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Sam Benbow
(Social Work)


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Positive Comments (13)

Subject: My favorite professor so far!  (Nov 13 2013, 05:01AM)
Student: Kristin Ports (Social Work )
Class:Diversity SWK Practice (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Benbow is very picky about how papers are formatted and his exams are tough but if you review all of the power points he puts on D2L and you read what is assigned you will receive an A in his class easily. He will pull you out of your comfort zone but that's very much needed for social work anyway. He provides plenty of extra credit, so far I think there is about 50 points possible in extra credit. That's a whole exam! Dr. Benbow is an awesome person overall, he is very loud and goofy but it just makes the class 10 times more interesting! TAKE HIM IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO!!!!
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Subject: Wants you to succeed  (Oct 01 2012, 03:06AM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Social Work in Social Welfare (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 You may hear crazy things about Dr. Benbow, but at the end of the day, he's an amazing professor. He will help you out with academic stuff, life stuff or anything really. Yes, his exams are hard, but just study and don't stress. He's picky on papers, but once you get his formatting down, you'll be fine.
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Subject: AMAZING PROFESSOR  (Mar 21 2012, 07:07AM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Social Work in Social Welfare (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Benbow is one of my favorite professors at ship!! He has a very unique style of teaching. He WILL get you out of your comfort zone. Be prepared to do a lot of work in his class. All the work definitely pays off for future classes! TAKE DR. BENBOW IF YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO, YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
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Subject: Amazing Person!  (Jan 08 2012, 12:35PM)
Student: Kathleen (Social Work)
Class:Social Work and Social Welfare (B+)
 13 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Benbow is a great professor! He doesn't read from a power point! Expect to do the readings to get a decent grade because he does ask questions that if you did not do the reading, you will not know the answers! Each of his classes supplements what you should be reading. He uses real life examples from current events, and he does a lot of group activity. If you are a quiet person, you should probably practice being a little more outspoken! He is really outgoing and likes to have a good time in class. You can expect to hug your peers, listen to crazy music and dance in front of everyone! His tests are not that hard. He does include A LOT of information from the text, but if you are not in class, you will not know a large portion of what is on the exam as well. There are a lot of papers, but he doesn't grade that hard. I loved this class! I missed only one in the entire semester, and its because I was in the hospital! I actually liked going! Also, he is ALWAYS around and willing to meet with you if you have questions comments or concerns! Great Guy, Great Class!
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Subject: get out of your comfort zone!  (Oct 28 2009, 01:46PM)
Student: Christen (Social Work)
Class:Human Relations Lab/ Diversity (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I love Dr. Benbow. He is one of my favorite professors I've had here at ship. At first it takes a little to get used to him because he tries to get you out of your comfort zone and be comfortable with the people in the class and him. He loves to tease his students and have a good time. He teaches in a way that you can learn the information without having to memorize it. During projects... just have a general idea what you are talking about. Do not read off a script. Give lots of feedback, your opinions, and you'll be fine. His quizzes and tests aren't bad at all. His class is very enjoyable.
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Subject: AWESOME!! Take him if you get the chance!  (Jan 05 2009, 07:00PM)
Student: Ashley (Social Work)
Class:Human Relations Lab (A-)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Benbow is amazing! He may be a little intimidating at first but he's really just one big teddy bear. He is very family oriented and will talk about his wife and daughters at least once during the class period. He is very interested in helping every student, he wants us to succeed. There are 4 mini papers due throughout the semester as well as one group project and a field trip. He does a lot of group work during class and you get to know everyone very well. Don't miss class b/c he takes attendance, but you will want to go to class every day. If you are thinking about social work as a major he will help you figure out whether it's the major for you.
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Subject: scares you at first  (Nov 13 2008, 06:56PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Diversity (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He is an awesome professor!! At first he will give you a 19 page syllabus... but in the end he explains everything. You just have to earn his respect. He eventually becomes a friend, and you will learn a lot from him.
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Subject: Decent Prof!  (Dec 11 2007, 03:40PM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Intro to Child Welfare (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Benbow's assignments are logical and reasonable! However, he does not provide much instruction and tends to just think you know exactly how to do things! He expects EVERYTHING to be typed and will not accept hand written assignments. This class has a large workload which wouldn't be bad if he provided more direction on how to do the assignments. However, he is available to answer questions but often just tells you to figure it out on your own. Not a difficult class but requires effort and it will be useful to make friends in this class because you will need them if you have questions on assignments.
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Subject: Amazing Professor  (Oct 08 2007, 08:28PM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Intro to Child Welfare (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 For social work majors this class is already an interesting class. Benbow is the best professor. I had this class on Tuesdays 6:30-9:15 and I never minded going to class. The 3 hours went so fast. He is very fair and will extend deadlines if the class agrees. There is alot of work involved but that is with any social work class. The work is sensible and necessary and sometimes even fun. He is funny and entertaining and gives you the opportunity to add your input. TAKE HIM AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!!
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Subject: Excellent Professor  (Jan 07 2007, 10:56AM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Diversity  (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Diversity was really fun class. He has you interact and get to know your classmates. If you're for a class that you can take 6 classes in, this is it. Most of the class days are made up of group activities and some days you play games. You are required to complete an 8-10page interview where you interview someone from a different background. You have several small quizzes that he calls exams which are extremely easy if you do the reading which is very little. You also have a big paper which is 15pages long where you have to develop an intervention program which is difficult but if you go to him for help earlier it's a lot easier and he grades fair on all his assignments.
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Subject: suck it up and learn  (May 22 2006, 10:31PM)
Student: Anonymous (Biology)
Class:Student Voices (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Honestly college is meant to have fun yes, but mainly to be educated. I'm not going to lie... the material in this class isn't all that interesting but the class at still enjoyable. Benbow is a straightforward and sarcastic guy that can also take a joke and only wants the best for student. He may come off as a hard ass and he is but for the right reasons. I know I did work in this class that wasn't half as good as my normal and would still get A's. If you have a choice take benbow, cause he's worth it. A really wonderful guy.
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Subject: Don't judge a book by it's cover...  (Nov 30 2005, 12:32PM)
Student: Lacole (Biology)
Class:Student Voices (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 At first I thought Mr. Benbow was just a hard-ass but once you get to know him he a great person. If u want to laugh and have fun in your class take Benbow's class....
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Subject: Not my issue!  (Nov 29 2005, 11:28AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Student Voices (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I love Mr. Benbow! He is an awesome professor who makes you work for your grade. If anyone can take him I suggest that they do because you will learn a lot and have a great time!
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Negative Comments (2)

