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Nancy Cirillo
Professor in the English department
at University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
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Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
C
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.1
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
2.3
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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18 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/18/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
hon 124 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C
"Get ready to read" "Tough Grader" "Participation matters"

Difficult class. She's old and sometimes talks about nonsense. Not very clear on grading or anything else. Freshman level class graded like a graduate class. If you wanna save your gpa, look elsewhere

12/14/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
HON 124 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader"

WORST PROFESSOR EVER! DO NOT AT ANY COST TAKE HER CLASS! This is a clear warning! Literally the worst professor I have ever seen at UIC! Grades your papers at grad level despite the fact that its a freshmen level class. Worst criticizer! Forgets the fact that you sent her papers! Terrible memory and teaching style! Rambs off in class about nonsense

11/24/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HONS 124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you're ready for harsh criticism that leaves you in mid-tears.. make sure you take this class! Be forewarned, she may have full blown discussions that take up the whole hour and 15 mins explaining how many terrible writers exist in her class. Instead of actually trying to help you, she may just drown you in her "critical thinking" pool of death.

11/24/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Hons 124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is awful. She told our class that "college isn't for some of you and maybe some of you should consider dropping out and taking a year off." She also directly told my friend and I that there is nothing wrong with becoming a barista. She doesn't help at all and is so old and forgetful. Don't expect to get an A unless you are a professional writer

01/14/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HON124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Possibly the BEST teacher I've encountered. She is so passionate about what she teaches. I was concerned when I realized the grades were just based on participation, two papers and a presentation, but if you go to her office hours and ask for help, she'll lead you towards getting an A. She's an amazing woman. Everyone should take a class of hers.

12/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
HON124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Really passionate about subject and will teach you to analyze the heck out of the books.Going to talk with her is really nice and interesting.Usually you have to read a book a week(varies from 200-300pgs,youre lucky if only 100pg or intro) and hard grader on papers but office hours will help along with great feedback.Only hw is reading and 2 papers

12/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
HON124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Cirillo is a fantastic educator. Her passion on the subjects she teachers (Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Australian Founding, etc) is very clear as she is extremely enthusiastic in her lectures. Prepare to work hard in this class and spend many hours on your coursework. Graded homework doesn't exist, but large papers do!

09/25/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Eng242 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Coolest prof I've ever had... a true intellectual who a lot of us students loved having discussions with. Rate her A+ (Class of '73)

12/16/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HON124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is a good professor and passionate about what she teaches, which is great. But, she is a very hard grader and has her own system of grading. Going in for office hours will help but will not guarantee an A...

10/15/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HON124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very helpful, and genuinely cares for students. Sadly, most student don't care enough to listen to what she says. Show interest and see her during office hours and I think u get an A! (at least im hoping for one).But i honestly learned a lot in her class; just pay attention!

05/17/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hon124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

How to get an A in her class: 1. Agree with everything she says. Any ideas conflicting with her own will automatically ruin your chances of an A, or 2. become some sort of specialist. Be the religious person or the economist. Be the Greek or Biblical allusion person. Remember, anything else and you will not have any chance of getting the A.

05/01/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG 242 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She was an adequate professor. Her enthusiasm about the material made lectures okay, but I felt she was a hard grader and not very approachable.

05/01/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
English 242 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She's a great teacher outside of class. In class she can be a little boring, but give her a chance and she'll teach you about things you never new existed. Very worthwhile to see her on a one on one basis.

04/11/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL 242 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is a great teacher and really helps to teach you to think critically. Although the lectures were sometimes boring, I always learned alot.

10/19/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
English 242 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This woman is absolutely amazing! You will learn A LOT!

09/07/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
English Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She's such a wonderful woman, even if you don't have class with her, she's an incredible mentor and advisor.

03/29/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Engl 242 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

The class is difficult, but completely worth it if you pay attention and meet with her to discuss problems. One of the best profs at UIC. You can definitely get an A if you work at it.

11/16/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL 242 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Not the easiest professor, but one that you will learn the most from.

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