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Harvey Stromberg
Professor in the History department
at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
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Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.2
Clarity
4.4
Easiness
3.2
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02/25/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist 11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

i loved him!

05/29/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The best teacher, EVER! His knowledge is phenomenal, his ability to motivate is unparallelled. He's definitely getting an A+ in my class.

12/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Honestly the best professor I ever had. Hilarious, insightful,and fair tests. He expects alot but his lectures are great. Took his class for general education requirements even though I hated history. Took a second class with him just for fun. I'm really sorry he's gone.

08/29/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist11 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

Wonderful professor. Comes to class every day with energy and always very clear. He is extremely knowledgeable about the subjects he teaches. Read the textbook and take good notes and you can get an A. If he tells you to focus on something or to study a certain part of the text or notes, definitely do it. He is very straight forward.

11/30/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
hist11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

this guy comes off nice. but do not take him. unless you have history in your DNA, you are not gonna know what happened unless you were part of history.

10/22/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
AHIS11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are always insightful & entertaining, but he seems mentally unstable, which affects his grading and use of class time. I really liked him at first, but once he started spending time berating us rather than teaching, I felt a little insulted. There's no need to take out your anger on students. Perhaps he's just trying to motivate us...

09/19/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
hist11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Love this man! He is why I am a history major today. His lectures are concise and interesting and he really loves what he teaches. I have a serious issue with teachers who have to read off of a page to be able to lecture. If you write down everything he says, you will get an A. Simple as that. I didn't open the book once and I aced all three tests.

09/08/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He can be entertaining at times but that does not make up for his lack of world history knowledge. He claims to be objective but it is clear he is not, so don't be fooled. Make sure to check any facts he gives you b/c he once claim that Cinco de Mayo was Mexican Indep. Day He also argued that the U.S. was justified in dropping the atom bomb on Japa

09/04/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I actually looked forward to Harvey Stromberg's class every week! Taking his class is like getting a free comedy show for an hour and a half (he even commented on this website the first day). Very helpful and gives great lectures. You DO need to read the book however, or you won't pass. 3 essay exams, very fair, and a few "pop" quizzes. YES OR NO?!

08/29/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST02 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

To the comment below saying he only has a BA. That's untrue, you need at least a masters degree to teach at a community college, and he got his MA at UCLA in History...As far as teaching goes, he's a good teacher, makes history interesting, but the exams are a bit lengthy.

08/25/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
hist12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

this guy is funny everything he says is like story format..i hate history but would take a class with him again... be SURE TO WRITE EVERYTHING HE SAYS... and MEMORIZE YOUR NOTES they'll save you come test time... its only really necessary to read the book for quizzes and be sure to read the smaller book!

08/18/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Hist11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

AUGH!Can he please leave the school system?Annoyes the hell out of everyone with "YES OR NO!"Keeps talking about how great and smart he is and only has a BA like 40 years ago.The way he explains history is all over the place.Hard to concentrate because this class is BORING.And let's just say I hope his retirement will be as good as my grade..

08/05/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Stromberg is a nice guy, but will lecture nearly every class for 10 mins about reading the book. It's pretty irritating. He gets annoyed when nobody has read the book, but you do need to keep up because you can't pass by lecture notes only. I personally did pass but read about 3/4 of the book.

07/19/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist012 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

His class wasn't simple. Hard to know what's gonna be on exams. A LOT of studying is required, no hwk. I recommend listening to when he says "reasons for..." because tests will ask for reasons. Quizzes r easy if you've read the text. Typing Notes helps, but I have no life it takes a while. Not fond of participation he didn't ask for. He was great.

07/07/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
hist11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, his lectures are unforgettable as he is very clear and simplifies difficult concepts. his tests are %90 of the grade which generally focus on his lectures (be sure to include EVERY detail he asks for) and has "strageties" in his test to see if you did did the reading. He is extremely funny and a very likeable man.

06/29/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
his11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

prof Stromberg is THE BEST TEACHER i have had at SMC. i took him again for fun, thats how much i enjoyed his class...his lectures are amazing, tests are fair(all essay and story/character based)he is retiring soon, so if you have a chance take him now....BUT show up on time..do not be late..he will destroy you..you will like history in his class...

06/24/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
hist11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is soooo funny!!! he makes history really fun to learn. He is strict about reading the book and gives 3 "surprise" quizzes but he lets you know a week in advance about them. dont miss a class, because he gives alot of info everyday and hardly repeats himself. He is one of my favorite teachers! TAKE HIM!

06/15/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof Stromberg's history class is fun. He teaches in a very unique way and has a great sense of humor. You'll laugh a lot in his class. Take good notes and pay attention, read the book and you'll do well.

05/18/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HistHist Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

i would say, he should be the background of what professor should be. he's lectures are amazing, and fair player. tests are based on the lecture and readings. if you dont follow assigned reading then..seriously, you need to work your butt off to catch up. overall i am very enjoying his class, although catching up with reading was really a pain...

04/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If yer wondering if his lectures match with tests; they really do. The tests are done on blue books and broken down into two sections which he goes thru, day before exam day. focus on Laws, people,concepts frm books& lectures, vomit it all up (correctly) and you'll get a hi grade.Take distinct notes

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