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Karsten Shein
(Geography/ Earth Science)


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6.33
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5.93
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6.93
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6.13
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Positive Comments (10)

Subject: Interesting Professor  (Jan 08 2005, 03:40PM)
Student: Anonymous (Math Ed)
Class:Intro to Atmosphere (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He was a very effective professor. I had not intended to take this course and I found it was quite informative and was fun. As long as you answer questions in class the class moves along smoothly and you get alot more out of the course. He is very knowledgeable about the course material and is very enjoyable as a professor.
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Subject: easy class  (Dec 22 2004, 07:06PM)
Student: Anonymous (accounting)
Class:intro to atmosphere (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This was overall a good class...not a hard prof at all. just pay good attention in class and review notes right before the test and you will do fine. 1 easy group project, a few tests and 5 pop quizzes (T/F). I definitely recommend taking Shein.
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Subject: Ok profesor  (Nov 10 2004, 07:43PM)
Student: Anonymous (Secondary Ed Math)
Class:Intro to Atmosphere (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Profesor Shein was a little strange at times but overall the class wasn't that bad. The tests are sorta hard and you actually have to study and go to class to get the notes. You also have to sorta be able to understand the stuff. He gets really into what he is talking about. The class was fairly easy other then that. Just go to class and take notes and that's about it.
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Subject: Cool Prof  (Sep 15 2004, 10:12PM)
Student: Anonymous (Science BSED)
Class:Meteorology (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Meteorology with Dr. Shein was a cool class. He is very effective teaching the class. The tests were fairly easy but if for some reason the class did bad he would curve the test. We also did 2 group projects that were easy and fun. One was taking a historic weather event and giving a presentation and the other was done in the TV studio, where we did a five minute weather report. The class was fun, I would suggest you take Dr. Shein over another prof for this class.
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Subject: good  (May 25 2004, 12:26AM)
Student: Anonymous (comp sci)
Class:into to atmospheres (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This is an effective teacher. His classes are all powerpoint based and will give you a copy on request. Is very into his topics even if you're not. I never opened the book, just paid good attention in class and I got an A.
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Subject: cocky bastard  (Mar 24 2004, 12:00AM)
Student: Anonymous (GIS)
Class:physical geography (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 he's definitely a cocky bastard, but an awesome dude. if you show interest, care, and talk to him about the subject matter he will like you and you'll do fine. Do the work, take the notes, and review the book based on the notes = A. Show up to class, and don't come in late, cause he hates that. do the extra credit and don't be a douche bag, and you'll do fine.
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Subject: Pretty Easy  (Feb 11 2004, 10:21AM)
Student: Anonymous (Geo-Environmental)
Class:Intro to Atmoshphere (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Take this guy if you can...although a bit strange with his corny jokes that arent funny....his class is pretty easy. I never read the book and rarely studied outside of class. His extra credit helps out alot. Go to class and you'll be fine! I'm taking him again next semester.
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Subject: a little too easy  (Dec 10 2003, 10:59PM)
Student: Anonymous (Math Sec. Ed)
Class:Intro to Atmosphere (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Shein......isn't bad. He uses powerpiont for notes, and there will be a LOT of notetaking. However, he will let you put the notes on a Zip disk on CD-RW, which really came in handy for me. this guy really likes to give extra credit, even for no reason. I got D's on two exams, he gave extra credit to everyone, enough to bump them to B's, because he felt the test was too hard. There the two exams, a few quizzes, the final , and a toatl bs project. He tries to motivate the class, but it needs tweaking. Review the notes regurlarly and you'll be fine.
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Subject: good teacher, i suggest taking him  (Nov 18 2003, 04:54PM)
Student: Anonymous (criminal justice)
Class:intro to atmospheres (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 he is a good teacher, i recommend taking him. he gives lots of extra credit assignments and his tests are easy if you pay attention in class and don't screw off too much.......take him if you can....late
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Subject: Good class, good professor  (Nov 09 2003, 11:25PM)
Student: Anonymous (Geography)
Class:Intro to Atmosphere (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Personally, I enjoyed this class. He may seem a little different and unfair, but he's a fairly easy professor and he gives a ton of free points because everyone complained about a test that I thought was fair, but everyone seemed to do bad on. His tests are mostly multiple choice and each class basically involves a start with a weather briefing and then powerpoint notes. There might be a lot of reading assigned, but you really don't have to do it most of the time because the 5 pop quizzes are on previous lectures and the reading is generally easy. Unless you've living underneath a rock for your life and haven't experienced the weather, it shouldn't be too hard of a class. All in all, he makes an effort for the students to actually get something out of the course and be as fair as possible to everyone. Take him, unless you hate the weather and cry about fair tests and quizzes.
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Negative Comments (3)

Subject: Uugghhhh!! Caution..Do Not Go In There  (Nov 18 2003, 09:14PM)
Student: Anonymous (criminal justice)
Class:intro to atmospheres (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Shein is a nice guy, but as a teacher I theres not much to say..In class we have to race to copy down the notes before he changes the slide. so you dont have time to pay attention to what he says.. which is never on the tests anyway. The tests are absolutely ridiculous, harder than any of my other classes.. its his first year here, thats no excuse ... and unless u have no life and you can study all day n do all the readings .. this class is not recommended
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Subject: Terrible prof!  (Nov 06 2003, 01:44PM)
Student: Anonymous (El. ed.)
Class:Intro to Atmosphere (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This guy used to work for Nasa and teach at Michigan so he thinks he's hot stuff. His tests are really hard and the readings he assigns are outragous. As if I have nothing better to do! The only reason he offers so much extra credit is because he's afraid everyone hates him. Also, it is required that you meet with him outside of class for five measly points, so he can get to know you. He's a terrible teacher and doesn't understand that Intro to Atmosphere is a gen. ed. Don't take this prof unless you enjoy suffering!
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Subject: if you would like to FAIL out of an intro course..  (Nov 05 2003, 04:24PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elem. Ed)
Class:Intro to Atmosphere (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This prof. is absolutely ridiculous. His tests are impossible. As a class, I think our average on the first test was about a 68 or so and not much better on the second. If you really want to do poorly in an INTRO course, go for it. He did give a lot of extra credit, mostly because I think he felt threatened by the RAGE our grades gave us.
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Neutral Comments (2)

