H. Michael Gelfand at James Madison University

H. Michael Gelfand

  • 3.6Overall Quality
  • 3.5Helpfulness
  • 3.8Clarity
  • 2.2Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
5/15/14

HON 300

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedA

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.

4/9/14

Ghist 150

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/9/14

GHIST 150

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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

4/1/14

ghist 150

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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)

12/12/13

GHIST 225

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

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

5/8/13

GHIST 225

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/28/13

GHIST 225

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/25/13

GHIST 225

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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

4/24/13

GHIST 225

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/17/13

ghist 225

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/16/13

GHIST 225

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/15/13

Ghist 225

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/14/13

GHIST 150

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/12/13

GHIST 225

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/9/13

GHIST 225

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

1/14/13

HON300

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Out of any professor you've ever had...H will be the funniest, the hippest, the coolest, the most blunt, the most fascinating, the most opinionated, the most vegan, the most sarcastic, and the best skateboarder.. He has a way of getting into your head and helping you see the world in a whole new way. Its deeply profound as well as strange. He rocks

11/12/12

GHIST150

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This is the first semester H has taught this class so we're all learning together. He's very honest and his class is always very entertaining and based on intelligent discussion. Participation is a major part of your grade. If you don't do the readings he won't be afraid to fail you. So do the readings and you'll be fine.

4/12/12

ghist225

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Honestly the most entertaining lectures I've ever been to. But seriously, take notes and actually go to class, the class is only hard if you don't. He doesn't give study guides but otherwise it's a class TOTALLY worth taking!

3/15/12

HIST225

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Should be a mandatory professor for all students at JMU. Never have I learned as much in a single class. Go to class and take notes and you will get an A. The only class I've ever taken where lectures were consistently entertaining and informative. Without a doubt the best professor I've ever had.

1/13/12

GHIST225

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

This class was awesome but H is a nightmare. He is addicted to calcium, forced everyone to eat at E-Hall and made us drink blue drink. He stressed me out so much that I developed a cestoda! H made me memorize all of Howard Zinn but ultimately I learned so much from him that I now know everything about Good Will Hunting.

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