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Amanda Ewington
Professor in the Russian department
at Davidson College, Davidson, NC
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
2.2
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25 Student Ratings
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08/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RUS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

Choosing to study Russian was one of the best decisions I made during my time at Davidson. The courses are fast paced, but you will always receive enough attention and help with any difficulties that you come across. As long as you put in adequate effort and keep up with the work, you will be successful.

08/09/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
RUS 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Once you start to learn the language you realize there is a structure to it all. Dr. Ewington does move along pretty quickly but she is more than willing to talk to you and help you practice. Office hours were extremely helpful and if you don't understand the first time she will try until you do. Don't skip out on the work and you'll do just fine.

08/09/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
RUS 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

If you want to differentiate yourself from every other post-grad applicant take Russian. Everyone knows Spanish or French, and Arabic is very colloquial. Russia will remain an economic and political interest. And RUS 101 is a great place to start. It is not a very easy language, but Dr. Ewington is great and always available to help or review!

03/26/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Rus101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ewington was very efficient and organized, and since russian is such a small department, you'll always have a small class. everything is directly by the book, which is small and pretty easy to follow. HW is mostly online, tests cover exactly the chapter material. Great language to take @ Davidson!

01/13/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
WRI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Grades ridiculously hard. Most of assigned reading is completely unrelated to writing assignments and lectures/class discussions are rarely helpful. You have to go to her office hours to actually learn writing and even then she isn't always clear.

12/11/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
RUS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Russian is a difficult language to learn, and Ewington will move at a fast pace, so if you fall behind it can be hard to keep up. That said, she really loves the language and is more than willing to give help if you need it. By no means an easy course, but if you work at it, it will pay off. I also appreciated her input on my study abroad plans.

10/23/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Rus101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Challenging but rewarding

01/04/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
WRI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very tough class. Boring and difficult to be open minded. Unless your in love with Russian, which she very much is, not worth taking. She grades you like seniors majoring in Russian. I recommend not taking this class, she is an awful teacher.

01/02/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
WRI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Grades WAY to hard for writing 101. The class is boring and the material is boring. She is very passionate about Russia though.

01/01/2011
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Wri101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Definitely a tough class, and while she does play favorites a little, all you have to do to get on her good side is work hard. Really helpful during office hours, and going to talk to her can make or break you in the class.

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