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H. Michael Gelfand
Professor in the History department
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
A
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Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
2.2
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05/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HON 300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Yes H is blunt, opinionated, and tough with grading. Here's the thing, as long as you aren't slacking off, do what he tells you to do, and participate in class, you will be fine. He expects you to think critically. The people who hate H are slackers, close-minded people, or both. It's challenging, but you will become a better writer for it.

04/09/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Ghist 150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

H is super awesome! The class is discussion based so you get to hear what people have to say about issues. There are a lot of readings and quizzes and short essays... but not that bad! Also visit his office hours he's mad cool and loves to hear what you have to say! Be postive though he hates negativity. All about vibes, literally.

04/09/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

H. is super smart and you learn ALOT by taking his class. It's discussion based and if you don't show up that will effect your grade and you have to DO THE READINGS! there will be quizzes almost everyday. There is a lot of reading and If you are shy i would advise not taking this but he is over all a really cool guy

04/01/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ghist 150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

NO. He is a sarcastic ass. Have to take a quiz on the readings (short answer) at the beginning of each class and doesn't give enough time on it then takes off points for not finishing. A discussion based class -- by which I mean he won't listen to what you have to say. DON'T. TAKE. THIS. CLASS. (I normally love discussion classes but not with him)

12/12/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

H is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met in my entire life.

05/08/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

DON'T. He is not open to negotiation when it comes to his political or his opinions on passionate topics. He is quick to judge and doesn't really prepare you for the exams. He treats this course like a 400 level course. After studying for hours on end I received a C as my final grade. I have never gotten below an A- until this course.

04/28/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

H. is one of the most passionate professors I have ever had. He pushes you to think from a different perspective. At first I was pissed I didn't get an easy gened teacher, but you will never be bored during lecture. I'd recommend going to his office hours because H. is more relaxed during office hours and you can learn a lot from him.

04/25/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE. Three tests throughout the semester and thats the only thing you have toward your grade. The exams are essays which have only 5 questions. You basically end up studying and memorizing ALL your notes for a 5 question test. I attended every class and payed attention and still did poorly on exams. Also doesn't help outside of class much

04/24/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. Although Dr. Gelfand is a highly intelligent person and very passionate about his work, he is not a great teacher. There is essentially no rubric for this class and all tests/assignments are graded based on his opinion. His weekly assignment topics are vague and his tests are impossibly hard.

04/17/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ghist 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

H. might be the most intelligent person I have met. However, his class is extremely difficult if you are not into history. He speaks very quickly giving out a lot of info in a short amount of time so if you are not a good note taker I would advise not taking him. he is a REALLY hard grader.

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