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M Spicka
(History/ Philosophy)


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Subject: Its still history class  (Dec 06 2015, 02:54AM)
Student: Anonymous (Secondary Education with History )
Class:HIS 361  (A)
 5 of 8 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka isn't a bad teacher at all. No one really likes history and if you hate it you will probably think its boring but its really not all that bad. Spicka has 1 midterm and 1 final neither are cumulative. you will have to participate in 1 debate (its a really easy 100 and you can pick when you go. and then there are 3 papers (as long as you read half the book and look up some stuff you could get a B). For the midterm and the final you get a study guide so use it. For the essays you can hand it in early and he will look over it for you. there are 3 surprise quizzes that are based on the readings except he will say a couple times "MAKE SURE YOU REALLY DO THIS NEXT READING" but they are only graded by checks not actual As or Bs. All in all hes really not a bad guy and as long as you use the resources that he provides and at least listen in class you'll do fine. he's also really nice in person if you need to talk about something. He understands that not everyone likes history so he tries to help you out if he can. He's one of the more understanding professors I have had. The only down side is he seems to get nervous while trying to talk so he stutters a little bit.
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Subject: Take him   (Oct 26 2014, 08:31AM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:History 105 (--)
 5 of 8 students found this review helpful.

 If he has a good class scheduled around you, I suggest taking him! The class itself is very easy. The quiz is one of three questions he presents to you a week in advance. The tests, only midterm and final, are essay based. He gives you exactly what will be on the test. For example, on the study guide were four possible essays. On the test were two, and you only had to pick one to write. Its a really easy class and I enjoy him as a teacher. He is super helpful and will try to meet with you if his office hours conflict with something else that you have.
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Subject: Great Guy!  (Mar 23 2014, 10:03PM)
Student: Anonymous (Exercise Science)
Class:History 106 (A-)
 9 of 822 students found this review helpful.

 Spicka is the only prof I've meet so far who teaches his Gen Ed, like... Gen Ed. You never have to do extra work. It's an easy class:
1) You ONLY have 1 four page essay and 2 exams! He gives like a quiz a week but he always gives you the questions ahead of time
2) I never had to take notes because he gives you all the questions for the two exams and weekly quizzes ahead of time! Seriously he gives you the exact question that will be on them!
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Subject: Great Professor!  (Mar 12 2013, 12:51PM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:19th Century Europe (--)
 8 of 12 students found this review helpful.

 He is very nice! He doesn't require much outside of class. We have occasional quizzes based off readings. We know there's a quiz ahead of time and the question(s) are broad and very easy. As long as you read the material for the quiz, you should pass. It isn't a quiz that encompasses everything from the last quiz, it's just off of the readings you were supposed to have read that day. They are on the syllabus so they aren't pop quizzes. There's a midterm and final exam. The midterm was not hard at all. He gave us a list of vocab, said what we needed to know for it, gave us a collection of short answer questions and long essay questions. He picked what was on the exam but then from there, you picked the rest. He gave us around 15 vocab on the study guide. Then gave us around 8 to pick from on the exam. We only had to pick 5. For the short answer, he gave us 2 on the study guide. He put one of them on the exam. He gave us 3 big essay questions to study for. They were not the exact questions, just general ideas we would need to know. He put two of them on the exam and you had to pick one. It was not bad at all. We have to read books and write a paper answering a prompt on the book. It's not hard either. He isn't a hard grader and he is super friendly. I would definitely take him again.
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Subject: Good  (Jan 12 2013, 01:18AM)
Student: Jesse (Criminal Justice)
Class:His 105 (B)
 4 of 7 students found this review helpful.

