Catherine Tobin - Central Michigan University

Professor: Catherine Tobin
Department: History
College: Central Michigan University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HST221WI
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She seems nice, but her instructions are pretty vague so I had 2 email her a couple times w/questions. The pacing of the class was also not great. 1 day we had 3 assignments due. For DB's, just take notes and regurgitate what u read. Have 2 read the books so u can write reports on them. Research project is awful but not the worst. Class is 100pts
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HST221WI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Tobin's class and expectation's were clear from the beginning. She gives you a heads up before longer writing assignments are due, and each week there is typically a discussion board. Use the textbook as a reference for discussion posts and writing assignments and you'll do just fine. Professor also answers emails quite quickly.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HST221WI
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She's alright. More writing than your typical WI class. Things aren't worth much points so it's easy to screw up past the point of no return. Not very helpful when emailing her.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HST221WI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Tobin is honestly horrible. Her teaching style is just reading off bulletin points for 50 mins and having you do discussion boards every week. Really tough grader, essay exams and quizes throughout. Wouldn't recommend didn't learn anything and felt like I wasted my money/
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HST110WI
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Essay exams and one 10-page paper due at end of class. Only 100 points total and a 96 to get an A. A few extra credit opportunities, TAKE THESE. For exams, give background of the topic AND what was talked about in class to get an A. Pretty much just pray that she picks the prompt you prepared best for. This was my most difficult A yet so beware.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HST221LWI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I am a very motivated student, and I am usually not one to complain about a professor. However, Catherine Tobin was the worst professor I've had at CMU. Because of her tough grading, I was always asking her questions. She was very short and rude when responding to me. I would never take a class instructed by her again.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HST221WI
  • 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:
Tobin is a difficult grader who is not clear on anything she wants. I had to email her multiple times throughout the semester to understand what she wanted and even then she was still very vague. The class itself was boring and not set up well at all leaving me to get nothing out of the class. I would not take this course or Tobin ever again.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: HST112
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Can be a little mean at times. Sometimes will not assist students. Class can feel scripted at times. Also is very bland and seems uninterested.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HST110WI
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Doesnt speak very loud so I recommend sitting towards the front. Class is only out of 100 points. Really hard grader on papers and essay tests so youll have to write a lot to get all the points. She does give the questions before the test which is nice. Answers emails in a timely matter.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HST321
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Coming into the class I was afraid because she seemed very strict. However, she is more than willing to meet outside of class and answer questions. There are a couple papers, but as long as you meet with her and have her review your paper, you'll do fine. She cares about you passing.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HST221WI
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Unrealistic grader. The class is out of 100 points and you probably won't get 100% on anything. I would recommend avoiding this prof at all costs. Lots of work and reading. Lectures are hard to understand/ hear.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HST321
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Mrs. Tobin is accessible outside of class, will give extra credit, and work with you on timelines and material. However, her lectures are lackluster. In HST321 it seemed like a 100 lvl course watered down. Her tests consist of 10 questions of trivia not formally covered in class. Presentations consist of a projector & printed pages from wikipedia.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: 111WI
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Tobin seems very passionate about the subject and exemplifies that during lecture. The GAs that graded the papers were very critical and gave very little helpful advice. My papers had few comments/suggestions and yet I would still be graded poorly... It may be that I am more of the math type, but this class was a struggle and I would not recommend.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HST110WI
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Very knowledge and passionate about what she teaches. Willing to meet with me outside of her office hours. Offers extra credit, and gives study guides for tests. Test questions can be vague, and she can be a tough grader on essay questions and papers. Doesn't use Blackboard. I enjoyed Tobin and this class, but I definitely had to work for an A.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HST111WI
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She does not use blackboard at all. Grading is very subjective to how she is feeling. Rarely gives out a good grade unless you write her exact opinion on essay exams. Essay exams are 75% of grade, research paper 20%, 5 other essays 5% of grade. Exam questions are vague and then she takes off points for not including specifics. DO NOT TAKE HER.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HST111WI
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Doesn't use very good notes for the class, usually hand written and barely legible. Her accent is thicker, and with the mic she uses unless you sit towards the front of class you cannot truly understand. You NEED to read your books to understand what she is trying to say.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HST111WI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very unclear on explanations for papers. If you do not have the same opinion as her you will get marked down a lot. Two page papers with citation is only worth 2 points. Do not take her
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HST110WI
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She is willing to help if you ask, also very nice. She is a tough grader and does not use rubrics. She doesn't use a point system so you never know you're grade in the class & she doesn't use blackboard. The exams are based on the readings, but even if you do read you still don't do that well because she's so picky. TAKE THIS CLASS CREDIT NO CREDIT
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HST110L
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She is a wonderful person, but an awful teacher. She was not specific about what she wanted from the class. You do a 10 page research paper worth 25% of grade, which isn't bad (I mean come one it's college), but she did not clarify what she wanted from it and a majority of my class did very poorly because of it. ALWAYS read and go to office hours!!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HST111WI
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Catherine is a great professor, could listen to her lectures all day. Writing intensive class. 1-2 page papers due about every other week, 1 eight page research paper due at end of year, and all exams were essays. Gives an exam review sheet though, which is very helpful.
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