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Tom Whalen
Professor in the History department
at Boston University, Boston, MA
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Overall Quality
4.7
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Hotness
Helpfulness
4.6
Clarity
4.8
Easiness
3.5
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12/27/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
SS201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

An amazing lecturer, instead of just giving you information, he outlines events and gives you the big picture. I enjoyed every class because he engages his students and wants them to do well. He's pretty funny, too. Best professor in CGS hands down

01/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ss201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

WHALEN IS THE MAN. I literally laugh through his entire class, and remember everything he taught us because he's so fun to listen to! He has such a great personality, I wish every teacher was like him! His class is great! Obviously JSA's are another deal, as are the finals, but his mid terms are fair and easy enough! HE ROCKS.

11/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
SS201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is one the best professors I have ever had. He keeps the material clean, concise, and easily understandable. You don't have to read the book because he outlines the major events. His tests are fairly easy. He prepares you very well for the midterm and final. I recommend him more than any other professor at BU!

11/06/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SS202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Whalen is the reason I liked CGS.He is by far the best professor in BU! He has a demeanor like a politician and all his lectures and discussions are amazing. I wish he was my professor for everything I would love going to class everyday!

04/06/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
SS202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Whalen is the best professor and might I say has the MOST attractive demeanor at Boston University. He's funny, smart, and keeps you interested. He's a native with a hard core Boston accent.

04/05/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Whalen is by far the best professor I have had at BU. Every lecture is engaging, interesting, understandable and funny. He swears a lot and is very enthusiastic about the subject which makes listening to him so much fun and you learn a lot. He is intelligent, personable and just the best teacher who I could not recommend more - just take his class!

12/03/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
SS201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Whalen is a really cool dude. He's very entertaining and makes the subject interesting. However, he does not cover enough material to prepare you for midterms/finals so you have to read the books. He also tends to use out of date phrases that make no sense to me so I don't always know what he's talking about.

03/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ss102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Probably the clearest teacher I have ever had. His discussions are the best, he writes down 'talking points' that work well. He makes EVERYTHING understandable. At a certain point, he realized that no one was doing readings because his discussions were better. If you don't understand something, go to office hours. Kind, fun, aproachable.

11/02/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
SoSci101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's funny and understanding.

07/06/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
SS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I love this man more than word can tell. He has been one of my favorite teachers in all my years of schooling. Even if you don't have him as a professor, do your best to attend HIS classes, TRUST ME!

03/03/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ss102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

wow. after reading profiles of other social science professors at cgs, i am extremely glad that i have whalen as a teacher. i couldnt imagine having someone else. he is also amazingly helpful with his students and is the most popular and well known professor at cgs. he is always in the news. GO WHALEN (just needs to prepare for midterms more)

01/17/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
SS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His outlines are very helpful in class but they alone cover very little in the long run for midterms and finals. Of course one is expected to read all of this but one thing he could improve a little on is preparation for midterms and finals and whatnot. Overall, though the finals aren't too bad as long as you be sure to read everything.

01/17/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
SS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Whalen is very student oriented. I have never met a teacher so loved by every one of his students. It is kind of a mutual relationship, students love Whalen, Whalen loves back, what can get better than that. He prepares you Very well for team exams. I feel like a traitor for saying this but one thing Whalen does not cover well is the MC exams.

12/16/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ss101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Whalen is not like a teacher. He is more like your friend who genuinely cares about your grades in class and wants you to do well. He is also hilariously funny.

10/15/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
SS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Whalen is so nice and such a great teacher! He explains everything to you really well in class and also grades fairly. Definately one of the best CGS professors!

08/28/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
SS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Whalen is a great guy and a great professor. Reading is definitely not mandatory, since he gives great notes and detailed outlines. He is always available for office hours, and is encouraging to his students. Enthusiastic and happy to be a prof.

11/27/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
SS102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Whalen is a robot. No real personality. He doesn't remember his current or past students, and he plays off the exact same routine of fake enthusiasm (volume, that is...) every lecture just to make it seem like he's an enthusiastic professor. By far NOT the best CGS professor. Fake and simple. He is straightforward though; like 8th grade...

11/13/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
SS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Extremely funny...really enthusiastic....and his outlines are the best...////

04/18/2007
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ss101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Whalen is a GOD. Don't ever have to do the homework because he outlines everything for you. Super understanding and an enthusiastic speaker!LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM

05/03/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ss102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Whalen is BY FAR the best teacher in CGS, I absolutely loved his class, he is an AMAZING teacher and person- GET ON HIS TEAM u will LOVE him

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