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Michael Helfand
Professor in the English department
at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Overall Quality
3.2
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3.4
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
3.1
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26 Student Ratings
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05/08/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
LIT1175 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is incredibly knowledgeable without a doubt. He'll even make sure to include all of the students' points in the discussion. However, be aware that he has an expectation of your quality of work. My advice: shape your work to the class's tone - not your own (historical, philosophical, etc.). Stick to HIS guns.

01/02/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
LIT0625 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Read almost a dozen books during the semester most of which were interesting. Good gen ed class to take if English isn't your favorite subject. Grades consist of an in class mid term and final along with a long essay on a topic of your choosing.

12/28/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
LIT1175 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoyed taking Brit Lit with Professor Helfand because even though I found the material very boring as I read it, he makes it so interesting. He's absolutely brilliant. However, he requires a ton of reading, and his 2 exams and final paper are so vague that they may not accurately portray what you truly learned.

11/29/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
LitDFic Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I dont know if this guy is losing it or the other comments are lies. This was the worst class. It had no structure, you read the books all 9 of them and discuss for 10 min with no clear answer. Tests were vague and the paper assignment was 10 pages of nonsense. He was very stuck up and didnt give much advice. Do not recommend this professor.

04/07/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Lit0625 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Grab the nearest copy of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Open cover. Read last quote on 1st page. That's Michael Helfand. Seriously, he knows his stuff. Loved him as a professor and enjoyed doing the readings and going to class. Only class discussions I ever participated in!

07/09/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGLI0625 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I enjoyed Dr. Helfand's class. His lectures were enjoyable and produced some interesting conversations. His tests are of medium difficulty and the paper will take some time to do. He holds office hours too. A good professor for a non-english major like myself.

10/27/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Hist1775 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class itself is pretty boring. If you do the readings from to time and take notes you should be more than fine for the tests. Grade's based on one midterm, one final and final paper

03/20/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGLI0650 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely brilliant. Makes the worlds of literature come alive in a way no one I have ever had before. His tests are straightforward and test your knowledge of the material. His papers make you learn. He is superb.

12/18/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Lit0625 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had him for detective fiction. The books were great, and you grade came from a midterm, a final and 1 paper, as long as you read the books, you were good for all the exams. Paper requires some time though 10-15 pages, but you get to pick your own topic. A very manageable class if you are not an english major.

10/16/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
LIT0635 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I liked him. I had him for New Lit, and he could have facilitated discussions better. However, he's very smart and a pleasant guy.

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