Average 4.79 based on 51 professor ratings
Paul Harkison is a History professor at University Of Toronto Victoria University located in Toronto, Ontario. When comparing Paul Harkison's ratings to other professors in the province of Ontario, Paul Harkison's ratings are above the average of 4.17 stars. Additionally, the average professor rating at University Of Toronto Victoria University is 4.07 stars.
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It would be helpful if we used more primary source documents in classes

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Dr. Harkison is such a good teacher. I've had him multiple times and every time I am wowed by his knowledge and how well he interacts with the class. Many people say he is a hard marker, but if you put in the effort he will mark you fairly, without putting in any personal biases. His jokes are the best!

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Dr. Harkison is an absolutely incredible teacher. He is very knowledgeable and can lead a class long discussion off of memory alone. He will be able to answer any of your questions and has some great puns. His assessment of students is more about their application and understanding of the course material rather than memorization. History was a very engaging and fun course this year with him as teacher. He is a hard marker but he will make sure he does all he can to help you succeed.

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His puns are actually the best and his jokes are out of this world; absolutely love his sense of humour, and he is always so open-minded. However, he can be quite a hard marker. I know a couple people weren't very happy about the marks he gave out on report cards for f2 history. His tests were really easy; multiple choice! And his explanations are done in a way tha tyou'll understand and start laughing in the middle.

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Dr. Harkison is amazing. He is very knowledgeable, and he's very down-to-earth. I like him for being more of a friend than any other teacher in my years at UTS so far. His jokes may not be that great (we tried to get the best "Marx" in our study of communism), but he himself is a very fun guy. We don't really learn by studying our textbooks. We do many classroom discussions, which more often than not veer off topic, which are the best.

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Dr.Harkison loves making jokes [and puns] and will try to make anything funny. To be honest, at points I was confused whether he was serious or making another joke. It takes effort to get a good grade in his course but is doable. Make sure to go over the rubric thoroughly and also with the instructions [he nearly failed someone in my grade because they forgot to put all the info on separate pages]. He is very fair though, if you work hard and put in the effort regardless of how much he likes you (or not) he'll give you a mark reflecting that.

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Dr.Harkison made me fall in love with history the first day of F1. I once cheated on his test and still feel guilty about it. Whenever he comes into the classroom, it's like a ray of sunshine has poured in!

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Dr. Harkison is always helpful and understanding even when you make mistakes. Although it does take a fair amount of effort to get a good mark in his course, I believe he is very just in his marking scheme. He is also very clear with instructions.
Dr. Harkison always cracks jokes (especially ones with puns!) to loosen up the classroom and keep history interesting. Even though he teaches some of the most boring battles in Canadian history, somehow he can always keep the mood light.

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He is amazing. he makes history more fun than it already is. plus his jokes are absolutely hilarious, even though they are like teacher jokes.

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Large gap between good and bad marks; incisive and consise; knows the stuff; always takes up notes and homework

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Dr. Harkison is one of the best teachers at U.T.S., he is laid back and friendly, and makes history really fun/ Go Dr. Harkie!

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He talks to much. He spent 15 minutes on what kind of food he like for a project in january, but he jokes a lot. He talks so fast and finished everything quickly, but then wastes the time on talking.

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Only tough if you don't follow his guidelines. Follow his rubrics + grading schemes + be THOROUGH and you'll do fine. One of the only teachers to SPEND LOTS OF TIME on each paper. Gives GREATfeedback.

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pretty good. Very funny, although jokes sometimes get repetitive. Have to be on his good side or you will definately get burned and ignored. VERY EASY GOING. sometimes will take half the class talking

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OMG HARKIE IS THE BEST!!!!!! I have never had history before F1...he makes it so cool...i get A+s on all of my tests. HE JOKES IN CLASS!!! HE IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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he is the best teacher ever! he jokes around during class! he is the best!!!

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The BEst tacher Ever!!!

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Real nice, and makes you know when you've gone too far in a nice way! Weird jokes though lol

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Harkison is a great teacher. Just make sure you're a good student. If you're bad he doesn't favor you.

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makes history class fun!!

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i hated history before...but Dr. Harkie makes it an enjoyable subject

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A legend.

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Very, very funny. Also, very, very smart. Oh forget it, he's just too good.

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Dr. Harki is so cool!!!!!

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Funny, clear, what else could you want?

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totally awesome and funny teacher! way to go! =D

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YAY!!!! Dr. H. kicks some serious but. great moments in history, from sharp ponty sticks to making fun of americans.

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Finally repayed all the chips he owed us...

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yayyy we love dr harkie :)

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I hated history before being taught by Harky the Sharky. I had him in F1 and am lucky to have him again in M3. He is smart, funny and an amazing teacher!!!

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its amazing how he could probably talk for hours and happily continue.

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Best Teacher I have Ever Had... Makes hillarious jokes (especially making fun of Americans)

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harkison favours people waaaay too much.

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dr. harkison is a hilarious and wonderful teacher. his classes prepared me SO well for university social science classes. yay harky!

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Good teacher and fun class. But why does he have to say "lookit" so much?

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Lookit - Harkison was the best.

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COOL LIKE SCHOOL

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aaahh.. he's GREAT! You don't *understand* history until you have him. Really knows his stuff. Hilarious. Jokes back and forth with the class. So cool.

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Hurry up and come back!!!!!!!

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Harkison was a great teacher...he gave great assignments, and he actually knew what he was teaching, unlike some others...

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mad respect to the hark-dog

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i miss him SO MUCH

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GREAT teacher. excellent, wonderful knowledge of history. judicious with marks.

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HARKISON KICKS BUTT!!!! COME BACK TO TEACH ME MORE!!!!!

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dr harkison is so cool!

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GO HARKY!

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hilarious and fun. i miss him as a teacher.

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