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Michael Pressler
(English)


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Subject: LOVE THIS GUY! NO EXAGGERATION  (Oct 24 2013, 11:44PM)
Student: Anonymous (psychology)
Class:ENG 243 (A)
 15 of 40 students found this review helpful.

 Professor Pressler is one of those professors that you can tell loves what he is doing. He's excited about what he's teaching and it gets you excited as well. Very refreshing. He definitely knows what he's talking about. If you love movies, you'll love him and this course; if you don't particularly like movies then you will after this course. Tests are easy as long as you show up to class. Not hard at all. TAKE THIS CLASS.
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Subject: fun class  (Jan 06 2011, 03:32AM)
Student: Anonymous (Biology)
Class:The Art of the Film (A)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Art of Film was an easy & fun class. A lot of it is just learning terms & making sure you talk during Friday discussions. Didn't bother buying the book for this class, saved money & still got an A. He gives you handouts that basically have what you need on them. Every Wednesday you watch a film, on Friday you/he talks about it. Make sure you pay attention on these days. Honestly, just go to class, watch all the movies, and learn the terms in the glossary. There are a lot of terms for some tests, but they're easy. P.S. the color of the movie "The Godfather" is yellow and mickeymousing is when the music matches up to the action on the screen (like Fantasia) enjoy!
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Subject: Good Professor  (May 23 2009, 12:33PM)
Student: Frederick van Alfyn (English)
Class:Introduction to Mythology (A)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 When it comes to teaching, Pressler is a mixed bag. However, he displays a large amount of positive attributes, and can easily be recommended for the Introduction to Mythology class. Our class with Pressler consisted of 3 tests (including the final), one paper (about 7 -10 pages) and a participation grade. The tests consisted of a selection of multiple choice questions as well as a few essay questions. The essay questions were easy, and the multiple choice questions were also fairly easy. For the multiple choice, most of the questions were obvious, but about 5-10% were a bit tricky, so that Dr. Pressler would have a way to measure if someone had actually read the chapters in the book. The paper was judged and corrected harshly, but Pressler seemed to hand out good grades on it (mostly A's and B's). However, he took the pen across the paper and made many comments and corrections, that he saw fit. As for participation, he graded easily on that as well. I am not outspoken in class, as I would rather just do the reading, show up, listen, and let the professor lecture me on stuff that I can passively soak in. However, I still managed to get an A for the class so he did not grade too harshly on actual participation. The class itself was very interesting to me. I took a mythology class in high school, and the facts that I learned previously came back into my brain, as I went to this class. We covered a lot of material based on the classical Greek and Roman mythology, and sometimes Pressler had his class dabble with mythology from Asia and the Middle Eastern regions. Pressler also had a habit of talking about word etymology, and he related this to the classical mythology. As someone who is interested in etymology, this was also a plus for his class. My only complaint is that Pressler did not cover the Germanic mythology at all. The course description reads as follows: "Introduces the major myths of classical Western and other cultures." Therefore, I cannot blame Pressler entirely for skipping the Germanic mythology, although could have been introduced a bit under the "other cultures" heading. Friendly professor, interesting classes. Pressler knows his stuff, and is recommended, should you want to learn about the gods.
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Subject: Nice Prof. and Easy Class  (Jan 14 2009, 06:13PM)
Student: Anonymous (Communicatios)
Class:Art of Film (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I can't believe how many people complained about Film class. It's called the Art of Film...you're going to be watching all kinds of movies that have to do with what you're learning about! They're not all supposed to be wildly entertaining or even have a plot. Pressler told me himself that he can't show some films he REALLY wants to show us b/c he's required to teach us certain areas, none of which are animation, suspense, thriller, and comedy movies. He looks through the tests to see the "most missed question" and takes everyone's questions about their tests into consideration. He remembers your name and tries to joke around and make class fun. HE EVEN LETS YOU TEXT DURING THE MOVIES AND BE RUDE TO EVERYONE ELSE! So I don't see what everyone's deal is w/ him. Yes, it's easy, but no, it's absolutely not a waste of time if you have an interest in film and actually try to learn the material. If you didn't want to learn about film and attend a class where you get to sit back and watch a movie once a week, why would you sign up for it?? Bottom line: Pressler's nice. But don't take him and be mad that he actually teaches you about the ART OF FILM!!!
