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Thomas Martin
(History/ Philosophy)


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Subject: Great to take if you're a Thinker  (Feb 13 2010, 02:18PM)
Student: Anonymous (El. Ed.)
Class:World History II (A)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 I took him for a MWF 8am class where we were all pretty out of it. Martin sips coffee and paces back and forth in front of the room while giving his lecture (I think this is to help him wake up). I actually found it entertaining, as I can't remember any profs of my past pacing the entire period. He doesn't take attendance and treats you as a young adult--and I really appreciated that. He's very good at tying everything together, from the Reformation to Colonialism to World Wars to the French Revolution. He actually cares for what he's talking about, and being pretty laid back he'll crack regular jokes and refer to movies we all love, like Braveheart. His tests are all essay, all blue book. This is something that actually helped my grade--I'm just better at writing an answer than 50 multiple choice. One book review. The book is huge, but don't be alarmed. You only read assigned chapters--but write with purpose. Martin is an intellectual, and as such does not like facts being spit back out at him. Do something with the facts in class and draw your own conclusions--he respects that and it'll help your grade. Oh, and he doesn't respond to email. So when you miss a class, just email other students on the roster. And also, you might not want to buy the textbook (buy the book for review, but not the Voyages package). I didn't use it all the entire semester. Martin's powerpoints and study guides give you all you need to know. I simply studied by looking everything up on wiki and aced the tests.
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Subject: very good  (Jan 18 2010, 11:28PM)
Student: Anonymous (el ed)
Class:world history 2 (B+)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Martin knows his stuff and he will come off as pretty cocky when you get to his first lecture. I hated him for the first week but once he got into his lectures he makes all the info interesting. I enjoyed coming to class. Make sure you talk in class, this goes a long way. He has 3 or 4 exams that are all right off the study guide and 1 10 page paper based off a book that he assigns at the beginning of the semester.
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Subject: OK  (Jan 17 2009, 09:05PM)
Student: Anonymous (Biology)
Class:WHII (A-)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Well to be honest, the class was pretty easy, as long as you are willing to at least read over your notes a few times. I had him for a night class and it was pretty boring most of the time and he very rarely lets you out on time. He gives the exact essay questions and about 29 Id's and picks 5 on the test. Take good notes and write out an essay before the test and memorize it. You'll be fine.
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Subject: LOVED this class  (May 23 2008, 11:29AM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:World History II (B-)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 I don't know how people could say they don't like history and thus couldn't enjoy this class. Would you prefer being told stories that weren't true as opposed to what actually happened? This class was easy as hell, and INTERESTING. I learned a lot. So if you are relatively intelligent, I recommend taking it. Otherwise you may be bored.
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Subject: Awsome Professor!!  (May 13 2008, 12:54AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:World History II (A)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 He's the best professor I ever had. I wasn't a fan of history until I had WHII class with him. He explains everything as if he's telling a story, which made it easier to remember. His tests are pretty easy, because he gives a study guide at least a week before & he also holds a review session before each exam. If you have any questions regarding the exam questions or anything else, all you got to do is email him. He responds back within like 5 minutes, I'm not exaggerating, this is awesomely true. He's willing to help you anytime, guarantee!!! Take him if you want an easy A, with less work. You won't regret it!!!
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Subject: Have to like history  (Apr 02 2008, 01:50PM)
Student: Anonymous (CJ)
Class:History I (B+)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Great prof. Really cool..knows what hes talking about...no attendance...one long paper on a book...3 ID exams
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Subject: not bad  (Mar 20 2008, 10:44AM)
Student: Anonymous (Undeclared)
Class:History I & II (C+)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 I am absolutely horrible with history-- it is a lot of memorization. But Prof. Martin does his best to make the class interesting. He gives notes on powerpoints, but make sure you take additional notes. He is always helpful outside of class and does his best to help you understand and improve. I would recommend taking his class.
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Subject: passionate  (Dec 18 2007, 01:36AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:world history I (--)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 He is a very passionate teacher, but the class truly isnt that hard. For the tests you have 4 different essay topics to choose from which he gives you on the study guide with at least 1 weeks notice. Just make notecards for the key words and youre set. Nice guy and really really really loves and enjoys history. And dont mind his weird sarcastic comments.
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Subject: Excellent  (Nov 29 2007, 01:53PM)
Student: Anonymous (Business)
Class:World History I (--)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 I have Dr. Martin on tuesday and thursday mornings for World History I and it is by far the best history class I've ever had. I hated history until I started taking this class and now I have a much better perspective through his lecture and our reading of "The World's Religions" by Houston Smith. As long as you are a diligent student who reads and studies the appropriate material you'll be fine for this class.
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Negative Comments (3)

Subject: Cool Guy, Terrible Class  (Nov 12 2008, 09:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (Secondary Education)
Class:World History I (--)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 This class kills grade wise. You better make DAMN sure you study for the three exams that make up the majority of the grade for this class. You also have to read a religions book and write an 8-10 page paper on it. The book was not interesting.. at all. Helpful Hint: Start reading the book right away and get that sh*t done with.
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Subject: NO NO NO NO NO  (Nov 04 2008, 02:23PM)
Student: Anonymous (Communications)
Class:World History I (B-)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 You really don't want to take Prof. Martin. While he's a really great guy and shows music videos and stand-up comedy routines from YouTube before class starts, his class structure is just terrible!. Make sure you don't buy the book because I literally haven't opened it once. His tests are a 3-page long essay and 5 identifications. That's it. And there are 3 of them...it's bad. He grades pretty tough- it's almost impossible to get an A on anything. And you have to read a novel called The World's Religions and write a paper on it. This is the worst book I have EVER had to read for any class in my entire life, and it has nothing to do with world history. This class is just a joke, it's not structured well- one day you'll go from learning about the Mayans to randomly starting a unit on Christianity, it's lame. I definitely wouldn't recommend him to anyone.
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Subject: Run Away.  (Dec 12 2007, 02:29PM)
Student: Anonymous (Biology)
Class:World History I (D)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 I have Professor Martin for class 6:30-9:15. It was by far the worst class I've ever had. I almost fell asleep every week because he doesn't shut up. He will keep talking and talking and do nothing to make the class interesting. You only have four grades in his class so if you do well on the test then you are fine.. But if you bomb them good luck. MAKE SURE YOU EXPLAIN EVERYTHING ON YOUR TESTS. Or you'll get an F. I do NOT recommend that you take him... You'll regret it.
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Subject: booooooooring.  (Feb 05 2008, 01:45AM)
Student: Anonymous (undeclared)
Class:world history I (C+)
 9 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Overall this class was straight up boring. The tests weren't too hard because he gave you a study guide of everything on the test- but good luck finding the info in your notes because this guy just talks and talks and talks. He puts all his powerpoints on blackboard though so its not too bad. The only thing that really sucked was the book we had to read. "The world's religions", possibly the most difficult/boring book to read. Overall its not a bad class, just extremely boring. Oh yeah, explain everything in detail or you'll fail.
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Subject: Not a bad choice  (Nov 07 2007, 10:22AM)
Student: Anonymous (Criminal Justice)
Class:World History I (--)
 10 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 If you're really into history or you just like a professor who likes teaching this is the class for you. Unfortunately, I'm not the biggest history buff around. I had his class on Thursday nights and he lectured the whole time. Unlike some teachers I know he does teach but he acts like everyone loves history. His exams are all essays and identifications, but if you know the stuff on his study guides then you'll do fine. I would recommend him just not for a one night a week class... definitely a multiple day course.
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