*A 5 star workload is an easy workload; a 3 star is average; whereas a 1 star workload is extremely hard.
Comments:1402 - Oh Scott, Sweet Scott.
This man is one of the most bipolar men I have ever met. He is SO passionate about Spanish to the point he will make himself cry if his students don't like spanish as much as he does. But he also is super happy at random times like when we played frisbee and he played guitar at the end of the semester. There are 4 regular tests (I think), 8 chapter quizzes, a midterm, and a final. The midterm and the final are oral and written. The test percentages go up for each test. There is not a lot of outside homework besides 3 activities online usually a few times a week. There is a 7 question quiz everyday but honestly they help for the test and the chapter quizzes. Honestly I know it seems like a lot, but remember you meet every single day and most of it is done in class.
He is a nice guy. He genuinely loves this language more than anyone I have ever met and really cares, possibly too much. He values attendance over grades, so show up or he will legit hate you. Either commit to him or choose another professor. And an A is a 90 which is helpful. You will enjoy the course if you enjoy Spanish, but I am not sure if he likes me. I think he doesn't because I miss sometimes. And I mean like 3 times. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:2310 - Dr. Spinks is a nice man, he was not a great professor. He posted the entire semesters grades the Friday before the final and had no information on your class standing prior to then. By the time I went to study for my final, my grade was pretty decided. His tests are extremely difficult and have vey little forewarning. He does not teach spanish, he relies heavily on "practice makes perfect." He did not prefer the textbook and did not use it very often. Very little online homework, one minute presentations every other week, three exams and two orals. He's not the worst out there but he did not prepare me for 2320. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1412 - Spinks is a great guy and I have learned a ton from his class! I feel like I\\\'m actually learning street Spanish instead of just textbook Spanish. However, his class is a lot of work! You have to study every night because we have daily vocabulary and grammar quizzes which you will completely bomb if you don\\\'t study for 20 mins. His class is very quick paced (just like every other Spanish class), but I know that I am learning from it. He is a funny guy and he makes his class pretty fun some days. You cannot take his class and zone out though. His class is completely interactive and you will be speaking in front of the class every single day. If you\\\'re looking for an easy A, then Spinks isn\\\'t for you. You will have to work hard for your grade, but an A is definitely possible. If you\\\'re looking to truly learn and speak Spanish, take Spinks! He\\\'s the best at doing his job - Grade In Class:A
Comments:2*** - I took Dr. Spinks for Spanish 2, 3, and 4. He's absolutely my favorite professor at Baylor. The entire class is interactive, so it keeps you awake and you lose most of the nerves of speaking in spanish in front of other people after a few weeks. He's a great guy, he's funny and entertaining, and he doesn't take crap from anyone. If you decide to ditch out of class early or you start missing days without contacting him about it, he will talk to you about it. He can be really intimidating, but he's so genuine and caring - he wants to set his students up for success. Don't be too nervous about the oral exams - he was always smiling and happy when I walked in to take it, and would help me out if I forgot a word or phrase. For the orals though, DON'T BE LATE. It really annoys him and he won't be in such a good mood when you get there. Overall, Dr. Spinks was the perfect professor for my personality/style of learning, and I would have picked up a spanish minor had I had more time in my degree program. I'm now fully capable of carrying on some level of conversation in spanish (even though I got B+'s in the classes!) - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:2310 - Pretty good teacher if I were you I'd take him I took him for spanish 2 and spanish 3 nd i am taking him again for my last semester of spanish he gives 2 oral exams a midterm and a final. Study VOCABULARY, grammer, verb tenses and you should be fine. If you hate reading in spanish in front of people... to bad, your going to have to anyway and he has this cup that has questions in it in spanish that you have to answer in front of the class and you have to give like 8 or 10 1 1/2 minute speeches in his class but there not hard as long as you memorize what you are going to say. he is very nice and funny sometimes. you probably wont regret taking him i didnt - Grade In Class:B
