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Thomas Zoumaras
Professor in the History department
at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
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Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
2.3
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01/14/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist 350 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Probably the smartest professor I had at Truman. He assigns a lot of reading, but if you learn how to skim, it's not too bad. His book selection is excellent, and if you just try to improve, you'll gain his respect and he'll become increasingly engaging. If you're serious about learning he is the best teacher in the department.

12/11/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST314 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Zoumaras is a great teacher. He is really passionate about his classes and also wants students to succeed. But, he expects you to read before class, participate in discussions, and take his class seriously. Do those things and an A is attainable.

12/22/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
JINS301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I would not take him. He is nice in class but in his office, he is kinda mean. He is not constant in his teaching style and gets harder as the class progresses.

01/07/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST400 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. Class is not easy, but you will learn a lot. He is very approachable and a really nice guy. I'd recommend him unless you are just looking for an easy A.

12/17/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

An extremely interesting class. Must do a small amount of prep before class (notecard with a question/comment), and the tests are difficult, but if you get an A on the final, you'll get an A in the class. Plus, you'll actually learn many interesting things.

12/13/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Zoumaras is a really nice guy! He can be long winded but he is an encyclopedia of information. His class is discussion based and expects you to know the material before coming to class. He is a tough grader on papers but he does require you to become a better writer. Take his class. It is hard but you learn a lot!

11/15/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
hist365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He knows what he's talking about. No tests, most of your grade comes from book reviews and historiography paper. You will read an average 50-90 pages for a class period, and there are a lot of books, but they aren't text books. Most of the time they are interesting which helps. He's a good professor and helps to explain things. I'd take him again

05/17/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Hist105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Zoumaras is very knowledge and passionate about his subject. His tests are simple and are drawn from the lectures and book. He says attendence is mandatory but never checks. The homework (notecards) are kind of a joke...basically a pretty easy A if you are a good writer.

10/31/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Only 3 tests and a long paper. If you don't mind listening to a man who probably knows literally everything about his subject, Zoumaras is for you. Class is entirely based on lecture but tests basically consisted of you writing the entire class period on any given subject. Loves to see students getting better. DONT SIT IN THE FRONT ROW.

04/30/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST426 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I had him for Post WWII America. He has very strong political beliefs but he doesn't teach them. His classes are lecture and discussion based. Lots of reading, and three huge assignments- a final and two large papers. Emphasizes growth over time. Be sure to take notes during discussion. Enjoys his subject a lot.

04/07/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is very knowledgeable and his lectures reflect that. He gives lots of reading per night, but there are only 3 tests which can be take home or in class. There is one long paper which can really hurt or help your grade. I would recommend taking him only if you have a strong background on US history.

07/06/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I never really read the textbook, and still got an A without trying. Vote take home tests -- essay + 2 ?s. Read the captions in the do****ent book for 1 ? and read the time lines before each chapter in textbook for 2 ?. It's that simple. Essays are fine if you passed English.

07/04/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Hist461 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's very bright, has done a great deal of his own research, and pushes discussion-based learning. He loves disagreement. Grades on participation, but emphasizes quantity over quality. His readings assignments are large (350-500 pages/week) but extremely insightful. Also emphasizes growth over time in grading. VERY clear about expectations.

03/30/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is actually easy. There is a lot of papers, but when it is all said and done -- he tells you what he wants, and if you do it, then you get the grade. Take home tests are a piece of cake, as you only have to answer two questions on the test date, which takes at max 10 minutes to do. He knows his stuff, makes lectures interesting, and is r

03/28/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
hist105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

horrible teacher for my class.... he is a graduate professor that is in no way clear at all.... do not take him for entry level history.... its ridiculous

11/04/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
histo01 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The last time I had Tom in class was 14 years ago. He inspired me to become a better student, and ultimately to attain my PhD in history. He remains one of the three best, and most influential, profs I ever had.

11/03/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hist105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

don't take this class.....really, just don't.

10/29/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class has been my hardest thus far. He assigns tons of reading for each class period, and then lectures for the entire hour and a half. I find it hard to know exactly what to study for tests. He's a very interesting teacher, and the class is interesting, it's just hard.

03/30/2006
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST 105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

nice guy, but lectures are HORRIBLE! very difficult to stay awake. strict attendance policy. lots of reading. option of take home tests! nice guy, but not recommended.

11/17/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST 105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

3 words: Do Not Take...unless you REALLY like to read, write essays and a book review dealing w/ Vietnam. basically i felt like an idiot after i met with him during office hours, but thats just me. its a struggle to pay attention during lecture and he grades pretty harsh.

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