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Howard Gensler
Professor in the Social Sciences department
at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
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Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
3.3
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08/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
PS 1 Am. govt. Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Gensler is an amazing teacher! He kept class interesting and fun at all times. His lectures can be difficult to follow along with at times, but his use of humor and sarcasm keep you interested. Not recommended for anyone who is a hardcore procrastinator!

06/07/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON 4 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you plan on taking Microeconomics then you should be aware that another professor would most likely be the better option. While I did enjoy his antics, they should not have been included through the course because it disrupted the learning experience and ability to absorb the material. He doesn't explain the material thoroughly to understand.

05/18/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

The overwhelming majority of the class time was spent teaching fringe conspiracy theories, and there is a tendency to bully challengers. Lots of profanity. The paper is a large component of the course. If you ignore the voice and turn in a paper that closely follows the format rules you will do well. The class was bizarre.

05/11/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON 4 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The worst professor I have ever encountered. Does not deserve to be called a professor because he does not TEACH, but rather expects you to teach yourself. Do NOT take him unless you think you can manage to teach yourself economics.

12/31/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON 2 - Macro Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Gensler is a good teacher, I learned a lot about economics from him. No point in buying the book though, everything was based on lectures. The tests weren't too difficult but the paper took a lot of time - follow guideline (it's all fine detail). Expect some challenging aspects, this is a college course after all. It wasn't meant to be effortless.

11/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PS1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is amazing and take his class. I've already transferred out of Saddleback and am finishing my B.A. at UCSC. I still think about how much fun I had in his class. He's a G. I miss him and would take another class from him just for fun!!! It was the good. Do it!

08/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PS1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

ough professor but definitely prepares you for an upper level university course. He's not going to babysit you so you have to be 100% on top of course work. I dropped because I didn't have the time to put in the work/effort needed for the class along with my other 12 credits. Quizzes are easy. I did learn a lot in this class.

07/18/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PS 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class is more about Gensler and his political views than it is about political science. Be prepared to be bullied, belittled and abused verbally. His teaching technique is unconventional and his profanity does not stop. Lots of class time spent on watching and re-watching Conspiracy Theory movies and stories. He loves to debate but is always right.

07/17/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Econ4 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Was looking forward to learning about MicroEcon because I loved Macro Econ. I have not learned ANYTHING. The 2 exams (worth 80% of your grade)are all math equations. He just wants to make money off his book that he makes u purchase, but there are SO many errors. Errors are in the equations, which isn't helpful when you're trying to learn them

07/08/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ECON 2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

AWESOME PROFESSOR. He made me understand how the world works. Humor and kind. Time flies so fast every week. ESAY OPEN-BOOK test. Be careful to check the answer. He said he won't remind us the deadline of the paper, let us get 0, but he reminded us every single class. Attendance has extra credit. SO EASY AND I LOVE THIS CLASS..

05/21/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PS1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Do NOT take this class! I received an A or B on every test and a B on the speech but his essay is very unclear and he just looks at the format and thickness and is very unclear on what he wants. If you fail the paper you fail the class. Stay away!!!

05/02/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON4 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Probably the worst teacher I've ever had. Most of the class failed. There are only two tests (each worth 40% of your grade) with about fifteen questions each. If you miss a couple or make a careless mistake, your grade is DUNZO in this class. The paper is worth 20% and he doesn't even read it, it's all about formatting. WORST CLASS. NEVER TAKE IT.

12/18/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
econ2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

took his 8 week online class and got an A with no problems. make sure you follow the rules on the paper to the T or else youll get a bad grade. print out ALL of the lecture notes to use for the tests it may seem like alot to print but totally worth it. he takes the bulk of the 2 midterms or the final as 80% of your grade so do well on them.

12/17/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
macroEcon Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This is the worst professor at saddleback ive ever taken. He shouldnt even be called a professor since he sucks at teaching soo much. Honestly never take him!! Theres to much stuff to say on how he sucks so much, just know he's insane!!

12/17/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ECON2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Gensler is a great professor! I took his 8 week class online and I was hesitant at first because I didn't do well with online classes but I ended up with an A in his class! The 8-week session goes by super quickly so if you're a hardcore procrastinator, I would reconsider. However, I learned a lot and he's always there when you need help!

10/10/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Econ4 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He makes you buy his online text that is riddled with errors. Just learn how to do the formulas in the very back of the book. You don't have to read the hundreds of pages of junk about econ. Just know how to do the math in the back and you will do ok on the quizzes.

08/13/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PS1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He is very knowledgeable. He opens your eyes and gives you perspective. You need to work hard. Start your paper EARLY but if he sees that you are really trying, you will get your [[ A ]]. Also, a very fun class, lots of breaks, lots of laughter. Take him if you want to know what is going on in the world.

08/09/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Econ2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I just recommend you dont take his class. He's not helpful at all when it comes to asking him for help or for a favor. It's an online class and he expects you to turn in a HARD COPY of the paper into his office. wtf?? And also for a test review that everyone has already took, you must go to his class to review it, no other choice.

08/02/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
EconOnli Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Take a look at the guy's Faculty page, and his syllabus, and you will RUN. I wanted a challenge when I enrolled (after seeing ratemyprofessor rating) but quickly realized I'd be a fool. He enrolls me hundreds of students because many DROP or WITHDRAW his class because he is OCD about everything. Save yourself the trouble!!!

07/25/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PS1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you are lazy and get offended easily, do not take Gensler.However, I personally enjoyed his course. He is a man of much intelligence. He does not take the classical approach to teaching which is enjoyable. Prepare for the 10 minute speech and you will get an A. His research paper is difficult, therefore, do not wait to the last minute.

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