George Apostolakos

Average 3.65 based on 80 professor ratings
George Apostolakos is an English professor at Vanier College located in Ste Laurent, Quebec. When comparing George Apostolakos' ratings to other professors in the province of Quebec, George Apostolakos' ratings are below the average of 4.38 stars. Additionally, the average professor rating at Vanier College is 4.12 stars.
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oh boy. i got 80s in high school english and got a 68 in his class. he really blows ur mind. the class is very very very difficult but not impossible. he made me think of things that i had never thought about before and although i hated it while in the class I'm happy i learned all those things now. he's an extremely hard grader and demands the best from his students, he is very funny if u are smart and have a dry sense of humour. i would recommend if u want to go to hell and bak to get a 60.

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I have never been so shocked by ratemyteacher. George is a fun guy but he is honestly the most confusing teacher that I have ever had. I had between 96-98 in all 3 of my previous English classes and I'll be coming away from his in the 70's. You really have to put in hours & hours of work for each and every reading plus much more if you want to do well. It's not impossible but it's definitely not necessary. Save yourself the trouble and look elsewhere unless you're literally a linguistic scholar.

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Don't take him if you want an easy class. Be ready to do homework and work hard in his class. Most of the work is independent thinking so, don't repeat whatever he says in class because he is mostly interested in what you have to say. He is funny, knowledgable, but also VERY confusing. Ask him many questions and you should be good!

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He is part of the last kind of teachers who truly care for their students. Clearly, he won't do your work for you but if you ask for help he will bend over backwards to help you out (Considering that you did your homework & came with good questions for him). If you're looking to easily pass with 60 you can take him but if you're looking for 85-95, be ready to an hour daily on your essays (Best way to do quality work). Although I was a bad student, he was an amazing teacher.

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I took him for Intro to College English and it was difficult but doable. In his classes, expect to work, don't expect to get a good grade by doing nothing. Your grade will entirely reflect the amount of proper work that went into this class. If you want an easy class, don't take him. If you actually want to get out of a class knowing something new, I recommend him, because you get out of his class knowing much more than when you entered. Plus, he can help during office hours if necessary.

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His classes are really enjoyable because he has a great sense of humour and you always learn something new about life in general. His a strict corrector but you can revise your essays and he’s always available to help and guide you along. 100% recommend to anyone looking to actually learn and make an effort to build reading/thinking skills. Hes an extremely wise person with lots of perspective on life that he shares and rants about alot, but its very eye opening. Amazing guy!

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He's my all-time favourite teacher, love his humour

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Such a great teacher! Not the easiest class, but highly rewarding.He will open up your mind to the world we actually live in.You will learn to read and to think more deeply and critically, as well as to write more clearly. No matter how difficult a reading material may be, you will be capable of comprehending its true message,which is very useful for university!The grades are based on your effort, not whether you're right or wrong. Go to class, pay attention and do the work. You won't regret it!

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Good teacher. He is very intelligent, and he often gives us thoughtful questions to think about. I learned a lot fron him. I totally recommend him.

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Great teacher. He made me realize that throughout most of our academic life so far, especially high school, you are taught nothing helpful. The purpose of education is to educate but also edify you as a person, and make you build critical THINKING and skills that you can keep for the rest of your life if you practice these skills you were taught. Regardless of the topic (which I found interesting), his class is challenging and meaningful. I mean what can u learn if everything is easy? Life isn't

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His class in NOT easy, but it isn't impossible. You just beed to buckle up and get ready to do some intense thinking. Stick with him until the end and you'll get something out of it!

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you'll sit in his class hear him talk and wonder if it is an english class or something else........ WORST TEACHER EVER, goes offtopic, never explained how to write an essay which he is payed to do and made us get useless material which we NEVER read

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very hard to pass his class because he marks hard. Do not take him

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people just stopped showing, he is a horrible teachers and goes off topic, class average 53 %

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At first he seemed to be flaunting, but you will get used to it and learn to like his sense of humour. He usually talks the whole class, and many find him boring, however it isn't heavy material and he only tests based on what is talked about. At times he says to discuss a text in groups. He explains things extensively especially when talking 1-1. He gives help when asked. I did assignments at the last minute since the due dates weren't clear. He made me care about the subject and enjoy him.

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Reviews are mixed because the course (Eng 101) is based on understanding the reading material and he has a very abstract way of thinking. For those confused by metaphors and in-depth analysis of short reading materials, avoid at all cost! His classes are very challenging and he wouldn't systematically boost your marks because you're failing, but if you are truly interested by literature and ready for challenges, his classes can give a new insight to human nature and literature (& high R score).

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The reason why there are so many negative reviews is that he actually teaches well and forces you to think critically and not be a mindless robot where your task is to memorize information, write it down on a test and get 80+ even though you'll forget what you "learned". He isn't like most teachers, which means people either hate him or love him. I did not only learn so much, but I feel more prepared for my future and life. The class I took was "Doing the Right Thing", one of the best teachers!!

