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Review ID: 66103
Submitted: 2017-02-12
Yusuf Mustopa | Calculus II | Mathematics

Review:
The class is difficult because there is a lot of information covered in a short period of time. The professor often came unprepared to class and would lecture (sometime incorrectly) about some of the topics that will be on the test. His classes consistently score lower than the rest of the Calc 2 sections. Whatever you do, do not take this course with this professor.

Workload:
Difficult class but the homework is not excessive.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 66031
Submitted: 2016-10-17
Shruti Kapila | south asian history | American Studies

Review:
She is an arrogant woman and that comes to the fore during her lectures. She dismisses students like thy were her servants. I would never join a course under her.

Workload:
very high workload as she doesn't do anything herself


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 65912
Submitted: 2016-08-10
Gerard Gasarian | Graduate Class - Poetry (a few years ago) | French

Review:
A real gem! A super intelligent teacher with an incredible sense of humor. What a teacher!



-- Herv

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: French


Review ID: 51113
Submitted: 2016-01-20
Milly | OfZyIUUwThw9 | Classics

Review:
Didn't know the forum rules allowed such bralliint posts.

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Didn't know the forum rules allowed such bralliint posts.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Classics


Review ID: 51115
Submitted: 2016-01-20
Biana | zVqVVvli | Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Experimental College


Review ID: 51143
Submitted: 2016-01-20
Tamber | Rl7dMou0K | Studio Art - Museum School

Review:
In awe of that anrwse! Really cool!

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: History of Art


Review ID: 51149
Submitted: 2016-01-20
Mahaley | V7XvYM4x | Education at Museum School

Review:
A piece of eriuotidn unlike any other!

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 51177
Submitted: 2016-01-20
Jetsin | AKpEv9Im | Chinese

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 50112
Submitted: 2016-01-07
Nancy Kimelman | EC0005 - Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
Honestly, Kimelman is occasionally funny and kids like her for that. In terms of actual economics explanations she does explain things well when she gets around to it, but overall the class is so incredibly unstructured which does not work when there are 400 people taking it. Tests are worded horribly, grading unclear. The mandatory myeconlab assignments were not even in line with testing in class meaning we were doing assignments with information that was irrelevant to the test, while missing assignments that were helpful.

Workload:
Not much work at all, myceconlab is a joke. There was one writing assignment which should not have been difficult but the instructions were so incredibly unclear people were left doing so much extra work just to cover all the possible interpretations of the instructions. The tests started out being incredibly difficult to understand but towards the end improved. The online test again had unclear instructions and questions with many possible answers making it really challenging to show one's understanding.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 47095
Submitted: 2015-12-03
Hamed | vY54Bpdi2J2W | Music

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 46151
Submitted: 2015-11-27
Benon | 7whKTSno | Occupational Therapy

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Physics


Review ID: 46152
Submitted: 2015-11-27
Colonel | 0em1bcRVk | OTHER

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 46158
Submitted: 2015-11-27
Debrah | NCxseBdK0JVo | Political Science

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Interdisciplinary


Review ID: 46159
Submitted: 2015-11-27
Jonay | g98cPgcpo6BR | One of a Kind

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Classics


Review ID: 46160
Submitted: 2015-11-27
Trish | mUGh3TwLfMEr | Russian

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 46165
Submitted: 2015-11-27
Ally | ijbgXMf1NX | Electrical Engineering

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Japanese


Review ID: 38733
Submitted: 2015-10-10
Krystallynn | E9xHQwDs | Physical Education

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chinese


Review ID: 38734
Submitted: 2015-10-10
Ziarre | cWpKGBio | Archaeology

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Archaeology


Review ID: 30159
Submitted: 2015-08-26
Jannika | wxPFJGTeB | Engineering - Introductory

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Engineering - Introductory


Review ID: 26648
Submitted: 2015-07-27
Jetsin | 4ucOdEv54 | One of a Kind

Review:
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Workload:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 26631
Submitted: 2015-07-22
Riko | ddMKVpqeD0 | Comparative Religion

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Interdisciplinary


Review ID: 26514
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Ribas | cvcfoKeLRoQ | Women's Studies

Review:
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Workload:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Japanese


Review ID: 26520
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Pandu | 2lFVGzWfY0 | Child Development

Review:
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Workload:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 26528
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Atash | sIAa9Vduy | Astronomy

Review:
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Workload:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Classics


Review ID: 26535
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Dino | isr9nPSd | Psychology

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Nutrition


Review ID: 26566
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Louma | RUicTIBpuZe | French

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Nutrition


Review ID: 26576
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Moni | Kaaune9g | Electrical Engineering

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: One of a Kind


Review ID: 26580
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Eman | qcx0GfkFni | Latin

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Center for Interdisciplinary Studies


Review ID: 26588
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Chris | FZpF4fugV | Latin

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Occupational Therapy


Review ID: 26594
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Mindy | fao9F1Ek | OTHER

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: History of Art


Review ID: 26611
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Master | uuwTbqlZ | Nutrition

Review:
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Workload:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Peace & Justice Studies


Review ID: 26613
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Samuel | fEFQhYJ2szzf | Engineering - Introductory

Review:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: OTHER


Review ID: 26615
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Yusuf | jOlDon6Lu | Japanese

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: One of a Kind


Review ID: 26619
Submitted: 2015-07-21
Rosa | 8iAJEI3NL9B | Experimental College

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Classics


Review ID: 26506
Submitted: 2015-07-12
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Submitted: 2015-07-12
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Submitted: 2015-07-12
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Submitted: 2015-07-12
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Submitted: 2015-07-12
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Submitted: 2015-07-12
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Submitted: 2015-07-12
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Submitted: 2015-07-12
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Review ID: 26073
Submitted: 2015-05-06
Hester | ZUil12ji | Drama

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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Russian


Review ID: 25355
Submitted: 2013-04-03
Cheryl Tano | Spanish II | Spanish

Review:
Professora Tano is the BEST professor I have had at Tufts. She cares about her students an unbelievable amount not only in the classroom, but in all aspects of their lives. She is so understanding, helpful, and is always available if you need assistance or don't understand something. She is very enthusiastic and is able to get everyone to participate and feel comfortable without being afraid of sounding dumb or messing up. I enjoy going to class everyday, and if it were possible I would choose her as my professor for the rest of my Spanish courses. Take her class, she's awesome!

Workload:
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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 24691
Submitted: 2013-01-30
Terry Haas | Chem 01 | Chemistry

Review:
Professor Haas was an extremely nice man, very knowledgeable and great to talk to in office hours about basically anything chemistry related.

That being said, he didn't seem well adapted to teaching an intro class, and spent much time divulging on other topics well over the level of the course, and our grades suffered for it because topics wern't thoroughly explained.

The textbooks great tho at explaining things.

Workload:
Workload was typical for an intensive science course. Though no amount of work could really prepare you for the randomness of the exams as compared to what was taught in class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 24694
Submitted: 2013-01-30
Michelle Gaudette | Bio 41 - Genetics | Biology

Review:
The class was extremely interesting - genetics was fascinating and Gaudette was extremely knowledgeable and her enthusiasm was evident.

That being said, she NEVER explain how to apply the things she talked about in lectures to test situations and so the tests were impossible. In retrospect, the material would have been much easier to understand had she spent 10 minutes during a 90 min lecture to focus on this. She seems to not care about our grades, and refused to scale our first exam when the average was a 60, saying we should have worked harder.

Bottom line - take this class with Gaudette if you're extremely interested and don't need to worry about keeping a GPA for med school. If that's important, i'd find another instructor who will help you be prepared for tests.

Workload:
Problem sets were assigned but not graded or collected. Minimal work because they couldn't be figured out since answers were provided but no explanations to the problems, essentially making the psets useless.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 24696
Submitted: 2013-01-30
Edith Balbach | CH01 - Intro to Community Health | Community Health

Review:
Great course, enthusiastic professor made it fun and enjoyable!

I would highly recommend the course.

Only issue was she tended to spend a lot of time divulging about how smoking is bad - im sure we all know that by now and don't need to be reminded 5x a lecture.

Workload:
Lighter than average for a course - if you're a decent writer and put in the effort you'll get an A.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 24697
Submitted: 2013-01-30
Sam Sommers | Psych 01 - Intro to Psychology | Psychology

Review:
This course was co-taught by 3 professors.

It was a great class, lectures were engaging and interesting. It was one of my favorite classes to attend at Tufts.

However, the tests were just cruel and took random pieces of information from the textbook that wern't relevant to showing if you were understanding the material, making it extremely frustrating. I knew everything relevant in the class and didn't do great because I couldn't remember random dates from the textbook. Don't take this class if you care about your GPA.

Workload:
A heavy amount of reading. 2 short papers, 3 exams.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 24690
Submitted: 2013-01-29
George Norman | EC05 Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
It's a big class. So in that sense, it's not going to be great like other classes but Norman's pretty awesome and handles it relatively well. If you don't understand something, he'll talk you through it well and he knows how to make introductory economics suck as little as possible. Everything is pretty straight forward. There's a couple problem sets and two midterms and a final. The final's actually pretty hard but the two midterms are pretty basic and easy if you do the practice problems he give you.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 23507
Submitted: 2012-12-23
Ronna Johnson | EXP 0032-- American 60s and Legacies | Experimental College

Review:
Professor Johnson has been one of my favorites. She is hilarious, knowledgeable, and treats you like you matter. I loved that she was an expert on this subject because of personal experience in addition to research and historical background. This class was always engaging and relevant, and I felt like I was taken seriously. Johnson is awesome and wants to get to know her students!

Workload:
We read a novel a week and watched a movie a week. It didn't feel like a lot because Johnson picked fascinating companion pieces that I had always wanted to try out anyway.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Anthropology


Review ID: 23510
Submitted: 2012-12-23
Rabab El-Nady | ARB 0021--Advanced Modern Standard Arabic | Arabic

Review:
Rabab is an easy A. You won't learn as much as you would with another professor, but this class is much more relaxed (literally everyone gets in the 90s on tests and she never collects homework). The trick is that you can get by without doing a lot, so it's unlikely that you will become much more proficient with Rabab.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 23464
Submitted: 2012-12-09
Steven Marrone | Witchcraft in Europe and North America | History

Review:
So this class really just touched upon the subject of North America and really mostly focused on Europe. Of course you have to take into account that the class was very much left up to us and I don't mean it in a bad way. Prof. Marrone was one of the few teachers who really encouraged me to take my own learning into my hands. I've been a high school history teacher for the past 8 years and my passion for continuing to improve my history knowledge comes from Prof. Marrone. He is a great guy whose passion for the subject is incredible, and I really stress the part about him being a great guy.

Workload:
Not too hard. No more reading than usual if you're a history major, and it's mostly writing assessments. I don't know about you guys but that's always money for me. Ka-Ching!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 23444
Submitted: 2012-12-05
Daniel Abramson | FAH008 - Introduction to Architecture | History of Art

Review:
Daniel Abramson is an incredible professor. His lectures all have clear themes and are very well organized. He is always willing to talk to students after class or during his office hours. This is one of the best classes I have taken at Tufts.

Workload:
It is a lot of work at the end of the day. There are short papers almost every week, plus exams and a term paper. The assignments were all very straightforward but they just take a lot of time and there's no getting around them. It's very hard to get an A in this class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History of Art


Review ID: 23298
Submitted: 2012-11-26
Sameer Sonkusale | EE 23 - Electronics II | Electrical Engineering

Review:
Oh man, I don't know where to start here.

This class was terrible. The worst class I've had at Tufts for a few semesters and possibly one of the bottom three I've ever taken. The material was presented poorly, reviewed poorly, tested poorly, and in the end I learned very little.

Sameer is a good guy who needs to refocus on how he teaches the class. I realize that the material is considered basic, but throwing equations on the board for an hour does not teach the material. I would have been better off skipping class and instead just reading the book. I did most of my learning from Indian university videos online.

This class made me despise analog and I know at least two people who actually switched majors from EE to CompE because of this course. Tufts, please fix this course. At this rate your future EE classes will all be converted to computer engineers by Prof. Chang's and Prof. Panetta's far superior instruction Junior year.

Workload:
The workload was absolutely insane and inconsistent. I spent hours on end doing the homework, and I didn't learn much because when it came down to it, I would be out of time with 5 problems left and at that point it was the solutions or nothing. I never felt like I was on top of the material and I don't think that anyone else in the class did either. The best instruction came from our TA who seemed just as baffled by the bureaucracy of the class as the rest of us.

Expect about 15-20 hours a week for homework and another 3-5 for the labs. Completely ridiculous and totally unrealistic.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 23257
Submitted: 2012-11-19
Yannis Ioannides | EC 0063 - Economics of the European Union | Economics

Review:
In short: this professor knows what he is talking about, but does not talk about it well.

Prof. Ioannides' teaching style leaves much to be desired. First off, he spends the entire class sitting down, so he cannot capture or hold the attention of the class. He also constantly takes notes on the lecture slides by writing on his tablet, which is slow and takes up valuable time. His manner of speech is also problematic: filler words such as "uhhhh" and "ahhhh" take up a significant portion of the lecture (I am not exaggerating), which make it even harder to concentrate on what he is saying. It can be a miserable class to sit through, even though the professor has an interesting and informed perspective on the Euro crisis.

I would not recommend this class simply because the style of teaching is excruciatingly drawn-out and unclear. Over half of the students use their laptops to distract themselves during lecture, and if you take this course, you probably will be doing so soon enough as well.

Workload:
In terms of workload/difficulty, Prof. Ioannides is fairly easy. There is a chapter of reading assigned per class, and other than that there is a presentation, a term paper + presentation, and two exams, so few grades and little work in between.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 22465
Submitted: 2012-09-03
Elizabeth Lemons | PHIL016 - Philosophy of Religion | Philosophy

Review:
Professor Lemons is not the most interesting lecturer I've ever had - far from it. The classes are also very vague (it is philosophy after all) and there isn't much structure, it's mostly discussion about the readings. However, Professor Lemons genuinely cares about her students grades and understanding, and if you approach her during office hours, she will be more than willing to help you with your papers.

Workload:
A lot of reading is assigned, but most students just skimmed it. She assigned mini "thought" reports per week, but those were neutrally graded (meaning you could basically write anything and still get a check). Try to pay attention in class, go to her office hours, and you will have all the material you need to survive the papers.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 22466
Submitted: 2012-09-03
Kiyoko Morita | JPN 004 - Intermediate Japanese | Japanese

Review:
Very good class. Morita-sensei is also one of the most caring professors I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. You learn a lot in her class, and also with little fear of meeting deadlines - she is very lax about these. Take her class, you won't regret it.

Workload:
There is a fair amount of work involved, including almost daily quizzes, but these are fairly standard for language classes. Just do a little every day, and you'll be fine. Tests are no big deal either.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 22467
Submitted: 2012-09-03
Sibyl Johnston | ENG 005 - Creative Writing: Fiction | English

Review:
One of the most boring, but easiest classes I've ever taken at Tufts. Classes were incredibly boring, because all we did was look at each others' stories and comment, or READ SHORT STORIES TOGETHER (by passing the book) and talk about it. Insanely, deeply boring. I spent the whole semester on tumblr. HOWEVER, the professor is very helpful with her suggestions, and understanding about circumstances. She is lax regarding deadlines - and so long as you have some skill in writing, and try to show effort in class (basically, by actually writing a good-sized length in your drafts), you will get an easy A.

Workload:
Practically no workload at all. You were technically supposed to read from the textbook that's assigned in the class, but I never read a single page from it (and regret buying it, since I never used it) and I did fine. Just make sure that you write at least 5-6 pages in time for your workshop day - writing up two paragraphs is not going to impress her.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 22468
Submitted: 2012-09-03
Helen Marrow | SOC 001 - Intro to Sociology | Sociology

Review:
I found the class incredibly boring, and the discussions typical of the spoiled and predominantly white population here at Tufts. Professor Marrow reads off of her slides, so there is actually very little point in paying attention. Do go to classes however, since she does take attendance.

Workload:
Not much workload. Have to write some papers (actually have to read a book too, but I hear that some people don't even read the book and get a good grade on the paper) and do an annoying group project, but those are fairly easy. The tests are also very easy to study for - her powerpoints are available for download online. DOWNLOAD all of them and just memorize every single slide. Guaranteed an A.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 22148
Submitted: 2012-07-05
Rana Gupta | ELS103-Entrepreneurial Finance | Entrepreneurial Leadership

Review:
One of the best classes I have taken. Professor Gupta has real industry experience and has run a venture fund and a start-up . He is very professional and willing to share real life business experiences. His insight about venture funding and assessment of the industry is excellent. The class work is relevant and interesting. You will know your away around a financial statement by the end of the semester.

Workload:
The work load is reasonable with numerous projects and homework assignments. He is a tough grader but fair. He expects a lot and doesn't take excuses.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 20592
Submitted: 2012-02-01
Ronna Johnson | ENG 63: American Fiction 1900-1050 | English

Review:
Don't listen to the negative reviews. While her personality can definitely be polarizing, she's a very good teacher and a hugely entertaining lecturer. Hers is the only English class I've taken so far at Tufts so I have nothing to compare it to, but nonetheless I thought it was great.

Ronna's passion for the literature is contagious. She has strong opinions on literally everything, literary and otherwise, but I don't see that as a problem. It certainly kept me engaged with the class. I found that her style encouraged us to develop similarly strong opinions on the texts we read. Yes, she is very liberal and that certainly affects her analysis of the texts. Maybe this is my liberalism talking, but I didn't find it detrimental to the class. She has a sense of humor about it.

And contrary to what some of the other reviewers would have you believe, she loves alternative opinions on the texts, as long as you can back it up. She encourages student involvement and does want to hear students' ideas.

This class really helped me become a more critical reader and a better writer, and gave me a new appreciation for texts that I'd previously found inaccessible.

Workload:
The workload is pretty standard for a survey English class. You read about a book a week, there's one 5-6 page paper, a midterm, and a final. Nothing terrible.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 20585
Submitted: 2012-01-20
Stephanie Levine | English 2 - Differences | English

Review:
She really encourages class discussion, it's almost impossible to say something wrong in class as she finds a lot of what her students say to be interesting. She is obviously interested in the subject and extremely open to all views. Reading wasn't too bad. If you have to finish off your English requirement, I highly recommend taking this class.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 20587
Submitted: 2012-01-20
Sarah Sobieraj | Media and Society | Sociology

Review:
She is an amazing professor, bringing in current examples in many of her lectures. Don't expect it to be a class with no work - there are a decent amount of readings but I enjoyed many of them. I will be taking more classes with her, I thought lectures were very interesting and interactive.

Workload:
Group project, 2 midterms, have to submit reading responses, but not for all of the readings.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 20310
Submitted: 2012-01-12
Susan Carlisle | English 1 - Expository Writing | English

Review:
Professor Carlisle is a very lenient and pretty fun teacher. She is a fair grader on papers, but is very lax when it comes to completing small assignments or homework. She picks interesting topics for a class that can be very dry. She's also a bit loopy at times which makes the class fun to be in.

Workload:
Assignments and the workload are pretty average - not too difficult but definitely significant.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 19703
Submitted: 2012-01-01
Malik Mufti | PS172- US Foreign Policy in the Middle East | Political Science

Review:
Intelligent professor, however, pulls a lot of unnecessary tricks for the exam. the course already covers so much material it was unfair to ask the most esoteric IDs and have that count for the majority of the grade. a lot of smart, hardworking students got completely screwed over. oh, and does not give near enough indication for what might be on exam--eg. final included, essay that could be anything from the whole year. really? thats teh ENTIRE history of the middle east/ conflicts.

Workload:
a lot of reading, not everything is needed obviously. bought a couple of books i never touched.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 19699
Submitted: 2011-12-31
Gary Leisk | ME1, ME42 | Mechanical Engineering

Review:
He is clearly a very smart engineer but has trouble comprehending that not everyone knows as much about engineering as he does. He never stops to explain what he is talking about and assumes everyone understands. His tests are unrealistic in difficulty and length and after having him for 2 semesters, I believe I have learned nothing from him .

Workload:
The assignments were straightforward, however they do not prepare students for the exams at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mechanical Engineering


Review ID: 19687
Submitted: 2011-12-26
Marie-Claire Beaulieu | GRK007 - Greek Classics | Greek

Review:
This was an awesome class, Professor Beaulieu is very enthusiastic and occasionally funny. Lots of class involvement and encouragement, different interpretations are welcome. Sometimes the text can get boring, but Professor Beaulieu brings in a lot of interesting anecdotes from Greek history. Take this class!

Workload:
There's a lot of homework, but after a few classes it feels like much less. A weekly quiz, a paper, and two tests.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 19689
Submitted: 2011-12-26
Steven Hirsch | CLS037 - History of Ancient Greece | Classics

Review:
I liked this class, but it sometimes got really boring. The subject matter is interesting, and Professor Hirsch is a great lecturer, but the class requires very little participation, so it's easy to fall asleep. I liked the structure of the class, and the informal attitude of the teacher, I would recommend it to a friend.

Workload:
A pretty standard amount of reading, usually interesting. Three papers, 3-4 quizzes, two tests.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 19690
Submitted: 2011-12-26
Anne Gardulski | GEO005 - Introduction to Oceanography | Geology

Review:
This is a really interesting class. Professor Gardulski is a great lecturer, but occasionally the amount of information is overwhelming and makes it easy to forget certain things. I think this would be interesting for majors and non-majors alike, and a good way to fulfill half of the natural sciences requirement.

Workload:
Readings are a little on the heavy side, occasional homeworks, and two tests. I wish there had been more small quizzes and less emphasis on the tests.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 19691
Submitted: 2011-12-26
Christina Maranci | FAH001 - Art, History, and Culture | History of Art

Review:
This is a unique course, because it's team taught, so every couple lectures, sometimes every lecture, you get a new lecturer. This is a good and a bad thing, some are much better than others. The information can be really interesting or really boring, the recitation is helpful. I took the first semester of this course, and I kind of wish I'd taken the second semester, all the prehistoric and early history art gets boring.

Workload:
Standard amount of reading, two papers, two tests.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 19692
Submitted: 2011-12-26
Rosemary Taylor | SOC108-Epidemics | Sociology

Review:
One word of advice, do not take this class. The topic may seem interesting, and in fact it is, but this professor manages to make even the most interesting readings awful. She is a horrible lecturer, it is impossible to understand anything she says and she is incredibly disorganized. She has no grasp of what students can physically do for the course and assigns a ridiculous amount of readings that are then never discussed.

Workload:
There is a midterm, a 'local-epidemics' project, and a take-home final. The midterm was graded inconsistently and even on the multiple choice portions the answers that were said to be right according to her and her TA differed. The local epidemics project requires students to find an immense amount of information on an epidemic that took place in Boston, very difficult to do as there is not much information available, and write a 10 page paper and do a poster-presentation about the epidemic. This means that the entire class had to come and listen to two and a half hours worth of presentations in addition to class lectures, this session was very poorly structured. Lastly, the take home final, which was a 12-15 page essay was the only thing in the class that seemed moderately sane to assign, yet the professor was very unclear about her requirements for the essay even after students asked a number of very specific questions in an attempt to understand what was actually desired of them. The professor, it seems, did not really understand what it was that she was assigning.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 19679
Submitted: 2011-12-18
Genevieve Walsh | MATH 0046 - Linear Algebra | Mathematics

Review:
The class was actually ridiculously easy, in my opinion. I didn't study for the first two tests, and got As on both of them. And that's not because they weren't difficult, it's that linear algebra isn't hard. Prof. Walsh is very sweet, and always willing to help outside of class, but her lectures are very dry. Still, though, as long as you're thinking about the material and following along during class it's not something to dread. The few times I've been unable to focus, though, she doesn't really pull you back.

Workload:
One assignment due per class, but it only took 45 minutes, tops. And that was only due twice a week. If you don't want to go in for office hours, we still spent the first 15 minutes of class going over the difficult questions. You automatically get at least half-credit on your homework for doing it, then the TA randomly grades two (easy) problems. The tests, again, were pretty easy, but I think that's the nature of the material. If you need a math credit or a low-stress class, this one is pretty nice.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 19660
Submitted: 2011-12-03
Anna Hardman | EC091 - Econ of Public Policy | Economics

Review:
The lectures are always interesting, and the time flies by in class. I look forward to attending class each day. This say a lot for me! Very interesting readings, relevant to society today.

Workload:
When work is assigned, easy. She isnot always "on the ball", so people get back work months after it is assigned. but fair grader.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 19335
Submitted: 2011-11-21
Paula Aymer | Race and Ethnicity | Sociology

Review:
I am humiliated on Tufts' behalf that a Tufts student would attribute Professor Aymer's presence at Tufts to affirmative action. Although I agree that her teaching style can be confusing and her grading difficult to predict, it's unbelievably racist to believe (as the previous reviewer indicated that s/he did, albeit in a veiled way) that she is only teaching at Tufts because of affirmative action--if she were a white male, as the previous reviewer mentioned, her presence at Tufts would never be connected to the "affirmative action"--family connections, etc--that helps white people get jobs every day. Secondly, Tufts hires professors based far more on their research than on their teaching, like most research-based institutions. Professor Aymer's research is brilliant, and to top it off, she is an amazingly compassionate professor who cares deeply about the progress of her students.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 19333
Submitted: 2011-11-15
Mingquan Wang | CH0001 - Elementary Chinese | Chinese

Review:
Excellent teacher. Patient, good-humored, and kind. He is very good at explaining and engaging. Wish I could have him for next semester.

Workload:
Chinese is a lot of exercises, drills, and character sheets, but the busy work is necessary to absorb the material. It wasn't too overwhelming.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 19324
Submitted: 2011-11-03
Robert Stolow | Chemistry 53 Organic Chemistry | Chemistry

Review:
AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. Unorganized, unkind, uninterested in teaching.

Workload:
Average to high.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 19323
Submitted: 2011-11-01
Vincent Pollina | ITAL0051 - Dante's Inferno | Italian

Review:
I took his class "Dante's Inferno" and he is easily one of my favorite teachers. A true intellectual, he knows what he's talking about, and there is no mistaking this fact. He insists on a serious learning environment so no eating, drinking, gum chewing, you address him as Professor Pollina ect, but he is very kind and respectful. He tries to make jokes that are a bit nerdy which i found very entertaining and cute.

Workload:
There are four books mandatory for this class. A more artful translation with a few pages worth of a note at the end of each canto (very helpful), another more accurate translation which he recommends but you don't actually have to read (haven't touched it once but still getting A's), the Vita Nuova (another text by Dante we spent a week on) and a very thick ultra scholarly book of commentary that is required. The reading is very fun and easy for the main book used (hour and a half tops) but the scholarly commentary is tough to get through at first because it goes line by line through the inferno and often goes into more detail than you need to know for the class with bits of original latin and italian text exerpts thrown in. Once you learn to skip through the unnecessary parts it isn't so bad and it answers a lot of questions.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Studio Art - Museum School


Review ID: 19135
Submitted: 2011-09-19
Avner Baz | Ethical Theory | Philosophy

Review:
Prof. Baz is an excellent lecturer with a gift for talking just enough to provoke excellent discussion, and then following that up with great discussion leadership. His selected reading materials and assignments guided us very helpfully through Hume's, Kant's, and Mill's ethical theories with an eye toward helping students draw broad and substantive comparisons. His subtle sense of humor keeps class lively even when the material is very challenging. This was my second course with Prof. Baz, and I would take another if I could fit it into my schedule.

Workload:
The reading load was quite reasonable, but the material requires serious attention. The four writing assignments were directly related to the reading material and were very helpful in requiring us to be able to concisely summarize major ethical theories -- surely a worthwhile result of the course.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Philosophy


Review ID: 18620
Submitted: 2011-09-03
Monica McTighe | History of Video installation and Performance | History of Art

Review:
She is inattentive, off-hands, awkward. Don't recommend taking any of her classes.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Studio Art - Museum School


Review ID: 18618
Submitted: 2011-08-23
Paula Aymer | Soc112 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities | Sociology

Review:
The previous reviews of this professor are unfair. The class was interesting, allowing tremendous room for discussion and interpretation. Despite the fact that it was a lower level class, it was conducted more in a seminar style, allowing for a better understanding of the concept of race. That being said, it is difficult to get an "A" in the class. At points, the professor does not clearly indicate what exactly she is looking for with papers and projects. Students must be tremendously thorough to cover all that she wants to in graded assignments.

Workload:
Lower than other classes. A lot of reading but as said class is largely discussion based.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 18615
Submitted: 2011-08-08
Aaron Brown | MATH13 - Multivariable Calculus | Mathematics

Review:
He is by far the best professor I've had at Tufts. He is only a graduate student, but is an excellent teacher. He's kind of a quirky guy, but overall quite funny.

Workload:
The workload is the same for all sections of math 13. Nightly homework that is graded based only on completion.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mechanical Engineering


Review ID: 17687
Submitted: 2011-06-17
Nancy Levy-Konesky | SPN022 - Composition and Conversation II | Spanish

Review:
She was by far one of the worst professors I've ever had. I felt discouraged to participate in class because my Spanish was not perfect. Often when I would arrange to meet with her, she wouldn't show up or was late. I didn't learn very much, and I definitely would never take another class with her.

Workload:
Average.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Spanish


Review ID: 17682
Submitted: 2011-06-08
Leah Abraham | ChBe185 | American Studies

Review:
Yes, Leah Abraham is an excellent writer, making her own reviews sound like a commercial for her classes.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 17673
Submitted: 2011-05-24
Leah Abraham | ChBE185 | American Studies

Review:
In addition to teaching, she enjoys reviews about herself on jumboaccess

Workload:
n/a


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17675
Submitted: 2011-05-24
Leah Abraham | ChBE185 | American Studies

Review:
In addition to teaching, she enjoys writing reviews about herself on jumboaccess

Workload:
n/a


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17666
Submitted: 2011-05-19
Leah Abraham | ChBE185 | Chemical Engineering

Review:
Excellent class! Leah uses tons of examples from industry. Unlike many other classes, there are lots of case examples from real product applications. Leah's integration of real world experience and great teaching style make for an excellent Formulation class.

Workload:
a bit more challenging than many Tufts classes, but not unreasonable for a graduate class


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemical and Biological Engineering


Review ID: 17667
Submitted: 2011-05-19
Leah Abraham | ChBE193 | Chemical and Biological Engineering

Review:
I never thought I could like a statistics class, but Dr. Abraham's presentation of Design of Experiments and Statistics was excellent. The Taghuci and process optimization information presented by Dr. Abraham allowed me to re-evaluate data at my job and recommend a process change that saved my company over $100,000 every time we run one process column (about twice a month)!

Dr. Abraham added slides as we came up with questions, and added examples to lecture on topics from our work areas. It was a really inventive way to make tough material interesting to us. Cool Prof.

Workload:
You need some statistics, so be prepared to study.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemical Engineering


Review ID: 17670
Submitted: 2011-05-19
Leah Abraham | ChBE193c | Chemical Engineering

Review:
Not from this year, but check out these reviews:

Karen Duca, Associate Professor, KNUST

?I first met Leah Abraham about ten years ago when she was doing her PhD in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts. She had entered the program from a job in industry and brought a very interesting perspective to the biotech group where I worked as an Assistant Professor. Although she did not work directly for me, we had some interaction around seminars and other departmental activities. She was quite friendly and helpful and always could be relied upon to follow-up with a paper or reference after scientific discussions. Her presentations were always professional and I learned much from her. I then crossed paths with her again after she finished her degree and was employed as a lecturer at Tufts. By that time I was working in Africa trying to build scientific infrastructure in Ghana and she graciously allowed me and my students to audit her course in statistics and experimental design for grad students/upper division undergrads. This is where I really got to see her style. She was a superb teacher and I loved how she interacted with the students ? tolerant, respectful, and patient. Although she was teaching the course for the first time, she was very well-prepared with lots of relevant hand-outs and references on the class web site to supplement the lectures. She conducted the class as a ?work-in-progress,? soliciting student input at every stage for improvement. She never tried to hide something when she didn?t know, but was very up-front about it and never failed to come back during the next class period with the answer and references. Both my students and I really profited from the lectures we attended. Moreover, when I was going to back home to Ghana she gave me lots of teaching material on DVD (both for this class and other topics in bioengineering she teaches) to use with my own students. She also consented to be interviewed on videotape about her teaching philosophy, her own scientific journey, and advice for students. I really appreciated her help, as we are so resource-limited. In summary, Leah is a valuable asset to any organization, academic or industrial. If she were interested, I would recruit her in a heartbeat to work in my department and our research institute in Kumasi. I hope she?ll visit us sometime and do a workshop so our students can profit first-hand and not just "virtually".?

August 8, 2009



Rachit Ohri, Senior Scientist, Boston Scientific Corporation (business partner)

?I attended an evening course taught by Leah, and have always been impressed with her skills at communicating technical concepts, and at stimulating discussion based learning. She makes it a point to provide real world examples from her experience in industry. I have always learnt a lot by interacting with her? July 27, 2009


Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 17663
Submitted: 2011-05-18
Dan Richards | EC -0005-01 | Economics

Review:
Overall this years course was not very enlightening as the entirety of your grade depended on 3 take home group midterm/finals and 4-5 online problem sets. Overall the course was quite easy due to the take home nature of the course. But because of the lack of need to keep up with readings and the course you never had to go to class

Workload:
Every two weeks there was a problem set that took 2-3 hours and the midterm and finals are very challenging!! But they are take home... so go figure


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 17659
Submitted: 2011-05-17
David Art | Comp Pol | Political Science

Review:
David Art, or fondly referred to as "Dart" is a great prof. He really engages with the material and the class- really attempting for class participation (he knows names!! he reads some papers!!) Although you really don't need to attend lectures to do well in the course (its more about the outside reading), I always went to class because he not only went over the reading material, but made the class interesting and informative.

Workload:
The workload was very manageable. Yes, there is a TON of reading, and I suggest that you do it all (you will learn to hate that huuuge course booklet). However, the course is designed to reward those who do the work, and that means the average in the course is very high (B+). Two quizzes that are just 5% of the final grade are great to make sure you are comfortable with the questions asked, plus it keeps you on track with the reading. A midterm and final, all questions are essays and you have a topic choice and they are very broad. A really annoying paper that is a critique of a piece of work, but graded fairly easily.

Grading is done by TA, and they are REALLY GOOD. Oh yea, GO TO RECITATION!!! They go over all the readings and do a fantastic job. Especially if you have Irina. She's the best.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 17660
Submitted: 2011-05-17
Elizabeth Leavell | English 2 Other Worlds | English

Review:
SHE IS THE GREATEST. From the very beginning, she is totally enthused about the course and brings that excitement every day to class. She has blackboard discussion board questions that she uses to lead the class, and she does a great job pointing out important sections and letting us argue against each other (and even her!) I can't emphasize enough her personal commitment to every student. You can see it in the thoroughness of her essay grading- not only does she write comments all over the paper, but she gives you a whole response to your work that instills confidence (she loooves to praise) but also gives important feedback. For example, I had mentioned I wanted to work on transitions and she kept note of that and made sure to keep a special focus on that for future papers. I could honestly go on forever about what an amazing, amazing lady she is.

Workload:
There is a significant amount of reading, plus questions to answer for every class. However, it is nothing unreasonable at all. There are 4 papers, and you have the chance to do a re-write on one. She seems like she would be an easy grader, so you might be surprised on the first essay back. But I can't imagine her giving lower than a B-, and I think its typical that the grades improve. Honestly, she wants to give you a good grade, and as long as you talk to her and put in the work, she's going to help to give you what you want. Oh yea, she met with us multiple times for the 3rd (research) paper and the 4th one. Like on her own time, giving extensive feedback and helping with ideas and everything. DID I MENTION SHES AWESOME?


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 17661
Submitted: 2011-05-17
Ana Sajina | Concepts of the Cosmos | Astronomy

Review:
Terrible class. I mean, better than bio for a science credit, but its such a cool topic and they just ruined it. First of all, class is totally useless. Powerpoints are just their notes from the textbook, they are put up online, and they just read off of them in class with hard to understand accents. So class is useless, and then they put random questions on the exams! Like what?

Sajina is also really bad about responding to emails in a timely fashion.

Workload:
Do more than 6 observations!! Study the midterm questions for the final, they are tweaked a little, but some are word-for-word.

Doing the mastering astro might help you for the test, but cheating off a friend will get you a better grade. So that sucks.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 17662
Submitted: 2011-05-17
Juliana Berte | Spanish 21 | Spanish

Review:
Berte is so so so nice. I know about 5 people in the class I just had that signed up to be in a course with her next year too. She's straight from Argentina, so her accent is legit- plus when she speaks English, I LOVE the accent. Bottom line, she cares about her students and is very available for help after class. In class, she often checks in with struggling students and never gets frustrated. She's a stickler for grammar on tests and essays, but will never call you out on it in the middle of class, which makes it easier to volunteer to speak. Can't recommend her enough.

Workload:
The quizzes are harder than the tests, but that's probably because I never bothered to open the grammar book (waste of money!!)

Study the vocab, it gives a huge bump on the tests. Pay attention in class to what is going on in the stories, or know someone who can explain it to you in English later.

If I were to retake the class, I would try to put aside a hour to do the Mosen Millan reading. But this isn't necessary- she gives the essay topic out beforehand, and you can ask help from friends. However, when I went through important passages with friends in preparation for the essay, and tried to read it out loud in English and looked up words I didn't know, it was a huge difference in the experience and I wish I knew what I knew for the essay for the in-class discussions. Spoiler alert: Mosen SUCKS. But Berte doesn't. She does a great job teaching the book and the class :)


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 17657
Submitted: 2011-05-16
Susan Ernst | BIO12- Human Reproduction and Development | Biology

Review:
Incredibly disorganized and confusing lectures. I began the class with some understanding of basic biology, but her lectures actually made me more confused and I often understood less after the class than before it.

Workload:
Light workload.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History of Art


Review ID: 17655
Submitted: 2011-05-07
Peter Winn | HIST002 - Globalization | History

Review:
Professor Winn is pretty entertaining and obviously really knowledgeable about this topic. His lectures are interesting and sometimes organized. You have to take good notes which can get exhausting because he packs so much into each one. SO MUCH reading, way more than humanly possible. The papers were not horrendously hard, but not easy either.

Workload:
The amount of reading assigned is literally INSANE. You get by not doing it all, but it makes writing the papers kind of difficult. There were three 2-page reading responses, a midterm which consisted of a 4-page essay and an 8-page essay, and a final which consisted of two 2-page essays and one 8-page essay.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 17651
Submitted: 2011-05-03
Polly Broman Wright | Calligraphy 1 | Studio Art - Medford Campus

Review:
Don't take this course if you do not have artistic talent. While the teacher claims the grade is based on effort, she will tell you at the end of the semester that your work is not A work if you cannot write like a professional calligrapher. Additionally, the class is six hours a week and she rarely lets you out early. While there is no homework, it is not worth taking an easy class if it is difficult to get an A.

Workload:
In class assignments mostly, unless you don't finish them in class and need to work on them at home.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 17652
Submitted: 2011-05-03
Francie Chew | Biology 14 | Biology

Review:
The other two professors in this course are great but Francie Chew is consistently rude and does not want students to do well. She purposely puts questions on her tests that 80% of the class will miss and when you go for extra help, she makes you feel horrible about yourself. If you can take this class elsewhere, do so. Additionally, the lab portion is very frustrating. The lab TA's are terrible and were never willing to help. They grade everything extremely harshly without making their expectations clear beforehand.

Workload:
A lot of work, but manageable. However, even when you spend all of your time studying there will still be questions on Francie Chew's tests that are misleading and nearly impossible to answer.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 17647
Submitted: 2011-05-01
John Julian | FR0002A | French

Review:
Directions not clear. Never know when to hand things in. Plays favorites way too much. I didn't learn anything with Julian. I would not recommend this professor if you are at all serious about learning french. Always talks about stuff that doesn't apply to the class.

Workload:
There was no real homework.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 17648
Submitted: 2011-05-01
David Henry Feldman | CD 0051 | Child Development

Review:
Feldman appears to be a nice man. But this is about the only positive thing I can say about this course.

I would encourage people to avoid taking this class if at all possible. I took this course as a senior to fulfill a related fields requirement for my major and I absolutely regret it.

Feldman acknowledged the first class that he has a tendency to ramble and go off on tangents. He recognizes this but does not feel it necessary to attempt to change. Lectures consist more of his reflections, idolizing Piaget, and rambling about his feelings than any actual substance.

Time taking going to lecture would be better spent staying home and (perhaps) reading the material instead.

Workload:
This class requires an unnecessary amount of work that contributes nothing to your understanding of the course material.

You are expected to buy 4 books and a course packet (and one more book is recommended) and readings will come from all of them. Daily readings come from any of them and are poorly organized.

You will have to choose a "Metahobby" the first week of class (too early) and you will have to "learn something new". He said he expects about three hours of work per week for the Metahobby and this joke continues for eight weeks. You will later have to write a 10-15 page paper about it. The entire process serves no purpose.

There are two quizzes instead of a midterm (pick two of three essay questions to answer) and a final (one hour long essay and two 30 min long ones).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 17639
Submitted: 2011-04-28
Matt Gregory | PJS 0001 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies | Peace & Justice Studies

Review:
Each class felt like the previous class. I learned nothing except a few definitions and how much Matt Gregory loves to talk about himself. I took the class my freshman year with a lot of enthusiasm for the material initially and am coming out of it with complete and total disrespect for the field of Peace and Justice Studies as illegitimate and pointless, although I'm sure there's more to it than intro. This class (scratch that, this professor) has removed any desire I ever had of being a Peace and Justice Studies major.

To all PJS majors or those considering it, avoid Gregory at all costs. He might be a cool guy, but not a good teacher.

The TA is much more helpful.

Workload:
Random reading assignments. Readings are not discussed in class but might be relevant to the papers(?)< this is still unclear.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 17641
Submitted: 2011-04-28
David Denby | PHIL0024- Introduction to Ethics | Philosophy

Review:
Professor Denby takes great care in explaining the material in a clear and concise way. While it is true you do not have to do the readings to do well in the class, do the readings! They aren't overwhelming and they contribute a lot to the class. Denby has a great sense of humor and is very patient with his students. Even though it was a large-ish lecture class participation was encouraged and easy. I hope to take every class Denby offers. He's truly one of Tufts best.

Workload:
A few readings per week through Blackboard or one of the three text books for class.

The grades were mainly focused on 5 papers, the last one is optional


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Philosophy


Review ID: 17332
Submitted: 2011-04-13
Aida Belansky | SPN 0003 - INTERMED SPANISH I | Spanish

Review:
Great teacher! Very nice, helpful, does a great job explaining the material,and so funny! 100% recommend!

Workload:
Not very bad at all. She usually gives a couple exercises from the book for homework to do for the next class (doesn't grade it, just to go over in class) , as well as the workbook due before tests. There are 3 tests plus a final. The tests are all fair and she goes over everything you need to know in class. She also gives quizzes every once in a while, which equal to 1 test, but she lets you throw out your 2 or 3 worst ones. Also a oral test, which she grades pretty generously.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17327
Submitted: 2011-04-12
Felice Shapiro | ELS101 - Entrepreneurship and Business Planning | Entrepreneurial Leadership

Review:
Felice seems to have no understanding of the typical college student. She does not define terms, and relies on guest lecturers to get away with no discernible lesson plan. The only redeeming factor of this class was the pressure, which seems equal to that of a real business.

Workload:
The first half of the semester is fairly casual, with about one case-study per week. Once the students are split into groups, there is an inordinate amount of work to be completed before the final presentation. All groups seemed to be scrambling to get things done as the deadline ticked closer.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 17303
Submitted: 2011-03-26
Sarah Sobieraj | SOC040 - Media and Society | American Studies

Review:
Sobieraj is concerned with all of her students' performances. Back when it was 40-50/class she tried to learn everyone's name which is really great. She's totally enthusiastic about the material she teaches, and conveys her ideas articulately and coherently. If you ever have a question, she always stays after class and gives you a full answer.

Workload:
There's a decent amount of reading to be done but the way she grades it is very convenient. She assigned about 17 but only averaged your best 9 into your grade. Very fair.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17296
Submitted: 2011-03-16
Gail Kaufmann | MATH011 and MATH012 | Mathematics

Review:
The greatest. I had her two semesters in a row. She makes the transition to college level math easy. She goes over homework and explains examples thoroughly. She never skips steps on the board.

Workload:
An hour or so of problems. Not a waste of time.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Civil Engineering


Review ID: 17297
Submitted: 2011-03-16
Juan Alonso | A Literature of Chaos | World Literature

Review:
Really Difficult person (personality).

The first review with five starts was probably written by him. Every semester, more than half of the students drop the class after first class- the instructor cuts people off while they are speaking and almost never finishes his sentences. Books that we read are amazing but class is not

Workload:
Reading is all we do. Grades are participation, midterm and Final. You don't really learn how to write at all. Its just reading and understanding literature in "his" way, what he thinks is right. If your idea contradicts his in your essay you will receive low grades


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 17294
Submitted: 2011-03-15
David Proctor | CLS085 - Byzantines and Their World | History

Review:
Who loves his or her students and job more than Proctor? No one. Proctor's one of us (in fact, a triple Jumbo!) and a fantastic professor whose priority is (gasp) teaching. The courses he teaches - like this one - tend to be large survey courses, so obviously, there's lots of material to learn and some falling behind at times. That said, Proctor is ridiculously prepared, knows the course inside and out, and adjusts the pace as he needs to. He makes the material interesting and accessible - hey, you might decide history and classics are awesome after being his student. He handles recitations himself and holds multiple review sessions and super-extended office hours in the lead-up to exams. Snowstorms and vacations won't stop this man from being in his office, ready to help you out.

Paper/exam turnaround is slow, but that's because the class is sizable and Proctor checks papers multiple times to ensure fair grading. Besides, he's great with deadline extensions; so if you like those, consider it a trade-off. He also gets bonus points for dressing well, bringing food to share with the class, leaving candy outside his amazing office, and just being a nice, nice, NICE guy.

Workload:
3 Papers (varying lengths, but not more than 7-8 pages), midterm and final. The reading was heavy at times, but not bad for a history course and definitely manageable if you do the readings as assigned. Tons of review sessions and no surprises on exams - Proctor tells you what to study. The exams can be exhausting, but you'll be prepared.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 17207
Submitted: 2011-03-02
Susan Ostrander | SOC 0130 - Sex and Gender in Society | Sociology

Review:
I personally loves Susan. She's one of my favorite professors at Tufts. She is obviously passionate about what she does and puts her theories into action through her community work. I have taken 3 classes with her and loved all of them. I will admit, however, that she is very adamant about her opinions. You either agree with her or you don't. If you don't, then you will not like her. Just try to approach all the material with your opinions in mind while still being open to others.

Workload:
The workload was not unbearable. There was reading for every class but it was enjoyable and engaging. I have used her readings for future classes and the theories will stay with you for some time afterwards.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17209
Submitted: 2011-03-02
Susan Ostrander | SOC 0102 - Qualitative Research Methods | Sociology

Review:
Professor Ostrander is a great teacher, but for this class it really doesn't matter because the work is all on you. The point of the class is to do your own research. That being said, Susan is great about giving feedback and help if you ask for it. She is not going to seek you out so you have to go to her. She was very helpful to me.

Workload:
SOOO MUCH WORK!!! It's required for the major so you just have to bite the bullet and do it. At the end, you are very pleased with your work and have a solid body of material to point to and say: "Yeah! That's mine!" You will be committing at least 10 hours a week to this class so don't overload your schedule with other classes.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17210
Submitted: 2011-03-02
Susan Ostrander | SOC 0130 - Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality | Sociology

Review:
Susan is great in this section. Although I didn't really learn much that I didn't already know, she helped me conceptualize it and put it on paper. That being said, this is not her best class and she could probably do without it in her course load. Overall, she's very knowledgeable and communicates that knowledge well. She's just a great teacher.

Workload:
The class was just alright. I would go with another one in hindsight. I didn't learn very much but that is probably because this was my 5th or 6th class in the department.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17211
Submitted: 2011-03-02
James Ennis | SOC 0010 - American Society | Sociology

Review:
By far the worst professor at Tufts. I got an A in the class, so I'm not bitter. He is just simply bad. He knows his stuff but is completely unable to communicate that knowledge. If I didn't have to take Quant. from him, I would never take an Ennis class ever again.

Workload:
Coincidentally, also one of the worst classes at Tufts. I learned less than nothing. I think my sociological knowledge actually decreased because of this class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17212
Submitted: 2011-03-02
James Ennis | SOC 0103 - Survey of Social Theory | Sociology

Review:
Professor Ennis is among the worst teachers at this school. I've gotten A's in all his classes that I've taken so it's not that. He spends most of the class time going over what we thought about the readings rather than actually teaching. Going to class was actually painful. He made an otherwise interesting topic absolutely the driest thing on the planet. To conceptualize James Ennis, think of the driest, most dull thing on the planet. Now make it drier and duller. Done.

Workload:
All I can say is thank God for Facebook. This class was the bane of my existence for a very long semester. If it wasn't required for the major, I would have dropped it very quickly. I got a good grade so it's not the anger talking here. That being said, if you are not a Sociology major, avoid this one like the plague. If you are a major, tough cookies.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 17206
Submitted: 2011-02-25
Robert Stolow | Chem 0051 Organic Chemistry I | Chemistry

Review:
This is the worst professor I have had at Tufts. DO NOT, under any circumstances, take any class that he offers.

He is decrepit and does not have any enthusiasm for the course. His enthusiasm is such that going to his lectures is like watching paint dry. Honestly, he is way too old to make any course exciting, even if he had some excitement within him in his earlier years (I highly doubt it). His lectures are terrible, he'll just put up projector images of charts from the textbook half of the time. I did not learn anything from going to the lectures, and had to teach the material to myself. You will have to teach all the material to yourself--don't expect to learn anything in lecture!

If you want a professor who is concerned for your progress, you don't want Stolow. I attempted to get help from him during office hours, and he did not even attempt to explain the subject in a way that I could understand it. Additionally he was not concerned by the fact that I was doing subpar on the exams and worried about my grade in the class. At one point, he even insulted me, which I thought was extremely inappropriate.

Workload:
Insane amounts of textbook problems...expect to do all of them. However, his exams are harder, so you won't be well prepared.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 17199
Submitted: 2011-02-22
Vincent Pollina | FR191 - Medieval and Renaissance Love Poetry | French

Review:
Prof. Pollina was horrible. I had him as a professor and as an advisor and every second with him made me miserable. He seemed nice at first and my interaction with him was the only reason I signed up for his course. When the semester began, however, he was cruel. By the time I realized this, it was too late to drop the course and, as the acting advisor for graduate students at the time, I had no choice but to work with him. I am not a native French speaker, and I suspect he would have treated me better if I were. I was nothing but nice to him and tried working with him to improve but he did nothing but belittle me. His class was not helpful at all either - he asks for people to do presentations and then, if you don't do exactly what he's looking for (which is not at all clear), he will humiliate you in front of the whole class. The good news is that most people experience this so the class shares this experience and it becomes less humiliating over time, but I think it's fair to say he is harder on some than on others. He has broken down several students to tears, both in class and in his office. To be honest, apart from his terrible relationships with students (which can be a small part in the decision made to hire a professor) I wonder how he has the position he does - granted he seems knowledgeable about medieval and Renaissance French poetry, but he has essentially no publications that I can find, which seems strange for a tenured professor ... (for the sake of comparison, google Prof. Naginski or Prof. Hakim and see how many hits you get!) In any case, I am so disappointed that Prof. Pollina is acting as a representative of French at Tufts. I'd hope that Tufts would want professors who encourage the study of French and my experience with Prof. Pollina made me want to quit altogether (after having studied for 10+ years)! I strongly discourage anyone from taking a class with him. I've never had a teacher make me feel so bad about myself as a student and as a person and I would hate to see anyone else suffer because of this man.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: French


Review ID: 17098
Submitted: 2011-01-29
Daniel Richards | Econ 05 | American Studies

Review:
Had him for 1 week. He posted a textbook and the week when school started he changed the textbook . Totally wasted money. Also His syllabus does not make sense, and I realized he went by the first posted textbook chapter. The new textbook that everyone had to Re-Buy was in slightly different order and of course whoever studied with that one didn't get what the class was about. Many times we don't understand what he is talking. Absolutely NEVER replies to student emails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 17099
Submitted: 2011-01-29
Juan Alonso | A Literature of Chaos | World Literature

Review:
HORRIBLE> I read one of the review that was 5 star. Probably he wrote it himself or his assistant wrote it. Okay, so first of all, he mumbles. He speaks, stops and says something else without finishing is first sentence. During discussion he points at a student who begins talking and then while the student is still speaking he points at another person and cuts the first student off. Absolutely waste of time to take his class. Whatever he says makes very little sense. I can't believe he is a literature instructor. Well, I figured Tufts is a school full of pretense and they hire a lot of bad instructors. One of the Japanese teachers has a Piano BA from Japan and doesn't even speak English.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 17087
Submitted: 2011-01-25
Jeanne Penvenne | HIST110 - Race, Class, Power in Southern Africa | History

Review:
I really enjoyed this class. Professor Penvenne is very knowledgeable and seems to be at the forefront of African Studies research. She is concerned with her students' progress and I never felt intimidated asking for examples or clarification in class. She is fair and encourages students to take advantage of office hours, which can be useful if you would like to discuss an assignment or even just to get to know her better. I learned a lot in this class, and if my concentration was in African Studies I would definitely take another class with this professor.

