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Aaron Szymkowiak
Department: Philosophy
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Very difficult class. Philosophy is definitely a difficult subject to understand, especially if you can't "think outside the box" but it is a university core requirement. He is a very tough grader.. got an F on my first paper. If you go to his office hours, he will help explain concepts gone over in class. I wouldn't recommend taking him.
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Worst teacher I've had at Xavier thus far. I switched my major because of him and my new disliking for philosophy. I went to his office numerous times for help, and didn't take that into consideration at all when grading papers. Very difficult grader and it would help if I could actually read his handwriting...
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Prof. Szymkowiak was a very knowledgeable prof.. He laid out 5 basic grades for the class, 2 papers, 2 exams, and a final. He was always accommodating by reading over drafts or answering questions. He was a difficult grader, but it's difficult to find a philosophy teacher who isn't. If you ask for help, ask him to look over drafts, etc. you will be fine.
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Before taking this class,I had absolutely no interest in Philosophy as I had never taken a class before.He changed my view on life though honestly with his very insightful courses and class discussions.I got an A on all papers and projects by simply going to him and asking for help.People who find him difficult just aren't willing to work difficult.
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I am an older student and this was a shocker. He tells you what he wants and meters the reading at sensible levels and if you show up, listen, and participate, you will be fine. He makes the course as sensible as you can get with Philosophy. I find it has changed the way I look at things afterward.
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Great teacher! 2 exams, 2 papers, a final, and participation make up your grade. He gives you advance copies of the possible exam questions, and is always willing to help out. Also, he will read over your paper before you turn it in. I was so nervous for philosophy, but he made it fascinating! You have to work and take great notes...great class!

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