 I see some negative comments that aren't true. Prof Spicka is a good professor and the classes are easy, the only work you actually have to do is read, current event, and the 2 exams. I am taking him again next semester for HIS 106
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Subject: take him!  (Jan 08 2012, 10:08PM)
Student: Anonymous (el ed)
Class:world history 1 (A)
 20 of 28 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka's classes were mainly lectures but he didn't demand too much outside of class. There is a current event presentation and a paper on a play. He has quizzes mainly every week but the questions are given ahead of time. His midterm and final, I found kinda challenging because there was so much material to go over. But, he is very kind and very reasonable on the work he assigns!
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Subject: Cares about Students  (Nov 04 2010, 03:00AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:World History II (B+)
 11 of 16 students found this review helpful.

 Spicka was a great professor, he followed the syllabus, asked for the class' feedback, and showed the entire class respect. He's a great guy and his class will cheer you up. Just make sure you take notes in his class. Very important.
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Subject: Great Guy  (Sep 26 2010, 03:19AM)
Student: Anonymous (accounting)
Class:World History 1 (--)
 9 of 20 students found this review helpful.

 World History can be boring at times but Dr. Spicka makes it great... he's a very personable guy who is always willing to help you. Also he is always available and you can contact him anytime
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Subject: I TOOK HIM TWICE!!!  (Mar 31 2009, 09:41PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elm Ed)
Class:History I & II (B+)
 14 of 19 students found this review helpful.

 He is a really nice guy and really easy..he gives you the quizzes every week BUT he gives you the questions b4 hand and he grades them soo easy!! You have one term-paper that isn't hard if you do it haha .. a current event presentation which is cake and he grades it easy also! .. one cultural event on campus with a pg reaction paper which is also cake! His exams on the other hand you have to study for or you will not do well... he grades those the hardest but as long as you know what you're talking about its all good! The only bad thing I have to say about him is that I fell asleep in almost all of his classes!!! But I still got a B+ in History I and I'm doing very well in History II so YOU REALLY SHOULD TAKE HIM!!!
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Subject: take him people!  (Jan 28 2009, 04:19PM)
Student: A Fan Of Spicka (Undeclared)
Class:Wolrd History 1 (A)
 12 of 20 students found this review helpful.

 He is one of the nicest teachers as ship. Not too hard not too easy. I would def. take him! His quizzes are pretty easy b/c he gives you the questions before hand....and his tests are not too bad either. You will definitely need to study, but hey this is college. He will be there if you need help. TAKE HIM! Very cool, and funny
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Subject: Excellent Professor  (Nov 26 2008, 12:57AM)
Student: JMil (Physics/Engineering)
Class:World History I (A)
 18 of 27 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka really understands students. I applaud him at his ability to understand that some people just don't care about History, and he shows that in the way he teaches and makes assignments. I, myself, am slightly interested in History, some things are interesting, but others I could not care about, so here is what I think about him from this point of view. Dr. Spicka's classes usually consist of lecture, with a small amount of note from a powerpoint presentations. The presentations usually have some interesting pictures to go along. He encourages people to ask questions and discuss the current topic, but rarely picks random people to talk about the topic (Actually, the only time I remember him doing so, is when we have assigned reading). Here is the real kicker that makes Dr. Spicka a good professor. He lets you know what is going to be on the quizzes/exams. His quizzes are simply one question, short answer. He gives you two or three different questions (along with pages where the answer can be found) that may be the question for the quiz. For exams, he gives a general overview on what to expect, and for each section of the exam, he will give you some hints on what will be on it. Overall, I find Dr. Spicka great, as he understand that History isn't for everyone. The only bad part, is that he made us buy a book that we never use (It's the green book, the title slipped my mind). We also read two novels, but they're both under 100 pages and actually somewhat interesting, so it wasn't that big of a deal.
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Subject: Overall a Good Guy  (Oct 27 2008, 01:56PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Ed)
Class:World History I (--)
 16 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Spicka is pretty easy. He basically gives you the notes. There are a few short readings that will come up on tests and quizzes, so make sure that you don't blow them off. He does give a few quizzes to make sure that you read the assigned material. His tests are writing. A few short paragraphs and an essay, no multiple choice or anything. Other than that, there is only 1 project and 1 paper. He seems a little nervous speaking in front of people, but he's really nice and definitely willing to help his students. He genuinely cares about you and your grade.
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Subject: Good  (Sep 16 2008, 11:34AM)
Student: Anonymous (Marketing)
Class:History II (A)
 11 of 33 students found this review helpful.

