Valentina Tikoff - DePaul University

Professor: Valentina Tikoff
Department: History
College: DePaul University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HST238
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very passable if you put in a small amount of effort. The quizzes are way easier than they should be. She's pretty much an easy grader if you just do the work. Not a complete blow off class, I'm sure there are harder history classes. Most of the reading is unnecessary if you're good at BSing, but reading the textbook is probably a good idea.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HON102
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She definitely exceeded my expectations in this class. There's A LOT of reading and some of it won't make sense but class discussions definitely help. I wouldn't suggest ditching this class because hearing other classmates' opinions and her perspective helped a lot for content in essays. She's good with feedback & giving advice on essays.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HST298
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Tikoff is a very kind hearted, and passionate person, which manifests in her lectures and discussion. The classroom environment is very welcoming and engaging. The class work is very reading heavy and oriented towards learning to research so expect to have to put in work. Assignments and reading get jumbled together so plan accordingly.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HST335
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very personable person, more than willing to meet with students out of class for as long as they like. She assigns tons of reading that is not realistically possible to complete for full-time students enrolled in other courses. She assigned two 2,000 page research papers due during week 9 & 10. One was a "take home final"... yeah, right.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HST112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
So scattered, doesn't really focus on what she is teaching, bad at lecturing, quizzes ask very specific questions, she is just bad. I am not sure she should be teaching. Avoid at all costs, there are many great history teachers out there and she is definitely not one of them.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HST298
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tikoff is a joy to have as a teacher. She's remarkably flexible and willing to help her students succeed! The work will be difficult because that is the nature of the course, but if you really put in effort, you'll be rewarded. Professor Tikoff assists with writing and especially with speaking, so if you want to really improve, take her!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HON102
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tikoff is super nice and is obsessed with history. She asks you to read and answer source questions - do them. Do the readings and prove that you read during discussion. She appreciates thoughtful participation. If you need help with papers, go to her office hours and talk about them. She's happy to help so take advantage of that.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: HST298
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tikoff? More like Professor TicksMeOff. I am really questioning my major because of her and this class. She is pretty disorganized and makes you read SO much, it's almost unbearable. The way she speaks just annoys me. She means well, but she seems very condescending when you talk to her. I recommend you avoid her at all costs.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HIST297
  • 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:
I had to drop this class. I only started it because there was nothing left when I registered. She is a nice person but is so scattered. Huge amounts of reading and primary documents. I was hugely confused from day 1. I personally need a teacher who is organized. If you do too, don't take her as a teacher. You will go mad!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HST172
  • 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:
Miss Tikoff broke my heart. B+ :'(.Ha- Anyways, she is extremely intelligent and passionate about the material. Book is very vague and readings are very long. Essays are manageable but complicated. If you do take her, don't give her a hard time and participate. She's a very warm person and will help you out after class if you did not understand.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HST172
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Tikoff is really interesting. She does not choose the best books though. She loves class discussion and lecture. Her tests are difficult, but she drops your lowest one, and you have two chances for the paper. She is really smart and knows her history.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HIST172
  • 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:
She's a very interesting woman. Very scatter-brained, but extremely intelligent. She really knows her material and teaches it pretty clearly. Her lectures were very helpful; but I, personally, hated the text books. She does give a lot of reading, but with the lectures it's a pretty simple class.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HST172
  • 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:
Loved her! Very passionate about the subject, full of information. Class is fast-paced with lots of reading but worth it. She's very nice and always willing to help out.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HST335
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Circle time, all the time. We sit around and listen to students present on material they haven't read. Total garbage, I want my money back.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HST271
  • 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:
Professor Tikoff is by far my favorite teacher at DePaul. Her class was challenging, but very rewarding. Be prepared for a lot of reading and great lectures! This class will give you a very good understanding of the history of France up to the Revolution.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIS271
  • 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:
Professor Tikoff is great!! ,Very passionate, energetic, and knowledgeable about the French Revolution. Lots of reading,but interesting class discussions. I loved this class and enjoyed Professor Tikoff lectures.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HIST271
  • 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:
I have never met a more dysfunctional professor. All of her lectures are led by students, and she's a huge fan of "circle time". She will sit there in silence until someone makes a comment about the reading, which there is a LOT of. Don't expect to get anything back on time. I'm still waiting for my grade in the class. She's nice.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST332
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor is very clear with objectives and is very passionate about subject 9(in this case French Revolution). There was a fair amount of reading, but it was all relevant and she did her very best to ensure that every student had a chance to do very well.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST211
  • 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:
The need for a Jewish state seems much, much clearer. Her lectures were empowering, inspiring and transforming. It has questioned and shakened my stance as a believer, a women, and an American in a the world of today. I am forever changed and I have an appreciation for others more. I highly recommend taking her courses. (-F. Alam-)
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HON102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Reading takes up hours and hours of time if it is actually done. Grade is 75% five page history papers (3), 25% participation. Discussions are student lead. Felt lost, uninterested, and couldn't please the professor. She is passionate about what she does, and is a very intelligent woman. The class was, however, the bane of my existence.
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