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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Golde Holtzman

Golde Holtzman
Professor (2000 – 2014)
Virginia Tech (VT)
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2.3023**
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Rated by 43 students
3.05
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across 12 classes
Spring 2014 Schedule
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MASC 1034
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4****
STAT 3615 - Biological Statistics
Dr. Holtzman is a quirky man. He seemed to be impersonal at the beginning of the semester, but he's warmed up and even cracks a few jokes. If you make yourself known to him (introduce yourself, sit within the first few rows, ask questions, and be eng...
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Pros: I clicker quizzes are used for attendance and really reinforce concepts.They're not graded for correctness

If you do the homework and showed you put in a little effort, it can really help your grade. Only maybe 3 problems out of the homework are graded, so it's not too hard.

He drops the two lowest homework grades
Cons: No practice exams available/given.
Professor rated by: Student on 5/3/12
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STAT 3615 - Biological Statistics
I had to take this class since it's a requirement for my major. There were no other professors offering this class. Given the option, I would never have taken this class, and definitely not with the holtz. If you are one of the fortunate who just so ...
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Pros: -really? I'd give him 0 stars if I could
-okay, this isn't really a pro for him, but for this dude in the class that stood up to him and pointed out that one of the questions was wrong on the exam and after arguing for at least 5 minutes the holtz was like who agrees with this guy and I was just like everybody raise your hand and practically everyone did (except for the kiss-ups, yeah I saw you... judging lol) and we ended up getting the points back for that question (4 pts)
Cons: -he's an ass
-if you ask him a question he looks at you like you're the biggest dumbass in the world and I'm like well fuck you I was just making sure
-boring (so boring that I started staring at his bald head for amusement; okay, I'm being an ass but he deserves it)
-the second exam had only 21 questions (is that even legal); seriously I died on that exam... each exam counts for 15% of your grade, so missing one question accounted for a lot (lol I missed a lot more than 1 question)
-insulted Tech (he was basically saying that he was great and that Tech was lucky to have him and some other dumb shit)
-tries to crack jokes (dude, no one likes you, just stick to the material so we can leave early)
-gets pissed when people start packing their bags at the last 5 minutes of class (it's like high school all over again)
-TL;DR he's an ass, try not to take him if you can
-I find it ironic that he never curves anything when we're in a goddamn statistics class; even if the average is decent, couldn't he just curve one exam, just to show us what curves are for or something? (okay, I get that this is asking for too much, but still, it wouldn't kill him to give us a small curve at least once)
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on 5/17/13
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Pros: -really? I'd give him 0 stars if I could

-okay, this isn't really a pro for him, but for this dude in the class that stood up to him and pointed out that one of the questions was wrong on the exam and after arguing for at least 5 minutes the holtz was like who agrees with this guy and I was just like everybody raise your hand and practically everyone did (except for the kiss-ups, yeah I saw you... judging lol) and we ended up getting the points back for that question (4 pts)
Cons: -he's an ass

-if you ask him a question he looks at you like you're the biggest dumbass in the world and I'm like well fuck you I was just making sure

-boring (so boring that I started staring at his bald head for amusement; okay, I'm being an ass but he deserves it)

-the second exam had only 21 questions (is that even legal); seriously I died on that exam... each exam counts for 15% of your grade, so missing one question accounted for a lot (lol I missed a lot more than 1 question)

-insulted Tech (he was basically saying that he was great and that Tech was lucky to have him and some other dumb shit)

-tries to crack jokes (dude, no one likes you, just stick to the material so we can leave early)

-gets pissed when people start packing their bags at the last 5 minutes of class (it's like high school all over again)

-TL;DR he's an ass, try not to take him if you can

-I find it ironic that he never curves anything when we're in a goddamn statistics class; even if the average is decent, couldn't he just curve one exam, just to show us what curves are for or something? (okay, I get that this is asking for too much, but still, it wouldn't kill him to give us a small curve at least once)
I had to take this class since it's a requirement for my major. There were no other professors offering this class. Given the option, I would never have taken this class, and definitely not with the holtz. If you are one of the fortunate who just so happen to have the option of taking this class with another professor and decided to pick the holtz for God knows why, you're making a grave mistake.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 17, 2013
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
3***
Pros: Simple math operations

