Average 3.86 based on 61 teacher ratings
Rick Girling is a Social Studies teacher at Lowell High School located in San Francisco, California and part of San Francisco resident. Rick Girling's 61 teacher ratings contributes to Lowell High School's ranking of 1,222 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Lowell High School is 4.0 stars.
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Mr. Girling is a great teacher but his teaching method may not be the best for every student. He has a different grading system that either makes or breaks your grades. He is very knowledgable about history (took him for APWH) and very willing to help students! He may not be everyone's favorite because I feel that he focuses more on actually liking history rather than learning about how to get a 5. I loved his class and it really helped me understand history and how it affects the present day!

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I had Mr. Girling for world history. His class was definitely a lot of work, but I would 110% recommend it. He is an incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, caring, entertaining, and interesting teacher. If you are willing to take on the challenging workload with a positive attitude, you will love this class. Also, I felt exceptionally well prepared for the AP exam thanks to Mr. Girling and ended up scoring a 5.

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I had read some reviews on him and decided that some of these reviews doesn't apply to my experience with him. I took his APWH class in 2015. I got a 4 on my AP exam. Yes, there might be a large load of work, but I think it's worth it in the end. I don't think that getting an easier teacher means it all. Mr. Girling is a very helpful teacher who would even let you borrow his AP study booklets!! I understand that people like to whine about it sometimes, but don't lost a great teacher-

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Amazing teacher and person. I had his class a long time ago but I will never forget his dedication and love of the subject matter. He was also very encouraging and kind towards me.

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Nice teacher, but gives too much work, especially during breaks. Bad at planning out assignments so you're stuck with a ton of homework most nights...don't choose him if you can't keep up with assignments and want to practically teach yourself :(

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Rick Girling is an awful teacher. He's simply too old to remember anything. He's very unhelpful and unclear with anything he tries to explain. He always has to bring up his own stories and just goes on and on. If you're smart, don't get him

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Girling is an okay teacher. Homework is tedious and takes some time to do. Tests were hard, but his curves are very generous. Automatic B; slightly more studying for an A. Learned enough to pass the AP exam, but he's not that great of a teacher.

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Had him for APW. Definitely one of the best teachers at Lowell who actually cares about his students. Prepares you very well for the AP exam. Very approachable and always willing to help if you ask. Lectures are sometimes boring tho.

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His AP World History teaching style is terrible. He does not prepare anyone for the AP exam. I have heard that most of his class barely passes the AP exam. This is a reoccurring theme that needs to be stopped. His class is very boring it is a waste of time. Take Mr. Mags if you have a choice.

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Mr. G is my favorite teacher at Lowell. He is beyond knowledgeable and so nice! Coming to Lowell was a struggle, but with his help I was able to fit right in! he kept my head high and helped me trudge through it. He is the goofiest guy you will ever meet! His tests are hard but it's not impossible to get an A. He is the best teacher to take your first AP for and I recommend him to anyone and everyone! YOU ROCK MY SOCKS OFF MR. G!!!

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I loved taking his AP World class! Not only is he knowledgeable in world history, but he's also very helpful and understanding. His class is extremely fun, and you definitely learn a lot in his class. He prepares you well for the AP exam, but additional self-studying (as in reading AP review books for the AP exam) is suggested for the last grading period. He's very funny and experienced, and overall, he's an amazing teacher! If I could take his class again, I definitely would! :)

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So I had Mr. Girling for AP World, I think he is a great teacher!!!!!!!!!!! He understand we have a lot of assignment from other classes. So he doesn't give a lot homework. He loves people who participate in him class. So talk a lot :D

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As I prepare to take a master's level econ class for my MPA program, I could not help to think back to what inspired me to have done Political Economy for my bachelor's and started me on this path. Mr. Girling's class was not easy and yes, as someone pointed out he expected us to solve real life problems. Guess what, that's what one day, as adults, we may indeed be called upon to do. Kudos to Girling for instilling that challenge early on! It has prepared me well for academics beyond HS.

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Most amazing teacher EVER. Hands down.

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I had him for AP world and hes pretty lenient compared to all the other AP world teachers. his grading system is really weird though and sometimes things that arent important affect your grade more than say, a test. Overall pretty good, but lectures are boring and he puts pointless things on his pop

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For regular Econ Mr. Girling doesn't really teach econ. He assigns random stuff and expects you to get it. He is very unclear and grades very harshly. His class is sooo much work. Hes nice though! NOT an easyA

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I had him several years ago. He was a really kind, fun, and easygoing teacher. However I did not get my A from thin air. I got it from working hard, doing my homework, studying for my tests, and DOING EXTRA CREDIT! Anyways he is one of the best AP World History teachers ever! =)

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For regular econ, I didn't like him. He's a nice person, but as a teacher, most of his assignments are unclear and i did not learn anything in-depth about economics.

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Possible to get an A if you do extra credit in AP world. Very nice and fun! Tells entertaining stories about his life! :D Lectures, some interesting. Tests are on everything learned that quarter.

