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John Hall
Professor in the Communication department
at Boston University, Boston, MA
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Overall Quality
3.7
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
2.6
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51 Student Ratings
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10/28/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CO201 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Papers? More like novels" "Tests? Not many" "Tough Grader"

WORST professor ever, very tough grader. He looks nice but grades very harsh depending on his own opinion for the students. He tells you to go to the writing center just because he is the director of it. No matter how hard you work on the project, as long as you dont get his taste, all lower than B. If I have a chance, I would never have taken it

12/14/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
FT 360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Hall is a very nice man, but extremely boring. I have dozed off in class several times. He is a journalism professor teaching a film requirement with helpful TAs. This class is ALL about TAs, though. They grade your essays. Hall might look at them, but the TAs have final say. The movies in class are fine, but old. Just another boring class.

11/06/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CO 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Most frustrating professor i've had so far in COM. He'll encourage you to go to the writing center because he runs it and even though he'll give you an extension on assignments just for going there you'll get a B at the most. Did not agree with his grading at all whatsoever. Don't take 201 with him you'll just end up frustrated and annoyed

12/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
COM360 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is such a nice guy! I found the class to be pretty tedious, but very very rarely you stay until 9pm he always lets you out early and there's one screening a week so it doesn't even feel like class. His lectures before class are interesting he gets the class going on debates and just an all round nice guy and knows his stuff! Definitely take him

05/29/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CO201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Hall is an amazing teacher. I read reviews about him before coming to this class, expecting this to be a tedious and tough class, but I was wrong. He was extremely clear with instructions and his lectures were useful. Grading is difficult, but I highly recommend that you go visit him during office hours. Take him for CO 201!

07/05/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CO201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Hall was amazing. I was worried about summer school but taking his CO201 class was the best decision I've made all year. The assignments aren't easy and some people say he's a tough grader, but if you go to the writing center and do the work you can't go wrong. It's also worth mentioning that he is really helpful and has a good sense of humor

04/23/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
FTCRIT Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

John Hall is the best professor that I've encountered in the film department. Creates an environment that is extremely laid back; however, his grading is tough and by no means is he going to let you coast. His grading is very useful and he will really push you to improve yourself as a writer. Has a good sense of humor.I had film crit with him

12/21/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CO201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Hall was a fair, nice and generally helpful instructor. He doesn't grade easy, but he makes it clear what you need to do to do well in the class. I really enjoyed him and the class. Take Hall if you get the chance for COM 201.

12/18/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Hall was an awesome teacher! Take his class for 201.

06/16/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I was hesitant to take Hall based upon these ratings but I'm so glad I did- I really liked his class. He provides outstanding material and resources and his approach to assignments is great compared to what my friends were doing in their COM 201 classes. He's not the most enthusiastic guy but he keeps class interesting and helps your writing a lot.

03/14/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
COM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

he is a terrible teacher; he plays favorites, and his grading is too subjective.

02/08/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Hall clearly knows his stuff and cares about his subject, but he is definitely a tough grader and seems pretty close minded when it comes to diverse writing styles. He's a nice guy, kinda boring, overall an ok class, nothing special.

01/23/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CO201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Pretty good guy, but cares way too much about grammar. Very harsh grader and seems to like only a certain style of writing, his own, and not very open to others ideas. Put forth a lot of work, and extra work, but he is way too critical. Nearly impossible to get an A. Focused too much on journalism.

01/05/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
FT553 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Film Criticism. Prof helps you learn how to write about film. You're encouraged to develop your own style. Papers were "informal," not academic-style. Lots of lively discussions. I LOVED how he brought in famous critics. Manageable workload in reading+writing. Fair grader. Edit your work and good grades are very possible. Prof is approachable and funny.

12/18/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
COM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Hall is really awesome. While he can be kind of monotone in class, everything is very straightforward and he always has examples of articles. If you need help, he encourages you to see him/COM writing center. And if you go the the center, you'll get an extension on your paper. Definitely take him.

12/05/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FilmCRIT 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

I <3 John Hall. He is very passionate about film and very up on current pop culture, etc. And I dig the monotone.

11/26/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CO201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

CO201 with Hall was exactly what was promised in the course description. He teaches you finer points of grammar and style, and if you really listen you improve. His teaching style is straight-forward and if you explain your position on a grade he is very receptive and thoughtful. Great summer class b/c you have more time to write. Great professor!

11/14/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
COM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

John Hall is amazing!! He's a fair grader and makes class interesting. Assignments are fun and you get to rewrite them.

08/03/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COM 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Hall was a great professor. I found his grading fair and he whatever criticisms he made, made me a stronger writer. He was very laid back. If you go to the writing center for help with your assignments you get an automatic 2 day extension. If you want to learn something, take him.

01/18/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Com 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is really nice and the class is alright, but He's a tough grader and sometimes expects more of you than he should. Can be a little boring at times.

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