Workload:
A considerable amount of reading, but manageable. Four discussion antes (short write-ups reflecting on selected readings), three exams.
Professor Penvenne wants to see her students succeed. She provides students the format of the exams beforehand and goes out of her way to try to help students do well.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 16869
Submitted: 2011-01-19
Jeff Mcconnell | Intro to Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
This class was interesting and I feel that I learned a great deal. Professor Mcconnell, however, came off as a very short-sighted person in terms of what he accepts as right or wrong in philosophy. Many times in class we were discussing abstract his ideas and he would shoot them down because they didn't fit into his "conventional" ideas about philosophy. Overall, I enjoyed the class but just wish he could have been more open-minded and more accepting of alternate viewpoints.

Workload:
Almost non-existent. Four 5 page papers, almost no reading.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 16867
Submitted: 2011-01-18
Linda Garant | Math Fundamentals | Mathematics

Review:
If you think that Prof. Garant is fantastic in class, well then you should go to her office hours and prepare to have your mind blown. She would not only help me in my math problems, but also listen to my babble about life. And get this, actually seemed interested. She really cares about all the kids in the class, not just me.

She is beyond a good math teacher, she is a great human being.

Workload:
Consistent, challenging but not very doable.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 16868
Submitted: 2011-01-18
Matthew Gregory | PJS001 - Intro to Peace & Justice Studies | Peace & Justice Studies

Review:
I thought I'd branch out and try a class not in my major - worst mistake ever. Matthew Gregory was a complete asshole, an awful grader, very unorganized, unintelligent, and offensive. Lectures were for the most part spent "brainstorming" definitions of vague concepts, or watching videos. Assigned 10 page papers on random topics, for the most part unrelated to class. Gregory is a horrible teacher that I expect will be unemployed in the near future.

Workload:
Lots of reading, 30+ pages of essays. Vague assignments that set you up for failure.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 16859
Submitted: 2011-01-12
Anne Christine Rice | FR0021- Composition/Conversation I | French

Review:
Prof. Rice is a great professor! I highly recommend taking a class of hers! She came to class everyday incredibly enthusiastic and organized. She was always willing to answer questions and help students both in and out of class. She wrote one of the textbooks we use, and her knowledge and passion for french films was clearly visible in how she led class discussions; it was almost contagious.
Take a class with Professor Rice if you have the chance!

Workload:
Although she graded a bit on the tougher side, assignments and were always straightforward, and usually didn't take too long to complete each night. She was a stickler for grammer in the compositions, and generally had high expectations, but she was also always willing to help.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History of Art


Review ID: 16744
Submitted: 2011-01-03
Barbara Orton | English 001 | English

Review:
Ms. Orton does a great job of correcting your essays. She points out anything and everything that you could fix and improve upon. However, she is TERRIBLE about returning papers on time. She at first had a rule of not making us hand in papers before getting back the previous paper, and would continue to push back deadlines. When she did return papers before the due date of the following assignment, it was often only a few hours before the next assignment was due, leaving little to no time to look at corrections and apply them to the next assignment.
This seems to be the case with all English 001 courses, but getting an A or A- from Ms. Orton is essentially impossible.

Workload:
Manageable; four 4-6 pg papers and one 5-7 research paper spaced out evenly over the semester.
Some tedious exercises from a workbook


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 16745
Submitted: 2011-01-03
Justin Patch | Ethnomusicology | Music

Review:
This was an interesting class, yet often seemed at times quite esoteric and superficial. Class discussions were at times quite fascinating, yet sometimes quite boring and not seeming to have any relation to the outside world.
Professor Patch was very knowledgeable about all of the topics we discussed.

Workload:
About 20-30 pages of reading per class, but the kind of reading that takes about 5 minutes to read one page. However, we only really used the main points of the readings as discussion topics.
One 4 page paper and one 16 page ethnographic study that felt like the most pointless essay I have ever written in my entire life.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 16746
Submitted: 2011-01-03
Kiyomi Kagawa | Japanese 021 | Japanese

Review:
Kagawa is an excellent teacher. She thoroughly corrects everything you submit and lets you resubmit all homework assignments for a better grade. She is quite a perfectionist yet helpful for those who want to really learn the Japanese language.

Workload:
Two page worksheet per class, three short essays, and a bit of studying for tests (often very little required)


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 16747
Submitted: 2011-01-03
Malik Mufti | Introduction to International Relations | International Relations

Review:
This course was extremely interesting and I learned a great deal of information. Professor Mufti really covered a wide range of material, tying in history and theory, over the course of the semester. The first half of the semester was much more straightforward- he would put terms on the board and go over them during the class. The second half of the semester he stopped writing on the board, however, he encouraged more class participation.

Workload:
There was a lot of reading in this course. Probably close to 150+ pages a week. Mufti does a good job going over a majority of the readings. We went over the readings more in recitation.
The midterm was 4 or 5 words (IDs) that was either a word that he wrote on the board or an author that we read. There wasnt much guidance for what exactly we were supposed to write for the IDs.
The final was the same set up with an additional essay. The essay was pretty broad so you could include as much information as you wanted from the class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 16743
Submitted: 2011-01-02
Juan Alonso | WL Literature of Chaos | World Literature

Review:
This course and Prof Alonso were so amazing that I find myself still thinking of the books read in this seminar and the comments and insights made by Prof Alonso almost 20 years later! (I took this course in 1991 and have since done an MA in Literature-in great part inspired by this course). Professor Alonso was, by far, the most thought provoking professor I had whilst at Tufts.

Workload:
The books are fabulous and all great reads (and most of them short). The assignments were straightforward.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: French


Review ID: 16742
Submitted: 2011-01-01
Jonathan Kenny | CHEM0031-Physical Chemistry I-Thermodynamics | Chemistry

Review:
Dr. Kenny was an interesting professor. I found his teaching style very enjoyable and right for me. He explains the theory and derives all relevant equations. The fact that he put up all his lecture notes helped TREMENDOUSLY. Problem sets were reasonable usually. On one occasion, questions were difficult and not covered in class, but the best part about Kenny was the fact that he listened to students. He constantly sets up tower meetings to chat with students and he invites you in to talk to him (about life, not chemistry) if he sees you and has time. He also had us fill out evaluations several times throughout the semester and adjusted accordingly (he never assigned homework that was not covered after one evaluation where people commented on that.

Dr. Kenny is surprisingly inviting and available and I would take another class with him.

Workload:
Ok workload. There is assigned reading for each class and it's meant to be done before class (though the concepts are all explained, he does fly over some basic stuff that's well explained in the reading quickly).
Weekly (or so) problem sets that were difficult but very helpful for test preparation. Recommend working in a group on the questions.
3 tests, non cumalitive, and you get a cheatsheet for each, so that's not too bad. There's an inherent 5% or so curve and no further curve was ever necessary. Attending class is necessary to do well.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 16736
Submitted: 2010-12-30
Anne Christine Rice | FR-22 Composition et Conversation | French

Review:
Professor Rice is an excellent professor- one of the few French speakers I have met who can actually explain grammar. She creates a comfortable atmosphere for discussion and conversation in class. Her quizzes and tests are difficult but there are never any surprises. I also enjoyed the French film component of the class, which she taught very well.

Workload:
Like a language class- some busy work, but she tells you what's being collected in advance, so you can do as much or as little as you like. Quizzes and tests are difficult but understandably so. My French improved so much!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 16730
Submitted: 2010-12-29
Brian Brenner | EN 39 - Bridge design | Civil Engineering

Review:
This is very exciting class to go and learn the basics about bridge aesthetics and civil engineering in general. The Class meets only once a week and the professor is hilarious. You do learn a lot from the class and it persuaded me to stick with civil engineering. There are no office hours but you can reach by email. This is great class to take for your EN elective or architectural requirements.

Workload:
Work load is not much not more than half an hour per week on the typical homework assignment. however they are 3 project assignment which are fun and easy the first two are the hardest of them all which is to build a truss bridge out of manila folders this will take at least two hours and patience but great activity. The second making individual tension and compression and tension pieces about an hours work. the last project I did not take part of because just assign it to a group member its about 10 min to 6 hours of works depends on how many iteration you are willing to make. One two page essay to read throughout the course and everything is on the power point except truss analysis .(find a junior CEE student to explain it to you the class TA was helpfull.)


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Civil Engineering


Review ID: 16732
Submitted: 2010-12-29
Alex Frumosu | Math 50 - Applied approach to Calculus 2 | Mathematics

Review:
Well everyone else loved him except for me. Found him hard to understand not because of his cool accent but because of the way he teaches math. Class was dictated by the Kids who knew it or hot the concepts easy. I constantly had to get tutors and I did okay but not well in the class.

Workload:
Homework id assigned and never checked, make sure you do them or you will fail. 3 test total and test problem since this is a unique class are drawn from homework. good luck nice class was not for me.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Civil Engineering


Review ID: 16710
Submitted: 2010-12-24
Mark Karlins | ENG0001 | English

Review:
Professor Karlins is a great who is truly interested in the well-being of his students. He encourages class discussion and is very tolerant of all view points. If what you have to say is out of the ordinary at all, he'll love it. Granted, some of the readings are really strange, which you should keep up on because he's prone to single people out. Easy enough to b.s. if it comes down to it.

Workload:
Compared to some other courses, the work load is light. Four 3-5 page papers and a 5-7 page research paper. No final. Some in class assignments that aren't graded.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 16711
Submitted: 2010-12-24
Larysa Smirnova | FR0001- French 1 | French

Review:
Smirnova is a great professor. Not only is she incredibly nice, she's very clear in her instruction. There was never any confusion, and she was always willing to work with students when they were struggling.

Workload:
A set of questions with each chapter. There are also daily workbook exercises. A few small written assignments and regular quizzes.Work load is fair.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 16700
Submitted: 2010-12-21
Xueping Zhong | CHNS 81 | Chinese

Review:
This class is HARD,especially for people who never watch movies except adaptations like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson or Narnia Chronicles ... The films for sure are difficult to watch as they are "New Wave" films, but I did get good art exposure watching them: how they differ from Hollywood productions etc. certainly develop a "Taste" for films. I didn't know how to write essays in the beginning but Prof. Zhong makes it clear that we are welcome to talk to her during office hours. I go almost every week and read a lot of great work by other students. This definitely helped. This is a discussion-based class, so don't expect the professor to teach you everything or give you notes. It's the others' perspectives that make this class worth going. I got some fabulous classmates who are not amateur film watches. So that helps me learn how to appreciate cinematic techniques. All in all, prof. Zhong is very very helpful - if you want to try something new but quite unsure if you can handle it, talk to her and see what she thinks.

Workload:
Not really a lot of readings - but because screening and discussion is just one day apart, a little reading can become intense when you have other work to do. Plus you have to write a journal entry after each screening, though it's 1 - 2 pages long. 2 5-6 page paper and 1 final 9 page paper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 16702
Submitted: 2010-12-21
Larysa Smirnova | FR 002 - Elementary French 2 | French

Review:
What can you expect in a language class? This class is about making your OWN effort - since you do most learning on your own (watching videos, doing work), how much time you're willing to spend after class will determine your grade in class. Professor Smirnova is great, approachable though sometimes a little unclear when explaining grammar points. You need to prompt more questions to get her answer what you want to know. But students tend to pose ambiguous questions, anyway. We are responsible too. Her French is great. Again, talk to her if anything bad happens.

Workload:
As mentioned just now, work hard if you want to get a good grade. You can choose to watch the videos once before class, but that's not going to make you fluent in French.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 16523
Submitted: 2010-12-12
Benjamin Carp | HIST 24 - Revolutionary America | History

Review:
I curse the day I signed up for this class. Professor Carp was simply dreadful, and the TA Aly Mulrow was even worse. Instead of engaging and interesting discussions about the causes of the revolution, we spent much of class time listening to the professor drone on about his book.

Every time someone dared to ask a question, the TA would furiously scribble down the person's name. I suppose that was our only class participation grade, as Carp only knew the names of his advisees in the class (everyone else was referred to as "you" or "yeah"). Our questions often went unanswered, as Carp would instead ramble on for ten minutes about an unrelated topic, and somehow always manage to return to the most important subject at hand--his book about the Tea Party.

The TA's logic to grading our papers was, quite simply, illogical; Carp didn't grade our papers because he was much too busy. She graded with a purple pen, often misspelling simple words and writing questions on a paper only to write "Oh, I see" after reading the next sentence.

Unless you absolutely need to take this class for a history requirement, I would avoid this class and professor like the plague. And if one of your history classes has Aly as a TA, drop it before it is too late. You have been warned.

Workload:
There was approximately 100-150 pages of reading per week, which in theory wasn't too difficult to manage, but in reality was incredibly boring. Kierner was a great book, but I wasn't a fan of Griffin or Onuf.

Assignments were vague--for the papers we had to come up with our own prompts. But once we actually wrote the papers, our TA always found multiple issues with them. People who have never gotten below an A minus on a history paper got B minuses or C pluses. For our final exam, Carp decided it would be brilliant to choose the questions by flipping a coin. All in all, don't take your chances on this class. It's not worth the heartbreak.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 16516
Submitted: 2010-12-07
Edith Balbach | CH 0001 | Community Health

Review:
If you are into learning about concepts, guiding principles, and looking at problem-solving techniques, this is the class for you. If you are into learning hard core, scientific, tangible facts about the health of communities, this is not the class for you, and it therefore wasn't the class for me. Pr. Balbach is great at explaining things, she's passionate about the subject, and she lets out class twenty-five minutes early every day, but I just didn't get enough out of the class.

Workload:
You'll read two books, do two research papers, and put off your readings until the end of the semester.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 16517
Submitted: 2010-12-07
Daniel Dennett | PHIL 0003 | Philosophy

Review:
No one will deny that Daniel Dennett is one of if not the most esteemed and accomplished professor here at Tufts. Here's out guest celebrity so to speak, so at first, taking a class with him is exciting. They year begins with him blowing you away with his insightfulness and grandeur. But then they year wades on and his lectures become more rambling and the readings esoteric. The class takes an exponential dip during the tale end of the year. It's a good class especially if you've never taken a psychology, computer science, or philosophy class before. I recommend all Cognitive and Brain Science majors take it.

Workload:
Very very little. A final, two problem sets, an eight page paper, weekly readings, and a midterm that only counts if you do well on it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 16518
Submitted: 2010-12-07
Dora Older | Spanish 3 | Spanish

Review:
Dora Older was the sweetest, most helpful, and overall kindest teacher I have ever had. She passed out candy during class multiple times a week. She told really funny and amazing stories about her life and home country, Cuba. I really struggle in Spanish, but I never felt uncomfortable in her class. She was incredibly helpful and kind, I wish I could have taken all 6 semesters with her.

Workload:
All Spanish classes are basically the same, she doesn't give out extra work like some teachers do.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 16507
Submitted: 2010-12-01
Paola Servino | IT0030 Intermediate Italian | Italian

Review:
Paola Servino is fantastic. One of the best Italian professors I've had here! She's so enthusiastic and fun and the class is never boring. Definitely take a class with her if you can!

Workload:
You go through a lot of material in the class, but it's still a lower level language class so the workload is minimal but consistent. Compositions and mini presentations are common.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 16461
Submitted: 2010-11-19
Drusilla Brown | EC060- International Economics | Economics

Review:
I'm shocked to find such negative reviews for Drusilla Brown. Maybe she is different in Intermediate Quant Micro, but for International Economics she is very nice. When she teaches, she a a very warm, almost maternal demeanor. She is calm and clearly knows the material, everything is organized and she hands out the powerpoints in class. She cares deeply about students understanding and makes sure everyone understands the material completely before moving on. She is also very understanding, if you have a scheduling conflict she will accommodate you.

The only gripe I have found with the course was that it was sometimes difficult to get a great idea on what specifically was going to be covered on the quizzes. However, as long as you went to the classes, or understood the powerpoints, a majority of the material covered on the quizzes was easy.

I liked her so much I asked her to be my major advisor.

Workload:
There is some reading, but most of it is too technical to be included on the quizzes, so all you have to do is skim for historical contexts and overall description of theories. The technical material is simplified in class and looks exactly the same in class as it does on the quizzes.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 16384
Submitted: 2010-11-17
Benjamin Carp | Hist 24 | History

Review:
I cannot stress enough at how horrible this professor is. I would never take another class with him, nor wish that anyone have to suffer through this class. It is by far the worst class I have ever taken at Tufts. He is completely unreasonable and has very little concern for students' progress. The class is pretty basic- he lectures and then expects you to ask him questions, so he can just tout his opinions.

Workload:
The workload is a lot for a below 100 level class: 2- 6 page papers, 1- 10-12 page research paper, an in-class midterm, and a final PLUS 150-200 pages of reading a week. If you like getting completely vague assignment, then take this class. He tells you to write papers with no standards of what is expected. The midterm is about "important topics" of the course. No direction as to what that might mean. And he grade deflates. I don't know of anyone who has received an A/A- on an assignment in this class. His expectations are completely unreasonable.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 16359
Submitted: 2010-11-15
Daniel Bosch | Expository Writing eng0001 | English

Review:
Do not take his class. The papers are very tedious and boring and he is very opinionated. He is a tough grader and is very specific about how is students write.

Workload:
Five papers, including a research paper and a lot of analyzing photographs.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 16382
Submitted: 2010-11-15
Daniel Bosch | ENG0001 | English

Review:
Never take this class, or any class with this professor. He is a very difficult grader and also is very opinionated. His projects are very boring and none of them are interesting in any way. I dreaded class every single day and would watch people as they fell asleep.

Workload:
Five papers all dealing with why photographs were taken, including one research paper


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 16383
Submitted: 2010-11-15
Michael Ullman | MUS41- history of the blues | Music

Review:
amaaaaazing course! He's hilarious and has the best, craziest stories to share. The music is incredible and the class feels like a break from the rest of school- I never wanted to leave! I would highly recommend the course.

Workload:
Workload is not bad at all. If you don't treat it like a breezy course and actually take notes in class and study for the exams, then you will do really well. There are 2 exams for which you need to know 70 songs each (a lot of songs, but the music is awesome so it's not bad), and 2 relatively short and straightforward papers.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 16326
Submitted: 2010-11-14
Elizabeth Remick | PS135 - Comparative Revolutions | Political Science

Review:
Remick is great, a very clear and engaging lecturer, but just be warned, this class is EXTREMELY HARD. By far the hardest class I've taken at Tufts so far. The papers are extremely complex, require tons of preparation, and are almost impossible to write successfully. Don't take this course unless you have a lot of time to devote to it. If you do, then great. You will certainly learn a lot of information about about a lot of revolutions, and about theories of revolution in general. In my opinion, it was too much to be crammed into one semester.

Workload:
A LOT of reading, which you need to do to find evidence for your papers. 3 papers: a 5-page paper, a 6-page paper, and a 12-page research paper. Again, these papers make you want to die.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 16313
Submitted: 2010-11-10
Joseph Debold | Psy25-Physiological Psychology | Psychology

Review:
I love Professor Debold. He's really clear, very reasonable in what he expects of students, and incredibly knowledgeable about the field of biopsychology. One of my favorite professors at Tufts. I highly recommend taking this course. Very interesting material too.

Workload:
Very easy. 3 tests with an optional final. The tests are all multiple choice and draw mostly from his lectures. He assigns reading from the textbook to go along with each lecture. The text helps clarify and expand upon things said in class, but you will probably be fine if you only study from your lecture notes. You must go to class though. He says things that aren't in the book. Easy A though if you study!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 16315
Submitted: 2010-11-10
Joanne Phillips | Cls146-Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine | Classics

Review:
I love this course. Very interesting and the professor really knows what she's talking about. Would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in medicine.

Workload:
The homework consists of a very manageable amount of reading. The reading must be done because her tests require that you cite outside sources. There is a midterm split up into 2 classes so it counts as 2 separate grades. There is also a final and a really cool paper where you get assigned a patient and have to treat them as if you were a doctor in ancient Greek. This paper is worth 50% of your final and it's an easy A as long as you do the work.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 16211
Submitted: 2010-10-29
Elizabeth Leavell | ENG002- Other Worlds | English

Review:
Professor Leavell is extremely enthusiastic about the course and really cares about her students. She makes individual conferences with them to make sure they're progressing as they should, goes over their papers, and helps them think of ways to better their writing. I got the sense that she really cared about me as a student as well as the rest of our class. She's really warm and outgoing, and teaches the class really well. She creates an extremely warm learning environment.

Workload:
The workload was pretty moderate. Readings for every class, but not an insane amount. 4 essays throughout the semester. Everything is crystal clear.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 16047
Submitted: 2010-10-14
Pearl Robinson | PS129 - African Politics | Political Science

Review:
She loves Africa and is very knowledgeable, but lectures are hard to follow since she simply reads her notes. Prior knowledge on the issues is very necessary

Workload:
Hundreds of pages of reading each week which are difficult to connect to in class lectures.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 15672
Submitted: 2010-09-19
Milan Kohout | Guerilla Performance Art and Politics | Experimental College

Review:
Milan is here to help all the rich little twats like you and me get a clue. If you hate him, there is a good chance you are scum. He is everything that a Tufts educator shouldn't be, which makes him everything that we need.

Workload:
He doesn't care about papers, even if he assignes them, you could literally spit on computer paper and he'd accept it. In fact he'd love it. The work load is internal?are you ready to surrender yourself? To say things you've never said to anyone, to rethink your world, to piss people off with your body?


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Philosophy


Review ID: 15585
Submitted: 2010-09-09
Jeffrey Zabel | EC015 - Econometrics | Economics

Review:
Professor Zabel is great. He knows the material very well and expresses an enthusiasm for it that rubs off onto his students. He is readily available to provide extra help and definitely cares about his students. I will sign up for whatever class he is teaching next semester.

Workload:
There was a considerable amount of work, but it all ensures that everyone understands the material prior to tests. The STATA problems can be frustrating and tedious though. There are 3 tests, many problem sets and a large paper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 14984
Submitted: 2010-08-09
Janet Schmalfeldt | MUS102- Principles of Tonal Theory II | Music

Review:
As said in the review above, Schmalfeldt is a dream professor. She is charming in her dedication and sincere concern for her student's understanding and success. She is very prompt and detailed with emails and help; at times, she is almost painfully clear. Be warned though, that this is not an easy class. She has high expectations and grades pretty hard. However, she is sensitive to students asking for help, putting in a lot of effort, etc. so if you're feeling desperate on an assignment, go to her and she will help you out. Overall, you learn a lot, get a decent grade, and get to experience the wonder of Schmalfeldt weekly.

Workload:
It is really not worth buying the textbooks- although she assigned readings at times, she would often just give us clearer, better handouts. The assignments are 1-2 a week, and they take a substantial amount of time.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Music


Review ID: 14985
Submitted: 2010-08-09
Daniel Mulholland | HIST060- Early and Imperial Russia | History

Review:
Professor Mulholland is so fantastically old-school that every lecture was a pleasure. He makes the occasional dry joke and creates a good ambiance in class. Even my notes were eloquent. On the flip side, this old-school quality makes him fairly detached as a professor. He slaps a decent grade on the papers and doesn't welcome much class participation. I did get the impression that he was a nice guy outside of class though.

Workload:
4 or 5 5-page papers- that's it! A hefty amount of reading, which only really helped to clarify lectures if I was confused. However, he really does just pick out the best bits and tie them together.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 14634
Submitted: 2010-08-06
Eudene Ward-Murray | Intro. Nursing Research | OTHER

Review:
Unreasonable with grading without good feed-back. Grades like a 600 level class. This one is a GPA buster with the most work you will ever do.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: OTHER


Review ID: 14635
Submitted: 2010-08-06
Dale Peterson | English 1 | English

Review:
Peterson is on point!!!!! As a matter of fact, I love Peterson!!!!! He's madd cool and down to earth; to the point that I was overjoyed to go to his class. Peterson is a writer; so he encouraged his students to be authentic and true to themselves when writing(I call this the "keep it real factor"). He wants each student's work to reflect that student. Peterson's essay topics are catered to the students. When an essay topic was given it would relate so much to what I was going through that more than likely I would write about my week or profound events within my life. Peterson really cares about his students progress and is understanding of the college workload. The class mostly entailed of a group reading their essays and the students "peer revising" the essays. His class feel is very laid back and comfortable. He also encourages office hours and will always try to fit you into his schedule. I would recommend every freshman to try to enroll in his English 1 course. Peterson is simply amazing!!!!!!

Workload:
There were no test or quizzes. An essay(around 3 to 4 pages doubled spaced) usually every week or week and a half. One final paper(around 10 pages - basically an extension of an existing paper).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 14630
Submitted: 2010-08-03
Joseph Debold | PSY055Human Sexual Behavior | Psychology

Review:
This professor is a great guy. He knew exactly what he was talking about and always seemed to be happy to be teaching. He is very approachable.

Workload:
The workload was definitely manageable. You could drop one test. Easy to do well. Some of the material seems like a repeat of things you have once learned but the material does go deeper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 14092
Submitted: 2010-07-14
Michael Ullman | Irish Literature and Creative Non-Fiction | English

Review:
Best Professor and mentor I have had at Tufts. You are lucky if you take a class with him. Brilliant man and fantastic sense of humor.

In terms of what you learn, you seriously get out of class as much as you put into it. So do the readings so that you can participate. It's worth it.

You must seek him out. He won't make the effort unless you make the effort. Take him to coffee. Talk about the big things in life.

He knows his English, Music, and has a good perspective of the Big Picture for students. Talk to him about it! What more could you want?

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 14087
Submitted: 2010-07-08
Elizabeth Foster | Hist 54- Europe 1815-Present | History

Review:
Prof. Foster delivers her lectures in a very organized and interesting manner, often with a hint of sarcasm. She knows pretty much everything about European history and assigns really compelling readings. She helps students see a seemingly well known subject in a completely different light and employs a sense of humor while doing it (many Stalin and Khrushchev jokes). She willingly helps students after/ outside of class.

Workload:
Her expectations are very clear. Midterm and Final are mostly in class essays, not too challenging, but they do require you to study the readings. There are two papers (5-7 pages each), and seeking help outside of class is especially helpful.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 14089
Submitted: 2010-07-08
Wanda MacDonald | English 1 | English

Review:
Don't take this class!!! Prof. MacDonald is very kind, but she is absolutely incomprehensible. Her expectations are extremely unclear for seemingly easy assignments. Unless you follow the model essays she hands out in class EXACTLY, you won't get about a B-. She does allow rewrites, but doesn't mention that until the very last week of the semester.

Workload:
About an essay a week; no room for creativity; unusually harsh grader; grades only for structure, not for content or critical thinking. English 2 was a breeze compared to this class, and much more interesting.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 13931
Submitted: 2010-06-22
Michael Goldman | PS112 - Media, Politics, & Law | Political Science

Review:
Professor Goldman teaches this one course a week for 3 hours, so he wants to engage the handful (~10 students) of students in the class. It may not be the most structured class, but it is certainly informative. Don't take the course title too seriously as the subjects discussed don't really have much to do with how the three interplay. Instead, the class provides a framework under which to discuss American culture. Goldman covers subjects like evolution vs. intelligent design, culture of fear, feminist revolution, civil rights, and the Supreme Court.
The readings are compelling and very light on technical analysis. You won't find many political science terms addressed here. But you will find yourself wondering exactly how this country has changed, and how to change it. The best part of this course is undoubtedly the section on the Supreme Court, the one branch of government that no other pol. sci. class at Tufts even approaches. Goldman assigns the book "The Nine", a quintessential read on the modern Supreme Court, and by far the best book assigned in a class.

Workload:
Readings are long, but easy reads. Don't fret about finishing them. Only really the first half of each book is necessary for class discussion and tests. But the books are fun to read.

Exams seem difficult. Just follow Goldman's advice: "If you study what I tell you to, you will do fine." He gives a list of subjects to study. And if you study them, you will ace the tests with ease. And if you miss a couple questions, don't worry. He gives a lot of credit for answers.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 13675
Submitted: 2010-06-03
Sooda Bhatt | EXP030F | American Studies

Review:
Very bad teacher. I feel like he shouldn't even be teaching. He hardly knows anything. It was a total waste of time.

Workload:
Same here. Not satisfied at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 13677
Submitted: 2010-06-03
Sooda Bhatt | EXP030F | OTHER

Review:
Very bad teacher. I feel like he shouldn't even be teaching. He hardly knows anything. It was a total waste of time.

Workload:
Same here. Not satisfied at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 13668
Submitted: 2010-05-26
Mark Woodin | CH054 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology | Community Health

Review:
Great class. Woodin is engaging and knows the material cold. He may depart on tangents from time to time, but these tangents are either interesting, funny, or at least loosely related to the material. He makes interesting material even more interesting. Class periods flew by and I was genuinely disappointed that the class had to end. Take this class, regardless of whether or not you are a major in one of its 3 cross listings.

Workload:
Weekly Readings, although they weren't really necessary to understand the material. Prof even bashed the book a few times.

3 Problem Sets, 2 Exams that take two 1 hour-and-fifteen minute blocks each, although one exam ended up being take home for us. And a study critique paper at the end. All straightforward if you put in the time to know the concepts.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 13664
Submitted: 2010-05-25
Ming Chow | COMP10 - Introduction to Game Development | OTHER

Review:
Ming is an absolute joy. He's the funniest guy. The class is about how to create a successful video game. Lectures could get confusing, but since it's comp. sci. it was totally acceptable to play online flash games during class (in fact, it's often recommended). This was my favorite class at Tufts--Ming is a great guy!

Workload:
Fairly simple. Assignments were sometimes difficult for Comp 10. folks, but Ming was always willing to help--he responds to e-mails within ten minutes of them being sent. There were six graded assignments over the course of the semester, three quizzes, a group project, and a final project.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 13665
Submitted: 2010-05-25
Ning Ma | CHNS92 - Martial Arts in Chinese Literature & Film | Chinese

Review:
Ning Ma is a great professor, and the material in this course was very interesting. However, she does tend to encourage needless discussion in the class. She is pretty much the easiest grader ever, and who wouldn't want to take a class in which your homework includes watching Mulan and Kung Fu Panda? She is genuinely interested in the material and students' progress. Just make sure you speak up in class!

Workload:
The workload is very consistent--you have a goofy homework assignment (short answer based on the readings) and a comment you have to write on blackboard (a short paragraph). There are two 3-4 page papers, as well as a final quiz that is matching with a word bank. You also have to do a final skit. The work is definitely substantial, but she is seriously the easiest grader ever. Do the work, and you get an A.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chinese


Review ID: 13666
Submitted: 2010-05-25
Joseph Hurka | ENG005 - Creative Writing: Fiction | English

Review:
Joe is the best professor ever. He is such a thoughtful, wonderful, guy who is very interested in each students' individual progress. The course is based mostly on workshopping, in which you read out your work and have it critiqued by the kids in the class. Joe grades based on effort, and said that everyone was doing well in the class consistently. TAKE THIS CLASS--trust me.

Workload:
Very simple. You have a few short reading assignments and writing responses in the beginning of the semester. For your final, you submit one longer story and two instances of


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 13667
Submitted: 2010-05-25
Lisa Troy | NUT 101 - Human Nutrition | Nutrition

Review:
This is a large, lecture-style class that was at 8:05 in the morning. We used iClickers. Professor Troy was an OK lecturer, but there were constantly guest lecturers who weren't very good. No one really seemed to care about students' progress. THE TAS WERE THE WORST--especially Jessica Hoschstadt. She was consistently hostile when there was no reason to be. The material was interesting, but that was about it--I'd try and take it with a different professor, or at LEAST different TAs.

Workload:
Three tests, one awful diet analysis, and a final. Each worth 20%. I got an A, but I worked my ass off for it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 13662
Submitted: 2010-05-24
Richard Fey | EC162 - International Finance | Economics

Review:
Professor Fey is easily the worst professor I've had at Tufts. His teaching style primarily involves utilizing the power point slides from the textbook, but he rarely discusses more than 10 of the 50-80 per chapter, and many of them are shuffled through so quickly that students have no time to process or write down the information. The vast majority of class consisted of Professor Fey telling the class about his own predictions and ideas in economics, sometimes boasting. Told us that in the past he made students write a paper on one of his theories that turned out to be wrong. On several occasions, he explained a concept incorrectly and had to be corrected by students, after which he quickly changed the subject and brushed off his mistakes. Professor Fey certainly has done a lot of research in the fields of macroeconomics and international finance, but he couldn't care less about his students, and the course was lacking as a result of his apathy.

Workload:
No real workload whatsoever. 9 chapters to read, two quizzes (originally supposed to be five), a midterm worth 35% and a final worth 50%. As only a small minority of each chapter was discussed in class, the majority of exams and quizzes were on material that had to be self-taught No incentive whatsoever to come to class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 13541
Submitted: 2010-05-20
Justin Patch | MUS003 - Intro to World Music | Music

Review:
This class was definitely interesting, but is not an easy arts credit. Professor is great and is always willing to meet up with you to talk about class or even other stuff - he's a pretty cool guy!

Workload:
Somewhat straightforward assignments, talking to the professor helps. Relatively simple quizzes, but the papers were not easily graded. He expects profound thinking. If you take the time to do the work and show that you've put in effort (going to office hours, etc), you should get a grade in the A-range. If you're mediocre, expect a B.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 13543
Submitted: 2010-05-20
Aida Belansky | SPN004 - Intermediate Spanish II | Spanish

Review:
Belansky is not an easy grader, but is very eager to help her students. She's kind and is always open for questions. Office hours are helpful. However, she does not teach well. If you don't have a strong Spanish background, do not take her. If you don't really need a great teacher and just like the time slot she's teaching in, take her.

Workload:
Lot of homework but it's rarely checked unless she warns you ahead of time. Tests are medium, not hard not easy. Just study and you'll be fine. Lots of assignments though! Hard grader.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 13178
Submitted: 2010-05-14
George Ellmore | BIO0118 - Plant Physiology | Biology

Review:
Professor Ellmore is absolutely hilarious and incredibly interesting. I originally took this course because I needed it for the major, but it was my favorite class all semester and one of the best classes I've taken in biology. Lectures are always interesting and Ellmore is always well-prepared for class. He really knows his material and gets you excited about plants, which says a LOT about how good the professor is.

Workload:
We only had 2 exams and a final. All exams were a very fair test of our mastery of the material, and I did well on all of them. He also scales grades if necessary. Definitely take this class!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 12833
Submitted: 2010-05-05
Stephan Pennington | MUS44 - History of Rock 'N' Roll | Music

Review:
I have never written a review of any professor in my two years at Tufts. However, after taking History of Rock 'N' Roll with Professor Pennington, I felt it necessary to comment. History of Rock 'N' Roll was, by far, the best class I have ever taken and the best professor I have ever had. Professor Pennington is extremely enthusiastic and really seems to love what he is teaching. The class is large, around 70 students, but he makes it seem as if he is talking directly to you and is constantly asking for class involvement. He is very welcoming and extremely approachable.

And, maybe it was just because the topic was so interesting, but I learned much more than I normally do in courses. If this class is taught by Prof. Pennington, it would be a shame to miss out on it.

Workload:
The work for every class was to read a selected chapter in a text book and listen to 6 songs about a certain genre. The class is graded on 2 short writing assignments, a mid-term paper, a mid-term exam, a final paper and a final exam. And all of the assignments are very interesting and not an annoyance to write. And the exams are directly based on lectures in class, so it is necessary to actually attend class. Although class was not mandatory to go to, I did not miss one (and I am a student who is prone to skipping multiple classes during a semester) because I enjoyed the class so much.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 12831
Submitted: 2010-05-04
Sheila Emerson | ENG135- Empire and Counterculture | English

Review:
One of the best English classes I've taken at Tufts. She's terribly eloquent and offers up provocative and challenging ideas (but isn't pedantic about it... open to disagreement). Made fascinating cross-disciplinary connections (science, art) with the texts and really changed the way I thought about British literature. Has a clear passion for the material and a deep concern for her students.

Workload:
Lots of reading but manageable if you keep up and don't try to do it all the night before. Weekly journal entries to be turned in at the end of the course in addition to a final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 12827
Submitted: 2010-04-28
Justin Patch | MUS 3 - Music As Culture | Music

Review:
TAKE THIS CLASS!!! Prof. Patch is an engaging and passionate lecturer, and flat out one of the coolest professors I've had at Tufts. He is extremely down to earth and goes out of his way to update his material?one class he discussed the Grammies, Lady Gaga and Beyonce before getting into Traditional Indian Music.

He is also extremely approachable and eager to learn about his students. Go to his office hours to spend some time with an intelligent professor who can also be just a cool dude.

Workload:
About 30 pages of reading per night?some more dense/theoretical but most straightforward.
Three 2-4 page concert reports due at the end of the semester plus a longer final paper.
Prof. Patch will offer extra credit for attending faculty lectures and writing up a paper summarizing salient points and expanding upon them?take advantage of it!!!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 12826
Submitted: 2010-04-26
Dale Peterson | ENG001-Expository Writing | English

Review:
Dale is an extremely laid back professor. His motto for giving you an A on your essays is, "As long as you entertain me, you get an A". He loves creativity and clarity. He's available to his students. Class discussion does get awkward at times, since it's generally a small class and he doesn't encourage participation as much as he could. Great Professor!

Workload:
About 5 essays and one final research paper


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 12692
Submitted: 2010-04-22
Marie Gilette | French 3 | French

Review:
She was a great professor. She made my French 3 experience awesome. She is French herself, so that adds a valuable touch to learning the language - she's able to tell you what exactly the french say now or don't say any longer. Also, she is full of interesting anecdotes about France. She explained the concepts well and she makes you feel very comfortable. I would totally take French 4 with her was it being offered.

Workload:
Regular amount of work for a language for this level.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 12693
Submitted: 2010-04-22
Kris Manjapra | His 48: South Asia & the World | History

Review:
He's a great prof. and he is very helpful. although, he sometimes assumes a background in south asia on the part of the students - that can throw off some american students. i would take a class again with him. he has a really good dressing sense.

Workload:
50 pages of reading/week.
1 midterm, 1 quiz, 1 final and 1 book review


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 12695
Submitted: 2010-04-22
Indrani Bhattacharjee | Phil 001 - Intro to Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
She is a great prof, really funny, humorous and thoroughly well-versed in the subject matter. Although, she is not that good at conveying the concepts of the material that well, esp if you dont have a background in phil. will i take phil with her again? Probably not.

Workload:
3 papers, 2 short responses and about 50 pages/week reading.
not that bad.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 12696
Submitted: 2010-04-22
Priscilla Sneff | Eng 001 - Expository Writing | English

Review:
she was a good prof - used to come to class in a huff alot of the times. kind of a weird lady, but she knew her stuff about writing. critiqued my papers well. she was helpful and pretty flexible about deadlines if you had decent reasons.

Workload:
TOO MUCH WORK!
3 scenes, 1 research paper, 10 summaries/responses


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 12722
Submitted: 2010-04-22
Winifred Rothenberg | Economics of the British INdustrial Revolution | Economics

Review:
She knows a lot about the topic but presents all of the material in rambling, disconnected lectures so you have no idea really what is going on. She loves her students but the class is so incredibly tedious and poorly structured that her 'love' does not make up for it.

Workload:
10 page papers every couple weeks


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 12633
Submitted: 2010-04-20
Christopher McHugh | Monetary Economics | Economics

Review:
McHugh was the worst professor I have ever had at Tufts. It disappoints me that Tufts would extend a teacher job to such an unqualified individual. His lectures often had nothing to do with the assigned course work and he exhibited zero effort in explaining the material. Just an awful class.

Workload:
Pages in the textbook were assigned and problem sets were due every two weeks. His exams are 6 questions long, with 5 of the 6 questions referring to material that has nothing to do with the class. Only take this class if you are forced to. Beware.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 12519
Submitted: 2010-04-17
Dore Gardner | Foundations of Photography | Studio Art - Medford Campus

Review:
Dore is good at teaching you how to use your camera/equipment, etc, and is very encouraging to beginners. She is a little eccentric, but overall I liked the class. She is helpful and knows her stuff, and I liked that she introduced us to a lot of photographers. She is very outspoken and blunt though, and often can be a little harsh during critiques. She gets very uptight when you miss class when there are student presentations going on, and doesn't like it when you miss class in general. The TA was a big help, and I think the class would have been impossible without an extra person there to help.

Workload:
This class is a lot of work. You have two three hour blocks per week, and depending on your efficiency, you may often need to go into the darkroom to work outside of class. There is one roll of film due per week and she is not very understanding about how busy student's schedules can be with other classwork, which was aggravating. We had Tuesdays were usually work days and Thursdays were critique days and when we received our new assignment. You are required to do a presentation on any photographer you choose, which isn't bad, its mostly just to introduce work of a photographer. The last month or so of the class is dedicated to your final project, which is 10ish prints of any subject you choose. We didnt have nearly enough time to finish this, however, and I had to come in a lot outside of class. I learned quite a bit, and I like photography a lot, so I enjoyed the process but I wouldn't take this class unless you are willing to put in the effort.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 12521
Submitted: 2010-04-17
Heather Urry | Psy 0032 | Psychology

Review:
Professor Urry is very fair and concerned with student's understanding and progress. She threw out 8 questions on our first exam because they were worded poorly, and offers quite a few opportunities for extra credit. However, no one would take this class if it weren't required for the major. The material is the most boring information in the world, and it is a lot of work. I would like to take a different class with her because I think it would be really good.

Workload:
About a chapter of reading per week, though I never read the material and buying the book was a waste of money (it is on reserve in the library if you really want to read it). One 2.5 hour lab section per week was annoying and a lot of work. We had two long, and very aggravating APA format papers that were written on the two studies we ran ourselves. The papers were graded harshly, but you get a chance for rewrites. The second study we had to design ourselves and had to run 60 participants ourselves outside of class, which was terrible. You have to make a poster that you present to the class at the end of the semester. There were two exams, but no final. I really hated this class


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 12491
Submitted: 2010-04-16
Laurel Hankins | ENG02 -- Conformity and Rebellion | English

Review:
Laurel clearly cares about the class and students. On the first day of class, she discussed the main object of the class: to make all of us great writers. While I had not written many papers before this class and was a little hesitant because of that, Laurel made the class and writing fun. We would read interesting articles on race, sexism, and we read Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon." We would write short papers on different material covered in class.

Class was definitely the best part of the class. We would face each other in a circle with one student assigned to lead class discussion on the homework readings. The discussions/debates always held my attention and I enjoyed participating in them. I learned a lot from them.

Laurel always comes to class organized and prepared. There are never any surprise assignments. GO to office hours and talk to her if you any questions about the class or how to improve your writing. She helped me improve my writing greatly and she gave interesting prompts that made the writing fun.

Workload:
The readings only take about 20 minutes. SOmetimes, we would post a Blackboard post that ony needed to be a couple of paragraphs. So, usually, only 2 hours of homework a week I would say for a class that meets only two days a week. We did have 4 papers (based off of homework readings/book) and 1 research paper (analyzing any media story we wanted). Papers were spread out well throughout the semester so we never felt overwhelmed. Laurel is a big fan of drafting so she would break up the writing process and have us bring a few rough drafts to class before we could submit our final draft. All in all, not bad in terms of workload at all. Most of the class is based upon paper grades, so unless you've already mastered the writing process, do not expect anything higher than a B+ on papers. But the grade is not the point, my writing and paper grades improved over the semester. Take this class if you can. Great teacher and great course material give this class an A in my book.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 12483
Submitted: 2010-04-15
Carl Beckman | ENG001- Expository Writing | English

Review:
I highly recommend taking a class with Beckman. He is VERY enthusiastic (animated even) and concerned with students' progress. He will spend over an hour with you talking about a particular paper (both before and after) if you need help and he grades very fairly.

Workload:
One or two short reading assignments (or films) with journal entries per week. Five papers per semester. Very manageable. Interactive writing workshops in class sometimes.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 12429
Submitted: 2010-04-14
Richard Chechile | PSY0028 - Cognitive Psychology | Psychology

Review:
Chechile teaches very little real content regarding the subject instead he cites studies all class period, every class period and most of the studies are his own.

Chechile seems like a nice guy but his lecture style is disorganized, difficult to follow and he presents no visual aids (aside from writing Chechile et al (1989), etc on the board, apart from the occasional color pencil drawing on paper, or a rare transparency)

Workload:
There was no homework, but a fair amount of reading from a dry book. The readings ultimately have almost nothing to do with the class (although they will teach you more on the subject than he will) and the tests will barely ask questions based on them (if at all).

Grades consist of two 30 question exams asking about his own studies in detail and which were worth 80% of your grade together. 15% of your grade is a paper that does not feel worth it and 5% is based on a presentation you probably will not be given much time to prepare for.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 12373
Submitted: 2010-04-13
David Denby | Phil 024- Ethics | Philosophy

Review:
Denby is a great professor, funny engaging, but the popularity of the class is ultimately its downfall. In such a big class, discussion was nearly impossible with literally the same two students chiming in once in a while. Without discussion the class is straight lecture, which is fine, but not great for figuring your own ideas and views on the subjects.

Workload:
Not bad. Four short papers. Graded by the TA, who tend to be pretty accessible.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 12381
Submitted: 2010-04-13
Mauricio Gutierrez | MATH0038 - Differential Equations | Mathematics

Review:
TAKE THIS CLASS WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

In case that wasn't detailed enough, let me just say I literally learned nothing from the man. Not only were his lectures useless and notes confusing, he got nearly every example problem wrong. He used to berate students for asking simple questions, then make their questions harder because "anyone could do what you just asked." The class isn't horrible, but you end up teaching yourself everything. Oh and the book kindof sucks too.

Workload:
Typical for a math course.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemical Engineering


Review ID: 12383
Submitted: 2010-04-13
Marcie Hershman | Creative Writing | English

Review:
Marcie was awesome. This was by far my most enjoyable class at Tufts so far. It was a lot of fun. The class was actually one of the small ones that they lie to you about on tours. The professor promoted everyone in class knowing and befriending each other and was always available to talk about writing. She was a little bit of a hard ass but in a good way. I would definitely take another class with her. This was the only course I've taken in two years where the professor takes an interest in knowing the students. She gave great feedback on papers.

Workload:
Assignments could be difficult in that you had to let ideas come to you. A couple of longer stories (5 pages and 7 pages) were done at the end while several short 500 word stories were written in the beginning. Very few constraints on writing, you could be as creative as you wanted.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 12334
Submitted: 2010-04-12
Philip Starks | Bio 130 Animal Behavior | Biology

Review:
Professor Starks is one of the best professor I've ever had, although his class at 8:30am, I have yet to fall asleep during lecture, however is difficult to focus on the material at such an early time.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 12143
Submitted: 2010-04-07
Sergiy Kryatov | Chem0001 - Chem Fundamentals W/Lab | Chemistry

Review:
In terms of Chemistry Professors, Kryatov was pretty great. His lectures were clear and organized, and he printed lecture notes for his students. His tests were very clearly on the information covered in class, and while they were incredibly hard, he gives you a lot of study material prior. I enjoyed the class greatly, and he is entertaining and relatively funny, and intersperses simple chemical demonstrations in his classes. He does have a Ukrainian accent witch takes a little getting used to.

Workload:
This class has a lot of work, weekly paper and online problem sets along with weekly labs. All of the work is difficult but manageable.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Civil Engineering


Review ID: 12094
Submitted: 2010-04-04
Anne de Laire Mulgrew | SPN022 - Spanish Composition | Spanish

Review:
Anne has changed. Yes, she could have been bad in the past, but she is easily the best professor I've ever had. She is patient, friendly, concerned with students' opinions, and takes recommendations as to how to improve the class. She still grades tough, but let's be real: you are in spanish 22, you obliviously want to learn spanish, and she makes you learn.

Workload:
Short readings for every class. Movies, compositions, quizzes, etc. from time to time., Yes, it can be a hassle, but it really isn't that bad.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 12022
Submitted: 2010-04-01
George Norman | Principles of economics (ec0005) | Economics

Review:
If i could, i would take this class again. Norman made the class an absolute pleasure. He is completely honest about the material--he acknowledges the difficulty of the more complex concepts and is more than happy to spend the necessary time explaining them. He makes a class with an enrollment of 300+ students feel like a 20 person class. Not to mention, he is hilarious. I dont know anybody who took the class with him and had a bad experience. TAKE EC5 WITH GEORGE NORMAN, anybody else would not do it justice.

Workload:
The problem sets (about 5 total) are challenging but very reasonable. If you have a question ask a TA-thats what theyre there for. The exams are more challenging than the problem sets but completely fair. Also, Norman is happy to answer any questions you may have about an exam that was difficult for you.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 11801
Submitted: 2010-03-23
John Hodgman | ELS 101 | Entrepreneurial Leadership

Review:
Great class! Very knowledgeable professor and the three hour class is broken up by group presentations and speakers so it never gets too boring. Great overview of businesses.

Workload:
Not too bad. Reading and memo due almost every week but plenty of time to do it. Two quizzes that are open note and not bad at all. One final business plan presentation with a group that is a lot of work but not bad.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 11781
Submitted: 2010-03-21
Anne Gardulski | GEO 5 - Intro to Oceanography | Geology

Review:
Awesome professor. Very passionate about the Earth and its oceans, and has traveled the world in pursuit of this passion. It's a lot like a bio class in that you have to memorize a bunch of information, but the flip-side to that is the minimal amount of math.

Workload:
Pretty easy (5 or 6 homework assignments that took between 20 minutes to an hour) and a 6-page research paper that she guided us through. However, you had to study pretty hard for the midterm and final. Overall, I got a B+ without doing a terrible amount of work.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 11764
Submitted: 2010-03-20
Jeffrey Zabel | EC 15 Econometrics | Economics

Review:
I think I made the best decision taking Econometrics with Professor Zabel. He is very passionate about Econometrics and thus is very concerned about his students' progress. His notes are very clear: he posts them online before class, so you can follow him while he goes over them in lecture. He will always ask if he needs to go over concepts, so if you don't understand something, he'll slow down.

We had to write a research paper in the end, but Professor Zabel had deadlines well before the paper was due, so you basically write the paper as you go along in the course. He is also very available in office hours, and will actually make you sign up for a time slot to go over the progress of your paper.
He can sound kind of dismissive at times, but that's because he can smell from miles away people bullshitting and going to his office hours just to get the answers and not actually understand the material. I can understand why for Statistics he may not be the best professor because he can be kind of intimidating, especially for freshmen.

He is your best option for Econometrics though, guaranteed.

Workload:
The work load is insane, but that's because it's econometrics. We were stuck every Thursday night in the computer lab doing problem sets on STATA. They take forever to finish, but again, that's the only way to understand econometrics.

Bottom line, I would recommend Professor Zabel.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 11679
Submitted: 2010-03-18
Kevin Irwin | CH002- Health Care in America | Community Health

Review:
Professor Irwin may not be the most thrilling lecturer, but that's largely due to the complicated subject of the US health care system. He's an incredibly nice guy and super approachable. He knows a lot about CH because he's had significant experience in the field. I wouldn't necessarily take this class if you're not a CH major (I think CH 1 is better for the general student), but it's a good class.

Workload:
The workload was doable. A small paper, a midterm, a debate, a policy memo, and a final. All of the assignments were short but required a good amount of thought and time. The midterm and final were very straightforward.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 11738
Submitted: 2010-03-18
Peter Winn | HIST002 Globalization | History

Review:
Wonderful professor, led gripping lectures and was keen to tie course material to current events. Course was well organized and overall enlightening, given how much material is covered in only one semester.

However, on a side note, he's a horrible advisor. Don't be seduced by his eloquence and knowledge, he's got a lot of shit to do. Look for somebody less brilliant but more available and sensitive to student's needs.