 There are only 2 big tests, but you receive an outline for both. It takes a bit of reviewing, but it was easy to prepare for. The classes were mostly notes from overheads and a few group discussions, but he's a good teacher and very well educated on his subject. I think there may have been some quizzes, too, but nothing was too difficult. I never did the reading because he did a nice job outlining everything in class.
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Subject: Great Teacher  (May 20 2008, 09:25AM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:World History 2 (A)
 19 of 36 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka was a great teacher. You have a midterm and a final. You take notes from a powerpoint the whole time (so it can be boring, but he is funny). You have to do a current event project, which is so easy. You also have to go to a cultural event, which is easy. I would recommend taking him... he is nice, funny, and a great teacher.
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Subject: Great Prof!  (Jan 17 2008, 02:55PM)
Student: Anonymous (Business Managment )
Class:World History 1 (A)
 17 of 33 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka was a really good prof. He had almost weekly quizzes, one paper, a midterm and a final. He was really easy to understand, put up notes on powerpoint, and made the class pretty easy. If you get the chance, definitely take him for world history 1 or 2.
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Subject: HIghly Recommended  (Nov 03 2007, 01:49PM)
Student: Anonymous (Undeclared)
Class:World History I (--)
 13 of 32 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is amazing - he is very intelligent, very interested in his subject, and very young and cool. The class is so easy - it's all lecture and notes, and a couple of ridiculously easy quizzes. There is a midterm and final that are hard if you don't like writing - they're essay. However, if you just look over the material he gives you, you will do great. His lectures can be "boring" if you really don't like history, but I thought they were interesting. It's no wonder his sections for World History II were filled up on the first day of scheduling (meaning I couldn't get him again). If you can, take him!!!
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Subject: Great  (Jan 16 2007, 10:47AM)
Student: Anonymous (Undeclared)
Class:World History I (A)
 13 of 31 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka was a great History teacher. The classes weren't the most fun, but the information was very organized, and I actually came out of it understanding almost everything. He prepares everyone very well for the quizzes and the midterm and final test. He's also always in a good mood, and obviously loves his job. He doesn't respond to emails very quickly, but if you miss a class or two, it isn't a big deal.
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Subject: Easy B  (Nov 30 2006, 01:26PM)
Student: Anonymous (undeclared)
Class:World History II (B)
 12 of 21 students found this review helpful.

 If you are not a big history person and you want a definite B take this man. Sure he seems nervous in front of a class, but he is still a good teacher. His quizzes are easy. He gives you like 2 or 3 possible questions before hand, then will pick one of them to be the quiz question. His tests are pretty easy as well. Def take him
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Subject: Excellent professor-excellent class  (May 23 2006, 08:32AM)
Student: Anonymous (BA History)
Class:19th Century Europe (A)
 14 of 26 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is a perfect example of what a professor should be. He organizes his lessons well and places great enthusiasm into his classes. He's also very genuine and practical...he asks for feedback throughout the semester (which to me shows he truly cares how the class takes to the information). The class itself was very interesting: 3 short books/novels with a 4-5 page paper on each, two exams, and a few quizzes which were simple-just seeing who did the short reading assignments really. I'm glad to have taken the class, I learned a lot. The only negative...the one book about the railroads was ultra-boring! But other than that it was superb!
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Subject: Good Class  (May 09 2006, 11:39AM)
Student: Anonymous (Marketing)
Class:World History II (B+)
 21 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 First off World History II unlike I is easy, its about things that we have been learning about since practically 6th grade. Spicka doesnt take attendance other then on a rare occasion which doesnt really matter... has quiz's about once a week which are a joke... they are on a check scale and you could not read a thing and still get a check. If youre like me and dont like to have grades based soley on tests then you may want to shy away because your grade is based primarily on the midterm final and a paper. However the midterm and final are 30 pt identifications and 70 pt essay. He is a good teacher and not hard at all.
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Subject: He's ok  (May 05 2006, 01:32PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:World History 1 and 2 (--)
 13 of 24 students found this review helpful.

