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Tom Poundstone
Professor in the Religion department
at St. Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
1.5
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24 Student Ratings
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12/10/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
trs141 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A
"Get ready to read" "Lectures are long" "Inspirational"

Poundstone's class is challenging, probably one of the most challenging I have ever taken. He gives study guides for his tests, and will often go through them before the test. His review notes for the reading SAVED me! They are very clear and give guidance as to what he will test you on. There is a lot of reading, and work but he is a great person.

04/10/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
TRS 097 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had a really great experience with this class. He is very enthusiastic about the Bible. He gives very clear and detailed study guides for every exam, and is always willing to help outside of class. There is a bit of reading, but he always explains the most important things from the text in class Take notes, you'll be solid.

04/30/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
TRS141 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I've had him for a few courses and Poundstone is an amazing person and teacher. He is a great professor who is very passionate about everything he teaches. As long as you make the effort you will be fine. The key is to read his study guides and articles they are a perfect map to his tests and most of the test questions come directly from there

08/15/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
TRS141 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Course is lecture based. The reading is extensive but worth the time. You do have to work to get a good grade in this class. The tests are challenging unless you've done the reading. Study guides are long but helpful. And, Tom will answer any question you have. Brilliant man and well worth the effort to take a course with him.

08/08/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
TRS167 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you are searching for a teacher that will challenge you and force you to think about the subject matter at hand, Tom Poundstone is the teacher for you. His lectures might not come across as clear, but he does everything in his power to be available and understanding to your needs as a student. Great teacher, took two classes with him!

06/22/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
TRS167 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

HE lectures the majority of the time, but just by listening you can get the gist of what's most important to him. Then he tests on exactly that. He's really responsive to email, and will answer as many questions as you have. Although nerdy, very passionate about his subjects.

05/18/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
TRS097 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If you enjoy life outside Biblical study and want a decent GPA, do not take this course

05/09/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Ethic1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I had ZERO interest in CATHOLIC ETHICS but managed to get a B out of his class and develop a super strong bond with this man. He's difficult, his study guides are super long and yes he does ramble. I did very little work from day to day but spent HOURS studying the study guide when he handed it out and got solid grades. Great guy - hilarious.

05/08/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
TRS097 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Poundstone is a great guy, but a very challenging teacher. If you enjoy learning a LOT, then Tom is the guy for you. The study guides were ridiculously long and every night there was a ton of reading. He does try to help you succeed though. Study hard for tests because they are pretty hard.

12/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
TRS141 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Fantastic Teacher, possible one the best at Saint Mary's. Knowledgable and helpful. Relates to students and makes class worth wild. If you have the chance to take him, challenge yourself and go for it!

08/30/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
TRS142 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 a professor that loves to hear himself talk. The readings are about 50 pages a night and the study guides are about 40 pages long. The tests are made up of true and false and essay. You will do fine on the essays if you read the study guide, however the true and false are just random facts he says in class.

05/19/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ChrEth Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

get over yourself, poundstone! it amazes me how some students actually enjoy his arrogant style. absolutely disgusting!

04/20/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
trs143 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

this class is hell of hard because of the massive amount of readings. if you have a life outside of school i suggest you not take this class. there is no ****ing if you dont know the readings.

11/12/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
TRS141 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Don't take this professor! He thinks he's the greatest thing on the earth and lets you know it! His tests are so hard and his study guide is a novel! He writes a lot of his own articles that are bland and boring and then tests you on his ideas! He is the biggest narcissist! It is absolute PAIN sitting through his lectures!

04/26/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Theo142 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A brilliant man. His class is hard though. it does require lots of reading and studying. However, I know more about Medical Ethics than I ever thought I would learn in a semester. He is my role model!

10/22/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
relgSECT Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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05/03/2006
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
christian ethic Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

THIS CLASS IS HARD!!! toms a funny and great guy, but the material in these classes is ridiculous. Millions of pages of reading about topics so complicated you want to rip your brain out. the tests are also very hard. he gives out a 50 page study guide and unless you memorize every part of it you will fail his tests.

09/09/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Christ. Ethics Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Brilliant man, great class, a lot of work and study is required, but you do learn a lot

09/01/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
1998 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Went to Ital Janterm with Tom. The guy knows EVERYTHING! Also took a theology course with him. TONS of reading. Kinda boring. Tests were back breakers. But he's an awsome person.

09/01/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Jan Term Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tom's the best! He even let me use his shower in Jan term when all we had was cold water in ours. Fun, smart, but challenging. Also, helped me finish my degree!

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