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Tim Libretti
Professor in the English department
at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
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Overall Quality
3.2
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Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
2.3
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04/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Eng218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Libretti is funny, creative and smart, making early American literature come alive. He introduces you to the methodologies of literary criticism, its conventions and research. He expects you to synthesize his classroom lectures with your own take on the texts. Students w/o a sense of humor won't appreciate his style.

03/25/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG 218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Libretti rambles, doesn't cover half the material assigned and still expects you to know his angle. He is a hard grader and you can never understand his comments because they are chicken scratch. I know more about his personal life than I do about the subject matter he is supposed to be teaching.

08/22/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL486 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Libretti is just Libretti. He's excited by new ideas. He does approach things in a rather scattershot way, which actually kind of helped me a lot with trying to understand the possible approaches I can take in the class and overall program. He could stand to be clearer and a little more focused for the sake of other students, but I liked his work.

12/21/2011
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL486 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Libretti tends to ramble. A lot. Talks about his kids, TV, and other non-class related subjects. So often, in fact, I wondered if I'd be tested on it. Assignments weren't explained well even with clarification. Dropped the class for fear of my GPA and don't plan on taking another class with him!

11/20/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
eng200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Libretti is a fantastic professor and really cares about his students. He has high standards and chooses to call on and engage those that are committed to the class and the reading.

01/15/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

For reasons that could not be revealed to me, Libretti is very well known in the Counseling Office and tells students that no one should make excuses for him and his behavior.

11/01/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG345 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Libretti is a great guy and a very committed dept head. As a professor, he's a little inconsistent. He's funny and engaging when he's into a lecture -- long-winded and repetitive when he's not. For 345, summarizing class notes in exams and writing well-organized papers was all I needed for an A. He's really into thought-out, concise writing.

09/21/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
EGL345 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Why do they have this CLOWN as chairman for the English department?! He needs to GO!! He has no time for questions, and if you do have a question he just doesn't want to be bothered. Well, if he would only ease up on those funny cigarettes, maybe he would feel differently! This guys is a total FAKE with an overly FAT HEAD!

11/29/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
EMG435 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Man, this guy strated out and seemed cool...but really, he is a phony. He wants 5 paragraph essays. He says he is for "indp thought" but really, is just wants you to be ultra-liberal, and regurgetate work.

08/10/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
engl228 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. L. is an OK teacher but, I never thought I'd say this, but he plays favorites. After getting a C on my first paper I ran to an English tutor. What did I receive on the rest? C's. She couldn't understand it, for she had helped a young man who wrote the same as me and he got A's. Watch out and don't speak your mind in class.

05/14/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
EN218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This guy is all over the place. His grading is extremely tough and he expects grad school papers in a 200 level class. When he returns student's work, his comments are written so sloppily that they cannot be read. He seems cool at first, but his Big Lebowski act gets old as you realize that this will be your most difficult class.

03/11/2009
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
lit300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I was looking forward to the novels chosen, but felt that the lectures were so all over the place that trying to extrapolate anything of substance from them made taking the class to the end of the semester would have been a huge waste of time.

12/12/2008
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENGL345 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

All English Majors and Graduate Students need to take a theory class with Dr. Libretti. He is the best teacher for theory. He should stick to teaching Theory and African/Enthnic Lit. Run or wait to take this class, 430, or 410 with him. You will be grateful you did when you fly through your exams!

09/02/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Eng345 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I've had him for a few different classes. I started off getting C's but my analytical abilities absolutely in my writing with him, and it has affected my ability to write papers for other, more difficult, professors. Those who complain, are usually the ones that don't analyze within the context of the material.

08/11/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I thought his class was great. As long as you do the reading, go to class, and do the work you will be fine. He does assign a lot of reading, so it is important to keep up on it. He is very intelligent and enthusiastic.

07/05/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG345 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hard ass grader. Wow! You better be thinking what he is thinking or else your destined to get a 'C'. Unless he likes you. Plays favorites. Apparently has a fan club. You'll know halfway into the semester if he likes you. Also helps answer the questions for the people he does like. Will give dumbfounded looks and bust your balls to elaborate if not.

06/02/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
eng430 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

cool professor. drones on a little in lecture.

05/26/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG400 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Since when is having high expectations a bad thing? Don't you want your grade to mean something? If you don't expect to listen and learn, you will not succeed in his classes. A brilliant professor and a fab person. timl truly is the dude. Man.

05/16/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Eng218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Libretti does accept other viewpoints when analyzing literature. I once wrote a paper talking about the homoeroticism of a character in Frost's poem, "Mending Wall." He totally disagreed with me but said "kudos for trying." I got an A on that paper too. Very intelligent and extremely funny. I loved his classes.

02/18/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Engl448h 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

He really knows his stuff.

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