 Let me start off by mentioning that if there is just one professor that will put you to sleep in class, this is who it will be. He is the most boring professor I've had here. However, he is a good teacher. He wants everyone to be able to understand the information, so he gives quizzes pretty often. But he gives you the questions that are going to be on them, so they're not that big of a deal. There is one paper, the midterm, the final, and the quizzes that make up your grade. So it's not really that bad if you study. He's boring but fairly easy. So I do recommend him.
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Subject: He is Wonderful  (Dec 14 2005, 12:24AM)
Student: Chelsea (Elementary Education)
Class:History I and II (A)
 19 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 I had him for two semesters, he is great. Effective lecturer, very caring and personable, one paper (he does grade faily rough), quizes (READ THE HUMAN RECORD), midterm and final on the Human Record and a essay(longer is better with the essay). Great Guy, learned a lot. And for any of you who said something bad about him I hope you do get a bad professor so you can tell the difference.
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Subject: Take Him  (Nov 03 2005, 05:44PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:World History 1 (A-)
 22 of 33 students found this review helpful.

 If you want to get your history requirements over with without any trouble, TAKE HIM.
* Tests are easy
* One paper the whole semester
* Gives you the questions before hand, even for the midterm and final.
Do not take him if you arent good at essays. They are short and easy, but not if you're a multiple choice kind of person.
* Do not buy Traditions and Encounters, its the biggest waste of money and you will regret it. (He doesnt use them)
* Read the Human Record book
* He is easy and is extremely focused on making you feel like you are right, even if you dont know what you're talking about.
I really suggest taking him if you want an easy A.
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Subject: Great Guy  (Nov 02 2005, 11:31PM)
Student: Anonymous (Sociology)
Class:Worl History I (B)
 17 of 31 students found this review helpful.

 He is very helpful and def knows what he is talking about. He doesnt require much from you either. Easy quizzes and tests help out your grade. He keeps your attention in class too. Def take him if you can
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Subject: Great guy.....  (May 05 2005, 10:22PM)
Student: Dan (History Ba/Social Work BSED)
Class:Holocaust (--)
 23 of 32 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka was a very caring man. His class covered a very difficult topic but he handled it very well. I enjoyed his class and as far as him as a professor went we had 3 essays due for the course and random reading checks. Class was mostly class discussion. Great teacher!
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Subject: Do you like writing essays?  (Jan 13 2005, 02:23PM)
Student: Amanda (Education)
Class:World History I (A-)
 18 of 35 students found this review helpful.

 If you can read and write, you will get a good grade in this class. Just read your Human Record. Don't even bother buying the Traditions and Encounters book--you never get tested on any of it. Spicka's tests/quizzes are ALL WRITING. For me, that's good because you can bs your way through them. You have about a quiz a week on a reading/s from the Human Record text. He gives you 3 possible questions, then picks one on the day of the quiz. So you always know what to expect. This class is super easy, very dull at times, and Spicka shouts...that always kinda bothered me. But if you can write, Spicka is the prof to take.
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Subject: Exellent!!  (Jan 05 2005, 12:25AM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:World History I (B)
 19 of 31 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is excellent. He gives you the questions to quizzes before you have them. He does the same thing with his finals. He makes sure you're not learning anything that will not be used on quizzes and finals. He is always willing to reason with a student if they are having a hard time, but that is pretty much impossible. It is an easy A+. I got a B because I was lazy. You don't have to study very much and you don't do a whole lot of reading. If I had to give Dr. Spicka a grade, it would be an A++!!!
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Subject: Nice Guy, Pretty easy course  (Jan 02 2005, 11:14PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Ed)
Class:World History I (A)
 21 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Spicka is a nice guy, who genuinely cares about his students. He lectures every class period and you have to take notes from the overhead. He takes attendance on most days and really likes it when you volunteer. Class participation accounts for a lot, but even if you say something totally wrong, he makes it seem as though what you said is exactly right. He has one paper based on a novel you read outside of class, and a midterm and final. For the midterm and final, he gives you a list of the possible essay questions, so it is easy to study for. You also have to read documents, and then you get a quiz on them every other week. However, he gives you the two quiz essay questions, so its impossible to do bad if you read the documents. Take him if you can!
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Subject: Good and fair prof  (Dec 16 2004, 11:30PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Education)
Class:World History I (B+)
 10 of 22 students found this review helpful.

