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Willeen Keough
Professor in the History department
at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
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Overall Quality
4.0
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
4.0
Easiness
3.4
Helpfulness
0
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45 Student Ratings
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01/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The lectures were dry and boring, however she did her best to keep it moving. Slides were good, but not available online. Lectures recorded and available. The readings for tutorial were extensive and tough to keep up with for a first year class. Exam questions are given ahead of time, so you can prepare well for your answers.

06/24/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I took this class last fall, and although I received a decent grade, I did not really enjoy the class. I liked the way Willeen set up her lecture slides, but the fact that we had no midterm and just a final made it hard to remember all the materials. She is a nice lady, and the worst part of the course was the tutorials.

04/01/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The course was relatively boring, yet required for PDP. However, Keough was pretty great. The TA I had was a brutal marker though; average for both papers in our tutorial was low C+. Keough is clear about all papers, readings, exam expectations and other material. Never spoke personally, but helped me via email regarding my paper. Decent lectures.

12/10/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
hist101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Lectures with her were the worst part of my semester. They were so dead and dry... and she doesn't post notes online and told us her lectures would be in the final...so i attended every one. Final came...and I didn't even LOOK at the lec notes -__- all you need is the textbook. tutorial readings are way too excessive for 1st year..

12/06/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Lectures right from textbook but she kept it fairly interesting; notes easy to read. Final exam was easy but your grade depends on your TA. She does help if you email her or approach her after lectures and is generally very useful

11/24/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She seems approachable. Wasn't that interested in all the lecture material but there were some interesting lectures. In my opinion, the tutorial readings every week were too much for a first year history class. No marks back yet and haven't written the final though, so haven't fully decided my opinion on the class yet lol

11/16/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Willeen is a nice enough lady, although her lectures and the class itself was quite dry. The tutorials were dreadful and the readings soooo dull.

10/10/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This woman is perfectly suited to teaching Canadian history. An incredibly boring subject with an incredibly boring woman teaching it. The topic of Canadian history is one that needs a certain electric personality to teach it in order for any of the insanely dull material to get through to the students. Willeen unfortunately doesn't have that personality and though she tries, it's just a painfully uninteresting experience.

01/05/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Super nice professor, but seemed even more bored of the lectures than most of the students. Classes began late and finished early, and others were cancelled altogether. The expectations for assignments were not clear, and my TA seldom attended lectures and so couldn?t answer questions very well.

12/03/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher who uses her Newfoundland background to liven up classes. Readings are quite long for tutorials and those who don't like history will not like them. Had 2 short papers and a final (questions given in advance).Go to her office hours as she gives you much more information than she should... she basically told me how to write my 2nd pape

12/02/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are a bit dry, but it's just the content, not the prof. She has very organized slides. Very easy to follow. 2 assignments in the course; one is primary source analysis and second is secondary source comparison. Not too much reading in a week. She cares a lot about her students and is very approachable. She obviously knows the content.

04/26/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Her marking is very very arbitrary. I would not recommend this class to anyone unless you're in Arts. But even then, the material is pretty dry.

01/15/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST425 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Willeen is an awesome professor who really cares about her undergraduate students. She's always available and tries to get discussion going without talking too much. The readings were fun and there wasn't too much of it.

05/22/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Good teacher. Material comes straight from ppt slides. 2 essays during the sem, approx 8 pg each. TA WAS EXTREMELY BAD. exam was easy- 2 essay questions which she gives in advance. recommend her for ppl who want to get into PDP since she's clear & concise in her teaching and is a decent marker. watch out for TA's, seriously.

03/07/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
hist362 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

Biggest sweetheart in the world. Cares about every student, cares about the content ... just cares. Very understanding. Adds humour to lectures to keep the class paying attention. Ensnaring teaching style. Reading load more than reasonable for an upper level class. I'd take another class with this woman in a heartbeat.

12/16/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I am SO glad to be done with this course. Dreaded the boring readings and lectures, tutorial discussions, and essay writing. However, I actually ended up with a pretty good mark... ONLY because of the help of my friends. TA was useless.

12/14/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She's nice but condescending. Course is all writing even though it's not a W course. Course material is boring, book is not mandatory, absolutely useless, attendance isn't mandatory either. TAs have a skewed marking scheme, if your opinion doesn't match theirs then they'll mark your paper down.

12/14/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class is pure fail. I don't know why it isn't labeled as a W course since there's more writing in this course than an actual W course. 90% of the marks are from writing essays, the final is made up of 3 essays. Not only is this class boring, unless you're really good at writing, don't bother with this course. TA's don't know how to mark.

12/06/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Willeen is a nice person and tries to make the transition from high school easier, but this was def not what I expected for a first year course. There was a ton of reading to do every week. Unless you like reading and analyzing secondary and primary documents, don't take this course. The second assignment was HARD, and the TA was not too helpful.

11/24/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Good course, good prof. Comes across as a bit condendending at times, but that's a minor complaint.

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