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David Kovacs
Professor in the Classics department
at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
3.5
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6 Student Ratings
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12/26/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
LATI 3559 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tests? Not many"

I learned a lot from this class, but did not feel that having Kovacs as the teacher was a defining factor. He picked some interesting texts, but I often found that they were easy for me, and yet difficult for many in the class. The course difficulty was not defined before signups, and he chose material (Caesar) many of us had covered before in AP.

12/26/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
GREE 1010 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-
"Skip class? You won't pass."

Professor Kovacs made for an interesting professor for Greek. He clearly knew his stuff but I often felt like he would profit more from simply putting a conjugation on the board and having us review it rather than lecturing for a whole hour and probably confusing half the class. Overall, I did enjoy the semester, but mainly because of my interest.

12/20/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GREE1010 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sometimes rambles a bit, but he is usually on topic. He's a good teacher, and doesn't strive to make his class overly hard (although it isn't really easy either). He really does want everyone to do well. I went to office hours a few times, and he was always helpful. Attendance is required, and there are quizzes twice a week (plus 3 exams).

05/06/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
GREE102 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He explains things clearly and is really funny. I'm normally awful at languages, but he explained Greek in such a way that I understood it almost immediately. There's a fair amount of work, but it's not too painful.

11/11/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CLAS Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If I had a choice of gouging out my eyes with a spoon, or listening to Dr. Kovacs' senseless prattle, the choice would be obvious: suicide.

04/28/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
CLAS 321 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Cute, funny old man, very friendly. He is incredibly knowledgeable about classic drama (although he is more enthusiastic about the Greek plays than the Roman ones). Not too much reading, really easy grader. Not always clear and tends to ramble sometimes, but still a great professor.

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