 This was a great class to take for a gen ed! Dr. Spicka was a very fair grader. There would be weekly quizzes on the reading, but he always announced them before hand and gave you the questions in advance. He also gave you a study guide to both the midterm and the final. (i thought the final was kind of hard however) You only have to write one paper in the class, which i thought was easy and i got a good grade on it. Sometimes the class could be really boring (what history class isn't?!?) and i would pay more attention to him walking back and forth the front of the room. But he is a genuine teacher. (hey, and with kids of his own at home) I would definitely recommend! I can't wait to have him for history ii
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Subject: Take him  (Dec 08 2004, 09:56PM)
Student: Kelly (Elem Ed)
Class:History 1 (B)
 20 of 30 students found this review helpful.

 He is a very nice teacher. When one of our classmates died he even was there for all of us that needed him. I recommend that you take him. He is such a nice guy!
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Subject: Take Him  (Oct 28 2004, 03:44PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Ed)
Class:World History I (A)
 23 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka could be boring but he is very excited about his classes and really tries to learn everyone by name. His quizzes and midterms were easy and he is a very fair grader. I would definitely recommend him!
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Subject: Take him!!  (Apr 12 2004, 06:36PM)
Student: Jessica (Elementary Education)
Class:World History 2 (A)
 8 of 25 students found this review helpful.

 Oh my, I hate history and I would tell anyone to take Dr. Spicka for a class anyday. He is easy but you will leave his class knowing something new everyday. You have a midterm and a final which is essay. The essays are given to you in advance. He has quizzes every other week or so, but he gives you the questions days in advance! He is an awesome prof and I wish I could take him again!!
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Subject: Got Spicka?  (Apr 01 2004, 10:16AM)
Student: Zach (Marketing/Management)
Class:World History II (A)
 14 of 31 students found this review helpful.

 One of the best Prof's I've ever had. He is always around when you need him. His quizes are easy since he gives you the questoins in advance and just read the book. His lectures are not always that exciting but if you pay attention you learn a lot. There is only one paper, and its not hard. If you go to the SI sessions, you get extra credit and all you go over the answers to the quiz, take this prof if you can!
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Subject: awesome  (Jan 26 2004, 10:16PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:world hist 1 &2 (--)
 12 of 23 students found this review helpful.

 this man is the best prof i have had yet. he is such a nice guy and we had a blast in his class. he gives you quizzes each week that he gives u the questions to before hand. he is just an overall good guy. take him.
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Subject: Easy Prof  (Dec 23 2003, 09:52AM)
Student: Anonymous (Communication/ Journalism)
Class:World History I (B+)
 10 of 27 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka was the easiest history prof i've ever had in my life. he provides all the notes you need on overheads and for every quiz he provides the questions days in advance. for the midterm and final both he provides you the possible essay questions thus making the class a breeze. he is effective and engaging and i learned alot from him. i encourage anyone to take his class.
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Subject: Awesome  (Apr 10 2003, 12:07PM)
Student: Anonymous (Information Management and Analysis)
Class:World History 1&2 (B+)
 5 of 24 students found this review helpful.

