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Stephen Birdsall
Professor in the Geography department
at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
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Overall Quality
3.7
Average Grade
C+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
3.3
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23 Student Ratings
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05/05/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
GEOG 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B-

Do not take this class. For an introductory class, you will be doing plenty of work that will be graded very harshly. The two tests are based on about 30-40 pages of notes, 100-200 locations, 100 concepts, and 100+ textbook pages. this class is a joke. I am an A student, and I spent hours studying for this class, only to receive a B.

05/03/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GEOG 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: C

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. I took this class thinking it would be an interesting and easy class. I could not have been more wrong.The assignments had nothing to do with the rest of the class and his tests were ridiculously hard. I went to every class, did all the assignments and ended up with a "C". Do not take this class unless you have to.

05/02/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOG 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I didn't think this class would be difficult, but the tests seem impossible to do well on. I study very hard, but I can't seem to memorize any of the maps. There are a few papers, but some of the TAs grade harder than others. I'm pretty disappointed with the class.

12/12/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOG120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Birdsall is one of the most enthusiastic professor's I've had but his lectures can get still get rather dry. GEOG 120 is a great overview course and is pretty fun and easy if you like maps and current events.

11/13/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOG120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Birdsall is a very knowledgeable man who seems to truly enjoy teaching. Sometimes he can belabor a point or overcomplicate some things, but it's not hard to see what he's saying. The class is simple if you pay attention during lectures.

09/02/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
GEOG120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

It's not fair to say his class was boring because geography in general is just not that interesting. However, unless you really love it or need the credit, don't take GEOG 120. Birdsall is a very nice and helpful man, but it was painful to sit through each class.

05/08/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GEOG260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of the best professors at UNC. I have had him twice and he is a great guy who loves geography and is very helpful. He memorizes everyone's name/face so he knows if you skip class. The miniprojects can be somewhat tedious but overall the class is interesting and Birdsall is great.

01/07/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOG125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

a must have. his assigned readings are somewhat boring at times but he is a funny guy, extremely kind and very passionate about his subject. he assigns several mini papers that are easy to get A's on and exams are pretty easy as long as you review your notes beforehand. honestly, not much work is needed to make an A C:

10/12/2008
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Geog120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Assigns worthless maxim papers and you really have to study to do well on the exams... very passionate about the subject but his lectures are off the wall

04/13/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
GEOG260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Birdsall is wonderful. He is so passionate about what he teaches, and is really willing to go the extra yard to help you out. A genuinely nice man, and a great teacher. Class is very enjoyable and the workload is reasonable. Highly highly recommended.

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