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John Freeman
Professor in the Political Science department
at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
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Overall Quality
4.6
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.7
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
3.3
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08/27/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL 1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Lectures are interesting and clear, he's occasionally funny in an old-fashioned way, and he's very helpful. He tells you exactly what'll be on the test. Even if it isn't a hard class, it's still pretty educational and a good primer for others.

07/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL 4481 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Always prepared for class, seemed like he has been teaching for the better part of his life (think he has). Holds reviews before tests in order to go over the material. Though, if you attend class and read, you shouldn't need to go to them.

05/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL 1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A-

Freeman is an outstanding lecturer! He has great stories and makes funny jokes for an old guy. The class subject was also very interesting if your in to East-West and North-South topics. Test were fairly easy as he gives a in class review before each of them, basically giving you the questions beforehand.

04/08/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL 4481 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The class is an easy way to fulfill the senior project requirement, but it's not a super valuable course - Freeman tells what is going to be on the exams and you don't really get that much out of the class. He's a really nice person, but it's hard to enjoy the class unless you're an academic interested heavily in comp. political economy.

04/03/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

John Freeman was interesting professor and was very structured, making the class worth going to.

02/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL 1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Freeman is an awesome professor. He will go to extremes to help you understand the material. He sincerely wants you to get a good grade. No homework. He tells you exactly what is gonna be on the exams. Choose him over anyone else.

12/31/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLI4000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class was based around reading dense academic papers and then having three tests on them. Freeman is one of the more intelligent professors. He basically tells you what's going to be on the test, but this is actually one of the "harder" poli sci classes I've had because it's not BS stuff you can make up or feel good PC crap.

10/05/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
pols 1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

absolutely LOVE Freeman!! What an amazing human being. Apart from being a great professor, is just a kind-hearted person, who is passionate about PoliSci. Take any course with Prof. Freeman, and you won't regret it :)

02/04/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class was very interesting. Freeman was funny and clear in his explanations of different IR concepts. Anyone can clearly see his passion for global politics and his midterms were based off of the lectures and reviews. Just make sure to take good notes and you will do great in this class. I would strongly recommend this course.

01/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor! Was super encouraging, and really cares about his students! LOVED this class!

12/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Freeman is an excellent professor. He keeps lectures interesting by bringing in outside information and he tells funny and interesting stories. I took this class as a filler and now it's probably going to be my major (political/global science). Lectures are used for essays on exams and the textbook is used for terms on the exam. TAKE IT!

12/02/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSCI1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Freeman is an incredibly smart man. He makes lectures pretty interesting and fun at the same time. His exams are definitely not easy but all the terms come from the book. His TA's were useless but he really did a good job in keeping me interested all year. HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR THOSE MAJORING IN POLI SCI

12/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
poly125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great guy

07/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Freeman is an amazing professor! Makes lectures interesting and worthwhile. The class isn't easy, but if you come to lecture and take good notes, an A is very possible. The textbook is pretty much only used for terms; essay questions are all from lecture. He tells you exactly what is on the midterms the class before the tests! Highly recommend!!

04/25/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL4481 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Awesome Professor. Freeman is interesting, funny, and a genuinely nice person. Take his classes.

04/21/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hilarious! And he is very down to earth, which helps you understand the relevance of what you are experiencing with the texts, not just memorizing information. He makes it important not for the grade, but in your life as a student. One of the best teachers I've had. Keep up the Dr. Strangelove references!

04/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Freeman is a total bro. He's the kind of professor that can make you question your major in favor of a degree in Political Science. He's extremely nice and presents all the material in a way so that it is highly accessible to all types of people and w/o being boring. His tests are fairly standard. If you study you'll do fine.

03/20/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are great! And he's funny too. The first few might be confusing because he doesn't pick things right out of the textbook. Once you do the readings and attend lectures more, you will start to understand. Attend review sessions. He basically tells you what is on the test. Just attend lectures, do the readings, get help from him/TAs.

12/20/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL1025 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

Professor Freeman is an award winning educator for a reason. He truly cares for, and looks out for his students. From the cost of the textbook to his test formats he thinks of us all the way. Truly the greatest professor I have ever had at the U of M. Regardless of personal interest in political science TAKE HIS CLASSES!

12/10/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL1025 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great professor, really helpful and flexible. Helpful in preparing for exams and provides feedback. He has a good sense of humor and is extremely personable. I would recommend him for any class, but 1025 was a great introduction to political science my freshman year (and ended up as one of my majors). Great for any major!

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