 Dr Spicka was an awesome teacher, his class was very easy to get through and at times was pretty interesting. He drops your lowest quiz grade too. He is also a great guy out of class, He was fun to talk football with especially when Ohio State won it all.
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Subject: Spicka is the MAN  (Apr 02 2003, 12:41PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:World History I & II (--)
 19 of 29 students found this review helpful.

 Ok...Spicka might be the dorkiest dude ever. He's great. He gets all sorts of excited about his class and really loves what he does. His quizes are easy as hell, b/c he gives you the questions almost a week before the quiz. His tests are the same way, he gives excerpts from documents you have already read and a choice between essay questions that he gives you way in advance. This guy is awesome. TAKE HIM!!!!
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Subject: Great Prof!  (Mar 28 2003, 01:50PM)
Student: Anonymous (Communications)
Class:World Hist 1 and 2 (A)
 17 of 29 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is GREAT! He really knows his stuff and is very upbeat! Plus he is always around to help you if you need it. His class is mainly lecture, and not all the information is all that interesting but he covers it all very well, and if you take good notes he really answers his midterm and final questions for you. There is about 1 quiz a week, but you are given possible questions ahead of time and if you study them you'll get and A or B. Also, he gives possible midterm and final questions ahead of time, use youre notes esp. to study and you'll be set! He's great! Definately take him if you get the chance!!
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Subject: Easy teacher  (Feb 15 2003, 04:51PM)
Student: Anonymous (Bio)
Class:World History 1 (B+)
 8 of 19 students found this review helpful.

 Okay I know he gives you a quiz every week almost, but they are not hard at all. He gives you the two or three possible essay questions a week ahead of time and then chooses one of them for the quiz. He also has this report where you have to write a thesis based on this book, it's easy, as long as you back up your evidence you'll get an A, even if he doesn't agree with your opinion. He lectures in class, and often times asks for students opinions on topics. He does take attendance, but the class isn't that bad anyway. His final and midterm are several essay questions and some document analysis. The work is not that hard at all, requires minimal effort at best.
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Subject: great prof  (Jan 27 2003, 08:27PM)
Student: Anonymous (math education)
Class:history I (A-)
 9 of 24 students found this review helpful.

 Spicka is a great prof. He can be a little boring with all the lecturing but his class is well structured. He gives you the questions to all quizes and even the midterm and finial. he will give you about 4 questions ahead of time and you just need to be able to answer which ever one he picks for the midterm and finial. His class is structred so you can't help but learn. he doesn't make you learn dates and names that is the best part!!
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Subject: Take him  (Jan 23 2003, 03:24PM)
Student: Anonymous (business)
Class:history 1 (A-)
 12 of 32 students found this review helpful.

 Great guy! Take him if you can. Lil quiz a week, all stuff is essay. One 3 to 4 page paper, a midterm and final. Does a good job with the boring material he has to teach.
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Subject: great guy  (Jan 21 2003, 11:53AM)
Student: Anonymous (Accounting)
Class:World History 1 (B)
 20 of 30 students found this review helpful.

 This guy was great... The lectures put me to sleep a couple times but he was always there to help and i would recommend him to anybody.
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Subject: Awesome Prof  (Dec 10 2002, 02:21AM)
Student: Right... (Business Education)
Class:World History I (B)
 12 of 21 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is a terrific prof who really wants you to succeed. He's always available to help in anyway. Granted the lectures can be boring, the class is really easy. A wonderful man!
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Subject: easiest prof ever  (Dec 09 2002, 04:08PM)
Student: Anonymous (comm/journ)
Class:world history I (A-)
 15 of 32 students found this review helpful.

