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Tom Costello
Professor in the Communication department
at University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign–Urbana, IL
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Overall Quality
4.8
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.8
Clarity
4.7
Easiness
4.3
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05/09/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CMN 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Tom Costello..Where to Start. He got a little bit of an attitude with me the first day of class, all because I don't like classical music. He is kinda arrogant, but I can see he's trying to better himself. He has a thing for putting people on the spot, he would be great in corporate America :p He needs to stop the self entitlement, but an easy A

10/21/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
CMN211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

It's Costello's way or the highway. Not a bad guy, but thinks he knows EVERYTHING when he really doesn't even that much experience. Not a bad teacher by any means if you don't mind really egotistical instructors that. Also, he is a REALLY easy grader, but sometimes it seems like he barely even reads your assignments.

05/31/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
CMN211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Easy teacher but sometimes he lets his opinions get in the way too much. Sometimes you will think he is a little crazy.

09/29/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CMN211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Amazing teacher. Really cares for his students. Is honest and blunt but he has good motives. :)

05/20/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CMN101 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

Most enjoyable class I had. Never a day without laughter and even shyer people can open up a bit. Participate a bit every day you'll be fine, though expect some zingers hitting you daily. Harmless fun and with bonus materials about everything, especially sports. Grades are easier if you have public speaking skills but tense people still receive fai

12/26/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CMN211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Loved this class! I also had him for CMN 101 and he is honestly a fantastic teacher. You WILL know how to speak in public/interview by the time you leave this class! 6ish speeches, two tests and one take-home is required. I totally recommend ths class!!

12/11/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CMN101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Greatest professor that I will probably ever have. He relates to the class and makes every second enjoyable. I definitely wasn't the greatest at public speaking before taking this class, but now I am confident in my abilities. There will NEVER be a dull moment

10/23/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CMN101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Costello is the greatest professor I've ever had and probably ever will have. He teaches the Discovery Course which is highly recommended. He does a fantastic job of keeping students interested. In the words of Tom Costello "I am very good at what I do"

04/05/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CMN101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Loved it. He teaches you things that can actually help you in the real world. He's funny and easy to get along with, too. Take this class with him.

12/21/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
spcm101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took a Discovery Course with this guy and it was by far the best class I've had yet. The class was not very demanding, yet I learned a ton.

11/12/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SPCM101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

the best teacher i have ever had at this university. had him for a discovery section freshman year (Fall 05). extremely personable, take his class if you ever have the chance, he is very funny and will often get off topic. since you only give a few speeches, he basically makes jokes for the classes that people aren't presenting. awesome guy

11/08/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
SPCM101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great guy. His class teaches you so much but there is never a dull moment.

01/12/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
spcm101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

awesome

01/06/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
spcm101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I definitely recommend this teacher. He's extremely funny and the class is very lax. It's the only class I had where I knew every student's name. I guarantee that it will be different than all the other spcm 101 classes.

11/13/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
spch101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great teacher

01/18/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Speech Com. 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

One of the best teachers i ever had

10/07/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
SPCOMM Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I was a student in Tom's class over 10 years ago. Not only was he the coolest teacher I ever had, I STILL use the skills and tips he taught me in my career today. Take him! You will be thrilled you did.

07/17/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SpCom101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Costello is the coolest teacher alive, he'll tell you about stories from his life that are hilarious and doesn't stress using the book, take him now and don't forget to bring some pretzels if ur late to class

05/13/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SpCom101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

TOM COSTELLO is a BADASS, coolest teacher ive had. Take him!

04/07/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SPCM 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a very funny guy. He likes to joke around, and doesn't go by the book like other speech comm professors. Very down to earth and natural... Good guy!!

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