Michael O'Brien

Average 4.61 based on 117 professor ratings
Michael O'Brien is a professor at Vanier College located in Ste Laurent, Quebec. When comparing Michael O'Brien's ratings to other professors in the province of Quebec, Michael O'Brien's ratings are above the average of 4.3 stars. Additionally, the average professor rating at Vanier College is 4.12 stars.
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He isn't everyone's cup of tea. I personally liked him, but not everyone else does. Be in class, takes notes, do the readings and you should be fine.

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Had him for English, I don't know why everyone finds him so amazing, I found he liked to hear himself talk and he wants your essays to be all about his perfect opinion and any other opinion is wrong. I could never figure out what this guy wanted from me, everything I tried in his class was wrong. Sure, he's intelligent, but as a teacher he didn't help me at all.

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O'Brien was by far the toughest teacher I had while at Vanier in Liberal Arts. However, he helped me overcome many of my weaknesses as a writer. He was very meticulous and always saw room for improvement. He is very helpful with office hours and an overall great professor. If you're in Liberal Arts, don't be afraid, if you aren't in Liberal Arts...I'd reconsider ;)

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One of the best teachers I ever had. I'm in uni now and he's by far the best professor I've had above and beyond the ones I've had at McGill. Although his class is pretty hard (for Vanier), you learn so much and if I had to do it again I wouldn't change a thing. Makes you think, very approachable and kind, and sometimes you might go off track and talk about things unrelated to the course! I do miss him and his witty jokes and remarks...

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This is probably the smartest man in Vanier College. I don't know what he's doing here, he should be in a temple somewhere levitating stuff, surrounded by disciples. He knows everything about everythi

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I miss his class so much! He is the smartest english teacher I hae met and I always looked forward to going to his classes. A must take!

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Best english teacher I've had in college by far. Most english teachers just put you in groups and make you discuss the story amongst yourselves, in which case you learn absolutely nothing because half

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honestly the best teacher ever, hard grader but only because he expects a lot out of you and wants you to improve. great way of teaching you'll never get bored in class picks on but to only make you t

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His assignment's are irrelevant to anything we learn, he goes through his lessons so fast and has no conisderation for the people who don't understand. I suggest you drop the course instead of taking

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This teacher is clever, accomplished, adept, and provides constant reliable information about various topics you would not expect to discuss in english class. Unlike many english teachers I have had i

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The best teacher at Vanier. He is one of the smartest men I have ever met in my life, as well as a wonderful teacher with a sly sense of humor. I was honored to have been in his class.

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Even now that I'm in university, I still believe he is the best teacher I've had. He has a great mind.

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Has really interesting ideas and manages to teach deep subject matter with humor. He's willing to help anyone who takes the time to ask. I definitely recommend him. (Not an easy marker though).

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What a wonderful experience! His class is amazing he makes you think about things you never thought about before. Tough marker so when you do well on one of his tests you feel so proud! I'll miss him!

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Micheal O'Brien is a great teacher, but he is a difficult marker. Work hard, and you will pass successfully.

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He's wonderful! Very charming man who makes class astoundingly interesting, a very interactive class where everyone can add their own opinions. Like everyone has mentioned before me, he is generally a

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very interesting teacher, funny and fun

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he's the most interesting

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Extraordinary teacher! He's a hard but fair marker. Always willing to help his students. Very interesting discussions, great stories and poems. You'll never be bored. I highly recommend him!

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he's one of the more enthusiastic teachers at vanier, very nice guy except a bit of a hard marker.

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Amazing teacher, I had him for 2 classes, English and Humanities and he's the beat teacher I had in Vanier

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One of the best teachers I've ever had, even now that I'm doing my Master's! He truely had an impact in my life.

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He likes to make students think. We had some of the best in-class discussions! He's entertaining, presents interesting reading material, and goes through EVERYTHING in class! Great teacher!

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I've learnt more in his class than i did in any other class in my life. High praise i know, but worthy of it. He can be demanding, but is fair in marking. Charming,encourages questions. ASTOUNDING

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Mr O'Brien is one of the most wonderful teachers I have ever encountered. He is brillliant, witty, and eager to help those students willing to learn. His classes are tough but you'll never be bored.

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Fun material, interesting personalities, awesome jokes :D

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he is such a great teacher! His accent is awesome! I honestly sat there and just loved to listen to him talk... he does mark quite hard though

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He's a very very very very very hard marker. So beware In the end I got an 85% overall but that cuz i studied till 4am each day. but he's very picky about essays and thesis statements.

