Tom Newlin - Oberlin College

Professor: Tom Newlin
Department: Languages
College: Oberlin College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS221
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
It has been several years since I took a class with Professor Newlin, but his teaching has left a deep impression upon me. I had never been challenged in school before I took his class. Not to say he's a hard grader - he's anything but. With his class, you get out what you put in. He taught me how to put in more. Into my writing, and my life.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS446
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Tom Newlin is an extremely knowledgable professor, who believes in and cares about his students. He is not at all strict, but does encourage self-discipline. The more you inquire, the more he works to support your interests. I took the Russian senior seminar with him, in which we read Anna Karenina. It was a delight.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS221
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is incapable of teaching literature. Incapable of leading class discussions that go beyond the plot of the works and "What did you think about this? Did you like it?" Completely unhelpful grading on papers. Just grades on how much he agrees with your ideas. Makes you write journals (useless). Doesn't take his own class seriously so why should I?
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS101
  • 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:
He is really awesome and cares a lot about the success of his students. He gets a little sidetracked from time to time, but it's always interesting and I learned a lot from him. He's very helpful and understanding. I loved taking Russian with him!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: LIT101
  • 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:
Tom really taught me how to write. He took extra time out of class to make sure my papers were on the right track and helped me to synthesize my ideas. His lectures were always interesting and accessible.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: FYSP127
  • 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:
Very interesting and funny. Very willing to help outside of the classroom.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: FYSP126
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Certainly a nice guy, but I'd have to say I learned absolutely nothing from him. His comments on papers aren't really thorough and usually consist of a something along the lines of "you could go further". He is always willing to help but just ends up talking a lot about nothing and essentially not helping.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: RUS101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Once you get over the energy and the gimmicks there really isn't much to his teaching method besides getting in your face which I suppose works better for some people than for others. I don't think I learned as much as I could have. Not that helpful outside of class.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS1012
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's energetic, funny, and willing to do just about anything to get you engaged in the class and learning. He's fantastic!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very energetic. I was not the best of students but he really helped me to succeed.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: FYSP126
  • 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:
Intense and energetic and, dare I say it, weirdly sexy. Newlin had us watching An American Tail and drawing graphic interpretations of russian novels. Oh yeah.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a fantastic teacher. Always energetic and willing to sit on the table and jump up and down to wake us up. Also, very helpful and willing to talk to you if you have any problems.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: FYSP126
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
the most wonderful teacher I've ever had.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS1012
  • 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:
Professor Newlin is hilarious. He is fun and energetic and you can tell that he loves his subject material. Plus, he looks like Popeye with Lenin's head. That's hardcore!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
really funny and real helpful.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: RUSS329
  • 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:
very good
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: FYSP126
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
SO wonderful
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