Alan Willis at Northern Michigan University

Alan Willis

  • 2.7Overall Quality
  • 2.8Helpfulness
  • 2.6Clarity
  • 2.2Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
8/15/13

HI105

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

1/25/13

HS127

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/23/12

HS254

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/5/12

HS490

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/13/12

HS105

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

1/11/12

HS105

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/2/11

HS105

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

10/29/11

HS105

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

9/28/11

HS105

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/26/11

HS105

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/18/11

HS105

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/10/11

HS105

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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

12/14/10

HS127

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

10/6/10

US126

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

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

9/27/10

histus

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

9/14/10

HS127

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/26/10

EN127

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.)

4/4/10

HS127

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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

1/13/10

HIST127

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/7/09

HS292

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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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