class notes for the next day

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She's an ok teacher. But her tests are kinda stupid. They have a bunch of irrelevant information that she didn't teach us.

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Not the best teacher, but sweet and nice. She really tries with her work, but just doesn't have everything it takes. Homeworks are just from a workbook and shows too many primary sources and videos. G

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She is so sweet, and nice. She cannot teach that good, but she looks like she's trying. She's tough, but if you survive her, you can survive anything. homeworks are too long, however.

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history is my favorite subject and it has been for years. she has effectively ruined it for me. straight A 's in the subject for years even at stuy, and in AP world suddenly under an 85. difficult tes

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Many times, her tests aren't clear. Also, she often forgets or is unable to update her homework page.

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Steals Dunkells slides. Tests are on random pieces of art that not even god can answer, or on obscure details from her lectures that nobody listens to. Stutters so many times almost as if she can't li

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Over excessive amount of notecards needed for homework She doesn't like grading them, we dont like doing them. In class, she shows us tons of documents that is basically summarized from the textbook.

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As hard as her class may seem to be, she'll get you that 5. Sure you'll get worked to death, but if you manage to keep up with the work you'll definitely get a 5 on the AP.

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Most of the burden is on me for not paying attention to her monotonous lecturing. Shows videos too often and sometimes doesn't even bother to go over the worksheet she hands out prior to the videos.

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Doesn't know how to teach. Stutters at least 150 times per class. Ridiculously long homeworks. Ridiculously boring lessons. Ridiculously hard tests. Ridiculously stupid projects. At least you get to c

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She prepares students well for the finals

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Not really helpful at all..

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A little on the strict side...a little = a lot actually. Very hard tests, but good grader. My test average was like a 78 and I got 92. If you participate a lot, that's a good portion of your grade. Ma

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boring classes, very hard tests, and unclear

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LOTS of homework and tests, but doesn't really make sure you know the material. Little or no handouts are a pain in the rectum.

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way too much hw, really hard tests. And she doesn't teach much and the things she teaches are meaningless. You need to know things that you didn't learn for the test.

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she's tough with tests, but she cares about her kids. just ask and you'll definitely get help

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she's hard. but i studied soooo much for her tests and it payed off. others were getting 70s-80s. and i was getting 95 everytime. her hws are REALLLY LONG. and she gives insanely boring lectures.

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she's tough, but she definitely knows what she's talking about. She also cares about her kids if you show her you're actually interested in history. If you're doing it just for the grade, good luck.

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she's a tough cookie. but you learn a lot if you do all your homework.

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She's very nice, and a great teacher. She's very tough with tests however, so you must always pay attention and takes notes.

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pretty hard. i study at least 3 hrs every night before a test. doesn't curve, at all. participate! projects are hard. okay/hard grader. funny and nice, and she teaches well. mad hard though.

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She knows what she's teaching; by far, one of the best teachers I ever had. All my friends failed her tests though. Lol.

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says ummm to much

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Ms. Garcia is a really great teacher. She may be tougher than other teachers, but she really cares about you, is funny, and makes class interesting! She's dedicated and WANTS to help. She's AWESOME!

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shes a great teacher, she really can teach, i feel really smart compared to the other classes because i know that we learn more than them. shes really cool, she cares aobut your questions and answers all your emails

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She became better after she made her tests easier. Class average became 87 after that. decent

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She has temper problems. If you have a bad history with her from weeks of knowing her, she'll pick on you.

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Most people's final grades are pretty decent. She's an easy grader for the final project if you choose the group presentation.

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She's a nice person. She really expects you to work hard and gives you what you deserve. She boosted my scores a lot from last term.

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Agreed: long/boring lessons, but means well & intentions are not malicious. Hard tests, etc. Try to take notes in class. For tests, study a lot [homework, notes, handouts, etc]. Gives long assignments and "creative" projects.

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You have to be a very good student to keep up with her expectations. Her stuttering and long ramblings make it hard to pay attention at all. She means well, though.

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gives so much hw and the hardest tests. says "umm" or "uhh" 350 times a class (no exaggeration, we've counted). boring.

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Although the tests are hard, she is a very nice person who tries to help the students. I enjoyed her class and if you participate you'll get a good grade. Her tests aren't the least bit easy however.

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Classes can be boring and tests unreasonably hard. She tries though, and it's not like her intentions are malicious. Wouldn't be excited to have her though.

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She's not bad! Hw's look hard, but are actually easy since she asks the most relevant questions. Classes are boring only if the students are. Her tests are hard but if you put in some effort you'll get a good grade.

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she's hard AND boring. I really try and stay awake, but end up falling asleep. She gives long hard homeworks that she actually checks every day until the last month of the term. Her tests are ridiculously hard.

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Shes really really hard, boring, and kind of snide... I also find it very hard to stay awake in her class because she can barely formulate sentences.

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She isnt that good. Is very sarcastic toward the student questions. Tests are like mega hard. she expects us to memorize every iscussion we had in class. Expects us to memorize all the handouts. very boring and inarticulate

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she just hands out a lot of papers that she expects us to read and memorize...she doesn't teach very well

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The first time I had her was in freshman year and I wasn't too pleased with how I was doing in her class, but having her a second time changed my mind. She really tries to teach.

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omg i love her!!! she is a fantastic teacher and incorporates acting & active discussions into her lessons. v. leniant w/ grading and really helpful. my favorite class!!

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half of class sleeps, a few dont even show up, collects almost every hw, unbelievable tests, looks top-left when speaking, however she sometimes seems like she's trying

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tests are kinda tough and excessively detailed. should be ok if u memorize the textbooks and notes. but shes really nice when u go to her afterschool for help. =)

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could spend less time "interpreting" plays, music, and art and actually teach some of the stuff she expects us to know for her tests

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She's a pretty clear, good teacher, but her tests pay attention to some details that no one knows and are just insignificant.

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oh gosh, her tests were so bad not b/c they were hard but b/c they were so ambiguous. it's like, how can you just assume that. more interpretation than knowing the info.

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Does not appreciate greatness, or for that matter eccentricity. Does not understand History is diverse in its intepretation. Should read textbook, and you will be alright.

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man oh man. i used to think she was hard but now i have mr bloom and i miss her a lot. at least i knew what she was teaching. she says "uhh uhhh uhhh " a lot

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it's not bad once you do the hw's meticulously and hang on to every word she says in class

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Terrible teacher -- gave me an unfairly low grade, gives ambiguous tests. I disliked her class immensely.

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She barely gives any notes.

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dunno why she got a bad rap, seems to be cool, good organized lesson plans, could be easier tho

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Well, she's hard at times... But really, she's really nice if you go to her and ask for help.

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how come the students have to be smart and the teachers don't?

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