Holly Brewer

This professor has taught: HIST200, HIST289L, HIST353, HIST395, HIST398, HIST399, HIST408N, HIST408V, HIST408X, HIST419V, HIST429Q, HIST607, HIST608A, HIST619C, HIST819G, HIST819V
Information Review
Holly Brewer
HIST200

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/03/2022
She is the worst teacher I've had so far at UMD. Her lectures are very unorganized and she always skips through the slides with words very quickly but stays on the slides with the pictures for a long time. Her lectures are very disorganized and she rambles about the smallest irrelevant details of the event we were discussing. During one lecture she went from Native American and settler relations to the Salem Witch Trials. The only reason grades are up to date is because the TA grades everything and tries her best to pick up the mess Professor Brewer left.
Holly Brewer
HIST200

Expecting an A
Anonymous
04/14/2022
Not sure if it's just because these reviews are old but she's really not that bad! Our only assignments are three papers throughout the semester and an oral presentation as the final. She is very knowledgeable about the material but it's kind of hard to take notes in her class. She is not super great but not bad. I would ask our TA for help and she was better at explaining things than Dr. Brewer. I put in very little work for this class and have an A. I see people in comments below talking about quizzes and doing clicker questions but we don't have those! The TA has graded our papers so far and takes kind of long but it's not a huge deal for me. My biggest drawback for her is lectures but I really don't think she's that horrible like all these comments say, just kind of boring and hard to follow.
Holly Brewer
HIST353

Anonymous
01/02/2021
Prof Brewer is really nice and was lenient for paper and project extensions. sometimes hard to follow her lectures, hard to know what to take notes on, but is super eager to help students
Holly Brewer
HIST353

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/15/2020
Dr. Brewer... is honestly not a good professor. I like her, she's very nice and she obviously cares. But the lectures are disorganized and assignment descriptions (there's only 3 for the whole semester, so that's cool) are vague. For a history professor, you really want the lectures to be good, and Dr. Brewer's just aren't.
Holly Brewer
HIST289L

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
05/15/2020
I regret taking this class. Lectures are hard to stay engaged in because she constantly goes off topic and then realizes we are out of time. You don't really know what is important to take notes on in her lecture slides. She doesn't grade things until the very end, so by the time you realize what your grade is, its already too late to improve on anything. She is nice, but needs to improve her teaching style a lot as well as grade things in a more timely manner.
Holly Brewer
HIST200

Expecting a B
Anonymous
05/07/2019
i regret taking this class on campus when i would have gotten an A+ online. She is one of the worst professors i have ever had- she literally fell asleep in class last week??? also majority of the class fails every clicker question quiz...if only 38% of the class gets the answer correct, shouldn't that be alarming for her??? OR, why are there TWO correct answers for a question!!! she also never posts grades so we won't actually know how were doing until final grades are in so thats great. the TA looks so utterly confused the whole time as well but never says anything. she goes on tangents about god knows what and pressures us to answer questions that we do not know and gets mad when the class does not get them correct. this is a required class so wait to take it w chiles- its worth it.
Holly Brewer
HIST200

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
04/17/2019
Actually the worst professor I've had so far. Her lectures are confusing and irrelevant, and she's not understanding or adaptable to the class's needs. Her TA is the only reason I have any idea what is going on and I think he is confused by her too. An absolute mad woman, take this course with someone else.
Holly Brewer
HIST200

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
04/11/2019
Absolutely terrible teacher. DO NOT take her if you can help it. Required for Ed majors, but just wait to take it with someone else!! Class is extremely boring and irrelevant, she just rambles on and goes on tangents. Only a few vaguely assigned and harshly graded essays and tests. DO NOT take this class with Holly Brewer!
Holly Brewer
HIST200

Expecting a B
Anonymous
04/06/2019
The absolute worst lecturer. Assigns readings that make ZERO sense, we come to close and all bomb the clicker questions. If 68% say the answer is true but false is actually the right answer, that should be an issue for her??? Interesting this class is required for education students when the only thing I have learned is how to create an actual lesson plan and to teach effectively. Her lectures are extremely disorganized, her powerpoints are in no way helpful so all the students have left to do is fail. When the exam rolled around, we were not given a study guide and told that "we should know what terms are important" when in reality, our class study guide of important terms had NO OVERLAPS to what was on the exam. Let's also not forget the TA grades with decimals, I just received a 16.75 on the exam, one would think that would just be a 17 but not Dr. Brewer! Spare your sanity and wait to take this class with Chiles.