Average 4.01 based on 93 professor ratings
Simon Fanning is an English professor at Dawson College located in Montreal, Quebec. When comparing Simon Fanning's ratings to other professors in the province of Quebec, Simon Fanning's ratings are below the average of 4.16 stars. Additionally, the average professor rating at Dawson College is 4.02 stars.
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if you're willing to work super hard than take his class, he picks on you for no reason and expects a lot from you! i really did not enjoy his class and was not getting very good marks since he is a very hard grader and will not help you with your marks if you're failing he doesn't care one bit. he is funny at times but he's very arrogant. i would NOT recommend this teacher

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If you're willing to work hard, he's one of the best teachers you can get. His class is challenging but so rewarding, and he makes the material fun and interactive. He's funny, extremely smart, and gives great feedback when you go see him in his office. Definitely recommend!

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He's an amazing teacher!! You definitely will not regret it! Just do the readings!!

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He is hands down the best English teacher I've ever had. He is absolutely fantastic at what he does. He's very clear and makes his classes interesting. He also has a wonderful sense of humour! You definitely need to put in the work to excel in his class (as you would with any class you want to do well in). Do the readings!! Definitely pick him if you can! He's amazing!!

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Honestly the best English prof I've ever had. I will admit, his classes require you to read a lot (and his quizzes make sure that you're actually doing the readings), but I've never had a teacher that has been so open to discussion. His classes are fun, engaging, challenging, and he has a great sense of humor. He can poke fun at the material you're doing in class. He lets you form your own opinions on what you are reading instead of telling you what you're supposed to think. TAKE HIS CLASS!

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DO THE READINGS!! Small quizzes at least once a week on readings which are very easy to get 100 or even 110% on if you read them. You can get tons of free marks from these which balances out his somewhat harsh grading on essays. The class could be boring sometimes but attendance is importance because you do small in class assignments almost every class. Overall, I enjoyed the class and would recommend him but there is quite a bit of work involved.

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Had him for "Themes in the Novels of Philip Roth". He's a great teacher with a lot of energy and is very knowledgeable. I found myself wanting to go to each class even though one of them was at 8. However, if you don't do your readings, it's not a good idea to take him as you get a reading quiz every week.

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Fanning is an alright teacher. He gave tests on short stories every class but corrected them fairly. There are of course much easier teachers than him but if you actually work, you can pull off an 80%. I found him funny and smart but sometimes got a little bored from what he taught. In a few words... He makes you work.

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Simon is a hard marker, I came out of high school and felt I was not at all prepared for his class. He is particular about what he wants and he expects a really high amount of students. He thinks 78 is a high average which is not something I'm used to. He's eccentric; he is funny but sometimes it is too much in the morning, my heart can only take so much

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Simon is extremely hard. It is almost impossible to receive a 90%. His quizzes are ridiculous. Do not recommend.

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Very hard teacher with incredibly high expectations. He could be unhelpful if you came to see him in his office; if not up to par, he'd just send you back to think about it some more and disregard the fact that you were really having a hard time which is why you were in his office in the first place. That being said he cares about education and his lectures and readings were interesting.

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I do not recommend this teacher to non-anglophone students. If English is not your first language try other teachers who understand francophone or immigrant people. Also if you're in an engineering program please consider choosing another class because he thinks you're a social science guy/girl who can handle tons of reading/writing stuff.

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Seriously u need to be willing to work in his class, other then that i found his hard and did not like his class. he can be mean if he doesnt like you

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Seriously a great teacher and a really nice person. His class is demanding but he is so knowledgeable and interesting that you get a lot out of his class. Had him for my last cegep english class and we read incredibly engaging material. He has been one of my favourite teachers in my Dawson experience. Glad I had the opportunity to be his student.

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If you want to even do relatively well on quizzes you have to read the texts at least twice which is annoying, especially when he assigns long plays... He is also a very very hard grader, and he's also not the nicest person which doesn't help much.

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Listen up, the truth is you have to be willing to put in the work to do well in this class. How I suceeded was by reading and re-reading the assigned texts 1 -2 times, putting your all into the writing assignments (in class, show up and get an easy 100%), watch the videos he recommends and go see him during office hours. I admit essays are quite tricky, but he explains very clearly what he wants with several good, not so good examples and live improvements. Go for the bonus marks and really try!

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I had Simon for ICE and our class had a lot of uncontrollable fits of laughter. He's got a great sense of humor. Simon is really passionate about the literature he teaches and he has high expectations for his students. He made us buy a ridiculous amount of books and there is a lot of reading to do before every class. Overall, the workload is huge and he is a hard grader when it comes to essays (he's always looking for something wrong in students' writing, it seems).

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I really loved Simon as a person and he's super knowledgable but he gives a ton of work and a ton of readings (which you HAVE to read). I managed to finish with a 77 by doing very little work so he's not completely possible. If you do take him, expect to READ SO MUCH EVERYDAY and pay attention to detail

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Would not recommend. Had him for ICE, he tries hard to make the class harder for you! He gives you really big readings and very very difficult and detailed quizzes on them every single class. He is an extremely hard marker, getting an 80 or above on an essay is nearly impossible. He is insanely strict about using your phone or talking or going to the bathroom, so his class is literally a nightmare. Stay away!!!

