Tom is a really great teacher. I have taken two of his classes, and his assignments are pretty easy and super straightforward. He will answer all of your question thoroughly, and loves to help out the students. Fair warning though, he is really strict on cellphones in class. So if you're a student who feels the need to check your phone often, I do not recommend you take Tom.
Thomas is a kind soul whose teaching methods might not be properly digested by students who are reluctant to work hard or to challenge the notion that not all writers are born great. He will not give you an easy A+, though once you have earned such a grade in his class, you will be elated! Be timely with your portfolio work, he recognizes effort and engagement with the text. Get your readings done no matter how much of a snooze you may find them, it's worth your while. Highly recommend this guy!
I had Tom as a teacher for a winter intercession course (forms of discource). I don't know why he has such bad reviews, I found him to be very helpful and clear. He can get boring at times but overall, a great teacher and nice guy. If you do everything he says, you will be just fine. I managed to get over 80% on my two exams and essays and finished the class with an 83%. So, it is definitely not impossible to get over 80% on essays, etc. as previously mentioned, just apply yourself!
He's meh, not the worst, but there's better.
Took him for "The Beach", practically no homework, 2 essays at home (you won't get over 75%) and 1 essay in class. You have 2 tests, which are ridiculously easy. Last thing, watch out for his in-class work, because the portfolio counts for a lot. Overall, he is an easy teacher, do as he says and you should be totally fine.
He's really not as bad as these reviews make him out to be. Had him for Creative Writing, yeah he's a little boring and peculiar about certain things but if you put effort you should be fine. He's super chill about extensions/late assignments, and he's nice and helpful if you see him after class. Overall okay teacher.
hes just annoying, hes arrogant and full of himself. his work load is high and fo ran english class hes really strict. AVOID
Had his poem prose and poetry class. He isn't bad as a teacher he is just really passionate and sometimes it gets weird but its ok. I loved reading the Russian book Fathers and Sons. Although he is a hard grader you can talk to him and he is a nice person.
Hes boring. The class is boring. Hes narrow minded. Unplesant. To make it worst hes a hard marker, u will never get over 80% in an essay. His books are boring. Hes awkward. You cant be on ur phone or eat. He thinks his class is the only one u have. Avoid him..
He's the worst english teacher I ever seen. The first week he seem like a nice guy and you think you will do well but it just an ilusion. It's impossible to have more than 80% in an essay. he is just the worst hard-maker I had!!!! Drop it and just don't take him
DONT TAKE HIM!!!! He's boring as **** and extremely awkward. He never has anything to say, plus he's a really hard grader. His class is so boring !
Just don't... I can't say more than that. DO NOT. if you have the choice between him and another teacher, TAKE THE OTHER TEACHER. honestly, anyone who has ever taken his class will tell you that it was NOT a good class and that it's boring and that he really isn't a good teacher.
He is boring and he is very close-minded. I wouldn't recommend him, he marks very low. He misinterprets the books we use, is always extremely disorganized, and just isn't a great teacher.
He's a really boring teacher. I had him for the novel and the books he made us read were really boring, and he gives quite a bit of work along with them. He's a pretty hard marker too. Anyways, don't take him unless you want to be bored all semester.
Great Guy! Had a really amazing Creative Writing Class with him!
AVOID AT ALL COST. I REPEAT. AVOID AT ALL COST.
You do not want to take his class EVER. Class Average was so low, he sneaks quizzes on you, and half his questions are on the most mundane things. If you take his class, enjoy a very long and tiresome semester...and you may not even pass so...
He looks like a nice guy but be aware that he is a real devil when correcting. Getting an 80 in his essays is just impossible. There are 3-4 essays projects to do in his class and that's it....
His classes are just boring as f***!! We were just reading the book again and doing some random things.
Be also aware of his quizzes, such sneaky man
Small penis, thats all I have to say. Jokes! He's alright. Kinda a tough marker but usually slackers say stuff like that. Do the work, dont miss quizes or whatnot and you'll be fine. Speak with him a couple a times a learn his writing style, if you can adapt and write the way he enjoys you'll be well off. Hes a guy with a beard, pretty much says it all. good luck.