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he is a hard marker, but he's the best teacher ever. You HAVE TO TAKE HIM.

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Amazing teacher! You have to work hard to get a good grade, but otherwise he really is an awesome teacher. Takes the time to help his students.

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*Humanities* You will remember him for his personality, but his marking scheme is unclear and so it is difficult to excel in his class. There is much reading to do; class gets boring after awhile.

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simply inspiring. intelligent, eloquent, pleasurable to work with. the one class that has strongly influenced my post - cegep education.

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Good teacher.Very humorous. You'll never feel bored in his class.And you learn something. The HSA humanity class is amazing.

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Wow, simply amazing. Ethical issues of sciences was such a thought provoking class with this man. Lectures were amazing and inspirational, he is a tough grader but he is still simply extrodinary.

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He's definately 1 of the [email protected] Smart, lectures NEVER boring, marking is cool, i trust his judgment lol.He's simply awesome.

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An excellent marker, very considerate and will improve your writing. Easy to pass if you attend class on time and try your best. Makes your class fun and makes witty jokes you'll never forget. AMAZING

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EXTREMELY THOUGH TEACHER!!! and VERY hard marker..if your essays aren't exactly how he wants it..then you will for sure get a failing grade.I wouldn't take him again..for anything.

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AMAZING teacher. Very compassionate & appreciates effort & takes the time to get 2 know u if u approach him. Takes attendance!!! Kind heart,good man,intelligent teacher. You'll regret not taking him.

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amazingly fun teacher.He's passionate & hilarious but he's a hard marker.He's also very picky about essays like u have to write a certain way and he always calls every1's name & forces u 2 participate

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Coolest guy EVER! He is very entertaining and that's what keeps your focus on what he's saying. He's very clear and very friendly and a FAIR marker. TAKE HIM!!!

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Hard marker yeah, but if you can meet his standards everyone else a Vanier is a cakewalk. Brilliant and enthused, Irish accent. Neck and neck with Lawless for status as Vaniers greatest professor.

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When I leave Vanier.. Michael O'Brien will be one of those teachers I will just remember. He is not a hard marker.. but a fair marker.. Nice guy.. and extremely funny.. He cares about his work/students.. Just dont try to b.s this guy.. he has an IQ of 400 :P Take him.. he's awesome.

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taking his class means being entertained for a semester but failing. hes hilarious but an extremely hard marker

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Hard marker. That being said, he makes his classes VERY interesting, u really learn a lot from him. You can get a good mark by improving as time goes by. I recommend him if you're willing to work it..

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Very hard marker, don't take him if you want a good mark. I have an R score of 28, and i had worked very hard to get only a 60%, do not take him. He's nice, but very boring.

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great teacher, very interesting and funny. he really makes sure you understand the material and the course load isn't big. he's a pretty hard marker though. study his notes and you'll do fine.

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AMAZING TEACHER!!! highly recommend him. Learned so much in his class, very nice man, and one of the best english teachers ive ever had ... take him if you get the chance!

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Best aspect is his sense of humour. Wonderful man and incredible teacher. You must know what you're talking about, but he will help you whenever you need help. He is very intelligent. I learned a lot.

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he is awesome guys, take him if you're smart, hahah. otherwise you're finished. he's the funniesttttttt.

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Great teacher with good teaching techniques. Goes over everything. Go to all classes and you will pass. Learned a lot. Keeps your attention. Asks questions to the class continually-like a discussion.

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He is a great teacher. if you do your work, and show up to class you will pass. but if you take him for an 8 am class, dont fall asleep, he will get mad at you!

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If youre lazy, you failed already.He is by far the best and most memorable teacher. He is a hard grader but you really learn something out of his classes. He is very friendly, take him!!

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To put it bluntly, he is the best teacher i have ever had. He's funny, nice and very smart, and he's fair when it comes to grades. I look forward to his class, and so should u! TAKE HIM! i know i will

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INCREDIBLE. You actually learn something interesting in his class. Prepares you incredibly well for university. Funny, sweet and intelligent man.

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yes, he is a hard marker but you learn a lot from him. you cannot be lazy if you take him, you must work. but overall he is a great teacher and he is interesting.

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Heaven forbid, a teacher that actually expects us to remember what he's taught! A hard marker, but still a great guy. Talk to him outside of class, he's better.

