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John Boyer
Professor (2000 – 2015)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Geography
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4.7894****+
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Rated by 888 students
3.55
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across 9 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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5*****
GEOG 1014 - World Regions
If you get the chance to take Professor Boyer’s World Region’s class- do it. He is truly a performer- he has a very high energy level, and is hysterical to top it all off. As for the class- I don’t think I’ve ever learned more in any other ho...
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Professor rated by: Communication Student on 12/22/09
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2**
GEOG 1014 - World Regions
He is a really good teacher, his class gets to be long and pretty boring by the end of the 3 hours. He says everything is easy, but rele the exams have a lot of trivial hard questions, his lectures never match up to the quizes, u learn stuff after u...
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Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on 10/23/08
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
If you get the chance to take Professor Boyer’s World Region’s class- do it. He is truly a performer- he has a very high energy level, and is hysterical to top it all off. As for the class- I don’t think I’ve ever learned more in any other hour and fifteen minutes of my life. He covers the entire world in his actually enjoyable to read textbook, and his lectures really hammer home the key principles on what forces really run this world. 50% of your grade comes from going to movie nights and completing the quizzes online that you can retake as many times as you want. The other 50% comes from two exams- which he hands out extra credit points for during some of the lesser-attended classes. An A or B is easy to obtain-- but don’t just take it for the grade, take it for the insight you’ll gain.
Professor rated by: Communication Student on December 22, 2009
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
Just take the damn class.
Professor rated by: Macromolecular Science & Engin Student on March 31, 2011
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GEOG 4054
Geography of Wine
5*****
Pros: Amazingly funny and knowledgeable of the topic at the same time. His geography of wine class was probably the best out of major course I have ever taken.
Cons: Can sometimes get bogged down in repeating course material for students that skip class.
His class was almost 85% participation and unlimited trial online quizzes. The last 15% was the "soul crushing" final which probably half the class failed but if you actually went to class and cared about learning something about wine you shouldn't of had a problem. I didn't even study and got an 80%. He promised a $100 bottle of wine to anyone with a perfect score on the final.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on September 16, 2010
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
Pros: Awesomeness

Very Informative

More Awesomeness

People in monkey suits slingshotting

cheeseburgers into the crowd
Cons: Only getting to take his class one semester
The best professor ever. He opens your eyes to the world outside of the US, and his classes are hysterical. He writes his own textbook, which is actually fun to read, and I've learned so much! If you can only do one thing for the rest of your life: TAKE THIS CLASS!!!! If you go to class, the tests are a breeze. And they are online! And if you miss class he tells you which podcasts to watch. He is the coolest guy ever. We got Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez to come to our class for a movie screening, because there are 3000 of us and we made a youtube video. Your pretty much guaranteed to be in the news in this class, as we're always doing something crazy. I love this class so much sometimes I have my mom skype me, just so she can listen to him. Every monday it's like I get to go see a comedian. And there's always random awesomeness abound, whether its a guy in a pink monkey suit flinging out cheeseburgers, or some students casually carrying a canoe behind Boyer as he talks. THIS CLASS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!!! TAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on October 21, 2011
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
Pros: -college professor by day, superhero by night

-has the coolest attire

-he makes stereotypical jokes, i.e. he's hilarious

-he just doesn't give a shit what other people think!

-he teaches possibly the largest class in the country

-I guess he does a good job covering the material too
Cons: -I'm not as cool as he is
J to the B is the tits! Literally: if someone is wearing a shirt that says "I love boobs!," they are referring to John Boyer.
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on September 1, 2011
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GEOG 4054
Geography of Wine
3***
Pros: -He's a funny guy

-Easy class

-Good fluff class
Cons: -I hate wine, so meh

-You have to use a blog and do all sorts of things like tastings/wine tours and write about them which is time consuming

-Overall, there's like 60 total quizzes for the online class

-Despite being easy, it's sooooo boring and time consuming
So, this if for the online class, not the in-class section.



Basically, he gave us a syllabus that gives point values. 1100 points is an A. There's a total of like 1600 points or something way higher than 1100, but you basically "choose" how you want to be graded. For example, I chose to do the weekly quizzes (worth a possible 30 points each x 15), the text book quizzes (worth 30 points x 10), wine tasting blog (20 points per week), and then 3 wine dinners (50 points each), and 2 cheese pairings (30 points each) and ended up with like 1150 points right at the end of the semester. Other options we could chooose were to go to expensive restaurants that were 30 minutes to 2 hours away from campus and outrageous, tour wine facilities (again, far away and time consuming), take a test on the final day about bottle logos that he insisted would be damn near impossible to pass, and also take 15 online quizzes from some site that costs $20 for the semester to use. I think there migh've been other options too, but I don't remember.