Easy concepts to understand and apply

practice tests given

Cons: He makes the material more complicated than it really is

No curves

Overall not terrible. i took AP stats in high school and i honestly thought that AP was MUCH more challenging. This class cuts alot of corners compared to the other one i took, which makes this much easier. You are better off reading the corresponding chapter in the book before going to class because it will be hard to pay attention otherwise. I got an A because of my other class, not from his class.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on June 12, 2011
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
3***
Pros: The exams are similar to his old exams. The content is not too bad. Go over the homework and the book, an A wont be a big problem.
Cons: His lectures are very very boring. I went to the class each day but I don't remember a day when I got anything from his lectures.
His homeworks are exactly the same as previous years. Find the answer keys from someone otherwise it might be a little difficult.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on August 18, 2011
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Pros: Gives iclicker quizzes just for participation - answer the questions and you get 100 on the quiz. His tests are pretty easy.
Cons: Extremely disrespectful. Extremely arrogant. Insults his students, while acting like he himself is the most amazing human alive. Refuses entirely to see your point of view on even the tiniest thing. Instead of using scholar, he's created his own website that takes some getting used to, and makes things so much more confusing than they have to be. I also found his explanations of things absolutely useless, and basically ended up teaching myself the class, but you're required to go to his lectures.
If all you care about is an A, Holtzman isn't the worst. His tests are pretty easy, and the iclicker quizzes are graded just for participation, which gives a large grade boost if you need it. He does give homework on a (more or less) weekly basis, but I found most of it pretty easy. If you care about having a pleasant experience and actually learning statistics, however, find another professor. Holtzman is extremely unpleasant and arrogant. I attempted to talk to him about a problem I disagreed with, and he told me he was right and the dictionary definition of a term was wrong. The entire time I was talking to him, I felt no respect from him. He talks down to the students in his class, and is arrogant enough that he copyrights his homework assignments. He also constantly insults the intelligence of his class through subtle remarks.



If you want to get an A, Holtzman isn't bad. If you want to feel like a human being, instead of a speck of dirt, find another professor.
Professor rated by: Animal and Poultry Sciences Student on March 20, 2013
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
2**
Pros: The exams aren't too hard if you understand the homework and his notes.
Cons: He's very dull and doesn't make the subject any more interesting. He started using the iclicker for participation points, which makes you have to come to class. 3/4ths of the class is either asleep or doing other homework.



Also, his website can be really confusing at first, but you get used to it. Don't expect Holtzman to answer your emails in either a timely, or a respectable manner. He is usually rude to everyone, and makes you feel like you're stupid for asking. One time I missed class for another class's exam period and he didn't excuse it and made it a class discussion. like I said, he's very rude and has no communication skills.
If you are just taking this class as a biology requirement, then take him if you've already taken AP stat in high school. If you actually want to learn some statistics, take someone else because he really doesn't explain much.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on August 3, 2012
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
3***
Pros: Not a "hard" class. If you keep up with your textbook, you should be fine.
Cons: Don't depend on Holtzman to teach you. He does a poor job conveying his message across to the students. Only 1/4 of our class showed up to his lectures.
I got an A in the class by teaching myself statistics in the book. I have already had AP stat in high school and it is basically a repeat. Dr. Holtzman is unreliable especially when I needed to change my exam time. He is a nice guy but can't teach. Just follow the book, do the homework, and practice test and you should be fine. Homework is an easy A. (25% of your grade). The first test is also a joke which is worth another 15%. You just have to work for the rest of your grade honestly. *note there is NO curve at all.
Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on May 12, 2011
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
3***
Pros: Really easy class

Has an online forum to ask questions

Posts all notes online

Cons: Boooring voice

Overcomplicates material

A little rude

Holtzman isn’t that bad of a guy or teacher, he’s just ridiculously boring. You can tell he’s really into what he teaches, and the book is written well enough that you can teach yourself some concepts. Whatever you do, avoid the 8am class for him though, since it is a VERY boring class. About half our class skipped on the days homework isn’t due… plus he tends to repeat himself A LOT.
Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on December 10, 2011
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Pros: 2 homework and 2 quiz grades get dropped, which is helpful. The first test is really easy but the other 2 are harder. The TAs grade the homework, and they grade very easily. They're never in class though.
Cons: He tells you at the beginning of the year that the first test is easy, the second one is hard, and the third is really difficult. Doesn't explain the material clearly. I had to rely on the book to teach myself the material. The homework is tedious and it's hard to do the homework based on solely what he teaches in class.
Professor rated by: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Student on April 29, 2013
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Pros: Concepts are fairly simple if you are good at teaching yourself.