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Subject: Fairly Easy  (Mar 26 2008, 05:36PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:WIFYS (--)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Pressler was a nice guy, if not a little long-winded. The best part of the class is the grading: He lets you turn in everything twice. The first time he just goes through and edits for you, and if you make the corrections and put it in your portfolio (midterm and final), you'll get an A. There are no real tests. We had one group research paper, which was okay. We also had to read one book, "The Ethicist," and talk about it, which was interesting and fun. Everyone has to take WIFYS anyway, and Dr. Pressler isn't a bad guy to take for it.
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Subject: good teacher  (May 21 2006, 09:54AM)
Student: Anonymous (Sociology)
Class:Art of Film (C)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 At first I was thinking about dropping the course, but im so glad I didnt, pressler really gets you to think and view film in a different way, it is AWESOME. His tests are EXTREMELY hard, but basically you just have to read everything he has on the syllabus and his handouts and you will do good. His tests are all multiple choice and you have 2 film critiques that are like 2 pages long. Every wednesday you watch a film, (some of the films are strange) but good. if you are interested in film TAKE THIS CLASS, he is a very smart wise prof
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Subject: pretty easy class&prof  (Jan 02 2005, 11:33PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Ed)
Class:College Writing (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Pressler was a pretty easy. You had to write four papers from a topic he gave to you, but you could pick what exaclty to write about. The longest paper was the last one--a research paper on a topic of your choice of about 5-7 pages. And the best part about this prof. was that he had you hand in your papers, and he went over them with you and made corrections. Then all you had to do was go back and fix your mistakes and hand it back in. If you made the corrections, he would most likely give you an A. Outside of class, you had to read these short stories and a short book and then discuss them in class. However, most got away without reading them because they were all opinion topics. I read them however, but I probably wouldn't have had too. Easy class, but if you really want to learn how to write, don't take him cause he doesn't go over grammer.
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Subject: tips for an A  (Dec 13 2003, 06:19PM)
Student: Anonymous (English/Secondary Ed)
Class:Intro to Mythology (A)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 overall pressler knows his stuff and tries to encourage class discussion, even though he often forgets himself and just talks for the entire class. if you are interested in the topic, he will help you understand it on a higher level, but if you struggle to stay awake, he might help you towards a quicker nap. his 3 exams were combo multiple choice and essay and pretty challanging, but as long as you had decent attendence and kept up with notes, you could do fine. hint, if you take the myth class, don't buy the book. go to the online web site to get the summery of the chapters. http://www.classicalmythology.org/chaptertopics/index.html good prof, participate a little, try to stay on top of the readings and study a bit for the exams and you'll get the A.
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Subject: Great Class  (Mar 26 2003, 01:50PM)
Student: Anonymous (Marketing)
Class:Art of Film (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 The class was great and I learned a lot from the class as well as him. We watched films that I had never seen before and learned what it takes to make a movie and to understand what is involved.
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Subject: Pressler is intelligent and charismatic.  (Oct 31 2002, 12:21PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Seminar in Drama (among many) (A-)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I've had Dr. Pressler for a couple of my more difficult classes in the English Major and continue to choose him over many of the professors in the department. I feel that his teaching style is easy to follow and his knowledge of the subject matter is exceptional. I understand that he isn't a favorite among some students and, for the life of me, can not figure out why. Dr. Pressler does ask some difficult questions, but at least his classes are challenging and get you to think about the topic in a way that you normally wouldn't. I got an A- in his class which was a 400 level and did require me to work, but isn't that what this is all about?! Take Pressler; he is an extremetly intelligent man with a great sense of humor and an appreciation for the interest of students.
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Subject: Good class  (Sep 03 2002, 11:29PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Art of Film (A)
 15 of 40 students found this review helpful.

