Martin Birr - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Professor: Martin Birr
Department: Accounting
College: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: A312
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Please take with any other professor available for course. Personally spent anywhere between 15-30 a week outside of class time studying and it is not enough. Tests are extremely hard and "tricky". Also, class time was ineffective because he does not follow book. If he does, I could not make the connection.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: A312
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Say what you want about Birr but the guy is hilarious. His exams consist mainly of questions from Gleim. Lectures are typical. He knows his stuff. Although he may not be the greatest at teaching, he's pretty funny in a way.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: F
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I would not recommend taking the class with this professor. The class itself is difficult, this professor makes it even harder. Lectures and homework were ok, but the tests were extremely difficult and didn't align with what we learned. It also felt as though he didn't care whether we failed or succeeded.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Martin Birr is by far the worst prof I have ever had in my entire life. He shouldn't be employed. He teaches on Excel, with the functions and formulas pre-set, so we can't really see or understand what he is entering or where. And to top that off, we aren't allowed to use Excel ourselves on hw or exams. DO NOT TAKE ANY COURSE WITH MARTIN BIRR!!!!!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I have never failed a class in my life. I was a direct admit to Kelley and I am by no means lazy. This professor was the worst i've ever had. His lectures are awful, he doesnt respond to emails, and curves your grade at the last second by 10%. Im tired of seeing comments on here saying if you fail you are just lazy. Take it with andrews, not birr.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Online was the only option and lectures were held twice a week. He used a different format during lectures than the homework and quizzes. He also seemed like he had an attitude when anyone asks questions. The tests were a higher level of difficulty than what was being taught with not enough time (you had about 2 1/2 minutes for each question.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: A335
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Had this guy in two different classes, and I did bad in both. His does this thing where he goes from statement to question that makes you lose interest in hearing him speak, but you need to listen if you want to pass. You also have to read the chapters, take lots of notes, and do all the problems if you want to do well. 3Cr class with 9Cr workload.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BUSA201
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He teaches only from doing examples on excel. Sure, you can whip out excel in class and for ONLINE homework, but what are you supposed to do when you have to take a huge exam with paper and pencil? Good luck. There are no real notes or powerpoints for reference.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: A312
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Birr is very strict and doesnt care about weather you pass or fail. All his EXAMS 1,2 and3 about 75% to 85% from GLIEM book questions. It comes with exact answers form GLIEM and somFrom his lectures note. All weekly quizzes from the book. DO NOT EVER TAKE A CLASS WITH BIRR. DO NOT SCREW YOUR SEMESTER WITH BIRR. DO NOT TAKE A CLASS WITH BIRR.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BUSA201
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
No. No. No. I walked into class the first day and listened to him talk for an hour and a half about "things we should already know" and a pop quiz at the end. I was not prepared for his level of expectation. Right after that class period ended I walked into advising and dropped it. Would not recommend if you're someone who can't learn like that.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Martin Birr is hands down the best professor I have had. Extremely knowledgeable and always there for his students!!!!!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: A312
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Class is hard, but Birr really cares about his students and helping them learn. Study tons outside of class, and use the lectures to synthesize the information.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: A562
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Most people on this forum only provide good reviews for professors who give out easy A's or just have an easy class. This class is supposed to be hard. Professor Birr is well versed in all phases of accounting. He extended homework and exam due dates if he felt it was too soon. Stop whining. I am a better student because of this class. Very fair.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Overall Professor Birr was a good professor. A201 is a very hard course, but he knows how to explain the information well. The only issue I have is that the exams are written and taken with another professor. There were lots of differences between how the test was written and the way he taught us. Wish he wrote his own exams.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Impossible to follow. Very easy to get off topic. Will make numerous mistakes and not realize It till the end of the twenty minute question. Would never take again.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
WARNING: Worst teacher I've ever had do not take his class
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: A558
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This professor is awful. He expects you to read the whole book and then the assignment is to prepare Q&As along with explanations by yourself and do a paper memo To explain a topic from this semester. So, literally the professor has not put any effort in teaching for this class. ridiculous. All he did is to come online and explain general topics.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: A312
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Worst prof I've ever had. Ignores emails, 10+ minutes late to class (yet lectures about "professionalism"), every quiz/lecture has errors. He often makes mistakes trying to solve problems on the board and his students have to help him out. 1/3 of class time is him talking about nothing act related. Very condescending. Get ready to teach yourself!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: A201
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great professor. Many people seem to not like him, but I feel as though they are just very frustrated with the difficulty of the class. He is good at explaining and constantly asks if anyone has questions. Would definitely take him again.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: A501
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He does not know how to teach. You will be by yourself.
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