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Philip Sicker
Professor in the English department
at Fordham University - Rose Hill, Bronx, NY
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
1.6
Helpfulness
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08/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-

Tough, thought-provoking, thorough - and he's so good, he'll make you a better student and a better learner. Whatever hard work you put into the class will be worth it and will pay off years down the line. Don't leave Fordham without taking him. One of the best professors you will ever have, period.

04/07/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
COLI3100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Terrible. Absolutely Terrible. Class time is devoted entirely to him reading a typed lecture, and he doesn't pause or stop for questions at any point. I've given up on going to the class, because attendance isn't mandatory and it's completely pointless when all he does is lecture at an unreasonable pace. AVOID THIS CLASS AT ALL COSTS. C+ Sicker

12/26/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
COLI3100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pretentious. Writes an hour and a half worth of lecture notes and reads them verbatim. Lectures are pointless and the objectives are unclear. Grading style is confusing and unforgiving. There is an absurd 3 hour final which requires knowledge of mundane film details. But hey, maybe you'll be one of his favorites. He also likes saying PROVOCATIVE.

11/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COLI3100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

took him for my film class (advanced lit) & was awesome. attendance is not mandatory but youd be stupid not to go because his lectures are so detailed. he basically just talks the entire class, but everythings really interesting. only 3 short essays, and 6 pg essay before the final exam(no midterm). id recommend this class to anyone who loves film!

09/08/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENGA5724 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Phil Sicker is formidably brilliant, enthusiastic, and engaging. Take his classes if you wish to be challenged and stimulated, and if you're serious about developing yourself as a professional academic writer in the field of English (esp. modernist fiction, Henry James, and James Joyce).

12/23/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENGL3535 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Probably the best professor I have had at Fordham BUT he is a tough grader (read: honest grader. Your papers will bleed read ink but you will be hard-pressed to dispute him on a single point). Class is an hour-long lecture with almost no student input, but he's the most dynamic and interesting lecturer I have ever had. Makes you care about english.

11/11/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
HPRU2501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I've never had a seminar class where a week would go by without a single verbalization from a student until his. Very intelligent man, but if you like your own ideas to matter, I would avoid him.

09/02/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENGXX Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had Phil Sicker for two or three classes (it's been a few years). I still remember so much of what I learned. This man is a wonderful professor. He changed my life.

04/29/2008
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ClosR1800 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I always tried to take the easy teachers and I got stuck with him and now i love that class! he explains poetry so well it blows your mind. He is such a good teacher so easy to understand and you only have to write three papers, no midterm. C+ sicker? no. i got B's or above on all papers and i suck at english.

04/03/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENRU1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Best professor this year. I'm actually learning something. I hated poetry before his class. If you're up for a bit of a challenge and learning, take Sicker. He's a bit intimidating at first, but after that first talk, he's easy to talk to. Ignore the "C+ Sicker". If you care at all, you should get a good grade.

12/09/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
XX Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He was an amazing professor. He was my absolute favorite in the English department at Fordham. He made me love James Joyce.

11/03/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
dclogSECT Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

sicker is the best professor in literary studies or english at fordham. he knows more stuff about anything than anyone i've ever met. you won't get a good grade in his class unless you really kick ass, hence the nickname "C+ Sicker." i got a B+.

04/10/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
poety/poetics Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Best teacher i've had in english as an english major. Hard, but you learn a lot. Smart, english oriented people will enjoy him, others... eh. great guy out of class. Do not take for a good grade, but if you want to learn, cuz thats why your at college, take him.

02/13/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Poetry and Poet Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Interesting stuff, and he definitely knows his stuff, but its so hard. I don't know if it was worth it. He is known as "C+ Sicker", lives up to his name.

12/12/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Poetry and Poet Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

My roomate and I absolutely loved this class. He is enthusiastic and above all out of his mind. Every poem relates to sex and he is absolutely obsessed with the subject matter. The class is awesome, he forces you to become a better writer, and if you want to experience the greatness which is "The Sick", take the damn class. THE BEST TEACHER EVER.

12/12/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Close read Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Sicker is extremely intelligent and a tough grader..but my writing and interest in poetry grew tremendously...i will never forget this class or this man

08/31/2005
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Any Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Sicker will claw your eyes out with his talons of knowledge. If you want that grade, stay away; if you want a class you'll still remember in ten years, this is the man.

08/24/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
english Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is the ultimate teacher if you want an brilliant teacher excited about literature. He will force you to become a better writer and reader. I recommend him above all other teachers at fordham.

08/06/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
C,S,M Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Be prepared to work, but he is very helpful, gives plenty of feedback on your work, and has a genuine interest in his students and in the material. I thought a lot about taking courses I wasn't interested in, just to be in his class again.

07/12/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
decalogue Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Phil T. Sick is the man. He knows more stuff than any professor I've had. If you aren't willing to give a isht DON'T TAKE HIS CLASS.

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