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Sarah Phillips
Professor in the History department
at Boston University, Boston, MA
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Overall Quality
3.9
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
4.0
Easiness
3.4
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10/04/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
HI152 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

Passionate about the topic, she keeps you pretty engaged for such a large lecture. Nice class because discussion is not mandatory. She isn't the most intelligent woman on the topic. My high school US History professor was worlds more knowledgable than Phillips. The only good read is the book for the final paper. Midterms are fairly easy.

05/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

I hate history, but Prof. Phillips' enthusiasm in her lectures made the class actually very interesting. She also used a lot of multimedia, which kept me awake (even though she always let us out 30 min early).

03/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HI 337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Her lectures are very interesting and helpful. She does not just repeat what is in the book but builds on it with different information. The essays are hard but the exams/quizzes are easy as long as you study. Go to class or you wont do well. This class was by favorite history class by far!

01/15/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI 337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

Professor Phillips really knows her stuff. Lectures were interesting but long, and if you zoned out for a few minutes it could be hard to get back on track with the lecture (on average I'd usually have 3-5 pages of notes per lecture). Midterm, final, and essays (although tedious) weren't too painful and didn't require a MASSIVE amount of studying

05/02/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Interesting lectures. Midterm and final were both very fair. The 3 required papers were pretty terrible, but the easy exams mostly make up for it.

01/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI338 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Phillips is amazing! Her lectures were so interesting and engaging that even though attendance wasn't mandatory, I wanted to attend every lecture. There are many extra credit opportunities, the exams are easy and straightforward, and the writing/reading assignments (though lengthy) were really interesting. Wish I could retake this class!

01/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI338 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I LOVED this class. Professor Phillips's lectures were interesting and engaging. She gives lots of extra credit and if you do the reading, and take good notes you'll be fine. There's a lot of reading but the texts and writing assignments were interesting and the exams were straight-forward. The TF, Ben, ran great discussions. 10/10 for this class!

05/01/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HI337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took her for US 1900-1945. She's very smart and fair. The lectures are boring but easy to takes notes on. There were 2 tests and 3 papers. All the work is straightforward if you look thru the readings as need be. You don't need to do ALL the readings. I'm a slacker and will prolly get a B+ but if you actually try, you can certainly get an A.

12/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
hi852 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Phillips is awesome. The readings are interesting and the way she leads discussion fosters thought and conversation and she loves everyones ideas. Definitely recommended

05/10/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
hi 364/365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

phillips is interesting, but does read straight from her notes. show up to every class because sometimes she gives a bonus question for her midterm and final that you'll only know if you go to class. she is a nice woman and the tfs are not that bad. some are pretty opinionated though

11/04/2004
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HI 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She was a really nice person, but she always, always seemed to read from her lecture notes! It made for some extremely boring lectures. She uses different types of media, but sometimes doesn't incorporate the sound clips/video clips very well.

08/05/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HI 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Enjoyed lectures very much. TF's grade papers harshly but consistently. If you are willing to work you can ace the papers and mini tests were simple. Good class

05/06/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

really sweet lady. loved that if you went to class and discussion, you could do well on the mini tests. papers were pretty easy to write but graded pretty harshly by the tf's. no final though. all in all a great 100 level class.

04/30/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

An easier class...many grades (3 papers, 3 tests, discussion, no final!) Very clear about concepts, tests are easy, papers not too bad though a TF grades them so go to office hours before it's due! Phillips plays songs/movies in lecture which was cool

04/28/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI 365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

So liberal it can be annoying when you'd rather make up on your own mind. But the lectures are very good and very, very interesting. Unfortunately the grades are all papers, and the size of the class means that everyone gets Bs anyway.

04/27/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

She's an ok lecturer. The main thing is your TF: your TF grades your papers and determines your discussion grade. As long as you have a good TF, the class is fine. Easy tests, although the papers are set to graduate-level standards

04/27/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HI 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

I liked Professor Phillips. She did not make class harder than it had to be. Tests were simple; papers weren't much harder. She is always willing to help out students. TF's were also very helpful.

04/20/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
hi365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

She spends the ENTIRE lecture reading off of her notes, i can read myself i don't need her to do it for me. Hard to follow in lecture, spends far too much time on unimportant matters than what should be taught and would be interesting.

04/20/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HI 365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

WATER BOTTLE!!! she punctuates almost every sentence in lecture with a long swig from her ever-present water bottle. Believe me, you hear a murmur of annoyed sighs whenever it happens. it'll get on your nerves! Good TFs=Good grades.

04/19/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
HI 152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Extremely easy class. Exams consist of matching. As long as you attend the lectures and the readings you should get an a. TF's are really friendly too. Lecture is boring - so prepare to do something else.

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Posted on: 09/14/12
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I was very hesitant to intrude on this student review space, but I want to point out that all of these reviews, except for the 2 most recent, are over 8 years old. I was a first-time instructor in 2004-2005, and those reviews certainly reflect my hesitance and inexperience. I cannot speak for my current students, but I believe I have improved.

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