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Alan Willis
Professor in the History department
at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
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Overall Quality
2.7
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
2.2
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08/15/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HI105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Horrible professor. He mumbles so badly that I could barely hear him from the front row. He knows what he's talking about but is very cocky about it. The tests are killer, even though they're take-home. The books have nothing to do with the lectures, but if you skip either you're screwed because he puts nothing online. Not a GPA boost.

01/25/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
HS127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He was so boring. I did not enjoy his class one bit. The tests were hard and I could barley stay awake in his class.

12/23/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HS254 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's very knowledgeable and clearly know his stuff. His tests are very difficult. You MUST pay attention and take excellent notes in class to do well on the tests. He kind of rambles, but can be entertaining. Pay attention, go to class, and study for tests and you'll do fine.

12/05/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
HS490 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

When I first started the history program I hated Willis. He was over the top hard and was never helpful in the least. But I can now look back and see that he was simply weeding out students who wouldn't stick with the program. In the capstone class he was incredibly helpful and was there whenever we needed him.

03/13/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HS105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Willis is a good professor in the sense that he knows what he's talking about and has a passion for history. He is a harsh grader, but the tests are take home so you are able to use your notes or the internet. His lecture is a bit dry. He speaks rather quietly for a class of 70 students and provides minimal visuals. Not a class for a GPA boost.

01/11/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HS105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Willis is very dull to listen to. He only lectures with minimal photo/power point accompaniment. He gives no reviews and the textbooks he assigns do not correlate closely to the topics discussed in class.

11/02/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
HS105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He knows his stuff but the class is extremely boring. He isn't much help when explaining something. His classes don't match the textbooks. One book he had us buy I have never opened. His lectures are dull and full of his remarks that are not relevant to the lecture. Don't take him save yourself the headache and take someone else if you can.

10/29/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HS105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The guy obviously knows his stuff, and for the most part the lectures are interesting, however he is very pretentious and does not help students. My grades do not reflect the amount of work that I have been doing for this 100 level class. I read all texts and come to every class, but the tests are ridiculously hard.

09/28/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HS105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Really boring, test are really hard. very little was on the test that we learned in class. I went everyday for this class and it was all review for me. it sucked no sense of humor.

04/26/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HS105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

All I can say is what the hell. Read all the books he assigned. Attended most classes and no matter what when it came to the exams it was like I knew nothing. He doesn't test on whats in the book or his lectures. ALmost like the questions are from some weird self conversation he must have.

04/18/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HS105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is pretty smart, but his class is so boring and I hate how he lectures. Too much jumping around. I love history but I know I'm not doing well in his class. Notes don't help and reading the book only does so much. His tests are so confusing and the papers are complicated. I hope he realizes this is a level 100 class.

04/10/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HS105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I find him to be a great professor, very interesting, knows his stuff, and loves what he does. He uses coffee hours so is easily accessible, I will def take him again in a future class

12/14/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HS127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Sometimes can have a condescending attitude towards students. Open source quizzes and tests are horrible. Overall nice guy and very smart and interested in the subject, just needs to change the structure of the class. Also, if you are not a strong paper writer this man expects your papers to be worthy of publication to receive even a modest grade.

10/06/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
US126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Decent guy, but he confuses the class and the notes he has them take do not often appear on the tests.

09/27/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
histus Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

confuses students and is not clear about what chapter the tests are on. he teaches the chapters after we have already taken the test.

09/14/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HS127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Worst class ever. Avoid taking this teacher at all costs. Not helpful, hard to reach. Tests not fair, somehow managed to get a C+ after attending every class and taking pages of notes. Awful.

04/26/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
EN127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Somehow, I managed pull a B+ in this class. The way he presented his material was a bit...unorthodox but he always managed to keep the class interested by including little interesting historical tidbits about the subject we were learning. I hear his wife grades his students' papers. (His wife is Sandra Burr. She's an english professor at Northern.)

04/04/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
HS127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I am a history major, love the subject, and am a 4.0 student before this class. I have been to every class, read every chapter, studied and written essays for countless hours and am having the worst time ever. Lectures are interesting but he doesn't tie his grading into the lectures. Avoid this professor if you wish to keep your GPA

01/13/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

HOrrible teacher. Loved his lectures, but since there was no use of a textbook, students tended to fail. ONline quizzes were unfair in that if you missed one answer out x amount, youd basically lose the question (better to guess). Tests are hard if you can't write/type word for word. Suggest a voice recorder.

12/07/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HS292 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dull. Boring. Painful. These words all describe sitting in Alan Willis' History class. Not only were the lectures long and dry, the notes are incomprehensible most of the time unless you write down every spoken word. Dull, boring papers. Nothing about this guys class is interesting in the least bit. Ask for help and he'll babble, confusing you more

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