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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
C+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.3
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
130 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
10/27/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Engl 399 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not 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
"Gives good feedback" "Amazing lectures" "There for you"

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

10/13/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
eng 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Best professor ever. A+

10/13/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best Prof. ever. A+

09/13/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

You need to make sure you go to all classes and have your book read. The quizes he has will be based on small details from the book he assigns that week. If you do well on the quizes and engage in the discussion in class- as well as follow his ideas and way of writing, you will do well in this class. Interesting class, just get on his good side.

07/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENGL231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I've taken two of his classes. He definitely improved his teaching skills and has become a more fair marker. Despite what people have said about him, he's a great prof who actually cares about how well you do.

07/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
engl 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Easiest english prof by far.

07/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENGL 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's a really chill guy. All you really need to do is attend class. Easy A and definitely a GPA booster.

07/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENGL 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

SO easy. Take his class.

04/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best prof ever

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