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wow I can't believe the negative reviews!!! Reading the Funny had to be my FAVORITE class that I've ever taken. He's so down to earth and hilarious, he's super open minded and his class is so chill. Group work, he lets you leave class when you finish your assignment, and he encourages students to talk to him when there's an issue. He let me do an essay instead of a presentation because I have anxiety about those things. Super super nice and funny, and he's so calming haha

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Worst teacher ever. I had him for english 101 and he never explained absolutely nothing, went completely off topic , seems more like a philosophy class instead of an english class. EXTREMELY HARD MARKER, expects a lot from his students yet he does nothing to help them. Students stopped showing to class.Class average was 40 %

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a lot of people on here have negative reviews on him. I just had him this semester and it was seriously my favorite class I've ever taken. I took "Reading The Funny" and it was great, probably because I love comedy. The teacher is hilarious, he's really kind when you talk one on one with him, he gets along with all the students. He is a little unclear but talking to him personally usually helps. Makes the class fun, and a pleasure to go to.

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George is the worst teacher I've every had. His class sounds appealing, and could potentially be interesting if the target audience was middle aged men. He is extremely vague and unclear. His idea of explaining things is to use metaphors and stray so far away from the point that you forget the original question in the first place. No matter what you produce, it's never good enough. He's extremely frustrating and discouraging. This teacher honestly made me want to drop out of school.

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He tells his students he wants them to get a good grade yet he does nothing to help them or their self-esteem. You work so hard yet he does not hesitate to slap you in the face with a failing grade. Does not care about his students, super unclear and we barely learn anything. Horrible grader and does not know what he is doing or what he wants. He says one thing but means another. Sometimes I wonder why people get to be teachers when they do the opposite of what they're paid to do. Good luck.

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Good methods, fills up the entire 2 hours, presentation at the end sitting down and you barely have to talk, he fills in rest, sets you up for the essays. Hard at times, might get discouraged, at least 10 kids dropped the course in my class, they just stop showing up. Very little work to be done, very relaxed but hard essay question, in my opinion worth it.

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All the other comments are mostly true and consistent with what I have experienced over the past 15 weeks. He knows his stuff but doesn't do a great job at teaching it. Frustrating, but interesting class. If you put in the work and attend all classes, you will pass, but don't expect a 90 unless your in group 6 and are about to write a thesis on comedy or dark humor. USE WINDEX!!!....

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Extremeley unorganized, doesnt teach. Every class is an oral presentation (powerpoint) and gives 2 essays in total without any outline or explanation whatesoever. DO NOT TAKE HIM!

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More than 6 classes of group discussion, 6 classes of oral presentation, 3 classes cancelled, 3 classes of video...so he did not get a whole lot of time to teach. His explanation is unclear.

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Ok I have George this semester. He is a very hard grader. He's also very dissorganized he doesn't seem to know what he wants his students to do and is never satisfied with the matterial he gets from

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okay, i took him last semester, nd i can say that he was the WORST TEACHER EVER. EVER. goes very off topic. Id raise my hand and say all the right answers and he'd just ignore it and go like "so.. no

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he is a very good teacher. he marks very hard but he does that for the students so if you take him and you work hard you will pass and next courses will be easy for you....

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If your willing to put in the work and the effort then he is the right teacher for you, If not you will not succeed.

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He helps you but still most of his lectures are confusing and i put in so much work and barely passed. I would advise not to take him because he is a Very very very very hard grader.

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worst teacher ever!!!! hes so boring and unclear. I went to every class and did all the work and i still failed with a 37%

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He is kind of funny, not too hard but he does give out a lot of homework. He's nice though. I skipped many classes and didnt do a test worth 5% and still managed to get a 75. He does cancel sometimes.

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BAD TEACHER... very hard marker and his classes are sooo boring.. plus his assignments are horrible... very unclear on what he wants.. AVOID!

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some people find him hard, the class average was very low. however, I loved his classes! he's funny and classes are interesting. you'll be alright as long as you do all the assignments!

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he's not a bad teacher but he is not clear at all with his assigments (hmw, journals) he doesn't care about his students..If u want to pass his class u have to do the assigments

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u can afford not showing up to class and doing nothing all summester except ur midterm at the end of teh summester by putting a lil effor u can easly get a 75 and hes very funny.

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amazing teacher. i always did my work in the library the day it had to be handed in and still managed to get a 70, alot of group work and u can spend an entire class of 1 discussion.

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excellent teacher. able to grab attention of students.. not boring. funny guy. cancels sometimes. assignments not to hard. i skipped alot. didnt do much work. and passed. but great teacher.

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He isn't a bad teacher. I wasn't even supposed to be in his English class because I was too advanced so I passed with great marks. He's always there to help you which is a good thing. cancels alot!

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funny guy..sometimes unclear. do what he asks you to do(hmw journals, summaries..) and you'll pass with at least a 70

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Very funny teacher. He managed to get more than one laugh out of my group throughout the semester. He really kept an interesting calss going. JUST DO YOUR JOURNAL ENTRIES. VERY EASY MARKER if you try!

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He is the WORST English teacher ever! Unclear about his assignments and what he wants from you! Make you rewrite essays for nothing! Touch marker and discourage his students! AVOID at ALL COST!!!!

