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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Melvin Hood

Melvin Hood
Professor (2000 – 2015)
Georgia (UGA)
Political Science
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2.2361**
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Rated by 72 students
2.47
Avg GPA
across 8 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
Add to schedule TR 11:00am-11:50am,
W 8:00am-8:50am
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W 9:05am-9:55am
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POLS 1101
POLS 1105H
POLS 4150
POLS 4207H
POLS 4600
POLS 4660
POLS 4660H
POLS 4790H

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POLS 1101
American Government
3***
Pros: He emphasizes what he feels is important which is usually on the test.
Cons: This guy is hard. I mean very hard. Studying a lot for his exams doesn't guarantee an A. You have to comprehend the material and attend every class to pick up on what he thinks about a topic. Some of his questions on the test reflect his thoughts on something from the book.
Unless you are a die hard POLS fan, a professor Hood fan, or like challenges, DO NOT take his course. I'd recommend you go for a different professor. Hood's class is much harder than any other because of the difficulty of his tests. He doesn't assign any papers or work but the tests are all you have for grades. Be wary of this when choosing him for this class.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on November 7, 2011
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POLS 1101
American Government
1*
Pros: Doesn't take attendance
Cons: Super boring teacher, super boring class, impossible tests
TERRIBLE CLASS. The tests are all multiple choice and intentionally try to trick you on every question. Literally did better when i didn't study. Do NOT take this class
Professor rated by: Freshman Seminars Student on September 5, 2011
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POLS 1105H
American Government (Honors)
2**
Pros: Fairly straightforward
Cons: Monotonous, dull,and much harder than the other honors poli sci teachers.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on March 24, 2011
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POLS 1101
American Government
2**
Pros: There were no quizzes or papers, and the breakout sessions were super helpful in understanding the lectures from the week.
Cons: Everything was completely test based, and he was really hard. He's a smart guy, and obviously knows what he's talking about, but you have to go to class and copy down everything he says because that's where he gets the material.
The tests were really hard and your entire grade for the class is made up of 4 tests, and the class results for tests would average around a D. He's hard, and expects you to know a lot more than the other POLS 1101 teachers do. You cannot slack off in this class if you want to pass.
Professor rated by: Art History Student on January 9, 2012
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POLS 1101
American Government
2**
Pros: Very straightforward and well organized.
Cons: His tests are ridiculous. The questions are random things that don't even relate to the lecture, are worded deliberately to trip you up, and some are all right choices but you're supposed to pick "the best."
Of the four tests we had, three of them were horrible but the final was actually decent; just showing that he knows how to make a decent test but makes them as awful as possible deliberately. They are multiple choice plus a few fill in the blanks, but trust me, you'll get the blanks right and the multiple choice wrong. DON'T TAKE HIM. You will not get an A not matter how hard you work.
Professor rated by: Animal and Dairy Sciences Student on January 26, 2013
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POLS 1101
American Government
1*
Pros: Last test replaces lowest grade
Cons: Biased

Test will have random questions from lecture

This is the hardest teacher and hardest class I've had at UGA and I've taken chemistry. When you get in his class you won't realize how hard it is before the 1st test. He will say things in lecture and expect you to know that it's relevant to the lecture and that it'll be on the test. His fill in the blank are always the last thing you think will be on a test. If you decide to take him you need to write down and study everything he says in lecture because there is a 50% chance EVERYTHING mentioned in class will be on the test.
Professor rated by: Child and Family Development Student on August 3, 2011
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POLS 1101
American Government
3***
Pros: His tests come directly from his notes.

Tests are multiple choice with few easy short answers.

No attendance.

Final counts as 2 tests: replaces lowest test grade if the final test grade is higher.



