Acker, R L on Ninja Courses

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GEOG 20 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
48 63 50 93 82

GEOG 20 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 75 71 70 93

Comment: I took this class at FPF in 2011, and it was my favorite class that semester. The course is listed in the geography department, but it's really a combination of macroeconomics, current events, and demography, so the subject matter is extremely relevant. I felt that I understood a lot of news stories a lot better because of the class. Acker is a good lecturer, definitely knows his stuff, but his handwriting is borderline illegible. He did post his lectures basically word-for-word on bspace, which were great reference for essays. The readers are insanely long, but as long as you can find the articles required for the weekly assignments (the internet is your friend) you probably don't need to buy them. He gives you a list of essay questions that he'll pick the final questions from, so as long as you pre-write and memorize your answers you should be fine. Acker picks favorites, try to get on his good side early on by participating a lot. Definitely not an easy class, but worth the effort IMO, learned a lot.

GEOG 20 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
48 77 36 59 33

Comment: This professor is one of the smartest professors I have ever seen. He knows his stuff, but unfortunately his grading policy is very strict. Make sure what you write in your assignments and on the take-home midterm agrees with his philosophy; otherwise, he will take points off. Also, participate in class, office hours, and discussion; you'll be on his good side then.

GEOG 20 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 79 78 46 68

GEOG 20 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 71 50 50 65

Comment: His lectures were organized enough but the complete chicken-scratch he'd draw on the board to illustrate his ideas was awful. I felt like he tried to cram a lot into one lecture. His notes were more helpful than his actual classes on understanding the material. He also tended to pick favorites in the class, which got a little nauseating.

GEOG 20 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 87 71 62 100

Comment: Pretty Easy class. 10 weekly reflections, which the average score is about a 21/25. The other 4-5 points can be made up with weekly extra credit assignments. Midterm and Final are take home.

GEOG 20 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
55 42 63 50 88

Comment: Bob Acker is straight up crazy, but that isn't always a bad thing. He is very enthusiastic about what he is teaching and knows all the material in great detail. Discussions are interesting and you learn a lot of things in this class. However, there were weekly 2 page essays that you had to write and a ridiculous amount of reading was assigned. Overall the tests weren't that hard and he gave you sample questions ahead of time to prepare with. I would recommend it just so that you experience what is Bob Acker.

GEOG 20 (Spring 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 79 90 80 78

GEOG 20 (Spring 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 69 72 55 100

Comment: Acker has cohesive, organized lectures that fit together well also. For homework, you get to choose 10 out of 16 1-page papers. In some cases, if you don't think how he does, you won't get much credit, and not everyone will agree with how he thinks. He gives a study guide that consists of every possible test question, and picks a few for the final. Midterm is take-home.

GEOG N20 (Summer 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 87 81 76 80

GEOG N20 (Summer 2011)

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50 50 50 50 79

GEOG N20 (Summer 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 74 86 74 71

Comment: Professor Acker is really interesting in terms of his lectures and his ideas about the world, his exams can be tough, but if you really know the subject matter, and can bring a good idea into it, then you can succed.

GEOG N20 (Summer 2011)

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100 50 50 100 100

Comment: I took this class Fall 2011 as part of the FPF program. I went in literally knowing NOTHING about economics or globalization, and I ended up with an A. Acker's a great lecturer and definitely tries to make sure his students are doing well. Go to all of his lectures. If you're having trouble, read the lecture notes he posts online (they're practically word-for-word the same). He really tries to prepare you for his exams by giving you study sheets and outlines before hand. Just do them and memorize your outlines. Also, do well on the weekly essays by recapping what he said in class, the readings relevant to the prompt and a little bit of outside research. No need to do ALL of his readings--just what's relevant to the weekly essays! Great class for those interested in economics, international trade, politics, business, etc. Otherwise, don't bother.