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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
Helpfulness
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10/16/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
WRI 101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Tough Grader" "Participation matters" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Not the best class to take if your wishing to fulfill your WRI 101. She is extremely passionate about Russia, kinda crazy actually. The class is tough and she actually wants you to make conclusions about Russian culture which you do not know about - if you are like me. I don't recommend taking this is you don't love russia.

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.

11/03/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
WRI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She assigns a lot of reading and her favorite "difficult" essays to write. While I definitely think she is helpful in office hours, classes have sometimes been unclear to me (especially at 9:30 AM). While I learned a lot, I should have chosen an easier writing class I was more interested in.

03/26/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
RUS101W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

AMAZING professor! She is extremely dedicated to helping students improve their writing. She puts in a lot of time to give students the tailored advice and guidance that makes the Davidson W experience so valuable. She is a difficult grader but she rewards students for hard work and personal improvements.Her enthusiasm for Russia is contagious

11/09/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
RUS101w Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Ewington has high standards and high expectations, but she is very fair. She extremely enthusiastic about her job and loves teaching. She has frequent office hours and is abundantly helpful.

10/26/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
RUS101W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Ewington is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about her subject - sometimes frighteningly so. I have often felt attacked by her when trying to make a point. Speak up, go to her office hours, and quickly earn her respect in the class. It pays off in better grades. But make any points succinct and fail-safe, or she'll tear it apart.

03/20/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
RUS291 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Her lit classes are so worth it - you learn so much and really grow in the class. Great teacher.

11/13/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Rus100W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS (Russia and the west) as your W course. Way too much unnecessary reading and a ton of papers. There are easier, more interesting W courses out there. Class is a complete bore.

09/20/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
RUS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Awesome prof!! Hard grader but always fair - provides LOTS of feedback so you know what to do next time.

08/27/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
RUS201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Excellent professor. She's fabulous outside of class. Her classes are difficult but well worth the effort.

07/07/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
RUS100W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I loved this class (Russian Women Writers). She is insightful, intelligent, energetic, really made it fun. A TON of reading though. I got behind by the end of the semester. I don't know how she is in the real Russian classes, but her W course was well worth it!

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