So yeah, basically, if you care about this class and you plan to take it seriously, you're going to be spending close to $500 minimum in gas, wine, food, class materials, etc to learn what you need to, along with probably 4ish hours per week of your travel time, time it takes to taste things/write them down, blog about them, etc.



If you're like me (and I imagine the rest of the class) and just want the free A, you'll spend probably $100 on some wines, dinners, cheese, and a $10 book. The tastings are free, which is nice if you live in BBurg, but I live 30 minutes from campus, so I just bs'd all of those. Even bs-ing them takes around 40 minutes per week. Every week, I'd spend probably a little over an hour on the blog and the weekly quiz. On top of that, the dinners/cheeses probably took a total of 6 hours to do all 3 dinners and both cheeses.



More effort than I wanted from a fluff class that will never benefit me, but hey, in engineering it's nice to have an easy class.
Professor rated by: Business Law Student on July 15, 2015
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
Pros: He has a true passion for teaching

Every single one of his assignments are optional

Flash quizzes!

He wrote the textbook

You pick how you'll earn your grade

He's hilarious!
Cons: The majority of the assignments are time-consuming

27-page syllabus
If you can get in to Boyer's class, whether online or lecture, DO IT. He's the best professor at Virginia Tech and this class was my absolute favorite! And it really doesn't matter if you're in the lecture section or the online section because he streams all of his lectures live online anyways so you don't really miss anything. Also, every single one of the assignments he mentions is optional because he grades based on a point system. He tells you on the first day how much every assignment is worth and how many points you need to get an A, A-, B+, etc. so what you end up with is completely dependent on you. The only people who fail his class are the ones who wait until the month before the final to begin doing all of their assignments. It doesn't work like that. You have to be committed to setting aside time (like two or three hours a week) throughout the semester to work on them though because most have weekly checkpoints. I only did about 6 of his 18+ assignment options, never took an exam, and got an A in the class because I chose the weekly assignments that were worth more points and watched a bunch of foreign films. It's really an enjoyable, super easy class as long as you stay on top of things. Professor Boyer's hysterical and I learned more in his class than I probably learned in all my other classes combined.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on January 11, 2013
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
2**
Pros: Many possible ways to get an A

Pretty easy to get an A

Actually interesting topic

Cons: Boyer and the class get annoying after awhile
I think we got through like 4 lectures of the 20 some chapters
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on January 16, 2012
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GEOG 4054
Geography of Wine
5*****
Pros: The class was about drinking. His delivery was phenomenal and he had a lot of outside of class events for us to choose from
Cons: People in the class are generally idiots
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on December 7, 2010
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
Pros: -GPA booster

-Funny guy

-Easy class

-All online and capable of finishing the course as early as the first few weeks

-You choose how you earn your grade

-He adds so much extra assignments throughout the class that it's unacceptable for anyone to NOT get an A.
Cons: -It's not as much of a "Free A" as everyone wants to make it out to be. It's a very easy A but at times it's time consuming.

-Everything is available day 1 (minus what he adds and minus the movie quizzes), however he doesn't make everything available all semester, so each week certain assignments expire.

Super easy class you literally just have to do the assignments. I finished just before Thanksgiving Break, but I know people who finished within the first 3 weeks of classes.



Grading: he basically has a "points" list rather than a percentage, so for example to get an A you have to get 1350 points. Weekly book quizzes are 30 points each, video lecture quizzes are usually 30ish points, bonus flash quizzes (which are added out of nowhere and not on the syllabus) are usually 30ish points, foreign film quizzes are 40 points, then there's a bunch of other ways to get points that most people don't do (like a twitter assignment, an interview of a foreigner, and a research paper).



The book quizzes are questions straight from the book and are all 4 question multiple choice that can sometimes be googled easily. The video quizzes are a little harder because you have to actually watch them and they're usually pretty long (like 30+ minutes per quiz), the flash quizzes are video quizzes but are usually really easy.



I tried to just bs some answers on the video quizzes early in the semester and it wasn't working, so I freaked out and started watching the videos worrying I might not get an A if I didn't, but he started adding extra flash quizzes that really helped and I finished in no time. He added a shit ton of quizzes during the last two weeks that I can't imagine how anyone could NOT get an A in this class. I think there ended up being a possible 2500 points and you only needed 1350 for an A.