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ok hes cheesy in class but extremely hard grader and very demanding when it comes to work. always giving quizzes and i found him very hardd. lots of work

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Took him for 103 english and had the worst experience. It is impossible to get over 85% on an essay but you do get to make it up by doing quizzes and the writing portfolio. If you want a funny teacher, take him but he is a very hard marker. You have to do all the readings and be very good in English to do well

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Simon is a great teacher. He really gets into his role as teacher and likes to interact with the class. He is a little bit of a tough marker, but is completely open for assistance. Genuinely a kind person as well.

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He's a very smart guy who loves what he does and what students have to say. He's funny and his classes are somewhat entertaining. There's always quizzes and you're always analyzing stuff. but he grades so hard! it is very hard to get good grades and you have to do a lot off work to succeed in his class.

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Mr. Fanning is a very funny man and he truly loves what his students bring to the class; however he's a very harsh grader, it's really hard to get more that ~80% in an essay. He truly wants you to be perfect. I usually got 90s in English during my 1st and 2nd semester, but with him it's hard to have more that 85%. He asks a lot of questions about meaningful topics (related to the plays and books we read) but sometimes nobody has an answer and he waits until someone answers. Kind of hard tbh....

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WORST TEACHER EVER!!! If you have the option, DO NOT TAKE HIM!!!

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very smart man but a lot of work to do, very hard grader too and he has his favorite in his class. you must show up to all classes and always a quiz. i would never take him again

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Excellent teacher in my opinion. The essays are quite demanding and you always have to be attentive in class, but you NEVER feel like you're wasting your time. His cours is always dynamic and he is also very funny, if you like satirical humor. He is not an easy teacher, but you do learn a lot about litterature and he will do everything in his possible to help you out and make you pass your essays. I recommend, but don't expect vacations in this class.

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I absolutely loved him! He made me enjoy my 8am english class (which says a LOT). He's absolutely hilarious in my opinion and always keeps you engaged and interested in the material. He's a bit of a hard marker for essays, but his instructions for everything are super clear so if you follow them you will do great! Just do the reading required and you'll pass with flying colours (quizzes are SUPER easy...if you did the reading of course)

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Absolutely best English teacher ever, I highly recommend him! His sense of humour can be mistaken for rudeness but it's really just cynical and had me cracking up every class - I loved attending his class so much! Hilariousss, his way of talking and teaching were very clear and entertaining. He's a strict grader and quite challenging but he's so helpful and I've learned more in a semester with him than in my entire life - take him!!

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A very controversial teacher. He's no BS. I think he's the best English teacher ever exactly for this no BS approach. No he's not strict. Unless you use your phone in class. His class is challenging in the way that it really makes you think, so if you're lazy this isn't the place for you. His courses are mainly about the reading material, which can be difficult but never dull. Other than that his courses are bliss. Only if you really want to think and work.

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Overall good teacher. However, he is extremely demanding. He expects ALOT from his students and will constantly want more. For me it seemed as though no matter how hard I tried I could not get over and 85% on my essays. Lots of reading (and long) lots of essays. Hard marker but enthusiastic teacher which made his class very interesting.

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one of the worst english teachers i've ever had. he thinks he's so above everyone and is just really mean overall. readings are long and essays are hard...

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I'm not the best at writing essays but if you do the given readings each class you can pass well above class average. He's very helpful and encourages visiting him at his office.

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Nice person to talk to. Average teacher. Could be strict.

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Dreaded coming to this class. Too straight to the book - classes will NEVER end early. doesn't take attendance but knows if you're not there so you must go. Didn't enjoy his sense of humor either...not a fun semester.

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horrible teacher. AVOID!!!!! He belittle's you and is very full of himself. Do not take him you will definitely regret it!!

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One of the best professors I have ever had. He will push the boundaries and make you think and question. If you want an experience that is beyond the typical classroom routine and drudgery, take him.

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One of the best professors I have ever had. He will push the boundaries and make you think and question. If you want an experience that is beyond the typical classroom routine and drudgery, take him.

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He doesn't give great examples! Hard marker! Classes are boring! A lot of work! AVOID HIM!

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If you're an average english student don't take his class. He doesn't give great examples and compairs you to shakespear. He's a very hard marker but his classes aren't boring

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Amazing man! Super funny! knowledgeable! enlightening! was a pleasure to be in his class! His reading quizzes in Literary Genres add up to a lot! do the readings, it will differentiate you from the rest at the end! Class was a pleasure to be in !

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Amazing man! Super funny! knowledgeable! enlightening! was a pleasure to be in his class! His reading quizzes in Literary Genres add up to a lot! do the readings, it will differentiate you from the rest at the end! Class was a pleasure to be in !

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avoid! All negetive comments are true. And positive comments- it is either Simon Fanning himself, or...well....not our average human beings, probably a theater student or some one who is deep into reading and enjoy's most boring books too....
AVOID AVOID AVOID.

