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Steven Tripp
Professor in the History department
at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
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Overall Quality
4.1
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.1
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
2.5
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05/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST 200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

So helpful and so nice. He is definitely invested in his students well being. If you miss class from being sick he will email you to make sure you're alright. Do the assigned readings or he WILL call you out. He also likes for students to bring the reading to class. Fair grader, very detailed in critiques. I would recommend him!

09/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST 103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Tripp was extremely helpful and understanding! You have to do the readings, but most of them are fairly interesting. The tests were short answer and essay, but he allowed us to have a "cheat sheet". If you go to class and do a little studying, it's not hard at all to get an A in his class. Tripp is my favorite professor at GV so far.

04/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST 200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I wasn't looking forward to this class at first but I actually learned a lot from Prof Tripp. He's a stickler on good writing and genuinely tries to help improve students essays. He would show us films and ads from the time period and want us to write about them in our essays along with the readings. It was an interesting class.

03/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST 103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tripp was an excellent professor! I had him my first semester, and he was by far my favorite professor. Just do your reading and pay attention in class and you will be fine. He makes everything really easy to comprehend, and it's all interesting. Probably one of the best history prof's you'll have! Take his course if you can.

03/26/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST 103 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 Tripp! He is a great professor and a great guy. He does require a lot of work but it's actually pretty interesting. It's not the history course that we all dread, he uses very interesting parts of history in his teachings. I would recommend him for sure.

03/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HST 103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I had Tripp for HST 103 and I highly recommend him. He is probably not the easiest history professor, but you will ACTUALLY LEARN THINGS. Tripp is a great guy and begs you to come to his office hours and hang out because he gets bored (and lonely) lol. He switches things up by showing video clips, cracking jokes, and telling stories. take him.

01/07/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HST103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class was extremely boring. Tripp has a very monotone voice. He cracks jokes that got annoying. His notes and ideas on the board are very scattered. He also wrote harsh comments on essays. Class is comprised of 2 essays and many 10 point quizzes on readings, so do the reading. I wouldn't recommend him to anyone.

12/10/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tough class, especially for a 100 level. Be prepared to do a lot of writing and reading. Lecture gets diluted by random and irrelevant details sometimes, but he is a nice guy and wants his students to succeed. Almost always available during his office hours to talk and does not hesitate at all to help students with the assigned essays.

10/14/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HST325 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! History of Sport in Society, should be easy right? Wrong. there is so much reading its not even worth opening the book. His discussions are terrible because no one reads because there is too much to read. the notes he puts up on the board are useless. Assigned a paper that everyone did bad on and its our fault? get out fast.

10/13/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HST325 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's a terrible professor, he assigns enough reading for all 5 classes combined. When the entire class does not do well on an assignment, he blames the entire class and does not think that could be his fault. He is a decent guy, but he is not a fair professor.

08/28/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HST103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The best history professor you can find. He makes history interesting and he's a very charming and funny guy. Definitely take him if you aren't a fan of HST, but need it for Gen Eds.

07/19/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
hst103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

must go to class. must read that pgs he tells you. you read all the novels he has you buy. he has 3 exams. he gives you a list of 4 events, people, or places then you got to describe importance and then theres an essay part. but he gives you a sheet of 1 pg to write on front and back to bring with you to each exam. send him drafts of ur essays

06/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HST103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor!!! Send all your essays and even essay answer to tests to him and he will respond quickly and thoroughly. You have to work, but what you learn is well worth it. Use all resources, I emailed him everything and also used the writing center. Nothing less then an A. If you put in the effort you can succeed, he is brilliant.

05/09/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He was not clear on what he was looking for and did not teach us anything about writting yet expected paper written exactly to his taste. Terrible professor...avoid if possible!

04/10/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
10303 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a great professor! He really cares about his students and will really help you succeed! He answers any questions you have! He lets you have a note sheet on every test too! Make sure you read and take not on all of your readings and characters!

11/04/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HNR213 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Lots of reading and intense paper assignments, but if you're willing to work for it then he's willing to help you every step of the way. He's a funny, laid back guy and truly takes an interest in his students. Class wasn't my favorite, but he definitely has been one of my favorite profs.

08/01/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
hst103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Prof Tripp was great! There were no required textbooks, only novals/biographies/short stories; all of which were fairly interesting. He is witty and keeps dicussion going with ease. Absolutly necessary to read everything required...but do that and yuo should have no trouble.

05/04/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HNR223 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Super cool professor. A little intimidating at first, but he isn't at all. Just go to his office hours as he is a tough grader on papers. By the end of the semester I felt like I was close to him when at the beginning of the semester I wouldn't even talk to him. Interesting class and funny guy. Take him, but be ready to work.

04/18/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
WGS380 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Tripp is a nice and funny guy. He cares about his students and loves teaching. His class was rather boring and often we didn?t talk about the readings or it seemed as if we focused on random parts and not the main theme or point of the readings. He was a very nice guy but definitely would have rather not taken this class.

02/04/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HST103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Steve was an awesome professor. I highly suggest taking 103 if you hate learning about typical American history. He focuses more on popular culture and ways of thinking in particular time periods. Reading is absolutely required for success, but he only used novels, not a textbook.

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