Thomas Holtz

15 reviews
Average rating: 3.93




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HONR259C

Expecting an A+
Anonymous 01/10/2020
DINOSAURS! Wasn't much of a dinosaur obsessor growing up (although I was always fascinated with them), but this easy-going class/seminar made the evolution and methods of research of dinosaurs extremely interesting (dinos are now my favorite animals). Professor Holtz is super knowledgable about everything and is a great professor and person. Even though our quizzes were easy and didn't cover everything he talked about, he presented very concise details about the topics covered, and I was grateful for it! The class itself is super chill. Lecture twice a week, basic essay on a research paper due every week, quiz every two weeks, and a fun media presentation capstone final on any topic of your choice! One of the most fun classes I've taken at UMD as a CS major.
GEOL204

Expecting an A+
Anonymous 06/13/2019
Exams, quizzes, and assignments are great. You don't need to go to class, just take half an hour a week to read the lecture notes he posts online.


Expecting an A+
Anonymous 11/20/2018
Best professor I have had at UMD! Funny guy, interesting lectures, enthusiastic about the subjects he teaches, lots of extra credit... all around great!!
GEOL104

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/11/2015
Great professor! He's funny and likes to tell corny jokes. You can tell he's super passionate about this topic. He gets so excited like a little boy talking about the subject. There is a lot of memorization that goes into this class. Don't take it unless you can memorize facts and names very well. Holtz even said up front that this class relies on memorization A LOT. If you put in the work and effort, you can get an A. The quizzes are easy, and his midterms usually use some of the questions from the quizzes. Class is great! I took it in Freshmen Connection and thoroughly enjoyed it.
GEOL104

Expecting a B
Anonymous 09/26/2014
worst class ever. Clicker quizzes every day so you can never skip, so boring. Had 4 online tests so you didn't have to pay attention because you could look up the answers but the final is in class so unless you CRAM for the final you are not bound to do well. Wouldn't recommend


Anonymous 08/24/2014
Very engaging professor and very passionate towards the stuff he teaches. He is arrogant though, but his humor and style of teaching makes up for it. Pretty easy class.
GEOL104

Expecting an A
asharm93 01/13/2013
This class can be easy if you just keep up. Otherwise you are gonna be lost with scientific words you don't know. The class structure is based around 4 online tests, clicker quizzes, and like 2 other assignments. His entire note guide (which is extremely detailed) is online and all the tests which are online (minus the final) can be done using these notes. I can't find an excuse as to why you would get a low grade besides you being extremely lazy or just legit stupid. He is corny, but he is amazingly smart and wants you to understand. I liked the class and wouldn't mind taking the second part of it sometime.
GEOL102

Expecting an A
Fabian Castro 11/17/2011
This guy sucks. He's so stubborn and he's just plain annoying. DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS IF YOU DON'T NEED IT!!
GEOL104

Expecting a B
sukeung 12/08/2010
He's a really good teacher but you have to study so much for the tests. The first test was easy..but the second killed me. You can't forget to take the quizs because they add up in the end.
GEOL102

Expecting an A+
vaalbara 05/19/2010
Great guy. He's honestly interested in the stuff he teaches (and it shows). Class is pretty straightforward - lecture is optional, but it's probably in your best interest to go since his tests are based more off lecture than the book (which I never opened). He makes a lot of corny jokes (and internet references...), and his tests usually have an abundance of extra credit points.


Anonymous 12/27/2009
This class is not worth it. Its nice because the notes are online but there is so much material on tests and you need to know the all material for every exam. Beware of the grading policy also. The quizzes don't help your grade that much and make sure you do well on the Smithsonian project 1 because its worth a lot more than the second.


Expecting an A
Anonymous 06/01/2009
This class is really not too challenging at all. Almost all the lecture material is posted online and the exams aren't too overwhelming. The only downside to this class is that is usually work done in discussion, so you really should attend-there's also quizzes every couple of weeks, too. However, most of the time discussion will at least be an opportunity to boost your grade and depending on who your TA is, it might not be a lot of work. The only big discussion assignment was the Kyoto project near the end, but that wasn't even bad. Although most of this class is okay, a big negative about this class is that it's co-taught by 3 professors, so it seems a big "scattered" and overwhelming at times. Just make sure you go through the slides before exams (there are two midterms and a final) and ask any questions about the material and you should be okay......... Out of the three professors, I thought Holtz was the best! Granted, sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the information he presents, but he brings energy and some humor to the lectures and keeps things "fresh"-you can tell he's really passionate about what he's doing......good luck!
GEOL104

Expecting an A
toiletpaper55 12/29/2008
This class is harder than it sounds. It ended up being a lot more work than i wanted it to be. the book is pointless so dont buy it. the online notes are nice but they dont cover everything so you have to go to class which sucks since its at 10am. The exams arent too bad but the class is a lot of work
GEOL104

Expecting an A+
albender 12/12/2008
Dr Holtz is a fantastic professor. He tells the corniest jokes, which make his lectures very enjoyable, and he is great at explaining the concepts in the course. He's also great at waking up the class when the content gets a bit boring. There are extra credit questions on virtually every assignment/quiz/exam, so as long as you pay attention in the lectures you're sure to get a good grade.
GEOL102

Anonymous 01/19/2008
Great teacher. He tells rather corny jokes, but covers the material very well and lets you know exactly whats going to be on the exams.