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Robert Trivers
Professor in the Anthropology department
at Rutgers - State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
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Overall Quality
4.0
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.0
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
3.8
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12/17/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Anth 387 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A
"Amazing lectures" "Get ready to read" "Respected by students"

The course material for this class was really advanced and difficult to understand, and Dr. Trivers' lectures were sometimes hit-or-miss in terms of whether they actually made it clearer. That being said, when he gives a good lecture Trivers is engaging and brilliant. Grade was based on two easy exams so reading and attendance are important.

02/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Sociology 1001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+

Excellent Professor, great content

04/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SOCIALEVO Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He IS as brilliant as they say, and by "they," I mean the handful of people out there who care about social evolution. The kind of stuff he talks about: once you see it, it cannot be unseen. You will realize the truth, but for the price of irreversible social dysfunction. Like the Matrix!!

05/08/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Ath300 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

They compare him to Charles Darwin. Need I say more? He is by far the most brilliant person I've ever interacted with, but he doesn't have his head too far in the clouds (just enough for this field of study). His honesty about everything is refreshing and helpful in such a deceitful world. He's also great one on one, just amazing all around.

08/01/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIO000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I mean... it's Robert Trivers. If you don't know how famous he is, perhaps you don't deserve the honor of taking his class! But seriously, the guy is a genius (and happy to tell you so himself, haha) and you'll learn things you've never even thought about before. The class is a trip. Easy A if you have a brain and worth every penny.

05/23/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTHR204 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This class is really based on the lectures, so you have to go and pay attention if you want to do good for exams. I never read the textbook (until exam's which he has two), and attended probably around 2/3 of his lectures and wound up with a B+ for the course. To get an A, attending class is a must, however, his lectures are very entertaining.

05/09/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Anthr204 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The course was straightforward but you really have to attend lectures. I thought it'd be a good idea to just read the book a day before the exams and that wasn't the best .. Trivers can be disorganized but he's a good lecturer (from the lectures I did go to).

10/03/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
SociaEvol Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Trivers is a really funny guy. Class is great - gives you a new way of thinking about and understanding social behavior. He's like a legend in the field and it is awesome to be able to learn from him first-hand!

05/17/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOCEVOL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Highly intelligent and knowledgeable. Clearly a very kind and caring individual. Great lecturer with interesting anecdotes. Often lets class out 10-20 minutes early. Tests aren't too hard, but a fair amount is taken from his lectures that isnt in the book.

08/22/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOCEVOL 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 think Dr. Trivers is great at what he does. The material is inforamtive and interesting. He is funny n will keep the class interesting with his facts. This man is very knowledgeable with his material. I agree Mr.TA is awesome also, not bad on the eyes, lol

05/13/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
socevo Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Go to every class, pay attention, and study a day or two before exam and you should get at least a B. There is a lot of material in the book that you don't need to read. He gives a study guide before the midterm and final so you'll kno wat you do and don't need in the book. Lectures are a big part of his exams.

04/23/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SocEv Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Trivers is one of the most entertaining professors I've had at Rutgers so far. He tells funny stories that (generally) have to do with what he lecturing on. Exams aren't tough, just go to teh lectures and teh review and you'll do fine. He does curve but it's not huge. Much props to Rolando de Aguiar for putting up with being his TA.

12/12/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
sociaevol Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

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05/12/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
ANTHR349 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This guy is kind of out there, but the class is really easy. I went to about half the classes, studied the night before the final (the only grade in the class), and pulled off a B. There is no book, just print-outs that you are supposed to read for each class which you really don't have to do anyway.

05/31/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Social Evo Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I thought this class was a waste of time. It would of been interesting and easy if I didnt fall asleep everytime i went. I dunno make sure you drink like 12 cups of coffee

05/18/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Social Evo Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

What a great guy!!! The material is pretty fascinating and what's even more fascinating is that he coined a bunch of the theories and is continuing his research even now. He's funny too, and extremely generous with grades.

05/16/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
deceit/selfdec. Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His class is very unorganized and he comes to class unprepared. He sits at the front reading through the assigned papers that he hasn't read prior to the class and preaches his opinion at you. If you disagree with his opinion he shuts you out and tells you that you're wrong. Overall this class is a joke.

05/04/2006
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
deceit/self-dec Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

this was a complete joke and waste of time. he's extraordinarily arrogant and thought it was below him to even make a syllabus. wastes class time telling the class how much rutgers is a terrible school. he's an easy grader, but what a waste of time.

04/07/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Social Evo Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Brilliant. Generous with curving grades. Excellent lecturer and hilarious. Stop reading this and take his freakin' course already!

04/03/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
soc evolution Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

By far one the best teachers at this school! Not only does he present the material in a very interesting and scholarly fashion, but he says some really funny stuff that makes us all laugh. I think the subject matter is fascinating as well, and he makes it all the better by being a great prof. He also is very easy on grading and gives good curves

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