The textbook is not that boring and is fairly easy to understand.
Cons: Holtzman is a horrible professor. He is very rude and extremely boring. You have to teach yourself so don't bother listening in class. It won't help. You do have to go to every class because he does I-clicker quizzes almost everyday and has weekly homeworks. Test are confusing and difficult, even if you use past test.
Horrible professor. Take someone else if possible.
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on April 23, 2012
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
2**
Pros: Iclicker quizzes help boost your grade
Cons: If you don't go to class and take the iclicker quizzes, it will hurt your grade
Overall Holtzman is pretty much a jerk. I did well on his first two exams [solid Bs] and had a family crisis and terrible week around the third exam. I explained this to him and he was very sarcastic, recorrecting my test in front of me [of course the grade was in fact terrible, not a mis-grade], and for every one I got wrong he'd roll his eyes and say "Really? You really don't understand any of this". He's very condescending and don't bother asking him any questions- he'll either respond with a question of his own, or bring up some random part of the class that may or may not deal with the question you have. Don't take him unless you really understand what's going on
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on December 10, 2012
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
3***
Pros: -Very knowledgable

-Pretty good at explaining material

-Has forums on Scholar to answer and discuss questions
Cons: -Very dry and boring in lecture

-Reads from his lectures

-Uses his own website through scholar - can be confusing

-Seems kind of like an ass

It is very easy to fall asleep in class - skipped the last few lectures of the semester and still did fine on the final. If you study for this class and do the homework, it's very doable. He has his own website that he uses through scholar which can be confusing at first, but it actually is really helpful. Read through the notes he posts instead of the book, or in addition to the book - his notes are very student-friendly and relatively easy to understand.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on December 17, 2013
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
5*****
Pros: Professor made a point to try to make the subject matter interesting even though statistics could only be so interesting. Tests are not difficult.
Cons: Large class size limited help that professor could give. Tended to have less sympathy and be condescending towards students having problems with things that most students don't have problems with.
Biological Statistics is a pretty easy course. If you go to class and pay attention he will go over most test questions in class and all concepts for the test. I recommend buying the online version of the book because you will use it for not much more than homework.
Professor rated by: Civil and Environmental Engin Student on November 30, 2011
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
4****
Pros: Holtzman definitely knows what he's talking about, and usually does a decent job of explaining things. The concepts aren't too hard especially if you have any sort of statistics background.
Cons: His website can be kind of confusing at times, but it's not bad once you get used to it. Holtzman is a boring guy, and it's not like statistics is an incredibly fun subject to begin with.
Overall not a bad experience. Weekly quizzes, weekly homework and these two categories comprise 30 percent of your overall grade. If Holtzman was an option on HokieSpa, I would try to take him.
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on January 27, 2012
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
2**
Pros: Dr. Holtzman is very knowledgeable on conducting research and clearly has much experience in that area.
Cons: He should not be in a teaching position. He does not know how to teach, execute a clear lecture, nor write tests.
Being knowledgeable on a subject does not necessarily mean one can teach. If you'd like to learn, avoid his class. Also, if GPA matters to you, avoid him at all costs. His homework assignments are time consuming, and his test questions very ambiguous.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on November 11, 2013
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
3***
Cons: Maybe knows a little too much
While the standard comments are how boring he is, statistics is boring anyways. The big problem is that he knows too much, and has a hard time dumbing it down for students. He gets upset when you try to talk to him about a mistake he made in grading, or when you ask him to explain something better. As a history major I had to study a tad more than others but still pulled a solid B, way better than taking calc.
Professor rated by: History Student on December 17, 2011
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Golde is an extremely dry and boring teacher. I could not pay attention in class at all. When I took him, however, his exams were very similar to the semester before. I have heard he has changed that and his tests are much harder now. I have not heard of any good statistics teacher, so you might try and pick your poison and just read the book to get a better understanding.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 21, 2013
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Cons: He's kind of mean, but if you get to know him personally he isn't that bad...

You have to teach yourselves, there is no point to coming to class
I wouldn't recommend this professor to anyone who has never taken any sort of stats before... he really can't teach, its all online and he doesn't do the lectures by hand
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on November 29, 2011
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Pros: None, unless you like jerks.
Cons: Worst professor I have ever had at VT. He is knowingly rude to his students. He makes everything more complicated than it needs to be. He never curves even when test averages plummet. AVOID THIS MAN AT ALL COSTS!
Heed these warnings. I would give him negative stars if possible.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 6, 2011
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Pros: So ridiculous you have to laugh
Cons: Won't answer questions

No practice questions

Not personable

Reads from his online notes, but expects you to be in class

Takes attendance

Homework due each week

TAs are non-exsistant

Gets frustrated easily

Good Luck!
Professor rated by: Natural Resources Student on May 2, 2012
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
3***
Pros: Overall easy class if you are good at math
Cons: Can't hear very well, sit close to the class

Doesn't use scholar
Pay attention in class and you should understand the concepts. Most are reviews from high school statistics.
Professor rated by: Natural Resources Student on September 24, 2013
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