Workload:
Two short essays, a midterm and final paper each about 15 pages. Average IR workload. Tons of reading, but you can be selective with it and most of it was extremely interesting.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 11656
Submitted: 2010-03-16
Dale Petterson | ENG001-Creative Writing | English

Review:
Dala Petterson is the most laid back professor you will have! His criteria on grading are, "As long as you entertain me, you get an A". He is very willing to help upon request, and also gives you specifics on what he wants you to include in your essay, making it even easier to get a great grade. His classes however are extremely boring, though he has a very (very) dry sense of humor. I would encourage everyone to try and take English 1 with Professor Petterson.

Workload:
About an essay due every week and a half. There's a total of 6 essays. The final one is a research paper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 11584
Submitted: 2010-03-13
Daniel Richards | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
Professor Richards is a pretty bad professor. I would not say he's the worst, but his lectures are impossible to stay awake for and often go so far off topic that they are impossible to follow. His powerpoints are really complicated, and so are the problem sets. The test seems easy but is then graded really harshly. I would not recommend taking this class at all. Get EC5 done first semester.

Workload:
We did not have much work, but the book was really boring and the problem sets were really complicated.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 10624
Submitted: 2010-03-02
Gary Leupp | HIST 42 | History

Review:
Just remember when you take a course with Leupp, you're in for an interesting ride. He's very passionate about his classes, but it doesn't always shine through during class.

Utilize his office hours; it helps immensely when writing your research paper.

Workload:
Assignments were very straightforward. One midterm, one final and one research paper (10-12 pages). Not a harsh grader and very fair


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 10390
Submitted: 2010-02-25
Joseph Debold | PSY0055 | Psychology

Review:
Professor Debold definitely clearly explained all the material for the class. He made his powerpoints informative and interesting, but you definitely had to go to class to get a lot of the important information that was only addressed in the actual lecture. His tests were very fair and representative of the material, and he held helpful review sessions before each one. The issues with this class is that the people really determine the environment much more than he does, and if no one wants to ask questions and are generally quiet, then the class can be a little dull.

Workload:
There are 3 tests throughout the semester and a final during the finals week, but your lowest test score is dropped. You can opt not to take the final if you are happy with your grade as is. It was about 20 - 30 pages of text book reading a night, but there were a lot of pictures and it was really interesting so it goes pretty fast. Reading the text isn't essential because so much of it is covered in lecture, but giving it a once over before exams as a review was definitely helpful.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 10392
Submitted: 2010-02-25
Alex Frumosu | MATH013 | Mathematics

Review:
Prof Frumosu is the best teacher I have had at Tufts. Aside from being clear and very intelligent, he cares if the students actually understand what is going on. He made an otherwise difficult class relatively easy. He keeps the lectures interesting and has a dry sense of humor that can cause a whole class to laugh ridiculously. Sadly, I could not get him for dif eq. Alas.

Workload:
Standard math assignments, two midterms, one final. Make sure you do the homework.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemical and Biological Engineering


Review ID: 10033
Submitted: 2010-02-15
Brigitte Lane | FR 75- Classics of French Cinema | French

Review:
Prof. Lane is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the subject matter, but don't let that fool you, the class is horribly boring. Unless you are seriously passionate about french film i would stay far far away. The class is held in the depths of Olin where the sun doesn't shine and I had a horrible time trying to stay awake. The class is fairly large and everyone has to do one presentation a semester which takes up large chunks of the class, and as you might expect, these presentations aren't exactly thrilling.

Workload:
There wasn't too much work. We had a mid-term and final paper, a short presentation and some random reading responses. There's a movie shown each week but honestly you only need to see the ones you write a paper on.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 9940
Submitted: 2010-02-01
Susan Ostrander | Sex and Gender in Society | Sociology

Review:
Terrible professor. Obnoxious and not accepting of alternative views. Lectures are often painful to sit through.

Workload:
Manageable, but does not make up for how bad and obnoxious the professor is.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9938
Submitted: 2010-01-31
Robert Stolow | CHEM051 ORGO | Chemistry

Review:
Professor Stolow is perhaps the most caring and conscientious educator I have encountered in my 9 years aa GRADUATE STUDENT AT tUFTS. hIS SUPERB TUTELAGE ENABLED ME TO COME CLOSE TO PASSING MY ORALS 4 TIMES AND TO COME REASONABLY CLOSE TWO OTHER TIMES. i RESPECT AND ADMIRE THE CONSISTENCY WITH WHICH HE HAS OFFERED ADIVCE AND TUTORING THAT HAS ENABLED ME TO COME SO CLOSE. i HAVE RELIED ENTIRELY ON HIS EXPERTISE AND UNIQUE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE COMPLEX concepts WITH ALMOST CLEAR EXPLANATION AND SOMETIMES ADEQUATE INFORMAION FOR ME TO EXCEL , MORE OR LESS. i THOUGHT THE SESSIONS IN WHICH mR. mACgREGOR PLAYTED A LEADING ROLE WERE ESPECIALLY ENGAGING AND ENLIGHTENING. PROFESSOR STOLOW IS ESPECIALL ADEPT AT DRAWING COLORFUL DIAGRAMS OF COMPLEX COMPOUNDS AND CONVEYING THEM IN THEIR CULTURAL CONTEXT. i pERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT SCIENCE WILL BE IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S FUTURE AND THEREFORE i INTEND TO TAKE HIS CLASS AGAIN AND AGAIN UNTIL i COME CLOSE TO MASTERING THE MATERIAL.

Workload:
i ENJOYED pROFESSOR STOLOW' PROBLET SETS SO MUCH THAT i WOULD HAVE CHOCEN TO DO THEM MULTIPLE TIMES EVEN IF I HAD NOT BE REQUIRED TO DO SO, BECAUSE i FAILED SO MISERABLY. i ESPECIALLY LIKED THE DOT TO DOT AND THE WORD SEARCH. THE READING LOAD WAS REASONABLE THOUGH I THINK REQUIRING MORE THAN ONE DOCTOR SEUSS PER WEEK IS A BIT MUCH.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 9911
Submitted: 2010-01-22
Silvia Monteleone-Wasson | 21B Comp & Conv I | Italian

Review:
She is really nice, but not very proactive as a teacher. She tends not to call on particular people but look around and expect students to offer answers, receiving awkward silence when they don't and not quite knowing how to engage them. But I generally liked her and would like to have her again. She is accommodating to students who arrive late to class and it helps that she is a native Italian.

Workload:
Assignments were not overwhelming and very straightforward. We went over the material that we had been assigned in class; if anything the class was taught too much from the book.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9912
Submitted: 2010-01-22
Jeff McConnell | Phil 01-004 Intro to Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
Professor McConnell can be a monotonous lecturer, and it wasn't out of the ordinary for many people to fall asleep during class. However, if you do stay awake during class he gives you necessary information to understand the material you have to read. The movies for the film section as a whole are awesome to watch. He provides a great range of movies in terms of time span, ranging all the way from Psycho, to Memento. He's definitely willing to help if you are willing to go into office hours and ask questions. But, if your looking for an upbeat, wildly interesting professor, he's not for you.

Workload:
There's one or two readings assigned a week, very very do-able amount of work. 4 essays over the semester, each 5-7 pages. A pretty average amount of work I would say.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9913
Submitted: 2010-01-22
Marilyn Levin | Painting: Foundation | Studio Art - Medford Campus

Review:
I got a bad vibe from her in the beginning of the semester, but it is obvious that she knows a lot about art and she can be helpful in giving tips on improving a painting. Her grading, however, doesn't seem to have any basis, and it is hard to tell how you are getting along in class, as least from her standpoint.

Workload:
There weren't really outside of class assignments, except one presentation we each had to do on a particular artist. In class we started out with some basic assignments - painting bottles and an apple - and then dove right into figure painting for most of the semester. I've never painted with oils before, but I felt like the class really helped me develop some skill.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9914
Submitted: 2010-01-22
Susan Crockin | The Law, Reproductive Rights, and New Technologies | Experimental College

Review:
The course material is very interesting and up to date, but if your not interested in reproductive technologies this class is not for you. The professor's tend to be pretty helpful, although essay grades aren't super easy to understand. She definitely involves the students in class, there are many debates throughout the semester. The professor wasn't incredibly available because she doesn't actually work at tufts.

Workload:
The workload is absolutely absurd for an experimental college. 70-100 pages of legal reading a week. Very hard to complete in the time span allotted just because of how dry it can be. 3 essays over the course of the semester.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9915
Submitted: 2010-01-22
Joseph Noonan | EN003501 History of Radio Technology | Engineering - Introductory

Review:
I am not an engineering student, and I did not realize what I was getting myself into when I signed up for this class, but Professor Noonan encouraged me to come and see him for help and always made himself available. He is very knowledgeable, and was very excited about the material and concerned about the progress of his students. I definitely would not have gotten through this course with a less enthusiatic teacher.

Workload:
We were assigned several chapters to read over a period of a few weeks, which wasn't too bad, but the book didn't correlate very well to what we discussed in class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9916
Submitted: 2010-01-22
Dora Older | Spanish 3 | Spanish

Review:
Dora Older is the best professor I have had at Tufts. She cares so much about her students and is a great professor. If you go into office hours she is incredibly helpful, and is very insistent on helping her students learn. She is incredibly fair in her grading, and is very flexible about late assignments and personal conflicts. She brought candy for the class almost every day. The class is very conversation driven, so speaking skills are definitely improved. I would take spanish with her for the rest of my spanish career... unfortunately she stops at Spanish 3.

Workload:
The workload is incredibly do-able. Keep up on the workbook and you should be completely fine. Tests are fair, and accurate to the material you should be learning from the books and the lectures.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9917
Submitted: 2010-01-22
George Norman | EC0005 Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
Professor Norman was a great lecturer - he knows a lot about Economics and always made his powerpoints interesting and engaging. I would definitely recommend taking this course with him!

Workload:
There were four problem sets throughout the course. The book is pretty straightforward if you follow along in it, but he also posts all of the slides on blackboard, and owards the end of the course he actually cautions against following the book in lieu of what he teaches in class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9918
Submitted: 2010-01-22
Paul Joseph | PJS 000101 - Intro Peace/Justice Studies | Peace & Justice Studies

Review:
I liked Professor Joseph a lot. He was very nice and always prepared for class; he often showed interesting videos or discussed something current relevant to what we were learning. I felt like I got a lot out of the class, and would definitely want to take another class with him if I was to take something in the Peace and Justice Studies department again.

Workload:
We had a few 8 page essays throughout the course that made up our grade, which he graded very fairly, along with the final, for which he offered the option of writing two 6 page papers. There is a lot of outside reading as well, which some students deem unnecessary and don't do, but personally I think if you take this class you should get all you can out of it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9919
Submitted: 2010-01-22
Jeff McConnell | PHL000104 - Intro to Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
McConnell seems to know a lot about the material, but is not entirely tolerant of alternate views, much less than I expected a philosophy professor to be. His class can be very engaging - it's almost entirely discussion based.

Workload:
We had about three papers to write. McConnell was lenient about assigning them, but very slow to grade them and get them back to us.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9908
Submitted: 2010-01-19
Carla Mastraccio | Freshmen Writing Seminar 1 | English

Review:
Professor Mastraccio is a great teacher and is very enthusiastic about her work. She is very inviting to new ideas and class discussion. However, I worked very hard on papers and submitted many drafts of essays to ensure that I was successful in the class and I found it hard to achieve the grade that I wanted. Her grading isn't that bad but I warn pre-med who are looking for the "A" that it might be difficult to obtain.

Workload:
Workload isn't bad at all. 5 papers in total. 1 research paper and blackboard assignments on class readings and discussions. Grades mostly based off of essays.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 9910
Submitted: 2010-01-19
Peter Probst | Contemporary Arts of Africa | History of Art

Review:
Professor Probst is wonderful, truly wonderful. His class was so interesting and I didn't even know I would find it interesting! I went to every class without question simply because going was such a delight. He is sweet, interested in his student's progress, takes their comments and points of view to heart and is always available to discuss anything. He is a warm, kind man and wonderful professor. Take this class!

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 9907
Submitted: 2010-01-18
Jeanne Penvenne | HIST91 - Foundation Seminar: Seeking Gendered Perspectives, Africa | History

Review:
Professor Penvenne knows how to teach.

Workload:
Moderate load of weekly readings for class discussions plus individual projects.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 9905
Submitted: 2010-01-17
Hugh Gallagher | Physics 12 | Physics

Review:
Professor Gallagher was one of the best teachers I have ever had at Tufts! His clear Powerpoint presentations coupled with occasional iClicker multiple choice questions he addressed to the class really made electricity and magnetism interesting and clarified many of the difficult concepts. He changed the format of the course, especially with respect to labs and recitations. We no longer had to write lab reports; all the data analysis was done in the lab section itself (a huge plus!), and rather than reviewing homework problems, the recitation consisted of additional practice problems (it was also mandatory!). Personally, I found that the additional problems helped, but attending the section was, for the most part, a waste of time. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the course itself, no doubt due to Gallagher's enthusiasm and teaching style.

Workload:
There were 12 weekly problem sets, each of which consisted of 10 online problems and 2 written problems. You could always count on one of the written problems to require some difficult calculus, but he would usually go over it in class anyway. There are 2 midterms, each consisting of 10 multiple choice questions and 2 long problems, and a final containing 20 multiple choice questions and 5 problems. At first glance, 5 points per multiple choice question (all or nothing) seemed a little unfair, but if you pay attention in class (study his powerpoint lectures) and know how to approach the practice multiple choice questions, you will do fine. I found the midterms to be a little on the easy side (especially considering the material and the difficulty of the homework); the final was a little harder, only because some of the questions tested multiple concepts (for example, one of the questions involved displaying simple harmonic motion for a system exposed to an electric field), but it was not that difficult. There was never a question that went above and beyond what we had seen before. As long as you do all the work, it should not be that difficult to do well in the class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 9906
Submitted: 2010-01-17
Robert Dewald | Chemistry 11 | Chemistry

Review:
Most of the reviews and talk you will hear from people will tell you to steer well away from Professor Dewald's class, and I can see why. First off, he is the definition of "old-school"; since he does not bother with computers, his lectures are all written on the chalkboard. Sometimes, he has the annoying habit of filling all the boards with notes before class, forcing you to copy like crazy while he skitters through the material. And skitters he does; Dewald is definitely not a clear lecturer and does not do the best job explaining basic concepts, and while you do not have to take AP chemistry beforehand, it really helps to have some background just to keep on track with him. That being said, his notes are comprehensive and well-written, so it's not a total loss if you do not understand him during lecture. Much of your learning however will come from the problem sets. The key to doing well in Dewald's class is to know how to approach the problems on your problem sets and the previous years' problem sets (which he has on Blackboard) as well as old exams. Many times, they are tedious and somewhat difficult, but the end result will pay off once you do well on the exams. The TA is an excellent resource for help on any of the problem sets; I frequently emailed him for help, and he responded, sometimes within minutes. Definitely take advantage of that. Also, while I myself never did it, I heard that Dewald is very approachable and helpful outside of lecture. Ultimately, how well you do in the class depends on the effort you put in, which is exactly what Dewald's "old-school" philosophy is.
Outside of the course, Dewald is actually a really friendly person and has a wonderful tendency of jumping off track to talk about his years in the military, ending with a tirade about the corruption of West Point cadets and the government. His anecdotes are always humorous and really sometimes make the 8:05 AM class that much more bearable. The lab portion of the course is easy; labs usually took 1- 1 ? hours, and the write-ups were straightforward, if not tedious, and were graded easily. I wish the easy grading would have translated over to the problem sets, but homework is not worth that much. Finally, once a week, we have a guest lecturer from the Chemistry department come to talk about his/her research; some are genuinely interesting and inspiring, while others come across as boring due to the fact that much of the material goes over our heads. Still, it does give you an idea of what a Chemistry career might entail.
Overall, the course is challenging, mainly due to the difficulty of the problems and Dewald's inability to explain the concepts clearly. However, these issues can be remedied by seeking help with the TA and Dewald outside of class and working on old problem sets and exams. While Dewald was not the ideal lecturer, he still made some of the lectures fun and gave me a quote that will define my standard of excellence: "Close enough for Tufts" He is also really lax about due dates for problem sets as well as grading; you can usually get some points back for a problem if you go to Dewald and demonstrate that you know how to approach the problem. I guess he's been teaching so many years that he does not really care that much anymore...

Ultimately, if you enjoy Chemistry enough to devote a lot of time outside of class, I would say go for it. The problems definitely are challenging enough to teach you valuable problem-solving skills, and the seminars can give you possible undergraduate research opportunities. As long as you know what to expect from the class beforehand, you should not have too much of a problem with it.

Workload:
-11 Problem Sets, most of which were due every week. They start out simple (1-2 hours) but gradually get more and more difficult and lengthy (I spent 5-6 hours on the last problem set!). Try to start in advance so you don?t kill yourself the night before.
-10 labs and 8 lab write-ups, which can take anywhere from an hour to three hours. Overall, the reports serve just as an exercise in tedium.
-3 exams, which have the pleasure of starting at 7:00 AM? These consist of six multi-part problems and one long conceptual part (consisting of questions from his lecture). Generally, the exams are not very difficult as long as you have looked at all the problem sets and old exams and know how to approach each problem.
-1 final. He changed the format to 40 multiple choice questions and 5 multi-part problems. Some of the multiple choice questions were really specific and tested nitpicky points in the notes. Read and re-read the notes if you want to ace this section. If you get an A in the final, you get an A in the class, regardless.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 9904
Submitted: 2010-01-14
Ken Urban | DR-0147 - Playwriting 1 | Drama

Review:
Pr. Urban seems to know everything about everything in the playwriting world. He's smart, funny, and isn't afraid to critique you. His critiques are never mean spirited or excessive-rather, they're always focused on making the play better. This was a great class.

Workload:
There's very little work. Over the whole semester, one writes four two-page essays (assigned two at a time), two one-minute plays, a two-minute play, and a ten-minute play. For reading, he assigns a handful of ten-minute plays to read over the course of the year. None of the work takes very much time at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9894
Submitted: 2010-01-12
Edith Balbach | CH001- Intro to Community Health | Community Health

Review:
This was a wonderful intro level class. Coming into the class I really knew nothing about community health, and now, after taking this class I am seriously considering majoring in it. Professor Balbach teaches in an incredibly clear manner, making sure everyone in the 200 person class understands what she is saying before moving on to the next slide or topic. She manages to be really funny and engaging despite the size of the class. She is always willing to chat after class or during her office hours. While the material is not terribly hard, many of the assignment are graded toughly.

Workload:
The material is pretty straightforward. There was never that much reading-- some nights it was only half an hour of reading, and others up to an hour, but rarely more than that. Pay close attention to the readings though, she takes a lot of her nit-picky exam questions from them.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9895
Submitted: 2010-01-12
Edith Balbach | CH001- Intro to Community Health | Community Health

Review:
This was a wonderful intro level class. Coming into the class I really knew nothing about community health, and now, after taking this class I am seriously considering majoring in it. Professor Balbach teaches in an incredibly clear manner, making sure everyone in the 200 person class understands what she is saying before moving on to the next slide or topic. She manages to be really funny and engaging despite the size of the class. She is always willing to chat after class or during her office hours. While the material is not terribly hard, many of the assignment are graded toughly.

Workload:
The material is pretty straightforward. There was never that much reading-- some nights it was only half an hour of reading, and others up to an hour, but rarely more than that. Pay close attention to the readings though, she takes a lot of her nit-picky exam questions from them.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9896
Submitted: 2010-01-12
George Norman | EC005- Principles in Economics | Economics

Review:
Professor Norman is hilarious! He is a great teacher. He takes the time to make sure everyone in the huge 300 person class understands each slide. He keeps tabs on everyone's understanding of the material by using the Clickers to have the class answer multiple choice questions during lecture. He is very clear in lecture and helpful when you ask questions. He promptly responds to any questions via e-mail if you are confused about the material.

Workload:
There was not too much work. You really don't have to do the textbook reading-- just know the slides and problems sets and you will be fine. There were four problem sets and three exams, all non-cumulative.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9897
Submitted: 2010-01-12
Ina Baghdiantz McCabe | HIST005- History of Consumption | History

Review:
This class started off a bit slowly with rather dry readings about China and the Ottoman Empire, but by the end of the semester the material became really interesting and relevant. Professor McCabe is a very sweet, helpful woman, though her lectures can be rather scattered. The class met twice a week, one day we would watch movies (when the projector functioned, which was pretty rarely) and the other day would half be spent listening to Professor McCabe lecture and the other half listening to students present summaries of the readings.

Workload:
There was about 200 pages of reading a week, but most of it can be skimmed. There are two generously graded take-home exams and one in-class presentation.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9898
Submitted: 2010-01-12
Viola Thomas | FR0022XA- COMP/CONV II POLITIQUES ECON & SOC | French

Review:
Viola Thomas is a very sweet, helpful woman. I did not learn much of anything new in her class, but it was a good chance to practice my French and read a few good books. Professor Thomas is always willing to meet with students outside of class. There is not much structure to the class so she is generally willing to let students discuss random topics freely during class.

Workload:
There are daily assignments, but never anything too tough. There are about five written papers, but she grants students a re-write of each of them. There are three non-cumulative exams.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9887
Submitted: 2010-01-11
Davifd Art | Intro to Comparative Politics | Political Science

Review:
This course is difficult, but after it's over you really feel like you've learned a lot. Professor Art is definitely passionate about what he teaches. He packs a lot of information into his lectures, but they're extremely organized and easy to follow. Every once in a while, he pulls up an interesting website to ease the dryness of lecture material. In general, he's a very interesting guy to listen to.

He really encourages class participation and there were a few heated debates over the course of the semester. He does have office hours, but I didn't get the feeling that he was particularly available for help. His TA Irina (who is amazing and extremely helpful) was more of the go-to person. He gives you everything you need to do well in the course, but didn't seem overly concerned about whether people were doing well or not.

That said, if you do all the reading, go to lecture and recitation (not mandatory, but do it), and study hard, you can definitely do well.

Workload:
There is a TON of (very dense) reading and almost all of it is necessary to do well in the course. Quizzes and exams are all essays based on the reading. There are 3 quizzes, a midterm, and a final. After the first quiz, they really just keep rolling. You have to put in serious studying to get a good grade. There's also one ten page paper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9888
Submitted: 2010-01-11
Jeanne Penvenne | HIST 14 | History

Review:
Professor Penvenne is very passionate about her subject, and expects everyone else to be passionate about it too. She's very straightforward; you know right from the beginning everything that's expected of you. Her lectures are are kind of difficult to follow. There is so much information to absorb and she keeps switching from transparency to transparency, which makes it easy to get lost. Lectures are extremely important, though. Basically 50% of each test is lecture-based.

Overall, she's not too harsh of a grader. She clearly wants everyone to do well and she's very available for help. You can always email her if you have a question before a test and she does review sessions before each exam.

Workload:
There are 5 "antes," short essays about the books you read and 3 exams that are all the same format and worth the same amount (no huge final). The antes aren't too hard once you know what she's looking for, but it takes one or two tries to figure that out. Even then,they take some thought. There is a TON of reading; it's practically impossible to do all of it. But you can get away with not reading it all. The tests aren't hard if you prepare for them, but they take an enormous amount of preparation and you need to have taken good notes all semester long. Each exam has is half identifications, where you explain who or what, give dates, and explain the significance of a term or name. There are 12 terms on the exam (out of about 200 possibilities)and you answer 5. The other half is an essay, which you can prepare beforehand (a big help, but still not totally easy). I'd say the workload is a bit above average but not too bad.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9889
Submitted: 2010-01-11
Adele Oppenheim | SPN 1 - Elementary Spanish 1 | Spanish

Review:
Professor Oppenheim is a friendly, helpful, and effective Spanish teacher. She's very straightforward and follows the syllabus to the letter, so you always know what you're in for. She's very clear and tries to make sure everyone understands. She also does some funny activities to help liven class up once in a while. She's a pretty lenient grader. As long as you do the homework and put in a little bit of effort studying for the exams, you'll do well.

Workload:
Not bad at all. There were 4 short compositions, 5 exams, an oral exam, and a skit. None of them were too difficult. She gives you a review sheet for each exam.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9891
Submitted: 2010-01-11
George Norman | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
Professor Norman is amazing--definitely the best professor I've had at Tufts so far. He is so, so nice. He a great teacher; the material could have been confusing but he taught it so clearly and thoroughly that it wasn't hard to understand at all. His lectures are clear and he will go over things again if someone doesn't understand. He also makes jokes throughout class to keep everyone entertained. You don't need to read the textbook, just know what he teaches in class.

Workload:
Fairly light. There are 4 problem sets, which aren't too long, 2 midterms and a final. The problem sets and exams are straightforward and the TAs are really helpful.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9892
Submitted: 2010-01-11
Neil Miller | Eng 10-Nonfiction Writing | English

Review:
Great professor and great class. Your writing will improve a lot. Many of the assigned writing pieces are fun and interesting.

Workload:
Typical workload for Tufts. 5-page paper due every other week and revisions to those papers due after. Weekly short readings.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 9883
Submitted: 2010-01-05
Anne de Laire Mulgrew | SPN021 - Composition and Conversation I | Spanish

Review:
I agree with the other reviewer. She grades extremely hard and subjectively on writing assignments. And she speaks a surprising amount of English in a course geared for learning SPANISH. My conversational skills did NOT improve at all. I felt that she was unenthusiastic about the course material and about the students. I guess my grammar improved a bit, but not much. She is usually not available after class and a few times she brought her children to class. She tried to ask the class what she could do to improve, but I don't think that she changed anything in her teaching/grading style.
I love Spanish, but her class made learning un-enjoyable.

Workload:
Lots of reading---she followed the syllabus, or at least tried to. There usually wasn't enough time to finish anything in class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Spanish


Review ID: 9882
Submitted: 2010-01-03
Annie Geoghegan | French 21 and 22 | French

Review:
She's fine- kind of high strung, but you get used to how fast she speaks really quickly and it helps with your listening skills anyways. I think she's loosened up a bit since the other reviews were posted. I learned a lot of grammar really well, and I think my speaking improved, too.

Workload:
a lot of work, but it's really interesting stuff that you'll be able to talk to people about if you want to seem impressive.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 9878
Submitted: 2009-12-30
Ron Lasser | ES003 - Introduction to Electrical Systems | Engineering Science

Review:
This is the first real electrical engineering class. You get a lot of good practice with circuits and various types (RC/RL, high/low pass filters, etc). Over the course of the semester, not a whole lot of material is covered. Really the same principles just get applied to different types of circuits. Here you start to see the application of differential equations, but you never have to rely on it. The labs usually last at least an hour, and the TAs are okay at helping. For engineers that have to take ES 3, DEFINITELY take it with Lasser. He is by far the best for this class.

Workload:
ES 3 usually has problems due once every week, but Lasser breaks it up into just a couple problems every class (which is much better). Sometimes the homework takes 2 minutes, other times an hour. If he doesn't go over the homework material in class, you are not responsible for the homework, but it's unclear when this actually happens. MATLAB assignments due about every other week or so. He does a good introduction at the beginning of the semester on this, but it's never really taught in depth (they should teach this in ES 2 instead of MathCAD). Labs due every other week which definitely take a while. Speaker project due at the end of the semester accompanied with a writeup certainly requires advance planning. It's not difficult, just takes a lot of work. Lasser gives 3 term exams, none of which are technically cumulative but you utilize previous material. The exams are really easy if you keep up with all the work as it is assigned. Overall, this class has quite a bit of work, but it is completely manageable if you break it up.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 9880
Submitted: 2009-12-30
Lewis Edgers | ES005 - Intro to Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics | Engineering Science

Review:
Classes were extremely helpful and Edgers is a pretty good professor. Usually he would answer any questions about the homework, even going over most of the problem before it was turned in. Next was a PowerPoint presentation that he usually breezed through in order to get to practice problems. The PPTs are good for general principles but it's great to go over in problems during class that can help with the homework. Going over things in the book is also helpful, especially the practice problems in there (they tend to be the same that he uses in class). If you have the choice of getting Mastering Engineering, do NOT get it. It was nice to have the eBook and do the homework online, but that's all there was. It's definitely not worth the extra money.

Workload:
A couple problems due every class. Sometimes they take just half an hour, sometimes they take 2 hours. Some of it depends on the material being covered. Labs and quizzes about every week or so, very straightforward and can really help your grade. 2 term exams and 1 final. The term exams were pretty easy, but the final was a real challenge.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 9874
Submitted: 2009-12-28
Justin Patch | Mus 5- Music as Culture | Music

Review:
Do NOT take this class if you are looking for an easy arts credit. The professor is good but the course material is absolute bullshit. For an introductory class there is way too much work: midterm, final, 3 response papers, 2 other "soundscape" papers, a concert report, and a final research paper. Lots of reading also. Biggest regret of my academic career.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 9868
Submitted: 2009-12-23
Bruce Boghosian | MATH022 - Discrete Mathematics | Mathematics

Review:
Class met twice a week for 75 minutes each. This made it very difficult to get through lectures on VERY dense material, which was often. Some classes consisted of just learning how to prove various theorems. Professor Boghosian does his best to make it interesting and applicable. Very accessible through office hours, which would help with the homework. This class is actually beneficial for COMP 15 (Data Structures) so consider taking it close to that.

Workload:
Homework due about once a week. Very important that you start ahead of time to ask questions in class. Some assignments were particularly lengthy and extremely challenging. Only certain problems from each homework are graded for points, and there's not way of telling which ones. Exams are a piece of cake compared to homeworks. 1 midterm and 1 final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 9867
Submitted: 2009-12-22
Beatrice Manz | HIST0197-Religion and Law in Islamic History | History

Review:
This seminar was very discussion-based with lots of reading. Material was very interested and Professor Manz encouraged a very comprehensive and lively class discussion. I learned about Western legal tradition as well as the development of Islamic law and the different stages of Islamic history.

Workload:
Reading response papers were assigned every week, but they only had to be 1-2 pages per question. There is a 25-30 page research paper which is challenging, but Professor Manz asks for drafts before the final due date which helps to smooth out the paper writing process and give each student some feedback on the direction of their paper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9862
Submitted: 2009-12-21
Mark Gosztyla | ENG006 - Creative Writing: Poetry | English

Review:
Mark was incredibly friendly and helpful during poetry workshops, though of course that varies depending on your outlook on poetry. The class meets once a week and the assignments basically consisted of reading ~10 poems, reading a short essay/article, writing comments on your classmates' poems, and writing your own poem each week. Overall I really enjoyed the course and it's a pretty easy arts credit if that's what you're looking for.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 9864
Submitted: 2009-12-21
Erik Dopman | BIO143 - Evolutionary Ecology | Biology

Review:
The lectures were just Powerpoints with information taken right out of the book, graphs and everything. The material was not well presented. I found that the "class discussions" were too hypothetical given that it's a science course, and didn't add much to my knowledge of the subject. There were two problem sets, one midterm, an oral presentation, a literature report, and a take home final (which averaged over ten pages of solid writing). Everyone did pretty badly on the midterm.

The course was taught by Colin Orians and Erik Dopman, both of whom were nice and very easy to reach. The course is fairly new and they seemed genuinely interested in improving it.

Workload:
One chapter covered each lecture.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 9853
Submitted: 2009-12-19
Edith Balbach | CH001 - Introduction to Community Health | Community Health

Review:
A really great class! Very Interesting material that you wouldn't necessarily learn about in other areas. The Professor is extremely enthusiastic - especially when she delves into her field of study, anti-tobacco research - and is always amenable to talk to students. The class started with theories on public health and later dealt with tobacco laws/smoking's societal effects, the growing rates of obesity, and then the uncertainty of environmental health. Definitely take this class with Professor Balbach while at Tufts.

Workload:
Not a whole lot of reading. There was no textbook but readings were posted on Blackboard weekly. We had to read three books: The Tipping Point, Mountains beyond Mountains, and excepts of When Smoke Ran Like Water. Manageable amount of work.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9854
Submitted: 2009-12-19
Mudhumita Roy | ENG45 - Nonwestern Women Writers | English

Review:
A passionate teacher and interesting readings. Professor Roy is quite a character; she would often tell the class random anecdotes or come in a few minutes late to grab a cup of coffee. Overall, she was always concerned with student progress and made sure that every student had the opportunity to speak his/her mind on the novel or topic of discussion. We ended up reading 12 books ranging from a graphic novel to obscure Middle Eastern literature. I loved the material and Professor Roy always gave us some historical background on the novels to add context.

Workload:
Completely manageable. We read 1 book/week that would range from 150-350 pages. Two 5-page papers and one midterm. No Final!!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9855
Submitted: 2009-12-19
Deborah Schildkraut | PS11 - Introduction to American Politics | Political Science

Review:
Interesting material! We covered topics ranging from Interest Groups to Civil Rights to Campaign Finance. The presentations were always very informative and, for me, contained everything I wanted to know/didn't understand in American Politics. Also, the readings were always worthwhile and enjoyable. The "Lanahan" reader was especially interesting - I will be keeping it after the class!

The Professor is excellent. She is very open/welcome to have students talk to her in office hours or after class. She does a great job responding to students and often send out current news articles relating to the material in class.

Workload:
Manageable. There was midterm and a final, a 10-page research paper, and a 5 page paper, and class participation. There was a lot of reading from week to week, but a lot of the reading is extraneous.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9512
Submitted: 2009-12-18
Dore Gardner | FAM064 - Photo: Foundation | Studio Art - Medford Campus

Review:
Dore is amazing! I'm so glad I took photo with her. She's very caring and definitely becomes involved with her students as individuals. Her apparent absent-mindedness provides amusement, but when it comes down to it she provides really valid feedback.

Workload:
6 hours a week of class time, and you'll definitely need to spend time in the darkroom outside of class. A few small assignments at the beginning, one presentation on a photographer, and a final portfolio/project that you'll work on during the second half of the semester.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: OTHER


Review ID: 9510
Submitted: 2009-12-17
Robert Stolow | Chem 51 - Organic Chemistry | Chemistry

Review:
Stolow is the worst professor I have ever had. An unnecessarily harsh grader, an awful lecturer, and I always left class feeling like I un-learned what I had read the night before. I could not recommend more strongly that no one take this class with Stolow.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: OTHER


Review ID: 9511
Submitted: 2009-12-17
Boris Hasselblatt | MATH038 - Differential Equations | Mathematics

Review:
Professor Hasselblatt is a great professor. He has a vast and clear knowledge of differential equations. At times, he can speak somewhat softly so it might be hard to hear, but I was always able to hear him in a class of 40+.

Course material is not too bad, certainly much easier than Calculus II. The 3 midterm exams break up the material well so that it is easy to focus only on specific material.

Workload:
Homework due every class from the book, standard for any math class. Some assignments can be particularly long, but nothing that isn't manageable. Plus the homework earns you an extra 4 points on your grade at the end of the semester.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 9502
Submitted: 2009-12-12
Vincent Pollina | FR 191-A | French

Review:
Pollina is very concerned with student's progress and does not lack enthusiasm for the course, but his intolerance of alternative views and lack of individual student encouragement made this course extremely difficult. If you do not have a background or point of reference for this material, it is inevitable that Pollina will make it difficult for you in class as you are banned from using secondary and tertiary resources. I would not enroll in another class with this professor.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Modern Languages


Review ID: 9485
Submitted: 2009-12-09
Rosemary Taylor | SOC/CH 108- Epidemics: Plagues and Peoples | Community Health

Review:
Rosemary Taylor is perhaps the worst professor at Tufts. She has no concern for her student's progress and often suggests you drop her class if you are slightly confused. She seems enthusiastic about the course material but not the course itself. She seems disinterested when she is lecturing (for 75 minutes straight) and rarely asks questions of the class. She is disengaging throughout the entire class period. She often cancels her office hours and I would never take another class with her.

Workload:
I didn't receive a single grade for her class because they only thing that we had was the midterm exam. It took the entire semester to get the midterms back to us. It was after the final by the time she returned our midterms/1 grade.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9473
Submitted: 2009-12-06
David Sloane | RUS065-Dostoevsky | Russian

Review:
I freaking love this Prof.. His classes are small; he loves what he teaches; he's very approachable as a human being; he cares about his students; he actually reads your papers, types up insightful comments on them and will even sit down and have an in depth discussion with you one on one. I've taken classes with robots and zombies before, and this guy is 100% H. s. sapien. Even if you hate reading 12 million page novels, you should give this class and any other that he teaches a whirl - it's worth the human experience alone. I enjoyed just popping in now and again for a chat with the dude - and I'm a complete loon - and I don't mean that I'm a bird either. Sometimes he can be a bit dry in the class room setting - although you have to admit it must be difficult to stand and lecture for two hours at a whack on material you've been teaching since Pushkin was sent into exile in southern Russia. So what, he more than makes up for it during office hours and unscheduled visits that turn into coffee or lunch, and eventually you figure out that this guy is probably one of the best damned professors at Tufts. I give him an A plus - great guy.

Workload:
Heavy reading - but the books are masterpieces - buck it up and realize that you're there to learn, and hopefully enjoy the reading too. Normally three papers a semester; 6-10 pages in length.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Interdisciplinary


Review ID: 9472
Submitted: 2009-12-05
Gerard Gasarian | Baudelaire and his readers, FR32-readings of french nature | French

Review:
He is the most amazing Professor in the French department. Great sense of humor, wonderful interactions with students and extremely helpful when it comes to development of his students. Makes himself available outside of class and is overall a wonderful human being. I will take the opportunity to take any class I can with him.

Workload:
The workload is reasonable. Assigments are understandable, the reading is great and if you don't understand it he will go out of his way to make sure that you do.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: French


Review ID: 9467
Submitted: 2009-12-02
Dora older | SPN 003 | Spanish

Review:
I took this class and put up with having Spanish early on Fridays because I read rave reviews about Professor Older. Unfortunately, I would not recommend taking spanish with her. She is not concerned with her students progress and gets very frustrated when you don't understand something. She comes off as rude and inconsiderate when answering simple questions. If you are going to take Spanish 3 I would recommend taking it with another teacher who is more understanding towards their students.

Workload:
three tests, multiple quizzes, 3 compositions, diarios, final skit and workbook exercises. Workload isn't terrible but definitely more quizzes than in other spanish classes.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 9456
Submitted: 2009-11-22
Ming Wangquan | Intensive Chinese 1/2 and 3/4 | Chinese

Review:
Pretty great teacher all around, although I've never really heard of a "bad" teacher in the Chinese department--personally I think it's pretty straightforward, the grammar sections in the book typically cover what's on the tests. Definitely encourages participation and is good at explaining things, and definitely is enthusiastic about the class. Also has a unique sense of humor. This, combined with the hilarious dialogue videos keeps the class interesting. I would definitely take another class with him, but I don't think he teaches in the upper levels.

Workload:
There is A LOT of work for this class. It's a two credit class that meets every day, and meets for a double block on Tuesdays. Mostly busy work and memorization, but it can take hours, especially if you have had no prior experience with Chinese. By the time second semester started (it's a full year intensive program), the majority of the non-Asian students had dropped out of the program. Definitely don't take this class if you have other classes with lots of work i.e. Chem 1, Bio 13, etc. I would say there's an average of 3 hours of work every day, and it can take a lot of time to prepare for the tests. However, as time goes on you get better at pinpointing what you actually need to study. You learn a lot of new vocab words every week but it's too time-consuming to memorize them all--it's a better idea to memorize the examples in the grammar section--those sentences are most likely to be on the tests.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 9457
Submitted: 2009-11-22
Jeffrey Taliaferro | PS 61--Introduction to International Relations | Political Science

Review:
Taliaferro may be a little arrogant and condescending, but he is a great lecturer in my opinion. Very clear at explaining things and is generally a pretty interesting lecturer.I don't think he really cares about the students' progress, but then again its a 200-person class so it's hard to really gauge. I never went to office hours, and you probably never will, as the TA's are pretty helpful and can answer most of your questions. That being said, I've heard he gets annoyed with freshmen going to office hours and such, so if you do decide to go, be prepared and don't ask stupid questions. He's definitely a realist, but isn't that biased towards it, and gives a pretty neutral explanation of the other two theories. However, if you try to debate him in class he will most definitely shut you down. A lot of people don't like him because he's pompous and arrogant, but I think it's understandable considering he IS on the Council of Foreign Relations.

Workload:
There is a lot of reading assigned for the class, and it's pretty dense, but over the course of time you start to realize that you don't actually need to do the reading. All of his powerpoints are posted on Blackboard, and they're all you need to do the exams, both of which are take-home. That being said, the exams can be pretty painstaking, and you do have to put a lot of thought into what you want to write. He assigned the exams on Fridays and generally it took the whole weekend to finish them. There is also a research paper, and it tends to be pretty painstaking as well, I think my paper turned out to be 20 pages or so. But generally speaking, although there is more work for this class than other polisci classes, it's not as hard as everybody says it is. As long as you put in the time and effort, you can get a B or B+, although A's are pretty rare. But, this is college and people, especially freshmen, need to accept the fact that they're not going to get A's in all of their class anymore like they did in high school.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 9458
Submitted: 2009-11-22
Mary Glaser | Math 12--Calculus II | Mathematics

Review:
Pretty great professor all around, energetic and enthusiastic about the class. Pretty concerned with progress of the students, and encourages them to go to office hours although most people never really need to. I definitely felt like I learned a lot in her class, and would probably take another class with her if I were a math or engineering major. The only downside is that she talks kind of fast and writes on the board kind of fast as well so it's easy to get lost/stop paying attention since you're furiously writing down notes. However, if you take the time to look back at your notes you can generally get the gist of what's going on.

Workload:
Pretty standard amount of work for a math class, an assignment due every class that usually varies from half an hour to 2 or so hours to finish. Homework is optional, but if you do them all you get two points on your semester average. You pretty much have to do them to keep up in the class, although if you miss one or two it's not that big of a deal. Assignments can be pretty hard though, and I found that I couldn't finish a lot of them without looking at the solutions manual. Luckily, the library has like 5 of them in their reserves so if you don't want to buy them from the bookstore, you don't have to.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 9459
Submitted: 2009-11-22
Xiaoya Ye | Chinese 21--Reading and Conversation | Chinese

Review:
Generally a pretty good all-around teacher, although in my opinion Chinese grammar isn't that structured and not that hard to explain. I've never really heard of a bad teacher in the Chinese department, and even then the book does a good job of explaining the grammar. She's a new teacher, pretty young (I'd say about 24 or 25), and seems to be enthusiastic about teaching. My class was only 7 people so class participation is unavoidable, but I tended to zone out a lot because I just find Chinese grammar boring and something that I can teach myself from the book. That being said, she didn't yell at me or anything for not paying attention, which is better than the other teacher (Li Laoshi), although the other one is more experienced. That being said, Professor Ye sits in on the other classes and generally models her class after Li Laoshi's, so I definitely feel like I get the same out of the class as I would from Li Laoshi's. Only downside to this course is that she speaks in Mandarin for basically the whole class, unless you specifically ask her a question in English(which isn't frowned upon like in Li Laoshi's class). However, all the Chinese 21/22 teachers speak in all Mandarin at this level, but I think being in Ye Laoshi's class is a little more relaxing.

Workload:
Workload isn't too bad, but I took the Intensive Chinese course last year(2 credit class) so it's no surprise that the workload felt lighter. Generally it takes a week (3 class sessions) to go through each chapter, and there's 4 tests throughout the whole semester (the last test substitutes for the final). There is one homework assignment for each chapter, which takes up about one page in the workbook and then you have to write some small paragraphs for the composition. There is also a dictation quiz for each chapter, and this can take a while to prepare for (I'd say 2 hours or so are sufficient). The tests, however, can be pretty hard, but you just have to pinpoint where you need to study because it's difficult to memorize all of the vocab words one by one. It's better to just memorize the example sentences in the grammar section, since that'll help you with the translating English to Chinese section. there are also 3 oral presentations throughout the course, which aren't really that hard (although I have had previous experience with Chinese at home). I suggest doing the presentations with a partner (dialogue-style) so that you can play off each other's words. You should also do the homework with a partner too, since it'll make it easier and you're supposed to go over the dialogue for half an hour each chapter with a partner anyways. Overall though, Chinese 21 isn't that difficult, just a lot of busy-work and memorization, although if you really want to improve your speaking you'll have to do more preparation and volunteer to participate more in class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 9460
Submitted: 2009-11-22
Deborah Menegotto | Ec 11-- Intermediate Microeconomics | Economics

Review:
The professor is a pretty straight to the point professor, it's hard to get a sense of her personality since she rarely ventures off topic. Her enthusiasm is so-so, but it's a relatively large class (25 or so students) so it's hard to gauge. I don't think she's as great at explaining things as everybody makes her out to be, but that's because she has kind of an accent and I get kind of bored and zone out anyways. Generally speaking though, I found the material somewhat dry, and other people have said the same thing with other teachers as well, but I prefer macro to micro anyways.

Workload:
She didn't really assign readings, if you want to do them on your own it's up to you, but the problem sets and tests are generally straight from the lecture notes. It's kind of unfortunate that she only gives 6 problem sets and 2 exams (each of which only comprise 3 short-answer questions), because it's easy to fall behind and difficult to pinpoint what you need to study since the tests only focus on a few sections. I wish I took Luallen instead, I hear he's not that great at explaining things but he teaches more from the book and gives assigned homework every week (including both qualitative, short-answer questions and problem sets) so that you really get to learn the material. With Menegotto she only really focuses on the math and sometimes I forget what I'm actually looking at qualitatively. A big problem is that the tests are only 3 short-answer questions, so that if you make small mistakes they can often count for 10+ point deductions, so it's kind of risky compared to Luallen's tests where he gives you easy multiple choice questions that count as a buffer of like 60 points or so and then two short-answers that only count for 20 points each. Basically, it's easier to get lower grades in Menegotto's class, so you really have to keep up in the class on your own time. If you want a more structured class where you can teach yourself stuff from the book, take Luallen's class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 9461
Submitted: 2009-11-22
Elizabeth Remick | PS 126--Chinese Politics | Political Science

Review:
Pretty good teacher all around, enthusiastic about the course and for students' progress. Also encourages class participation which is rare for lecture-type classes. She's pretty available, although one of her office hours was at ten in the morning so that can be a little inconvenient. However she can be a little soft-spoken at times and hard to hear, or maybe it just seemed like that since the class was in a large room and I sat in the back of the class. Anyways, solid teacher all around and I would definitely take another class with her if I were a polisci or IR major, but I'm not.

Workload:
Decent amount of reading assigned. It's mostly dense policy analysis readings that can be a little dry, but she also assigns anecdotal stories which offer a first-person perspective of the history, which is pretty interesting. However, you don't really have to do the reading since they're basically a more in-depth coverage of her lecture notes. She does a pretty good job at pinpointing the important stuff. There are also a couple of movies that she assigns you to watch, some are interesting, others are not so interesting. You can find most of them online just by googling the titles, and I preferred doing that than going to the library to watch them since I tended to doze off. There's one midterm and one final, both of which are take-home and not too difficult (the midterm is limited to a maximum of 6 pages). She also gives you like a week to do them so that makes things a lot easier. There's a post-Mao era research paper to do, which is kind of a pain since you have to position it as a research puzzle like in Intro to IR and you have to go to the Harvard libraries to do research since Tisch/Ginn doesn't offer that much in terms of post-Mao resources. It's a step by step process though so it's not too overwhelming. Also, she's not too difficult of a grader, so as long as you do your research and back up your arguments, you should be set.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 9448
Submitted: 2009-11-16
Eva Hoffman | FAH0001- Art, Ritual and Culture | History of Art

Review:
Although she runs the course, a lot of different teachers come in and lecture about a specific topic. The clarity of the lecture depends on the teacher giving it. Overall, it's an interesting class to take if you're interested in art history. It gives a good overview. The TAs are helpful in recitation to tell you what you need to take out of the lectures.

Workload:
There is a fair amount of reading but it is definitely manageable. You don't need to do the reading if you pay attention in class. two 4-pagers that describe a work of art each. 2 trips to the MFA to see these works of art. one midterm and one final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Environmental Studies


Review ID: 9450
Submitted: 2009-11-16
Anne Desmarais | ES0025 - Environment and Technology | Engineering Science

Review:
Although the material is interesting, she presents it in a boring manner. It is hard to stay focused in class. However, if you manage to pay attention, the homework and exam questions are pretty straightforward.

Workload:
There are homework questions every week and aren't generally very difficult. There are 2 midterms and a final. There is also a final project that is 8-10 pages long at the end of the semester.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Environmental Studies


Review ID: 9230
Submitted: 2009-11-11
Downing Cless | DR155 - Directing | Drama

Review:
Downing's lectures are a bit rambly, and he has a nasty habit of giving enigmatic homework assignments without explaining what he's looking for. That being said, he is an incredibly nice guy who truly wants all of his students to succeed.

If you want to direct at Tufts, you really have no choice but to take Directing. While Downing's class isn't going to make you fall in love with directing or have some grand realization about art, it gets the job done.

Workload:
The class is very front-loaded. The first half of the semester you will work your ass off with large papers due almost every class as you perform a deep analysis of your chosen play. After the halfway mark things lessen up as you get into the nitty-gritty of blocking scenes instead of doing research and textual analysis.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 9231
Submitted: 2009-11-11
Ayesha Jalal | HIST 0048-South Asia 1000-2000 | History

Review:
Ayesha Jalal is a good professor, she definitely knows what she's talking about. I agree with the part about her being convoluted, but doing the readings really helps, especially from the main book-and that's all you need to get through the midterm as well. If you're interested in the topic, it's definitely a good course to take

Workload:
She assigns a lot of reading, but like I said, read the main book (don't worry too much about the blackboard links etc.!) - there's a literary review and a take home final-compared to tufts courses the workload is normal


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9229
Submitted: 2009-11-10
Gary Leupp | HIST0042- History Of Japan Prehistory to 1868 | History

Review:
Leupp is an amazing professor who definitely knows his history of Japan; unfortunately he can be a bit scatterbrained. Lectures tend to be very interesting, although slightly unorganized (but its not a problem if you type your notes; you can put them in the correct order after the fact).

Leupp also is there for you during your research paper. Obviously researching a topic on Japanese history that may have happened 800 years ago is a daunting task (especially since most sources remain untranslated). If you stop by during office hours he'll guide you the best places to research.

Workload:
- 1 In-Class Midterm (mostly multiple choice and an essay)

- 1 Take home final

- 1 10-15 page research paper on a topic of your choice


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 9226
Submitted: 2009-11-09
margaret mcmillan | EC 136 topics in development | Economics

Review:
smartest most caring prof ive had at tufts

Workload:
pretty demanding but fun


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 9227
Submitted: 2009-11-09
Anne Gardulski | GEO5 - Intro to Oceanography | Geology

Review:
Anne Gardulski was not only my Intro to Oceanography teacher, but she was also my freshman adviser. She is an extremely nice, caring, intelligent woman. Prof Gardulski left five minutes each class to inform her students about Tufts and transitioning to college. Once, a student mentioned going on a whale watch. She ended up organizing the whole field trip and, a month later, we all were on a boat together as a class. She is enthusiastic, a phenomenal lecturer, a great teacher, and she is there for you every step of the way. I would definitely take another class with Professor Anne Gardulski.

Workload:
The reading for Intro to Oceanography is not too bad. Professor Gardulski is a better teacher than the book, so sometimes you don't even need to read it. There are a few worksheets to bolster your great that, though not easy, aren't too bad. Moreover, she helps you every step of the way.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9228
Submitted: 2009-11-09
Richard Eichenburg | PS0061 - Intro to IR | Political Science

Review:
Honestly a ridiculous teacher. His ego flies high during lectures. He is an intelligent man, but doesn't seem to think anyone in lecture could ever prove his opinions wrong. Arrogant, he doesn't actually take students' opinions seriously (or so it seems). Lectures are important but half of his ramblings are irrelevant and don't follow a coherent structure. He is liked because he tries to learn people's names and cracks a few jokes. That is all. If this really is the right semester for you to take PS0061 and he's teaching it, do it. But if you can, avoid him.

