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Dibakar Barua
Professor in the English department
at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA
Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
3.2
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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60 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
11/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
English G281 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Gives good feedback" "Participation matters" "Inspirational"

This is my second semester taking a creating writing course with Dr. Barua. He always leaves helpful feedback on anything I turn in. He is a very soft-spoken person and delivers criticism gently. He will encourage you to write and turn in more than the minimum if you would like feedback on your writing.

11/19/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Gives good feedback" "Would take again"

I took him last semester and honestly if you just participate and show up to class you are good to go! He is a nice guy and good teacher. I recommend you take him!

09/19/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Eng 110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Class lectures are pretty boring. He is a tough grader but if you speak to him outside of class he will really help. I went to his office hours and let me redo a few essays and gave me some extra credit. As long as you speak with him he will help you. He's a bit intimidating at first but participate in class and he will be your best friend

06/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
eng 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great class!Accent was scary at first,but Dr.Barua made it interesting and was a motivating teacher.Already a capable writer,he pushed me to excel passed my comfort area. The topics were enlightened and he kept it social, fun, and light. If you put effort into your essays and participate in class(even if you answer wrong)he will appreciate it.

02/23/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wonderful teacher. Very knowlegeable. Fair grader. attendance and participation are very important. Essays mostly 1000 words length, except the final research paper, usually about any Shakespeare's play in 1500 words length. Higly recommended!!

12/18/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENG100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr Barua speaks very slowly and at times it felt like the class drags on. But he's brilliant so it was a worthwhile class. We wrote 5 essays at home, there were 2 in class and 1 research paper. A couple of quizzes. Nothing too challenging.

11/01/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
English G110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is my second semester taking an English class with Dr. Barua as the instructor. I find the lectures stimulating, topics interesting, and I receive helpful feedback on my essays. I don't know if you would could consider the class "easy" but I would recommend it to any student serious about writing.

10/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
g110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

He is a fair professor; I have had him twice and I have learned that he feeds off the energy of the class. He knows his stuff and is very helpful if you seek his help with something. Great class.

05/19/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
shakespeare Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy. Lectures and discussions are fun and entertaining. He really is lax on the work, you can turn it in super late and he's ok with it long as you ask nicely. Also is willing to offer loads of extra credit if you're failing.

05/17/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
English G100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The class is structured in a simple way, grade is based on take home essays, a couple in class essays, a research paper, peer editing groups, and a couple quizzes. He also counts participation as a large part of your grade. If you miss more than three classes he will drop you. As an instructor he is decent. I would recommend.

01/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's nice and answers questions. Get to know him and show him you care about the class and he'll help you. Agrees to read and edit your papers if you ask. Simple monotonous class. Not hard to get A, just don't BS your essays

12/22/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Eng100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Grades based on his imagination, loses his train of thought constantly, and is quite grouchy most days. Class is "easy" but you do a lot of useless bs readings and pointless busy work. wouldnt recommend

10/19/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENGL112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Humble, soft-spoken, nice, and provides clear, great lectures! There are 4 essays (3 pages each), 8 reading quizzes, midterm, and final. The class is slow-paced and chill, definitely interesting and enjoyable! He grades quite easy!

08/15/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Had him over summer. 6 week course was very intense. You have an essay due every week, and you also have a reading due every class. 4 out of class essays 1000 words each, one research paper 1500 words, and 2 in class essays. Overall material was easy to understand, he is kinda confusing.

07/19/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Eng100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I'm currently taking him for summer, and there is a lot of work within 6 weeks. There is an essay due every week, and assigned reading every day. Overall, I found the class was pretty interesting and enjoyable. Highly recommended!(:

05/10/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Eng112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very dreamy and hot! Great lectures!

04/25/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Engl110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's great, has compassion truly cares about the students,he love to teach and you'll in turn love the subject because of that. He creates a very friendly, safe, encouraging environment to learn. He's very helpful and knowledgeable I have two classes with him and regret that I couldn't take more because I'm transferring soon.

03/20/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENGLG110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Had him for Critical Thinking in the fall of 2011. He's brilliant! His lectures are highly comprehensive and he makes sense of what he's teaching you. Go to class, it's the key to passing the class. Don't skip any readings; you discuss them during the next lecture. Take him, he's the only knowledgeable one in the ENGLISH department on campus.

08/23/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Took his summer freshmen comp class, I gotta say it was pretty intense for a 6 weeks class. We had an essay every week and have some readings for homework. Overall is it not that bad if you keep up with the work. Dr. Barua is an intelligent professor and you can learn a lot from him. PS. he always let us out early!

01/11/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Use of textbooks is key to passing, so be sure to complete readings as scheduled on the syllabus, don't wait until the last minute. It's frustrating not being able to express your own opinion, you pretty much get his interpretations only. Overall a good class, I enjoyed it with lots of laughs.

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