Thomas Renna - Saginaw Valley State University

Professor: Thomas Renna
Department: History
College: Saginaw Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HIST344
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I had Dr. Renna as a freshman, in World History, as an average student. His enthusiasm, style, love for research and enthusiasm made history come alive. I became not only an honor student, but a history major because of Dr. Renna.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST101
  • 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:
Clear, conscise, interesting and demanding professor. Must read texts, take clear notes and ask questions. Extra research helps. Practice essay writing before exams. Dr. Renna enriched and influenced my entire college experience.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: EARLYMIDDLEAG
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I LOVE this professor and I am sorry I didn't take him sooner! He is tough but he is so smart ans is very willing to help his students. I have learned so much from him! I also have never had a professor more passionate about what he does. He's GREAT and I would recommend him to any history major who is willing to learn :)
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HIST111D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
You must read the text book and due notes! You will not pass purely from listening in lecture I spent class reading to be honest. He likes to talk about topics sometimes that will have nothing to do with the core material but sometimes is still interesting to here about. Reading and memory are key to success in this class, give out lots of E.C
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HIS100D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Renna expects you to do the work. If you take notes, and learn the material you will do well on the exams. OUTLINE THE CHAPTERS! Teachers like him are a rare gem and he makes history exciting. If you want to be challenged and want to learn a lot I recommend taking one of his courses. If your are lazy take someone else. YOU HAVE TO READ...
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HIST362
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Renna is a tough teacher, but very willing to answer any questions you have at anytime. He's extremely intelligent and goes off on tangents sometimes so it's essential to read and take notes on the assigned readings.He's very enthusiastic about his work and encourages enthusiasm in his students.Do all the extra credit you can.Great teacher!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A very intelligent man, which makes his teaching lack. He knows too much and goes off an random thoughts that aren't important to the class. DO YOUR OWN NOTES AND OTHER EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES. This class really built my study skills. Exams are nearly impossible, but he curves them all. Listen to his suggestions and you'll do great!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: HIST363
  • 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:
Great Man he is Legen-wait for it-dary
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HIST115
  • 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:
I had took almost every class Dr. Renna taught in the mid 1990s. He is an excellent professor and scholar. As long as you take notes, you will do good in his class.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HIST344
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The problem with Renna is that he is flat out BRILLIANT. If you are a History major or minor his class should be a requirement. Be prepared to work. Hands down the toughest class I've had @ SVSU. DO THE EXTRA CREDIT! It will mean your survival. This is not a class for those looking to nap their way to a degree.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100D
  • 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:
Avoid this teacher if your life depended on it! horrible notes, no clarity, jumps around in his teaching and gives the hardest exams I have ever taken. He teaches alot about the B.C.E era and should have retired long ago.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Renna knows alot and LOVES what he is teaching about but doesn't know how to teach it. He covers the white boards in notes you can't understand. You have 3 exams each a 1/3 of your grade but lots of extra credit. READ THE BOOK AND DO THE EXTRA CREDIT and you will be fine. I for a C, D+ and a C on the exams and passed with a B+ DO THE EXTRA CREDIT!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Renna is my favorite history teacher I've EVER had! I adore him. He is so smart and knows so much! I've never gotten so much out of a history class. Yeah, you have do to a lot of reading and he goes off on random topics, but the way he teaches the matrial makes it really good. I'm dying to take Renna again. Best prof I've had.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great guy, but not the best teacher. Very passionate about what he is teaching. Notes are very hard to read, does not post anything online. Tests are very hard, but gives extra credit. Do it! We did 3 extra credit papers. I got a C+, D+, and C+ on exams and got a B+ in the class. Only 3 grades- exams, make sure you read the text.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HISTHIST
  • 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:
I LOVED his classes! And I think I only took his History classes and ended up with a History minor at SVSU! Later, whilst living in France, I even sent him a blown up copy of a painting that I saw in a French Revolution museum. Later, I even went on to Grad school and asked him for advice. He is a brillant person. True, that you have to follow
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Brilliant man, not the best teacher. Work hard. :)
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is such a hard professor. His lecture notes are all over the place and useless for stuying on the tests. Grades are based off of 3 huge tests that are impossible to be ready for no matter how much you study. He loves history, but he just doesn't know ow to teach it.He gives lots of extra credit,but its only worth 5% of your grade.Dont take it!!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Unless you are interested in history, I would advise another professor. If you are interested, take him, but expect a lot of reading. There is no way to do well unless you read what he tells you. He has a dry sense of humor and is probably one of the smartest people I have ever met. Just do all the extra credit, take a BUNCH of notes.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100D
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I am a history major and seasoned in prior college class that were not taken at his college. The semester isn't over yet and I'm regretting taking this professor. He is a nice guy and loves what he teaches. But his notes are useless and unreadable. He writes random things on the board and talks about something completely different.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HIST110
  • 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:
He is a crazy teacher really hard bad hand writing but funny and a very good teaacher... he opend my eyes to a lot more things. and Every one says hes so bad so ppl expect him to be bad and dont give him a chance. He is one of the smartest guys have I ever met, and he really is not that bad at all. so dont be afraid of him
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