All Ratings and Reviews for Andrew Apter


Overall 3.6
Easiness of class 1.7
Workload 1.6
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.0
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.4
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Course not listed Submitted Feb. 24, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Apter is a very nice person and very intelligent. He is definitely an expert in his field; however, his teaching methods are not the best. Just like the others said, you need a lap top and great typing skills to be able to get good notes. During class, most students were more focused and worried about writing or typing what he was saying rather than listening to the content of the class; there was tension. It was horrible. The topics of this class are very interesting and you do feel that you understand, but the problem is that he and his TA's don't tell studentls clearly what their expectations are for the exams. The exams had ID's; they said we should write about three sentences per ID; however, some students did not get full credit for these because "they did not write enough" or it was not what he and the TA's were expecting... but they were not clear about what they were expecting either... Also, his office hours were only two hours and there was no flexibility. I did ok in this class, but I know students who dropped and even change majors because of this class. I think that this would be a great class if he developed a more defined structure with more guidance for students, accurate main points, clear and measurable expectations, and definitely some lecture notes or study guide because basically you only rely on your notes that are very difficult to take and the readings which are dense. The class is not hard; the problem is the way is presented.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 20, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Apter is truly knowledgable about the material. He is funny and very charming, which is definitely helpful in that his lectures won't put you to sleep. He goes over the readings thoroughly, but you still should read so that you can provide examples for the exams. While he does go over the readings, it is important to pay attention in class. He is at times very confusing and can go from one topic to the next fairly quickly. The class consists of a midterm and final, both of which he gives you hints as to what will be on the tests. Above all, I can honestly say that I enjoyed his class, he really is a great professor.

Course not listed Submitted Nov. 20, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Apter is not very helpful outside of the class. I tried over 5 times to meet with him and he always said he was busy. He is a nice guy and seems to want students to do well but his words were too confusing for me. It seemed that he would take 5 minutes to explain something when it should take only 2 minutes. His lectures were very unclear to me and his use of words were beyond my understanding. I am a B student, not brilliant but work hard to get my B's. He is the hardest teacher I have taken. Comes off as easy but he is confusing to most avarage students. He gives two exams. He will help but good luck on getting it.

Course not listed Submitted Oct. 15, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Andrew Apter is simply a genius, a brilliant caring teacher and the finest there is in the IDS program. Keep this man teaching even if he wants to leave

Course not listed Submitted June 8, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Apter is a sincere delight! His knowledge and experience on the subjects he is teaching is beyond impressive. He is also a really nice guy and he makes sure to get good t.a's. His exams are to the point and he prepares you thoroughly for what is going to be on them. This is not an easy A, but if you put the effort into it you are bound to receive an A or A+. I agree with the student who says he is truly a gem and we are lucky to have him here at UCLA.

Course not listed Submitted March 2, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

Apter is definitely one of the best professors the University of Chicago has lost and UCLA has gained! Apter's classes have the ability to keep students on the edge of the seats. You never know how he will connect class material to present global events. The man is a gem! Trained as an Anthropologist and Historian, Apter is able to give anthropological insight to historical events while historically situating anthropological thought. His gradind style has already been mentioned by a fellow student so there is only one thing left to say: LONG LIVE APTER!

Course not listed Submitted March 1, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

As a senior, I can honestly say Professor Apter is one of best professor, and my personal favorite, at UCLA. Although his lectures may go off tangent once in a while, it is only because he understands the topics so comprehensively that it is hard to materialize it into short lectures. The amount of reading is considerable but not impossible, plus they are in direct relevance to the subjects discussed in the class. The grading consists of a 40% midterm, 50% final, and 10% section participation. Professor Apter gives all the terms and possible essay questions you need to know before the exam, making it really easy to get an A in the class. I would highly recommend this professor to any IDS majors (he has a lot of experience!!), and I am looking forward to take another class with him.

Course not listed Submitted Jan. 6, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

I am sure professor Apter is a very knowledgeable teacher, but as a Honor Student, I don't find his class easy at all, I only got a B for this class. I found his class unclear, he doesn't use powerpoint, doesn't upload his notes, he just talks very fast, if you don't have a laptop and good ears, you are going to have a hard time.
There are only one midterm and one final, the format are IDs and essays. Before the exams, he told us to focus on the essay, just write breifly about the IDs. However, when we got back our exams, many of us got mark off from the IDs, he graded very strict about the IDs. When we asked him why he graded so strictly while told us to focus on the essay, he just said what we wrote was not what he looking for, for your information, the mean of the midterm and final are C+.
IDS 100A is an introductory class for IDS major or GE to others, it is not suppose to be this hard.

HIST 495 Submitted March 11, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Very intelligent man, kind of reminded me of some sort of old-school, intense academia and intelligentsia that I think is useful to be exposed to at least for a little while. He taught Global Studies 100A (wasn't on the list of things he taught though) last winter and I really appreciated the content of what he taught. Most everything made me reconsider the ethics of cultural phenomena. Yes, his lecturing style is a bit erratic and he doesn't put up slides that baby you through whatever concepts he wants to get across, but he gets you thinking, and that's something that not everyone can do.

HIST 191A Submitted Dec. 16, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Apter is by far one of the smartest and best teachers at UCLA. I took IDS 100A with him-- it was a hard class but very worthwhile.

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