Cons: He doesn't take attendance so you will be less likely to come for lecture which is the only place you'll get his note.
I got a C in the class but I would have gotten an A if I attended lecture more to get the necessary notes. Not a difficult class. Study notes and read from the book. Don't focus on the book though. He rarely refers to it. Heather Rimes is the most AMAZING TA. Try to get her if possible.
Professor rated by: Biology / Biological Sciences Student on January 3, 2012
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POLS 4660
Southern Politics
3***
Pros: It is an interesting topic.
Cons: There is too much information for only two tests in the semester. In addition, there is a lot of reading (four books plus additional articles on the website) and quizzing over all of the reading.
It was really hard to concentrate in his class because the presentation of information was always the same and his questions are always followed by long, awkward silences. The frequent quizzes will kill your grade; unless you really stay on top of all of your classwork, do not take this class. Although I have heard that with Bullock it is much, MUCH better.
Professor rated by: International Affairs Student on April 28, 2011
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POLS 1101
American Government
4****
Pros: Interesting material. tests come directly from the lectures so don't bother even buying the book. final exam replaces lowest test grade
Cons: have to attend every lecture and write down what he says word for word
everyone says he's a hard professor, but I got an A in his class. his tests are based only on what he says in lecture but if you record your lectures, it helps a lot. I actually really liked his class, even though it was a little boring at times. He throws in a couple of jokes here and there but no one gets them and it gets kinda awkward and thats when everyone laughs.
Professor rated by: Economics Student on April 11, 2012
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POLS 1101
American Government
3***
I didn't think this class was terribly difficult, but most people do. You pretty much have to attend lecture to pass, though, because the notes are not online and he doesn't really follow the textbook. It's pretty boring. I loved the break-out sections, though. There were occasionally pop quizzes, which did come from the text, and everyone was supposed to present a current event. The good thing about this class is that the workload seems to be less than other poli sci classes, from what I've heard. So I wouldn't particularly recommend it, but it's not awful or anything.
Professor rated by: English Student on November 10, 2011
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POLS 1101
American Government
3***
Pros: He is really passionate about political science and he's a really nice guy. He wants everyone to do well. There are 3 exams plus the final, but the final isn't cumulative, and he will replace your lowest exam grade with your final grade.
Cons: His power points are basic outlines and so you really have to take detailed notes. My advice is to record his lectures because 95% of his test questions are from the lecture. You don't even have to read the book
Everyone says he is evil and his exams are impossible, but as long as you take detailed notes you will be fine
Professor rated by: Banking and Finance Student on November 11, 2011
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POLS 1101
American Government
1*
Pros: He definitely knows what he's talking about.

TA's are helpful.
Cons: Tests are ridiculously difficult

Monotone voice and talks really fast, taking notes is hard
Do NOT take Hood if you're just taking POLS 1101 because it's required. He makes the class way harder than it should be, and his tests are ridiculous. The class averages on the first two tests were failing. I had to waste a withdrawal on it. The breakout sessions are not bad at all but most of the tests came from his lecture, which is so hard to follow.
Professor rated by: Student on November 9, 2012
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POLS 1101
American Government
3***
Pros: He's a very organized teacher. The TAs are often very helpful.
Cons: His tests are hard. You study, but you'll be surprised what he asks on the test. Also, the same question pops up multiple times (know the difference between liberal, populist, conservative, etc....just know the chart).
He's not difficult. Boring, perhaps. But if you pay attention, and study for his class at least everyday and not right before the test, you'll be fine. Study HARD for the first test because it's his hardest.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 20, 2011
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POLS 1101
American Government
3***
Pros: Tries to make quiet a few bad jokes throughout the semester. Likes to incorporate class discussions into his lecture. Keeps attention by current/ up-to-date examples
Cons: Powerpoints aren't helpful at all. You almost have to write every word he says or thinks he says in order to study for test. Very little of test questions come out of the book.
Be prepared to do a lot of studying and be able to answer very tricky questions on the test. Make sure to attend every lecture
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on May 1, 2012
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POLS 1101
American Government
1*
Pros: Information is easily accessible online and in the text book when you miss something he said in class.
Cons: No homework grades. I know this is typical for most college classes, however, his class is one that you have to motivate yourself in order to do well.
He is dull and boring. Lectures are hard to focus in, and he can tend to ramble. My T.A. is GREAT. But as for Professor hood, he is not easily approachable and will rarely answer questions during class.
Professor rated by: Student on November 19, 2012
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POLS 1101
American Government
2**
Pros: Tests based on notes, book readings, and breakout sessions
Cons: Tests are extremely tricky and the number of questions compared to time is not fair
You MUST attend class because his lectures are the tests. Take good notes in class and do the readings from the book. You must attend break out sessions and quizzes for the breakout session are POP and given often.
Professor rated by: THEA - Theatre Student on December 6, 2012
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POLS 1101
American Government
2**
Pros: No pop quizzes

No attendance

Tests come straight from lecture
Cons: Tests are difficult

incredibly boring
Hood tries to be funny and is a nice guy. But the lecture is so boring you don't even want to go and when you do you can't concentrate at all. He is the worst political science teacher and also his tests are the hardest.
Professor rated by: Animal and Dairy Sciences Student on January 29, 2012
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POLS 1101
American Government
2**
Pros: None whatsoever.
Cons: This is more than likely one of the worst teachers ive ever taken in my life. He gives lectures that are extremely boring, upon he gives more opinion based and biased questions than actual questions from lecture.
If I could get rid of one teacher so far at UGA, it would be him. Grrrrr
Professor rated by: Administrative Syst/Bus Educ Student on April 19, 2012
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POLS 1105H
American Government (Honors)
1*
Pros: He does require 2 papers during the semester, but they are graded way easier than the tests
Cons: The tests are outrageously hard, and he definitely doesn't always cover all of the material during class time. There is also a lot of reading to do, and the lectures are about as boring as a lecture can get.
Professor rated by: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student on November 7, 2011
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POLS 1101
American Government
1*
Cons: His class is the only one I had freshman year that turned into a nightmare. His lesson plans consisted of reading powerpoints in a monotone voice. I learned more in my breakout session that met once a week. The exams were terrible and vague in relation to the material covered in class.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on January 17, 2012
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