Ratings for Karras, A L

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62
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54
Helpfulness
61
Enthusiasm
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Karras, A L (IAS 45, Spring 2014)
Assignments
79
Exams
59
Helpfulness
51
Enthusiasm
68

Comment: Karras is a bit of a Luddite - won't allow laptops for notetaking and all that. I never went to his office hours but I heard from others that he's really helpful. I personally liked his style: his lectures are very clear, and well-structured. The content of this class is quite self-aware and self-criticizing too (which is good). People say that the exams are hard but really they're not, if you keep up with the readings and grasp key concepts. Most helpful thing to do is stay on top of readings, take lots of notes in lecture and for readings, and get a good study group.

Submitted June 11th, 2014

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Karras, A L (POLECON 24, Fall 2013)
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85
Exams
100
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: The topic of the seminar was reading the news. It was a fantastic freshman seminar and professor Karras was awesome. We even had dinner with him at the end of the semester. It's definitely something that depends on who's in your class and how enthusiastic they are— but, well, it's 100% what you make it. Take this seminar!

Submitted March 19th, 2014

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Karras, A L (IAS 45, Fall 2011)
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72
Exams
78
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
89

Submitted Oct. 28th, 2012

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Karras, A L (POLECON 100, Spring 2012)
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50
Exams
50
Helpfulness
73
Enthusiasm
50

Submitted Oct. 1st, 2012

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Karras, A L (IAS 45, Fall 2011)
Assignments
35
Exams
41
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
63

Comment: Karras was a good professor and you could tell he really knew the material and cared about it. A little bit pretentious, but hey, we're at Berkeley. Most of the class will depend on your GSI. Reading is super necessary, and go to their office hours for sure, that's the surest way to do well in the class

Submitted Sept. 25th, 2012

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Karras, A L (IAS 106, Fall 2010)
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50
Exams
50
Helpfulness
25
Enthusiasm
50

Submitted Sept. 25th, 2012

100
Karras, A L (POLECON 100, Spring 2012)
Assignments
71
Exams
80
Helpfulness
65
Enthusiasm
100

Submitted Aug. 7th, 2012

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Karras, A L (IAS 45, Fall 2011)
Assignments
73
Exams
2
Helpfulness
0
Enthusiasm
35

Comment: One of those profs that teach undergrads but because he thinks he's a genius and intellectual superior to most around him he will condescend to you on one on one basis. He often has all the answers, and being this class a WORLD history one it is hard to swallow that his opinion is the absolute truth specially in light of the breadth of the course. Exams are easy, but the main problem with the class is the ridiculous amount of reading. The textbook is the most useful reading and you should focus on that and lecture to do well in this freshman course.

Submitted July 5th, 2012

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Karras, A L (POLECON 100, Spring 2012)
Assignments
65
Exams
61
Helpfulness
64
Enthusiasm
63

Comment: As for the reading, it's a lot to swallow. The lectures are helpful but the quality of it is often dictated by the discussion that is encouraged by Karras. I had no assignments with my GSI and the tests were not too bad. There is no study guide however and it can sometimes be overwhelming considering the massive amount of reading that is required.

Submitted May 13th, 2012

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Karras, A L (IAS 45, Fall 2011)
Assignments
72
Exams
63
Helpfulness
72
Enthusiasm
70

Comment: Assignments were doable, always enthusiastic about the subject, helps a lot during office hours, exams coverage is very broads.

Submitted May 7th, 2012