 Dont come into this class, expecting to watch the summer blockbuster that you missed at the theaters. The films shown are older classics and newer independent films. If you like those kinds of movies take this class. If you would rather watch movies than take a Fiction or Lit class, take this class.
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Subject: He is Good  (Aug 05 2002, 07:51PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journalism)
Class:Art of Film/Film Criticism (B+)
 15 of 40 students found this review helpful.

 Good teacher. You pretty much have no choice of profs if you want to take any of the film classes. Kinda hard and you have to do alot of work but could be worse. Overall good teacher and easy grader.
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Subject: roll your eyes  (Mar 12 2009, 10:41AM)
Student: Anonymous (Human Communication Studies)
Class:Reviewing the Arts  (C)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 So, I signed up for the class for my minor... Thinking it was going to be cake...We had a quiz every monday instead of a final... not a bad idea. So these quizzes... I studied for hours... read the chapters multiple times and still did poorly. When I asked him for help he says oh read the chapters. Also, there are 5 papers for this class plus 1 10 page paper. These papers are complete bull... he rips them apart like no other and I am an excellent writer. He gives crappy feedback and does not believe in grades... so you have to guess what your grade is the whole semester. Not to mention each week we're supposed to talk about a different topic. He doesnt talk about the topics he just rants about how crappy the papers are... the class is a complete waste of time. Plus it is canceled at least once a week. For the quizzes we take every monday, we dont talk about the material before the quiz... its just about the chapter in the book. He is a hot mess. He can barely get the words out of his mouth. By the time he does nobody has any idea what he is talking about. He sent out the same list of reviews (which are the 5 papers) 8 times in 6 weeks asking everyone to re check their dates... because he cant keep track of any of it. I was beyond frustrated the whole semester because he is no help. If you want a gpa killer you should take this class...
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Subject: Coma  (Dec 29 2008, 10:34PM)
Student: Anonymous (Chemistry)
Class:Hon. Interdisciplinary Arts (B+)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I believe it to be his fault that this class wasted hours of my life which I can never retrieve. This course was the single most torturous thing it has ever been my displeasure to have been forced to endure. I found him to be grossly ineffective and un-engaging. The class was unbelievably simple (the easiest class I have ever had). Despite the B+ grade which appears on my transcript, I feel that I have failed the course in that I have learned hardly anything at all. I feel that the blame for this lay on the shoulders of Dr. Pressler. I wish I could evaluate his teaching methods, but they are nonexistent. In short: THIS MAN IS A HORRIBLE TEACHER AND IS BORING AS HELL. However, his class is the easiest thing I have ever done. If I had ignored it any more I would have had to cut every class. I put hardly any work into this course at all and didn't give it the time of day - too bad that's not why I'm in college.
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Subject: Oh Professor Pressler...  (Dec 05 2008, 12:40PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:H. Intro Interdis. Arts (A-)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Professor Pressler is very vague about a lot of things...information in class, assignments, and projects. You never really know what to expect from him and his grading I feel is random. I have completed papers and thought I did a well thought out, analytical, good paper. I would receive a bunch of scribble marks and a B+ on the paper with no real explanation as to why it was so horrible. He rarely gives out A's and I didn't really ever have a clear cut understanding of the assignments. I put forth a lot of effort yet I didn't feel my grade reflected so. He is a sweet guy, a little creepy, but I wish I would have learned more, been tested on more fair material, and had more of a chance to get the grades I deserved.
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Subject: waste  (Dec 20 2005, 01:28PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:art of film (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This guy could not care less about class. He doesnt like to answer questions and thinks students are one big annoyance. All we do is watch films and listen to him drone on and on. Dont bother trying to find him in his office either, he's never there. A total waste of a semester and taxpayers money but an easy class.
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Subject: Class Sucks!!!  (May 24 2005, 10:08AM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:Art of the Film (C)
 15 of 40 students found this review helpful.

 I took this class thinking I watched movies and critiqued them, like how the description described the class. If you think that is how it is; you are sorely mistaken. Pretty much every Wednesday you watch a movie (which the majority of them aren't good movies and most are subtitled) and on Fridays you discuss the movie. But along with that you have 2 books you need to read and teach yourself everything there is to know about how movies are made and all the vocab that goes with it. He really doesn't talk about the readings. It's a self-taught class. And he is very boring. Don't take this class if you want an easy Ged. Ed. like me, because you have to put a lot of your own time into it learning the material.
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Subject: Terrible  (Nov 05 2002, 04:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (bio)
Class:honors college writing (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 My writing is worse now than it was in high school because of pressler! He breaks all wrting rules and changes what you write to what he thinks is good. He's also whiney and annoying. Very frustrating and very subjective. Don't take him for writing!
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Subject: Boring  (Sep 05 2002, 02:50PM)
Student: Anonymous (Finance)
Class:Intro to Fiction/Film (A)
 15 of 40 students found this review helpful.

