David Zehr - Santa Monica College

Professor: David Zehr
Department: English
College: Santa Monica College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Not worth taking his class because he can be grumpy most of the time and likes to pick on people who are not used to speak in front of the class.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG02
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Find another ENG 2 professor. In order to succeed in this class it requires some kissing up to him. Cool guy but he can catch an attitude really quick. Doesn't really seem passionate about job.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I love Professor Zehr. I took his class in fall my first year. He's really funny and enjoys talking w/ his students. There are some summaries you must write on Supreme Court cases but he makes it VERY clear and easy to understand what to write. Extremely helpful and nice and helps you become a critical thinker. I'd definitely take his class again.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Proff. Zehr can be extremely abrasive. His ENG 1 class felt more like a history of court cases class because that is all we really focused on. He likes to look at civil issues. He is very clear in what he wants and is a relatively easy grader but be ready to argue if you have a Conservative/Republican stand.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENG01
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I did not like Zehr. He's a very rude and mean guy. I got such a bad vibe from him I felt like he especially did not like me which made participating in class awkward for me. I didn't even want to visit his office hours because I was scared of him. Despite working super hard I ended up getting a B like seriously??
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1SCHOLARS
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Zehr is an interesting fellow, I think he is a good professor but he shouldn't try to force his views upon others. Overall, just show up to class, be ready to be called on, if you're a conservative don't take this class, and he is a pretty easy grader if you take notes in class and use them in your essays! he also cuts you when you're speaking lol
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENG01
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Zehr is very nice and understanding outside of class, however don't be fooled; If you aren't paying attention in class or making effort to participate, he will gladly make it known. He does get off topic sometimes, but he is very intelligent.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1SCHOLARS
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Kind, compassionate, and intriguing professor. Encourages discussions and everyones opinion on subjects in the class. The material was interesting and enjoyable to learn. Essays are a lot of work, but if you show up and go to office hours, you'll do well. Participation also helps you greatly as well. He's challenging but well worth it.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENG01
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. Zehr is great. Challenging, inspirational, and fun. Simply follow his lead, do the homework, read essays and books and you will be fine. Participation is part of grade and easy to participate as he asks a lot of questions so make sure to do the work. He has great stories about family, travel, and politics.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL4
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Zehr is a really fun professor. Throughout the semester we mostly talked about politics and current events. We got off topic a lot, so we did not get to read every piece on the syllabus. However, what we did read was really interesting, and the lectures were very insightful. There were three papers and one quiz in total, so not too much work.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENG4
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. Zehr's class is challenging at first. I'm an international student who's not used to Voltaire or Dostoevsky but the way he teaches the class is eye-opening. The key is to participate. Read the book and try to understand it. Speak up in class about your perspective. He may not accept it sometimes but if you are consistent, he'll accept it.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is one of the best profs. I have ever had. He wants to know what you're thinking and brings up so many interesting current events. Assigns 1 book thats very good and assigns textbook that is just a book of short stories that can be found online. If you like talking in class, take him, if you don't, don't take the class because he calls everyone.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENG01
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's a great professor and really likes to engage with his students. Sometimes he likes to go off tangent, but he keeps the class entertained.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Zehr is the BESTTTT professor at SMC. He is caring, kind, and at the same time strict. You are going to Know exactly what you need to do in order to stay on top of everything. I really enjoyed his English 1 class. Therefore, I'm sure you are going to enjoy his class as well as me. Cheers Alireza.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENG04
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Class is a joke, but is also an Easy A, so enroll at ur own peril. Spent 20% on the actual material and 80% listening to him ramble about Trump, Netflix documentaries, and Porsches. U just gotta learn to pop in ur metaphorical earplugs, and nod your head every time he addresses u. Reiterate what he says in class in ur essays and u'll be fine.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENG2
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Get ready to be involved if you want him to like you and do well! during class we sit and discuss the book/story we read and he calls you out so make sure you read them. He also tends to go off-topic and talk about Trump, but I don't mind because he's funny and we have more than enough time during class.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENG01
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Zehr is one of the best professor SMC has. I truly enjoyed his class, every class was so interesting and his sense of humor is the best. You are required to participate so be ready and read you material which is usually really interesting essays.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENG4
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Do not take this class if you want to focus on the novels and stories assigned. The one book we had to buy we skipped because we spent 3 weeks on both Candide and book 4 of Gulliver's Travels. He goes off topic constantly with discussions about politics and his family. If your opinions are different than his, they will not be accepted openly.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENG4
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you don't mind hearing someone ramble about how Trump is stupid and anything else that comes on CNN, do take his class.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENG4
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I do NOT recommend anyone take his class. His teaching style is based on class discussion, however he leaves very little room for others to communicate their interpretation or opinion of a text. He is very demeaning if you have differing opinions. He does not like when people ask questions, so if you need clarity, be aware. Rude and unprofessional.
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