Also, just a tip for the foreign film quizzes, just read the wikipedia summary and watch his video preview and summary and you'll get the full 40 points in a matter of like 25 minutes, rather than watching a 3 hour long subtitled movie.
Professor rated by: Business Law Student on December 27, 2016
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
A lot of people really like John Boyer. He is a professor whose reputation precedes him. Although the Plaid Avenger is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher, his teaching style might not be for you. My three biggest problems with John Boyer, and possibly only problems, are as follows: 1. He is often late to his own class and does not prepare his own powerpoints, the TA does. 2. He teaches material that we have to already have known to complete a lengthy online quiz 3. He teaches with jokes and energy, but it can definitely get annoying very quickly. Overall he is a good professor, but he may not be for you.
Professor rated by: Materials Science and Engineering Student on February 24, 2009
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
Pros: So EASY!!!! Just got to stay on top of homework every week though. Do not slack off
Cons: NONE
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on November 9, 2013
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
Pros: Some say he invented swag and Lil Wayne is his son... but all we know is that he's called John Boyer, and he teaches World Regions at Virginia Tech.
Cons: None.
World Regions with John Boyer is probably one of, if not the best class offered at Virginia Tech and John Boyer is definitely, without a doubt, the best professor on campus. Bar none. He makes it interesting to no end and really makes you understand the world in a logical sense, to the point where you could easily predict a country's next move based on current events, its history, and details which are all discussed openly in class.
Professor rated by: Architecture Student on October 18, 2011
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
3***
Pros: Funny, entertaining
Cons: Must put a lot of time into it. Even if you get perfects on every weekly quiz (which is actually hard to do), perfect on both midterms, and perfects on both world leaders exams, that only gets you a D. if you don't have time to do other things like go to movie nights etc, you're kinda screwed
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on November 30, 2011
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
5*****
Pros: The greatest professor of all time
Cons: His class is only once a week

He is hard to get in touch with directly
Boyer is hands down the best professor I have ever had. His students adore him and he connects with them better than any professor I've ever seen. The way World Regions is structured is that you have opportunities to earn points throughout the semester, these points accumulate and if you earn enough by the end of the semester you get an A. It was not hard at all to get enough points and I earned an A three weeks before the end of the semester. Taking his class gives you amazing opportunities as well. In just this semester alone we had a Q and A session with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez about a new movie of theirs and a Skype interview with Aung San Suu Kyi. Taking his class is a right of passage at Virginia Tech; you HAVE to do it and you won't be sorry you did.
Professor rated by: History Student on December 16, 2011
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
3***
Pros: interesting events = points. you can have an A in the class a long time before the semester ends
Cons: Boyer is kind of an attention hog. If you dont like his personality, youll have an irritating semester cuz hes everywhere. Hes really suspicious of the students cuz he thinks everyone is trying to cheat the system. Yo dont have to do a lot of work, but theres usually a big time investment in the point opportunities.
'create your fate" is really quite annoying. It seemed like i was forever doing homework for the class. Also Boyer thinks hes being cool by using "shit" and "dude", but i felt that i was being talked down to.however he arranged for some SUPER COOL meetings which were life changing. so i suppose it was a good class
Professor rated by: International Studies Student on January 12, 2012
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GEOG 1014
World Regions
1*
Pros: Easy A, and you'll probably learn a lot you didn't know.
Cons: Boyer is unethical. He maintains his reputation of being the funniest/broiest professor on campus by pandering to the lowest common denominator. His jokes are racist (in a World Regions class?!). Most of the non-white students I know who took this class were made extremely uncomfortable. He has good intentions, but he seems to think the only way to get students interested in the world is to make "edgy" jokes at the expense of professionalism. The man isn't a racist... but bigotry is what you do, not what you are.
Professor rated by: Classical Culture Student on January 5, 2014
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GEOG 4054
Geography of Wine
4****
Boyer is the man, but the actual lecture lacks structure because there's 600 people and its open for discussion which means dumb kids ask lame questions. His office hours are on AIM. Overall the class has taken up more time and effort than I expected.
Professor rated by: History Student on March 25, 2009
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GEOG 4054
Geography of Wine
5*****
Pros: Class that is actually fun and entertaining

Fun subject matter

Easy A
John Boyer + Alcohol = information, enthusiasm, entertainment
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on December 6, 2010
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GEOG 4054
Geography of Wine
1*
Cons: Online course sucks. Doesn't even do flash quizzes and stopped bothering with the online office hours
Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on April 22, 2015
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