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Matthew Herbst
Professor in the Humanities department
at University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
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Overall Quality
4.5
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.5
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
3.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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11/11/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
MMW 12 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Amazing lectures" "Get ready to read" "Respected by students"

Professor Herbst is one of the greatest professors at UCSD. He makes lecture interesting and fun. Do the readings and you'll do well with I-Clickers and on the exams.

05/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MMW12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A-

Why don't you teach 13? Great, enthusiastic professor with podcast! Only downside is i-clickers on the readings, which are very long but just get the main idea of it and your good to go. Essay grades depend on your TA so just go to their OH. Exams are very straight forward. Take him if you can!

12/14/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MMW 11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Herbst is an amazing professor but you will have to work for the A! The online readings are a must, focuses on religion/philosophies a lot.

11/15/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MMW11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Herbst is a good professor, but his reading assignments are too much. I usually spend 5 hours a day to do well in the reading. And the midterms are challenging too. Average in the class is B- or C.

06/05/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Herbst is probably the best professor I have ever had, and will ever have. He has so much passion for what he teaches, and that's what makes it so great to hear him lecture. He's also an amazing person. He took a group of us to Istanbul to do service with disabled people, and I knew then he is one of the greatest persons I will ever meet.

03/07/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MMW 11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of the BEST professors I have ever had. He keeps you engaged, interested, and has so much passion I love him.

03/04/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MMW 11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoyed his lectures and always looked forward in going to them. Lectures are interesting and always grab your attention. iClicker questions are usually not hard. I definitely hope to be able to take him again in the future.

02/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Herbst made MMW exciting! He has high expectations (in a good way). The class is reasonably challenging, and he presents content in a way that is clear and engaging. His lecture style facilitates note-taking and makes it easy to review. It is pretty clear what will be important for exams. Tests are very fair. Best MMW professor I've had!

11/30/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
MMW11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Herbst is a great lecturer. He keeps you interested and answers questions. The i-Clicker quizzes motivate you to do the reading and are pretty easy (sometimes purely common sense). Before the midterm, he gives you a list of the exact questions he will ask so you can study them and be prepared. I thought I'd suffer in MMW but it's my easiest class.

03/31/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The professor himself really teaches well. He teaches history like one giant, intertwined story and you will remember things from this class. His test questions are very fair. In terms of grades, it really depends on the difficulty and expectations of your T.A.

03/23/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MMW4 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I love his lectures. I'm the type to fall asleep during class and I never did during his class. Learned so much...I seriously love this guy. I don't even like history, and he made me enjoy it. Dr. Herbst, I got nothing but good things to say about you. <3 btw, I hardly did the reading, just go to class.

03/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Herbst is one of the better MMW teachers. His lectures are very engaging and he keeps everyone awake and focused. Coming to class in enjoyable. Test are usually connecting points to the main theme. Beware though that grading varies from TA to TA, so while you earned a B, your friend who knows less might have gotten an A-.

02/12/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MMW12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Herbst's tests are pretty easy and fair, really depends on your TA. READINGS are too important. Pretty easy, take him if you can.

12/17/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW11 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

Very clear and engaging lecturer. Tests are fair and it's extremely helpful to do the readings. He's a very nice man who enjoys what he does and does it well. Highly recommended.

11/20/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MMWA08 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Amazing professor... Super helpful and is willing to go out of the way.

11/03/2011
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MMW4 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

BEST MMW Professor. Lectures are clear and well organized. Tests are easy to study for, just review lectures and reading. Sometimes he puts 'notes' on the website which are basically the test. just go to class and do the readings and you'll do fine.

10/27/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MMW3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Herbst is a pretty decent professor in that he's a clear lecturer. I feel that his concepts actually do connect pretty well. One bad thing about this class, however, is that his review sessions are entirely useless. He'll just sit there and barely answer any questions. Not only that, but his midterm/final are pretty hard.

07/30/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MMW3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Best MMW professor, yet! Tests were hard as hell if you didn't actually learn and study the content of the course. Tests were all essay format (no multiple choice). Started class late and end late most of the time.

06/29/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
MMW3 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Best MMW Porf. so far. He is super nice and his lectures are not boring, he'll try to be funny through the lecture which keeps students interested in what he's saying, He's very willing to help you when needed. He's tests are based pretty much on his lectures. He doesn't Podcast, but it's worth going to lecture. I would recommend him 100%

06/21/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
MMW3n4 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

MOST AMAZING PROFESSOR AT USCD! He has a way of lecturing that MAKES you want to listen. He isn't just a talking head in front of a podium-he TEACHES. He makes history come alive and makes it relevant by comparing it to matters taking place in our lives today. And his knowledge makes him SO attractive. MMW + Herbst = GREATNESS!!!!

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