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William Wilson
Professor in the English department
at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
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Overall Quality
3.4
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
2.9
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11/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENGL 193 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious" "Inspirational" "Would take again"

Professor Wilson is amazing. I have been lucky enough to have him for multiple classes and he is one of the most relaxed and funniest professors I have ever had. He makes even the most mundane novels funny and he is always there to talk when you need him. He's lax and his classes are always a joy to be in. You rock professor!!!!!! #BestProfessor!!!

11/06/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
English 1b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I love him because he is the best teacher ever!!!! His class is so exciting I love it!!!!!! #YOLO #BEST_TEACHEREVER #SWAG

06/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENGL 1B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

During my semester he failed half the class and the other half passed with grades lower than a B. There were no A's. No matter how good you try on your essays, you will only get a C or lower. I was one of the 3 from my ENGL 1A to get an A from my class but when I got to his class for 1B, I didn't stand a chance for getting even a C+.

12/24/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Eng1B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE HIS CLASS. Prof Wilson is an extremely hard grader and he told the class at the beginning that everyone averages C. I am an A and a few Bs student and cant believe that all my papers written were of C quality. He canceled a few classes and had us write timed essays remotely. He is not clear on his grading. Dont think I learned anything!

12/22/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL100W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I did enjoyed the poems, literature selected and the in-class discussions. However, he does grade harshly and comments are often illegible. There's little communication outside of class time, getting answers to e-mails is unpredictable. If you are organized and self-sufficient to find answers elsewhere, you'll do o.k., just don't expect an A.

11/28/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Engl1b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

SOOO BORING. Rambles and rambles til the class is over. Grades way too hard. Nobody in the class has gotten higher than a C on a paper. Unfair grading. Rude and insulting on his results of an essay. I do NOT recommend.

07/01/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Engl153b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He's a sweet guy who is always up for a good discussion. He knows a lot about the books he teaches, and almost always has stories about each of them. If you get to, you should take his class!

06/13/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Eng153b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I enjoyed this class. It was a ton of reading and the class lectures were some-what dry, but he has a good sense of humor and is an easy grader. If you don't mind a lot of reading and want to maintain your GPA I would recommend him.

04/30/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL7 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is constantly bickering with students who question his assignments. He stops class whenever there is a disruption (which is frequent) and spends 20-30 minutes arguing instead of teaching. He seems uninterested in teaching, bored and tired all of the time. His grading is questionable at best and his comments on papers or tests are rarely helpful.

01/12/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENGL100W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Pretty difficult if you don't read or pay attention in class. However, his personal stories are just top-notch and will send you off laughing. Otherwise, pretty bland and boring material to read...his interjections make them bearable.

06/02/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL154 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Wilson is very knowledgeable about the British and Irish novels and he gives a lot of good notes. He would tell funny stories to try to keep the energy going. The class itself was very boring and long. He assigned way too many books assigned. There were 2 papers, a midterm, and final.

06/02/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL154 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Knowledgeable & articulate, but appears tired & unmotivated. Seems to not want to be there. Still, had some great insights into the novels we read. Also funny and had some great stories. Needs to add variety to lectures w/discussion groups, etc. Assigned 10 novels ? too many for a semester, also too many obscure novels, nudging out some classics

01/18/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Eng1B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Eng. 1B is not Dr. Wilson's favorite class. He shows up but not much more. Shame since writing is primal need at college level. Was unreachable in initial weeks. Fact that his SJSU ph. # was incorrect wasn't important to him. In a word, indifferent. Essay commentary is minimal. Lets class out after 2/3 elapsed time. His T.A. needed experience.

11/02/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Engl154 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy. Funny but he's a little harsh when he grade papers. He expects you to show your best writing.

08/06/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL144 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

good lecturer, and often funny, but does not engage class much, pretty much pure lecture all the time (could have broken up with discussion groups), fairly easy grader, not a lot of comments on papers, no hand holding or babysitting, did a very good job with Shakespeare

05/15/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Engl125A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Wilson is self-effacing, low-key, and a bit shy, so he doesn?t readily connect with students. But if you look behind that, you?ll find an extremely intelligent, knowledgeable and witty guy, a fair grader, and a born performer. I?m a graduating senior and sorry I didn?t find out about him sooner. I?d take any class he was teaching.

01/14/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Engl193 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 have taken Professor Wilson for several classes. He usually has two essays: one descriptive and one comparison. There is a lot of reading. He can almost always be reached through email. He knows a lot about literature. Read the books, put some thought into the essays and you will get a good grade.

12/29/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's funny and knows about everything when it comes to these dead Victorian writers, but his lectures tend to drag on. The grade was based solely on two tests and two papers. He never wrote anything on my midterm or short paper on why he gave me Cs on them. I am a solid B to A essay writer. He was easy to get ahold of through email.

12/17/2007
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Grading comes solely from tests and papers. Hard to get an A, but easy to at least pass with a C. Personable guy, interesting and sometimes funny lecturer.

11/07/2007
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
eng1b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The last two comments were obviously made from the same student who is probably just disgruntled at a bad grade.

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