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AVOID! lot lot lot of work. I struggled with other courses because of him, will squeeze the fun out of life

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Simon will pick on you to read or someimes act infront of the class. He has no feelings or emotions for a student.
he acts out every scene possible in any book that we read. he will belittle you,

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I really did not like him as a teacher. He is a very hard marker and is not understanding towards his students. He also makes you read something for every class and does not give you a break with work

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Tries to be entertaining and theatrical but doesn't let students get too close. Good teacher but not for everybody.

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Angry guy, plays it like he's over the top, not that hilarious. Serious teacher, tho and you do good work in his class.

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awesome teacher! Really fun, hilarious and makes the class really enjoyable! He is also very understanding. Sure he gives a lot of work but you learn a lot from it. love him <3

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verrrrrrry hard marker and very full of himself.

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Really full of himself, gives way too much work, often in a bad mood.

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Weird accent and thinks very highly of himself, not very patient and definitely condecending.

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He's hilarious and makes learning fun. Sure it's a heavy workload but what else can you expect from a novel class. If you do the work and show up fairly regularly, you should have no problem.

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he's personable and everything but boring and there's just too much work.

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Fannings is a cool teacher. Read his books and do the works he asks you to do. He's fair and reasonable once you talk to him in person. Don't take him if the work is too much for you to handle.

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Simon is the best teacher I've ever had! I took him for three semesters in a row and was sad to know I couldn't take him for BXE, I miss Simon and the kooky way he changes accents every 2 sentences :D

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Great teacher,loved him. He tought me loads of really important stuff I still use. He's funny too :) ..If you don't want to work though you better not take him.

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He believes that he is a much better teacher than he actually. Funny, but he is a very unfair marker. When you go to see him he doesn't help you, he laughed about my problems. That sums him up right.

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best english teacher in dawson!

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Wow, that was a lot of work! AVOID if you don't plan to hand in absolutely everything on time.

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If you do the work, you'll do well. Simon is a fair marker and he's hilarious. Really good teacher!

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he`s funny and makes the class interesting. but be prepared to work hard because he makes you hand in something every class (quiz, mini-essay, etc)

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Simon Fanning (BORING, UNINTERESTING, UNFAIRE MARKER)

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great teacher hard marker and hes very funny...improved my writing tremendously

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Best teacher I have ever had in my entire life!He can be intimidating at first,but he is really helpful.His class is always interesting.He loves teaching,he is motivating,inspiring,and very sincere.

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He's tough but motivating BEST ENGLISH TEACHER EVER.Awsome guy, very funny and he teaches very very well

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Coolest teacher, fair grader. Expect a good work for you. Funny, TONS of reading to do. READ the books he assigns you to or else face a bad grade in your future. Decent teacher also.

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Coolest teacher ever. I recommend him ONLY if you are willing to work REALLY HARD! Otherwise, AVOID! There's tons of reading and writing assignments every week. Definately not an easy marker.

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Not only an incredible teacher but a wonderful person... very insightful, organized, articulate, witty and HILARIOUS! Guaranteed to learn a lot from him about writing + about life.

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he's a nice guy but tends to make you feel bad about yourself if you don't share his point of view and I went from a 95 in english to a 75 with him

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Simon is an organized and straight forward man. Not likely for an English teacher at Dawson. He prepares his students by encouraging them to focus on their writing skills and does not accept lofty, unfounded answers that most teachers would give a seventy. If you want to improve your writing skills and find a teacher who demands more than mediocre ideas, Simon is your man. He has an awesome sense of humor and is helpful and precise about how you can improve your work.

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This is not my favourite teacher of Dawson, this is my favourite teacher of all time. What he teaches you isn't just appliable and useful in the classroom, it's appliable and useful to life.

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He was my favorite teacher my first semester, and I took him for english again this semester. Knows the material, explains it well, LOVE the accent!!

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He's a good teacher but I found him intimidating.

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Nice & funny, but a hard marker. He knows what he is talking about, you can really learn alot from him.

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hes awsome, u learn a lot and love learning it. u have to be willing to do ur work and read.

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Prof. Fanning listens to all students ideas in an appropriate manner, does not act "high on himself" very effective teaching methods

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Simon, Simon, Simon...With his wacky diction and "accent", amazing teacher, dedicated, teaches the only english class that you will ever learn anything in.

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I'm a huge fan of simon. He's great-and so helpful-gives great advice and i just loved the material we did in class-great books and i actually learnt ALOT.

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he is really nice you have to dot the work in order to pass but he will help you a lot. very very kind

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Good guy. Really passionate about his course. Takes it seriously and expects students to also. I agree with the others, tough (but fair) marker.

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a nice man, kind of high on himself. Chooses very interesting books and is at times unfair in his markings.

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he's a dedicated, helpful,hard-marker,

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Nice guy, but has annoying accent and is a hard marker

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Man Simon is the bomb! He acts like he's one of the gang. Recommended

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Great teacher, surprizingly interesting class

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always willing to help when students need help

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unforgettable teacher

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Excellent. Put in right direction for CEGEP level english.

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He is very nice and funny

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