Workload:
A lot of reading, but you really dont have to read everything to get by. Midterm and Final are based on regurgitating buzzwords. No true intellectual challenge in this class, only a set of skills which (i've been promised) will be useful in the coming years.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 9222
Submitted: 2009-11-07
Ichiro Takayoshi | ENG 92 - Intro to American Modernism | English

Review:
I cannot recommend this class enough! I took Intro to American Modernism during the spring '09 semester. Prof. Takayoshi made each class a pleasure to attend. I would rank this course in my top four classes that I have taken at Tufts in terms of enjoyability and amount learned. Prof. Takayoshi brought a multi-dimensional style to each class which included: music, video, and some of the most enjoyable and informative lectures I have attended in my years here (I am graduating May 2010). Prof. Takayoshi was always available outside of class and provided in-depth instruction, both written and oral, on what he expected from students. His grading was extremely fair. I would take this course again if I could without hesitation. I would rate the course an A+ and Prof. Takayoshi an A+. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Workload:
Workload was typical. Assignments were straightforward and EXPLAINED IN-DEPTH.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 9223
Submitted: 2009-11-07
Ichiro Takayoshi | ENG 92 - Intro to American Modernism | English

Review:
I cannot recommend this class enough! I took Intro to American Modernism during the spring '09 semester. Prof. Takayoshi made each class a pleasure to attend. I would rank this course in my top four classes that I have taken at Tufts in terms of enjoyability and amount learned. Prof. Takayoshi brought a multi-dimensional style to each class which included: music, video, and some of the most enjoyable and informative lectures I have attended in my years here (I am graduating May 2010). Prof. Takayoshi was always available outside of class and provided in-depth instruction, both written and oral, on what he expected from students. His grading was extremely fair. I would take this course again if I could without hesitation. I would rate the course an A+ and Prof. Takayoshi an A+. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Workload:
Workload was typical. Assignments were straightforward and EXPLAINED IN-DEPTH.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 9225
Submitted: 2009-11-07
George Norman | EC05-principles of economy | Economics

Review:
This was my first economics class and I really enjoyed it. Eventhough its a huge lecture and a lot of material he tries to explain everything as best he can. He definitely likes the class he's teaching. If you're going to be an econ or IR major then you almost always have to take this course, try to take it with this Mr. Norman. He's not that accessible for office hours and isn't that intimate.

Workload:
2 problem sets. 2 midterms. 1 final. its a lot of material for someone who hasn't taken an econ course before, but if you're familiar with the material it shouldn't be too bad.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9220
Submitted: 2009-11-06
Cheryl Tano | Spanish 2 | Spanish

Review:
Amazing teacher. Best spanish teacher I've had. She is very cute and comes up with all kinds of ways to remember and learn spanish.

Workload:
Same as all the spanish classes at Tufts, three test, turn in workbooks, compositions, final. Not bad.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 9210
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Susan Ostrander | SOC0030- Sex and Gender in Society | Sociology

Review:
Good and interesting discussions. I like what she has to say. Because of the relatively complicated and controvertial material, she constanly cites that we "may or may not be convinced." It's not that she does not tolerate alternate viewpoints, but rather that she can make a compelling counter-argument. We don't take classes from Professors just because we agree with them. Occasionally it's good to be challenged. Overall it's a good class. Susan could be a bit better but she seems on top of her game.

Workload:
Workload is relatively light. Reading intensity varies by week but no more than 3 or so hours per week of readings. The midterm was light (only a few short 1/2 page answers and one 3 pager). I had trouble keeping UNDER the limit. Not bad at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 9211
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Susan Ostrander | SOC0030- Sex and Gender in Society | Sociology

Review:
Good and interesting discussions. I like what she has to say. Because of the relatively complicated and controvertial material, she constanly cites that we "may or may not be convinced." It's not that she does not tolerate alternate viewpoints, but rather that she can make a compelling counter-argument. We don't take classes from Professors just because we agree with them. Occasionally it's good to be challenged. Overall it's a good class. Susan could be a bit better but she seems on top of her game.

Workload:
Workload is relatively light. Reading intensity varies by week but no more than 3 or so hours per week of readings. The midterm was light (only a few short 1/2 page answers and one 3 pager). I had trouble keeping UNDER the limit. Not bad at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 9212
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Susan Ostrander | SOC0030- Sex and Gender in Society | Sociology

Review:
Not bad. She does hold some pretty strong opinions. Any opinions contrary are not taken in offense. Rather she can just make a very compelling argument against them. She wants to make sure everybody is keeping up and encourages class participation. I learned a lot about the topic from her so I'd recommend it but only if you're okay getting your opinions about gender completely blown out of the water.

Workload:
Not bad at all. Readings are no more than 2 or so hours a week. Midterm was light at best. Final is yet to be seen.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 9213
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Susan Ostrander | SOC0030- Sex and Gender in Society | Sociology

Review:
Not bad. She does hold some pretty strong opinions. Any opinions contrary are not taken in offense. Rather she can just make a very compelling argument against them. She wants to make sure everybody is keeping up and encourages class participation. I learned a lot about the topic from her so I'd recommend it but only if you're okay getting your opinions about gender completely blown out of the water.

Workload:
Not bad at all. Readings are no more than 2 or so hours a week. Midterm was light at best. Final is yet to be seen.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 9214
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Susan Ostrander | SOC030- Sex and Gender in Society | Sociology

Review:
Not bad. She does hold some pretty strong opinions. Any opinions contrary are not taken in offense. Rather she can just make a very compelling argument against them. She wants to make sure everybody is keeping up and encourages class participation. I learned a lot about the topic from her so I'd recommend it but only if you're okay getting your opinions about gender completely blown out of the water.

Workload:
Not too bad. No more than 2 hours of reading per week, usually less. Midterm was light at best. Final is yet to be seen.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 9215
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Susan Ostrander | SOC030- Sex and Gender in Society | Sociology

Review:
Not bad. She does hold some pretty strong opinions. Any opinions contrary are not taken in offense. Rather she can just make a very compelling argument against them. She wants to make sure everybody is keeping up and encourages class participation. I learned a lot about the topic from her so I'd recommend it but only if you're okay getting your opinions about gender completely blown out of the water.

Workload:
Not too bad. No more than 2 hours of reading per week, usually less. Midterm was light at best. Final is yet to be seen.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 9216
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Downing Cless | DR 0001 - Comedy & Tragedy | Drama

Review:
This class is perfect if you need to fulfill an arts requirement, it is very similar to an english class. We read a play or two a week about 20 pages or so each play, not bad at all compared to intense english classes. Professor Cless is very light-hearted and it is a breeze to sit through. Definitely recommended.

Workload:
A play or two a week about 20 pages each play, sometimes watch the production of the play instead of reading it. Have to go to 3 plays over the course of the semester that are assigned.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 9217
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Maryanne Wolfe | CD0001 - Intro to Child Development | Child Development

Review:
Interesting class, Professor Wolfe is funny & very entertaining. Not too intense, if you are not interested in child development and need a social science class this one isn't bad. Only 2 tests over the semester and 1 take home final essay. Pretty interesting.

Workload:
A lot of reading, 2 chapters a week (70 pages) but given worksheets so some stuff can be skipped over since it isn't important and won't be on the test. TA's very nice, required section every week for 50 minutes to go over the chapters.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 9218
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Indrani Batacharjee | PHIL 0001 - Intro to Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
Although it was Professor B's first year teacher (graduate student at UMASS Amherst) I did not that she did a good job explaining everything to the students. Every class we came in and no one understood what was going on and she did not do a good job fixing that. I've heard that all philosophy classes are like this but if you can, get a different teacher!

Workload:
1 or 2 assignments of reading, usually about 10 pages each, (3) short 2 page papers & (2) 4 page papers over the course of the semester.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 9219
Submitted: 2009-11-04
Elena Paolini | ITAL0001 - Elementary Italian I | American Studies

Review:
Easiest class, Professor is amazing, always laughing, about a chapter every week and a half with vocab quizzes and a test at the end on the chapter. Tests are extremely easy and easy points are given out. Definitely take this class!! I loved it!

Workload:
About a chapter every week and a half with a short vocab quiz a week and a test every other week on the chapter that was worked on. EASY !!!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Italian


Review ID: 9204
Submitted: 2009-11-03
John Julian | FR001- Elementary French I | French

Review:
Great professor, probably my favorite this semester actually. Detailed, reasonable, relevant material covered in class and good for re-enforcing content learned through home work. Only thing is he moved at a rather quick pace as there was a lot of material to cover so even elementary french I moved rather quick, which was fine for students who had had some intro to French but a little difficult for those who were true beginners.

Workload:
Really depends on how hard you want to work. Meticulous attention to homework, teachings, and videos makes tests easy. Fairly frequent quizzes and tests.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9205
Submitted: 2009-11-03
George Ellmore | BIO10 - Plants and Humanity | Biology

Review:
Ellmore's great. He is very knowledgeable about his topic and doesn't dumb down the material to a degree that it is painful but also is clear and easy to understand. His lectures are entertaining and informative and gave me a reason to wake up for a 9:30.

Workload:
There are no outside readings. If you attend class and review your notes before the exams you've nothing to worry about. The exam questions are straight forward and all information is covered in lecture.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 9207
Submitted: 2009-11-03
Aida Belansky | SPN0004 Spanish 4 | American Studies

Review:
She's extremely sweet it's true but during her class my Spanish skills actually diminished. If possible, I would get to know her but avoid her class. She is very disorganized and know Spanish intuitively as she Peruvian (and hence has an adorable accent), but can't explain it effectively.

Workload:
There is some assigned but no credibility for completion.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 9208
Submitted: 2009-11-03
David Sloane | RUS0021 - Comp/Conv | Russian

Review:
Wow, this guy is so crazy it's impressive that he even remembers to make it to class. Incredibly unclear and completely out-of-it. Not once has he answered a student's question - he doesn't just give confusing answers - he will say something completely unrelated. Even he is not enthusiastic about the material. He'll often begin to teach us something and give up minutes later because he finds it boring. Complete lack of focus and gets very emotional if the class does not seem to be understanding or if there are several absent students.

As far as the coursework goes, it seems to be a complete review of previous Russian classes.

Workload:
This class has a fairly easy workload. Very varied based on Sloan's mood. Some compositions which he grades rather harshly.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9209
Submitted: 2009-11-03
Philip Starks | BIO130 - Animal Behavior | Biology

Review:
Professor Starks is one of the best professors I have had at Tufts. His view of teaching is very progressive, and his grading is fair (though firm). His passion for both his own research and everything going on in the vast field of Animal Behavior is palpable from the very first class, and builds though out the course. I am by no means a "morning person", yet I found myself waking up earlier than I had to in order to make sure that I didn't miss a second of this class. Students don't just memorize information in this class; they actually learn what animal behavior is all about. Dr. Starks is an energetic, funny, and brilliant, and that's a trifecta that is uncommon in professors.

Workload:
The workload was manageable. You must read the book, and you must come to class, and you must read the assigned readings, because all are important and all will be on the tests without fail. However, the assignments are completely do-able, unlike in some classes where you are expected to read two chapters in one night.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 9202
Submitted: 2009-11-02
Minquan Wang | Intensive Chinese 1/2, 3/4 | Chinese

Review:
This class is probably one of my favorite classes at Tufts so far, mainly because Wang Laoshi is incredibly helpful, understanding, and hilarious despite him not realizing how funny he can be. Because you have this class 6 times a week (twice on tuesday), the class gets to know each other very well. Every week you read dialogues, memorize a passage to recite in front of the teacher, memorize countless characters, and watch videos of chinese students, a Canadian student, and an American student speaking chinese in order to comment on the story (and at times, laugh at the awkward acting). I didn't realize how demanding the course would be when I signed up, but I am truly glad I did! If you put in the time, it is so worth the effort.

Workload:
Be prepared to realize that most of the homework you are doing is Chinese. Since it is 2 years in one year, they are not kidding when they say intensive. Weekly tests, homework packets, and hanzi online quizes. Go to conversation night at the Chinese house for extra credit (very helpful). It is possible to get a good grade, just always be prepared and do the work. If you are entirely new to the Chinese language and have no experience to the writing of Asian characters and listening to the language, this course may be very difficult for you.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9203
Submitted: 2009-11-02
Minquan Wang | Intensive Chinese 1/2, 3/4 | Chinese

Review:
This class is probably one of my favorite classes at Tufts so far, mainly because Wang Laoshi is incredibly helpful, understanding, and hilarious despite him not realizing how funny he can be. Because you have this class 6 times a week (twice on tuesday), the class gets to know each other very well. Every week you read dialogues, memorize a passage to recite in front of the teacher, memorize countless characters, and watch videos of chinese students, a Canadian student, and an American student speaking chinese in order to comment on the story (and at times, laugh at the awkward acting). I didn't realize how demanding the course would be when I signed up, but I am truly glad I did! If you put in the time, it is so worth the effort.

Workload:
Be prepared to realize that most of the homework you are doing is Chinese. Since it is 2 years in one year, they are not kidding when they say intensive. Weekly tests, homework packets, and hanzi online quizes. Go to conversation night at the Chinese house for extra credit (very helpful). It is possible to get a good grade, just always be prepared and do the work. If you are entirely new to the Chinese language and have no experience to the writing of Asian characters and listening to the language, this course may be very difficult for you.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 9199
Submitted: 2009-10-29
Jeremy Halpern | ELS 107 | Entrepreneurial Leadership

Review:
Prof. Halpern was my favorite professor at Tufts and ELS 107 my most useful course. He gave me killer recommendations for jobs and introduced me to a number of jobs. I learned SO much in the class - but it was a lot of work. Made great friends in the class and also gained a lot of confidence. 100% worth your time. Plus, Halpern is young and cute, so that doesn't hurt.

Workload:
Lots of work but I liked almost all the assignments.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8996
Submitted: 2009-09-25
Krzysztof Sliwa | Physics 11 | Physics

Review:
Professor Sliwa's class was an extremely unpleasant experience for me.

It was hard to understand his Polish accent.He got really excited over demonstrating gravity but that didn't help me learn. The class was taught at a pace appropriate for kids who already had background in physics, which I didn't. He did not have the bookstore stock the solutions manual to our textbook. His posted solutions to problem sets were messy and too hard to follow. He didn't cover as many chapters as he meant to so we had to cram 2-3 chapters just for the final, on top of cumulative review study. He did not help students access any of the online material that was available for the textbook. He was half an hour later for hour final which was at 8 or 9 a.m., I don't remember, and the exam still had mistakes.

These bad factors far outweigh the positive factors that he is a great physicist.

Not all professionals should teach.

Workload:
Way too much work


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 8875
Submitted: 2009-09-23
Paula Aymer | SOC 0110 | Sociology

Review:
I can understand why some of the previous reviewers are so offended. The material she teaches and presents challenge many notions we take for granted and could easily frustrate people unwilling to entertain controversial thought. But because Aymer doesn't lavish praise onto students who try to appear intelligent does not mean she does not "respect intelligence", whatever that accusation is supposed to mean. She is very friendly, approachable, and takes the time to clarify anything a student might not understand. She's incredibly well informed about sociological phenomenon across the globe and has a formidable well of historical knowledge from which she often draws.

The only thing that went against my grain was the pace of the class, boy does she take her sweet time when lecturing. It's true her classes are fairly unstructured. She does present a loose agenda at the start of class, but she mostly lets the students determine the course of the conversation.

Workload:
She assigns a sizable amount of readings every week, but it's never more than about 100 pages.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Anthropology


Review ID: 8834
Submitted: 2009-09-12
Rajeev Dehejia | Ec11-Intermediate Microeconomics | Economics

Review:
Cool prof. Knows his stuff and does a good job of linking the book and class to real world issues. This was great. Not just reading the book and studying unrealistic models, but how to apply it to the real world. Glad I took this section. I think it will help me in the real world, and in other courses.

Workload:
Problem Sets. Midterm. Final. One page paper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8545
Submitted: 2009-09-03
Dana Simpson | Spanish 121 and 122 | Spanish

Review:
Professor Simpson is by far the best Spanish professor I've had at Tufts and in my life. He's great with relating to students and takes individualized learning and improvement very seriously. He grades (in part) based on personal progress. His teaching philosophy involves a lot of group work so be prepared to do projects outside of class.

Workload:
The workload is normal for a language class. There's a lot of reading each week, but it's not too bad.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8548
Submitted: 2009-09-03
Linda Garant | Math 12 | Mathematics

Review:
I loved Professor Garant. She was very approachable and always accommodating. She definitely cared about every person's success and was there any time you needed to meet with her. She made math class as interesting as possible.

Workload:
Math 12 is a tough class. The work load is just like any other math class. We had an assignment every class period, three exams and a final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Civil Engineering


Review ID: 8549
Submitted: 2009-09-03
Anne Mahoney | GRK001 - Elementary Ancient Greek | Greek

Review:
Amazing course: who ever thought we'd be reading Plato in just one year? The pop quizzes aren't as scary as people said if you keep up with the work. She explains grammer stuff really well. I took 4 years of Latin in high school and some of it never made sense until I took Greek because Mahoney cleared it up.

Workload:
Tons of work but worth it. Really, you have to do the work every night, but you get credit just for turning something in so it's fair.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 8540
Submitted: 2009-08-23
Chih Ming Tan | EC0035- Economic Development | Economics

Review:
The worst professor at Tufts

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8510
Submitted: 2009-08-05
Patrick Carter | FAM 0026 | Studio Art - Medford Campus

Review:
Patrick is awesome! I was a little worried about being in a class with the advanced drawing class as well, but he was helpful and attentive to all students and never made you feel poorly about your work, no matter what your level. He always has something good to say about what you are doing, and he really cares about his students. We learned to work with all kinds of mediums and he encouraged us to try new things. We made trips to both the MFA and the Sackler museum during class time, which was enjoyable. He met with each student halfway through to look at all of their work and see where they needed help. As you get into the semester, Patrick lets you decide what you would like to work on. Many students left and went to various places on campus to do landscapes, or some students took a break from the live model to do a still life. It is a flexible class. He even gave us a couple days off here and there when he thought we were tired and needed a break! I would love to take another class with Patrick in the future!


Workload:
The final project is a series of three drawings or one really large drawing that you present to the class at the end of the semester (Patrick brought all kinds of food and made it a party). It is a lot of work, but he gives you plenty of time and gave extensions to about half the class so they could have enough time to finish. You also have to keep a sketchbook of outside drawings that you work on throughout the semester. Two three hour classes a week is quite a lot, but you get plenty of breaks, and often he would let us leave early. It should be noted that you will need a lot of materials if you dont own any art supplies, which can get a little pricey. However, most of the art stores in the area do give you a 25% discount if you show your student ID. I improved tremendously with the help of Patrick, and I highly recommend this class to anyone who loves to draw!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 8500
Submitted: 2009-07-29
Margaret Lynch | BIO46: Cell Biology | Biology

Review:
Professor Lynch was reasonably clear while lecturing - however, I found myself having to voice record her lectures and listen to them again to achieve the best scores on her tests. She really, really enjoys the small details - if you take this class I recommend memorizing every word that she says and reading the textbook accordingly (i.e. only the portions she has mentioned, everything else is useless)

Workload:
The workload isn't awful, but to get every exam question I would usually start studying 4-5 days in advance. The final exam was cumulative, so watch out!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 8502
Submitted: 2009-07-29
Leah Abraham | Tissue Engineering | Biomedical Engineering

Review:
Boy, did I make the mistake of not reading the reviews before enrolling in this "course". Enough Said.

Workload:
Confusing as hell and she makes mistakes...which does result into ridiculous situations.

Would rate a 0 but this site won't allow me.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 8496
Submitted: 2009-07-28
Elizabeth Leavell | ENG 2 - Other Worlds | English

Review:
I feel lucky to have had Prof. Leavell for English 2, especially after the fiasco I experienced in English 1. Though she can be a bit eccentric, she is extremely concerned with her students' progress and makes herself readily available outside of class to offer advice about essays, etc. She wields a firm grasp of the English language and was open to different writing styles. I spent many hours outside of class with her attempting to improve my writing and I am pleased to report that I succeeded. Be warned, The Supernatural is the primary focus of this course, which can be interesting and engaging at times but also boring and dull.

Workload:
Reading Assignments: There is a reading assignment for every class, ranging from 20 pages to nearly 200 pages! She also assigns blackboard questions pertaining to the reading for each class. Unfortunately these assignments can get a bit wearisome. I know that some of my classmates did not keep up with the readings, and their grades suffered accordingly.

Essays: 3 papers of 5+ pages plus one rewrite, plus one 7-8 page research paper. It's a good amount of work, but I would say it is rewarding.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 8486
Submitted: 2009-07-21
Serap Kantarci | women studies | American Studies

Review:
I think she has beent he one writing those reviews. She is a mess; she is the worst professor I have ever had. Ask her why has she gotten fired from every single job she has had? she is very disorganized, always lost our papers, do not know how tor un a lecture, is always late for class, do not prepare her classes, she is just HORRIBLE. DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 8483
Submitted: 2009-07-16
David Krumme | It's been so long I've forgotten the course numbers | Computer Science

Review:
Given that David Krumme is retired now, and that I was his student about 20 years ago, this is more of an accolade and a "thank you" than a review.

Professor Krumme was one of the best professors I've ever had -- he cared about his subject matter, his students, and managed to create a learning environment that was both fun and intense. He balanced theory & practice, and teamwork with competition.

David helped to prepare me for a fufilling career in computer science. I will always be grateful to him for that.

Workload:
Lots of work, but it was always interesting.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Comparative Religion


Review ID: 8482
Submitted: 2009-07-14
Rajeev Dehejia | EC11 - Intermediate Micro | Economics

Review:
Overall a good very good prof. He makes you work hard, but really goes to a lot of effort to connect the theory from class to the real world, basically how to apply econ to thinking about the world. So A for content.

In terms of style, he seems a little distant, but is a nice guy if you talk to him. He really cares that people learn economics and how to apply it.

All this good -- what's the downer? Only one. The class is a lot of work. I think it's worth it. There's probably easier sections, but I think learned more than my friends in other sections.

Workload:
On the high side -- weekly problem sets. Two short written assignments. Midterm. Final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8477
Submitted: 2009-07-12
David Garman | EC0015 - Intro Econometrics | Economics

Review:
Professor Garman is an excellent professor. He is very in tune to students' understanding, and will explain concepts as many times as necessary without making students feel silly or guilty for being behind. He makes sure that we are up to speed through weekly assignments and quizzes, which is very necessary for this course. Professor Garman is one of the best Econ professors I've had, and he's a really nice guy. I'd recommend taking any course with him.

Workload:
Assignments are out of the book, which is pretty straightforward. Garman is very aware of the way the book teaches the course, and he has chosen it very carefully. One problem set per week keeps you on top of the material. Standard 2 midterms and a final, and one final econometrics paper, which he helps you to plan out.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8455
Submitted: 2009-07-02
Philip Holcomb | psy009- Intro to Cognitive Brain and Sciences | Psychology

Review:
His lectures were clear and not very exciting but not to boring either. The tests were difficult although he was fair enough to grade on a curve on the first exam because not many did well. There are three exams and you can drop one. You are basically on your own for studying for the exams. It is necessary to skim the readings to get a better understanding for the exam but not a must.

Workload:
One chapter/reading per class. There is no textbook so all readings are online. They are not too bad, not too boring, a lot of bio. The readings are manageable.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 8451
Submitted: 2009-06-28
Linda Bamber | Women and Fiction | English

Review:
Taking class with Linda Bamber was one of the most challenging and rewarding of my experience at Tufts so far. Linda isn't afraid to tell you when she perceives your analysis to be incorrect and always moves conversation in the right direction. She pushes her students to think critically and her comments on the response papers are very helpful to improve your learning. Although her class isn't the easiest, it's one that you leave feeling accomplished.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 8452
Submitted: 2009-06-28
Sonia Hofkosh | General Lit 2 | English

Review:
Although General Literature 2 should have been an exciting topic, it became a drag to come to class. Instead of teaching, Prof. Hofkosh mostly speculates and then asks for student's opinions. The class is student-taught since the whole period is mostly spent by students raising their hands to guess what the text means. Although she never offers insight on her analysis of the text, each examine is based on her opinions. Although the course material was great, the class was poorly taught by Prof. Hofkosh

Workload:
Response posts, two tests including an exam, and a lengthy paper


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 8447
Submitted: 2009-06-22
Calvin Gidney | CD 159 - Understanding Childhood Through Film | Child Development

Review:
This is a great class. Prof. Gidney is really interested in his students and really looks for your progress as a writer. The class is structured so that you watch a movie once a week and then discuss it in relation to a topic. There are often also guest speakers. It has a lot of reading but Prof. Gidney really grades based on participation and effort.

Workload:
A fair amount of reading and the movie showings are on fridays but they are really interesting movies and Chip makes it worth it. Have to write 4 out of the 5 possible essays and give one presentation on a movie. Lots of work but Prof. Gidney is not a particularly harsh grader.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 8449
Submitted: 2009-06-22
Philip Starks | BIO 130 - Animal Behavior | Biology

Review:
Professor Starks is a great lecturer and his slides were really comprehensive. I loved his teaching style and the fact that he involved students in class. Great class, especially considering it was at some ungodly hour of the morning.

Workload:
The reading was interesting but not entirely necessary to do. He did not often have questions from the reading on the exam and most of the time the reading just clarified his lectures. The tests were hard but they were also curved and he gives students a chance to develop some of the questions. A great class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 8441
Submitted: 2009-06-06
Hugh Gallagher | Physics 12- Electricity and Magnetism | Physics

Review:
Professor Gallagher is a really great teacher who really cares about his students understanding of the material. He also gives you every opportunity to do well in this class. A good portion of your grade is homework(25%) so as long as you go to recitation, you should get all those points. The exams test your understanding of the material, not how well you can spit back the answer to a homework problem. Prof Gallagher is really easy to reach and is always willing to help you understand concepts youre having trouble with. The resources are there, you just have to put in the work.

Workload:
Just weekly problem sets that take a few hours, and bi-weekly lab reports. Two midterms and a final. There were also in-class quizes that were 3% of your grade (kinda annoying if you like sleeping late haha).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemical and Biological Engineering


Review ID: 8439
Submitted: 2009-06-05
Barry Trimmer | Bio 134 - Neurobiology | Biology

Review:
Professor Trimmer definitely made this class interesting, but I found that he was not always clear in his explanations of important brain processes. He would often rush through them, and reading the book didn't always help because the chapters were so dense. When I went to his office hours, though, he was always really willing to break things down for me, and he almost always explained things better than he did in class. Tests were fair - mostly short answers and essays. If you didn't have the right answer, he would always give partial credit. Overall, an enjoyable class (especially after taking Genetics).

Workload:
Keeping up with the reading was always a good idea, but it was not enjoyable because each chapter was really detailed and dense. There really wasn't any homework in the class, which only came to be a problem right before exams. He would post a few practice problems a few days before, but it would have been beneficial to have some to work on throughout the month leading up to the test for better practice.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 8438
Submitted: 2009-05-29
Monica Ndounou | DR0048 African American Theatre and Film | Drama

Review:
This was one of the best courses I took at Tufts. Professor Ndounou is not only very knowledgeable about the subject but her teaching style engages students in the topic, linking historical aspects of the course to the current state of the country and the African American experience today.

Workload:
There is a lot to read and the tests seem easier than they really are. However, if you participate it is not difficult to do well in the course.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 8437
Submitted: 2009-05-27
Charles Inouye | JPN061 - Introduction to Japanese Culture | Japanese

Review:
Hmm how does one sum up Professor Inouye?

PROS:
-Clearly loves the topic, which IS fascinating
-Wrote a book on it (which follows lectures closely, even the anecdotes are the same)
-Tells amusing stories to help you understand the material
-Uses effective powerpoints
-Is willing to arrange appointments outside office hours
-Throws a cherry-blossom-viewing party for the class at the end of the spring semester

CONS:
-Forces the participation out of you (he will even provoke you - as in you individually, not the whole class)
-Isn't very clear about his expectations
-Uses stereotypes and isn't very tactful
-Assigns a 2-page letter every week, which is just busy work. In fact, it's such busy work, even he fell behind on grading them (which had no effect on the strict deadlines for us). And he fell so behind that we stopped writing them.
-Comments on letters weren't very helpful. Sometimes I wasn't sure he was really reading them.
-Asks for way too much personal information about you so you should be willing to share a lot and get used to the fact that he may bring up this information in class
-Requires that he know you personally; only that's all on you, because he doesn't make much of an effort himself
-Plays favorites. Seems to like some people more, and give others a harder time. I don't know why, but it was noticeable.

OVERALL:
I guess he's pretty nice, and it's great that he wants to get to know students; but his teaching style is definitely an acquired taste. He's got his quirks and you have to get used to them. I spent a great deal of time reminding myself that the material was interesting and that was what mattered -- it was one of those classes. I don't think I'd take another class with him.

ALSO: This is NOT an anime class. Do not take this class if you have an aversion to philosophy that you are not willing to grapple with.

Workload:
YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN CLASS. Weekly readings weren't so bad. 2-page letters (written to your future self assuming you could be dead - yes, that is the prompt) every week based on lecture, readings, how you feel about the material. Final 10-page paper on a piece of Japanese literature/movie. And it might sound easy, but I was surprised at how much effort I had to put into this class since he deliberately deflates grades (ask him). It definitely took a lot of time away from classes I was actually taking for my major. If you have the option of pass/failing, that might be a good idea because this course is NOT an easy A (or A-, or B+...).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8436
Submitted: 2009-05-26
Peggy Cebe | Physics 0011 | Physics

Review:
Professor Cebe was one of the nicest professors I have ever had at Tufts! Her concern for the students was so great that, for example, whenever she made mistakes in her lecture, she would always write little notes to herself and then send the class an email with the corrections. Since the class met twice a week, there was a lot of material to cover every session, and her lectures, although fast, were thorough. She would explain the basic concepts and then work out sample problems, an aid not only for the problem sets but for the final. Overall a very fun-loving professor!

Workload:
There were 13 problem sets, with each problem set due once a week and consisting of 10 questions. Depending on the difficulty, you could finish it within 2-4 hours. I never went to recitation, but I worked on the problems with a friend. Labs met every other week and consisted of a write-up, but the TAs graded extremely easy (I never saw anyone get below an A). Finally, there are two midterms consisting of four problems of multiple parts and a final with eight questions. The first midterm was straightforward, covering concepts like projectile motion, and forces. The second midterm though was a lot harder, namely because of the lack of time and the length of each question. However, the final surprisingly was relatively basic and not at all difficult. One thing that helped me with this professor was the sample problems she went over during lecture; typically, at least one or problems on the midterms were almost identical to these. I think she tried to give advantage to those people that attended lecture! Overall, the class was not that difficult as long as you keep up every week with lecture and understand the problem sets.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 8432
Submitted: 2009-05-22
Hugh Gallagher | Physics 12 | Physics

Review:
Prof Gallagher is an amazing professor. I've never had a teacher that was so concerned with my progress in a science seminar course the way Prof. Gallagher was extremely helpful. During his office hours not only would he offer snacks he also came up with better ways for me to study. He took the time to figure out my study style and adapted his assistance to accompany it. He also hosted a "cram session" 15 minutes before the final for last minute questions. He's an amazing professor!

Workload:
Weekly homework and Bi weekly labs. No practical :)


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 8429
Submitted: 2009-05-21
Stephen Bailey | Anth0040 - Biological Anthropology | Anthropology

Review:
Prof. Bailey is an excellent lecturer - when he shows up. I showed up to every class; he didn't. His making an appearance in class was never guaranteed. When he did come, he was usually 10-15 mins late (although, to give him credit, he got better as the semester went on). He is funny but also a little condescending. Don't ask dumb questions, especially about the syllabus.

Workload:
The class is divided into 3 sections. The first 2 sections are insanely easy - I did all of the assigned reading for the 2nd section in one night. But the third section is insane - you pretty much read the entire book. The material is interesting, but it's a lot to cover, and it's infuriating when you realize that all your studying (my friends and I took detailed notes of every chapter, lecture, and made study guides) doesn't help for the final. Some of the multiple choice questions were totally irrelevant to the course and I think I did well only because I took AP Biology and remembered how catalysts work, etc. The professor (or his TAs) messed up while making the tests twice in a row; both times, one half of the class (he makes 2 versions of every test) was missing a page.
The tests are 10 multiple choice questions, a short open response (often a diagram), and an essay. Tests are scaled.
You can do well in the course, but a lot of it depends on luck.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 8430
Submitted: 2009-05-21
Ildefonso Manso | SP0021 - Comp & Conversation I | Spanish

Review:
Prof. Manso is an excellent teacher and an all-around great guy. He is encouraging without being a pushover and made Spanish genuinely enjoyable (I reluctantly signed up to fulfill a requirement). IF YOU CAN TAKE A CLASS WITH HIM, DO IT!

Workload:
Workload is the same as all the other Spanish 21 classes. You get out what you put in. It's a consistent level of work, but nothing unreasonable.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 8420
Submitted: 2009-05-15
Andreea Cohen | EC011 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory | Economics

Review:
Lectures were very helpful but could also drag on for a little bit. There were two 75-minute classes (3 50-minute would have been better). She puts plenty on the blackboard, most of it is examples with lots of math. Modest class participation, and she is extremely eager to help students and make sure you understand everything. One of the nicest professors I have had so far.

Workload:
2 problem sets due every week were manageable. Each one has a practice set with solutions that can help solve the real ones. Reading the chapters is not mandatory as there are no reading quizzes, but doing the reading definitely helps a lot. 2 midterms and a final, all 3 were very difficult but curved.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 8402
Submitted: 2009-05-11
Gilbert Metcalf | EC 191 - Energy Economics | Economics

Review:
He's too busy to care about classes, or grading papers. 100% subjective grading, can't remember what topics he has already covered in class, basically just rehashes papers read outside of class. Maybe if you hang around with politicians all day, you become one. Class not worth taking if you want to familiarize yourself with the energy industry- just get a copy of the syllabus and the readings he covers.

Workload:
Not much outside of a few papers, straightforward.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8373
Submitted: 2009-05-05
Lee Minardi | ES002 - Introduction to Computing in Engineering | Engineering Science

Review:
This is the 2nd introductory engineering science class that all first year and transfer engineering students take. It involves more computer science-like logic, as there is programming involved. First you start with MathCAD (like AutoCAD but with numbers instead of objects) and then move to Microsoft Excel, eventually incorporating VBA. The lectures are unbelievably boring, but are almost necessary at the beginning to understand how to start things. You learn more by actually doing the homework and labs, and the class would function better as 2 labs alone rather than 2 lectures and 1 lab. The TAs are helpful, and tend to know more than Minardi does. Frequently during lectures he would try to demonstrate something only to have it crash on him. Go to the lectures and half-pay attention. Absorb the basics of what he is saying and put it into practice at the labs. A necessary class for engineers with a sub-par professor.

Workload:
DO NOT BUY THE TEXT BOOKS! The reading from the text books does not help and there are only a couple problems assigned from them. For these assignments, find a friend with the book, or split the cost with 5 friends. Obviously buy the lab manual as that has 99% of the assignments. Labs and homework weekly are not too much. The final project is also manageable if you start early. Once the final is over and you just have the project, there is no need to attend lectures.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 8374
Submitted: 2009-05-05
Loring Tu | MATH013 - Calculus III | Mathematics

Review:
Loring Tu is the best of the Math13 professors by far. Registration for his section fills up first so try to get it. Lectures are informative and useful. Definitely take notes as he pretty much writes them on the board for you. He is very enthusiastic and gets people to participate every so often. I tell all my friends taking Calc III to have him.

Workload:
Standard workload for a math course at Tufts. Homework set due every day (they are useful and helpful, DO THEM). 2 midterms and 1 final. Midterms were standard difficulty but the final was a little more difficult. Best part of Calc III is that there is little to no knowledge of Calc II required!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 8376
Submitted: 2009-05-05
Chris McHugh | Monetary Economics | Economics

Review:
Great professor. Be prepared, he is not another one of these left swing Keynesian monetary economists spewing back money multipliers and the like. He works at a hedge fund in Boston so he is the real deal in terms of industry experience (not having his head in the sand like so many profs these days) and presents a very clear and compelling set of ideas. Great class.

Workload:
Not bad at all, 4 problem sets, midterm and final. Class participation is a plus


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8370
Submitted: 2009-05-04
Siddiq Abdullah | EC150 - Financial Economics | Economics

Review:
Professor Abdullah is by far the worst professor I have had at Tufts University. I am a senior majoring in economics, and I have never encountered a professor who is so unconcerned with student progress and who is so oblivious to what goes on in his own class. He grades problems really late (sometimes not at all) and just regurgitates the book. He is often confused about the syllabus and is never really clear about material for the exam. Given the choice, I would not have taken this class (or any other) with Professor Abdullah again.

Workload:
Workload was reasonable. 3-4 problem sets, 3 exams (including the final) and an optional extra-credit.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8354
Submitted: 2009-04-30
Peter Winn | Hist 75 - Americas | History

Review:
Professor Winn stood in the front of the class gave a mumbled "lecture" for half the class, put on some shitty video, and then left. The man is an asshole to talk to, and a horrible professor. Yes, he may be a scholar, but hes a deusche

Workload:
INSANE amounts of reading, dont try and buy all the books you'll go bankrupt, and he makes you buy his book too... Long ass midterm and final take homes. At least theyre take home!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 8346
Submitted: 2009-04-28
Vickie Sullivan | PS 148: Montesquieu | Political Science

Review:
Vickie Sullivan is by far one of the best, and most brilliant, professors at Tufts. This was a small seminar class, so discussion was encouraged, but Sullivan would always guide the discussion in case people's points were a bit off-track.

This is one of the few courses at Tufts (in political science/IR) where you are given the freedom to think deeply and broadly about issues instead of merely regurgitating the views of a professor or an author.

Workload:
We read two texts: Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws and the Persian Letters. Spirit of the Laws can get dense, so it's important to read carefully and pay attention to what Sullivan says in class, but the Persian Letters was an easy read.

Sullivan is definitely not an easy grader (in the past four years, she said she's given only 1 A for an advanced level class), but if you work hard and understand the material (and if you thoroughly enjoy political theory or any class that compels you to think outside the box!), you should definitely take this.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 8348
Submitted: 2009-04-28
Jeffrey Taliaferro | PS 160: Force, Strategy, Army Control | Political Science

Review:
Professor is knowledgeable, but not tolerant of approaches to IR that fall outside of the realist framework of thought. After taking many advanced political science/IR courses, this course was a complete waste of time, as many of the lectures were focused on providing background information, and summarizing the professor's viewpoints as well as the viewpoints of the readings (since I did the readings, the lectures were not that enlightening).

Taliaferro can be funny (bitingly sarcastic) at times, but I was thoroughly bored by the way the material was approached.

Workload:
Workload: one research paper (~20-25 pages), typical amount of reading; final = writing a policy memo.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 8317
Submitted: 2009-04-24
Enrico Spolaore | EC060 - International Economics | Economics

Review:
Professor Spolaore's a pretty cool guy who obviously loves his subject and teaching. It was definitely a privilege to have him as an int'l econ professor because this is his field and he's pretty well-known in it. His expertise aside, it was nice to find out that he can teach, does care about his students and still makes time for them, despite the crazy schedule he must have as the Econ Dept. chair.

This being a huge lecture class, it is mostly him lecturing, though he'll take any questions. Sometimes, if enough people ask about something in the news that's related, he'll take the time to have a discussion. (This however, did put the class a bit behind schedule at times). In addition to what's in the textbook, he'll come up with his own, usually much funnier and more memorable example problems; and those are pretty helpful if you need extra help absorbing the material. I never went to his office hours, but you can email him all your questions, and he gets back to you promptly. That said, most of the stuff is really handled by his TA's (sections, grading, problem set help, etc.), since it's such a big class. But this was definitely one of the more interesting economics classes I've taken (and good prep if you're taking the related 100-level courses later) and I only wish Prof. Spolaore would teach more classes.

Workload:
One midterm, one final, problem sets scattered throughout. The semester I took EC60, our schedule got a little messed up and we were running behind; so sometimes things got hectic and it seemed like there was a lot of work. But it was manageable. The exams are pretty straightforward and if you do the psets and look at the book and lecture examples, you'll be fine. I'm not so sure about the multiple choice sections though because sometimes the questions were ambiguous and a lot of people hated that they were worth so much. But Spolaore's exams are still hardly as brutal as other economics exams I've taken so no real complaints here.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8318
Submitted: 2009-04-24
Edward Kutsoati | EC150 - Financial Economics | Economics

Review:
Professor Kutsoati was all right, though hardly one of the best econ profs I've had at Tufts. I'd read mostly positive reviews of him before I took the class, but my experience wasn't so great. Sometimes it seemed like he was a bit frustrated and couldn't really function without his powerpoints when the projector died, which happened a lot. He's a pretty mellow guy, but often that translated into a seeming lack of enthusiasm, which invariably made lecture boring. He is willing to help you with the material and problem sets during office hours though. As for EC150, it's a good class with important material for anyone hoping to go into finance; but you might want to try for a different professor if you seek a more lively and enthusiastic approach to the subject.

Workload:
Couple of problem sets, I think two midterms, and one final. Found a lot of grading mistakes on my problem sets (I think it may have been a TA grading them though), but it was nice that he was willing to add points back. The exams were okay, you do get choices as to which tricky questions you want to answer (they're all tricky). It was annoying however, that well into the final, he decided to make one of the questions mandatory, on top of all the corrections that had to be applied.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8321
Submitted: 2009-04-24
Christopher McHugh | EC151 - Monetary Economics | Economics

Review:
I honestly struggled in this class, mainly because banking and finance aren't my fortes in economics. But I don't regret taking EC151 with McHugh at all. He's a really cool guy. He's ridiculously enthusiastic about economics (though not so much macro...) and I guess because his day job is in finance, he is very, very up-to-date with all the latest figures, Fed announcements, etc.

The course is a bit disorganized in terms of a continuous plan of study for the semester (there's just a really BROAD outline that he'll partly stick to); but I guess it makes sense for his approach, which is heavily based on what is current in the world. He's got a lot of his own views about this subject, but always encourages you to voice your opinions, especially if you think he's being -in his words - a "chump." It can be confusing at times though, when you're learning some of this stuff for the first time and already there's no right or wrong model/theory/example, there's only what you think and can argue. So if you're looking for a more solid, straightforward lesson on Monetary Econ... you might want to wait for a different prof.

In terms of material, you don't need to take EC150 before this, but I personally think that it probably would have helped me. My friends who took EC150 then EC151 also said that that order helped them. It's all very interesting material, but McHugh tends to throw in some of the stuff you might focus more on in EC150. So if you don't already know a bit about financial economics, stocks, bonds, that stuff, you might struggle.

But McHugh is very understanding and willing to help. You can talk to him during office hours, he gives you his phone number, answers his emails, etc. I did poorly on the first exam because the questions weren't what I was expecting; but I talked to him and he was willing to cut a deal (leave out my midterm and make my final count twice). I didn't take that deal, but it was nice to know it was available, and I think he really is receptive to your hard work and effort. If he knows you're trying, that will help.

Workload:
Problem sets, midterm, final. Problem sets are graded, but he's super lenient. Exam questions are based greatly on the real-world examples he talks about in class, so make sure you listen in lecture and keep up with the news. Also, if there are graphs in problem sets, know those. Reading the book will help in terms of understanding concepts, especially if this is your first course in this area of economics; but be warned: McHugh doesn't always agree with the textbook's authors.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8323
Submitted: 2009-04-24
Gary Leupp | HIST008 - US Imperialism in Asia | History

Review:
I had Professor Leupp for his survey courses on Japanese history and he wasn't so bad then. Maybe it was the more controversial nature of this subject, but I can't say I was entirely happy with how this class went. Let's get this straight, if you need to talk to him about your paper during office hours or even -if you need them- weekend meetings, he's great about that. If you agree with his political views, fantastic. Or, if you don't agree with him but like being shot down in class, what are you waiting for? Take this class!

If you want something better, or to feel valued as a history student, look elsewhere. He is just challenging you, but really, if other professors can do that civilly...

Study this stuff on your own, you might get more out of that. It's just such a shame because this is a fascinating topic. I still have a lot of respect for this man because he does know so much and I enjoyed his Japanese history courses. But sometimes it's hard to tolerate him when he's tearing you and your classmates apart.

Workload:
There is a lot of reading, which you might want to do if you intend/dare to speak up in class discussions, but you don't have to. 2 research papers - shorter one for the midterm, long one for the final. He's a pretty easy grader, just don't give him anything to shred.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 8313
Submitted: 2009-04-23
Siddiq Abdullah | EC150 - Financial Economics | Economics

Review:
Professor Abdullah is passionate about what he teaches and it was interesting that he encouraged us to discuss current events in class. However, he is extremely disorganized as a professor and is not good at teaching. I would highly recommend you never ever ever take a class with this professor.

Workload:
3 problem sets, 3 exams


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8303
Submitted: 2009-04-22
Radiclani Clytus | ENG0037 - 20th Century African-American Literature | English

Review:
This course is completely unlike the course description. It is one of the mostlife-changing courses at Tufts. The class can seem very intimidating at first, but stick with it and you will be rewarded. Prof. Clytus is an amazing thinker and very encouraging of his students. Come prepared to class every day and participate. Prof. Clytus gives back whatever you can put in. Amazing, amazing teacher and man.

Workload:
About half a novel per class (usually no more than 100 pages) and a class majority choice of 2 or 4 papers. Attend class and do the readings and it is never overwhelming


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 8306
Submitted: 2009-04-22
Philip Starks | BIO130- Animal Behavior | Biology

Review:
This class was by great lengths the worst I've ever taken. Prof. Starks is so concerned with being a "cool dude" that the interest he takes in transmitting knowledge is minimal. Whenever students asked questions, he'd either:
1. re-direct the question to the class and we'd be stuck with a poor explanation (read:guess) from a student.
2.he'd congratulate the student on having a good question and never answer it.
I learned more about his brother George than I did about animal behavior.
He also spends most of the time trying to get the TAs to show us how gazelles stot or what a waggle dance looks like instead of teaching us the significance of these behaviors.
Whenever he did actually pretend to give a lecture, he'd give us extremely superficial and speedy explanations and then expected students to somehow gain complete understanding of the concepts for the exam.
His topics are extremely unorganized and while all the topics in the book lead into one another, Starks' approach left us with material that was neither cohesive or coherent.

Cliffsnotes:
-Terrible teacher
-Don't take this class unless you want to learn about his brother and watch the TAs do "funny" things.

Workload:
The textbook is fascinating. Alcock's presentation of the material is extremely clear, cohesive, and lucid as opposed to Starks'. Unfortunately, you do not have to read it.
Tips:
-Memorize every slide on the powerpoint presentations.
-Don't try to make sense of them because it's impossible.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 8297
Submitted: 2009-04-21
George Ellmore | BIO010 - PLANTS & HUMANITY | Biology

Review:
This guy is a compete @^*^%$&*!
He doesn't care about student's progress. Class involvement was strictly discouraged. No matter what intelligent question you may have, he will never give you a chance to ask. Even if you keep your hand up for half an hour, he will pretend he can't see you. Also, he is a VERY unfair grader!!

George Ellmore is the WORST professor I came across at Tufts.


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Workload:
Three exams, two midterms and a final.
You may never find justice if you disagree with his grading cause he doesn't assign any reading material - it's all about what he says in his - more than often - not relevant lectures. So, if he ever asks in an exam about x or y, even if you know he never talked in class about those things, you will have to guess the answer. Well, if you are OK with these things, go on with it - take the class.

My suggestion? STAY AWAY!


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professor rating: | course rating: | major: Anthropology


Review ID: 8280
Submitted: 2009-04-16
Radiclani Clytus | Eng 37 - 20th Century African American Literature | English

Review:
He is amazing. Take this class. You will not regret it. Changed my life.

Workload:
2 papers. Produce quality work and you will get a good grade. Show up for every class and participate.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Comparative Religion


Review ID: 8270
Submitted: 2009-04-15
Kristen Bennett | Eng 001 | English

Review:
I wish I would have taken the AP English test to place out of the class, but my writing greatly improved with Bennett's class. She was very concerned with student's progress, was very enthusiastic for the course, and encouraged class involvement. She gave very constructive, extensive comments on papers. She is very positive and upbeat.

Workload:
There were 5 papers ranging from 5-7 pages. There is not much reading.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8271
Submitted: 2009-04-15
Consuelo Cruz | Latin American Politics PS 127 | Political Science

Review:
I really enjoyed this class! Professor Cruz is funny, original and passionate about Latin American Politics. (She is from Nicaragua) There was not much class involvement as the class is around 40 people.

Workload:
Around 30-40 pages for every class. We only had a regular block time two times a week. A 10 page midterm paper (40%) and a 10 page final (60%)


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8272
Submitted: 2009-04-15
Patricia Smith | Spanish 004 | Spanish

Review:
Sra. Smith is very kind and enthusiastic for the class. She speaks clearly and encourages class participation. She is an easy grader on tests. She offers extra credit periodically. I enjoyed the topics covered.

Workload:
The workload is very manageable. The novel is a bit challenging, but class discussions help.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8273
Submitted: 2009-04-15
Ronna Johnson | On the Road in America | American Studies

Review:
I needed a class and this fit my schedule, I would not have taken it otherwise. For being an elective credit, it took a lot of time. We read a ~200 pg. book every week. There was a movie to watch every Sunday. It's a small class, around 12 students. She makes everyone feel comfortable to share insights and comments. I feel like I now have a greater understanding on the road and buddy narrative. The course in comprehensive and varies in "road stories." I went to her office hours and she is very nice, concerned with progress and overall well-being.

Workload:
A book a week, 2 response papers (2 pgs.) an in class midterm and a literary analysis final (5-6 pages)


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8257
Submitted: 2009-04-14
Malena Espanol | Math 005 - Intro to Calculus | Mathematics

Review:
I took Calculus AB in high school but didn't do too well so I decided to take Math 5 in the hopes of better grasping the concepts before I moved on. Unfortunately, Prof. Espanol was not a great option. She is inarticulate and does not conduct even a small class of 25 well. I learned absolutely nothing from attending class, which was always lagging behind schedule thanks to her inability to go over assignments efficiently. She has difficulty explaining even the simplest mathematic concepts and her inexperience really wears on you as the semester progresses.

Workload:
Assignments from the textbook daily...nothing too difficult if you read the explanations from the textbook. However, the few problems I did run into I definitely could NOT rely on the professor to explain them...she had a hard time doing the math herself.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8259
Submitted: 2009-04-14
Fernanda Estevan | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
This was Prof. Estevan's first semester teaching at Tufts - and it showed. She is rather difficult to understand and the lectures are extremely boring. Although I am a tentative economics major, this was an absolutely horrid introduction to the subject. I just hope the courses and the professors improve dramatically as I progress.

Workload:
6 problem sets over the course of the semester plus 3 exams including the final. Exams were very difficult and the professor was unreceptive to appeals...which made the class even more frustrating.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8260
Submitted: 2009-04-14
Cheryl Tano | Span002 - Elementary Spanish II | Spanish

Review:
Prof. Tano is the best professor I've had so far at Tufts. She teaches with enthusiasm, strongly encourages and promotes class participation, and makes herself readily accessible outside of class. She stays loyal to the class syllabus and is very efficient in her instruction. She was also very accepting of my less-than-average grasp of spanish (I placed out of spanish I so I hadn't taken a spanish course in a year) and helped me greatly improve and get ready for more advanced spanish courses.

Workload:
Workbook and exams - nothing too difficult


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8261
Submitted: 2009-04-14
Sara Folta | Nutr101 - Human Nutrition | Nutrition

Review:
Prof. Folta was an average professor. Her lectures are a little dry, but her inclusion of the iClicker in class keeps you involved and attentive. She also brought in several guest lecturers (mostly from the graduate school) to teach class, which helped to mix things up and kept things interesting.

Workload:
4 exams including the final plus one major project - the diet record. The class is NOT easy, which was my impression upon registering for the class. However, if you study efficiently, you'll do fine.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8263
Submitted: 2009-04-14
Chih Ming Tan | EC35 - Economic Development | Economics

Review:
The class was more math based than I expected or would have liked but I still really enjoyed it. The professor is really nice and engaging in class. He makes a effort to encourage participation and I liked how he reviewed what we did last class at the beginning of the next. He's also pretty accessible and cares a lot about his students.

Workload:
Not too much work, the question sets are difficult (you absolutely must form a study group and do it together) but he grades them pretty easy. The midterm and final were quite difficult and there was very little time to complete them but he puts a big curve on them... almost everyone gets Bs. The group research paper/presentation is a good way to raise your grade.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8264
Submitted: 2009-04-14
Mark Karlins | Eng0001 | English

Review:
Professor Karlins was a very good professor. He knew what he was talking about and is highly knowledgeable about the most obscurest of topics. He was a little on the odd/eccentric side, but that was what made the course more interesting. It was not a conventional english course, I'm sure. He liked having discussions and hearing the students' opinions on various topics and was very open. He was very encouraging of our writing. Professor Karlins would have a time and day set up where you could meet with him about your first draft and he'd discuss with you what needed to be clarified, emphasized, and gave suggestions for a more focused topic. It was a pretty straightforward class and I enjoyed exploring the different types of writing styles that he gave as a sort of guideline for our essays. However, if you are looking for a more technical approach to writing and need to work on grammar, sentence structure and things of that nature, Professor Karlins does not do this directly and touches it lightly in grading your essays and talking to you about your drafts.
Overall, though, I would definitely take another course with Professor Karlins.

