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Valerie Kivelson
Professor in the History department
at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
are you Valerie Kivelson?
Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
3.0
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05/08/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Don't bother going to lecture after midterm. Relies way too much on student participation even in a huge lecture. Some weeks devoted to things hardly related to witchcraft - fairy tales and mccarthyism. Should be a 3 credit 10 week class or something. Everyone just dialed it in the last few weeks. Grading is ridiculous for such simple content.

04/22/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist 196 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Kivelson has a very narrow mindset. She does not allow for any individual thought, rather she is interested on if you can spit back the information that she gave you. Lots of boring readings and many papers in which the feedback is awful. Would not recommend taking this class, for you will not do well.

01/04/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Val is very interested in the material that she teaches. Her interest radiates through her while she lectures. Although class can get a little dry on occasion, it's worth taking it to get the A. The GSI you get may effect your grade. If Scott De Orio is an option, choose him. He is a wonderful GSI.

12/23/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took this class my freshman year and it very relatively easy to get an A. Going to class is recommended, and I actually found the lecture material interesting, as well as Kivelson's way of presenting it. Although. She does like a lot of student participation during her lectures, which can get annoying.

12/04/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Fine class. BUT val does not know how to give an organized, clear lecture. A lot of times you feel like she is BSing and her powerpoints look like they were made by a 5 yr. old (crazy colors, no organization, lists often start at #2 and you are like "what?"). Plus, she makes up words to sound smart (ex. climactical change instead of climate change)

11/28/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST196 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is a great professor. If you go to office hours to discuss writing assignments, she is very helpful in improving your understanding. Professor Kivelson is extremely nice as well. I was unable to go home for Thanksgiving, and she actually invited me over to eat dinner with her family and relatives, which was fun!

11/21/2011
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I thought this would be an interesting class, but its really just awful. Half the lecture is spent listening to student's reactions to readings/pictures, and the other half is a really sweet professor talking about a whole bunch of bull.

04/24/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not a good class! I thought this class sounded like an interesting humanities course, but I was mistaken. Unless you are history major and like dull class I do not recommend taking this class!

04/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST196 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Interesting class, and she's super nice

04/11/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof Kivelson means well, but she's incredibly dull. I thought History of Witchcraft would be an interesting humanities credit, but it becomes old really quickly. For the most part, the readings are extremely dense and there are a lot of them. This class is definitely better suited for history majors, and not science students.

02/03/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Kivelson is an incredibly nice (and sometimes socially awkward) professor, who's always willing to help. Meeting for office hours can be useless unless you come prepared to discuss specific topics, as she typically won't provide significant feedback. Tons of reading, but otherwise a very good course - highly recommended.

12/16/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST196 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is absolutely the nicest professor I've ever had. She does expect you to work, but she's always willing to help you. The material is very interesting as well. Definitely recommended.

11/15/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST196 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 her freshman seminar on witchcraft, and I loved it. There is a lot of reading and a lot of papers, but most of them are just 2-3 pages, there's only 1 long one. You can probably skip out on some of the reading, but I'd try to keep up for the most part. Doesn't take attendance, but again, I wouldn't skip very often. Discussion is very helpful

10/21/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST196 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had her for a freshman seminar on the history of witchcraft. The actual topics were pretty interesting, but monotonous over time. Kivelson is a total sweetheart who seems to really want the best for her students, but there's a lot of reading and papers. The actual class is strictly discussion, which she WILL force you to partake in.

05/04/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
hist375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. K made things really interesting and the material was fun to learn about. I did probably 2 of the 500 readings all year and missed 1/3 of the lectures and pulled out a b+. Don't expect to be able to use the lectures posted online if you don't go to class though, she makes them impossible to understand without her presentation.

03/31/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This is a great class. As long as you do the reading and pay attention in lecture, you will be fine. Like any prof., she expects you to be prepared for class, and she is incredibly nice. Exams are challenging, but not impossible. You will be expected to interact-participation is 25% of your grade. Lots of Disney movies! This class was a lot of fun!

11/25/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST375 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had never taken a history class here before, and I found History of Witchcraft to be extremely interesting. Yes, there's a lot of reading, but for the most part it's fun stuff. Valerie is a nice professor and will go out of her way to talk to you ... we also got to watch great movie clips :).

04/09/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST197 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Every single day was a discussion section. Unless you like to talk constantly and read about two hundred pages a week, don't take this class. She doesn't seem to realize that most people don't have a Male Russian Witchcraft background and gets frustrated if you don't agree with her. She expected us to buy $400 worth of books and bring them to class but some of the books we hardly used.

02/17/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
hist197 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She seems to be completely oblivious of her tendency to cut down other people's ideas and originality. I wish she would have changed up the class format every once in awhile. Class discussion EVERY day was really tiresome.

01/04/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
hst433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Contrary to the previous few comments, I really liked Kivelson. She may have been agrumentative with a few students, but that's only because those students were probably full of themselves. Kivelson's a fine teacher.

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