 Don't take him unless you learn that his opinion has to be yours too!
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Subject: work and study !!!  (Mar 29 2010, 08:23AM)
Student: Anonymous (education )
Class:art of film (--)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I must say that Art of Film is not what is expected to be. I have a learning disability and he did not accommodate my disabilities inside the classroom. Even though I am getting the support that I need, I still need the teacher to give support like all of the other professors. He is a boring teacher, but the movies that we watch are very interesting, and the discussions were alright if people wanted to talk. His tests are off the wall. They consist of everything you read in the chapters and the vocabulary sheet that he hands you. You have to learn all the words, inside and out and understand them thoroughly. They also consist of the discussions of the movies. He is a likable teacher. If youíre failing, YOU MUST talk to him; itís a must... and bother him like every single day so he can do something about it.
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Subject: Okay Professor  (Apr 01 2008, 02:02PM)
Student: Anonymous (Management/Marketing)
Class:WIFYS (B)
 15 of 40 students found this review helpful.

 His classes are easy but he's hard to sit and listen to. The class uses a book about Ethics and he asks for your opinion a lot but when your opinion isn't what his is, he says that your opinion is wrong. Opinions can't be wrong. If you can handle this then take him. He's easy.
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Subject: Be very careful!  (Oct 30 2007, 09:48AM)
Student: Rachel (English/Sec.Ed.)
Class:Intro Lit & Film Crit (B+)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I took Pressler for Intro to Lit and for Film Criticism and got a B in both classes. However, don't take him if: A) You don't like to read B) You don't like to participate in class or C) You aren't strong with analytical and research papers. Otherwise - show up to class, raise you hand, and you'll be fine.
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Subject: sounds EASY  (Dec 27 2006, 05:38PM)
Student: Anonymous (psychology)
Class:art of film (B-)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I will be absolutely honest. This class is a ton of work for lit. credits. If you genuinely want to take this course for your interest in it take it. My girlfriend had another lit. course and had a fraction of the work that I had in this course. THIS IS NOT A BLOW-OFF COURSE! Take CAUTIOUSLY!
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Subject: Good and Bad prof  (Oct 04 2004, 11:51AM)
Student: Kris (Comm/Journ)
Class:Art of the Film (B+)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Pressler is a very intelligent man and definitely knows his stuff, which is great if you listen to him in class. Also, he gives out vocabulary terms to make studying easier. For his tests, simply read the photo captions under ths pictures in the book, plus the handouts and you're golden. My biggest problem with him, however, is that while he wanted students to discuss things with him, you were ALWAYS wrong unless you agreed with him and he would blatantly tell you. He would give his opinion, then ask for yours, and no matter what you said, always revert it back to what he thought as being the "right" thing. I really didn't like that about him at all. You can take him, but be prepared to never be right.
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Subject: Great Guy, Tough Grader  (Apr 30 2003, 12:50PM)
Student: Jackie Cole (English/ conc. in Writing)
Class:Intro to Mythology (B)
 14 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I thought taking Intro to Mythology would be an easy A. I know some people don't like grademongers, but i like to get an A when i work for it. Dr. Pressler knows what he is talking about, but he isn't a real expert on mythology either. I like his class for the interesting discussion we have, and because i am interested in mythology. I got a B on all his exams and unless you put every minute detail in your essay and study details about the mythological characters, you won't get an A. There is usually a 10 page paper required, but he made it optional for extra credit. I didn't write it because it would've only helped me if i got an A, and i don't think most people have a chance of getting an A on a paper from him.
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Subject: So-So  (Oct 12 2002, 10:50PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to Mythology (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 As far as Ship professors go, he is alright. I just don't like his grading policy. It kind of reminded me of the time I had Dr. Roux (thank god he is retired), and all I got was D's on the tests. I studied every single detail and still got D's. Well, with Pressler, I studied every single detail and got C+'s. I don't know what he wanted, but it was clear in her eyes that I didn't give it to him. His classes are mainly made up of lectures, rather than group work. Usually, when he asked a question, the class would not have an answer. The questions were basically hard to answer because a lot of the material was a challenge to understand. I just felt like he was saying, "You're alright" when he gave me those C+'s.
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