Workload:
He gave miscellaneous works to read, which were primarily excerpts from various books. There was about one essay every two weeks. One week to write a draft for peer editing and then the weekend or the next week for the final draft. It was a decent and reasonable amount of work. We read Abel's Island and we watched Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.
Professor Karlins seems to have a particular liking to essays that explore unconventional and unique topics though.
He also teaches a film course so he was much more technical when it came to writing about Do the Right Thing.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 8265
Submitted: 2009-04-14
Anne Taieb | 0021-Comp and Conv. I | French

Review:
Professor Taieb is a wonderful and absolutely sweet person. Personally, I have not needed any extra help from her, but I have heard of other students receiving extra help from her outside of class when they were struggling with the material. She is also very reasonable when it comes to deadlines with compositions and homework assignments. If you needed an extension and gave a legitimate reason as to why you would like one, she is more than likely to give you one. There is also extra credit available if you watch the french films on the weekend.
There were many grammatical rules and sentence structure taught in the class, but they were conveyed in a very understandable and clear way.
I liked her so much first semester, I am taking Fr 22 with her as well.

Workload:
There are four exams focused on grammar topics covered up until the exam, along with a mini composition on the film or reading you had. There are around four compositions as well; the first draft of which she makes corrections and depending on how much you improved, she raises the final grade of the composition by a third or half a letter grade.
We watch a few french films, which is really great for more cultural exposure, I think, especially because I haven't watched any myself outside of class despite the fafct that I would like to. The class is not very expensive material-wise either--one of the cheaper courses here I think, except Barson...
The assignments and exams were VERY straightforward. Her grading is very reasonable and fair. She looks at both content and structure. She encourages class participation by calling on you, but it's not a put-on-the-spot sort of way. In addition, despite the fact that she is French, she speaks at a very normal pace so that everyone can understand her.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 8266
Submitted: 2009-04-14
Virginia Drachman | HIST0093 | History

Review:
The class is very straightforward and not too demanding, though it is more about movements than specific women. The readings are manageable and interesting. Professor Drachman is knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. She is also very good about ending on time.

Workload:
Two tests, one paper, and an easy ongoing assignment. Grading is fair (but you get one grade at the end of the assignment and you don't really know where it came from). If you do the work, it is an easy class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 8236
Submitted: 2009-04-08
Daniel Richards | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
Richards is one of the best in the department. I find it hard to believe that so many reviewers found him hard to reach outside of class. He is my adviser, and I have never had a problem. He has a dry, but very good sense of humor. Always an exciting lecturer, and he knows the material better than probably anyone in the department.

Workload:
Workload is never too heavy with Richards. Tests are somewhat challenging, but fair.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8232
Submitted: 2009-04-06
Robert Stolow | CHEM0053/54 Organic Chemistry Lab | Chemistry

Review:
Professor Stolow is a very friendly professor who does his best to explain things. Unfortunately he goes into a lot of needless depth, especially for a lab lecture. He talks about the lab handout and theory (that you will have already learned to death in organic chemistry itself) for an amazing hour and fifteen minutes. As a comparison, Dr. Iacabucci went through the lab in about 15 minutes when she explained it. Very long and dull class.

Workload:
Quizzes were as difficult as they could get for a lab course. The questions would sometimes be very specific (like knowing compounds and structures of things used in the lab) and there will always be some sort of mechanism question and obscure multiple choice question. He assigns reading, but it is not very necessary, a quick glance is more than enough.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 8233
Submitted: 2009-04-06
Julie Strand | Music 3: Intro to World Music | Music

Review:
literally the worst professor I have ever had. I am surprised this is the first review about her. She is an awful teacher, has no idea what she is talking about, does not really care to teach the students much, has NO self-confidence. This class is a waste of money. all of her power points from class are the ones that the author of the text book put up on his website. I feel like I am actually dumber in every way after taking a class with her. AVOID THIS TEACHER AT ALL COSTS.

Workload:
reasonable. the class should be an easy a but its not, because she is too unintelligent to teach the material properly.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8214
Submitted: 2009-04-01
Onur Akmehmet | Microeconomics | Economics

Review:
I would definitely take another class with him. He makes the course easy to follow and likes the students. He is very approachable and detail oriented. He owns the course, unique professor...

Workload:
Three problem sets, one midterm, one final. He grades everything himself and writes tons of comments. His problems tend to be tough yet fair.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 8197
Submitted: 2009-03-24
Cheryl Tano | Elementary Spanish II | Spanish

Review:
Professor Tano was an amazing teacher. She can spend most of the classes just talking with her students, which really enforces the speaking aspect of learning a new language, and is a great way for students to learn the language. She is very patient and willing to work at a good pace for her students. Always available for extra help, and really likes to be involved with her students' learning.

Workload:
same workload for all classes in this level.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 8183
Submitted: 2009-03-16
Judith Haber | General View of English Literature | English

Review:
Bad news. She is nasty, dismissive of undergrads, and is unkind to her TA.

Workload:
Usual.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 8173
Submitted: 2009-03-12
Paul Waldau | Religion and Animals | Comparative Religion

Review:
Paul Waldau should not be allowed to teach, let alone collect accolades from prestigious academic institutions. He has a focus on animals because he cannot relate to other human beings. Someone should ask him why he is unable to create successful relationships with women. He has been married and divorced three times, no children, with a history of physical abuse. This is not the person you want preaching from the pulpit on the subject of ethics! He is pathologically narcissist and is manipulative enough to make you believe he is truly humble. That facade could not be farther from the truth.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 8164
Submitted: 2009-03-09
Rana Gupta | Enterprenourial Finance | American Studies

Review:
I had this class on BU in 2008 and I was impressed. He is one of the few professors around who actually having real business experience. He was running a company, he was a partner in a VC firm and he was teaching. He did say how difficult is to get VP financed and this is a fact, no need to discredit him for it. He talked about 6-7 other financing - if you were to create your own company. I think that was a real lesson and a non-book-case one, which worth the investment (unlike 80% of the other MBA classes).

Workload:
Not bad, but real work had to be done: interview and consult real enterprenours in Boston. Get to help them in their finances. Real stuff (to me at least).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8119
Submitted: 2009-02-21
Christopher McHugh | EC151 - Monetary Economics | Economics

Review:
While he is certainly enthusiastic, if you are actually interested in Monetary Economics do it on your own. he is way too cynical about his subject. It is one thing to be skeptical. It is another thing entirely to be dismissive and he is. When discussing current events he prefers to critique the op-ed pages as trite and populist as if they were worth our time. He never bothers to actually discuss the policy action and data that is referred to in any substantive manner. He clearly does not realize that this is an upper division economics course. He spends time going over algebra and basic economic facts from EC5 rather than actually teaching something that would be difficult to learn on your own.

In short if you are looking for an easy and trite overview of monetary economics this class is for you. If you are looking for something more serious, you will quickly become FED up.

Workload:
Probably the easiest course you could take in the economics department. he is not serious about the subject and so it never requires and rigorous thought about it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8122
Submitted: 2009-02-21
Christopher McHugh | EC151 - Monetary Economics | Economics

Review:
While he is certainly enthusiastic, if you are actually interested in Monetary Economics do it on your own. he is way too cynical about his subject. It is one thing to be skeptical. It is another thing entirely to be dismissive and he is. The difference is that his criticism of the subject is not thoughtful. It primarily consists of him asking the question rhetorically, "where's the model?" over and over again. And he never bothers to try to find one. When discussing current events he prefers to critique the op-ed pages as trite and populist as if they were worth our time. He never bothers to actually discuss the policy action and data that is referred to in any substantive manner. He clearly does not realize that this is an upper division economics course. He spends time going over algebra and basic economic facts from EC5 rather than actually teaching something that would be difficult to learn on your own.

In short if you are looking for an easy and trite overview of monetary economics this class is for you. If you are looking for something more serious, you will quickly become FED up.

Workload:
This is probably the easiest course you could take. He is trite and superficial in his treatment of the subject, even his criticisms so you will never have to think rigorously about anything.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8086
Submitted: 2009-02-07
Ken Garden | REL0152 - Islam and Modernity | Comparative Religion

Review:
He's an awkward lecturer, but is very knowledgeable on the subject. The class may not be what you expect; It's more about the Islamic intellectual response to modernity that it is about violent responses to modernity. Since the material is complex, and Mr. Garden often has trouble simplifying it, you have to read the material beforehand.

Workload:
Usually about 30-40 pages of reading per class, usually biographies of Islamic modernists, so it's not too hard to understand. (2) Midterms (really easy of you do the reading), and (1) 10-12 Final Paper for which you can choose the topic. Very manageable workload overall.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Comparative Religion


Review ID: 8087
Submitted: 2009-02-07
Ross Feldberg | BIO-013 | Biology

Review:
Very difficult course. Do the reading, see your lab T.A. to clarify any points. Go to the lectures, they highlight the areas you should concentrate on. The reading will clarify the lectures, because the lectures are fast-paced, especially by the third section. Go to review sessions. talk to the professor if you have any problems: showing your face lets them know who you are = better chance of them sympathizing when grade you. Expect a 73-78 class average per test (your grade will be determined by the grading curve). Feldberg makes sure the class is a challenge, Mitch McVey (the genetic lecturer) is a much more amiable lecturer, and the third lecturer is very quick (but the material she covers is straight-forward).

Workload:
Heavy amount of reading, Lab write-ups are difficult to get perfect. 3 midterms, 1 final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 8088
Submitted: 2009-02-07
Andrew Klatt | SPN-001 | Spanish

Review:
Best class. Klatt knows the exercises are absurd and the material can be boring. He makes up for it with his solid sense of humor. He's the perfect teacher is you don't like the extra fluff of beginner language classes (skits, etc.). He'll teach you what you need to know. Fills in extra time by talking about culture. Will entertain your questions. Will be sarcastic. In short, Klatt's a baller.

Workload:
Workbook exercises collected at end of a unit (answers in the back of the book) for which you either get a check or not (depending on whether you do the work or not). Four tests, each covering 2-3 chapters of material. Final exam is straightforward; There are several practice tests that are sufficient preparation.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 8089
Submitted: 2009-02-07
George McNinch | MATH0011 - Calculus 1 | Mathematics

Review:
McNinch is not a good lecturer. If you've never taken Calculus before, you better not take this class. If you have, you better bring a magazine to class. His lecturing style is awkward and he spends too much time on theory, and not enough on practice. He laughs at jokes that are clearly only make sense to him and, I'm guessing, Trekkies.
That being said, he's very willing to help students, and will answer your questions (though he'll make mistakes in the process.) In short, very easy to like him, very difficult to understand him.

Workload:
Problem set collected each class (usually about 10-15 problems; not a lot). 2 midterms, and one final. Make sure to read the chapters, and do the homework, it's the only way you'll understand the material.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 8077
Submitted: 2009-02-04
David O'Leary | REL 0001- Introduction to Religion | Comparative Religion

Review:
First ever religion course. Prof. Oleary made the subject come alive. Going to be a Religion major!

Workload:
Mid-term, research paper and reflection papers.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Comparative Religion


Review ID: 8051
Submitted: 2009-01-26
Malik Mufti | American Foreign Policy in the Middle East | American Studies

Review:
Professor Mufti's class was one of the best I'd ever taken. He definitely does not know favoritism in his treatment or grading of students. The manner in which he conducts discussions was very thought provoking and encourages students to perform at their best. Highly recommended.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8045
Submitted: 2009-01-24
David Garman | Econometrics | Economics

Review:
Professor Garman is an excellent professor, and the best you could as for for a class like Econometrics. He is very thorough and concerned with students' progress. He will always review something again, even if it is basic, to make sure that everyone is on the right page, and he won't make you feel bad about being behind or not understanding. He is very in demand but he always makes himself available if you need help, and for reviews before tests. Tests are fair. He is also an extremely nice person, and funny too!

Workload:
There is a homework and a 5 minute quiz every week, which do not take long but ensure that you keep up, very important in this course. There is one chapter assigned per week, but if the class is not getting it he won't move on until it does. There's a big (15-25 pg) paper at the end, but he helps you start thinking about it early and reduces homework so you have time and can space it out.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 8011
Submitted: 2009-01-18
David O'Leary | REL001-01 | Comparative Religion

Review:
Professor O'Leary's Intro to Religion course was great!
Over 30 plus students in the class & he knew all their names.
He is very helpfull in guides for writing the research paper, very open to meeting students outside of class.

Workload:
Take home mid term, weekly reflection papers and a major research paper. NO FINAL!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Education


Review ID: 8002
Submitted: 2009-01-15
Ronna Johnson | ENG0091 - Writing of the Beat Generation | English

Review:
By far the reason she's at Tufts. If you are going to take a course concerning American literature of the 1950s through 1970s, it must be this one. She knew what she was talking about, knows the authors (personally as well as intellectually), and carries on a wonderfully interesting lecture. All the books were amazing and her antecedents about the authors and Beat culture were especially interesting. If you are at all interested in Kerouac/Ginsberg/Burroughs/et cetera, you should take this class. She is quite the character, but coupled with her expertise concerning these books and authors, I found it endearing. A great class.

Workload:
Lots of reading, but all of it books worth reading. About three short papers, but nothing overwhelming at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7997
Submitted: 2009-01-14
Susan Russinoff | PHILL 33 | Philosophy

Review:
One of the worst classes at Tufts mainly because the teacher is awful. Not only does she berate and make fun of students but her explanations are unclear. Even when students would ask for further explanation of a concept she often said, "Isn't that self explanatory?". One on one she was just as harsh and rude and couldn't find alternative methods of teaching logic if you didn't understand her way of doing it. The TA's were helpful (some more than others) if they were paying attention. Overall it was an experience that no one should endure unless it is required to graduate.

Workload:
There was a problem set due about every week and a half. Three tests and a final. You will make life a lot easier, if you attend every class, those who missed even a few always were lost when they returned.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 7980
Submitted: 2009-01-08
James Ennis | SOC0010- American Society | Sociology

Review:
Professor Ennis was nice and enthusiastic about the material he taught, but utterly ineffectual at actually teaching it. The subject matter was very promising, but Ennis never dug below the surface, so that if you read the assignments, you rarely learned anything new from the lectures. He habitually brought up quite interesting questions about the nature of some aspect of American society, and then instead of actually analyzing or delving into this question, he would simply say "so that would be interesting to look into." He also had the annoying penchant of showing charts of survey data and simply reading the numbers aloud to the class instead of explaining the sociological trends they represented.
Overall, I feel he did not teach me much about either sociology or American society. Perhaps he would be better in a more advanced class.

Workload:
Moderate workload. About 3-4 readings for each class, each reading around 10-25 pages. 5 short online response posts, a midterm exam, a 15 page research paper, and a final exam. Not a difficult grader. The tests were sometimes nit picky about the covered material.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 7971
Submitted: 2009-01-06
Emily Bushnell | PSY 27 - Perception | Psychology

Review:
Prof Bushnell did a great job teaching this course. The material was really interesting, and though she tended to repeat herself at times, she was generally really thorough and clear in her explanations. She was definitely accessible outside of class, and made time for review sessions before each of the exams.

Workload:
The book is really great for going over material discussed in class, but honestly, all that's required to do well in the class is to attend and take good notes. It's good to read what's covered in class, but often the entire amount of assigned reading covered topics we weren't tested on, so don't waste time doing all of it. The tests were all pretty easy (multiple choice and essay questions). The presentation was also not very difficult to pull together. Overall, a pretty fair, easy workload.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 7973
Submitted: 2009-01-06
Cynthia Golzman | SPN004- Intermediate Spanish II | Spanish

Review:
Cynthia was a great teacher. She was very nice, informal and approachable. Classes were mostly always discussion, always in Spanish. She was very good at leading class discussions, making sure everyone was talking and everyone understood what she was saying. She always offered extra help after class or in office hours if you didn't understand something. The downside of the class was that because it was all discussion, you had to learn the grammar and vocab on your own.

Workload:
Workload was average for a Spanish class. Boring workbook exercises (though she didn't care too much about these). We read 1 short novel. She assigned a few compositions, and lets you turn in a 1st draft which she corrects and gives back to you to fix- she then averages the grades to the 2 drafts. Exams. Final exam was hard.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 7955
Submitted: 2009-01-02
Elizabeth Remick | Comparative Revolutions | Political Science

Review:
Remick is by far the worst professor I've had at Tufts! She's boring and doesn't know what she's talking about most of the time (kids in class either correct her wrong answers or ask her something that she doesn't know the answer to). She's constantly changing office hours because of her kids. Her comments on papers are the most unhelpful of any professor I've had. Her assignments are difficult and she gives little time between them. She also is slow to grade papers which hurts her students since each paper is based off the last. I'd rather bang my head against the wall then take another class with Remick - no joke!

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 7948
Submitted: 2008-12-31
Rana Abdul-Aziz | ARB001-Arabic 1 | Arabic

Review:
Rana is, as the previous reviewer noted, a very helpful and rewarding teacher to study with. I would recommend her to any student who actually wants to learn and use Arabic in their lifetime. If you just sort of want to take a language to fulfill a requirement or don't want to spend 2 or 3 hours doing regular homework, then you should not take Rana's class.

The tests and quizzes are definitely reasonable after you pick up the pace of the course and what is expected of you. The hardest thing at the beginning is mastering all the letters when each day in class you are given 2 or 3 new ones. You need to be pretty flexible, as later in the year you will be listening to videos in class and having to repeat back what is being said (Happened like 3 times). There were some people who had a rough time in the class (some days), but I think it was just that we might have 2 quizzes in one week, and studying to really know the material took awhile. Another hard thing to get use to but that sort of disappeared later (at least on quizzes) was dictation. Otherwise, everything was from the book, and if you studied it the exam should be easy.

Rana also goes out of her way to have office hours, email, and the whole nine yards to help you. So if you like to get extra help she is for you.

Excellent teacher if you like to really immerse yourself.

Workload:
At first you have just Alif-Ba, and you do a few exercises (listening, writing, vocab). At about midterm you hand in the book, it should be an easy, easy 5% of your grade. In Al-Kitab you then get your standard, write 10 vocab words from the DVD with sentences, and like an exercise from page 2. Another easy like 10% of your grade. Quizzes and tests could be never raking to study for if you waited until the last second, but you basically need to know all the vocab that she tells you to know. She tells you whats on it, so know it.

We had a ton of quizzes, a midterm exam, a final, and one tiny project on your families. Same as every other Arabic 1 class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 7942
Submitted: 2008-12-30
Mark Karlins | ENG0001- Expository Writing | English

Review:
Professor Karlins really cares about each student's progress in the course. He met with each student individually outside of class to discuss every paper before the final draft was due. Discussions tended to be a little scattered, but extremely interesting nonetheless. If you want your writing to improve and have interesting reading assignments coupled with an interactive class atmosphere, I recommend taking a class with Karlins.

Workload:
4 papers (3-5 pages, 12% each)
1 research paper (5-7 pages, 18%)
Small group projects and participation account for the rest of your grade.
We were given a lot of freedom on each paper. If you like structured directions, this would be a great way to expand your writing style.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 7943
Submitted: 2008-12-30
Maria Conchita Davis | Spanish 22 | Spanish

Review:
An overall good professor who keeps the class running according to the syllabus and emphasizes grammar and writing ability. Although she is very nice, Conchita does not strive to get to know any of her students personally (beyond their names). It is very hard to get an A in her class, and the material is often dull.

Workload:
A considerable amount of work required for the 4 Compositions and studying is essential in order to succeed on the exams. The readings are average.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7932
Submitted: 2008-12-28
Sidique Abdullah | Economics 05 | Economics

Review:
Horrible teacher who ruined economics for me. I found his lectures to be profoundly boring and repetitive. He was not engaging or clear. I switched my major so I would not have to take another class with this teacher. If you love economics and do not want it to be ruined by this awful teacher, try to get in the other section by all costs.

Workload:
You read the book and hopefully understand... time for class depends on how long it takes to teach yourself economics


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 7924
Submitted: 2008-12-25
Jay Cantor | Excercise and Health | American Studies

Review:
After working with Professor Cantor for 2 years I am grateful to know such a Off-Handed,Sarcastic, Mundane, Dreary,and sincerely loving Indivdual! Your Presence Missed!

Alex R.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: OTHER


Review ID: 7918
Submitted: 2008-12-24
Judith Haber | Eng. 51 | American Studies

Review:
Man, I don't know how to contain myself on this Judith Haber review. She is EVIL - I must say this over and over again. When I had her some years ago I had several arguments with her after class because she refused to see any alternative point of view on any literature she taught.
I have never met a professor more unresponsive to alternate student opinion as Judith Haber. At one point in my academic career I had Haber engage me in a yelling match outside of class because I stood up for a single alternate interpretation of a reading in class. I must say in many years of alternate education and drug use I have never had a professor be so opposed to an alternate points of view and simultaneously be so whacked out of logic that I thought I was super toasted on weed and her celebrated time in a whacked out Berkeley, California. I have never met a person before or hence who has no grasp of reality, has no tolerance of alternate views and can't even grasp the depths of her own teaching of material (e.g. "Astrophil and Stella", Shakesperrean sonnets, et al) beyond the literal meanings of the words. Her lack of creativity and understanding... and inablility to change her whack, psuedo, non-gendered hairstyle... are very frustrating but know that a teacher who is insecure in her own understadings of literature is insecure in understandings of her self and despite the A's and B's you can con yourself into getting, they will in no way enhance your intellect or ability to grasp the true beauty of literature. Judith Haber is a women who missed the 60 and the 80s and is a relic trying to disco her way into mediocrity for the rest of her life. A sad play and a reason to stay the hell away from anything she academically influences.

Workload:
It's minor. Some sonnets and other passages every week. Don't be intimidated by a little Beowulf to start the semester. Just watch the movie, dont' talk in class and write down everything she says. She doesn't want to hear a peep except her own bland and literal interpretations of time she never sasw in the first place. Soo boring, unimaginative and anti-intellectual. It's like being in class with George Bush/Dick Cheney.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 7919
Submitted: 2008-12-24
Judith Haber | Eng. 51 | American Studies

Review:
Man, I don't know how to contain myself on this Judith Haber review. She is EVIL - I must say this over and over again. When I had her some years ago I had several arguments with her after class because she refused to see any alternative point of view on any literature she taught.
I have never met a professor more unresponsive to alternate student opinion as Judith Haber. At one point in my academic career I had Haber engage me in a yelling match outside of class because I stood up for a single alternate interpretation of a reading in class. I must say in many years of alternate education and drug use I have never had a professor be so opposed to an alternate points of view and simultaneously be so whacked out of logic that I thought I was super toasted on weed and her celebrated time in a whacked out Berkeley, California. I have never met a person before or hence who has no grasp of reality, has no tolerance of alternate views and can't even grasp the depths of her own teaching of material (e.g. "Astrophil and Stella", Shakesperrean sonnets, et al) beyond the literal meanings of the words. Her lack of creativity and understanding... and inablility to change her whack, psuedo, non-gendered hairstyle... are very frustrating but know that a teacher who is insecure in her own understadings of literature is insecure in understandings of her self and despite the A's and B's you can con yourself into getting, they will in no way enhance your intellect or ability to grasp the true beauty of literature. Judith Haber is a women who missed the 60 and the 80s and is a relic trying to disco her way into mediocrity for the rest of her life. A sad play and a reason to stay the hell away from anything she academically influences.

Workload:
It's minor. Some sonnets and other passages every week. Don't be intimidated by a little Beowulf to start the semester. Just watch the movie, dont' talk in class and write down everything she says. She doesn't want to hear a peep except her own bland and literal interpretations of time she never sasw in the first place. Soo boring, unimaginative and anti-intellectual. It's like being in class with George Bush/Dick Cheney.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 7922
Submitted: 2008-12-24
Judith Haber | English 68 | English

Review:
Man, I don't know how to contain myself on this Judith Haber review. She is EVIL - I must say this over and over again. When I had her some years ago I had several arguments with her after class because she refused to see any alternative point of view on any literature she taught.
I have never met a professor more unresponsive to alternate student opinion as Judith Haber. At one point in my academic career I had Haber engage me in a yelling match outside of class because I stood up for a single alternate interpretation of a reading in class. I must say in many years of alternate education and drug use I have never had a professor be so opposed to an alternate points of view and simultaneously be so whacked out of logic that I thought I was super toasted on weed and her celebrated time in a whacked out Berkeley, California. I have never met a person before or hence who has no grasp of reality, has no tolerance of alternate views and can't even grasp the depths of her own teaching of material (e.g. "Astrophil and Stella", Shakesperrean sonnets, et al) beyond the literal meanings of the words. Her lack of creativity and understanding... and inablility to change her whack, psuedo, non-gendered hairstyle... are very frustrating but know that a teacher who is insecure in her own understadings of literature is insecure in understandings of her self and despite the A's and B's you can con yourself into getting, they will in no way enhance your intellect or ability to grasp the true beauty of literature. Judith Haber is a women who missed the 60 and the 80s and is a relic trying to disco her way into mediocrity for the rest of her life. A sad play and a reason to stay the hell away from anything she academically influences.

Workload:
It's minor. Some sonnets and other passages every week. Don't be intimidated by a little Beowulf to start the semester. Just watch the movie, dont' talk in class and write down everything she says. She doesn't want to hear a peep except her own bland and literal interpretations of time she never sasw in the first place. Soo boring, unimaginative and anti-intellectual. It's like being in class with George Bush/Dick Cheney.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 7917
Submitted: 2008-12-23
Jianping Feng | Chinese 1 | Chinese

Review:
I can honestly say that Feng Laoshi is the best foreign language teacher I have ever had in my life. I looked forward to every single class with her, and I know that the rest of my classmates did as well. She is so concerned about her students' progress and makes herself available outside of class. She always makes jokes in the class and keeps the enthusiasm high. Feng Laoshi makes sure that each student is working to the highest of his or her potential. Overall I just love her. She's the best.

One thing I'll say is that she's a tough grader. Chinese 1 is no walk in the park. I don't think she gave out any A's, even to the kids who legitimately did get those grades. Still, Chinese really isn't about the grade; it's about the experience

Workload:
Expect a fair amount of work--I'd say you'll have to put approximately two hours into each homework assignment if you really want to retain the information. The assignments are straightforward and it becomes routine; just make sure you keep up with the Hanzi online quizzes or your life up until the final will be hell.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 7910
Submitted: 2008-12-21
Ross Feldberg | Bio0013 | Biology

Review:
Biology 13 has three professors, one for the Biochemistry and Macromolecules section (Feldberg), one for the Genetics section(McVey), and one for the Biotechnology section(McLaughlin). Feldberg was also the course coordinator, so I believe he wrote all the tests. I personally had no problem with any of them, although most people seemed to like McVey the best, citing that Feldberg was set to basically get people and McLaughlin skittered through her lectures very fast. Although many people claim this is one of the hardest premed courses, it does not have to be. All the lecture slides are available for download the day before the lecture, so you can bring it to class and just take supplementary notes. In addition, podcasts of all lectures are available, so you don?t even have to go to lecture (although the podcast did not work for two lectures, so there is no guarantee it will work all the time). As far as the book is concerned, there isn?t anything in the tests that does not come from the lecture slides, so the book is not mandatory to read. However, I always found it a good idea to review the sections complementary to the upcoming lecture, so I would be able to come into lecture at least having a basic idea of what the topic was about.

Workload:
There are three tests of 25 questions each and a final of 38 questions for the lecture portion of the course; all tests are Scantron, multiple choice. Sometimes, there are weekly quizzes and problem sets posted to Blackboard that are not mandatory but are recommended because the same type of questions can appear on a test. This is not a simple memorization course; you will need to not only understand the concepts, but also apply them. As a result, for an upcoming test, you should definitely familiarize yourself with exams from previous years to get a feel for the type of questions asked, and in many cases, a similar question might appear on the test. For the final, specifically, make sure you understand all the questions from the tests you have taken throughout the semester, because they usually have one or two questions from previous tests on the final. Make sure you understand the most difficult concepts, because you can bet Feldberg will ask a question about it. Also, read each question carefully; a little word that you miss may make the difference between a right and a wrong answer. It?s not impossible to get an A in this course; you just need to understand the concepts and carefully do each test.

The lab portion of the course meets once a week for three hours (sometimes, you?re done earlier than that). Workload consists of weekly homework assignments (usually consisting of writing a section of a lab report), two mini-lab reports, pre-lab assignments and quizzes (easy, not a big deal), and a lab practical (just make sure you understand the concepts and know how to use the major devices in each lab). The biggest problem I found with this part of the course was, obviously, the writing portion. Unlike other lab sciences, Biology is really anal about minor details; I got a poor grade once on my Discussion section even though I had almost perfect content; my mistakes were all formatting. Although they give you a rubric for each individual section assignment that makes the mini-lab reports easier (because you know exactly what they are looking for in each section),it is only after you receive your homework grade. So, it is annoying that sometimes they don?t tell you exactly everything you need for a section until you get your grade back with the rubric. For me, lab was hardest in the beginning, but then got easier once you understood what your TA wanted.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 7900
Submitted: 2008-12-20
Eli Siegel | BIO0041- Genetics | Biology

Review:
Professor Siegel was perhaps the worst professor I have had at Tufts. In addition to being a poor lecturer, he showed no concern for the understanding of his students. He was extremely unavailable, having office hours for only 45 minutes at a time. He would never go out of his way to help students, and could be downright rude at times in response to requests for extra help. I ended up doing well in the class, but in spite of Prof. Siegel, not because of him. I would never recommend taking a class with him unless absolutely necessary for a major requirement.

Workload:
Workload was only three exams, which were difficult, but not impossible. Prof. Siegel will post old exams to study from, but the exams and their answer keys contain errors that he knows about but does not notify anyone of unless someone makes a point of it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 7902
Submitted: 2008-12-20
Joseph DeBold | PSY0127- Behavioral Endocrinology | Psychology

Review:
Prof. DeBold is one of the best professors I have had at Tufts. He is extremely knowledgable, fair, and engaging. He truly wants his students to learn, with exams more for the purpose of making sure everyone is keeping up than for anything else. In fact, because most people did well on the midterm, the final was optional. Because everyone in the class is either a Psych or Biopsych major, and therefore everyone is there because they want to be, not because of a distribution requirement, it really reflects on the way the class is run.

Workload:
There is always a chapter or study that needs to be read for every class, but nothing unreasonable, and most of it is very interesting. Only grades were a midterm, a presentation, a final paper, and participation. Very fair work load.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 7885
Submitted: 2008-12-18
Anne Cantu | SPN 0022 XA - Comp/Conv II Hispanic Theater | Spanish

Review:
As someone interested in theater, I was hoping that this class would be a fun way to finish my Spanish requirement. Unfortunately, it was not all I had hoped it would be. The readings were confusing and not very interesting and the process for reading each one was monotonous. We would read the story, answer some questions, and then talk about the story in class. Professor Cantu said on the first day of class that she hoped that by the end of the semester, we would feel more comfortable with the language. I did not feel like this. I consistently felt inferior in class, mostly because the class is run like an English class. If analyzing literature in English is a challenge for you, then doing so in Spanish will be even harder.

We did some fun things in class occasionally. We wrote our own monologues and performed them, and then put on plays at the end of the semester from one of the stories we read. Performing in class was nice because it took us away from the daily discussions, which got old really fast.

Professor Cantu doesn't seem to have much of a grading system. Even if papers are grammatically correct, she will take off a lot of points for content. She often does not explain what content should have been included, though, or what would have improved the paper. Her paper assignments are essentially to write whatever you want, which can be nice sometimes and really aggravating at other times.

Workload:
The workload for this class wasn't excessive, but it was greater than average. Professor Cantu did not space assignments out well, so often two or three big things would be due in the course of two weeks, and we only had class twice a week. Also, Professor Cantu often made assignments due earlier than she first wrote on the syllabus, and she would tell us this last minute, which was really frustrating. We had to read one short story a week (10-20 pages), and write 5 one-page responses to different stories we read and 2 two-page essays. We also had three tests on the readings, which were very fair. There was no final, but our play presentation was sort of like a final project.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 7887
Submitted: 2008-12-18
Mervat Ali | ARB 001 | Arabic

Review:
Mervat is great! She's really funny and she really encourages you to speak. She actively listens to student comments, and will actually change something if she feels that your comment is valid. She is, however, a native speaker of Arabic so it's different learning from her because she doesn't know what it's like to try to learn it as an English speaker. I'm taking her again next semester. I highly recommend her.

Workload:
Assignments are pretty straight forward. At the beginning of the semester you are given pages to do in the workbook nightly. DO THEM! It's the only way you'll learn the material. It's Arabic, you can't just fake it. There really isn't that much anyway, and she does grade it at the midterm. The second half of the course, you get homework assignments that are even less work. Really, because there isn't that much, you should do all of the homework. Other than that, I suggest spending at least 10 minutes a day studying vocab.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 7888
Submitted: 2008-12-18
Alisha Rankin | HIST 0039 Health and Healing in Early Modern Europe | History

Review:
Initially she was kinda a dry lecturer, but it got a lot better as the course got more interesting. The course has a lot of really interesting material, especially if you like history. The hour and fifteen minutes can be a little much, but usually it's not too bad.
Prof. Rankin really likes when people participate and she's very willing to clarify things. Powerpoint pictures of bloodletting, medieval anatomical diagrams, and cupping really enhance the lectures. Not a very hard class if you pay attention in class and take notes.

Workload:
Workload was very manageable. One to two primary source readings were generally assigned for each class and several secondary sources. They can easily be skimmed though, and the secondary sources are not essential for each class. Two papers. A midterm and a final. Part of your grade is for participation and a small fraction is for visiting office hours which helps most people out.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7889
Submitted: 2008-12-18
Alisha Rankin | HIST 0039 Health and Healing in Early Modern Europe | History

Review:
Initially she was kinda a dry lecturer, but it got a lot better as the course got more interesting. The course has a lot of really interesting material, especially if you like history. The hour and fifteen minutes can be a little much, but usually it's not too bad.
Prof. Rankin really likes when people participate and she's very willing to clarify things. Powerpoint pictures of bloodletting, medieval anatomical diagrams, and cupping really enhance the lectures. Not a very hard class if you pay attention in class and take notes.

Workload:
Workload was very manageable. One to two primary source readings were generally assigned for each class and several secondary sources. They can easily be skimmed though, and the secondary sources are not essential for each class. Two papers. A midterm and a final. Part of your grade is for participation and a small fraction is for visiting office hours which helps most people out.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7874
Submitted: 2008-12-15
Steve Sharobem and Doug Martland and Audrey Perlow | EXP 70 - Constitution and American Education | Experimental College

Review:
This class is awesome. Doug, Steve, and Audrey really care and they just want to make it a fun time for discussion. The class is incredibly thought provoking and interesting, especially if you are interested in law. Lots of education majors in it too. Take it! You'll like it! It was my favorite class at Tufts.

Workload:
Not bad at all. 4 papers (3-4 pages) one final paper (5-7 pages) and 1 final group project. You read cases for homework every week. Very unique.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 7875
Submitted: 2008-12-15
Steve Sharobem and Doug Martland and Audrey Perlow | EXP 70 - Constitution and American Education | Experimental College

Review:
This class is awesome. Doug, Steve, and Audrey really care and they just want to make it a fun time for discussion. The class is incredibly thought provoking and interesting, especially if you are interested in law. Lots of education majors in it too. Take it! You'll like it! It was my favorite class at Tufts.

Workload:
Not bad at all. 4 papers (3-4 pages) one final paper (5-7 pages) and 1 final group project. You read cases for homework every week. Very unique.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 7868
Submitted: 2008-12-14
Ayanna K. Thomas | Psychology 28 - Intro to Cognitive Psychology | Psychology

Review:
This could have been a great class by Dr. Thomas is the worst teacher i have ever had at tufts. she should be fired. first of all she has no idea how to teach. unprofessional, disorganized, lazy, inaccessible, and overall a terrible teacher. the best part of the semester was when she brought in her lover boyfriend from the philosophy department to give a terrible guest lecture. she spent the entire lecture drooling in love with this guy. totally unprofessional. and we dont need to hear her love stories or bed stores with him. gross.

Workload:
easy but she doesnt know how to teach. no point in going to class. class makes you stupid with this teacher


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 7869
Submitted: 2008-12-14
David O'Leary | REL 001 Introduction to Religion | Comparative Religion

Review:
This intro course was one of my best. O'Leary made the subject material come alive.

Workload:
Weekly readings and reflection paper. Take home mid-term and a 10-12 page research paper. No Final!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 7870
Submitted: 2008-12-14
David O'Leary | REL 001 Introduction to Religion | Comparative Religion

Review:
Prof. O'Leary is really into his students. Willing to meet outside of the classroom, willing to write letters of Rec.
Taking Intro to Religion was new for me. O'Leary made the material come to life.

Workload:
Weekly reflection papers on the readings, take home mid-term, large research paper 10-12 pages.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 7856
Submitted: 2008-12-12
Kathleen Camara | CD 61 Personal and Social Development | Child Development

Review:
Although she seemed concerned with students' progress, she never responded to emails about meeting. It was useless to go to class since she lectured word for word from the powerpoints.

Workload:
The assignments were pretty straight forward but prepare early for the final project. Do not take this class without knowing someone else in the class since the final project really is time consuming and is best done in pairs.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 7857
Submitted: 2008-12-12
Keefe San Augustin | Math012 - Calculus II | Mathematics

Review:
To start off, our section was 8:30am twice a week and 9:30am the 3rd time. So most of the students seemed pretty out of it, myself included on certain occasions. He showed up late a few times, usually no more than 5-10 minutes and it didn't affect the timing at all. Regardless of the early class time, he was always ready to go. It was interesting hearing his insightful comments about certain applications of the material, and he was usually able to explain answers to questions students had. I would absolutely take a class from him again, he is teaching Math 6 next semester and I hope he sticks around.

Workload:
Same as pretty much any calculus class at Tufts. Syllabus at the beginning of the semester lays it all out. Homework set every night due the next class, having the solutions manual helps once you get to convergence of series and have no clue which test to use. Number of problems varies, usually you notice when certain nights have an obnoxious amount of problems, and not so much when there are not that many to do. Make sure you actually attempt the homework though because it will definitely help your understanding of the material for exams.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 7858
Submitted: 2008-12-12
Joseph DeJuan | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
The book will be your best friend in this class. His lectures are done on a giant overhead projector, and everything he says comes straight out of the text. Even the specific examples, numbers, and graphs he shows are found on pages in the book. He is one of the worst people to hear lecture because he has little to no enthusiasm and it is hard to feel motivated to pay attention and actively learn the material. He occasionally solicits class answers from students, about once every lecture or so. Considering you will find it hard to pay attention in class and only go from the book, you might think recitations would help. On some level they do. The TA's are very knowledgeable and are great at answering questions you come with. But the work DeJuan provides them with does not make things any easier. He also seems to not want to reveal the content of exams, considering not even the TA's were able to give answers, only their best guesses.

I switched into this section because I heard Abdullah was an awful professor. I have no basis for comparison, but I can tell you that you will come to loathe this class. During the semester you might not think it's bad because there isn't much work to keep up on. But towards the end, once the final approaches, you will realize how useless going to class is and that he just basically read the book to you, something you could have done on your own. And even then he does not make the material any easier to understand. Do not let this discourage you from taking EC5, however. I still plan on minoring in econ; EC5 is considered the worst econ class so just take it to get it over with. Don't take it as an easy elective.

Workload:
Works consists mostly of reading. There were 4 assignments throughout the semester, each consisting of a few problems from, what else... the book. 2 midterms and a final exam mostly multiple choice with a few calculations to do at the end. The assignments can be done the night before; they really do not take long. If you want to keep up, make sure you do the readings, although it can be a little unclear as to what you should read before the next lecture.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 7859
Submitted: 2008-12-12
Joseph DeJuan | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
The book will be your best friend in this class. His lectures are done on a giant overhead projector, and everything he says comes straight out of the text. Even the specific examples, numbers, and graphs he shows are found on pages in the book. He is one of the worst people to hear lecture because he has little to no enthusiasm and it is hard to feel motivated to pay attention and actively learn the material. He occasionally solicits class answers from students, about once every lecture or so. Considering you will find it hard to pay attention in class and only go from the book, you might think recitations would help. On some level they do. The TA's are very knowledgeable and are great at answering questions you come with. But the work DeJuan provides them with does not make things any easier. He also seems to not want to reveal the content of exams, considering not even the TA's were able to give answers, only their best guesses.

I switched into this section because I heard Abdullah was an awful professor. I have no basis for comparison, but I can tell you that you will come to loathe this class. During the semester you might not think it's bad because there isn't much work to keep up on. But towards the end, once the final approaches, you will realize how useless going to class is and that he just basically read the book to you, something you could have done on your own. And even then he does not make the material any easier to understand. Do not let this discourage you from taking EC5, however. I still plan on minoring in econ; EC5 is considered the worst econ class so just take it to get it over with. Don't take it as an easy elective.

Workload:
Works consists mostly of reading. There were 4 assignments throughout the semester, each consisting of a few problems from, what else... the book. 2 midterms and a final exam mostly multiple choice with a few calculations to do at the end. The assignments can be done the night before; they really do not take long. If you want to keep up, make sure you do the readings, although it can be a little unclear as to what you should read before the next lecture.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 7860
Submitted: 2008-12-12
Joseph DeJuan | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
The book will be your best friend in this class. His lectures are done on a giant overhead projector, and everything he says comes straight out of the text. Even the specific examples, numbers, and graphs he shows are found on pages in the book. He is one of the worst people to hear lecture because he has little to no enthusiasm and it is hard to feel motivated to pay attention and actively learn the material. He occasionally solicits class answers from students, about once every lecture or so. Considering you will find it hard to pay attention in class and only go from the book, you might think recitations would help. On some level they do. The TA's are very knowledgeable and are great at answering questions you come with. But the work DeJuan provides them with does not make things any easier. He also seems to not want to reveal the content of exams, considering not even the TA's were able to give answers, only their best guesses.

I switched into this section because I heard Abdullah was an awful professor. I have no basis for comparison, but I can tell you that you will come to loathe this class. During the semester you might not think it's bad because there isn't much work to keep up on. But towards the end, once the final approaches, you will realize how useless going to class is and that he just basically read the book to you, something you could have done on your own. And even then he does not make the material any easier to understand. Do not let this discourage you from taking EC5, however. I still plan on minoring in econ; EC5 is considered the worst econ class so just take it to get it over with. Don't take it as an easy elective.

Workload:
Works consists mostly of reading. There were 4 assignments throughout the semester, each consisting of a few problems from, what else... the book. 2 midterms and a final exam mostly multiple choice with a few calculations to do at the end. The assignments can be done the night before; they really do not take long. If you want to keep up, make sure you do the readings, although it can be a little unclear as to what you should read before the next lecture.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 7853
Submitted: 2008-12-11
Natalie Matsuoka | Intro to American Politics | Political Science

Review:
First class of the semester, she set up the power point and read exactly off of it. She rarely went on in depth to explain the notes, and when she did, she looked to the ceiling and flapped her arms around a lot, much like many young professors who try to sound like they know what they are talking about. She had no knowledge of the subject, would stumble over her words whenever anyone asked her a question. Very annoying masculine voice that comes off condescending. She claims it's a bipartisan class about 50 times during the first day, obviously trying to calm skeptics. However, her flaming liberal point of view is shoved down your throats with her biased statistics such as why Hurricane Katrina was the fault of rich white people. Her notes actually defined liberal as the "Most American point of view." She also never makes an attempt to help the students, just reads off the prompter and leaves. She should probably be fired.
My TA was very good, she had a general knowledge for the subject and led unbiased group discussions and debates. She would have done a much better job as the Professor.

Workload:
If you want to take a blow off class, take this one. Never did any of the reading, since most of the books were about material I had learned in high school. Midterm is an elementary school test, with 13 definitions listing, any the little kiddies get to choose 10 of them! Final: same format, more words. Here's the kicker: there is a project that every kid must do, which sucks. Ours was an exit polling project, where we stood outside of the voting stations and conducted a survey. It takes up nearly the whole day, and is followed by a 10 page response paper, which is grades easily. I wrote half of mine on the weather that day, the night before, and got a solid B on it. I have a feeling the only reason she taught the class was because of this project, since we didn't receive our midterms(our first grade of the class) until after the project(2 and a half months into the class). Basically, she made sure none of her pawns would drop the class so she could have more servants doing her research project. I hope you're reading this right now Mightysaka. Kiss it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 7847
Submitted: 2008-12-10
Alice Trexler | DNC11-DR11--Intro to Physical Theatre | Dance

Review:
Alice is a very professional person, and teaches the course in a very professional way. It's a really easy class to take as far as class participation goes. All you have to do is follow her instructions, and there is really no wrong way to do things in this class. Alice is very strict, but as long as you approach the class in a professional way, as she does, you will find it to be a very enjoyable experience. I've made so many good friends in this class!

Workload:
You get about 2 short (maximum 5 pages) articles to read per week, and then you have to submit a 300-word analysis of whatever you've had to read (they are grouped into ReadingResponse A, B, C, etc. so you know how many articles you are writing about per analysis). She grades them within a few days. About once a month, you have to go watch maybe 1.5 hours worth of specified videos and do an easier maybe 500-word recap, or whatever she has specified. There are about four projects throughout the semester, done in class, that you have to meet about 10 minutes before to prepare for. It's not much work at all, except for the last one, the final project, which takes up about four hours outside class. The good thing though is that it's a physical project, no studying needed, and when you're done, you're done!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 7845
Submitted: 2008-12-09
Pearl Robinson | African Politics and Politics in Global Africa | Political Science

Review:
I did not enjoy the experience of either class with Pearl. I've taken two because of the fact that the classes relating to Africa are so few I chose to take classes I think I'll find interesting regardless of the teacher. Well, this policy is being tested by Pearl, when she comes to class (which is far from all the time) she lectures nonstop about often tangential topics and expects students to know esoteric and irrelevant things. She is intimidating and will simply tell you you're wrong, no gentle reframing of a statement. In a class of three people, she still managed to talk 90% of the time and 90% of that was about herself! Even if I could get through the classes, the assignments are not enjoyable or truly fairly graded.

Do not take a class with her, I know, I know "the class sounds so interesting" "it's exactly what I want to study", well that's not what the class will be anyway and Pearl will make even the interesting disappointing and drawn out.

Workload:
There are some books and papers to read, none of which are impossible but can be very dense and sometimes she doesn't even bother really using them in lecture or tells you after the fact she doesn't like the book and wonders why she assigned it. The papers are hard, watch out, even if you think you can write there's a good chance she will rip your paper apart. Test essays are the same, if you don't give her exactly what her preconceived notion of what a good essay is just give yourself a C now.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 7832
Submitted: 2008-12-06
Elizabeth Remick | Comparative Revolutions | Political Science

Review:
Professor Remick is boring, confusing and one of the worst professors at Tufts. She is overly obsessed with her children and family life, which seems to distract her from teaching and the ability to help students. The class focuses on lot of history from different regions in the world, which Remick seems to lack knowledge of. I would save yourself the torture and avoid Remick at all costs!

Workload:
Lots of reading. Papers are intense and built off one another. She's slow to return papers, and makes the next one due before she has returned the previous one. Remick's comments are unhelpful. She doesn't give explanations as to the grade she gives.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 7833
Submitted: 2008-12-06
Joe Hurka | ENG 0005 - Creative Writing: Fiction | English

Review:
Joe is a great professor. He is an experienced writer, and always has helpful suggestions, but he doesn't force his ideas on you. He really knows his stuff. From the stories he tells you can tell he's done it all. He really cares about students' progress in writing. And he's just plain a nice, funny guy. If you have any interest in writing at all, or even if not, take a class with him. You won't regret it.

Workload:
Class met once a week, and we had a few assignments due throughout the semester, which weren't graded, but he returned them with feedback. Three revised stories due for the final (one longer and two short). If you're a perfectionist and really consider his and the class's suggestions while revising, it can be a fair amount of work. But it's not at all overwhelming.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 7834
Submitted: 2008-12-06
Kerri Conditto | FRN 0002 - Elementary French II | French

Review:
She is a great professor. Very clear and enthusiastic, and she really cares about students' understanding and progress. She's also just a very nice person, and she would make jokes in class that sadly people didn't laugh at much, probably because it was a morning class. I would definitely recommend taking a class with her.

Workload:
Manageable. A short essay, oral production, and quiz for every couple of chapters, which is much less work than it sounds. Two exams, plus the final. Not at all overwhelming.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 7823
Submitted: 2008-12-03
Karen Panetta | mechanical engineering | American Studies

Review:
I'm not a big fan of Panetta at all. I asked her for a recommendation and she was too busy. I feel she is very disorganized and needs to have more dedication towards her students. She is not punctual at all and I feel it is a challenging class. Panetta doesn't hand your grade on a silver platter but she doesn't realize that making questions on a test for the next chapter is not the right thing to do. Panetta needs to put in more time helping students and being more sympathetic towards them. Her office hours are ok but she needs to stop teaching at Tufts and teach at Northshore Community College. Tufts students are very intellectual and she is clearly dumb herself. She has no teaching capabilites and is too concerned about herself. She is very unprofessional and is not the best teacher I have had. I hear she is hated throughout the Engineering teaching department and she is not a big fan of the students. Obviously the students that like her are her pets that will do anything to get an A from her. Her final exam was very hard but I bet she couldn't even do it herself. She is not ambitious in doing her work and she has been seen writing up classwork hastily before class starts. That's very bad and she can be disrespectful at times. I don't recommend ever having a class with Panetta because she needs some growing up her self. I find her very immature at times she acts like she is in grade school. Her attitude is not professional and needs serious improvement.

Workload:
The assignments were ok but challenging to make you think. She didn't even understand them at times in class when she would go over them. Maybe she needs to go through high school again so she can learn a thing or to herself.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7816
Submitted: 2008-12-02
Karen Panetta | Mechanical Engineering | American Studies

Review:
I think Karen Panetta is the worst professor I have ever had. She was never prepared for class and thinks she is the s**t. She has no idea how to teach and her office hours are horribly. I believe she needs to quit tufts and get a job grooming bunnies... which she talks about constently. I think this woman needs serious help when it comes to teaching and as far as I know the other teachers hate her as well. She writes things up before class because she rather think of other stuff to do instead of thinking of the well being of her students. She seems to think of herself too much. I would never reccomend her as a teacher and I am beyond thrilled that her class is over. I would kill myself if I ever had to see her again. Her projects are stupid and she is quite frankly too ugly to even look at. She is a selfish human being and acts like a baby. I think she is totally dumb and alot of students think this to. I believe Karen should take a look at what students are writing about her so she will get the overall picture about how bad she is. I think she is a dumb ass and think we should make a petiton about kicking her out of tufts. She is an absolute brat and a b***h.

Workload:
Too muchh work.. I understand she wants us to do work because she has better stuff to do but she needs to cut it down. I bet she doesnt even read over reports and just gives a grade according to if she likes you or not. She probably has her husband correct them which makes me wonder why the hell she is even married because I dont understand who the hell who would put up with her s**t!


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Review ID: 7785
Submitted: 2008-11-25
Gerard Gasarian | 20th Century French Poetry | French

Review:
This course is a waste of time. Professor Gasarian, albeit a very kind man who is clearly interested in his subject, seems afraid to tell any student that he or she is wrong; he goes to great lengths to justify every single student's commentary, no matter how removed from a poem it may be. In this case, tolerance of alternative views verges on the absurd. I strongly believe that two of the greatest difficulties of poetry are a) studying the intricacies of diction, form, syntax, and meaning, and b) learning not to make claims about a poem that cannot be supported by the poem itself. Almost invariably in class do we talk about "grands th?mes" and subtexts (i.e. this poem, like every other one we've read of Francis Ponge, is allegorical. This word represents the language itself, this represents the writer, this represents this, et cetera). Thus, what is almost always missed is a deep discussion of a single poem. This is in part due to the fact that we read a great number of poems for each class, and that we (evidently) cannot therefore talk about many poems in depth.

There is, however, little excuse for producing the same tired, (pseudo-)allegorical reading of each and every poem. I am learning almost nothing precisely because everyone is always right and because we (frequently) only speak of poems in generalities (ironically, the same generalities that no professor accepts in a paper).

