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Paul Colby
Professor in the English department
at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
2.9
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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19 Student Ratings
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11/12/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Eng 101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A-
"Tough Grader" "Papers? More like novels"

I don't suggest taking his class. While Colby is sort of nice, he is very unclear on what he wants in his papers, its like he develops his own types of papers for you to write.. he can be rudeisn't too awfully helpful either. If you ask something he said in class he will call you out over it which is kind of annoying. A VERY picky grader as well.

01/11/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a really cool professor. I actually hated English, but with Dr. Colby as my professor it wasn't as stressful as I thought it'd be. Dr. Colby may seem like he's boring, but the professor has a sense humor, you just got to dig it up ;)

11/14/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He's not the most approachable, but you should do so anyway if you need help. He really knows his stuff and He makes it very clear what is expected of you when you are writing each paper. You will definitely learn a lot and its not a very stressful course. The classroom environment is very laid back. Also he is a very fair grader.

05/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG 252 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

There is a lot of reading required for this class and Dr. C can be demanding during the discussions. Overall is a fair grader, but considers addressing everything in the prompt a C and you must go above and beyond to get a better grade. He made the class enjoyable though.

02/14/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Fair grader, helpful if you go to office hours or stay after class. Very willing to work with you on essays or drafts. Expects a lot of reading.

12/27/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
eng101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

he's a nice guy, and very helpful with office hours, but his class seemed to drag on and was extremely boring. he grades fairly, and if i remember correctly i got a B on every single project, and a B over all in the class

10/14/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

If you are a good/decent writer you will be fine in his class. You write bout 4 papers and do individual readings out of real texts book. He is helpful in his office hours. However, he doesn't ever make eye contact with his students. He looks about 1ft above your head.

05/06/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Attendance was "mandatory" but you were allowed 2 full weeks before it started counting against you which I thought was incredibly lenient. Class could definitely be boring sometimes, but Dr. Colby was very friendly and quite approachable, and always cleared up any confusion I had. If you want to get a good grade, you need to put the effort in.

11/30/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class was very boring. I found it nearly impossible to pay attention in class. I was unable to achieve an A on any of the papers, and sometimes I couldn't tell what he wanted from the papers.

05/18/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Colby was a helpful, decent professor. Despite the other negative reviews of him, I thought he was a great english professor. If you take advantage of his office hours, he is extremely helpful and as long as you follow his guidelines and put effort into the assignments, you'll do fine in the class.

10/27/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Colby's class is extremely boring, and he does refuse to look at the class while speaking. However, he can be very helpful and grades fairly.

11/10/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very hard to pay attention to his lectures. Reading quizzes are the only homework. He's pretty picky on how you answer things or address ideas in your writing. If you write your paper strictly in line with the rubric, you can make an A on the papers, but the topics are painfully boring. The class is passable, but takes serious discipline!!

01/02/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
eng101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I did the homework and spent hours on the papers and would not get a good enough grade. If you ask for help he's not very willing to give it. No one in the class got a very good grade on any of the papers regardless of time and effort spent on them.

04/21/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pretty decent professor. He is very monotone but he's pretty interesting if you can focus on his lectures. Grading is fair. I made great grades on his papers- Read his instruction sheets for papers very carefully. He is very clear but it is easy to misunderstand the projects.

11/13/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Eng 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Colby was honestly the best english teacher I ever had. I made A's on all my papers and thought the class was kinda boring, but english is always going to be boring.

02/08/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

awful professor, has no clue what he wants in a paper. if you fail a quiz, the only thing on your paper will be check marks. The most boring teacher I have ever had. He is scary looking too, he even sports a comb-over. He is mean, old, and boring.

09/23/2003
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

horrible teacher...very very vague...does NOT give As..

11/26/2001
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

He does refuse to look at you. Everything is open book and open notes.

11/16/2001
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG 113 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

This guy refuses to look at you while he teaches.

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