 You can fall asleep and still know what is going on. He's very boring when it comes to lecturing, but it's an easy A.
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Subject: Awesome  (Nov 21 2002, 11:02AM)
Student: John (Comp Sci)
Class:World History I (-)
 22 of 33 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is a great teacher. He really cares about his students and would do anything to help. Weekly quizzes arent bad, does take attendence though. I would reccommend him to anyone!
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Subject: great prof!  (Nov 19 2002, 03:32PM)
Student: Greg (marketing)
Class:World History I (B+)
 13 of 26 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is probably the best overall prof at Ship. He is not only a great teacher, but a great person. He really cares about the success of his students! Take him no matter what!!!
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Negative Comments (1)

Subject: I don't understand  (May 02 2004, 11:35PM)
Student: Anonymous (business)
Class:World History 2 (C)
 12 of 36 students found this review helpful.

 I decided to take Spicka because of the great reviews on here. His classes are so boring and he repeats himself non-stop. It seemed like everything I did in the class got a C. I hate history but even Dr.Clay graded a lot easier than him and she gets bad ratings on here. If you seriously hate history don't take him.
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Neutral Comments (5)

Subject: ehhh..  (May 19 2006, 11:45AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:World History 2 (B)
 20 of 39 students found this review helpful.

 I wouldn't say he was a great teacher, cause he isn't. His classes were boring, and to sit and listen to his voice crack every couple of minutes was annoying. His grading system sucked. He bases his quizzes on a check system, and I got all check pluses. I did all the extra assignments and even extra credit. I did well on my midterm and paper and yet still ended up with a B. That grading doesn't seem right to me. I put in so much effort to just pull off a B. Besides his classes made you want to die. Although, he did provide some humor when he asks every single day "Any questions?, Any problems?, Anything at all?" and trust me the movements that go along with it are priceless!! I would recommend him if you need a history class that may not be so involved, but if your trying to get something out of it, don't take him.
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Subject: Grading system  (Jan 26 2005, 04:59PM)
Student: Anonymous (elementary education)
Class:World History I (C+)
 17 of 34 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is a nice guy and all but his grading system is retarded. He grades his quizzes on a check system which makes it difficult to keep track of your grade and gives him a little more leeway as to how high or low of a number grade he can give your check which can really screw you. He also can kind of play favorites, so stay on his good side. I did a TON of extra credit and had mostly all good grades, but still ended up with a C+, which def. should have been a B.
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Subject: Decent prof/class  (Jan 10 2005, 07:27PM)
Student: Anonymous (Undeclared)
Class:World History I (B)
 13 of 22 students found this review helpful.

 While Spicka's classes are quite easy (made up of lectures with overheads for note taking), his grading system kinda threw me. Instead of having a point system, quizzes were graded on a check system, which made it difficult to keep track of your grade. If you are not a good essay writer, I do not recommend him, as all quizzes are made up of essays and most of the midterm/final are essay as well.
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Subject: Not so Bad  (Jan 03 2005, 12:18PM)
Student: Anonymous (El Ed)
Class:World History I (B)
 16 of 30 students found this review helpful.

 This teacher has an easy to understand grading system. Minimal work is required for a B. There are many quizzes but he always gives the questions and readings with plenty of time beforehand. Boring class material but he throws in videos to try and liven it up. Nice man. Funny voice.
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Subject: Grading  (May 15 2004, 08:08PM)
Student: Anonymous (Graduate Histoy)
Class:History 423 (B-)
 17 of 36 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Spicka is a good teacher. But were I disagree, is when I went to his office several weeks before the end of the semester. We then went over my grades and I was told that I was at a (C+). I fell behind in my classes because of medical reasons. So, he proceeded to tell me that our final paper would be optional so, I asked him if I could hand in my paper a few days later and he said that it would be alright. Also, another classmate did the same. My paper was approximately 16 pages long and when I looked up my final grades on the website my grade that was at a (C+) was now raised to a (B-). Wow, all that extra work for that little bit of a grade boost? I thought that it was not fair and somewhat rude of him. I was a very good student in his class; with excellent attendance and good homework grades??? And I just think of all that money that I had just spent, I get no free money or assistantships.
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