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Christian William Olbey
Professor in the English department
at University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
are you Christian William Olbey?
Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
2.2
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
138 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
02/09/2015
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG 201 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: F
"Tough Grader" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Pop quiz master"

Alright prof but very hard tests!!

01/31/2015
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Engl 201 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read" "Tough Grader"

Hardest marker ever. He doesn't even give good feedback. Also very rude. Avoid him if you can!!

01/13/2015
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL 201 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Get ready to read" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Guide to a good grade: read all the books in time for the 2 week quizzes. Spark notes won't help. Speak up in his class; contribute ideas you think he'd agree with. Go to him during office hours and share ideas about your upcoming paper. Take note of different ideas he discusses during lectures. If you use them in the final exam, you're golden.

01/09/2015
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
201 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader"

DO NOT TAKE HIS CLASS FOR ENGL 201.. I recommend different prof. We had to read 6 different books by every one or two weeks.

12/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL 399 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Get ready to read" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader"

Expect random marks taken off on tests without explanation. He formed our group for a project, but when we went to ask if we could have a group evaluation, he refused because he thought we would pick on one person. So this guy basically got a free grade for doing absolutely nothing. Running out of time (50 min) isn't a fair reason to lose marks.

12/04/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Engl 399 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Get ready to read" "Would take again" "Tests are tough"

Cool guy, expects a lot but good grades are available you just have to work for them.

11/28/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL201 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B+
"Get ready to read" "Tough Grader" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Very tough marker, but a very good prof. Actually cares about his students.

11/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL201 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B+
"Tough Grader" "Participation matters" "Gives good feedback"

Professor Olbey is a fair instructor. Classes can be a little bit boring but if you use examples from your class notes in your essays it doesn't go unnoticed. Participating in class and just showing up goes a long way with him. The quizzes add up so be sure to stay on top of your reading.

10/27/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Engl 399 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader"

Worst teacher I have ever had. Rude. Workload is over the top. DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS!!

09/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG201 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"There for you" "Gives good feedback" "Amazing lectures"

Great Prof, one of my favourites to date. He really engages his classes well through his lectures. Cares about his students, and is very approachable. He is a difficult marker, but if you take notes on his lectures, he sets you up to succeed if you're willing to put in the work And show up to lectures.

09/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL 200 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

Amazing professor, lectures were a combination of stimulating class discussions and Olbey briefly explaining context of each book we read. Always available regarding his office hours. Work hard and you can earn a good mark, however be warned he is a tough marker!

08/20/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Engl 201 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A-

Nice prof, and interesting class. Brutal marker though.

08/13/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENGL 399 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely awful. Repeat what he says in lecture back in your essay and you'll be fine. He loves to hear himself talk.

05/27/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Eng 201 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Hard Marker and Critical Prof. Do not take this class to boost your GPA

05/12/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL 201 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Extremely hard marker. Bottom line - if you value your GPA, do not take English with Professor Olbey.

05/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL 201 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Professor Olbey is an amazing, insightful and intelligent professor! He marks essays very hard but really cares and pushes you to be your absolute best! There are times where you'll want to quit but never give up! He is pretty clear with expectations, go to class and even if you don't get the grade, you'll learn a lot about the world and life.

01/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL 201 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor. However, you need to really pay attention in class and extend those ideas by talking to him during office hours to really succeed. He appreciates the student-teacher interaction, so be sure to engage in class discussions with ideas and comments that resonates with his own.

01/03/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
English 201 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Olbey is a very straightforward professor. Lectures can seem to drag on but if you keep up with the reading and take notes in class, you will be fine. Essays are marked fairly hard but the final is easy. If you put in any effort at all and obviously don't plagiarize, you will be fine.

01/02/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL 201 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A very intelligent and engaging prof, with really interesting material covered in lecture- however, essays were marked very hard, expectations felt a little too high for a first year engl course. However, prof was approachable and gave helpful feedback - but definitely not a GPA booster by any means.

12/16/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGL 201 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Extremely difficult marker. I always loved English until having him as a teacher. I worked very hard all semester, yet my grades did not reflect this. I do not agree with his marking system, not out of spite, but due to the extremely high expectations. Would not recommend unless you have a strong passion and dedication for English

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