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I LOVE MR GIRLING! <3<3<3 Out of all the AP World teachers, he's the most chill, and IT'S POSSIBLE FOR AN A. JUST DO EXTRA CREDIT. EXTRA CREDITTTT~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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USELESS ECONOMIC TEACHER. GIVES USELESS PROJECTS AND A LOT OF WORK TO GRADUATING SENIORS. DESPISE!!!!

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Cool guy. Spends days lecturing about basically the same stuff as the book. Doesnt have a grade book but has a grade sheet that you fill out (though he grades you he doesnt keep track and you're supposed to do that) that you put in your portfolio to turn in at the end. By far the EASIEST AP WORLD TE

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Love him. He's really chill and understanding about most things. Although, he sometimes has somewhat difficult exams at the end of each quarter, I'd say you'll do fine with a good amount of studying. I say take him! You won't regret it!

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If you are planning on taking AP world, TAKE MR GIRLING. He's not half as hard as the other teachers yet you still learn loads! Very fun class with friends cuz he jokes around fairly often. His grading system may be a bit wack though.

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I LOVE MR.GIRLING! He was the nicest teacher I had this year. Plus, he's decently easy. He gives many essays that'll prepare you for the AP exam. If I were to retake APWorld, I'd totally choose Mr.Girling.

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Mr. Girling is such an awesome teacher! He prepares you very well for DBQs more than C/Cs and COTs. He gives many fun projects that teaches you about culture. Easy B for sure. A little bit of studying and extra credit will give you an A. Definitely take him!

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Mr. Girling was my favorite teacher this year.. he's great, funny, and you learn in his class. He helped make the AP exam not such a daunting task. Thanks mr. G!

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Very nice and friendly teacher. Doesn't teach you how to write a BBQ/COT/C.C essay but you'll get the hang of them.

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Easy B. Do extra credit --> easy A. Great, funny, and nice teacher. I admit he's not the best at lecturing because I always fall asleep during the lectures, but I still remember a lot of material we've gone over. His real weak point is in teaching DBQs and essays, we mostly fail at that lol.

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really nice, tho he hates it when people sleep in his class. do the outlines and extra credit and DONT THROW ANYTHING AWAY!!!your whole grade is based on a portfolio with all your stuff in it, so its really important to have your past work! if you do those things its an easy b, a little harder A.

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I had him for AP World. He's a nice guy, even though he picks on people when no one raises their hands. I felt prepared for the AP exam because we had 2 extra weeks before the test, and during that time, he assigned a lot of essays and tests, but they were all useful. Easy B. Do extra credit --> A.

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Mr Girling gives an INSANE amount of work. I am in American Democracy and he is giving us two tests in a week and one of them is a DBQ. HELLOO, if i wanted to write DBQs I wouldve taken AP Gov. Try to avoid, especially if youre a second semester senior . not to mention its 19-20 =(

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I have him for American Democracy and in the beginning found it a bit boring and tedious to listen to his lectures. But once he started focusing more on current events and politics (e.g. 2008 Presidential election), it became much more interesting. Moderate amount of readings that he expects to be notated. Participate and study for the few tests that he has. Make sure you are prepared to lobby and debate. He's a very nice guy who will listen to what you have to say.

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Fun teacher, really great guy and I learned a lot from him. Requires you to read from the book and outline chapters but doesn't expect much (his TAs grade them). Lectures are boring but he lets you eat in class and usually doesn't pick on you. You laugh a lot, unique and easy to exploit grading system, reasonable... you can approach him about a situation and he'll give you extensions if there's a reason. Grades hard on essays but teaches you how to write extremely well. Follow all directions.

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good teacher. typical progressive teacher-from-social-studies-department. knows what he's talking about, but he can be boring sometimes in class. prepares you well for AP exam. absurd curve on tests and unique grading system.

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Girling is pretty cool. He is a little bit hard on essay tests and his grading, but he prepared us well for the AP test.

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Just do the work, follow directions, and speak.

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i love mr girling! he really cares about you as a student. he's an awesome teacher, and i learned loads from him. =] the only bad part is: choose your region wisely. you get stuck with your partner for the whole semester, and a lot of the work is partner based.

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the thing about Girling is that you can really smart (let's say 4.0 weighted in 10th + 11th grade) and still get a B in the class. His assignments are academically pointless but you learn how to write a letter to the editor, survey people, debate, etc. We never opened our American Democracy books once. Finally, you most definately need to participate in the class. Every single grade makes the biggest difference because of his strange and flawed grading system.

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he is so awsome he is super nice easy a if you try hard, make you a great essay writer, teaches you about the rest of the world, this man is a saint. Study chronology and thats the hardest part of the test

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I never really liked him much. I feel like I had two English teachers when I had him. Part of his MW final was food, as in you make your own food and bring it and give yourself an A. Another part is to bring a sample of music which you still give yourself an A. And that's 20% of your third trimester grade. I got a B on his final with over 50 guesses, and doodled in my notebook every lecture. He is a guy that really teaches about the Modern World as in (insert today's date here.)

