Cook, A C on Ninja Courses

Average Ratings based on 13 ratings

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 51 71 66 74

Course Filter

Instructor Ratings

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 40 43 56 66

Comment: While the class is very interesting and Professor Cook does a good job conveying as much content is possible (there is quite a lot that must be skipped over in a survey course), there seemed to be a disconnect between section and lecture. The high volume of reading, along with the weekly writing assignments and section participation seemed somewhat arbitrary and often completely unconnected to lecture material. Moreover, exams consisted entirely of memorization of key terms, rather than on understanding. A very interesting class, but be aware of the disconnect.

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 69 72 73 64

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 44 63 87 85

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 70 85 72 50

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 16 77 51 100

Comment: This class is deceptively harder than it was in the past. According to course rank, an astounding 80% of the class received As. But now, I would estimate the total number of As in this class to be around only 25%. The reason for this is that the professor doesn't grade anything except for a part of the two exams that we have: one midterm and a final and the GSIs grade everything else. I have no idea whether all three GSIs were just a lot harder in general or the professor told the GSIs to grade harder but I'm guessing it's the latter since it would be very coincidental if all three GSIs are just hard graders. If you want to get an A in this class, you're going to have to put a tremendous amount of work in including visiting the GSIs every week to talk about the weekly assignment so that you can see exactly what it is that they're looking for. The main problem that I saw with the GSIs this semester is that they are VERY biased. They seem to always be looking for very specific things in the papers that you write even though the papers are supposed to be open ended so it's very difficult to discern what exactly the GSIs want from you. Having written numerous weekly papers, I was never able to learn exactly what the GSIs wanted since their expectations seemed to be very biased. Due to the sudden and dramatic increase in difficulty in this class, I would suggest taking an alternate class to fulfill the History breadth requirement. History 6A is most likely a lot easier this time around. The instructor himself is very helpful as he has good ideas for your papers if you go into his office hours but again, the problem lies with the GSIs which grade at least 70% of your work.

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 46 100 79 100

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 69 72 66 76

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 77 95 63 100

Comment: Loved this professor and his seamless knowledge of Chinese history. Very unbiased, but still asserts his own opinions where necessary. Also a very clear lecturer, tells the history like a story, making note taking easy and efficient. Exams were pretty easy, he has you memorize a timeline and also gives you a list of ~45 key terms, people, etc. For the exam, he would just give you the timeline, but with blanks and you have to fill it in. And then he gives you 10 or 15 of the key terms and you just have to flesh them out. Also 2 papers due and you want to get as specific as you can, regarding your thesis. All in all, a great professor and course, was a good A.

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 64 84 90 81

Comment: Professor Cook was a very solid professor and I would highly recommend him. His first few lectures seem a little bit slow and boring but then you realize the humor in what he says. Just attend all of the lectures, do the weekly assignments, spend a few hours memorizing, and an A is within reach. Also, a very helpful professor. Was very prompt in answering questions in BSPACE forums and helped students facillitate discussion. Very good professor.

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 34 36 71 70

Comment: I rated exams low because they only focus on memorization. This class as compared with other history classes I've taken only focuses on names/places/dates and not on the overall narrative. Cook is definitely well-versed, but his lecturing is rather dry. The GSI's are quite important, and mine was very helpful. The course is such a survey course that it's difficult to try to memorize/regurgitate all the information they throw at you.

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 46 87 45 60

Comment: professor cook and the GSIs focus a lot on style of writing, which may be frustrating because this is normally a history class. Discussion counts a lot for your grade and the professor has a specific way of writing, but the tests are relatively easy, just a lot of memorization of short phrases. easy to doze off in class, but information about the words on the text can be found online and professor cook is occasionally funny :)

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 50 56 50 52

Comment: Prof Cook is funny; however, it is easy to drift off during lectures and end up missing a lot of information because he only speaks in front of the class and doesn't put much in writing on slides, etc. Discussion is relatively large 40% of class, GSI matters a lot because he/she grades all your assignments. OK class, a lot of information rapidly covered for one course.

HISTORY 6B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 50 65 60 63

Comment: Discussion section weighs very heavily on your grade, about 40%. Exams are very easy, just memorization. Professor Cook is very informative. Not the funnest class ever, but it's ok.