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Allen Armstrong
(Physics)


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Subject: Nice teacher  (Oct 23 2008, 10:56PM)
Student: Anonymous (Sociology)
Class:astronomy (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Prof Armstrong is such a nice guy. He tries his best to keep the student's attention and tells jokes all the time. He is very passionate about his teachings and that really shows. The material is a bit difficult and his tests are pretty hard as well. He does curve on the tests which really helps out. Take him but only if you plan on studying.
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Subject: Nice Guy...  (Apr 17 2008, 06:48PM)
Student: Anonymous (Finance)
Class:Astronomy (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This class can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning, especially if you are expecting to learn about planets and constellations the entire time. The begnning of this course deals with physics, which can be tricky. Once you get past that and into the "fun" stuff like the planets, it gets better. Though most students did horrible on the first exam due to the physics, everyone seemed to improve for following two exams. He will stutter and jumble his words at times, which he will warn you of jokingly in the beginning. He tries to keep things interesting by throwing in some videos and planetarium sessions. Best thing about this prof is that he will allow you to replace the lowest exam grade with an easy project. Very nice prof who will work with you as long as he sees you are trying and show an interest (ask lots of questions in class & he will love you!!)
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Subject: Nice Guy  (Oct 24 2005, 02:13PM)
Student: Adam Christman (Finance)
Class:Astronomy (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He is a really nice professor and wants you to learn the material and do well in class. He really enjoys the material he teaches. He is very scatter brained and you can distract him from the lecture topic very easily. The class is very easy too. There is little to no homework and the tests are not very hard, just ask for a detailed study-guide and he will make a great one for you!
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Subject: Nice and tough!  (Jan 09 2005, 12:11AM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:Astronomy (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I took Dr. Armstrongs 8 am astronomy class. What a difficult class to attend 3 days a week!! He lectures non stop and the tests are very accurate. The tests were so tough he gives us all an option to type a paper on astronomy to redeem a grade. That's how I like college to be!
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Subject: Great Professor  (Oct 07 2004, 11:39PM)
Student: Landry Beck (Political Science)
Class:Astronomy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Armstrong is a great teacher, especially if you're into the subject. I took him over the summer and we spent the first half hour of class looking at slides of what those Mars Rovers found the previous night. There are 2 tests and an optional paper that can really boost your grade--you can write it on "anything" that has to do with outer space. AND, if there is a day where hardly anyone shows up, he gives you several extra credit points, and he ultra-curves the grades. I thought it was an enjoyable class and a relatively easy A. The first test is really hard because it's all about the history, physics and philosophers who contributed to astronomy, but the second test is mostly just easy comprehension. As long as you read the book, you can't go wrong because his tests come straight from it. It's alot of reading, but I couldn't have asked for a more enthusiastic teacher. He's really funny too. I say take him.
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Subject: Good teacher  (Sep 09 2002, 03:36PM)
Student: Anonymous (Finance)
Class:Astronomy (B)
 13 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Armstrong is a good guy. He wants you to do well in his class and tries to make it fun by telling pretty funny jokes. His tests are pretty tough though. But if you read the textbook, you'll do well on them. Tests are about 25-50 multiple choice and 2-3 short answer questions, but he tells you ahead of time what the short answer questions will be. Plus he curves the tests. PLUS he gives extra credit if you do a project.. about 5 pages long, but you can include pictures. I really recommend doing this, because it takes place of your lowest test score and it is a simple project. I took him over the summer (3 weeks, 5 days a week), so it was pretty rough. But just read the textbook and you'll be fine. I really recommend Dr. Armstrong to you!
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Negative Comments (2)

Subject: -  (Mar 23 2009, 11:53AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:intro to astronomy (C)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Armstrong does not take attendance and his tests are EXTREMELY hard. His lectures are boring and don't be fooled by the oh wow project at the end... it didn't help my grade one bit when HE LOST MY PROJECT!
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Subject: Waste of time  (Dec 21 2005, 04:16PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Astronomy (B-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr Armstrong is one of the worst profs I've had at Shippensburg thus far. His lectures are not only boring, but I took absolutely nothing from them. I could barely get a page of notes out of one class period. He gets off topic easily and rambles on. Sometimes he uses powerpoints in lectures, but goes so fast you don't have time to take notes on any of the slides. His tests cover every minute detail. If it wasn't for an extra credit assignment, I would've had a low C or a high D. I do not recommend taking Armstrong or Astronomy.
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Subject: Oh Wow!  (Oct 13 2008, 11:43AM)
Student: Anonymous (CRJ)
Class:Astronomy (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 One of the hardest professors Iíve had. Armstrong really knows his stuff and is in love with the subject. He seems to be one of those genius types. His tests are insanely difficult. I would study for hours and still fail the tests. Almost everyone else did very poorly as well. That said, he curves the grades extremely generously. I was able to pull out a B even though I technically failed all the tests before the curve. I did learn a lot from this course. I came into this class with the notion it would be easy, but found out I was in for a world of pain. That said overall I would recommend his Astronomy class to fill that category c gen ed. His class was a good experience in finding out how hard college could be. Thank goodness for the curve.
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