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06/11/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Honestly speaking, he should do research work instead of teaching. He maybe means well but he is not teacher material. You will not be able to learn much or have any clue in his class.

05/01/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
his 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: P

He constantly goes off topic, but he says this is him giving his students real life examples. You're better off taking an online course. The only good thing about him is he gives you three point curves and doubles the highest test grade

04/09/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIS 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He is THE WORST teacher EVER. Goes off topic all the time and NEVER explain things clearly. He constantly talks about his law degree . He gives tests like like he tries to win a case by making things more complicated than they really need to be.HORRIBLE.I wonder who wrote the good ratings. SHAME!

04/02/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
His 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took Professor Olsen a few times before and I've always managed to recieve an A or at worse a B. He can be a bit abrassive at times especialy if you are what he calls a "seatwarmer" and you ask him questions. My advice is to read the selections he gives for homework and prepare 2 to 3 if not more for class. Also see him during his office hours.

01/05/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIS 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This professor does not know hot to teach at all!! He is so confusing, and he goes of tangents alot. His lectures are so boring and u never get anything out of them. His study guides are useless and his tests can be confusing because you don't learn anything in class. I don't recommend him at all! just don't take his class

12/04/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
21381 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

One of the worst professors in NOVA, he simply cannot teach i would not recommend him to nobody. His lectures are boring and you cannot learn anything. I am a student that gets good grade and i simply did not enjoy his class and could not learn anything. His tests are different from the lectures, also his study guides are not helpful at all.

05/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
his 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

man this is my mans, I absolutely recommend him to anyone that wants an A in the course. he is not boring and does not go off on tangents but like others said he simply puts what he is teaching into terms of modern day examples to better clarify the points he is making. but he is the best.

01/23/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

THE WORST TEACHER I HAVE EVER HAD. I took an AP course which was similar to this course and I managed to get a good grade in it, but this teacher could not give any effs about you or your grade. I asked him after class what I could do in order to get a better grade and he shut me out saying "maybe you're not studying correctly" such BS.

10/31/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST006a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is absolultely HORRIBLEEE. he goes off in tangents all the time. he doesnt speak clearly, he just mumbles a lot..SAVE YOURSELF DONT TAKE THIS CLASS..

08/22/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very friendly, smart, and never got off topic, but rather made references and analogies to the real world so students can understand his points. I can see how a less educated or a little challenged student might have hard time understanding those analogies. His jokes are on point and perfectly timed and never once were they offending or off topic

05/16/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIS121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

WHAT THE PERSON BELOW SAID IF YOU DONT SHOW UP TO CLASS THEN YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE MAKE UP EXAM AND THAT'S PRETTY ROUGH ALOT OF SHORT ANSWER PRETTY HELPFUL TEACHER THE TEST FORMAT USUALLY 24 MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS DOESN'T COUNT FOUR OF THEM BUT YOU HAVE TO APPLY YOURSELF YOU HAVE THREE TEST A PAPER AND THE FINAL THAT'LL MAKE OR BREAK YOUR GRADE.

04/27/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Hist101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He offers make-up tests if you miss a test or just want more time to do them but them take the entire semester to give them to you & they are all short answer instead of multiple choice like the original tests he gives out. Wish all of his notes were on Power Point so I could have listened more instead of just trying to write notes the entire time.

12/08/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He goes on tangents a lot. The tests are beyond simple. He can not use technology. Skim the textbook, copy his lectures, get an A. Incredibly lovable guy. He is very dedicated to the subject matter. He has been a teacher all his life; he teaches because he likes to, not because he has to. Good humored. Intelligent. Good guy.

11/30/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Hist101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The most boring history class I've ever been in. He goes off on tangents and tells the same stories over and over again. He sounds like the guy off the dry eyes commercial. Don't take this class.

10/21/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

If you show up, copy his notes (he breaks everything down on slides), and read the material, there is no way you can't ace the class. He has a five question buffer on his exams also. He is dry sometimes, but this is college, not highschool. You can't just show up and get and A. Study easy notes, read, get an A. Don't, and fail. Simple.

06/23/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
his101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

all the good things written hear are most probably written by himself. it does't matter if u study or not. Trust me don't mess up your GPA. stay away or get F in this class !

05/04/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Dont take his class, his exam is too hard, you dont even know where those questions come from. a lot of students confused about his lecture cuz he is too old and he doents know what he is talking about. he confuses himself too. there is no point to wast your money on his class.

02/27/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIS121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I was just reading the text publisher's chapter summary and a wave of sadness hit me. When your dry text makes the material more enjoyable than the prof does, you're in trouble. One of the most interesting historical topics out there rendered COMPLETELY unpalatable. Olsen talks down to students, repeats himself constantly. He can ruin it for you.

12/22/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIS121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I love Dr. Olsen! I didn't have much appreciation for history before the class, but lectures are relevant, he has a clear perspective on what he teaches, makes it relatable to today! Interesting lectures, smart man. If you attend class and allow yourself to love the subject, you will get an A and walk out with a better worldview!

12/17/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

One of the easiest A's you can come across at NOVA.. seriously. 3 exams derived right from lectures and an easy paper (although his lectures are quite boring and completely off subject most of the time). Nice guy, dry humor, talks about his cat & personal life sometimes more than the subject matter.

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