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He's ok I guess. He cancels a lot and isn't really clear, but he's always there to help, you have to want to pass to actually pass, he won't hold you by the hand. He favors the Greek students.

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i cant believe this teacher has good ratings. my class with him was so horrible. i spent most of the time staring and the clock waiting to leave because he never did anything.

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Now that I look back at this teacher, he seriouslly need to be more inspiring. Stop trying to be funny and start being a real teacher by motivating your students to want to learn instead of passing.

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Hilarious teacher makes jokes all the time canels classes and leaves early very enjoyable

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Always miss classes, never explain things clearly, he always asks you to rewrite your essays...sometimes, he can be funny... but overall, he's a really bad teacher....

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lots of rewrites. rewrote one essay throughout the semester.cancells a lot of classes. don,t buy the textbook you will not use it. he,s a tough marker and very boring. avoid him if you can

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He's a rough teacher for the Block B english course. Seems like he's never satisfied with your thesis statement however he's only trying to help you improve. Very pessimistic about our education.Avoid

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He never explains things clearly, and never thinks that your work is good enough. Good luck getting a mark higher than 68 on an essay.Mean, lazy and not very helpful at all.

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He's OK. rants about some subjects like the US way too much. Some classes are pointless and sometimes he doesn't even bother to show up himself! Can be a hard marker until you realize what he wants from you. Gives whole class periods to work on essays, says he will talk with everyone, but usually just spends an hour talking to one person. As long as you talk to him, you should do ok. His class overall was alright, not much work, not many classes and material was funny most of the time. Still....

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He is the best teacher ever.Funny Just do your work and you are going to be okay.

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He is a great teacher. I had him last semester and it was so funny. You can do almost anything you want but the only thing you have to do is to do your test and hand in the work at the end. The best teacher. Take him if you can.

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Funny teacher, greek jokes from the source! Easy, but you gotta hand in your work. I didn't hand in 40% worth of assignments and failed, but taking him again this semester. This time i will work. You can skip classeasily , but you better hand in your work at the end.

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He made an 8o'clock class fun! and you got to love hes Greek jokes!Just do your work.Got to take this teacher but not in winter time! He has all year round tires so he might not show up for an 8o'clock class.

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Not only Vanier's but THE WORLD's best english teacher. Professional, understanding, ridiculously funny. George is the man!!!! take him at all costs!!

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He IS a funny guy....8 o'clock classes were kinda cool with him lol....though don't rely on him for office hours....it's hard to see him outside class

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MAN!!!!THIS GUY IS THE GR8EST ENGLISH TEACHER EVER!!!LOVES TO DISCUSS STUFF AND EVENTUALLY CONNECT THE DISCUSSION WITH THE TOPIC THAT WAS GIVEN AS HW OR DONE IN THE PREVIOUS CLASS.And believe all the other raters, he REALLY DOES A GOOD JOB IN CHANGING YER POINT OF VIEW ON THINGS. nice guy. Take him @ all costs. He really helps ne1 in anything.

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Very good teacher, lerned alot in his classe. I have good paper now!:)

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Very fun teacher, i failed but i dont regret taking him.

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a good guy, a nice sense of humor, a very intelligent man, but in the end he failed me...if u work abit show intesrest ull pass i guess

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An excellent teacher with a great sense of humour. His lectures on the actual subjects may go off on a tangent but they're very amusing nontheless. Only difficulty may be the whole semester comes down to two or three major assignments so there's not much chance to make up for lost marks.

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Great teacher. Funny and nice. Not too much work but quality over quantity.

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HALARIOUS TEACHER! His classes get boring sometimes, but there's very little work throughout the semester. Hard marker but very helpful!

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HALARIOUS TEACHER! Although sometimes it gets boring but he tries to make it fun. A little hard in marking but very little work to do throughout the semester!

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good teacher but sometimes discussions in class are boring but he's not a hardmarker

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Ok, well his class is like watching a late night tv show. I dont think anyone can say he's helpful and is definetely a hard marker. Hurts the R-score.

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he's a really funny teacher, and his classes are really relaxed

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SUCH A NICE MAN! HE'S SUCH A GREAT TEACHER AND MAKES THE MATERIAL FUN!!!!!!!!!!

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best english teacher i have ever had. this guy is so relaxed. the only down side is that he's a little strickt on the marking, over all good teacher

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Lot of reading, lot of tests. Seems like a nice guy, but can be really arrogent.

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The sarcasm is his trade mark. Other aspect - Greek comedian. Show some effort, & he'll price it (in terms of marks, of course) quite fairly.

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he's the best teacher i've had so far...very funny and really cool

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this taecher is amazing. he's the best, easy marks and a class full of jokes and pure laughs.

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I had this teacher over a year ago when he was subing for my original english teacher. this guy is pure jokes, very easy to pass.

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TAKE HIM you will never regret. Very funny classes. Easy to get good grades if you put some effort.

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Excellent teacher. Easy marker. Funny classes. Don't get him started on the name Barouk. HA!

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funny guy ...dont like the way he marks. hardly gives above 75...if your an average student in english..dont take him.

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HE's the funniest guy. His class is like a stand-up comedy. He does not care too much about grades, but if you do want a good grade, you have to work hard.

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