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John Orr
Professor in the English department
at University of Portland, Portland, OR
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Overall Quality
4.1
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.2
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
2.1
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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22 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
06/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG452 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Orr is always engaging and makes class truly enjoyable every time. He's very knowledgable about what he teaches, and is always willing to help students understand.

04/26/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

John is very smart, friendly, helpful, and energetic, which is a major plus being that the class was at 8:10. As long as you put in the effort you'll be fine. He even meets with us to go over our big paper (10 pp.)-I wish my other profs did this! More discussion over the material could help, but this class and prof greatly improved my writing (:

12/06/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Attendance is mandatory, & he counts sleeping in class as an absence. Wrote three essays (2-3 pgs), one of which could be revised and one major paper (6-8 pgs) which could also be revised. Hard grader, but very helpful both in and out of class. He gives interesting lectures & is very intelligent. Overall an excellent professor.

05/07/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Fun professor to watch in class, but lecture topics had nothing to do with the material, and good attendance is a must (ironic, given the lectures). Don't expect replies to emails or help/understanding with any school problems caused by personal issues. Overall - Entertaining but useless class.

11/01/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGENG Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He makes his students work for their grades, but the payoff is real learning. Plus, his sweet southern accent is a pleasure to hear.

09/02/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG357 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

One of the best.

05/06/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

His class was frustrating because we never really discussed the material- he just lectured about obscure points of what we'd read in the book the night before. You have to work hard for good grades, too. But I liked him, he's a nice guy and he was really, really helpful outside of class. I guess more effort required than other classes.

03/26/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
many Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Challenging, which results in comments like the ones below, but amazingly helpful, knowledgeable, witty, and interesting. Lectures/seminars were insightful. He is not biased and is open to various intellectual discussions both in class and out.

03/21/2006
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG 212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He doesn't want you to say anything if you don't agree with him. If you can't read his mind you aren't going to score well on his papers.

01/16/2006
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Eng 212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very frustrating prof. If your willing to agree with everything he says, and not have your own ideas, you'll be fine. otherwise he'll mark you down. Do really well on the first paper because all your grades following that will be in that range. He's ok when it comes to lectures, a lot of energy to keep you awake but overall i wouldn't take him

11/17/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG 212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He catches your attention and gets you rolling. Very entertaining.

06/22/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
many 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 kind of professor who entices others to become professors themselves. I never missed one day of his classes for fear that some integral piece of information pass me by. The best professor at the University hands down. The man knows more stuff about more stuff... he even offered help on my thesis project when he WASN'T my thesis advisor.

05/18/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Am Modernism Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Smartest, funniest, most caring, most challenging teacher at UP, and best advisor to boot. He doesn't give away those As; you have to earn them. American Women Writers is great, 19th century US is great, American Modernism(s) is staggeringly amazing but not for the faint of heart. I worship him like a god.

12/23/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG 370 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Orr is the cream of the crop in the English department. He's an entertaining lecturer, a challenging grader and constantly works to engage the class in discussion of the material. You don't want to miss a single lecture and find yourself enjoying the paper writing. Every student should take him.

12/04/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG 212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Orr is a great guy! He has lots of energy so it's hard to stop paying attention. He also is very fidgety, and tries his best to keep the class interesting. His lectures are pretty clear and he is very willing to help you out. Great professor.

11/19/2004
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG 212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Its a tough but fair class, you really have to write a draft and revise it before you turn in an essay if you want a good grade. A good english teacher for someone in a science major, very accessable. Just try not to get it in the morning.

11/10/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Many Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I'll agree with the first rating, he's a wonderful prof. and a great guy. Very easy going and funny, but also challenging. He really helps his students learn, not just get through the class.

10/29/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
AWW Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This professor is a great teacher. He helps you when needed. You only have response papers throughout the semester and he grades you on the quality and content of your thoughts. 2 big papers and one essay final. Very easy and I enjoyed his humor throughout the class. I'd recomend him any day.

06/15/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG 371 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Very willing to help students; may not always make sense the first time, but will explain until you understand; will even go to the library with you to help with research

03/28/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
eng 212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

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