Comments:2310 - First off, it's a hard class, but it's language at Baylor, what do you expect. Dr. Spinks is a great professor, though. His style of teaching and interactive learning is something I really enjoyed and learned a lot from. Unlike from what I heard about his 1000 level classes, homework was basically for your own edification (definitely do it, though) and definitely wasn't busy work. Everything he did was for a purpose, which I appreciated. The most intimidating part of the class is that 30% of your grade is determined by a midterm test/oral exam and 40% is determined by a final test/oral. Those are the only tests and it's fairly scary, but just study hard and you should do just fine. Quizzes are the worst, on Mondays he gives you a list of around 60 words and you have to know them all plus some grammar stuff for a quiz the next class. Despite the work being intimidating, I'm taking him again for 2320. Dr. Spinks is truly an excellent professor. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:SPA 1412 - It felt too much like high school. If you like busy work, then take him. I missed the A because I hated doing all of the busy work he assigned even though I did fine on all of the tests. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:SPA 1402 - I never took into account how notoriously hard Baylor Spanish was until I took my first semester of Spanish. I never knew that I would be so overwhelmed. After such a hard first semester, I was really apprehensive of what SPA 1020 would be, but Professor Spinks really made my second semester of Spanish enjoyable. He gave quizzes everyday over vocabulary and a sentence that consisted of what we learned in a section the day before. He's such a mild mannered man who wants you to succeed. He's fair in his grading and takes into account that we are learning Spanish and will make mistakes. I highly recommend him for SPA 1402! By the end of second semester, I was actually enjoying Spanish and doing really well! If you do the work he asks, you will do well in the class! - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1402 - I have never written a review about a professor, but I really wanted to take the time to do one for Dr. Spinks. Even though I did get a C in this class, I'm almost positive that if I had any other professor for Spanish I would fail. Spanish was never my strong point. He made a semester of 8ams bearable. He does have quizzes every day, but he tells you what to study at the end of every class. His tests aren't okay as long as you practice translating sentences and memorize vocab thoroughly. If you can take Dr. Spinks, I HIGHLY recommend that you do, even if it's at 8am. You won't regret it. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1412 - His class is pretty routine. Short quiz over vocab and sentence translation at the beginning of every class. In class, you take notes and do some verbal practice of grammar and vocab. Tests are all listening and translating, no multiple choice. The oral exams are pretty easy since he gives you the questions 2 weeks in advance. Approachable professor, but not exactly the warmest. Still, liked him and his style. Take him for 1412 - Grade In Class:A
Comments:SPA 1412 - DR SPINKS IS SO GREAT. There are so many things I could tell you about how knowledgeable he is with Spanish, how passionate he is about what he teaches, and how he takes his job really seriously (as I believe all profs should) but honestly, there's just really no debate: just take him. You'll learn so much Spanish and you won't regret it. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:2310 - Dr. Spinks is an incredible professor. I am absolutely terrible at Spanish and I still felt like I accomplished something in the class even though I made a C. He does not give busy work. You have 1 test and the final mixed in with class participation grades, quizzes, 2 oral exams, and a few project/ presentations. He never makes you feel dumb. The tests were hard but I felt like my grade was more well rounded than just my grade. Dr. Spinks is the man and it is clear that he cares about how much you try in his class. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1412 - Dr. Spinks is a chill guy and definately someone you want to have if you're doing Spanish. Knows the language, knows how to explain it, and very approachable. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1412 - TAKE SPINKS! Dr. Spinks is such a nice prof and I am always excited to go to spanish because he makes class so much fun! True, since this is a two semesters in one spanish class it is challenging and there is definitely homework every night, Spinks does not give nearly as much as some of the other professors for 1412. There is a daily quiz that always has some vocab and will test a new grammatical concept you learned about for homework the night prior. Really though, if you have the opportunity, take Dr. Spinks. You won't regret it! - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1412 - TAKE SPINKS!!! He is an incredibly nice teacher who knows and loves Spanish. He's incredibly accessible and really wants you to learn Spanish. Also, you know exactly what to expect: quiz every day, a little bit of online homework, and clear cut exams. His class is entertaining, he's engaged and organized. If you get behind, the class can feel like a lot as it is fast paced. But of the 1412 teachers, Spinks is the easiest and the best teacher. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:2320 - Dr. Spinks is a really difficult 2320 professor. This class in its own is hard to begin with, it's all literature, like real literature, not beginners stuff, and Spinks takes it very seriously. He's passionate about what he does, so that's good, but he designs the class to be very hard on purpose because that's how he feels it should be. There's reading basically every night, some long, some short, and usually a small vocab quiz or homework assignment due the next class. Each quiz is around 6 words, plus translating a sentence into english that usually has grammatical principles you wont cover until afterwards. There's two compositions (which are the assignments that saved my butt), and only two tests, a mid term and cumulative final.
