All Ratings and Reviews for Michael Anderson
This professor was one of the best hist prof's I have ever had. His lectures were thorough, very informative and fun. He also genuinely cares about helping his students out. He went out of his way to help me when I went to his office hours. A word of warning though, don't skip too many classes or too many of the readings. His class is fun and not too bad as long as you keep up with all of the material. But the most of the material is interesting anyway, so its not too difficult to do that. I highly recommend this professor to anyone interested in Roman history.
Professor Anderson is awesome! For one he is a great lecturer, he makes Roman history come alive. Maybe I'm a bit biased because I love Roman history, but honestly I haven't taken other professors who make Roman history so interesting and so real. There is a lot of reading for the class, but it's entertaining reading and it reads easily. The professor is very helpful when it comes to writing the papers. He will look at outlines and drafts and comment on them. He looked at outlines for both my papers and gave helpful input. I ended up with A's on both my papers. The tests were not easy, but not extremely difficult. Basically, to prepare for them you have to read over the material carefully and remember important names and dates. The professor also gives study guides for both the midterm and the final. I talked to some of my friends taking the class and they also found the study guides to be helpful. Bottom line, definitely take this professor if you take the chance. You will definitely enjoy the experience.
He loves Roman history and he wants you to love it, too. He lectures with feeling, so you don't get bored and he provides visual enhancements. There are two papers, in addition to midterm and final. It's a bit much, but he's an easy grader and there are no tricks, like you'd find in the political "science" department, for example. You just have to show that you know the material and how to apply it. Roman history can be difficult because it's so far in the past and there are so many details to master in 10 short weeks, but he's straightforward with his assignments and test questions, which means that as long as you pay attention in class and do the readings, you'll do very well.
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