In the end, Professor Gasarian seems to be an intelligent and engaged reader, but he needs to demand that we produced focused and exhaustive readings of fewer texts, rather than fudged, quasi-intellectual readings of entire collections of poetry.

Workload:
The workload is manageable, especially when you know you don't have to spend too much time examining any one poem. Two oral expos?s are required, and yours will be "tr?s bien" no matter what.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: French


Review ID: 7787
Submitted: 2008-11-25
Gerard Gasarian | 20th Century French Poetry | French

Review:
This course is a waste of time. Professor Gasarian, albeit a very kind man who is clearly interested in his subject, seems afraid to tell any student that he or she is wrong; he goes to great lengths to justify every single student's commentary, no matter how removed from a poem it may be. In this case, tolerance of alternative views verges on the absurd. I strongly believe that two of the greatest difficulties of poetry are a) studying the intricacies of diction, form, syntax, and meaning, and b) learning not to make claims about a poem that cannot be supported by the poem itself. Almost invariably in class do we talk about "grands th?mes" and subtexts (i.e. this poem, like every other one we've read of Francis Ponge, is allegorical. This word represents the language itself, this represents the writer, this represents this, et cetera). Thus, what is almost always missed is a deep discussion of a single poem. This is in part due to the fact that we read a great number of poems for each class, and that we (evidently) cannot therefore talk about many poems in depth.

There is, however, little excuse for producing the same tired, (pseudo-)allegorical reading of each and every poem. I am learning almost nothing precisely because everyone is always right and because we (frequently) only speak of poems in generalities (ironically, the same generalities that no professor accepts in a paper).

In the end, Professor Gasarian seems to be an intelligent and engaged reader, but he needs to demand that we produced focused and exhaustive readings of fewer texts, rather than fudged, quasi-intellectual readings of entire collections of poetry.

Workload:
The workload is manageable, especially when you know you don't have to spend too much time examining any one poem. Two oral expos?s are required, and yours will be "tr?s bien" no matter what.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: French


Review ID: 7763
Submitted: 2008-11-19
Hazel Bright | African American Presence | English

Review:
Professor Bright is a wonderfully sweet woman, but unfortunately this class is a disaster. She taught us absolutely nothing, but expected a great number of papers from us. They were not called research papers, but in fact, since she had neglected to teach us any subject matter, it was extremely hard to write any paper without in depth research outside of class. This was particularly ironic because we had a month to write a 6 page research assignment worth 20% of our final grade, and only a couple of nights to write every other 4-5 page paper which (although she was oblivious to this fact) actually required substantial research. Furthermore, she was extremely, almost frighteningly, forgetful. She also asked us to go on a field trip on a Saturday, which was fun because the students in the class were interesting and engaging, but otherwise a complete and total waste of time.
I would not recommend this class at all. It is a significant amount of work, you learn next to nothing, and you find yourself continuously frustrated with how scatterbrained Bright is.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7760
Submitted: 2008-11-18
Annie Geoghegan | French 21 Comp and Conversation | French

Review:
To begin, let me just say that Prof Geoghegan is a very kind, genuine person. She's always in a good mood in class and is very personable. With that being said, she tends to be very disorganized and jumps around a lot in class. She doesn't stick to the syllabus (especially towards the end of the semester), which can be confusing, and she grades everything really hard. She also moves very quickly in class, especially with grammar, so it can be difficult to follow her.

Workload:
Assignments are pretty straightforward - she gives out mostly grammar exercises in the text, questions for chapters of reading, and compositions. She collects homework unexpectedly and often veers from the assigned work on the syllabus.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 7761
Submitted: 2008-11-18
Annie Geoghegan | FR0021- Comp/Conv I | French

Review:
Professor Geoghegan obviously enjoys French and seems to care about her students (she was always sure to ask us if we were okay after an absence or a poor performance on a test). She speaks very quickly so for those who have difficulty understanding spoken French you should choose another teacher. her grading of written work is rather brutal, but at least the grade is an average of the score of the rough draft and the final after corrections. As for in-class discussions, some of the questions that she poses lack clear wording making them difficult to respond to. I feel that she does have favorites in the class, but I do not believe that she treats those who are not her favorites in a negative manner. In a class where three quarters of the students are only there to fulfill a requirement it is inevitable that a teacher would favor those with a genuine interest in the subject. Overall, I did not consider her demands excessive and would take another class with her.

Workload:
the reading assigned was fairly complicated as it dealt with psychological states of the characters and was not purely plot based. This made it difficult to discuss. Professor Geoghegan got slightly rattled when we were unable to answer quickly. The book work is not difficult, and the tests are limited to the material covered in the class. Unfortunately they are very lengthy. This is not a teacher for those unsure of their grasp of French.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: French


Review ID: 7751
Submitted: 2008-11-17
Natalie Masuoka | PS0011 - Intro American Politics | Political Science

Review:
AWFUL
changes the syllabus constantly without informing the class...has made at least three revisions because she cannot manage to keep up with the readings in class
boring, and terrible communicator.
during class people constantly look at each other in disbelief at the words coming out of her mouth. AVOID this prof.

Workload:
basically the readings are a lost cause because who knows what you're supposed to be reading?


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7754
Submitted: 2008-11-17
Joseph Litvak | What The Novel Knows | English

Review:
Only take this class if you are a senior and have extensive amounts of literature under your belt. This class is just a student-lead discussion (by witty, well-read English majors) and if Litvak does not like (or respect) what you have to say, he ignores it and quickly changes the subject or calls on another student to change the subject. As a non-english major, I found him unapproachable, his ideas few and far between, and his grading terrible for my GPA. I really wish such a high chair in the department was actually a truly inspiring teacher.

Great reading list.

Workload:
Two papers. His grading is harsh and the unfocused nature of the paper topics make it hard to succeed unless you bring a lot of pure "English" knowledge to the table.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Spanish


Review ID: 7755
Submitted: 2008-11-17
Margaret McMillan | 0036-Macroeconomic Analysis in Developing Countries | Economics

Review:
She means well and appears to be a legitimately intelligent person, but she's just not cut out to be an effective professor. She stumbles through the notes at a snail's pace and is incapable of explaining anything thoroughly and simply.
I recommend EC 35 instead.

Workload:
Not too much work. Most stopped doing the reading after a few weeks when we figured out it was completely useless.
4 problem sets worth 25% total, 1 midterm worth 25%, 1 final worth 50%.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 7756
Submitted: 2008-11-17
Anne Mahoney | CLS 55 GREEK AND ROMAN TRAGEDY | Classics

Review:
Professor Mahoney definitely knows her stuff, though can be a little spaced out and vague. Her grading is harsh and though the discussion on the plays is interesting, the assignments can be completely senseless. She expects you to know everything and she pinpoints on each word and punctuation mark. I was relieved that the course was over

Workload:
the reading is a lot, a new play every 3 classes at least. the assignments are senseless and can pertain to dramatics, greek and if you're not too good at either you have a disadvantage to begin with. You should definitely want a rough draft if you want to make it to a B+ even.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 7738
Submitted: 2008-11-14
David Pauling | FR0004- Intermediate French I | French

Review:
Professor Pauling, while perfectly agreeable one on one was rude in class, often to the point of being insulting. 90% of the class was spent going over the assignments from the night before, and 10% was spent actually learning new material. This would have been fine if we had just been reviewing, but as we were expected to learn concepts simply by reading the textbook, the class did little good. I could have taught myself the course. I will never take a class with him again.

Workload:
About an hour to two hours every night. Work is collected and gone over every day. If you don't do it, expect to be insulted in class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 7739
Submitted: 2008-11-14
Avner Baz | Philosophy 152- History of Modern Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
Professor Baz was engaging and obviously enthusiastic about the class. He treated everyones' opinions with respect and encouraged, indeed expected, students to participate. He hardly strays from the topic, but he is often funny. I found him to be personable and helpful inside and outside of the classroom. His paper comments were constructive and his grading was fair. He expects alot from his students but is very willing to help them along the way.

Workload:
A moderate amount of reading every week. If you fall behind it will be difficult to catch up. He often pushes back the paper deadlines if he feels the class needs more time. He expects you to have done the reading so you can constructively participate.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 7740
Submitted: 2008-11-14
Ildefonso Manso | Spanish 21 | Spanish

Review:
He is a great professor. Very enthusiastic about the class and encourages a lot of discussion. Understanding and willing to help. Speaks clearly. I recommend him.

Workload:
Straightforward assignments following the syllabus. Regular 21 workload


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Computer Science


Review ID: 7741
Submitted: 2008-11-14
Benjamin Hescott | Comp 11 and 15 | Computer Science

Review:
By far the best professor I have ever had. He is so engaging and although he gives challenging material he explains it well and puts so much extra time into helping us understand it. Always available to help whether it is with his class or on anything else you need. Makes a lot of jokes and is always full of energy.

Workload:
Lab every week and programming assignments every few weeks which take a considerable amount of time.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Computer Science


Review ID: 7729
Submitted: 2008-11-13
Natalie Masouka | PS0011 - Intro American Politics | Political Science

Review:
I was expecting so much more from this class. The professor might be intelligent, but she has a lot of difficulty communicating in an interesting (or even coherent) manner to her students. She often gets confused and twists her words (i.e. trying to explain the Prisoner's Dilemma), which is made so much worse by the fact that she can't get the PowerPoint to work. Some of the readings are interesting, but others are so stupid they are almost offensive - one of the books she assigned us is not only rife with grammatical errors, but the cover misspells Cheney as "Chaney." I generally learn more in recitations than in class.
However, her midterm is definitely doable (although it takes 2-3 weeks to get graded), so it's not a killer class.
Maybe she's better in the higher-level courses, but after taking this class with her, my inclination to study Political Science has gone from moderate to none.

Workload:
There's a lot of reading. My advice? Don't bother, or at least don't take notes. The material on the midterm came directly from classes. If you try to take notes on the reading, you just get confused about what to study.
There's a paper, a midterm, and a final. It's not a big deal.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7730
Submitted: 2008-11-13
Natalie Masouka | PS0011 - Intro American Politics | Political Science

Review:
I was expecting so much more from this class. The professor might be intelligent, but she has a lot of difficulty communicating in an interesting (or even coherent) manner to her students. She often gets confused and twists her words (i.e. trying to explain the Prisoner's Dilemma), which is made so much worse by the fact that she can't get the PowerPoint to work. Some of the readings are interesting, but others are so stupid they are almost offensive - one of the books she assigned us is not only rife with grammatical errors, but the cover misspells Cheney as "Chaney." I generally learn more in recitations than in class.
However, her midterm is definitely doable (although it takes 2-3 weeks to get graded), so it's not a killer class.
Maybe she's better in the higher-level courses, but after taking this class with her, my inclination to study Political Science has gone from moderate to none.

Workload:
There's a lot of reading. My advice? Don't bother, or at least don't take notes. The material on the midterm came directly from classes. If you try to take notes on the reading, you just get confused about what to study.
There's a paper, a midterm, and a final. It's not a big deal.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7733
Submitted: 2008-11-13
David Proctor | History 10 | History

Review:
Easily the best professor I've ever had at Tufts. Never have I had a teacher who cares so much for the well-being of his students and who works so hard for his classes. He presents great lectures, is extremely easy to approach, and you'll find that you really learn what is taught to you.

Workload:
Basically just reading that corresponds with the lectures... weekly essays which are pretty straightforward, too. If you go to the review sessions, the exams are very doable, too.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 7734
Submitted: 2008-11-13
Christoph Borgers | Numerical Analysis | Mathematics

Review:
Professor Borgers is a very nice person. I took the Numerical Analysis class with him Spring 2008 and he was basically excellent. He cares about the stuff he teaches very much and he spends a lot of time preparing notes for the students and making them available online, so most of the time you do not have to worry about missing notes in the class and you can basically concentrate on the course itself. He always welcomes you for any questions you might have. He spent many hours resolving questions I had about my own research although they were just very little related to the coursework. Morally he is a very good person and one of the best professors I have ever had in my life.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 7735
Submitted: 2008-11-13
Christoph Borgers | Numerical Analysis | Mathematics

Review:
Professor Borgers is a very nice person. I took the Numerical Analysis class with him Spring 2008 and he was basically excellent. He cares about the stuff he teaches very much and he spends a lot of time preparing notes for the students and making them available online, so most of the time you do not have to worry about missing notes in the class and you can basically concentrate on the course itself. He always welcomes you for any questions you might have. He spent many hours resolving questions I had about my own research although they were just very little related to the coursework. Morally he is a very good person and one of the best professors I have ever had in my life.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 7717
Submitted: 2008-11-10
Malik Mufti | PS0172 - US Foreign Policy in the Middle East | Political Science

Review:
Professor Mufti is an excellent teacher. He is impressively knowledgeable in Middle East history, politics, and culture. Yet, as that can perhaps be said for many professors, I found three things really separated Mufti from the pack.

First, his wit. Whether he is quipping about the absurdities of events in the Middle East, cleverly taking the overly verbose students down a notch, or explaining how confused US policy makers often become, Mufti ensured that class was anything but boring.

Second, Mufti's personal experiences bridge the gap between theory/reading and reality. Mufti pulls seamlessly from his childhood in Turkey, his time in the Jordanian army, and his interviews with officials throughout the class, and makes it that much more interesting.

Third Mufti always encouraged round table discussions on issues, allowing students to apply the reading for themselves, and engage in debates.

The only complaint I really have for Professor Mufti would be that he is somewhat set in a Thucydidean Realist perspective. Nonetheless, he is not condescending or oppressive about his views, but rather presents his arguments through the material and challenges students to reach (his) conclusions on their own. If you listen to his lectures knowing this, however, it is hardly a problem.

Workload:
An average amount of reading for a high level PS class. The books we used, however, were superb (though at times dense). Reading the assigned material alone makes the class worth it. Midterms were ID based (choose 2/3), which was a bit nerve racking, Mufti is a fair grader. Overall, a class well worth the time you put into it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 7712
Submitted: 2008-11-09
Loring Tu | MATH0013 | Mathematics

Review:
He was by far the best professor I've had in the math department. He is organized, clear, and whole-heartedly interested in the success of his students. And he wears fantastic sweater-vests.

Workload:
One homework per class, 3 exams and a final. Standard math course.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemical and Biological Engineering


Review ID: 7714
Submitted: 2008-11-09
Richard Glickman-Simon | CH00107 | Community Health

Review:
This class was FANTASTIC. It is almost no work (the readings are only supplementary to the lectures and you aren't tested on them, so you can read if you're interested or skip if you're not) and it is huge amounts of fun. It's like playing doctor for a grade, only less creepy. Professor Glickman-Simon is also really hilarious...but he has a fondness for gross medical pictures, so don't take it if you're uber squeamish.

Workload:
3 (easy) essays and 3 (moderately easy) exams, regular optional readings


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemical and Biological Engineering


Review ID: 7696
Submitted: 2008-11-07
Elizabeth Leavell | ENG002-Other Worlds | English

Review:
Professor Leavell is amazing. She facilitates good discussion, is funny and kind, and truly cares about her students. She makes great comments on paper and guides the class on how to write a better paper. If you improve, she will be happy and give you the better grade instead of giving a low one just because. I would highly highly recommend her for English 2. She made me want to become an English minor even though I am a life sciences major.

Workload:
Short stories every week with questions that needed to be answered on a discussion board where the students in the class could interact. The workload was very manageable with about 4 papers, one of them a longer research paper. And the topics discussed are awesome!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 7697
Submitted: 2008-11-07
Lauren Sullivan | ARCH0030 Prehistoric Archaeology | Archaeology

Review:
This class is very interesting if archaeology and prehistory are where your interests lie. Personally I find it fascinating, but others were bored to tears. Professor Sullivan is fun and has lots of stories and anecdotes. She's very nice and is great about taking questions and having discussions. There are lots of slide shows, quite a few videos and a lot of notes.

Workload:
Threre are three tests and one paper. Tests focus mostly on vocabulary from the book and notes from class. The chapters are long but the vocab is the most important part.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Peace & Justice Studies


Review ID: 7698
Submitted: 2008-11-07
Andrew Klatt | SPN0001AZ | Spanish

Review:
Professor Klatt is a relatively nice, but kind of strange. He talks in very quick and often difficult to understand Spanish, especially considering this class was for people with no previous experience. The class consists of a lot of partner activities that are marginally helpful but sometimes pointlessly repetitive.

Workload:
The homework out of the workbook isn't bad if you do it as laid out in the syllabus. If you let it pile up, though, it's a beast and very unpleasant. The workbook itself is silly and redundant but not usually difficult. The tests are relatively comprehensive and tend to have sneaky bits of culture, so pay attention when he talks about that.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Peace & Justice Studies


Review ID: 7694
Submitted: 2008-11-06
Elizabeth Howe | Literature of the Golden Age | Spanish

Review:
Prof. Howe is hands down the best spanish professor I ever had. She had enthusiasm and wit, and was easily able to keep a lively dialogue going amongst the students in class. She made sure you understood the material and could even coax a fairly heated response from time to time. I took every class she taught, and then did an independent study with her. An unforgettable professor, I wound up with a double major because of her.

Workload:
Fairly paced reading and essay assigments and no surprises on exams.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Environmental Studies


Review ID: 7690
Submitted: 2008-11-04
Shruti Kapila | A catcher in The Rye , JN'U , India . | Italian

Review:
Dear Bitch , If it takes me 12 years to get in touch , I'll probably kill you some day . I've died in heaven , was reborn in hell and am still called Jai.Mukund.Pandey. 15 years of psychiatry haven't left much of a human being , I'm married (fcuk you) , Have a son & have been writing to your father's house at 245 , sector 11 , chandigarh . I'm soon going to be 37 , I have a registered court case , becoz I killed a 94 year old & have a US citizenship . It's election day in The USA today and i checked Google to get to you . You have a Fcuking Ph.d & are all over Cambridge , Oxford , Harvard & Corpus Christi Sites . Shame . Men ? *** What the Fcuk are you trying . You don't know who I got married to !!!! Anyway , life moves , I've learnt to smoke & my parents are still illegit . Son's name is UTK(Utkarsh), he is 2 . Fcuk you . 94 to 2008 & you didn't write to me once , unless it's the fcuked post office . And get the fuck out of Psycho History . It's going to kill you . If you are at present in the States Of America , get out of your house , get a beer , buy some porn , good Marlboro's & write me a good paper on "Sex in USA:--Confusion , Myth or Detail". How's Kriti K . I wrote her a love letter , once maybe twice (Chandigarh) but she didn't write back . Total Bitch .She makes me look like Two years in JNU was about wanting to F, U, C, K her big ass . Bye for now . I hope you check this site , don't ignore it & write to me at 277 C , 1B , Ashok Nagar , Ranchi -- 834002, Jharkhand , India . Remember me , my fcuking tranquilised erections ???? And I'm serious , I actually killed a man . 2005 A.D. . They were pushing too much psychiatry . No law & order hassles . I'm not in Jail & I'm not on Bail . Fuck you Prof. Shruti Kapila !!!. I still love you though . Quite a bit . Family is fine . Shruti , my sister is in Bangalore , married , two kids . and I'm serious about going out for a beer a pack of good Cigarettes & a couple of Playboys or Penthouse . Write about what you see . America is made on Porn . Write to me . I love you . Fuck you !!!!!
Yours truly ,
JD Salinger .

Workload:
I remember the smell of your skin , I remember Everything . What does The 'BodyShop' Bitch wear these days ? Spellings :-- Gagan , David , Bob , Raj , Manish , Rajiv , Michael , Shailendra , Rajeshwar , Madhav Palat (Behen chod !!) , Siddique . Fuck you .The professor is too short . We can't see her !!!!.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: World Civilization


Review ID: 7689
Submitted: 2008-11-03
Stephanie Levine | English Writing Seminar: Differences | English

Review:
I have to say that this class was the simply the highlight of my semester. We read books that really played into profound discussions on the concept of human differences. Student participation was encouraged and Professor Levine added much insight to our wide-ranging discussions. Professor Levine is enthusiastic and very flexible. She is a little scatterbrained at times, but her class does have an organized syllabus that is easy to follow. The readings were all fantastic.

Workload:
Totally manageable. Four papers (4-6 pages) over the course of the semester and readings due every class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 7678
Submitted: 2008-11-01
Joseph Litvak | What the Novel Knows | English

Review:
The books are the best part of this course. Class discussions can be interesting if Litvak doesn't get too involved, but he always tries to get his say in after anyone comments. His interference sometimes hinders the evolution of the discussion, particularly because he demands a focus on "What the Novel Knows," a narrow concept that he never really defines.

Workload:
Twelve interesting novels, over about twelve weeks. Midterm and final paper; no exams.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 7664
Submitted: 2008-10-29
Virginia Drachman | HIST0086 | American Studies

Review:
She's definitely very enthusiastic about the course as all she does is talk nonstop. She constantly repeats herself throughout the lecture, which gets kind of annoying and boring. She isn't very helpful and takes a long time to respond. She told me she'd get back to me, but two weeks later I still had no reply. Favoritism definitely plays a part in her grading so suck up and talk a lot so she remembers you.

Workload:
Work is pretty straightforward and easy. Mostly just reading. The tests, short answers and mini essays, are dependent upon using examples from the books to prove the main concepts discussed in class--pretty simple.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 7642
Submitted: 2008-10-21
Leah Abraham | No course | Biomedical Engineering

Review:
I was a classmate of Leah Abraham's in high school. She grew up in a small city in the Finger Lakes region of NYS (Geneva, NY). She was a bit smarter than most, but she was always picked on (for lack of a better word) by other students, especially the girls. I always thought that Leah was a nice person, but I think she is returning the "favor". In other words, the abused may have become the abuser. If so, this is very sad since again I think that she has a lot of potential as a person.

Workload:
N/A


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Review ID: 7576
Submitted: 2008-10-02
Peter Probst | FAH04- Intro to Arts of Africa | History of Art

Review:
Prof Probst is the nicest guy. He's really helpful and very good-natured. He tolerates all kind of ignorance that people throw out during class. While his accent and his voice's cadence is a bit distracting, his down to earth lecturing style will keep you awake for the whole class.

Workload:
A midterm and a final and one paper/project.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 7577
Submitted: 2008-10-02
Radiclani Clytus | ENG 37- 20th C African American Literature | English

Review:
Prof Clytus is one of the most engaging English professors I've had in my years at Tufts. He's down to earth and very good natured- enjoys talking about the texts after class and is always open to opposing opinions. Definitely challenges you to look at the world in a new way. The class focused more on LATE 20th century literature, which was misleading, but he covered some of my favorite authors, usually neglected in academic English courses, as well a few I'd never heard of. Will certainly try to take another class w him before I graduate.

Workload:
Three papers- including final. He enjoys class discussion, but if it's lacking, you're forced to do lame group work and pop quizzes. Students are well served to seek him out outside of class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 7578
Submitted: 2008-10-02
Radiclani Clytus | ENG 37- 20th C African American Literature | English

Review:
Prof Clytus is one of the most engaging English professors I've had in my years at Tufts. He's down to earth and very good natured- enjoys talking about the texts after class and is always open to opposing opinions. Definitely challenges you to look at the world in a new way. The class focused more on LATE 20th century literature, which was misleading, but he covered some of my favorite authors, usually neglected in academic English courses, as well a few I'd never heard of. Will certainly try to take another class w him before I graduate.

Workload:
Three papers- including final. He enjoys class discussion, but if it's lacking, you're forced to do lame group work and pop quizzes. Students are well served to seek him out outside of class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 7561
Submitted: 2008-09-25
Karen Panetta | EE0014 - Microprossessor Archetecture | Electrical Engineering

Review:
So, after taking ES-4 with KP, I thought that she was all of the things that she said that she was. She had often told us in class that she was a valuable resource for getting an internship. Well, I took that to heart and went and had her help me with my resume. She promised to talk to her friends at a company (she said she knew a VP) and would send them my resume. I submitted my resume to the company, was eventually selected for an interview, and was chosen for the job.

I assumed that KP had a hand in this, so I was pleased that she had followed through. However, on the first day of EE-14 she asked "who had 'real' jobs this summer?" I raised my hand with a few other people. When she asked here I worked, I mentioned the company and she looked shocked at me and said "Why didn't you tell me that! I could have gotten you a job there like that! [snaps her fingers]."

So she obviously had NOT sent my resume to the company, and evidently had no idea that I had even spoken with her the previous semester. I don't think I've ever been more disappointed with a professor here at Tufts. For the rest of class she mentioned how she could get anyone a job. For all of her emphasis on professionalism and "networking", I'm beginning to think it's all a lie to get her students to respect her more.

Workload:
Homework had little direction, and the website wasn't even updated for the first four weeks of class. For the first assignment the website had last semester's homework (it wasn't the same as this semester), and she had neglected to update the website, and swore that she was correct.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Electrical Engineering


Review ID: 7531
Submitted: 2008-09-12
Leah Abraham | BioMed175 | Biomedical Engineering

Review:
Don't take this course. Waste of time. Professor is deceitful. Bias because she must pick who will get the A's B's and couple of C's. Look at the grading scheme.
It is not a trend. It's what will happen percentage wise.

For example, the lab portion (20%) means absolutely nothing! This is what she did. In the middle of the term she gave out paper slips with "grade so far" that doesn't have the lab portion factored into it. This will lead you to believe that it will raise your grade because everybody gets 100's on the lab "checks". Turns out since everybody gets 100's on the lab and she must hand out a fixed number of A's, B's and C's, the lab portion is meaningless! Same thing with the "final oral exam"! Since everybody will get 100, it's a waste of time!

Warning: Final Exam towards end will have lots of questions like "what kind of scaffold would best serve arteries/veins" If you answer elasticity, size, etc, that's your answer for most questions! Just vary your phrasing to fool her a little bit.


Workload:
The first couple of weeks will lend you to believe that this course will be easy/pleasant. It just happens that right after the drop deadline, it gets frustrating/annoying/useless/waste of time/all of the above.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 7518
Submitted: 2008-09-09
David Denby | Phil 39 - Knowing and Being | Philosophy

Review:
David Denby is one of the best professors in the philosophy department, if not at Tufts in general. Sure, there are lots of brilliant people who teach here, but few of them are as accessible and "human" as Professor Denby. The class is an intro to Metaphysics and Epistemology, which might sound scary but are actually fascinating topics that require no background knowledge in philosophy. The papers are graded by a TA but you can submit them early and have them checked over before you submit them for real if you're scared of getting a bad grade. Denby seriously has no interest in giving bad grades just to make himself look like a hard grader...he's happy when his students do well.

Workload:
Three 4-5 page papers, an optional fourth. Not much reading. Don't miss class!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Philosophy


Review ID: 7520
Submitted: 2008-09-09
Nancy Bauer | Phil 91 - Philosophy of Film | Philosophy

Review:
Ridiculous class. Very little philosophy, mostly just film critiques. I went on AIM in every lecture. I learned nothing. Bauer is a tough grader, too. I thought I made some really good points in some of my papers but every single one got a B+.

Workload:
Weekly film screening. Weekly one-page response paper to a question that Bauer poses about the film, can miss 3 throughout the semester. Two 5-page papers and a final 8 page paper. Reading was sort of heavy for a philosophy class, about 20-40 pages a week.


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Review ID: 7473
Submitted: 2008-08-29
Karen Panetta | ES4, EE14 | Electrical Engineering

Review:
Karen Panetta is one of the worst professors Ive seen at Tufts, as far as teaching is concerned. She gives out homework on material that is covered in clas weeks later, doesnt bother checking her homework questions before assigning them, and frequently makes mistakes in class which seem innucuous at first, but then come back to bite you when she asks the questions on the final. True, she has office hours, but with my current workload, its incredibly unreasonable for me to have to wait an hour to ask her a question. Her "tough luck" approach to any complaints you have, legitimate or not, tends to be more detrimental to morale than anything else.

That being said, she is also one of the best professors to have on your side because of her connections to industry. You have to take her course, no matter what, so do your best to get on her good side.

Workload:
N/A


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Review ID: 7475
Submitted: 2008-08-29
George Ellmore | Plant Phisiology | Biology

Review:
I really wasn't a fan of the class. Ellmore is at times an engaging professor. However, his lecture style is hard to follow. I found that it was often unclear what material we were supposed to absorb from the lectures and what was just rambling on his part. He did not follow the information that we read for class; in the end, the textbook was completely useless and also more advanced than our lectures.

Workload:
The tests were hard and often involved new material. It was hard to study for them because you never knew what to expect. However, besides three exams there wasn't really any other work.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 7453
Submitted: 2008-08-21
Susan Ostrander | SOC 102- Qualitative Methods of Action | Sociology

Review:
While I can understand the bad rap that Prof. Ostrander receives for her short temper and for neglecting to acknowledge alternate opinions, I think there is more to the story than that. Underneath it all, I think she has a sincere concern for the progress of her students, and she is good at what she does, so she doesn't hesitate to let you know it. That being said, her suggestions and remarks are often helpful, even if they seem harsh. To add, she was extremely flexible with us, and was often willing to change due dates if we asked appropriately. I found that, if you are very friendly and patient with her, she will act the same way with you. If, on the other hand, you are impatient with her suggestions/comments on papers, or you are tardy to class often, you will likely find your place on her bad side, which you do NOT want.

Workload:
I found that the workload for this class was completely appropriate, even light compared to other classes I have taken at Tufts. She often would mix up assignments and make the syllabus a bit confusing, but ultimately, I had no problem completing the 10-30 pages of reading she had us do each week. Besides the reading, you are expected to attend your research site about once a week for a few hours, but that is something that comes with the nature of the course. As long as you keep up with research assignments, you will likely come out with a very strong body of work.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 7437
Submitted: 2008-08-15
Robert Stolow | Chem 52 - Organic Chemistry | Chemistry

Review:
It is fairly difficult to summarize the immense amount of problems encountered in this course. Like in Chem 51 Dr. Stolow did not bother to use the blackboard to write out mechanisms or explain in detail, except for a few rare occasions. He will read from the textbook and from handouts. Which is essentially the same thing as going home and reading the textbook and the handouts. Which would have been helpful, if we solved problems relating to the material in class after this, but again this was done very, very rarely. Realistically it's possible to take down almost no notes of any great substance the entire semester.

Problem sets still did not have answers provided and exams still tested syntheses that were not always gone over in detail in class. The only way to succeed was to read the book religiously and to memorize almost every mechanism in it. In fact, the only benefit of the class was to learn which one or two mechanisms not to memorize. Since, again, exam problems were almost never completely covered in review sessions scheduled one or two days before the exam, you were left on your own. Frankly, the only way to do very well was to know every reaction from this and last semester like the back of your hand and be able to recall them quickly. Which is well over 400+ reactions and various mechanisms.

Combining weekly labs (which Dr. Stolow also lectured in), lab quizzes, lab reports, problem sets, and the hours of memorization this course was thouroughly unenjoyable. Don't except to even learn of any useful applications for the material with this professor. The relevance of this course for many people is for biochemistry and unless you like to read the sidenotes in the textbook, you won't get many connections between the fields in lecture.

So, unless you enjoy large amounts of self study, 10+ hours of rote memorization and problem sets with no answers, and a useless lecture, I would recommend taking Organic Chemistry with another professor.

Workload:
The only assignments outside of class are the weekly problem sets that are due at each exam. By the end of the course you'll probably have solved up to and maybe over 300 problems. But you won't get the answers for any of them! You have to seek out the TA's and individually ask about every question. So you'll never know if you're solving anything correctly unless you get the solutions manual, which is strictly forbidden. Three exams and a final also which almost exclusively test mechanisms, retro-synthesis, and reactions. Memorize everything in the book to do well on these. And DO NOT leave the problem sets unfinished. Unless you have photographic memory expect to spend at least 8-10++ hours a week studying for this course alone (not counting all the extra time you might need to figure out if you solved the problems correctly at all).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 7431
Submitted: 2008-08-14
Philip Starks | BIO 130 - Animal Behavior | Biology

Review:
This was one of the best courses I've ever taken. If you have a passion for biology and understanding how the pieces of life fall together, this course will really open your eyes. It provides a systematic method for viewing life in a completely different, more informed way. Prof. Starks is a very smart guy and a really good professor, which is a great combination to have. You'll learn a lot in this course if you genuinely put time into it and can handle the 8:30 AM time slot. But to be honest, I looked forward to waking up and going to this class because of Prof. Starks' interactive teaching style. And he's great to talk to during office hours, very approachable and accommodating.

Workload:
Exams were pretty much based solely on lecture notes (took this course in the spring of 2008), so if you really know the lectures like the back of your hand, you'll be fine. I mean the material is extremely interesting, so studying for the exam wasn't bad at all. Bottom line, know your notes really well, know the concepts really well, and be able to apply them.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 7394
Submitted: 2008-08-06
Charles Murphy | EC003 - Accouting | Economics

Review:
Murphy makes Accounting fun. Although this class doesn't count for EC majors, I highly recommend taking this course. You will finally learn something practical this time around. Murphy's lectures are clear as crystal. He's among the best EC professors if not the best!

Workload:
The workload is very tolerable. Homework is never collected. He simply goes over them the follow day in class. If you can do the homework, you'll be in good shape for the exams. There are 3 exams and not cumulative.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 7395
Submitted: 2008-08-06
Charles Murphy | EC007 - Principles of Finance | Economics

Review:
This course is only offered in the summer. You will learn many valuable things that very well may apply to your financial life unless many other higher level Economics courses at Tufts. Professor Murphy explains everything very clearly. He is among the best!

Workload:
Workload is minimal. Homework is not mandatory but very helpful. If you can do the homework, you will do fine on the exams. There are three exams (not cumulative). They are extremely straight-forward and come directly from the amazing lectures.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 7329
Submitted: 2008-08-04
George Norman | EC175 Economics of Management and Strategy | Economics

Review:
Intelligent, fun professor. His stories are very engaging and made me seriously consider pursuing a career in strategic business.

Workload:
two five page midterms (easy), one 15-page research paper and a group project. it sounds like a lot, but it really is not too bad at all. plus you don't even have to go to class because he puts up slides on blackboard... but still go, because he's a lot of fun to listen to.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 7190
Submitted: 2008-07-28
Anne Moore | English 002-34 Other Worlds | English

Review:
This class left me with mixed feelings.

First and foremost, even though I placed out of 001, I had to wait till spring semester to take this English class b/c I was unaware of Philosophy counting towards the requirement. The professor much to my surprise 2/3 of the way into the semester was not a professor but instead a grad student still working on her papers. To add insult to injury, she used a syllabus from the previous semester and forgot to change dates. It was pretty awkward when someone pointed out the fact that one of our classes was on a holiday.

Not to say she isn't a brilliant person. Honestly, if she organized the class a LOT better, I think she'd make an AWESOME professor. Creative, energetic and talented, but just too much going on and too bogged down w/ her own work to convey material well. She took eternity to return papers and had a weird grading scale (I say weird b/c I'm not used to this; perhaps this is the norm in Tufts?) where she gives a grade in four different categories and then averages?? resulting in "two grades" that eventually become one? If you're confused. Good. I was and still am. Basically, people ended up w/ C+/B- on their papers. Classes were generally disorganized with the class going over the surfaces of a lot of interesting topics but never hitting the meat. The pace was also erratic. Kind of like the Quick step: Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. Routinely went over the time slot. Runs off on tangents a lot, which is cool when discussing sexuality in vampire lore, but not so cool when you're discussing the C+ you got on your theory paper about Freud's 'the uncanny'. She was really into participation which always a major plus in my book. And she's got such wonderful ideas!

However, none of it could make up for the experience of the class in general. We started out with 12-13 and ended w/ 7 on a good day and 9 on a GREAT day. Personally, I learned next to nothing; I flip-flopped between boredom and frustration. I had more fun and learned more from my AP English teacher. Plus, we read better books. She was always willing to help though; always available during office hours. Honestly, like I said earlier, mixed feelings. She's got the makings of a great teacher w/ a couple more years of experience under her belt. Type of English professor you'd love to work on your thesis w/ over a cup at B&B but not the type you'd like to discuss one of your awesomely bad 8-page papers about Stoker's Dracula with.

Workload:
Terrible workload. Way to much work for a simple English 002 class. Too much seemingly random readings. I felt like none of them had anything to do with the course, but that's my opinion. Some of them were interesting, but still no relevancy and you couldn't skip them b/c 95% were required to do the many, unnecessary, response papers. We read a lot of philosophical/psychological stuff that coming from a psych major, although interesting, when forced to write papers about become nerve wracking.

There were 5 long papers. All of them were basically torture sessions b/c she has this weird system of turning in a "pre-write" then a rough draft (after your partner has gone through it) and then a final. Very frustrating and time wasting for people who like to get things out in one shot, proofread and send it out. Also, topics for papers were convoluted and difficult to understand much less properly answer in papers. Usually ran out of ideas after about 2 pages (5-page requirement). Book choices were also not so good. We had to read Stoker's Dracula in a week (three classes) and had to pick scenes from it to answer some obscure question that to this day I dare not even think about. The final paper was pointless and ended up doing it the night before just to get it done. Could've definitely done without it. There were also grammar and content presentations. Useless, annoying and unnecessary. No one learned anything. Pretty sure they didn't factor into our grades and were a pain in the you know where especially when the presentation is due the same day as a major exam in another subject.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 7131
Submitted: 2008-07-25
Christine Cousineau | Housing Development Failures 101 | Urban & Environmental Policy

Review:
Christine Cousineau was the Executive Director of this FAILED PROJECT. Everything went wrong so if you want to see what in reality CC can do, here ya go!

Editorial: Cape Ann Housing Opportunity, leaders owe the public full explanation for Pond View

July 24, 2008 04:33 am

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Wellspring House has always enjoyed a reputation for being a champion of social justice, of lifting families out of poverty, of supporting working men and women.

But that reputation is being unfortunately clouded by its leaders' own hands. And as more details come to light about the troubled Pond View Village development ? carried out by Cape Ann Housing Opportunity, a corporation spawned by Wellspring ? it gets worse and worse.

Pond View was sold to the public as a model of compassion and creativity, the conversion of a former industrial site in Gloucester to a mix of affordable and market-rate apartments and condominiums. Wellspring created a companion entity ? Cape Ann Housing Opportunity ? and CAHO raised millions in private and public money for what state officials called a model of adaptive reuse. But there were site problems, construction costs soared. then the condo market crumbled. Last December, the project's biggest lender, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp., took ownership of 33 unsold condos instead of foreclosing. Cape Ann Housing Opportunity had defaulted on more than $8.5 million of $9.2 million it owed the investment corporation. There were also loans from the state totaling more than $5 million.

This week, rather than take the property as the only bidder in a foreclosure auction, MHIC postponed the auction until Aug. 19, in the hopes that another bidder would appear. That, one of Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp.'s attorneys explained, is because if another buyer purchases the property at a foreclosure auction, that will wipe out the claims of all the other creditors, including a number of contractors and subcontractors who were never paid for some or all of their work.

All of this is apparently fine with Cape Ann Housing Opportunity's president, Nancy Schwoyer, and its treasurer, Robert Gillis, who wouldn't comment when asked about the project and its aftermath. They referred all questions about the situation to their attorney ? who also declined comment. But the lack of transparency goes beyond refusing to comment. CAHO, a nonprofit, is required to file annual financial reports with the attorney general's office. But its last report was in 2005. It has been out of compliance for two years. According to Massachusetts Housing Investment Corp., the nonprofit is in the process of dissolving itself.

The collapse of Cape Ann Housing Opportunity may have been caused by forces beyond its control. But, as the recipient of millions in grants, loans and contributions from both private and public sources, Cape Ann Housing Opportunity and its leaders owe the public a complete and accurate accounting of what happened ? and where the money went.

The current wall of silence will not do.

Copyright ? 1999-2008 cnhi, inc.

Workload:
N/A


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Review ID: 7100
Submitted: 2008-07-23
Christine Cousineau | RE Development | Urban & Environmental Policy

Review:
Make sure Professor Cousineau tells you all about her bankrupt project she helped foist on the taxpayers of MA . Its called pond view village in Gloucester and is a case study on how not to leverage, plan or develop affordable housing. A total disaster actually.

Workload:
Huge


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Review ID: 5648
Submitted: 2008-07-03
Todd Quinto | Math 136 Real Analysis II | Mathematics

Review:
Prof Quinto is great. He is very enthusiastic about the material, genuinely concerned about students understanding and he has a great sense of humor. He also really knows what he is talking about (he would often answer students out-of-the-blue questions brilliantly after thinking about them for only a few seconds) and its a pleasure to go to his class.

Workload:
Weekly problem sets. These usually take about 5 hours to complete. Two midterms (one of which was take home). These are not so bad if youve been paying attention and doing the HW. Final is same difficulty as midterms.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 5649
Submitted: 2008-07-03
Todd Quinto | Math 136 Real Analysis II | Mathematics

Review:
Prof Quinto is great. He is very enthusiastic about the material, genuinely concerned about students understanding and he has a great sense of humor. He also really knows what he is talking about (he would often answer students out-of-the-blue questions brilliantly after thinking about them for only a few seconds) and its a pleasure to go to his class.

Workload:
Weekly problem sets. These usually take about 5 hours to complete. Two midterms (one of which was take home). These are not so bad if youve been paying attention and doing the HW. Final is same difficulty as midterms.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 5420
Submitted: 2008-07-01
Lisa Coleman | constructions of whiteness | American Studies

Review:
you'd be an idiot to graduate without taking this class. it changed my life- Lisa Coleman is brilliant.

Workload:
Tons of work/ reading. Very much worth it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Women's Studies


Review ID: 5296
Submitted: 2008-06-24
Anne Cantu | Spanish 21 | Spanish

Review:
If you can, avoid taking a class with Cantu. It's not that she's a bad teacher, but just that I really learned nothing from her and she's an incredibly boring person.

Workload:
Workload is about the same as the other Spanish 21 classes, but she grades significantly harder than the other Spanish 21 teachers on essays and tests.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 5297
Submitted: 2008-06-24
Jonathan Kenny | Chem 08: Environmental Chemistry | Chemistry

Review:
Whatever you do, AVOID PROFESSOR KENNY! The man simply cannot teach or convey anything remotely relevant to the topic of the class/what he puts on the test. I really believe that he means well, but he is quite possibly the most unorganized, scatterbrained professor I've ever had at Tufts. Fulfill your science requirement through another class.

Workload:
Workload was quite low, just some reading, midterm and a research paper/optional final. Beware: Midterm and final had NOTHING to do with what he went over during class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 5235
Submitted: 2008-06-18
Donald Wertlieb | CD193- Pediatric Psychology | Child Development

Review:
I have to be honest, I have no idea what the other three people who reviewed this class are talking about. This was the second-worst class I've ever taken at Tufts, and it was all because of good ol' Donald. He's like the dad in American Pie, but not funny and way more annoying. He's condescending to students and thinks so highly of himself it's painful. He teaches his own ideas as if they were accepted pediatric psychology canon and single-handedly depleted the trees in the Northern Hemisphere through the amount of handouts that he printed (which, incidentally, he only mentioned 5 or 6 of in class). Though I did learn a few things, most of the material was common sense, and this was my first CD class.

Workload:
The amount of reading assigned was ludicrous. The "required" reading usually averaged 5-9 long articles plus a chapter or two in the book per night. "Recommended" reading sometimes approached 30 articles. This might not be so bad if readings were discussed AT ALL in class, but that was too much to hope for. I counted: we discussed a grand total of three articles, all on the same day, for a length of about 3 minutes each. Fortunately, he was a picky but fair grader on papers and projects (2 papers, 1 group presentation & paper, midterm, and choice of final or final project).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 5237
Submitted: 2008-06-18
Edith Balbach | CH001- Intro to Community Health | Community Health

Review:
Professor Balbach is great. She really knows her stuff, has a great sense of humor, and makes class very interesting with personal stories, films, and guest speakers. Make sure you go to class, because the slides she posts on blackboard aren't very helpful. This was one of my favorite classes at Tufts.

Workload:
The workload was typical, maybe on the lighter side of typical. Readings were interesting and there were 3 papers, a midterm, and a final. The exams weren't easy but they were fair.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 5238
Submitted: 2008-06-18
David Gute | CE158- Occupational and Environmental Health | Civil Engineering

Review:
I loved Professor Gute, even though he can be a bit boring. He's so genuinely concerned with his students and you can just tell he's one of those brilliant guys who has no street sense at all. He consulted us with due dates and even moved the exam for our convenience. This class was fairly interesting, and I learned a lot.

Workload:
The workload was pretty light for most of the semester; just 2 homework assignments and a midterm for the first part. However, at the end, there's a huge paper that you also have to present in a poster session, as well as a final. It did seem overwhelming at the time but I managed to get it done. I got the sense also that he would have been very understanding with extensions and such.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 5239
Submitted: 2008-06-18
Kathleen Weiler | ED165- Educating Women & Girls | Education

Review:
This wasn't the most interesting class I've ever taken, but it wasn't too bad. It was small (only 7 people) so the group discussion format was really great. Sometimes the material was a bit tedious, but the discussion format of the class plus interesting films thrown in saved it. Professor Weiler was very nice and helpful with advice on papers, and she really gave us a lot of rein when it came to discussions and paper topics.

Workload:
The workload was fine. Usually 2-3 30 page articles per class, but you could get enough to talk about them by reading the first 10 pages or so. There was a presentation and paper on a book and a take-home final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Women's Studies


Review ID: 5240
Submitted: 2008-06-18
Mitchell Silver | PHIL124- Bioethics | Philosophy

Review:
I had mixed feelings about Professor Silver and this class. On the one hand, it made me think a lot and it helped me to solidify my opinions on a variety of tough topics. This class certainly gives you the tools with which to think and write about these topics. On the other hand, I wasn't that fond of Professor Silver. I thought that often he encouraged participation, but when someone voiced their opinion he really shot them down. By the end of the semester there were only a select few who were still brave enough. Sometimes he was quite funny though.

Workload:
The workload was pretty light. There was a normal amount of reading, but I didn't do most of it. Paying attention in class was more important. There were two papers, the first graded by the TA and the second graded considerably easier by Professor Silver. There was a final that consisted of three questions chosen out of a bunch that he gave beforehand.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 5241
Submitted: 2008-06-18
Mark Woodin | CE154- Principles of Epidemiology | Civil Engineering

Review:
I loved Professor Woodin and this class. This is the graduate level of Epi, so it was at night, but I was always engaged and interested. Professor Woodin was just awesome: he knows his stuff and presented the material in a clear and applied way, and he has an incredible sense of humor. He tells a lot of stories about himself and his family that are hilarious. He posts the slides for all of his lectures on blackboard, but I would recommend not printing them out and taking your own notes because everything makes sense when he's doing it in class but when you go to do it on the problem sets it can be tricky.

Workload:
There was no reading for this class, which was great. There are 3 problem sets and a take-home final, all of which can (and should) be done with a partner or partners. He and the TA were fair but picky graders.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 5087
Submitted: 2008-06-12
Sonia Hofkosh | EN123- Frankenstein's Sisters | English

Review:
Although Sonia Hofkosh is a very nice lady, I could barely sit through this class. The Austen material is very, very dry and there is much more of it than Shelley readings. This class tends to attract an all-women base as well; you must be able to handle the competitive banter that is inevitable in feminist classrooms. Expect the class discussion to have no direction whatsoever.

Workload:
One book a week, some longer than others, and three 6-8 page essays plus one 6-page final. Students who are best prepared will have read the material in the summer or over December break; check the Tufts bookstore site for a list. I recommend lightening up your English courseload if you plan to take this class- it was very time consuming.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 4993
Submitted: 2008-06-06
Ina Bagdiantz-McCabe | HIST005 - History of Consumption | History

Review:
I loved this class! Professor McCabe is really nice, very interesting, and very smart. The class' title is pretty ambiguous, so I'll explain that "Consumption" means the history of how people consume things. We talked about tea, drugs, diamonds, louis vuitton in Asia, Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution, Coffee, bananas, and lots of other goods/topics.

The class was really easy - I think about half of the class got As on the midterm - but still really interesting. It's one of my favorite classes that I have taken at Tufts and it's the first one that I can legitimately say was an "easy A".

If you're an IR major it's the perfect class to fill your core History requirement with.

Workload:
There was a lot of reading but you don't have to do all of it. Just MAKE SURE TO GO TO RECITATIONS becuase that's where you learn everything for the tests. The readings are usually really good though so i read a lot of them.

1 midterm, 1 final, and 1 group in-class presentation. The midterm and the final are the same and are really easy as long as you prepare. They give you a list of terms the class before the test and then say that they'll choose 15 of them for the exam, of which you choose 10. So as long as you know all the terms they give you you're good to go. Same goes for short answer questions. There's a take home essay 5-6pgs for both the midterm and final due on the day of the test, but that's just about reading (aka what you talked about in recitations). The in class presentation just requires a few days to prepare - you don't have to do anything fancy, just know about your topic.


I HIGHLY recommend this class, it was really fun and not stressful at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 4721
Submitted: 2008-05-21
Marian Vestergaard | Ast-0009 | Astronomy

Review:
This class, without a doubt, is perhaps the worst class in the history of academia. Most everyone takes this class to fulfill their natural sciences requirement, and past semester's classes have adhered to that standard. However, for Professor Vestergaard, this class was treated as a graduate course. First off, she treated the students as if they were in elementary school, making rules such as no laptops, no talking, no coming in late and making noise, and no packing up before class is over. She often made snide and sometimes outright rude comments to students, and her lectures were incredibly dry and boring. Attendance is necessary because of the i-clickers, and it is still nearly impossible to absorb any of the information.
The tests were very difficult, so much so that she had to scale all of them significantly. She uses a strange curving system, so final grades were strange(For example, an 81 would be a C+ instead of a B-).
Adding insult to injury, in an email she told students to contact her if they had any questions about their grades. Two weeks after the fact, I am still waiting for a response and very highly doubt that it will ever come.
If you have an opportunity to take this class, make sure it is not with her. It was undoubtedly the worst experience of my Tufts career so far.

Workload:
The workload is outrageous for an entry level astronomy class. Two homework assignments a week, most of the time taking several hours to do. The book was also ridiculously price, somewhere in the $130 range, and that's not even including the price of the i-clicker. As an icing on the cake for this awful course, I couldn't sell the book back to the bookstore. Hopefully, they take it in the fall or next spring, or else this whole experience has been a colossal waste.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 4704
Submitted: 2008-05-20
Deborah Schildkraut | PS0111-Political Psychology | Political Science

Review:
I have to be honest, I was a bit disappointed with this class. I thought a lot of the readings (especially the books) were boring, long, and confusing. She hardly used the books at all, except to quiz us on trivial terms. And we were left reading hundreds of pages. On most days, class lectures were quite boring and mainly involved psychology definitions that were later memorized for tests. The tests weren't terribly hard, I just found them pointless: it felt like the only point was to memorize terms. My main complaint is that we never went deeper into what we learned and there was very little analysis. If you're looking for a class that won't really inspire you or challenge you beyond your memorization skills, take this class. But if not, I wouldn't recommend it.

Workload:
Two tests, two 5ish page papers, and one very long 20+ page final paper. At times, the readings felt long because they weren't very interesting.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 4646
Submitted: 2008-05-16
deborah schildkraut | PS-109 - The Politics of Ethnicity and American Identity | Political Science

Review:
Reading other reviews on this site, and based on my experiences this past semester, it seems like people have pretty divided views on Schildkraut. Personally, I found her class to be thoroughly engaging, relevant, and interesting. Schildkraut grades tough, but I think she curves up the grade at the end of the semester when factoring in participation and so on, which is nice. She's extremely knowledgable about the subject material and will go out of her way to make sure class discussions are a good mix of personal opinions, case studies, policy suggestions, and so on. A couple of the classes had films, too, which was nice.

Workload:
This is where things can get rough for some people. The workload for the semester was:
- A weekly Blackboard paragraph responding to the readings
- Two 5-page reaction papers responding to readings, spaced out over the semester at two class periods of your choosing
- One 20-minute presentation covering your research paper topic
- One 25-page research paper (combined with presentation, worth 45% of grade.)

DO NOT take this class with another upper-level seminar. You'll be miserable. That being said, I learned tons in this class and I think that despite the workload it was definitely worth it. Obviously, not everyone feels the same way. My advice would be to get a look at the syllabus and see if it's up your alley.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 4648
Submitted: 2008-05-16
Lecia Rosenthal | ENG092C - Conrad, Forster, Woolf | English

Review:
Lecia Rosenthal is a goddess, and this is coming from someone who barfs at the notion of teachers as objects of hero-worship. That being said, it's clear from other reviews that not everyone thinks so. The material is nuanced, her ideas esoteric, her methods unconventional. If you're looking for an easy A or you're not invested in the material, don't bother. She deserves invested students, and nothing is sadder than seeing her oozing brilliance in the face of 25 kids who are totally checked out and five who are in awe of her brilliance (which is what the classes sometimes seem like.) She can seem intimidating - and so can this review, I'm sure - but hang in there. Considering how smart she is, she's also more than willing to listen to people's ideas and perspectives and unlike many smart professors, she's not dismissive and is very polite.