The mid-term was one of the hardest tests Ive taken yet (I had a 3.9 GPA until this semester), out of all the stories you read he'll pick out details, authors, and themes and you're gonna have to be able to name the story. Even though you only quiz over 6 vocab words at a time, you'll be expected to know all 300+ words (maybe 20 will actually be on the test).
The entire class period is in Spanish, Spinks is pretty lenient on not being perfect, he's not a native speaker either, but he has high expectations for course work and tests. This is one of the harder classes to take and Spinks knows it. If you want a challenge, take him. If you want an easy A, dont even think about it. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1412 - Spink is by far my favorite teacher that I have ever had. I have never enjoyed Spanish until I took his class. He's nice, funny, and understands that we are not all great at spanish and does not make fun! He is absolutely amazing, if you have a chance to take him take it!! - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:2310 - He was a really good teacher, not just because I got A but because he really knows how to teach the language. His first language is English so he understands that learning Spanish can be difficult for many students, but his workload is reasonable. His tests can be challenging, but he prepares you adequately. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:2310 - The class wasn't as difficult as most people say 2310 is, and I think a large part of that had to do with Dr. Spinks' amazing teaching. There is no busy work, everything is helpful in making students more proficient at conversing in Spanish. I honestly don't know how I got an A either because my grades seemed to reflect a B+, but I guess I did well on the final. You'll have to study for his tests, but his reviews are very helpful. Take him! - Grade In Class:A
Comments:Spanish - I really enjoyed this class. It was a lot of work and involved studying every day for it. He had quizzes every day but they were not difficult if you knew your vocab and the grammer point he told you to study the night before. It consists of 6 vocab words and a The two oral exams you have to take are not bad and you practice in class. Good prof! - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1412 - Spanish 1412 is immensely difficult if for no other reason than it's two semesters crammed tightly into one. I caution you to take it only if you have a solid Spanish background already. Professor Spinx is very friendly and he knows the subject well. He will probably be one of your younger professors, but he is also one of the smartest. He gives daily quizzes in addition to online or written HW 3-4 times a week. There are two oral exams, two regular written exams, and the final. If you want to learn Spanish at a fast pace and will dedicate yourself to doing it, then I happily recommend Scott Spinx. If you are unenthusiastic, a slow learner, or have little background in the language, then I suggest an easier course with an easier teacher. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1402 - Really tough class, but excellent professor. Prof. Spinks is a funny guy and keeps class interesting. If you want to learn Spanish, take his class. Our grade was based off of 2 tests, 2 oral interviews, the final exam, daily quiz grades and homework. We had homework pretty much every night (whether it be written, or just preparing for a quiz the next day), but it was all really helpful, it was never just busy work. Prof. Spinks is a really great teacher and I learned more in his class than I have in any other language class I've ever taken. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:2310 - He is a new professor at Baylor this year and he is not that bad. The class is run like this: a quiz everyday with vocabulary and one sentence translation, then either a lecture or sometimes we did in class writing or even speaking in front of the class (prepared speaking and spontaneous speaking). There are only two tests, a midterm and a final, which a difficult but if you know vocabulary and go over the worksheets handed out in class and of course know grammar you will do fine. The oral is composed of questions off of worksheets that we have done in class. So the oral should be no problem. This is a pretty easy class as long as you attend it and know your vocabulary and grammar! - Grade In Class:B+