Omg I hated his creative writing class, he never had anything to say. He literally would just stand there awkwardly. It was a super boring class.
have a good night sleep before class so you will not fall asleep
He is not an easy teacher. He marks as if he's in the higher english classes. Even the the people that love english in my class didn't like him because he is an unfair marker.
Unfair marker, might take off marks for something he doesn't agree with. In essays he doesn't mark categories, just gives a mark to the whole essay so if student A came up with arguments the teacher agrees with but with very poor grammar, he might easily get a higher mark than student B whose grammar was flawless but wrote something the teacher doesn't agree with. His tests are confusing and even if you read the book the test was on, you might not get the answer. NEVER GIVES NOTES!!
he is a pretty hard teacher, he is not an easy marker!He is very nice guy if you missed something yiou can email him and he will give you the information necessary to do the work!
He's a nice guy! I'm not a fan of litterature so I found the class a bit boring but he tries hard to make it interresting!
Not very likeable, didn't feel that his marks were given fairly to most of the work did in class. Loves pop quizzes, and you don't really need to read his stuff to pass just sparknotes. Ok teacher...
If you take English seriously and actually care about literature, you'll like him. very nice and very smart. fun to talk to about movies and books. Loved his BRAVE NEW WORLD class.
Great teacher, explains well and engages class in imteresting discussions. Easy to talk to and very understanding. Loved english with him, it was never boring!
Thomas aka TomTom! I loved playing softbawl with him. On top of that he helped my paint the kitchen in my house! Very nice guy...take his class!
Very interesting teacher, engages in class discussions and make everyone understand the topics well. Not a hard marker and very understanding of late work. You can always talk to him. Loved his class!
He doesn't care about students' feeling and foucs on himself too much.Hard marker and a lot of assignments. Don't take him.
Hard marker and only focus on his own opinion. too much assignments. Don't take him if you can
Easy going, enthusiastic teacher. You'll need to read one short story for every class, however most of them are good. It's a very easy, doable class, just be prepared to talk about what you read.
He gives a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time. Be prepared for pop quizes, he gives them always the class after he assigned the reading!And he is very subjective when it comes to new ideas,you will lose marks!
He is a hard marker on essays and stuff, but easy going on the class work and assignments (as long as you have read all the stories). Its true, he always wants us to participate a lot, and after a while, that gets super duper annoying. He does try to make the class enteresting, but it seems that the more he tries, the less it works. He is however a really great guy, and is very friendly. Can easily pass his class. (BTW. i love his choice of stories, they are quite interesting and easy to read)
Hes a nice guy and the course is really easy but its not super interesting. Id recommend if you are willing to tradeoff being bored for easy grades
Please do not take him! His medieval literature class is awful! It's really hard to even understand what it's saying in the book! Take it if your ULTRA-MOTIVATED but if not don't bother! He's really nice though! But his classes are really boring, like really!!Good Luck!!!
(wet Ink,101) hard marker, classes are boring, i can see he's trying to make it fun but it never works out. very stale course, no one feels or has the energy to participate in class, thats how boring it got for us. there are group orals to do, again, very boring, no one reads the stories to participate, and he marks on that too. he is a nice person, never talks rude, the computer lab class is the worse, essays and essays, oh yea more essays to do on boring/ random topics. pick another english course to take
his classes were extremily boring and i felt as though i was in elementary school, the way he marks us on our behavior. I didn't learn much, as he didn't exactly teach much. He's a nice guy though, just needs a new method
He seems to give everything a mark between 80-85, without any feedback as to how you could have improved it. Hes very calm and doesnt bury you in assignments, but ull have to work hard to get over 90.
He's very nice and very helpful. He'll clarify the rules if you don't understand them and he's precise about what he wants. He'll even hand out sample essays. There's a lot of work to do but if you pace it nicely, it will work out fine. Computer labs might be a bit boring, though. MP3 players are also strictly forbidden and he hates phones going off in the middle of class, so turn them off.
very good teacher. knows what hes talking about, fair-marker, and doesnt give you a huge workload. highly recommended
his class is somwhat boring but keep in mind that you are taking a shakespear class a nice guy and gave me good grades even though i barely showed up and did minimal work
I love this teacher! He's very nice and easy to listen to! He can be pretty entertaining aswell! As long as you do the reading, pay attention and actually do your end of the work (as one should be in college) you'll do fine. He's very understanding.