Subject: He's different  (Mar 17 2004, 01:16AM)
Student: Anonymous (El. Ed)
Class:Intro to Atmosphere (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Shein's classes are very frustrating b/c he flies through the material and won't give you time to copy it down...his excuse is, this stuff is in your book(well guess what, that's great but you are the teacher and need to reinforce what is in our book) This guy knows his stuff, but i think he has trouble teaching it! I failed every exam, and that's not an exaggeration, and somehow recieved an A in the class?! Yea, I'm still trying to figure that one out...I think it's b/c when I went to recieve help from him about an exam he made me cry! If you can handle teaching yourself, take him...but if you're someone like me who is an education major and learns everyday how to teach STAY AWAY!! you will get very frustrated!!
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Subject: An Average Guy  (Jan 01 2004, 06:18PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comm/Journ)
Class:Intro to Atmosphere (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Overall, I don't think as a professor he was too bad. His tests were fair, consisting of multiple choice and short essay answer type questions. Considering I NEVER went to class and recieved a B, I can't really complain. All of his notes are on power point, and he gives a lot of extra credit!!! I hated the subject matter, but it is ONLY a gen-ed, and for that it wasn't too bad. Take this professor if you want an easy A, but don't count on it being an interesting class.
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Professor Rebutal

Hi Raiders,

You can please some of the people some of the time, but you canít please everyone. I am glad I was able to please more of you than not. To everyone who thought I did a good job teaching you about the atmosphere, glad I could be of service - thanks. To everyone who thought I did a poor job, sorry the experience didnít measure up to your expectations. I can only say this Ė only a handful of you ever came to my office hours to ask for help or let me know you were having a problem with the way I was teaching the course (I was always there at the posted times, and I always set up appointments outside office hours when someone e-mailed me that they couldnít make the scheduled times). I canít change what I donít know is wrong, so I accept no blame for anyone feeling the class sucked. I can say I really enjoyed teaching at Ship Ė most all of you were great students.

I would like to pass on this little bit of advice. Take it, leave it, call me an arrogant SOB, I really donít care. At the very least, read it and think about it between keg runs. As it is probably the last most of you will ever hear from me (got a new job), Iíll ramble a little Ė bear with me.

What a University provides you (and what you are buying with your tuition) is an education, not a degree. It is your money and your time you are spending. If it is just a degree you want, write a check and print one off your printer from one of the on-line Universities. If you arenít interested in an education but want the university experience, move to State College, get a job and spend your evenings at frat parties Ė better to use all those dollars on beer than waste them on tuition.

If you want an education, donít just sit there in class like a zombie, donít nod off, and donít skip class on Friday cos ďThirsty ThursdayĒ was more important than doing your homework. A professor can lead you to knowledge, but he or she canít make you think. You have to do that for yourself. Show up, participate, read the book, challenge what the professor tells you Ė ask questions Ė class is a lot less boring and goes by faster if you do. Donít just lap up the 411 to try and regurgitate it on the tests. The reason so many of you found my tests hard is that they didnít just ask you to memorize factoids and spew them back at me. They asked that you take what you learn and apply it to a new problem. Cramming doesnít work for that and if all you do is memorize things, no wonder you think education is boring. Instead, try to figure out what is behind the information you are being taught.

You are already capable of thinking critically and creatively. I know that every last one of the students I have taught is capable of becoming an expert in atmospheric sciences, or at least understanding what I am teaching. That brilliance shows in the way you are able to come up with some of the most amazing and outstanding excuses of why you were absent, or didnít do your homework, or did badly on an exam. Wow, if you spent half the time and creative energy in just showing up, listening, and studying as you did on those excuses, youíd all have perfect GPAs.

Finally, contrary to what you may think, most professors are good and want to educate you in a subject they think is worth learning about, and are genuinely interested in passing along that knowledge to you. If you ask us for help, we\'ll give it. Most of us didnít go into academia for the pay - it sucks. If I hadnít gone back for my Ph.D., Iíd be earning six figs and driving a Jag as a financial analyst (instead I earn much less and most of you drive better cars than me). Sure, some professors are jerks who donít care about you, and just want to lord their own magnificence over you. Some are bitter that they got passed over for some stellar research job. Some are incompetent and have gotten their position by lying, cheating, or sleeping with the right person. Some donít give a toss about you and will pass you along just to have the right numbers to collect their pay check and get promoted. As more universities realize you donít care about an education; that you just want a degree; youíre going to see more and more of these types. Guess what, whatever career you choose, you will have bosses that are just about the same as these professors (good, bad, and ugly) Ė get used to it. But look on the bright side, unlike in your future job, in college you can (and should) complain about bad profs to the administration and they may do something (disgruntled alumni donít make donations). If you paid for a new TV and the store never delivered it, or delivered it broken, wouldnít you complain to someone who could fix the problem? Good luck to all of you.





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