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Matthew Simms
Professor in the Fine Arts department
at California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
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Overall Quality
4.5
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.4
Clarity
4.7
Easiness
3.9
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05/23/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Matt's class is very interesting and fun. Though, I did find it hard to stay awake sometimes because the UT room is very dark. There are 3 easy exams and 1 paper. All you need to know for exams is the name, date, artist, and movement of works of art. This class is an easy A if you take the time to memorize all the info.

05/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ART111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This was an incredible class. Dr. Simms tells an amazing tale of history and art that weaves from the Renaissance through 1960s. The classes were enjoyable and enlightening. 3 exams and a paper. For an art GE, this class would be hard to beat.

05/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Simms knows what he's talking about, and is very clear about what he expects. I hated art history before this course, but now I have learned to appreciated it because of the way he has explained it. Attend lectures and make sure you study; you'll pass. Three exams and 1 easy paper about any art piece you want. TAKE THIS COURSE!

04/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
AH Roman Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

FAVORITE AH TEACHER! I like learning about AH, but I tend to find it boring, however, Simms makes this class SO interesting. He is passionate about AH and you learn SO much from him. I recommend him to all my friends, wish there were more AH professor's like him. Take him! You won't regret it.

04/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
AH437 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

seriously an amazing teacher. Ive taken 3 of his classes now and always find his art descriptions specific and spot on. hes passionate in the way he talks which makes you want to pay attention. easy class IF YOU TAKE GOOD NOTES and show up (ON TIME) to class...ive gotten an a on every assignment :)

01/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AH 111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class is fairly easy. Don't bother buying the book; his lectures have plently of information. He's very passionate and easy to approach.

01/02/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

3 Exams and 1 paper on a work of art from a museum. He's very passionate about the material and tries to make it interesting. Sometimes it's hard to stay awake since his voice is soothing and the UT is dark. He's a very easy grader. Don't need the book at all! Everything's on the lecture. Great class! I wish he taught all AH!

12/08/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The material isn't the most exciting but he made it seem that way. His enthusiam when giving the lecture helped to keep me interested. As long as you study the material a bit, its an easy A.

12/03/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AH 111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I love professors that are passionate about what they teach, and Dr. Simms definitely is. I'm not an art major, and he made Art History very fun and interesting. His tests are easy if you take the time to memorize everything--he gives you the list of paintings and artists that are on the exams. Really enjoyed his class!

05/24/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ART 111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This class is 3 exams and one very easy paper. The thing with this class is that you need to attend the lectures and remember the starred items, which is about 40 for each exam. You have to recall the artist, name of the painting, date and art movement. If you can to that, take the class. He is very easy on grading.

01/22/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The class is very easy. 3 exams, 1 three-page paper, and one awesome lecturer. The man really loves what he do. Ask question after class than during his lecture because he hates to be disturbed. If you really want an easy A take this class.

01/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is really great. His lectures are thorough. He tells you what is going to be on the exam and has a study session. He is very helpful and clear. 4 assignments worth 25% each and he does take attendance.

12/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Simms was amazing. He really was knowledgeable and appropriately funny. Take him you will enjoy it.

12/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Really interesting lectures! He really gets into what he's talking about & you learn a lot! He does take attendance. There are three tests in which you compare several paintings & includes an essay. There is also a 3 page paper in which you write about a work of art you visit. Each is 25% of your grade so if you don't do 1 thing, bye bye A or B!

05/11/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ART111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Simply the best, always enjoyed coming to class, his enthusiasm is infectious and motivates you to love art as much as he. Wish he would lecture all my classes...

05/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This man is so passionate about art history, it's adorable. Before, I was generally interested in art, but now I'm in love with it because his enthusiasm is just so infectious. VERY easy class, pretty simple, and if you need help, he's the most polite. He's handsome with a subtle sense of humor, very articulate and soft-spoken. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

05/01/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor, made art history more approachable, even for an engineer. His exams were extremely easy, a couple of hours prior to them can easily net you a high B or an A. The paper he has is also fairly easy if you are good at writing, but mostly it bumps your grade if you put in the effort. I highly recommend this professor for this class.

01/22/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Even though I would periodically fall asleep during his class, the fact that he's really enthusiastic about what he teaches really helps. 3 tests, 1 paper. Study, I made note cards. He's really nice, and cute, not gonna lie. Studied for 2hrs B4 every test and got an overall A in the course. Study and it'll be a piece of cake.

12/08/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very knowledgeable and gives great lectures. Went into this class expecting boredom but I was pleasantly surprised. The tests are easy, and the paper just has to follow some very basic rules. Easy to pass, easy to learn. Don't bother with the textbook.

12/07/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
AH111B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very easy, don't need books, clear explanations, minimal assignments, simple tests, pretty decent speaker, and easy on the eyes!

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