Avi Akkerman - University of Saskatchewan

Professor: Avi Akkerman
Department: Geography
College: University of Saskatchewan
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PLAN350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Second class with him and what a bad decision! The first one I just chalked up to the subject matter but sheesh I don't think he can teach anything. Like listening to your drunk uncle rant off topic at thanksgiving but you have to pay for it
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PLAN350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lecture is disorganised and repetitive. He spends the entire class or even a few classes to explain concepts that could be explained in ten minutes. For the assignments, he does not explain how he marks them, and I never really know where I lost marks and how many. His marking is not thorough either; he makes mistakes making you lose more.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PLAN342
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I don't think I've ever had a worse teacher in my entire life. He has no plan, rambles off topic and then loses his train of thought. Lessons are not planned or coordinated at all and it is painful watching him attempt to google something, God forbid he tries to put a few numbers in excel it literally takes ten minutes per cell. Avoid if possible
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PLAN342
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Boggles my mind that students are required to pay for the classes he teaches. The content he went over in class was repetitive, simple, and had very little to do with the actual goal of the course. He spent the last month of class explaining a table that should have taken two classes (at most).
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PLAN350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Very disorganized and the class could have been taught in 2 weeks but is stretched to a full term so his lectures are very repetitive. Nice guy if you talk to him, and always has notes written on his wrist! No text book.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG346
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
the guy is awesome
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He told us how disappointed he was in our marks-an 80 average on assignments.Could mean he cares but seems to be criticizing/condescending.He doesn't realize how long his assignments take, we spent up to 10 hours working on stuff worth4%. The course material is pretty straight-forward,very repeatative. DID NOT ENJOY THIS CLASS
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG342
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The class revolves around only a couple concepts and are dance around for the entire semester. The midterm is a breeze, but the final exam takes a lot of time to do the life table.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good guy, very interested in his subject. He's best when he gets sidetracked. 350 was very detail oriented, and he can be nit-picky about unimportant things. Easy to talk to though, and will spend long periods of time talking about anything you want. Recommended.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Avi is one of the best profs I've had. Extremely helpful and sincerely wants you to be successful in his class. Lectures can be philosophical at times and somewhat sidetracked although they are entertaining and should be attended to excel.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: GEO8
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Monsieur Ak couldn't find the door without GPS! He believes in Atlantis and frequently falls asleep mid-lecture! Has notes written on his wrists in pen. Sports capri pants and flip-flops. Answers to "Hey, Rand Macnally!" Be warned.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG342
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Fantastic Professor...boring at times, but he is very helpful!!! The material is not so much fun, and this class is ALL group work...nothing on your own, so don't take it unless you really need to. There is also more math, than expected when you first begin. All in all, got a good mark, he's great, boring lectures!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GEOGRAPHY
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
amazing prof
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG342
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a very easy marker, but make sure to go to his class, otherwise you have no clue what's on the final.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: LOTSOFGEOGS
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Avi is an excellent prof who is truly passionate about his teachings. He makes an effort to get to know the students in his class, and will help you in any way that he can if approached. Make an effort and he will treat you with respect.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MANYGEOGS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best profs I've ever had at the U of S. He may seem a little intimidating at first but if you have a question about anything he will go out of his way to help you. An unusual teaching style but it is very effective. Thanks Avi!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a good guy and wants his students to learn. He's not a "research prof" who only teaches bc he has to. His only flaw is that he is rhetorical in his lectures sometimes.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: GEOGPLANNING
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I think Avi is one of the GREATEST professors that I have. He guides you to think about the subject and make planning an interesting subject.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Avi is an amazing man. He is extremely helpful, and truly cares about his students, taking time to get to know them. If you put the effort into his class, participate and keep up, you'll get so much out of his teaching, and you'll get to know a great guy.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SEVERALGEOGRAP
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice prof. he took time to know me, i felt comfortable in his class. Thanks Professor Akkerman
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