Workload:
Book a week, final paper. Not difficult, but not easy-A easy.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 4649
Submitted: 2008-05-16
siddiq abdullah | EC005 - Introduction to Economics | Economics

Review:
Ughhhhhhh. This class annoyed me. People seem to fall over themselves to convey their love of Abdullah, but I never really got it. He's a nice guy, sure, but he conveys very important material in a very dry and abstract way that can be difficult to apply to real life and can turn people off. Also, TAs are a crapshoot - you get a bad one like I did, and it just makes you want to die rather than go to recitation (not to mention impeding your understanding of the material.) If you MUST take this class for your major, then good luck. If not, I highly suggest you drop out like I did, and read "The Undercover Economist" by Tim Harford instead. It'll basically teach you the exact same material in a way you can understand and be invested in.

Workload:
Three exams, I think? Lots of dry textbook reading. Everyone skips class, which I think says a lot.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 4650
Submitted: 2008-05-16
Pearl Robinson | PS-130: Seminar on African Political Economy | Political Science

Review:
Ah, Pearl Robinson. First class I had, I was a little intimidated, but I grew to love her. Very knowledgeable about Africa as a whole and loves to wander off into story time about her life and experiences in Africa, from her days in the Peace Corps in Niger up to the present day. Apparently this annoys some people, but I loved it. I've never been to Africa but I learned so much in this class not only about the history, politics, and economics, but also a general sense of the "feel" of Africa which I think is something that is probably very hard to convey, but that she did a good job with. Her interest, involvement, and dedication to the subjects at hand are evident, plus she has a sense of humor and a degree of flexibility to boot. Downsides: has a tendency to lose emails, turned in assignments; has a rigid template for reaction papers that can be difficult to adapt to every reading.

Workload:
It's an upper-level poli sci seminar, so know what you're getting into. You should take a good look at the syllabus on the first day of class. The reading is a book a week, and varies from very interesting (Joe Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs' new books this semester) to the excruciating (I won't name names.) You have to do weekly reading responses of about 500 words, but fortunately you only have to do 5 out of the 7 books you read, so you have a degree of flexibility for opting out if the reading is just too painful or you get sick or something. The kicker is a 25-30 page research paper worth 70% of your final grade. No, that's not a typo. Fortunately there's a low-key presentation where you can get feedback from her and classmates, plus ample time to prepare. Considering how much I learned, I thought it was worth it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 4609
Submitted: 2008-05-13
Andy Joseph | EXP005-Rastafari: a New World Religion | Experimental College

Review:
I signed up for this class with a lot of interest in the subject matter, however, I found the course lackluster, at best. When class wasn't cancelled, there was no structure to the lesson and was mostly the professor talking at us. This is the first time I've ever been dissatisfied with an Ex-College course. The department usually is able to filter out the good from the bad, but clearly they have overlooked this course.

Workload:
The workload was typical, however, figuring out what assignment was due when was a nightmare. We received a loose syllabus that was never followed, and many assignments we were supposed to do were cancelled. Grading was based on very subjectively graded assignments, and we never had any clue as to what the professor was looking for in the homework.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 4611
Submitted: 2008-05-13
Linda Garant | MATH0012-Calculus II | Mathematics

Review:
Linda did a fantastic job of teaching the principles of Calculus II. In a fast paced class with a tremendous amount of material to cover, she always made time for questions in class. I never felt intimidated by her in class. She also does a good job in office hours. She makes sure you understand everything completely and you grasp the concepts. Her lectures were easy to follow considering the speed of the class. I would love to take another course with Linda.

Workload:
I placed into Math 12 because of AP Calculus in high school and I had no trouble with the course. The homework was fair and not too much. If there was ever any problems I couldn't do, I would just ask in class. Overall, the class was not too time consuming.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 4612
Submitted: 2008-05-13
Sergiy Kryatov | CHEM0001 and CHEM0002-Chem Fundamentals w/ Lab | Chemistry

Review:
Professor Kryatov was a very good lecturer and knew his chemistry. For each lecture he prints out the power point for each student to take and follow along with. This allows you to be able to listen to the lecture rather than spend the entire time writing down notes. He also, from time to time, performs awesome demonstrations that are relevant to the topics discussed in class. This makes his lectures much more exciting. He was always available for outside help and spent a lot of effort making sure you understood the material. Although he may seem boring at some times, he covers the material in a clear way that is a difficult feat in terms of Chem 1 and 2.

Workload:
Intro chem is exactly what is sounds: an intro course. It has a fair amount reading and nonstop problem sets and online homework. It also has lab once a week that usually does not use the entire three hours. The tests are difficult but not unfair. He posts practice tests that are very helpful in preparation for the test. I highly recommend completing in full the online MasteringChemistry homework because that works you through the types of problems that will be on the test. If you read the book, do the homework, and go the the recitation when you do not understand something, you should be fine in this course.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 4578
Submitted: 2008-05-07
Tony Smith | PS188 - The New Anti-Semitism | Political Science

Review:
Great, unique class. Every lecture was engaging, and discussions were constructive and dynamic.

Prof. Smith is by far the most student-engaged professor I've had at Tufts. Speaking to him one-on-one was easy, productive, and unintimidating.

Workload:
Lots o' reading, but all of it relevant, most of it interesting, some of it brilliant.

Two papers, a 10pg and a 20pg.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 4579
Submitted: 2008-05-07
Joseph Litvak | ENG?? - Black Comedy | English

Review:
Prof. Litvak is very personable and engaging, both in lectures and in person. His analysis of the works can sometimes be frustrating and superficial, but I suppose there is some merit in pointing out phallic and fecal references in every work. I don't know why he bothers teaching Lolita...two class periods for that book doesn't even scratch the surface.

Workload:
Not alot of reading, and all of it is really fun.

2 papers, 5pg each. Litvak is known for being a tough grader. He will also, somewhat hypocritically, call you out for being pretentious.

The final is asinine....basically a cumulative memorization test (as described by Litvak in class--this review is being written an hour before the test). Very little to do with analysis and understanding of black comedy.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 4577
Submitted: 2008-05-06
Susan Ostrander | Sociology 130 | Sociology

Review:
Despite insisting on the a discussion-based medium for teaching her class, Susan has an awful tolerance for outside views, and incessantly stifles conversations even to the point of cutting off students while they are talking, just to hear her own voice. She is only concerned with a student's progress as long as that student is willing to swallow and reiterate all of Susan's own opinions. She approaches class every day with a palpable air of superiority that takes away from the feeling of a safe learning environment; condescending on students with alternative views is her modus operandi.

The class covers a large amount of very interesting material. Buy and read all of the books, they are extremely valuable. The classroom experience fails to actually analyze or interact with the readings.

I would never take another class with Susan Ostrander... even if my major depended on it (It is a waste of time and money).

Workload:
You are expected to read around 50 to 70 pages a week. Assignments are straightforward; however, the grading rubric that Ostrander uses is completely subjective. Personal analysis and creativity is discouraged. If you want to get a good grade, hide your opinions behind the quotes of an author she assigns. Susan is not at all interested in what you have to say.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: History


Review ID: 4574
Submitted: 2008-05-04
Ina Baghdiantz McCabe | HIST005- History of Consumption | History

Review:
Prof. McCabe is great. She's really friendly and laid-back and also is very enthusiastic about the course material. She is always smiling and willing to help you. Both her lectures and readings are really interesting. I would recommend taking this class with her.

Workload:
There was a lot of reading for the class each week, but it was interesting and some of it you could just skim. Some things we read were about the history of coffee, the life of marie antoinette, and excepts from Fast Food Nation. It's easy reading. Besides reading there is just a midterm, final, and in-class presentation (which is easy).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 4575
Submitted: 2008-05-04
Mark Woodin | CH054/CE054- Fundamentals of Epidemiology | Community Health

Review:
Prof. Woodin is great. I would definitely recommend taking a class with him. He is very engaging and funny and therefore makes the lectures interesting. He is one of the teachers that cares a lot about education. He wanted you to understand not only the concepts of epidemiology but also rare diseases and biological processes that he would never test us on. He thought to increase knowledge instead of teaching for a test. Additionally, he's very accessible. He's happy to talk with students outside of class and gives all students his cell phone number and home phone number on the first day of class. It's a fabulous class.

Workload:
4 problem sets, 1 critique of an epidemiological study, and a take-home final were given. Although parts of these were tricky, you are able and encouraged to work in groups of 3-4 people, so the group as a whole can usually figure it out. The only criticism I have of this class is that I was never forced to learn anything because every assignment was take-home and in groups. I'll probably forget all of this very quickly.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 4531
Submitted: 2008-04-30
David O'Leary | CR 56 Catholicism | Comparative Religion

Review:
This is O'Leary's best course. He is a priest, but does not let the official church get off easy. Gave time to chat about women's ordination and married priests.

Very willing to write letters of recommendation.

One of my best courses at Tufts.

Workload:
Two take home exams, weekly reading and reflection paper, research paper and presentation.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 4532
Submitted: 2008-04-30
Jeremey Luallen | EC 11 - Intermediate Microeconomics | Economics

Review:
Dr. Luallen is an excellent lecturer. He is youthful and enthusiastic (physical characteristics and idiosyncratic mannerisms remind me of a young Tom Cruise: think before 2000). Lectures are Powerpoint based and very straightforward. Material was covered very quickly (some would say too quickly). If you had questions, Dr. Luallen was very helpful and demonstrated genuine concern w/ the student's progress.

I would absolutely take another class w/ Dr. Luallen.

Workload:
There were three exams, each which counted 30% of our grade with the remaining 10% based on homework problem sets that were due the lecture after we finished a chapter. No cumulative final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4533
Submitted: 2008-04-30
Bill Mosher | EC 12 - Intermediate Macroeconomics | Economics

Review:
Professor Mosher is straight-up old-school. Lectures were concise, blackboard and chalk. As a person, he might be rather intimidating. I feel he is very intellectual and knows his material very well.

We would start lecture w/ discussion on the current US economy, have lecture on to-be-tested material and end within an hour though the plus block is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Sometimes, Professor Mosher would cancel class spontaneously.

I would take another class with Professor Mosher

Workload:
One midterm, one non-cumulative final. All essays. Very intense. Old-school.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4527
Submitted: 2008-04-29
Klaus Miczek | PSY123 - Pyschopharmacology | Psychology

Review:
This is one of the best classes I have ever taken at Tufts, without a doubt. Don't get me wrong, it is a difficult class, but it is not a difficult class to do well in. The material is difficult and the readings are advanced, but Dr. Miczek is truly committed to making sure his students do well and understand the material. The class meets twice a week. For the first third of the class, you essentially do background on Brain & Behavior (PSY103, a prerequisite) and general neuropharmacology. At the end of this period, you take a test on the material which you must pass with at least an 80, or else you have to keep taking it. This isn't to harrass the students or stress anyone out, it's to make sure everyone has a strong background in the information necessary for the course and readings. For the second third, the first class of the week is a background lecture on the week's topic and the second class of the week is a group discussion of several articles from scientific journals. The biggest part of this class isn't the pharmacology or psychology aspect, it's that you really learn how to properly read a journal article and dissect it. Dr. Miczek also gives you background into the life of a professional researcher. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone going into the sciences, especially research and academia.

Also, Dr. Miczek always says he wants everyone in his class to get an A, whether or not that corresponds with the university's grade inflation policy.

Workload:
1 Test after the first third of the class that doesn't count towards your grade (but you do have to keep taking it until you get an 80+), 1 Take home final that counts for 70% (the other 30% is participation) of your grade (~20 pages), plus reading at least 1 scientific review and 3 scientific journal articles every week


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 4522
Submitted: 2008-04-28
David Dapice | Economic Development | Economics

Review:
Professor Dapice is wonderful- he has great experience in the field and is always willing to talk to you or help you out if you're concerned or confused about something in class. The class is interesting and just about right for someone looking to gain a foundation in the field of economic development.

Workload:
Workload was not bad at all. 2 in-class exams and 2 papers- again, he is willing to help and he is a fair grader.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4526
Submitted: 2008-04-28
Mary Jane Shultz | Chem 16 - Chemistry of Materials | Chemistry

Review:
The course is more difficult than Chem 1, delving into several subjects from Chem 2. If you took AP Chem or did well in some other respectable high school chemistry or are generally good with sciences, you'll manage this class fine. It really is tailored for engineers and you will learn a lot provided you aren't lazy. Dr. Shultz is extremely knowledgable and picks great TAs.
My one big complaint is that Shultz uses her own textbook, and it is probably the worst text I've ever owned (I'm not one to complain about textbooks). Fortunately, the readings can be skipped.

Workload:
The reading is managable and completely unnecessary if you pay attention in class. The weekly problem sets can be completed in two hours or so. At the end of the year, there's a research paper, but it is not too difficult to write. You go into the research paper really prepared, because the whole semester of topics had been centered around it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mechanical Engineering


Review ID: 4514
Submitted: 2008-04-27
Jane Bernstein | MUS008 - Mozart | Music

Review:
Music 8 was a great class! I'm not a music major and I was never into classical music but I got a lot out of this class. Dr. Bernstein is incredibly knowledgeable and her classes are really fun with all kinds of media supplementation like audio and video clips.

Workload:
There are regular reading and listening assignments but you don't really have to do them as they're not graded. There's also an opera performance field trip that's "mandatory" but isn't part of your grade. The grading is as follows:

Attendance 6% - each missed class after the first 2 is a whole point off so i.e. miss 3 classes=get 5/6. This was probably the biggest hassle since other classes you can just skip but this one you really can't.

4 Projects 23.5% each:
1) Historic/Mozart's Life (essay & presentation)
2) Symphony (listening project)
3) Requiem (listening project)
4) Opera (listening project)

The listening projects which made up the bulk of the grade were take-home and had 40-50 short answer and multiple choice questions. They could take a while so don't leave them to the last night.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 4518
Submitted: 2008-04-27
Oxana Shevel | PS0021 - Introduction to Comparative Politics | Political Science

Review:
I am not a major in this subject, but find this course very useful in conceptualizing politics and would definitely take another course with the same professor. The professor is awesome, very organized, enthusiastic, intelligent, and informative on the subject. The material in every class is engaging and explained in copious and refined detail. Lectures on theory are interrupted by empirical examples, simple and common examples, and room for questions from students, with the professor taking the questions very seriously and explaining them for as long as necessary. The professor is also very available.

Workload:
The course is organized around recitation participation credit, 2 quizzes (with about 12% of extra credit), a paper midterm, and a final. There is a ton of reading assigned, but it's well dispersed throughout the course and both the professor and the TA's take care to go over everything they want you to know on most of the readings. You also don't have to do 100% of the reading, just make sure to capture the key logic and terms presented within specific articles. If you go to class (lectures are very important, as they clearly lay out the information you need to know) and take care to cover the reading, the quizzes are quite easy.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 4507
Submitted: 2008-04-26
Eli Siegel | BIO008- Human Heredity | Biology

Review:
This is an extremely interesting class IF you have a really solid foundation in biology. Having taken just regular biology in high school (not AP bio) won't be enough. Prof. Siegel assumes you have a solid foundation in many bio topics and does not thoroughly explain them. He is good at explaining new, higher level information, but not foundational things. If you took AP bio in high school and just want to get a science credit out of the way, definitely take this class - it will be very easy.

Workload:
3 tests, 3 quizzes. They are relatively straighforward with a few curveball questions. Study thoroughly and you'll be fine.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 4509
Submitted: 2008-04-26
Jeffery Taliaferro | PS061- Intro to International Relations | Political Science

Review:
People told me that Professor Taliaferro would be arrogant and frustrating. He really likes what he thinks, and he isn't the "all opinions are valid" type. But really, in an intro class, it's really good for the professor to shoot down obnoxious people who just want to spew mindless monologues about politics. He knows his stuff, and for IR, that's the best type of person to give students the foundation. I loved the class. I am scared of the guy, and his office hours are an intimidating experience, but it makes students put thought into the class and their questions. He makes you think really hard before saying anything, and that's good, in the end.

Workload:
Lots of reading, a paper, midterm and final. Standard for a hard intro class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 4511
Submitted: 2008-04-26
Paul Wulfsberg | ARB001- Elementary Modern Standard Arabic | Arabic

Review:
I had a really good time with this class. I was interested in taking Arabic in college, and I decided to go for it when I arrived. Yes, his last name is Wulfsberg--not Arab--but it's honestly like taking the language from a native speaker. He's a young professor, and the class seems awkwardly formal at times considering the age similarity between professor and student. It's a tough language, and a tough class, but after a while, it's fun, and "Khalid" Wulfsberg becomes a little more relaxed and informal. The class itself is reall challenging, you know, seeing as there is an entirely new script to learn, but "Khalid" knows his stuff and will help you during office hours. Go to the office hours, really, it will help. If you put the work in, you will realize how good his course is.

Workload:
Lots of grammar drills, etc. Hard tests, with vocab to memorize.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 4492
Submitted: 2008-04-24
Phillip Holcomb | Intro to Pyschology (Psych 001) | Psychology

Review:
The professor was interesting. He's a pretty easy going guy and tried to get people to participate. Explained concepts very well. The only downside is the powerpoints. Very bland and with too much information. He writes a lot on the powerpoints that he doesn't go over b/c its obvious or not necessary. Other than that, good professor! I enjoyed his class.

Workload:
Standard Intro to Psych readings. The book is pretty okay. Some parts were interesting and some parts--well depending on when you're reading it (i.e 2 AM)--just dragged on and on and on! Other than that, no work whatsoever. I reccommend keeping up w/ readings as he likes to throw 1-5 questions from experiments or ancedotes that the book uses but he never mentions in class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 4491
Submitted: 2008-04-23
Jeremy Luallen | EC0011 - Intermediate Microeconomics Theory | Economics

Review:
Dr. Luallen is a great professor. His energetic and enthusiastic teaching really brings a lot to the class. He makes an effort to learn the name of every student in the class and genuinely cares about each student's progress. As a chronic class-skipper, I can say that his class was engaging enough that I skipped class only once. I highly recommend him and his class. I would definitely take another class with him.

Workload:
His problem sets are due the next class after he finishes the chapter in lecture. They're not hard at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 4486
Submitted: 2008-04-22
Rafael Davilo-Franco | SPN0022XE | Spanish

Review:
Rafael is a very sweet man who doesn't know anything about teaching. He lets his students walk all over him and moves very slowly through the material. Thus, he is forced to add "make-up" classes (though he never actually misses a class).

If you are the kind of person who needs to review what you read the next day in class (and trust me, you will, the last assignment is about 40 pages a night in a chapter book until its 200+ pages have been read), then Rafael is not the teacher for you.
He is, however, available for outside help.

Workload:
Spanish 22 is pretty standard across the board. 3 tests, 1 major in class essay, many compositions and quizzes, loooong book...

However, note that I found Rafael's grading style much harsher than my Spn21 teacher's style.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 4487
Submitted: 2008-04-22
David Proctor | History 11- | History

Review:
Phenomenal teacher. Very well prepared, really cares for his students' well-beings, and an all-around great guy. Probably my favourite teacher at tufts so far

Workload:
decent and doable


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 4490
Submitted: 2008-04-22
Caroline Gelmi | ENG0001- Expository Writing, ENG0002- Love & Sexuality | English

Review:
She is really great. I have had her for both English 1 and English 2 Love & Sexuality. She's always enthusiastic, and is always avaliable if you need to see her.

Her feedbacks on essays are really fun also.

Workload:
English 1 was a rather dry, analytical readings, but English 2 Love & Sexuality had a lot of fun readings.

five essays and a debate. revisions possible.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 4481
Submitted: 2008-04-21
Alexander Frumosu | MATH0011 | Mathematics

Review:
Amazing professer who I learned alot from easily and quickly. He sometimes goes a bit quickly in class but it isn't too hard to keep up. He is approachable, friendly and encourages his students to do well. I liked him so much that I actually want to take another math class with him even though I don't need to for my major and even though I don't particularly like math. Definitely take his class if you can

Workload:
Homework everyday. Not too hard and he does confusing problems on the board Like any other math class at TUFTS


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4482
Submitted: 2008-04-21
Dale Peterson | ENG0001 | English

Review:
Great professor!! Very laid back and understanding. Loves discussions and often just sits back and let's students analyse the readings for themselves and come to their own conclusions. Easiest A I've received amongst all my classes here at TUFTS. Objectivity is the name of the game, and the most important aspects in writing are structure, organization an punctuation. Free reign with content though. Be explicit, creative and provocative. He is also one of the coolest people you'll ever meet.

Workload:
As far as I remember around 7 or 8 written papers 3-5 pages each and one research paper of 8 pages based off of one of the previous papers that you've written.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4483
Submitted: 2008-04-21
Dale Peterson | ENG0001 | English

Review:
Great professor!! Very laid back and understanding. Loves discussions and often just sits back and let's students analyse the readings for themselves and come to their own conclusions. Easiest A I've received amongst all my classes here at TUFTS. Objectivity is the name of the game, and the most important aspects in writing are structure, organization an punctuation. Free reign with content though. Be explicit, creative and provocative. He is also one of the coolest people you'll ever meet.

Workload:
As far as I remember around 7 or 8 written papers 3-5 pages each and one research paper of 8 pages based off of one of the previous papers that you've written.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4484
Submitted: 2008-04-21
Ellen Detwiller | FR0003- Intermediate French I | French

Review:
One of the nicest professors you will ever meet. Highly organised (trust me for a language professor that is one of the most important qualities), approachable, and quite funny at times. She explains grammar concepts well but there are so many exceptions and weird alternatives for grammar rules, always ask her questions even over the silliest things. Other than that, I liked her so much I took her again for FR0004.




Workload:
Alot of work. But I think the workload is the same for any french class you take at TUFTS. She also like to send alot of sheets through e-mail so, you should check your g-mail or hotmail accounts every single day. Also invest in a good printer because she send a tonne of materials, which you need to print out, fill in, and take to class on the assigned day. Check over th syllabus carefully too as that is where all the hw is listed ambiguously.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 4485
Submitted: 2008-04-21
Dale Peterson | EC0005- Introduction to Economics | Economics

Review:
Good professor, posts his notes up on blackboard, explains things rather simplistically. The key to succeed in his class though is to snatch up a good TA who you can harass night and day for help with. More than what you learn from the professor in class, it is important what you learn during recitation, so try not to miss those.

Workload:
Problem sets are highly confusing and ambiguous but if you have a good TA, your life is set. Two midterms made up of relatively objective multiple choice questions and one long ambiguous question at the end that you'll need to bull our way through.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4479
Submitted: 2008-04-20
Peggy Cebe | Phy-31 Optics and Wave Motion | Physics

Review:
Cebe is extremely helpful and enthusiastic. The course material is fascinating (but difficult, especially if you haven't dealt with waves before). It is one of the best classes I've taken here. The labs are time consuming but incredibly interesting. Cebe gives great notes and cares about her students. If you come in with extra questions about optics she gets really excited for you. Its great.

Workload:
The assignments were straightforward if you go to class. The labs are a pain but very relevant. The material is generally pretty easy if you know some stuff about waves but but very difficult if you don't go in for


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mechanical Engineering


Review ID: 4477
Submitted: 2008-04-19
Vida Johnson | RUS 80 Russian Film: Art, Politics, and Society | Russian

Review:
Prof. Johnson is a wonderful lecturer and is truly passionate about what she is teaching. She made me appreciate every single film that we watched in class, even if some weren't really my style. There are a bunch of handouts/reading for the course, but you don't really have to read it all for the exam. I would suggest it though, because of the reading Prof. Johnson gives is very interesting and really helps you look at the films in a different way.

Workload:
a midterm, essay and a final exam. Plus film journals that are only a page each. The workload really isn't bad at all, and if you come to all the classes and take part in discussions, the exams are really easy.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 4405
Submitted: 2008-04-17
Marci Hershman | English - 61 - Creative Fiction Writing | English

Review:
She was a very enthusiastic good teacher, she always praised my writing during class and thought I was doing great. I received a B+ despite the fact have always received A's in these types of classes.
Hard grader, and you don't find out til the end, not for the weak of heart.

Workload:
Pretty easy. But there's really no way to improve your grade as far as I know.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 4406
Submitted: 2008-04-17
Lisa Shin | PSY112 - Biology of Psychopathology | Psychology

Review:
Prof. Shin knows her stuff and expects her students to retain a lot of information. But the course is really interesting if you like the biology behind psychology. There is a lot of memorizing parts of the brain and what they do and how they pertain to different pathologies. It is really helpful if you are a psych major.

Workload:
There are usually two or three major assignments all semester but virtually no work outside of the classroom other than that. She also counts class participation for a large chunk of your grade, so that is a booster.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 4391
Submitted: 2008-04-16
David Walt | CHECM 94: Big Bang to Humankind | Chemistry

Review:
The course starts with the Big Bang theory and finishes with topics about humans. Every 4 to 6 week you get a different science lecturer: Astrophysics, Geology, Chemistry Part 1, Chemistry Part 2, Biology, and Anthropology. It's meant to be taught to First years and Sophomores who might not be science majors. Each new lecturer teaches differently and sometimes they can overload you with information. Take it if you are good with memorizing.

Workload:
You have readings every night and will have pop quizzes on the readings or lectures every time you move onto a new lecturer. At the end of each section you have an exam, which can range from 5 to 10 questions. Your grade can take a hard hit because of it. And you have to present a final poster on any issue you'd like to research that might have been mentioned in class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: American Studies


Review ID: 4326
Submitted: 2008-04-09
Aaron Boyden | Intro to Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
Professor Boyden has a brilliant, encyclopedic knowledge of philosophy (among other topics, like classics and psychology).

However, I had some issues with this class. He clearly proved how immense his knowledge is, and how useful he can be in explaining certain things. He also seemed to have a sense of humor. Unfortunately, he barely showed any of his personality for the entire semester.

The first work that comes to mind when describing his class is awkward. This was a tiny class, and the tension and awkwardness is so dense that I sometimes had trouble breathing. He sort of lectures, writing notes on the board. He has a very complex way of speaking (like all Philosophers), which makes it easy to occasionally miss a point simply due to poor communication (speaking in lamens terms a little more would have helped). Going along with this, he expects that you really understood everything in the reading. Given that the reading was written mainly by philosophers hundreds of years ago (with the exception of Nietzsche), it was difficult to always understand everything that was going on. A little recap/summary would have helped. That way, participating wouldn't have felt so daunting.

That leads me to my next point. He stands in the front of the room and lectures in a fairly straightforward, humorless demeanor for an hour and fifteen minutes. He occasionally shows blips of humor, but simply giggles to himself and stifles whatever he was laughing at. He is not very good at initiating discussion, as he pretty much just asks, "Does anyone have any thoughts on this?" With his lack of enthusiasm and given the complexity of the material, people in my class rarely participated (the same 3-4 kids spoke every time).

I'm pretty sure he is new here this year, so perhaps he needs time to adjust. He also mentioned that he came from a school that was different from Tufts (a state school, I believe), so perhaps he hasn't quite adapted to the small-class style that Tufts has. I fell asleep often in the class, depending on how much sleep I got the night before, and there were times when I felt pretty bored.

However, I still think there's hope for him. Anyone around him for two minutes can see that he's brilliant. If he becomes a little more enthusiastic and student-friendly, he might become a great Professor.

All of that aside, I do feel like I genuinely learned a lot in this course- It has made me a better, more analytical thinker.

Workload:
The workload wasn't too bad. Considering this is an English 2 course, he's required to give a lot of writing. You are required to send him weekly responses to the reading via e-mail (not too long- most of mine were half-a-page). Additionally, I believe there are 4-5 short papers, a term paper, and a take-home final exam.

Not a difficult grader. It seems to be easy to get a B, but very tough to get an A.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 4330
Submitted: 2008-04-09
David Denby | PHIL039 - Knowing & Being | Philosophy

Review:
Prof. Denby has a terribly charming and creative sense of humor. Sometimes he explains concepts so clearly that the subject becomes difficult to debate, and occasionally topics were drawn out. He is completely open to other views, so long as they are well defended. The course material is introductory, even if the readings are occasionally not.

Workload:
The readings can be a little abstract and will help students achieve a more solid understanding of the lectures, but are not entirely necessary to perform well in the course. The only assignments were three(3) papers each a maximum of 1500 words long and an optional fourth paper at the end of the semester. A list of topics are offered for each paper, and each paper is quite manageable if you attend the lectures.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Engineering Psychology


Review ID: 4332
Submitted: 2008-04-09
Michael Wiklund | ENP0161 | Engineering Psychology

Review:
Prof. Wiklund is concerned about his student's comprehension of the methods and concepts presented in the course and he continually encourages and is open to class involvement. He demonstrates a quiet enthusiasm, but is always helpful. The course is taught with the aid of members of his companying and covers focus groups, affinity diagramming, usability testing and a bit of visual design.

Workload:
Assignments are generally week long design projects (or multi-week projects with deliverables due at weekly intervals). They can be extremely time-consuming and grading, done by the TA can be a little harsh, especially if you're just starting to learn how to use a particular design tool. Otherwise, a great way to force you to learn a design software like Adobe Fireworks and to develop or start a portfolio.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Engineering Psychology


Review ID: 4333
Submitted: 2008-04-09
Anne Taieb | French 21 | French

Review:
She's the nicest and the most pleasant professor I've had at Tufts. It is very easy to tell that she is a nice person in general. As a teacher she was concerned about the class's progress, and she was very flexible in changing or deciding the dates the assignments would be due when the majority of the class had big exams or tests that week or something like that. She encouraged class participations from everyone by picking different people to answer questions, so you don't really have to stress about the participation grade so much. She's easy to approach to and available to students. I have not sought to see her outside of the class in person, but she frequently and relatively quickly responded to my e-mails whenever I e-mailed her with questions. I really really enjoyed having her as my professor.

Workload:
Not much.. very doable. grammar excercises each night or compositions once in a while...


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 4317
Submitted: 2008-04-08
Mary Boyatt | Elementary Spanish II | Spanish

Review:
Penelope was a warm and friendly professor who was genuinely concerned with her students' progress. Most of the grammar has to be done on your time, but that's the case with most Spanish classes. She'll help you practice in a comfortable environment, which is really valuable, even if you have to put in some of your own time. Definitely worth it if you have a strong enough desire to make yourself learn.

Workload:
Assignments were very reasonable, and she's a reasonable grader.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 4318
Submitted: 2008-04-08
James Ennis | American Society | Sociology

Review:
I got a lot out of American Society, but that was almost entirely because of the readings. Ennis is not great at managing class time and isn't a thrilling lecturer, but he does assign really, really interesting readings if you choose to do them. Like a lot of sociology classes, you have to put in effort to get something out of it, but that's not a bad thing. I'm so glad I took this class, because I had to work at it to make it personally meaningful (and it was).

Workload:
The workload was not unmanageable, but definitely not easy.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 4319
Submitted: 2008-04-08
Fulton Gonzalez | MATH006 | Mathematics

Review:
Gonzalez loved when people asked questions, because he really wanted to help students understand. A friendly guy and definitely available, clear, and direct. I would recommend Math 6 if you're trying to get rid of your math requirement.

Workload:
If you keep up with the daily assignments, the tests aren't too hard. You can always ask questions in class about problems he wasn't planning to go over, so it's not bad.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 4320
Submitted: 2008-04-08
Matthew Gregory | SOC001 - Introduction to Sociology | Sociology

Review:
I really enjoyed Matt's class and his assignments were interesting and unusual. If you actually devote time to thinking about the material on your own, it can be really fulfilling. But if you only go to class, you won't get as much out of it as you could (class pretty much consists of freeform discussion). I would have liked the readings to be more tangibly connected to lecture, but they're both good for different reasons. You basically make this class what you want. Overall, I would definitely recommend it.

Workload:
If you work fairly hard at this, it should be no problem.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 4321
Submitted: 2008-04-08
Raysa Mederos | SPN 003 - Intermediate Spanish I | Spanish

Review:
Raysa cared about her students and was more engaging than any Spanish professor I've had at Tufts. Although she doesn't devote much time to grammar or vocabulary, she creates a comfortable environment in which you actually learn how to TALK, which is so much more important than learning vocabulary or conjugations in a book. Raysa was the first professor who actually made me feel like I could become fluent outside of writing exercises. Take Spanish with her if you can!

Workload:
Not hard at all. She's an extremely easy grader because she just wants you to learn the language in an un-mechanical way. So worth it.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 4322
Submitted: 2008-04-08
Lee Edelman | ENG 81 - Postmodernism and Film | English

Review:
Without a doubt the most articulate person I have ever known. Postmodernism is a hard class to get an A in, but definitely worth it, if only because you get an opportunity analyze fairly popular movies through a completely new lens. Edelman is an amazingly engaging lecturer, although the content can be overwhelming at times. Overall, a fantastic course that I definitely recommend. A bit of a mindfuck, though.

Workload:
The readings were extremely dense, but Edelman's willing to clear up any questions (if you're brave enough to ask). The work, while difficult sometimes, was always genuinely thought-provoking.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 4323
Submitted: 2008-04-08
Kathy Pollakowski | SPN 0032 | American Studies

Review:
Class is boring and far too focused on history as opposed to literature and content. Tests are half history, half 2nd grade-style analysis of text. Sounds like it would be easy, but class is boring and it is impossible to pay attention. My abilities have regressed through this course. She is moderately nice. She takes attendance every day. DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS.

Workload:
Poorly designed course. Questions are in a scatterbrained course packet which must be purchased from gnomon copy in addition to reading textbook. Reading is not excessive, but far too complex for her analyses. Not much homework to hand in except for 2, 6-page compositions. DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Spanish


Review ID: 4314
Submitted: 2008-04-07
Cheryl Tano | SP002-Elementary Spanish II | Spanish

Review:
Great Professor. She knows a lot about languages and not just about Spanish. She actually wants students to learn to speak the language and encourages student to be involved in the classes.

Workload:
Not a lot of work. Just the normal workbook stuff and 4 essays. It is pretty easy to do but make sure you keep up with the workbook because it is hard to complete a day before the exam.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 4298
Submitted: 2008-04-06
Anna Hardman | EC0091 - Economics of Public Policy | Economics

Review:
The worst professor I've ever taken at Tufts. I'm an econ major and her public policy class was terrible. She is unorganized, unprepared and incompetent. And this is coming from somebody who did well in the class. She never returns things on time and is terrible with keeping her own deadlines. She was so bad!

Workload:
Didn't need to do the readings. Midterm, optional final or project.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4299
Submitted: 2008-04-06
David Garman | EC0015 - Econometrics | Economics

Review:
An amazing professor. He has this nervous hiccup that he does every few sentences, but it makes him that much more endearing. A truly great professor who memorizes everybody's name and breaks down the subject into manageable chunks. Love him.

Workload:
Problem set and quiz a week. Couple of midterms and a final. But the problem sets are not extremely time consuming and the quiz is only 2 questions that should each be answered in 1 sentence each.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4275
Submitted: 2008-04-04
David Proctor | HIST011- Europe Since 1815 | History

Review:
Easily one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of meeting here at Tufts. Very easy to talk to about material and will go out of his way to make sure that you feel comfortable with the material he presents and that you feel completely prepared for each exam. He knows exactly what he is talking about for each lecture and welcomes questions. Overall, he is a very very nice man who teaches a very interesting course. I am very happy that I have taken a course with him.

Workload:
The weekly 2-3 page essays can be annoying but they count for around 10 percent of your grade which is an awesome boost. Make sure you either read or take good notes in class, if you do both, you will be extrordinarily prepared although doing both is not required. As much as I love him as a professor, he does take too long getting exams back to you. Make sure you take good lecture notes because he moves very fast.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 4225
Submitted: 2008-03-31
Mingquan Wang | Intensive Chinese 1/2 | Chinese

Review:
Wang Laoshi is amazing! He is always super enthusiasic when teaching and always made the class a lot of fun. He an awesome teacher.

Workload:
The workload is more than a typical course because it is two credits. It is also harder to take this course if you do not already have a background in Chinese. His tests are pretty straightforward and are relatively easy considering the material that is presented.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chinese


Review ID: 4226
Submitted: 2008-03-31
John Straub | Ec 15 Basic Econometrics | Economics

Review:
Class:
As far as economics goes, this is the core class of my major. Econometrics gives you the tool, OLS regression, from which you can pursue research in whatever topic you would like. Very useful both in and outside of academic life.

Professor:
Professor Straub is a pretty agreeable guy but don't make the mistake of getting on his bad side. He is very available to students during office hours and is very concerned with students progress. Makes jokes during class that can be seen as sarcastic but I just found funny. Uses running examples to teach different methods and is very enthusiastic about the material. Overall a great teacher who can teach you a lot if you are willing to pay attention and do the work.

Workload:
This class was pretty straightforward. The syllabus spells out everything you need to do. This includes a statistics quiz in the beginning of the semester, a handful of empirical computer exercises, a midterm, a final, and an empirical paper (which can be done with a group). The midterm and final were very qualitative, lots of describing output from Stata that is displayed for you.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 4164
Submitted: 2008-03-28
Dwight Fee | SOC040 - Media & Society | Sociology

Review:
First of all, let me emphasize that this is a review of Media & Society with Fee, not Sobieraj. I believe he was hired as a replacement during her leave, but in case he's still around DO NOT TAKE A CLASS WITH HIM. He was painfully boring, used 2 overhead projectors side-by-side when we were in a Tisch multimedia classroom, and did not allow enough time for groups to present their projects at the end of the semester (we took an extra class and 2 groups still didn't get to go!). This class could have been really interesting, but instead I absolutely dreaded going.

Workload:
Reading wasn't too bad. There were eleven 2-page reading response papers, a midterm & final, and a group project/presentation/paper. The TA (Amy Moff) graded everything extremely hard.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Community Health


Review ID: 4107
Submitted: 2008-03-24
Tracy Pearce | FR0031 - Readings in French Literature I | French

Review:
Very nice, helpful, interesting class discussion, knowledgeable and understanding/relates well to students. Switched around my schedule to make room for her class, completely worth it. Definitely the best French prof and one of the best profs overall that I have had at Tufts!

Workload:
Pretty standard for a mid-level lit class, four books/plays at a reasonable pace and some shorter readings (poetry, philosophy, fables) as well. A few papers with plenty of advance notice and chance for rewrites. Very fair grader and welcomes students to office hours for discussion.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: French


Review ID: 3993
Submitted: 2008-03-14
Yi, Hyunmin | Biotechnology process project laboratory (review request) | Chemical and Biological Engineering

Review:
Would like a review of this course. How is the professor? How was the workload? How much do you learn at the lab? Etc.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3994
Submitted: 2008-03-14
Yi, Hyunmin | Biotechnology process project laboratory (review request) | Chemical and Biological Engineering

Review:
Would like a review of this course. How is the professor? How was the workload? How much do you learn at the lab? Etc.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3995
Submitted: 2008-03-14
Yi, Hyunmin | Biotechnology process project laboratory (review request) | Chemical and Biological Engineering

Review:
Would like a review of this course. How is the professor? How was the workload? How much do you learn at the lab? Etc.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3990
Submitted: 2008-03-13
Wanda Lankenner MacDonald | English 1 | English

Review:
She was dedicated to get her students to write better. She did a great job helping me write well and she did it very effectively.

Workload:
There was very minimal reading, but the reading was difficult. There was a good amount of writing, but the assignments were no longer than 1000 words. Just essays, no tests. Participation counts towards grade.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3992
Submitted: 2008-03-13
Sergiy Kryatov | Chemistry 1 | Chemistry

Review:
He does very well preparing you for tests. He prints out lecture slides for you and does a lot of problems out in class. He's very knowledgeable about the class material. Practice tests really help you prepare for the tests.

Workload:
Online problem sets really help your grade and understanding. Paper problem sets, too. Homework is moderate for a science class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3971
Submitted: 2008-03-04
Blaine Pfeifer | CHBE-10: Thermodynamics and Process Calculations I | American Studies

Review:
I cannot believe how could this guy get PhD degree in standford university. He have no idea at all to the biotechnology. Very stupid professor. I cannot believe he is being a professor in Tufts.

Workload:
He himself have no idea to the homwork. Terrible class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemical and Biological Engineering


Review ID: 3966
Submitted: 2008-02-28
Roni Khardon | COMP80 - Programming Languages | Computer Science

Review:
Prof. Khardon is very dry. He also lacks the empathy many other professors in the department have--I, a CS major holding a 3.8 in the major--found myself feeling stupid any time I asked a question. I have never had an experience like that in a class at Tufts.

Net result--people don't raise their hands (at least in my class) and people slowly stop coming to class. Comp 80 is required for the major, so there aren't really any options, but know going in that it can be quite unpleasent

Workload:
A fair amount of reading, some relatively hard assignemnts--nothing compared to comp 15 (at least comp 15 with Professor Couch, I know it changes every year.)

NOTE: Prof. have a bit leeway with CS 80--if you take it with another professor, workload may be dramatically different.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Comparative Religion


Review ID: 3959
Submitted: 2008-02-25
Alex Frumosu | MATH013 | Mathematics

Review:
Professor Frumosu is the best math professor at Tufts. If you are debating whether or not to take the 8:30 on Fridays do it, it's well worth understanding fairly challenging material.

Workload:
Problem sets can be lengthy, but not too much work overall if you are used to normal college math workload.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mechanical Engineering


Review ID: 3955
Submitted: 2008-02-24
David Garman | EC 015 - Basic Econometrics | Economics

Review:
Professor Garman has great concern for the students, explains the material clearly and very accessible outside of class as well

Workload:
Workload is somewhat heavy but helps you learn the material better.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3930
Submitted: 2008-02-05
Eli Siegel | Genetics | Biology

Review:
I am an old grad student. Let me just chime in that Dr. Siegel has one of the finest, driest senses of humor you will ever find, and I miss it - and I was NOT a genetics major.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 3926
Submitted: 2008-02-04
Lee Edelman | ENG081- Postmodernism & Film | English

Review:
Professor is incredibly intelligent and enthusiastic. The material is varied and really engaging. This was the best class I've ever taken at Tufts.

Workload:
Readings are short but difficult. Assignments are well-related to the course material; they're challenging, but you'll want to do well.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 3922
Submitted: 2008-02-01
Jeremy Halpern | ELS 107 | Entrepreneurial Leadership

Review:
I really enjoyed Prof. Halpern and ELS 107. He told us at the beginning that it would be a lot of work - and it was - but I found the class great and worth my time. Prof. Halpern taught me a lot about leadership, about entrepreneurship and about business and law. It's a shame we don't have a businsess school or major but this class comes close. He was also a really nice person. He was willing to talk on the phone or meet with my group almost any day of the week and offered to buy lunch to boot! He seems like he cares alot, even though he doesn't always do a great job of handing back homework.

Anyway - a definite must take at Tufts (even if you are not an ELS Minor)

Workload:
Lots and Lots. But all of the major work is exciting and there is almost no work that doesn't seem like it has a point. The class does take up lots of outside time - so be prepared!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3913
Submitted: 2008-01-30
Lecia Rosenthal | ENG0039-Death and Literature in the 20th Century | English

Review:
Lecia is a really unique person. She's incredibly smart, but I found that during class she would often discuss the books and readings in a way that only people on a certain, strange level can understand (and by that I mean English majors). She's hard to get a hold of via e-mail, but she's always willing to meet if you grab her after class or head to her office hours. The class itself wasn't very interesting to me; you'd read a book for the week, listen to her talk about it for an hour each class, then for the last 15 minutes students who think they know everything share their opinions.

Workload:
Work varied from week to week, but for the most part you have a book to read. You don't really have to do it though, as she'll just talk about without really asking the class much. There are 2 papers which aren't too hard. There is also a final that is pointless and goes over all the random articles from the reader.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 3914
Submitted: 2008-01-30
Steven Manos | EXP0114-INVESTING IN STOCKS | Experimental College

Review:
Horrible class. You're guaranteed to learn nothing useful, but you probably will get to catch up on your sleep. The class expects you to know about and inherently understand the stock market, which no one was. The teaching, which could be exciting and fun, was bland and boring, leaving me dreading a class I thought would be enjoyable.

Workload:
Three take home tests, including a final. They take an incredibly long time, although part of that reason is because you have to go back and teach yourself everything that he didn't. Which was everything.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 3911
Submitted: 2008-01-29
Drusilla Brown | International Trade | Economics

Review:
Truly the worst professor i have ever had at tufts. As a senior econ major ive been taught by most of the department and i must warn you to steer clear of drusilla. she does not care about students, is very difficult to get a hold of, doesn't answer emails or open her door even though you can clearly tell she is sitting in her office.

Workload:
homework basically consisted of copying the example she did in class. theres no textbook and she teaches nearly entirely by example problems so exams were unclear and difficult.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3907
Submitted: 2008-01-27
Julia Genster | english | American Studies

Review:
she did really good ( :

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3905
Submitted: 2008-01-26
William Mosher | EC 0150 - Financial Economics | Economics

Review:
Mosher is one of the easiest professors at Tufts. Ec 150 had no problem sets, was primarily based upon current events in the financial markets. Mosher is good for skipping 3-4 classes a semester, is cool overall, and really makes you understand the forces that impact financial markets.

Workload:
No problem sets, one midterm, one final, and one 10-15 page paper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3898
Submitted: 2008-01-25
David Denby | PS0043-Justice, Equality and Liberty | Philosophy

Review:
This professor was really funny and engaging in class. Pretty accessible outside of class and really helped guide me through my first semester at Tufts with useful advice for class writing assignments.
Amazing TA, Anthony DiClaudio, who met with us before and after papers were due to discuss the assignments. Also extremely interested in the student's progress.

Workload:
3 papers of 1500 words and an optional final paper that only counted if it helped your average


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 3901
Submitted: 2008-01-25
Dora Older | Spanish 0003-Intermediate Spanish I | Spanish

Review:
This professor was a hard grader and pushed us hard. Exams were very difficult and she moved fairly quickly. She had mood swings depending on the day. Exams were pretty difficult and it was absolutely necessary to go to class prepared.

Workload:
There was a lot of work for this class, though pretty consistent with the Spanish Department.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 3902
Submitted: 2008-01-25
Siddiq Abdullah | Ec0005-Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
I got nothing out of going to class. Half-way through the semester I just read the textbook instead of going. You have to learn the material on your own and not count on getting help from the professor or the TA's.

Workload:
The reading was really interesting but the exams were pretty tough. No problem sets. Quizzes during every Recitation.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Political Science


Review ID: 3903
Submitted: 2008-01-25
Matthew Gregory | Soc 001 - Intro to Sociology | Sociology

Review:
Entered the class with an open mind. Dissapointed greatly. Lectures get boring. Recitations were awesome. Alternate views were welcomed. Probably wouldn't take another sociology class.

Workload:
Expected to read textbook chapter per class. Maybe 30 pages of text. After the first test, textbook was never needed again. Final Project of 21 pages of writing. Not fun


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3895
Submitted: 2008-01-21
James Glaser | Intro to American Politics | American Studies

Review:
Bad TA's, nice, but bad. Poor graders. Glaser is pompous, to the point that his self-deficacy is surely an attempt to loft his image.

Workload:
very doable.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3896
Submitted: 2008-01-21
Peggy Hutaff | Archeological Studies Tel Dor Israel | American Studies

Review:
I think her infectious laugh is what I remember most of the person I know on a life transforming experience.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3891
Submitted: 2008-01-19
Eli Siegel | BIO-041 General Genetics | Biology

Review:
Avoid this class like the plague. Professor Siegel is so dry and their is no connection between his lectures. His organization is horrible and while he seems to have themes to his lectures (based on the syllabus) there isn't any. He presents inane details that have no baring, and while he suggests problems to do, he does not explain how to complete them, instead he merely presents the answers.

Workload:
Lots of reading and work if you complete all the suggested practice problems. Don't waste your time on going to class, study the textbook. And be prepared not to get through all the material.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 3892
Submitted: 2008-01-19
Jennifer DiCorcia | PSY-031 Psych Stats | Psychology

Review:
Great class because if you attend class you should get it. Lab helps for carrying out the material. Her humor is just silly and strange and she sometimes talks too fast, but it all comes together in the end and she makes the patterns really obvious and gives equation sheets on exams so she makes it very easy for students to succeed.

Workload:
No book needed. Practice problems are extra credit (do them! it can be the easy difference of a letter grade) and she takes away a students lowest quiz grade. Lab never ran over, in fact until the end of the semester, most students had not stayed the full 2 1/2 hours. Good course, come out with a lot of knowledge.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 3893
Submitted: 2008-01-19
jayanthi mistry | CD-062 Childhood Across Cultures | Child Development

Review:
Prof. Mistry seemed like she was constantly trying to reorganized the class, which made it feel like she did not know what she was doing. The readings were incredibly interesting and in class group work sometimes helped with understanding of these issues. The final paper (on childhood in a country of choice) was really interesting if you got into it, but it was not well organized in terms of what the professor required throughout the semester. A clearer indication of the paper and the requirements would make it easier to absorb class readings in terms of the work. Lectures were mostly pointless and only sometimes helped clarify the material.

Workload:
Some days there was lots of reading, but it was interesting. In class assigments meant you had to attend class. Outside small group meetings were kinda pointless and presented information that could easily have been presented to the whole class. The final paper, Mistry tried to give everyone a leave to cover any topic of interesting, but it made understanding the expectations for the paper very difficult.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 3885
Submitted: 2008-01-17
David Proctor | HIST010 - Europe to 1815 | History

Review:
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Knows everything about his subject and more, and loves it. Loves to share what he knows, but is interested in the students' analyses as well. He is very available outside of class and makes sure that everyone has the opportunity to ask him questions, especially before the exams.
Plus, he is a super snappy dresser.

Workload:
Short (2-3 pages) essays every week that help with the understanding of the material. Long exams, but very straightforward. He really makes sure that you know exactly what is going to be on them and come prepared.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 3886
Submitted: 2008-01-17
Pam Haltom | SPN001 Elementary Spanish | Spanish

Review:
Haltom is great. She speaks Spanish in the class and then repeats it in English, which really helps with comprehension. She often brings outside information/artifacts/books to supplement learning. She invited anyone in the class whose flight was cancelled to come to her house for Thanksgiving.

Workload:
Everything is straightforward. Some workbook work, some quizzes, a few tests, and some spanish compositions.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 3883
Submitted: 2008-01-16
Nancy Bauer | Phil 91- Philosophy & Film | Philosophy

Review:
Fairly interesting and enthusiastic, but the readings and the films are not well connected. She spends too much time talking about the biographies of philsophers, etc., instead of how the material all links together. We did watch a good variety of films, and the choice of texts is interesting.

Workload:
1-2 readings per week plus a film. It's really not hard. 3 papers which were pretty straightforward.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3881
Submitted: 2008-01-15
Jay Shimshack | EC030 - Environmental Economics | Economics

Review:
Excellent professor, he explains everything in depth and answers any questions. He encourages class involvement and is helpful in office hours. The lectures were always engaging and occasionally supplemented by funny anecdotes. I will definitely be taking another class with Shimshack.

Workload:
Material was interesting for me as it is directly relevant to my major. Overall, readings are VERY manageable and with few exceptions were interesting. Shimshack goes over the main points in class anyway, making it easy to do well on the short problem sets and the straightforward tests.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3879
Submitted: 2008-01-14
Jack Derby | ELS105 - Entrepreneurial Leadership | Entrepreneurial Leadership

Review:
ELS Marketing use to be known as one of the best classes of ELS Minor until Professor Derby began teaching. Now the class is just completely boring and filled with unhelpful and unnecessary lectures that go on and on with absolutely no point. I along with my other class mates learned absolutely nothing new about Marketing this semester. It is true that some people may have just not listened to Professor Derby since on average 25% class wouldn't be there, 25% would be playing on their computer, and the other 50% was sleeping. It appears to be a joke of a class but Professor Derby is very difficult to track down for grades and when he does, they seem to make no sense at all. The worst part is the fact that you need ELS Marketing as part of your ELS minor. My advice is to stay away from Professor Derby and only hope ELS department does the right thing and remove him from the ELS department before you need to take this class.

