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Theo Finigan
Professor in the English department
at University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
are you Theo Finigan?
Overall Quality
4.5
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.7
Clarity
4.3
Easiness
3.5
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08/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hands down one of the best, if not the best, professor I've ever had. Intelligent, friendly, approachable, funny and remarkable at his job. For the summer course I had 2 essays and a film response plus a final paper. Fair marker. If you have to take English HE IS THE ONE.

07/26/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

One of the best profs I've ever had. He is a gifted teacher who really engages the class and makes the content super interesting. If you have to take English this is the guy you want.

04/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL 124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A-

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!

01/27/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Eng 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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!

01/27/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
English 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

01/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Eng 123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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

01/03/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Engl 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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?

12/31/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

12/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Engl 126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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

12/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

11/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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!

11/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
engl122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

11/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
English 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

11/08/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL 124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

08/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Eng 124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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

06/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL 124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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 :)

05/23/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENGL 122 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 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.

05/16/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Engl 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

05/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGL 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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!

03/05/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENGL124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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!!

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