David Ambaras at North Carolina State University

David Ambaras

  • 3.4Overall Quality
  • 3.5Helpfulness
  • 3.4Clarity
  • 1.8Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
4/10/14

HIST 264

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Wouldn't recommend this professor at all. Probably the most difficult grader ever seen in 16 years of schooling. Asks a lot of an online class and very picky. Maybe if you have a PhD in Asian history you can do well in this course otherwise avoid it like the black plague since it will discourage you from wanting to learn Asian history.

2/24/14

Hi264

Accredited

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

I haven't even gotten my grade in this class yet, but I know it's not going to be good. I'm only taking it because it's the only history I could fit into my schedule this semester. He expects so much from you, which is fine but I'm taking this to fulfill GED reqs, so I could care less. Definitely not an "easy A" course. Do not recommend.

11/27/13

HI 371

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This was a Modern Japanese History class, and Ambaras is a very knowledgeable professor with personal experience in Japan. If you like Japan or history, you will enjoy his lectures! He only gives 4 projects as grades in this class, so be prepared to interpret films, primary sources, and more. He's a tough grader but gives good critique.

5/31/12

hi264

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Ambaras is an awesome teacher. He is knowledgeable and makes history interesting. I'd highly recommend him.

5/23/12

HI001

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Difficult, but brilliant and very willing to work with his students if you operate within his stated guidelines.

5/23/11

HI491

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Senior Seminar. Really difficult class, very helpful outside of class and responsive to e-mails. Heavy on discussion (which I like) so don't take him if you don't like interpreting reading!

10/14/10

HIST573

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

This class is a combination class with undergraduates (473) and graduates. The course is extremely interesting and he is very knowledgeable about the field. There is quite a bit of reading so don't take his class when you will not have time for a difficult course. This is a 400-500 level course so expect that level of difficulty.

5/11/10

HI233

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Not a huge fan of this class. I took this online and I would not recommend it to anyone that is not a History major. If you are a History major, take a different class if one is available. He grades writing assignments too tough and they dominate the overall grade. I am glad that I will never have to take this teacher again!!!

11/4/09

HI264

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you are not excited about history, don't take him. He's extremely droll and his lectures are just straight talking for an hour. His tests are difficult and don't mention important parts of the text. It's a very unpleasant experience.

6/11/09

hi233

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Ambaras is lazy dont take him. He sets expectations then changes them when it comes time to grade.

9/18/08

HIST597

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is genuinely excited about what he is teaching and cares whether you get it or not. He demands a lot but is always there to help. He is a great guy. If you really love history and want to learn a lot then take this class. If you want an easy gut course do not take his classes.

6/21/08

HI223

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great Professor! I learnt more in this class than all my other history classes combined. There is a lot of reading to do though. And if you don't like group projects, they are 60% of the grade.

6/21/08

HI264

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Nice teacher, helpful, gives handouts to follow during class, discussion groups for readings are very helpful for reading assignments, and he definitely knows what he's talking about

5/10/08

HI233

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

The class was not enjoyable by any means. His lectures were completely irrelevant to the material on the quizes. The study guides had nothing to do with the questions on the quizes. The only helpful material on the study guide was the map locations which was about 5% of the total quiz grade. Also he was not very nice to students who had questio

4/3/08

HI233

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Quizzes are very hard and the study guides aren't useful. He requires that students memorize dates, but doesn't tell you which ones he wants you to know. He seems more concerned with hearing himself speak rather than teaching.

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