Robert Finlay - University of Arkansas

Professor: Robert Finlay
Department: History
College: University of Arkansas
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Do not take him for World Civ. His lectures often have little to nothing to do with the actual test. He'll ramble on a subject for the entire class period with little or no relevance to the test. Made four A's and a D in his class. I repeat: DO NOT TAKE FOR WORLD CIV.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His test often feel simple while taking them but they cover such a large amount of material. His lectures are horrible. He only teaching what he's interested in and babbles on instead of following the book. I recommend taking this class from someone else...I made all A's but a C in his class.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1003
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The kind of guy you would want to sip brandy with and smoke fine cigars. Sort of an Anthony Hopkins type countenance. He is a wonderful educator. Don't believe the hype. His classes are very manageable. He is very well traveled and cultured. He's like that Dos Equis guy.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1003
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is so classy. He is very old school, but if you try a little you can get an easy A.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1003
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Easiest A I never earned.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1003
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Take his class. So easy.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1003
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you fail his class you don't belong in college. Didn't even buy the book and skipped several classes. Still got an A. His test are all multiple choice and questions only have 3 choices, one of which is obviously BS. If you don't do well in his this class drop out now. You have no hope.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Extremely hard to follow. I dreaded sitting through his class. Use of technology is basically zero in a very large class, making it very hard to hear/understand. Smart guy, but I'd reccommend dropping this class if at all possible and getting a different teacher.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1013
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Smart, but doesnt know how to teach well. The lectures a lot of time have little to pertain with the actual exams, and the exams are almost all textbook based. Happy to get a b in here, do not take for world civ!!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Went to class almost everyday, studied really hard for the final, and still did not pass the class. Lectures were very boring and sometimes pointless. Only three grades in this class, and are all tests, so you must do good on all three to get a good grade.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hes a terrible teacher. Boring lectures. Pointless notes, and nothing on his extensive test reviews are on the test. I would strongly recommend taking someone else! GPA KILLER
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HIST3000
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I literally had a nightmare about the paper I recently turned in for his class.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HIST4053
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He wasn't very helpful. He never spoke about what he wanted in the paper we had to turn in for his class nor did he review for tests. Attendance is mandatory and so is speaking so if you are a person who hates to speak in class don't take him. He is awful. I loved history before this class but now I hate it. He is a total confidence killer
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: WORCI1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Studied pretty hard for the tests and didn't come away with a great grade. His tests are too hard and detailed, not as concept based as he acts. Funny accent, but I don't think he understands he is teaching an intro course that shouldn't be so hard.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1003
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hard for world civ. only 3 people have gotten a's of 230 in the class both times. Happy to have a b still.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIST3000
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I LOVE Professor Finlay! I have him for an honors seminar class, and he is a really great and knowledgeable professor. I have friends who have him for WCIV1 and hate him, but if you are good with analytical thinking and writing, Finlay is of the best quality. Definitely will have to work hard!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
DO NOT TAKE FINLAY FOR WORLD CIV! We have a class of 300 and only THREE made A's on the first exam (Out of only 3 exams). WORLD civ is new and the tests have FOUR possible answer choices, and VIGOROUS study of the book is mandatory. I studied over 32 hours for first exam and only got a 72. And that is 33% of grade. DO NOT TAKE WORLD CIV W/ FINLAY.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1003
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lectures are extremely boring. I tried so many days to stay awake in that class but was not successful. The exams are multiple guess as he would say. Easy B. If you have some knowledge of western civ going in, then an A isn't extremely difficult either.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1003
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Finlay is very easy. I got a b for not going to class and never studying for it. Which is nice considering all the harder classes (chemistry) that I was taking. Take him for a nice class you can spend at Brough.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1094
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I don't know how people thought it was easy. I studied my ass off and got a C in the class. He covers MANY boring DETAILS in class, & the study guides did not help me b/c the test is broad. I even tried to read the book some & still wasn't able to get a B. I love history, I am thinking about making it my minor, but he just didn't keep my interest.
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