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Oscar Martinez
Professor in the History department
at University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
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Overall Quality
3.0
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Hotness
Helpfulness
2.6
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
3.2
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23 Student Ratings
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06/27/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

No powerpoints. Old school lecturing. Potentially interesting topic but he cannot make it interesting. Will make you fall asleep and WILL take time to wake you up in class if you do. Kind of a rude guy, refuses to review material. Try someone else.

06/11/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Simply put, he wasn't my favorite person in the world. I found his teaching style to be a bit dull and he was kind of a jerk if you had to get up to go to the bathroom during class, which irks me to no end. The class was easy, even without doing a majority of the reading but if the teacher makes or breaks the class for you, just be wary.

01/12/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

One of the nicest professors around and full of insight, Martinez is a great teacher. Show up to class and pay attention and keep up with at least half of the readings and it's a B. Really enjoyed listening to his experiences and cheesy jokes.

01/04/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pretty easy, but he will put you to sleep. The lectures drag on and on, and he constantly attempts to guilt-trip you into feeling bad for illegal immigrants. Periodically he'll take a large chunk of time to tear into some Republican politician who has nothing to do with the course. Even people I talked to who agreed with him were bored to death.

12/22/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He really will put you to sleep its no joke. Doesn't really care if you show up, one of those classes where once you know what he's looking for you can just kind of wing it on an exam and do pretty well. I can't imagine doing all or even most of the readings but if you do this will probably be one of the easier A's you'll get.

03/29/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST369 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

Every Professor has a bias, at least Martinez is upfront about it. Of course someone born in Mexico might sympathize with Mexico. Informative, well organized, and clear of his expectations of the class, I found him to be a very good professor. Readings and tests normal for a class at this level.

03/11/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST369 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Martinez does not teach to entertain, and as he says,"I am a Norteno." So of coarse, he will gives the raw form of history, not the romanticized version. You should look at the background of teachers to try and assimilate where these professors are coming from, not only does Martinez have vast experience, but has lived to experience it.

02/10/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAS361 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

Dr. Martinez is a good teacher. His teaching is insightful and grounded in FACTS. To me, he is a down the middle kind of guy, some think he is biased, I do not (I've seen biased teachers and believe me he's not). If you want to actually LEARN, take his class.

02/08/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This guy's motto is "Let's beat this horse to death." He goes on and on about the sorrows of Mexico while you learn absolutely nothing about it's history, or social system. I do NOT recommend taking this class.

10/25/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This man is so full of himself it makes me sick. He loves to hear the sound of his own voice and shoots down students who don't agree with him. Most of the class sleeps through his lectures but he couldn't care less. All but one book used in the class was either written or edited by him.

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