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he tries. he's too easy sometimes. at other times he's too hard. there are some pointless, annoying assignments, too. he sometiems makes us do really stupid stuff, and gives us very little time to do it. but he actually cares about his students. he likes those who have intelligent things to say in class. participation is a literal part of your grade, so you better speak up

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Pretty easy class for modern world... focused more on the region part than the actual learning from the book part. Lectures are super boring, no need to pay attention in class. Hard essay grader, but very lenient on notes (do well on themes, that's it). Tests are easy too, just skim the chapter the night before or morning of. You grade yourself on some parts, so yeah, not so hard. Not much of a chance to learn, though, because he's such a boring lecturer and no one listens. Easy A in the end.

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If you want to get an "A" in his class, here are 3 tips 1) Do NOT procrastinate. Procrastination will give you a slim chance of getting an "A". 2) Study HARD for his tests, ESPECIALLY FOR THE FINAL!!! Slacking off will result in a low grade. 3) Participate in his class. It will definately change your grade average. All in all, his knows a lot about history.

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He's in love with Mao Zedong and other Communists. If you don't like Communists, BE CAREFUL!!!

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sorta hard.grade kinda depends on luck and extra credit but mostly if u have the right stuff.i was so close to getting an a...i got a b b and 2nd b would have been a if not for the final (c).hes nice but actually prefer da rosa- its easier to get an a in that class.his class is boring but he tries to make it fun.and also the region stuff...was fun?has a sense of humor ;> but is sorta sarcasm.very nice but hard.do do the extra credit-it really helps ur grade. never ever expect an a on essay!!

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I dont know what u ppl think bout mr. girling, but he's not that easy. He's so hard on his essays, never got a single A, there was always something wrong...he'd complain bout the order, the facts..I RESEARCHED IT...and did i mention his thesis thing...he guys crzy bout it...this isnt english class, y do we need perfect writing. What i hate is his complaining thing, you have to wait TWO days too "cool down" before complaining bout the grade you got...I hate his stupid rules...all i got was: Blah.

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His grading is pretty fair, all u have to do is do his extra credit, i mean its either read a book or watch a FILM!!!, wat other teacher does that. And his notes, its way better than da rosa's, as long as u plan ur schedule rite, meaning DONT PROCRASTIONATE, cause it cost me a couple As on assignments before. The only thing i hated bout his grading was his test, its all multiple choice, and it includes events, ppl, and years, omg how do u keep track of all that. But in general he kool.

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his class is interesting. he moves very fast, but i don't feel that i learned a lot because he went so fast. i didn't study, or try very hard, and i still got an A, but other people in my class tried harder than I, but still got B's. Your grade depends on planning and luck. Oh yeah, and his lectures are pointless, and boring, though he tries to make them interesting. he makes you do a lot of pointless assignments, that i didn't learn from.

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His class is good and he has alot of interesting lectures but i would recomend doing the extra credit because that will be the difference between an A or a B grades r pretty streight forward i think it makes it easier if you study for the tests and do u work u wont have any problems. remember THESIS important in those essays

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Hes a nice guy, but if you dont do the extra credit, your'e pretty much doomed. I would recommend him if for second choice.

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works hard to help you learn but his essays are graded like an english essay and very important to hav a main thesis great teacher though

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mr. girling... isnt guite the best teacher for s.s.... he has a "point system" for grades... 4 is a 3 is b.... so on and so forth!! he tends 2 go off subject and give a lot of projects... including reading assingments and essays.... THESIS.. is a big thing with him!! if ur smart and study a lot before tests.. u will get an a in his class... if u try ur best but not as hard as he likes he gives u a B... oh yeah he only gives "whole grades" no pluses or minuses!!

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Isn't very clear. you don't learn very much in his class. His grading system is unique. If you do the extra credit, most likely you'll get an A. Tests are unfair sometimes though. You can't lose any papers he gives back. i don't like his method of teaching but that's just my opinion. He doesn't go over stuff enough and he goes off topic a lot

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HE cool and anice teacher, but sumtimes tends to get out of the subject and talks about other things. HIs essays are graded extremly hard. IF you CAN write a persuasive and interesting essay you will get a good grade

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He's cool and all that, but he loses his temper really fast. especially with my class. We're really loud. But he makes you do a lot of work, and you do learn in the process. If you can write good two page essays, you'll probably get good grades. Oh yeah, remember THESIS STATEMENTS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. >_<

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u do a lot of work but u learn. his lectures are pretty good. he needs to ease up on the grading a little bit and the system needs work.

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For American Democracy it's a lot of work but if you do okay it' is not impossible at all to get an A, but it does take time out side of school. Very liberal!

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he is a very dedicated teacher and he works extremely hard to help us out.

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He works really hard as a teacher.Not many people are willing to do what he does

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Assumes all are procrastinators, so won't tell bout projects till several days

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