Theo Finigan at University of Alberta

Theo Finigan

  • 4.5Overall Quality
  • 4.7Helpfulness
  • 4.3Clarity
  • 3.5Easiness

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Date
Class
Rating
Comment
4/20/14

ENGL 124

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedA-

Great course, great prof. We looked at really diverse texts, had two novels (World War Z, Beloved). The class average was pretty low (C+) Pretty tough marker, but fair. There was only 2 essays (and 2 peer reviews), make sure you do the readings (about 2 stories a week). Definitely go to his office hours for essay help!

1/27/14

Eng 122

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Awesome prof, he explains very clearly and encourages students to learn more and do better. Assigns interesting readings, which can be a bit hard to understand, but Finigan is always there to help. I usually do not like english very much, but this prof made it very interesting!

1/27/14

English 122

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Interest prof, gets the class engaged and has a natural ability to run an English class. I actually enjoyed going to this class, which is saying a lot as I'm a science student. He marks very fairly (almost easily) at the beginning, but he's rough on your final assignment. Only has a few assignments in class to assign marks.

1/6/14

Eng 123

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Though the subject for the course is interesting, be careful, in my experience he tells one thing and does another. For example, he gave advices in your writing but then he grades you paper like he's feedbacks were terrible and misleading. Be careful when other commenters say" the best/fav in uni" for the fact that most only took one eng course

1/3/14

Engl 122

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

He seemed great from these ratings, but I really didnt like his class. I never fully grasped what he was looking for in the writing, even after having multiple meeting for clarification, my mark suffered a lot because of it. I also made sure to participate every class, but recieved a poor participation mark. Guess he didn't like what I had to say?

12/31/13

ENGL 122

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Super approachable, nice guy & willing to answer questions. 2 essays, couple mini responses & final. However I could not for the life of me seem to write what he wanted even after talking to him & trying to improve my writing/ideas/etc which was frustrating. Your mark stays constant throughout term, seemed to be hard to raise. Fair-hard marker.

12/19/13

Engl 126

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

GREAT PROF! Theo knows his stuff, extremely helpful and linguistically sound. Enjoyed attending his class….would recommend taking his classes!

12/17/13

ENGL 122

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Seriously the best teacher ever. Looks like a lumberjack and teaches like a rockstar. I love his classes and the way he conducts himself is very professional. We would discuss every single text very throughly and he always set out expectations clearly. Even step by step lessons on how to write a research essay if you needed it. Super helpful.

11/27/13

ENG122

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is probably one of the best english teachers i've ever had. I really do not like english at all but I found his class actually bearable, he is great when it comes to class discussions and is very accepting to all ideas. Definitely recommend!

11/24/13

engl122

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

A helpful and encouraging instructor. Loved being in his class! Definitely a tough marker, but he is fair, rewards creativity, and gives good feedback for improvement.

11/19/13

English 122

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Amazing prof. Very understanding and has no problem extending due dates. He is helpful in his feedback, however is a bit of a tough marker. By far my favourite prof at U of A thus far.

11/8/13

ENGL 124

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

There is no reason why you shouldn't sign up right now for a class under Dr. Finigan. He is a fair marker. He doesn't focus on the small/technical details in one's work and rewards creativity. He is a master during discussions. Theo engages everyone's ideas and encourages no-fault, active participation. It was an honour being taught by Dr. Finigan.

8/20/13

Eng 124

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

One of the best teachers in university. Some stories are a bit difficult, but they are very interesting and it does not matter, because Finigan will be eager to help you if you dont understand! He is very clear about what he wants to see in your work. 2essays, a midterm (no essay!) and a final. Highly recomended. Best english course to take

6/28/13

ENGL 124

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Finigan is an extraordinary professor, I recommend him to any students taking English, regardless of skill level. His class discussions are focused and interactive; attend these, actively participate and you will have no trouble scoring well in his course. He's a very approachable man and a great teacher; you'll love English afterwards :)

5/23/13

ENGL 122

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is an awesome prof but this course is not a GPA booster at all! Class averages were low and workload was tough. He expects a lot from his students! Maybe he has got tougher recently--I got 95% on my English 30-1 diploma and a 6 in IB English but only a B with Finigan. Take his class if you want to learn, not for a good grade.

5/16/13

Engl 122

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you go to him for help he'll do everything he can for you and gives good feedback on your writing. Lots of discussions and readings for this class. I found it hard to get high grades and he doesn't give out participation marks generously; don't expect this class to be a gpa booster. I really like Dr. Finigan as a person though.

5/2/13

ENGL 122

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Probably the best prof I had all year. He brings students into the discussions and makes it an interesting class. Definitely a fair marker and explains where your mistakes were so that you can improve. Loved this prof!

3/5/13

ENGL124

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Best professor ever!!!!!I got an A+ for the midterm which is super easy! As a Chinese student I got an A- for the first essay and I think is not bad by far, highly recommended! If u have the chance ,take this pro and u will never regret!!

1/27/13

ENGL122

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I'm a person who hates English with a passion, but I looked forward to this class every day. Professor Finigan is an awesome human being. He encouraged individual thinking, and wants to learn. His lecture are very entertaining. Very fair marker on essays too and he gives some nice feedback on essays. Very accommodating prof. HIGHLY recommended.

12/11/12

ENGL122

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Fantastic! Keeps class interesting, although I wasn't the hugest fan of his choice of texts. Very helpful, and genuinely wants students to learn. Marks fairly, but really encourages you to develop your own ideas. Expectations are very reasonable. Must keep up with readings throughout the term, but there was only two essays. Highly recommended.

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