Subject: don't take him  (Jan 10 2015, 11:21PM)
Student: Anonymous (social work)
Class:social work and social welfare (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I don't really understand why there are good comments about this teacher. He's very unprofessional always talking about other students to different classes and making it awkward. If he doesn't like you he makes it known and will treat you differently. His grading is ridiculous. I had a b- in the class and that was me working my absolute hardest. His exams are very difficult and the assignments aren't even hard he's just such a hard grader. His class is my least favorite and its for my major. 23 kids dropped out of the major because of him so think twice when you want to sign up for one of his classes.
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Subject: ANALLLL  (Sep 27 2010, 02:48AM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Diversity (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Benbow is not that good of a teacher. He comes off very laid back and relaxed in his class but is soooooo anal about every assignment that you do. You need title pages for every single thing. If he tells you 10 pages write 15. Always plan to overachieve in his class because if not he will find something wrong with your paper even if it follows the requirements. He is very inconsistent with his grading so you will never really know what you are getting on an assignment until you get it back. Overall, I would not recommend anyone to take him for this class.
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Neutral Comments (2)

Subject: Good Prof.  (Nov 14 2013, 07:54AM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Diversity (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Benbow is a really nice teacher, he keeps class interesting and its not hard to want to pay attention to his class. He really wants to prepare you for future classes and makes sure that your papers (which there are a lot of) are great and show a lot about you. The only down side I would say is that there is a lot of work. The papers are not hard but there are a lot of them and I found that this class consumed most all my homework time leaving me too tired to give my other classes as much devotion. I also found his exams to be a little difficult because they do cover about four chapters and you don't know what is going to be on them besides the core competencies and your texts. Besides that it could be from his notes, the class, or the text. He is a great teacher but I did find this class stressful.
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Subject: Not sure.  (Nov 05 2007, 11:37AM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Social Work in Social Welfare (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Im a social work major and taking this course with Dr. Benbow showed me that this major was not for me. He is a nice guy, loves to have fun.....says hes understanding. And I'm sure he is but when students in my class had a little snag or trouble it didnt matter. It was pushed to the side so I don't really care for his attitude. The class was a lot of work and assignments but it really wasn't so bad.
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