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H. Michael Gelfand
Professor in the History department
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
are you H. Michael Gelfand?
Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
2.1
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0
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137 Student Ratings
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11/18/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A
"Tough Grader" "Hilarious" "Participation matters"

An incredible dude. Consistently inspired me to live a better life.

10/30/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ghist225 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Participation matters" "Tough Grader" "Skip class? You won't pass."

H is one of the toughest professors there is. He doesn't give much clarity on what he is looking for in assignments, so typically quiz and essay grades in his class are very low. The class is discussion based, so if you aren't a big participation person do not take it. Most people struggle to get even a B, so best of luck.

10/30/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C
"Participation matters" "Tough Grader"

DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS! H is very vague as to what he wants done for the assignments and he doesn't give any outlines. He grades on participation, but when you ask questions sometimes he won't answer them. His assignments are awful and he takes 60 points off if you do something incorrectly. Don't put yourself through this class!!!

10/21/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
GHIST 150 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Inspirational" "Get ready to read" "Tough Grader"

So, get ready for the ride of your life. He will build up your hope, and then crush your grade. He will write the most insane things on your daily quizzes on the readings (which you have 54 seconds to finish), and then the next one will be a 90%. He is wild, but an awesome person and you will learn to think from the inside out. It's worth it.

10/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 150 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Get ready to read" "Amazing lectures"

Gelfand is absolutely brilliant; you will learn SO much from him - if you can afford it. On the other hand, he is unnecessarily brutal with his grading. I get it: he wants to push students to think critically. But your scholarship supplier will not understand this. So do NOT take this class if getting a D means losing all financial support.

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.

04/16/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you really want my honest opinion, H. is a great teacher. He is VERY knowledgeable and knows exactly what he's talking about. He makes history class interesting as I have learned so much in there. However, he is probably the toughest grader I have ever had. He honestly wants answers that are PRECISELY on point on his essay response tests.

04/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Ghist 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

H can be really funny and its a very interesting class, but most of the time he is extremely rude. He is paranoid and thinks all students are trying to take advantage of him, so if you bring up any issues you are having in the class he gets extremely defensive and won't help and will just treat you like you are an idiot. Grades insanely difficult.

04/14/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

H is a great professor definelty take him if you are willing to do the readings and want to learn alot. If you follow the syllabus like his writting style guide and participate you will probally get an A. You will never know what to expect each class which is awesome. Everyday is new and exciting when H is the professor.

04/12/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

DONT LET THESE GOOD REVIEWS FOOL YOU. If, like me, you are not a history student but still don't want to put in too much work DON'T TAKE HIM. His tests are extremely hard and he is the hardest grader I've ever had. I do NOT recommend him.

04/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
GHIST 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He was a very good teacher for this subject. Definitely gave a new perspective of history and kept it interesting. It wasn't an easy class, but as long as you attend class and pay attention you should do fine. This class along with H is an experience all together and I don't regret taking it. I would recommend H. as a professor.

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