Workload:
The Workload includes reading a book (which you never go over), case studies (which you do as a team and present), and final presentation based on a company that is 50% of your grade. Most of the time you feel as though you should be paid for the work you are doing since it appears that you are doing everything that Professor Derby's Private Consulting firm has been paid to do. Overall the project is a lot of work with unatainable expectations.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3869
Submitted: 2008-01-11
Zbigniew Nitecki | Math 46 | Mathematics

Review:
Class is pretty much self-explanatory. Ziggy presents the material in a very clear manner. He also takes sufficient time at the beginning of class to address any homework/lesson related questions. However, he sometimes made it very evident that he thought the students' questions were stupid... probably not the best attitude for an instructor to have.

Workload:
Math 46 is probably the easiest math class you'll take in college. Pretty standard nightly assignments. Go to class, do the homework, take old exams from SIS and compare answers with a friend, and do Ziggy's review problems. You'll do splendldly.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 3872
Submitted: 2008-01-11
Keith Maddox | PSY13 Social Psychology | Psychology

Review:
Pretty standard intro social psych class. Topics are very applicable to your everyday life, regardless of what your major is. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Lectures are interesting but for me, attending class was not essential to do well in class. But I encourage you to go to them, Professor Maddox is really nice and is very fun. He also is genuinely interested in getting to know every one of his students, even if the class consisted of about 60-70 of them.

Workload:
Easy A class. Two papers (3-5 pages each) and three exams (each covering 3-4 chapters), no final (!). Class attendance isn't necessary, he posts lectures online.

He will give you the subsections in the book that will/will not be covered in the exam, so just memorize the crap out of those sections and the lecture slides a few days beforehand.

The short answer questions (about 2 on each exams) usually come from charts (usually comparing two concepts) in the book or in the lectures.

If you have mastered the art of cramming and regurgitating, you'll ace this class, no problem.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3866
Submitted: 2008-01-10
Benjamin Hescott | COMP0011 - Introduction to Computer Science | Computer Science

Review:
Professor Hescott is one of the best teachers I have ever had. I always look forward to his lectures, they are so clear and funny. For example, he wrote out a script, like a play, to teach us about pointers. It was hilarious and I can't believe a teacher (let alone a college professor) would take the time to find an interesting, engaging way to teach what might otherwise have been not only boring, but confusing.

Of all his strengths, I think the greatest is how much he cares about his students. He is always friendly and willing to help. I've emailed him countless times and most of the time he responds back within 2 hours. He's just amazing. I highly recommend taking any course with him, you won't regret it!

Workload:
4-6 programming projects over the semester, usually around 200 lines of code, and you get around a week to do each one. Not bad if you don't procrastinate.

There's also a one-hour lab every week but Hescott and his TAs are always there to help and encourage you to ask questions if you're having trouble.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 3855
Submitted: 2008-01-03
Sam Sommers | Psych32 - Experimental Psychology | Psychology

Review:
Prof Sommers was amazing!!! he was so enthusiastic about a topic which would have otherwise been painfully boring. always available whenever you needed him and extremely helpful if you approached him before or after class. class isnt mandatory but he knows everyones name so its in your best interest to go to class.

Workload:
reading was managable, two exams, four papers (three real ones basically). the papers are graded hard so make sure you put a lot of effort into them. go to his office hours to meet so you get everything right.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 3856
Submitted: 2008-01-03
Kathleen Camara | CD61 - Personal and Social Development of the Young Child | Child Development

Review:
professor says shes interested in peoples progress but doesnt really care except for her few favourite students. she is enthusiastic about the course but doesnt always tolerate others opinions all that much. she was rarely to never available by email, phone, or even in her office hours. i would never take another class with this professor unless required to.

Workload:
not bad. reading 4 or 5 chapters per exam (there were two) and two papers which were very easy. need to go to recitations for full credit and she takes attendance every day.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 3851
Submitted: 2008-01-01
Gary Leupp | History 47 | History

Review:
"I signed up for Leupp's class to learn more about the history of Japan prior to the Meiji Restoration. I did NOT sign up to hear the weekly political screeds on contemporary politics."

The person writing that was not in Prof. Leupp's class. The official evaluations filed for the class were 70% excellent, 30% very good.

This posting in an example of the abuse of anonymity that TuftsReviews.com allows. It's unavoidable but unfortunate that anyone at all can, including people who maliciously want to attack professors for their out of classroom politics, can plant such misinformation online.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3843
Submitted: 2007-12-31
Fulton Gonzalez | MATH135 | Mathematics

Review:
This course starts out a little slow as some elementary topics are introduced but it gets a lot better after the first exam. I must say that the text ("elementary classical analysis" by Marsden and Hoffman) is absolutely terrible. The proofs are left until the end of the chapter which I find confusing and annoying. Also the proofs are extremely hard to follow and the examples arent helpful. Luckily Prof Gonzalez is there to save the day. He turns the gibberish of the textbook into meaningful mathematics. He knows the topics inside and out and has the best accent in all of Tufts.

Course turns out well,, as I felt I really understood the material at the end of the semester.

Workload:
Weekly problem sets, two midterms and a final. The HW can be challenging so there are optional sessions run by the profs to help out. Exams are easier as prof Gonzalez says they are a measure of how much you know, not how smart you are.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 3844
Submitted: 2007-12-31
David Etlin | PHIL0001 | Philosophy

Review:
We read a variety of philosophers from all time periods. Most of the readings are fairly interesting but some are truly terrible. There are four topics per paper so you can usually find one that corresponds to a reading you like.

Etlin is a pretty funny guy. Id definately suggest going to his office hours for help on your papers, Its really a huge help.

Workload:
13 one page assignments of which you must do eight. these are useless and all you do is try to copy the reading onto one typed page

3 six page essays. These are easy to write since about half your essay is just an exposition of the philosopher. Grading is lenient, a bad paper will probably get you a B.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 3845
Submitted: 2007-12-31
Ed Kutsoati | EC0018 Quant Macro | Economics

Review:
First of all do not buy the textbook. No readings were ever assigned and you get everything you need out of the notes. (BTW the notes and text do not coincide) Anyway, I feel that most of the class was spent going tediously slowly through math that wasnt too difficult. Ed makes a big deal about the diificulty of the math, but its just a bunch of partials and algebra. There is very little concept based learning, so I feel that everying I learned in this course could be condensed into about half the semester.

Workload:
Only 3 problem sets so make sure you do well on them. They are not too difficult. Two midterms and an exam. Ed tells you exactly what will be on each exam so you should do well on them. Unfortunately they are out of 30 points so each mistake is costly. Prepare well and take your time and you should do well.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 3846
Submitted: 2007-12-31
Sabir Umarov | MATH161 Probability | Mathematics

Review:
Wierd course. Prof Hahn managed this course, so prof Umarov had to use lecture notes that he did not prepare. This made it hard to follow especially since they were in slide form. The entire class absolutely hated this arrangement, so hopefully there will be a change.

The material was really interesting and the text had some great examples in it. Also Prof Umarov is very willing to explain things in detail. (although he does not always succeed in his attempts)

Workload:
Eight HW assignments of which one was dropped. There are usually 2-3 problems on each assignment which are very hard, but you have about 3 classes per assignment. Also optional problem sessions help a lot.

five 30 minute quizzes, two of which are dropped. The first is very easy and the rest of moderate difficulty.

Midterm- Somewhat difficult. class average in the mid 80's not including a slight curve

Exam- very challenging. Some tough problems especially with time constraint. There was however a HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE curve on the exam.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Mathematics


Review ID: 3847
Submitted: 2007-12-31
Neil Miller | ENG0007 - ICreative Writing: Journalism | English

Review:
I really liked Prof. Miller. The class was relaxed, just a few students around a table discussing our articles and journalism techniques. He doesn't give the best feedback... mostly grammatical things, but you'll learn a lot just by doing the writing every week or so. Prof. Miller is awkward in a funny kind of way.

Workload:
I'm really not that great of a writer, but Prof. Miller knew I was pretty enthusiastic, so I did pretty well in the class. Basically the workload was a 3-4 page article every week (less often at the end of the semester) and one final long article. Not too bad


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Engineering - Introductory


Review ID: 3848
Submitted: 2007-12-31
Anne de Laire Mulgrew | SPN003 - Intermediate Spanish 1 | Spanish

Review:
After reading reviews of Prof. Mulgrew, I thought she was going to be awful (and I was dreading the end of my spanish requirement too). The class really wasn't that bad. Class was kind of boring and her spanish games (ie. tic-tac-toe, etc) were lame, but she was understanding and didn't put anyone on the spot.

Workload:
There was a little test book reading and some assignments for every class, but be prepared when she assigns extra assignments in addition to the syllabus! Grading was really fair, if not a little easy, actually.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Engineering Psychology


Review ID: 3849
Submitted: 2007-12-31
Caroline Cao | ENP061 - Introduction to Human Factors | Engineering Psychology

Review:
Boring Powerpoint lectures for every class. Despite her reputation, she was prepared for class and if I wasn't struggling to scribble down every note in the slides (she doesn't post the Powerpoint slides online!), I would have gotten a lot out of her lectures (assuming I could pay attention). Group projects were unorganized though, it seems like she never read the instructions for them.

Overall, class wasn't as bad as everyone told me it was going to be, but a more exciting/interesting professor could have really made the class great. Perhaps if Prof. Cao wasn't managing the entire department/teaching multiple classes/doing research at the same time...

Workload:
Don't do the reading for class, the book is AWFUL. Skim it before exams, maybe. Otherwise, there are two group projects (with not enough time to finish them comfortably), a few problem sets, and two exams. Overall, workload wasn't too bad. Exams were straightforward, although group projects were graded harshly!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Engineering Psychology


Review ID: 3837
Submitted: 2007-12-30
Sam Sommers | PSY 32 Experimental Psychology | Psychology

Review:
Professor Sommers is an excellent professor. His lectures are very straightforward and very well organized. He is a very enthusiastic lecturer and answers every question posed respectfully and thoroughly.

I would absolutely take another course with Professor Sommers.

Workload:
The chapter readings were rather substantive though I honestly did not complete all of it. Often times I felt the lecture notes were enough.

The exams were 2/3 multiple choice and 1/3 short answer. The MC was not easy but not hard. Another important part of the class are the four papers you learn to write in PSY 32. The grades of these papers are very dependent on the nature of the TA which is dependent on which day you have lab. Martin was my TA and he was very strict and critical. Thus, I received a B in this class but I learned how to write good research papers.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 3839
Submitted: 2007-12-30
Ayana Thomas | PSY 28 Cognitive Psychology | Psychology

Review:
Professor Thomas just transferred to Tufts Fall 2007. I felt her lectures were not very organized and could have been designed so that they could have been easier to digest. This may have been my own fault as I did not complete the readings before lecture which Thomas had instructed her class to do.

Professor Thomas is very nice and always willing to help out. I would prefer not to take another class with the professor

Workload:
The amount of reading may have been either average or a little more than average. However, if you are not interested, the material may feel very dry and difficult to read.

The exams were hard. Part multiple choice and part short answer. The multiple choice is difficult because it will test very specific parts of the material.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 3840
Submitted: 2007-12-30
Jonathan Strong | ENG 0009 - Creating Writing: Intermediate | English

Review:
Professor Strong is simply a great person. I like him very much. The way in which he teaches his creative writing classes is very laid back. He is always available during office hours.

This is the second creative writing class I've taken with Strong. I would absolutely take another with him.

Workload:
There are no required readings and no end of the semester cumulative portfolios. You simply write a total of 30 pages of fiction split into two pages the first time, then seven pages every two/three weeks.

This is not much at all.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 3841
Submitted: 2007-12-30
Robert Guertin | PHY001 - Intro Physics W/ Lab | Physics

Review:
Guertin is perhaps the worst professor I've had at Tufts so far. His powerpoint slides are irrelevant, and he enjoys tripping students up by giving practice exams that have no similarity to the actual tests (which are also nothing like the impossible problem sets). He also refused to post written out solutions to the practice problems for the tests (he would only give out the solutions, not how he got them), was frequently wrong in these solutions, and cruelly decided to take all of the practice problems he had given for other tests offline a few weeks before the final. He also hates helping people - one of my friends in class swears that he "ran away and hid" when she asked to speak to him. Overall, I found his class imcomprehensible and his lectures useless. However, a word of caution. I'm pre-med (and so is the rest of this class), so everyone is obsessed with maintaining their grades. As a result, watch out for high test averages and not too much of a curve, etc despite the failings of the professor.

Workload:
The problem sets are insane (about 20 problems a week, many of them the hardest level available), the tests are mystifying, confusing weekly quizzes, and the professor is not helpful.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 3830
Submitted: 2007-12-26
Paul Joseph | SOC120 - Sociology of War and Peace | Sociology

Review:
This class was a disappointment. While the readings assigned were thought provoking and interesting, in-class discussions digressed into subjective battles back and forth between students and Professor Joseph. The professor bases each class on a chicken-scratch handout he passes out each class that outline poorly thought-out frameworks that supposedly explain the different theories he is meant to be covering. Really, Professor Joseph's 'theories' don't appear to be any better thought out than most of the students in the class. I came into this class hoping to participate in thought-provoking discussions and maybe clarify some of my perceptions about different sociological aspects of war and peace, i.e. the military in society, genocides, rehabilitiation. The best thing I got out of this class were the assigned readings.

Workload:
Professor Joseph assigns a good deal of reading for each class, around say four articles per class, twice a week. You will also complete a number of interesting books throughout the semester (excluding Professor Joseph's own book, which he also assigns as required reading). Your grade is based on two mid-term and two final papers, each six pages in length. If you do take this class, keep in mind Professor Joseph's desire for breadth rather than depth in the papers you write. In the same vein of those loosely organized research papers you wrote in middle school, the Professor would prefer you list off a number of points without much analyzation rather than focusing on the most important few and carefully analyzing and examining them. If you haven't gotten it already, I'm not a fan and would not recommend this class.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3831
Submitted: 2007-12-26
David Denby | PHIL43 - Justice, Equality, and Liberty | Philosophy

Review:
This class starts with a lot of promise- an analyzation of different theories about the extent of power governments should be allowed to obtain. However, much of the class is spent going over the basic of Hobbes and Locke, and only much later in the class do you really start to get into more relevant philosophers. Another issue I had with the class was the lack of real-world examples. Confirming my worst fears about taking a philosophy class, much of our in-class and recitation time was spent debating the most irrelevant, impossible situations and how theories would treat them. More than anything I was disappointed by this lack of real applications of the theories to situations policy-makers and government officials might encounter.

Workload:
There is a good deal of reading assigned each week, but none of it is necessary in the least for understanding the class, participating in the recitation, or even writing the papers. There are supposed to be four papers for the class, but we ran out of time and the fourth became optional to boost your grade. The key to success on the papers, sadly, is to type simply type up the Professor's class notes. Not a lot of room for critical thinking. One could probably take the risk and do a more interesting topic, but I would expect them to pay the price grade-wise for doing so.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3832
Submitted: 2007-12-26
Rana Abdul-Aziz | ARB001- Elementary Modern Standard Arabic | Arabic

Review:
If you are going to take Arabic, do yourself a favor and take it with Rana and no one else. She is very, very passionate about teaching the subject and as a native speaker of both English and Arabic, has a flawless command of both languages. The curriculum itself is extremely challenging and moves at a quick pace, however, as long as you stay on top of your work and make sure you stay prepared for each class, you will succeed with ease. If you have difficulty with the class, Rana made it clear to the class that she was always available to help outside of class and always offered extra office hours before tests. Rana gave me an excellent impression of the Arabic department, and, in sha allah, my professor next semester will be just as good.

Workload:
The arabic curriculum is definitely challenging, but also certainly should be manageable for most students. The first half of the semester is spent learning the alphabet, some vocab, and some basic grammar. After that, the class picks up in pace and you begin the main book (al-kitaab) and do the usual language class practice of learning vocab and a few grammar structures in each unit. If you are even moderately competent at language learning, you will have no problem spending about an hour a day reviewing the last class and preparing for the next. I got an A on every single test investing about that much time into it. You will learn a ton.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3825
Submitted: 2007-12-25
Margaret McMillan | EC0036 - Economic Development | Economics

Review:
Professor McMillan is very nice and entertaining in class. That being said, however, she is too smart to be teaching an undergraduate class and it often seems that she was thinking too much about complicated exceptions to rules she was trying to explain, which hindered her from explaining them in a clear way. It seems that she does recognize this, though, since she gives notes that she herself types out for the class before each class. She is an amazing writer and if you just read all of her notes and go in to ask her when you are not clear on something you will do fine in the class. She is very helpful and available outside of class. The class is also really interesting, but be prepared for sometimes sitting and waiting while McMillan figures out what she is trying to say!

Workload:
Not much outside work - 4 problem sets, but none took too much time. Just read the notes before the tests and study some and you'll be ok. She is not one of those teachers that is looking to trick you on tests, she will test you on the main concepts covered in class and on problem sets.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3826
Submitted: 2007-12-25
Jeremy Halpern | ELS107 - Entrepreneurial Leadership | Entrepreneurial Leadership

Review:
This class has the MOST work of any class I have ever taken - and I haven't taken all easy classes. It's not so much that the work is hard as the fact that Halpern seems to think that you have nothing else to do with your time except spend time doing group projects and other things for his class. He is a very interesting guy, though, and if you are interested in business, he has a lot to teach and also has a lot of connections. If you are not interested in business but are taking this for the leadership aspect, you will learn some valuable skills, but be prepared to have to pick them out for yourself through the business-stuff of the class, as it is predominantly - no - almost completely focused on leadership in the business world. It still gives a valuable insight into that world, though.

Workload:
Insane, as said above. Be prepared to spend A LOT of time out of class working with other people, on your own, everything, and possibly without much feedback or direction from the professor.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3827
Submitted: 2007-12-25
Robert Stolow | Chem 0051: Organic Chemistry | Chemistry

Review:
Since most people are only taking this class because they have to, anyway, here's what you need to know about Prof. Stolow: Read. . .no. . .SCRUTINIZE the book. The course under Stolow is taken directly from the book, and IF you are familiar with the text, nothing should surprise you come test time. This is a big "if", however, as the chapters are extensive and he seemed to like to cull test material from the miscellanea in each chapter. This came as a shock, since the practice tests he provided focused solely on the crux of each chapter.

His lectures in this class and the lab component are a total waste of time.

Stolow rescheduled one test 2 days before it was to be administered in one case. The average was so low on this same test that the curve was approximately 30 points, and a bunch of people still failed. This came after a first test on which the average was an A-, so most of the class was pretty shellshocked.

Read the book. Then read it again. Read it again when studying for the test. Be prepared to get no credit for a question on an exam if one step of your mechanism is wrong. In many cases, this can be the difference of an entire letter grade.

Grades can take 3 weeks to come back after each exam.

Another important key to the class is the ability to take blows and keep going. You may get a terrible grade on each test, but with the curve you will maybe end up in ok shape.

In sum, forget Stolow as a reliable source of any relevant information, even when it comes to his own tests. The book is full of good stuff - the large quantity of material I learned this semester came solely from the book. If you want to have any shot at passing this class, you MUST do the problem sets. It is the only way you learn.



Workload:
3 exams, 1 final. The first exam was absurdly easy, the second was literally the worst test I have ever seen in my academic career.

There were 2 or 3 quizzes and 2 or 3 homework problems we handed in. I have no idea how I did on any of these, as grades were not returned and they were never to be seen again.

You need to do the homework assignments, which are only checked for completion when handed in at the start of each exam. There are literally 200-300 problems handed in, and I purposely skipped 3 of them once out of laziness - the TAs caught me.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: OTHER


Review ID: 3822
Submitted: 2007-12-24
Don Weingust | DR-0093 Acting Shakespeare | Drama

Review:
Don was very intelligble and clear with his presentations. His facillitation of scene study was extemely helpful in teaching the students to give constructuive critism and developing talent.

Workload:
a scene, a monolouge and a cue script performance (which is one of the most intense exercises in acting i've ever exprinced)


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Drama


Review ID: 3824
Submitted: 2007-12-24
Leah Abraham | BME 175 | Biomedical Engineering

Review:
I have had taken some horrible courses in my life, but this one, by far, beats them all. I am sure if this class were taught by someone other than her, the course would actually have been much more useful. How they let Leah Abraham "teach" is beyond me. I leanred absolutely nothing in her class. Each class was very long (we frequently left at 10pm) and no one had a clue as to what we were doing. Luckily she did not make us submit lab reports (except 1, until the very end). The grading is very unfair.
Leah Abraham should not be allowed to teach at Tufts. She is not an educator. Yet, she is allowed to teach a course every semester.
TUFTS - LET HER GO!!!

Workload:
Paper every 2 weeks. Must reference every sentence. Takes off points for no reason. Can give you one grade, then changer her mind, cross it out, and give you another... Sad case!


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3821
Submitted: 2007-12-23
Hosea Hirata | JPN 62-Modern Japanese Literature | Japanese

Review:
Don't let the low rating here discourage you from taking a course with Professor Hirata. He is an excellent lecturer and a brilliant academic. For JPN 62, weekly response papers and a final project (a 10-page paper or a creative project accompanied by a 5-page paper) are required. If you put effort into writing your responses, Professor Hirata will take time to read and comment on them; sometimes, he would give me two typed pages of comments on a response. He teaches you how to think about Japanese literature, and in doing so, he changes how you think about literature on the whole.

Workload:
The reading assignments were often huge (if you do the "suggested reading"), but nothing was unnecessary.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3812
Submitted: 2007-12-22
Henry (Sunghyun) Kim | EC016901-Quantitative International Finance | Economics

Review:
Professor Henry Kim, like Ed Kutsoati, should be spending his time doing research, not teaching. Not all great minds are meant to teach. First of all, it seems like Tufts can make some of its students take the TOEFL, but what happened to faculty? If you take this course, make sure you hire a translator. I, for one, couldn't understand 50% of the "worlds" (no pun intended) that came out of Kim's mouth and English is neither my nor my parents first language. So he makes these nice handouts, which are helpful for the most part. He wasn't that enthusiastic about the course, he spent time talking about Yale and how he was jealous of investment bankers.

Workload:
We had 2 exams, 3 homework assignments, and a paper. The first exam was fair and everyone tends to do well. The second exam was a joke, all math and proof based. The average score was 21/30 with a std.dev of 4. I don't know how the paper worked out because I never got mine with comments.

Anyway, seriously Kim is just an example of tufts outsourcing to foreign nations. Just like tech support in India.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3813
Submitted: 2007-12-22
Chip Gidney | CD 155 - Development of Language | Child Development

Review:
Chip is great! He is so enthusiastic about the course and is an engaging and encouraging professor. He made linguistics so interesting. One of the best classes I've taken at Tufts!

Workload:
A lot of reading, it's impossible to do it all, but you're ok if you just do the big most important readings. There was a midterm with a take-home essay and a final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 3815
Submitted: 2007-12-22
Kathleen Camara | CD 61 - Personal and Social Development of the Young Child | Child Development

Review:
This was a poorly organized course, and I didn't feel that I learned much more beyond what I had covered in CD 1 and Psych 1. We got very off track from the syllabus and ended up having to rush through the material for the last exam. I was disappointed with this course.

Workload:
Readings for every class, one 6-page paper, two midterms, and a final 8 -12 page paper.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 3816
Submitted: 2007-12-22
Elena Paolini | Italian 3 | Italian

Review:
Professor was really nice, especially about and turning in work a little late and rescheduling missed exams due to illness. Very enthusiastic and helpful!

Workload:
Assignments for each class, 5 tests, 4 compositions, a short oral presentation and a final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 3817
Submitted: 2007-12-22
David Etlin | Philosophy 01 - Into to Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
This was a great way to fill my English 2 requirement! There was a lot of reading a writing, but I felt like I was actually learning something interesting while doing it.

Workload:
Short readings for each class, 3 papers and no final. Very manageable.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 3818
Submitted: 2007-12-22
John McCann | Music 3 - Musicianship I | Music

Review:
This class was a good intro to music theory for someone who has never studied it before.

Workload:
Short assignments for each class, 5 tests, a big project that you design yourself, and a final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Child Development


Review ID: 3819
Submitted: 2007-12-22
Alex Frumosu | Math 13 - Calculus 3 | Mathematics

Review:
I thought this class was much harder that math 12! But Professor Frumosu was so understanding and helpful I would not have passed the class without his extra help. He is a great math teacher and really explained the concepts well and did a really good job of preparing us for the exams. He is really concerned about his students and making sure that everyone is keeping up.

Workload:
Same as math 11 and math 12 - nightly homework problems, 3 exams, and a final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3810
Submitted: 2007-12-21
Leah Abraham | BME 175 - Tissue Engineering (yeah, right) | Biomedical Engineering

Review:
Both graduates and undergrads beware of this course. By far the worst course I've taken at Tufts. Grading Scale is from the bizarro world, quite misleading from the beginning. You will get a lower grade than what your raw score is. I.E an A- is a 92, a B is below a 92. Considering that a B is horrible in grad school, this professor shows no hint of compassion for her students. Not even a warning at the beginning. It's not a hard class, it's not an easy class. Harvard inflates their grades. What does this Tufts professor do? Descales the grades. Nothing was learned, the paper grades were random, and the useless lectures were recycled from the very start.

What a waste of money. Tufts, you can do better than her.

Workload:
See above


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3807
Submitted: 2007-12-18
Edward Kutsoati | EC01050 - Math For Economists | Economics

Review:
So first things first. Some people were meant to play in the World Cup, others were meant to play Division 3 soccer, and still others were meant to ride the pine pony. To relate this metaphor to math for economists is rather simple: Ed Kutsoati wasn't meant to play soccer whatsoever, nor was he meant to coach it. That doesn't mean that he's a bad guy at all. Just maybe teaching is not for him and instead of teaching a class that he obviously isn't that passionate for, he should continue his research on microfinance in Ghana.

The class was interesting and not too difficult. The only problem is that half the time the homework assignments and solutions had errors, which meant when it came to crunch time you weren't sure whether your answers were right because you got the same answer as everyone else, yet they still didn't match up with his solution guide.

If you're confident in your math skills and don't want to go to class, this class is for you. Otherwise, wait and see who teaches it next semester.

Workload:
The workload was fair, 3 problems sets. There was nothing on the exam that we were not taught in class. Unfortunately, he scales his exams out of 30 points. Obviously the implications of a small error become greater.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3805
Submitted: 2007-12-17
Lecia Rosenthal | ENG0039 - Death and Literature in the 20th Century | English

Review:
Professor Rosenthal is brilliantly intelligent--she speaks as if she is reading from a novel and her knowledge of literature is astounding. Although she can be a bit intimidating, don't hesitate to speak up in class--she very much appreciates student comments and often lets those comments (if they are made) shape the discussion. The reading for this class is phenomenal, but be prepared for some fairly dense stuff and an analytical approach that incorporates a large amount of literary criticism. Many times I left this class with my mind totally blown from what Professor Rosenthal had to say about the readings; taking a class with her will change (improve) the way you analyze and think critically.

Workload:
One response paper per week of about 300 words, two essays, and an in-class final. Very manageable workload as long as you keep up with the reading, which is usually around a novel a week at most. The response papers are basically a completion grade, but the papers are returned with VERY detailed comments and suggestions for further improvement.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: English


Review ID: 3801
Submitted: 2007-12-16
Dan Richards | EC 150 - Financial Economics | Economics

Review:
Dan Richards was a great professor when I took a class with him two years ago. This semester, he was downright awful. Whether he's getting old, getting lazy or whatever it is, he's teaching is low quality these days. I learned very little in this class and I was unhappy with how the course was laid out. Avoid taking this course with him, you will learn much more in better taught versions of the same course.

Workload:
2 midterms (the first in-class, the second take home) and a take-home final. The in-class exam was fair, the take-homes were difficult and a lot of the stuff on the tests he purposely does not teach you and you have to find out on your own. Bizarre testing, little learning. You really need to go to class, but just to figure out what parts of the book you need to read.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3802
Submitted: 2007-12-16
Jay Shimshack | EC 30 - Environmental Economics | Economics

Review:
Jay is a challenging, interesting and caring professor. You can't really ask for anything more from a professor. He is passionate about the material and keeps it interesting. He gives you the basics and then helps you begin to apply them. I recommend any course with Shimshack.

Workload:
The workload is quite manageable, especially if you've taken EC 11 or 17. There are readings about once a week and optional readings if you don't understand something. There are 5 problem sets that don't take too long. 1 midterm and a final, both very fair. 2 policy briefs that are not too difficult, but really difficult to do well on because Shimshack expects a little too much on them.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Economics


Review ID: 3794
Submitted: 2007-12-15
Alex Frumosu | Math 11/ Math 12 | Mathematics

Review:
Prof Frumosu is an amazing teacher and he cares a lot for his students. Unlike some professors, his lectures are put together very well and you can actually follow them and not be bored. Any class with him is a joy.

Workload:
Same for any math course


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Computer Science


Review ID: 3795
Submitted: 2007-12-15
Robert Stolow | Organic Chemistry 51 | Chemistry

Review:
Organic Chemistry is not supposed to be the worlds most enjoyable experience, but this class surpassed even that standard. The majority of the class did not follow lectures at all, as they were 50% of the time projections of the textbook, 25% of the time projections of handout outs that were put online at random times, 25% of the time random reactions written on the board. There was no structure or organization to the material presented (which is extensive) and the professor constantly told the class to refer to the textbook (which defeats the purpose of lecture - there was even a speech about how under appreciated the textbook is). Let me be frank, the textbook is wonderful in conveying everything you need to know reaction/mechanism wise (and won't learn in lecture) - but it cannot provide the problems you are expected to solve.

Concerning those problems, the last two exams and the final provided material that was much more difficult than both the old practice exams and textbook problems (there had to be a massive curve on the second exam due to this). Solutions to old exams were put up randomly to random problems. Problem sets also did not receive answers, making it impossible at times to tell if you solved something correctly (we were told not to use the solutions manual). The last two exams focused greatly on retro-synthetic analysis and mechanisms (that required transition structures drawn - also haphazardly covered in class), yet class lecture time was not devoted to solving these types of problems (nor were example problems outside of the practice exams provided). There are many other issues to deal with, a few highlights: exams ran over the time limit (and you often needed that time), one exam was rescheduled several days before the exam (making many people have two exams in a row), review sessions almost never finished actually reviewing practice exams.

It's probably possible to go on and on with this, but the main points here are simple (if you need to take the class with this professor: (1) Read the textbook religiously and know every mechanism in it (unless you are told NOT to know it - expect it to show up randomly at some point on an exam; like one mechanism did on the final!) (2) Solve the problem sets, try to solve all of the practice exams, go to TA office hours and ask the professor for help in solving questions, (3) Memorize every reaction and know how to apply them (i.e. when you can't use a certain type of reaction).

Workload:
Large amount of reading that required learning almost all of the reactions and mechanisms (many, many reactions that you need to know cold). Long problems sets for each chapter (12 in total, answers not provided. Problem sets were just checked at exams to see that you did them. Random quizzes and problems that are handed in, but not returned (~4/5 total). Three exams and a final - last two exams and final required much more work than first exam (see review). Be prepared for exams to go over allocated time or to be cut short - time is often not enough unless you can recite the material immediately AND solve problems with it - i.e. Know every reaction.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Undecided


Review ID: 3796
Submitted: 2007-12-15
mary glaser | math 12 | Mathematics

Review:
Mary Glaser is an incredible teacher. She's so enthusiastic and is able to get through way too much material clearly and thoroughly. She is very concerned with student progress and extremely helpful if you're having trouble. If you have the opportunity to take a math course with her, I strongly recommend you do so.

Workload:
same as all math 12 classes


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3798
Submitted: 2007-12-15
Gary Leupp | History 47 Japan to 1868 | History

Review:
Gary Leupp is a fine professor. He is a bit dry at time, but very straight forward and systematic. His lectures can drag on, but they're bearable and if you go and see him during office hours, he is helpful. He is clearly enthusiastic about the subject and knows a lot about it.

Workload:
The workload is completely manageable. You can either do the readings or go to class. The midterm is very straightforward, just memorizing facts and reciting class notes. There is one research paper (15 pages) at the end of class, along with a take home final. Nothing too bad. He's very clear in his expectations and does not throw any curveballs.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3799
Submitted: 2007-12-15
ed Kusoati | ec018 quantitative macroeconomics | Economics

Review:
Kusoati is an incredibly nice man, but not a very good professor. His lectures are unbearable boring and not very helpful to understanding the material. The book is completely useless - don't even buy it. If you go see him during office hours he will talk you through problems on a problem set, but other than that he doesn't explain much. I strongly recommend you avoid him for ec18

Workload:
There are several problemsets, two midterms, and a final. The problemsets are a little overwhelming because he doesn't explain things very well and there are almost always typos in the problems or solutions. I feel as though the only thing i learned in this class was how to recopy his notes onto exams. I didn't take away anything significant or lasting.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3790
Submitted: 2007-12-14
Leah Abraham | BME0175 | Biomedical Engineering

Review:
Leah Abraham IS the worst professor I have ever had. I have taken BME 175 with her. Now, know this - I actually did pretty well in her class, so I am not complaining about my grade. What upsets me the most is that I did not learn anything. I paid almost $4000 for the course and learned absolutely nothing.
Lab was chaotic to say the least. We never left on time. 10:30pm is the rule of thumb.
Her grading is very subjective. If she likes you, you'll do fine. She takes off points right and left for no reason.
Leah Abraham should not be allowed near Tufts. There are far better educators out there - both as professors and as people.

Workload:
Whole bunch of senseless homework sets and papers. You can spend 5 minutes on a paper and get a better grade then someone who spent 2 days.

AVOID HER CLASS.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3791
Submitted: 2007-12-14
Robert Stolow | CHEM0051 - Organic Chemistry I | Chemistry

Review:
Going into this class, I knew it wasn't going to be fun, but that's something of an understatement. Stolow made this course downright intolerable. Lectures were dull and completely useless. Half the time he simply projected a page from the textbook onto the screen and read it. I learned at least 99% of the material on my own from reading the book. I have to say the book was excellent, because it basically got me through the course on it's own.

Most people who need to take organic chemistry will not have a choice as to who their professor will be, but just be prepared. If you have Stolow, it will be a long semester. Don't get me wrong. Stolow is very knowledgable about organic chemistry and I think very enthusiastic about the material, but his method of teaching was just not one that inspired enthusiasm in me, or most of the class I believe.

One last thing. The TA's in this class were great. They helped me a lot too.

Workload:
There was a lot of reading. The reading was absolutely essential to doing well in the course. Weekly problem sets that took hours and hours, and needed to be handed it at each exam, but were not really graded, just checked. Three midterm exams and a final. Also two random quizzes that we were informed about one day before they were given, and a few random problems that had to be handed it, but were never returned.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 3793
Submitted: 2007-12-14
Harry Bernheim | BIO0075 - Comparative Vertebrate Physiology | Biology

Review:
I think Bernheim's style of teaching is legendary around here. He really is a great professor's, but his lectures really tested patience and perserverance. He talked unbelievably fast, making it almost difficult to write down as much detail as he expects on exams. He also sometimes went off on random tangents that were difficult to follow. He taught using transparencies and an old school projector. He would post of ton of slides on Blackboard, that we had to print out and bring to class, and generally used about half of them in lecture.

The course itself was very interesting, and Bernheim definitely knows his stuff. The exams consisted of 10-11 short answer questions, and were for the most part pretty straightfoward with some hypothetical situation questions thrown in.

One important piece of advice, if you should decide to take this course... go to the review sessions! That's all I will say.

Workload:
Reading was actually somewhat less than other biology courses, but not very exciting. I actually only read the book in order to clarify the lecture material. The lecture material is the focus of the exams, so don't miss a class. Two midterm exams, and non-cumulative final (basically a third midterm).


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 3787
Submitted: 2007-12-13
Klaus Miczek | PSY103 Brain and Behavior | Psychology

Review:
This class was extremely infuriating. The power points make little to no sense. Information is given out of order. Random terms are included on the power points, but he speaks too fast to let you actually write down what he means by anything. I feel like the only way to do well on his tests is to just memorize his notes and spit them back out, even though they don't mean anything. I don't feel like I learned nearly as much as I could have.

Workload:
He expected people to memorize insane amounts of stuff. It would be fine if he presented the information in a logical way so we could understand what he was trying to tell us, but that's not the case.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 3788
Submitted: 2007-12-13
colin orians | BIO0051A | Biology

Review:
This was one of the more frustrating courses I have taken at Tufts. The material is interesting, and it is great to learn in a lab setting, but the way the course was organized was ridiculous. The 5 professors leading the course did not communicate with each other at all about expectations, and every project and lab report expected something different. It is very difficult to learn this way. I would recommend not taking this course to fulfill a lab requirement.

Workload:
Much more work than other lab courses.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 3789
Submitted: 2007-12-13
Joseph Auner | Music 25-20th Century Concert Music | Music

Review:
Prof. Auner is probably the best lecturer I've ever had. He could talk for hours and it would never not be enlightening and entertaining

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3784
Submitted: 2007-12-12
Angie Koban | PSY0026 Animal Learning and Cognition | Psychology

Review:
One of the worst teachers I have ever had at Tufts. Although she does seem enthusiastic about the topic, besides that and her good looks she has nothing going for her. She did not seem concerned with student's progress in the class. All her lectures involved powerpoint presentations where she would merely reiterate the information in the book. The sad (and frustrating) part was the book managed to explain the concepts in a more succinct and understandable way. Even the examples she used in class were taken from the text. She did not seem to know what she was talking about.

I would strongly urge anybody who is thinking about taking this class to not take the class with her, it is no ways worth it. While at times she can be funny, this is more often than not at a student's expense.


Workload:
The workload was manageable but not worth taking the class for.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 3779
Submitted: 2007-12-11
Stephen Bailey | ANTH0126 | Anthropology

Review:
This class was one of the best classes I've taken during my 3.5 years here at Tufts and I highly highly recommend it to everyone. The professor is very knowledgeable and his lectures were always informative - I always learned something new and interesting each class. I wish I'd discovered this course earlier!

Workload:
Two in-class hour exams, one film analysis, one term paper. There is a good amount of reading, typical of a course at Tufts; however, they're all very interesting


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3781
Submitted: 2007-12-11
Michael Reed | BIO007 - Environmental Biology | Biology

Review:
Professor Reed's lectures were interesting and he covered a lot of informative environmental topics that we should all be aware of. He is concerned with students' progress and tried to engage the class by asking questions.

Workload:
There are no textbooks in this class and no readings/assignments. There are 12 "breakouts" which you have to attend class for and you can miss 2. His lecture outlines are on Blackboard; however, he covers a lot more material during class, so going to class is highly recommended if you want to do well on his exams. Three exams, no final exam.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3782
Submitted: 2007-12-11
Mary Glaser | MATH009 | Mathematics

Review:
Professor Glaser is the best math instructor I have ever had and one of the best professors I've taken a course with at Tufts. I loved going to her class although math is far from my favorite subject. She is engaging, has a great sense of humor, and very much concerned with her students' progress. She learns all her students' names and is very enthusiastic about the material being taught. She is easy to reach outside of class and holds extra office hours if the students need them. The course could have been very boring had it not been for her - I very highly recommend her!

Workload:
Very little workload; homework and three exams, no final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3776
Submitted: 2007-12-10
Brian Jordan | ENGLISH 0002 | English

Review:
He was a really good teacher. It was nice how he went over all the essays with you. I highly recommend him!

Workload:
About an essay every week. Usually about 3 pages. It's doable, especially since he is flexible with timing.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Chemistry


Review ID: 3773
Submitted: 2007-12-09
Leah Abraham | BME 175 Tissue Engineering | Biomedical Engineering

Review:
AVOID this course if Leah Abraham is the professor. She is the WORST professor of all time. Very disorganized class and there is no learning whatsoever. You can go to wikipedia and learn more than being in this class.

Of course, the fact that you don't learn much in this class doesn't mean it is a stress free class.

The professor doesn't know if the reagents are there and makes the TA do all of the work at the last minute. She makes simple mistakes in the lab. For example, she'll give you the wrong molarity to the point that when you supersaturate a solution now resembling snow, you wonder how she got into MIT.

GRADING IS VERY SUBJECTIVE. She doesn't have a criteria. She grades mostly during lab time and rushes through her grading. If you tell her you went to MIT you'll do well in class.

This 6-9 or sometimes 6-10:30 pm course is a huge waste of time.

Workload:
Very little and useless. You can spend 5 minutes on an assignment and get a better grade than someone who wrote a better answer. Questions are very ambiguous.

Lab time are stressful. You don't know what you are doing and she'll never go into detail as to how to perform techniques (the reason why anyone takes lab courses!)


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biomedical Engineering


Review ID: 3771
Submitted: 2007-12-08
Richard Eichenberg | public opinion and foreign policy | Political Science

Review:
Professor Eichenberg is able to carefully toe the line between presenting an academically challenging course while grading in a way where anyone can do well if they put in enough effort. I have taken three courses with him, and I loved all of them but I thought this one was the best. It's great when you leave a class feeling that it actually changed your perceptions, which is what this one did for me. The readings are a lot to keep up with, but if you learn to read in an intelligent way to isolate the major points, you can do well. One thing I think is great about Eichenberg is that his classes require both mastering the material and some degree of originality, because he usually assigns a paper along with a midterm and a final. You have to be willing to put in the work, but an A is definitely possible, and really rewarding. He also does a great job of making the lecture material interesting, and going to lecture will really help you pick up on what the exams will focus on.

Workload:
The readings are labor intensive but don't take that long if you figure out the method. Almost all the findings are summed up in the into and conclusion.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3769
Submitted: 2007-12-07
Benjamin Hescott | COMP 11 | Computer Science

Review:
This guy is great! He is incredibly nice, will speak to you about anything at all possible times, and is incredibly passionate not only about his subject but about TEACHING his subject. This is the class to take for anyone interested in computer science.

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Computer Science


Review ID: 3770
Submitted: 2007-12-07
Wayne Chudyk | ES0056 - Probabliity and Stats | Engineering Science

Review:
W. Chudyk is the worst professor I have ever had. He talks with random pauses in the middle of his sentences so that no matter how hard you try to pay attention, you can't. He also teaches will little enthusiasm or concern for his students progress. I got nearly nothing from this course, and neither did my peers.

He inherited this probability & statistics class from LC Brown, and he does not know how to teach this subject. When students asked him questions he rarely gave a straight answer because of his incompetence with the material. A good teacher does the homework problems before assigning it. Evidence showed that he did not do this.

The tests were hardly representative of the material. They usually consisted of one or two topics from the notebook provided at the beginning of the course, and some random thing from the text that we did not study.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

Workload:
N/A


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Review ID: 3766
Submitted: 2007-12-05
anne marie desmorais | Public Health | Civil Engineering

Review:
You should take this class if you don't want to learn anything ten minutes on Wikipedia can't tell you.

I have come to expect a certain quality of teaching at Tufts. Not all the professors here have done groundbreaking research or are famous in their field, but most of them are pretty good teachers, and are able to put together a decent syllabus. Not Desmorais.

I think that the fact that Desmorais worked in municipal public health for many years is why she has the job, but honestly, all it means that most of her teaching is completely allegorical, and is in many respects not really teaching. I appreciate that in many cases having a teacher who has worked in the field is a huge asset as they have real life experience, but as I mentioned, if you take this class you're not going to find anything you couldn't learn from a basic google search. I don't mind that there is absolutely zero actual science involved, but I would assume it would involve some kind of semi-sophisticated social or political discussion. I think I've learned more about her cats than anything else.

Honestly, Desmorais doesn't belong at Tufts. She's an old lady who seems to have lost whatever ability she had to describe something without launching into a quasi-related ramble which is generally boring and doesn't actually prove any point. I also took her environment and technology class which was similarly but not quite as useless. She rambles endlessly in class, you can literally see everyone zoning out, and having three hours of that twice a week was awful, I think a part of my brain probably died. She provides readings that are painfully straightforward, really just CDC fact sheets for various diseases, and the entire class is incredibly unstructured and lacking in coherency. The worst part is, I made a habit of skimming the wikipedia's because I couldn't pay attention to her during class, and she's teaching really interesting material but in an embarassingly boring way.

If you want to be taught on an 8th grade level, Desmorais is your girl. If you want nonsensical stories about cats and about the crazy time e-coli was detected in some town's water supply for a day and nothing happened, run, don't walk, to sis and register. Otherwise, you'll be wasting your time.

Workload:
pretty mild until the very end. her tests are a joke but she assigns some homework. there's a presentation AND a final AND a research paper at the end of the semester. oh, and apparently 15 page research papers should be done in 1.5 space. news to me.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Environmental Studies


Review ID: 3753
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Gary McKissick | CH187- Aging Populations | Community Health

Review:
This is a policy class. Your class will be small because no one wants to sign up to go to a weekly discussion of the details of medicare. Not difficult, but seriously boring.

Workload:
Lots of reading, a few short papers, a final 25 page paper substitutes for a final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3755
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Marla Williams | SP4- Intermediate Spanish | Spanish

Review:
Williams is ok..she hardly ever speaks spanish in class, and doesn't correct other students when they're reading outloud and make horrible mistakes. Tests are made by the department, but she grades them as she sees fit. A really laid back class, minimal workload.

Workload:
A few tests, short essays (with rewrites on every one), a final, a presentation with a partner. Not difficult.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3756
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Daniel Richards | EC5- Principles of Economics | Economics

Review:
This is the first econ class I've ever taken, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Richards is amusing in class, and tries to make the material more interesting than it is. He goes over every concept multiple times. There are TA's but recitations are POINTLESS. No one goes and you're not graded on attending them.

Workload:
Five problem sets, two midterms (the second one, I might add, was significantly harder than the first), and a final.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3757
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Richard Eichenberg | PS61- Intro to IR | International Relations

Review:
Professor Eichenberg is fantastic. He's energetic, loves his subject, and tries to engage everyone in the class. He tries to learn all of his students' names, and is approachable and entertaining. The material is interesting, though there is a lot of reading, and is enjoyable. I would highly recommend this class.

Workload:
A midtem, 7 page paper, and final. No tricks...study and you'll be fine.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3758
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Jeffrey McConnell | PHIL0001- Intro to Philosophy | Philosophy

Review:
The fact that I had to go to this class twice a week was pretty depressing. This class is based on the discussion of the most basic aspects of philosophy, and most of the time class participation is minimal, so it turns out to be 16 students staring at McConnnell while he draws strange figures on the board. An easy class for sure. He doesn't take attendance, and you can walk out in the middle of it and he doesn't stop his teaching. Also it counts for English 2 credit, so it may be worth taking advantage of that.

Workload:
A few short (5 page) papers, some one page responses as well. Very easy.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: International Relations


Review ID: 3759
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Patrick Carter | FAM 0026 | Studio Art - Medford Campus

Review:
While Patrick could be a bit disorganized at times, he was very caring and understanding. This class was more about growing on your own than from the advice of others; while he might occasionally ask for student opinions on work or offer advice during class, he mostly allowed students to work out their own problems, which, in the case of drawing, is probably a good thing. Class consisted of working from objects and nude models; if you feel like being creative, this may not be the course for you. While you could be creative with the materials used, you are expected to work from life in a very realistic manner, drawing exactly what you see.

Workload:
The workload was almost entirely in-class. While he asked that everyone keep a sketchbook outside of class, this wasn't checked. But since the class meets for 3 hours twice a week, this time was definitely adequate for artistic improvement.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 3760
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Raysa Mederos | SPN0003 - Intermediate Spanish I | Spanish

Review:
Se?ora Mederos was a wonderful, enthusiastic professor who really cared about her students and the topic. She was good at explaining the material if anyone was confused. The only problems were the class were due to the syllabus, which she didn't follow that strictly -- she was totally willing to put things off if a lot of members of the class didn't feel prepared or if we hadn't covered adequate material in class. The class was small, so she got to know everyone's name. I'd definitely take another class with her; I'm actually sad that I probably won't be able to because I don't think I'm continuing with Spanish.

Workload:
The workload was light but adequate for actually learning. Assignments consisted of 3 tests (easy if you studied from the book and actually did all of the workbook activities instead of copying them from the online answer key), a final, 3 compositions (one of which was in class, all of which were about 450 words), 5 short diary entries (150 words or so each), a small group presentation, and a final group skit. The workload was definitely manageable.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 3761
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Haline Schendan | PSY0001 - Introduction to Psychology | Psychology

Review:
Of the three professors who taught this course, Schendan was my least favorite. Her material was almost all straight out of the book, except for demonstrations that seemed pretty pointless. She used powerpoints in class, which were helpful for taking notes but didn't offer anything incredible. I often found myself bored during her portion of the course. The bright side is that she teaches the first section, and Nathanson and Urry, who taught the other two thirds of the course, were both very interesting.

Workload:
The course itself consists of three midterm exams, each related to one professor's section of the course, as well as a final, which is optional and can be used to replace one of the midterm grades if you didn't do well. Schendan assigned a lot of reading compared to Nathanson and Urry, and you sort of had to do it all to do well on the exam. It wasn't all that important to attend her lectures because they were all straight from the book.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 3763
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Sinaia Nathanson | PSY0001 - Introduction to Psychology | Psychology

Review:
Professor Nathanson was both witty and interesting. Her lectures were accompanied by powerpoints, and she always made sure that it was clear what we should actually take note of. Her accent was cute and didn't interfere at all with her teaching. I'd definitely take a class with her in the future, she was enthusiastic, caring, and an overall awesome professor.

Workload:
The class itself consisted of three exams and an optional final that could be substituted for any of the three previous exams. The reading load varied between the three professors who taught the course (Urry, Schendan and Nathanson) but Nathanson's was definitely manageable, relevant, and intriguing.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 3764
Submitted: 2007-12-03
Heather Urry | PSY0001 - Introduction to Psychology | Psychology

Review:
Urry was a clear, concise professor who explained the concepts from the reading well. The only odd part of her portion of this course was the fact that she showed a ton of youtube videos, which were funny and definitely a welcome diversion from lecture sometimes, but also didn't really add that much to the class in terms of what was learned. Regardless, I liked Urry a lot. I'd take a class with her in the future.

Workload:
The class itself consisted of three exams and an optional final that could be substituted for any of the three previous exams. The reading load varied between the three professors who taught the course (Urry, Schendan and Nathanson). Urry's was probably the smallest of the three, but it was definitely relevant and she covered almost all of it in the lectures.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Sociology


Review ID: 3750
Submitted: 2007-12-01
Robert Guertin | PHY 001 -Physics 01 | Physics

Review:
I can honestly say that Professor Guertin is one of the worst professors I have had at Tufts. He enjoys giving problem sets that involve a large amount of "three-dotters" (the hardest problems in the physics book), mumbles and stumbles all over the classroom, gives practice problems that he is not willing to post solved solutions for because he is, quote, "too busy" (he gives an answer key which is frequently wrong), makes frequent mistakes while lecturing, and is overall a terrible, terrible professor. He is also incredibly rude to students - many of my classmates have complained that he is not willing to sit down and talk with them and will actually run awau. I do not recommend this class - stay far away and take Physics 11 instead.

Workload:
weekly psets, 3 tests, a final
tests were very strange and hard to prepare for


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Biology


Review ID: 3751
Submitted: 2007-12-01
Virginia Anderson | Intro to drama | Drama

Review:
She has the potential of being a great professor, unfortunaly she is emotionally unstable.

Workload:
This course is a breeze.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Drama


Review ID: 3745
Submitted: 2007-11-29
Adam Hoyt | Principles of hotness | Anthropology

Review:
H-O-T HOT

Workload:
N/A


professor rating: | course rating: | major: N/A


Review ID: 3748
Submitted: 2007-11-29
W. George Scarlett | cd157/cr157 - theories of spiritual development | Child Development

Review:
This was a terrible professor. he really likes to hear himself talk and often talks about studies and data without clarifying which studies done by who (a student asked him which studies and he had trouble recalling). he thinks it's better to be religious than not religious so skeptics beware! he shouldn't be allowed to teach his opinion especially without sound evidence to back him up.

Workload:
10 page papers with no clear structure. assigns excerpts of other writers as well as his own writings which is painful if you disagree with him.


professor rating: | course rating: | major: Psychology


Review ID: 3742
Submitted: 2007-11-22
Matthew Gregory | Soc0001 - Intro to Sociology | Sociology

Review:
Do yourself a favor and DO NOT take this class. Gregory's pompous tone gets very annoying to listen to when you shortly realize that everything he has to say is ridiculously obvious. For example, we spent an entire class discussing the family and why they influence us... really just mind-numbingly obvious topics. It's not just the course material, class is taught as if we are fourth graders but the essays require actual sociological thought that we're supposed to pick up on our own, I guess.

Workload:
Three huge papers and a multiple choice test, the last paper is 21 pages. Readings for each class that you'll stop d