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Keith Shimko
Professor in the Political Science department
at Purdue University - West Lafayette, West Lafayette, IN
are you Keith Shimko?
Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
4.8
Easiness
3.8
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10/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Pol 130 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Inspirational" "Get ready to read" "Pop quiz master"

He's not very friendly, although great sense of humor and explains very well. Surprise quizzes that count as extra credit so make sure you read the lecture notes before going to class. Knows his material well.

09/18/2013
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Passionate lecturer, knows his stuff, three easy exam each takes 33.3% of the total grade. No attendance, no quiz. Cons: he doesn't like private conversation with students

04/24/2013
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I wasn't really into the material of this class but Prof.Shimko is really awesome at giving lectures. Passionate and interesting. three tests each with 33.3%, no attendance, no quizes.

01/02/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Excellent proffessor. Very clear. Very interesting. Lots of energy. Id recommend for anybody.

12/16/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Excellent lecturer! Presented International Politics in a way that made me want to go to class, even though it wasn't mandatory. My interest was peaked whilst taking the course but IP is not my thing. Definitely check him out though, great prof!

12/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great Lecturer. One of the few teachers that could make me pay attention during the whole class. Exams are easy and he only tests you on relevant topic. Uses easy languague and makes class very interesting.

10/05/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Pol130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very funny and interesting

09/26/2011
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great lecturer. Class is pretty much from the book. Easy quizzes on assigned reading by contemporary author. However, I went to talk to him during his office hours. Absolutely rude and disinterested. I found him to be enjoyable in the classroom, but absolutely impersonal otherwise. Easy A, if you work for it on your own.

04/15/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL237 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I had so much fun in 237(and an A). Go to his lecture, listen to what he says. That'll get you an A. Although exams are usually essay, no worries. Just write what he focused during class

09/01/2010
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL237 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Usually interesting lectures, and the material is fascinating (at least to me), so it'd be hard to screw it up. His powerpoints are kind of bland (black text, white background), but he is a good enough speaker to make up for it. Readings in 130 were almost identical to lecture content. 237 was probably my favorite class ever. Write well, get As.

04/30/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
poli237 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

shimko is a pretty well organized and easy to follow in lectures. He is quite competant overall. However, beware his tests/essays. The essay part isnt that bad if you study beforehand, but i consider the fill in blanks hard - some simple questions you didnt think needed studying for and get wrong thus getting only an average grade. Good overall :)

12/09/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL237 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you go to class, you will learn everything you need. Great Professor.

11/01/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Clear and precies

10/29/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL237 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Excellent prof. One of the best POL has to offer. 237 is rather interesting, and pretty easy if you pay the least bit attention in lecture and take notes. Exams are essays, but not too in depth. Highly Recommended.

01/10/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL 130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very enjoyable lectures: easy to follow and interesting! Pretty harsh on grading papers, but the tests are fairly easy.

12/17/2005
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL 130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

completely unhelpful and doesn't respond to communcation other than tracking him down in his office. if you go to lecture you damn well better not fail cause he lays out everything for you. take if you want to take inernational law cause it's a pre-req.

10/28/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
pol 130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

exceptional clear , makes class very intersting , teachs relevant matter with clear and simple language .

10/18/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL 130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Glad to see he is still there! Best teacher I had at Purdue! I still have my text book from 2002! :)

10/16/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL 130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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10/07/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL 130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is a great professor; keeps the class interesting- I can actually pay attention for the whole class time

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