Not a bad teacher, but he doesn't have the greastest teaching skills. You can pass his class but you have to be able to sit through the longest and pretty boring class ever
the class was easy enough. i mean, i got good enough marks and all, but i don't think he was a very good teacher.
easy class...though kind of boring, you have to work hard if you want a decent mark, he does attendance every class!
not bad but not great. ended up with really high mark, but you actually have to read the stuff and put some thought into your essays. He wont give you all the answers in class
He has his favorites!!! If he doesn't agree with your thoughts and opinions discussed in your essay, well forget it you ain't going to pass. Definately NOT a fair teacher!
Not as bad as people say. His class was fairly easy, especially since he lets you hand in assignments you didn't do at the end of the semester. He was better than my other teacher.
There was only one essay to do and it was not hard, there are alot of books to read though and he isnt well-organized but he is easy to talk to, will always lisen. A good teacher.
he's an easy marker... in high school I had grades between 75% and 80% and with him I only get 85-95% doesn't make you read much, and hardly any essays... you have 2 to do at home
Dont expect to even do OK without working hard.No joke,I think we read like 6 books/stories wtv.Its ridiculous.Your on your own for essays and tests cuz he says nothing helpful in class.and if he does, its not relevant to his hard essays topics.He's an extremely difficult marker as well.Puts the littlest obsolete questions on his hard tests, something he maybe mentioned once ever.Makes you think on your own.. which is both good and bad, more bad though. Avoid if you can.. theres ALOTTT better out there!
You HAVE to pay attention to do ok,but it's so mind-numbingly boring that its near-impossible.Cant explain a novel for his life,we read way too many books.He's pretty hard, avoid!!
I don't know how but I got decent marks in his class despite not understanding anything I said because he doesn't explain very well
Whatever, this teacher is OK. That's all I have to say about him.Doesn't go over novels well at all, you ACUTALLY have to read them to do even OK on the tests or essays. yawn
Absolutely one of the worst teachers i ever had at John Abbott College. With all his group work he treats the students like high school kids.
He is the best teacher I had at abbott. Those people took something before they go to class because this teacher is interesting and funny. His classes are fun and he is a fair mark
I really enjoyed Tom's class. I found it interesting and he was always making sure that we were clear about everything. He's a strict marker but you really learn a lot. Nice guy.
All i have to say is that the books he chooses will definatly make you fall asleep or go out of your mind. dont take him!!!
Quite hard teacher... Alot to hand in, alot of essays... Also super borrrrrrring !!! AVOID FOR UR OWN GOOD!
it's easy to pass his class. all you have to do is hand in the assignments and do the corrections he tells you and you can do it as many times as you want.
Godd teacher if you listen in class. He analyzes texts for you and then you just write what he said. Just don't be late or he'll dislike you
THIS TEACHER IS HORRIBLE!HE TREATS HIS STUDENTS LIKE A GROUP OF 5 YEAR OLD KIDS!! NOT INTERESTING AT ALL! TRIES HARD TO BE A NICE GUY BUT HES NOT!DONT TAKE HIM!
hes an alright teacher, just not so clear or helpful. hes a fair marker, what you get is what you deserve. work hard and itll pay off. but his class is boring.
The key to doing well in his class is to be consistent in all your efforts. You can't leave your portfolio off 'till the end!
okay teacher, dont have to do anything all semester, but have a lot to hand in by the time the semester comes to an end. if you like to write, then take him.
I took Tom for 2 englishes because I didn't realize how difficult it was! He's great and an interesting class, but it's VERY challening!
only take this class if your very good at finding symbolisim and are prepared to write your essay 4 times.
If you do what is assigned and do it to the best of your ability and show interest you should get mid 70.
Great teacher. If you do what he asks you to you get a good grade. Not that much work, and this comes from a science student
I don't recommend this teacher unless you plan to become a writer. Way too much work.
A little difficult to get along with. Strict and distant from his students. A lot of work required, especially during in class exercises. Hard marker
Not easy....does expect you to know everything...average I'd say.
just put it this way hard marker, expects you to know everything, avoid this class at all cause
very good english teacher, doesn't expect you to know anything, very thorough.