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YOU ARE MY GOD!!! What a great teacher the best professeur ever to stand in front of a group of avid learners

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The best and most interesting English teacher I've ever had. He's a hard marker but just amazing and mind blowing, things you won't ever think about, you won't ever fall asleep in his class. I recommend this teacher 100%.

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Very good teacher. Always makes each class fun and engaging. Take him for English, he knows his stuff!

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I graduated in 2001 and still remember him. That's just a testament to how great this teacher is. If ever there was a teacher who genuinely cares about his students and the learning process, this is the one. Worth the hard work.

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Kinda hard marker, for honours humanities you must re-read everything a few times in order to write a decent essay. Just show that you understand the material and he will mark you accordingly.

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This teacher is excellent. I took him for humanities and i loved the class. He is a specific marker he really makes sure your understand. He funny and going to class is actually fun. I highly recommend you take him

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This teacher is one of the reason I love going to class. He is very articulate. He's a funny man. You will learn a lot. If you have the chance take him for Ethics. He rocks. He is passionate about his work. He is the a teacher to have in your Vanier stay. Take him.

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Micheal rocks. He made me laugh to no end. He's the only man who can make grammar funny.

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fantastic teacher. U learn so much if u pay attention.

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this guy rocks! take lots of note sin his class! he's always there to critic your work! and dont miss his classes, 'cause you'll be really behing, plus he gives bonus marks for attendance!

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Hes very HARD. If ur a lazy person u already failed. Takes attendance. Very strict. Funny guy. He reads everything u hand in. ONLY take him if u wanna learn something.

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VERY SMART, HE TRIES TO PUSH U TO URLIMITS TO BRING OUTAN EFFORT IN U. FOR THIS REASON, HE IS A HARD MARKER,BUT,IF U NEED HELP AND DISPLAY INTEREST HE'LL LOVE U

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he is a great teacher. but doesnt give away free marks, u have to work for them. but he explains himself very clearly! take him, he is great!!!

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Great teacher and makes the class interesting...however he's a hard marker and he takes his class way too seriously.

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That guy is AMAZING! Gotta love the accent! funny, makes the course fun just dont get on his bad side and be carefull in essays cause he takes out MANY points!

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b4 i had him, i was a punk kid. After having him, i'm an honor roll student in university. Saying he's a great teacher is the undersatement of the century.

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fantastic teacher, great wisdom. but unfortunately very demanding in the essays and exams

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He is probably the BEST teacher you will ever have.U really learn alot in his class. At first, i was bitter bcuz hes a hard marker,but he just wants u 2 succeed

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waaa! I miss him already! the accent, the eccentricity, the captivating lectures - shame on you who don't like him! He's a privilege to have as a teacher.

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He's a great teacher. Very patient and helpful. He really cares. He was my English teacher 3 years ago.

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Interesting guy, awesome accent, not as hard as they say. Put in a normal effort, and you're good. Nice guy too, even remembers your name years later.

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BEST teacher... as long as you do what's required, you will pass. Classes are fun and interesting. He's always happy, very sociable, nice person.

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HAd him for humanitites, By far the greatest teacher I ever had the pleasure of sitting with. Truely a great man! Gives a whole new perspective to things!

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O'Brien=the BEST! If you want to get something out of your cegep years, take this awesome prof! If you're stupid/lazy, don't cuz you'll fail. Plain and simple!!

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Real sweet teacher, but dont get on his bad side. If u show him that ur trying hard, he will really help u out and give u good grades. Gotta love the accent :)

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the best teacher ever!!!!! you really learn a lot, and he's not a hard marker! he's just fair. take him and you won't regret it!!

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hard marker and very stuborn. gets irritating after a bit. you feel caged in his class like a prisoner

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you'll never forget him, an intelligent man who makes you work for your mark, you get what you deserve and you gain so much...

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Oooh Mr. O'Brien!!! I always though that this Irishman was a hard-marker, but ya know what? In the end, he really just wants you to succeed with a good mark!!!

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It seems like a huge paradox, how can a hard teacher be so loved. =op

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nice man has great knowledge but extremely hard marker!!!!!!!damn him and his details

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i LOVE his accent, his wise, his ...everything but the mark he gives.

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You should pass if you pay attention because he gives you all the info you need for essays and tests and re-reads everything in class. Still marks hard though.

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He makes learning fun with his irish accent and lots of jokes.

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He's one of the greatest teachers at the school. Hard marker but great teacher

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I've been out of Vanier since 1997 and still remember him. The best ever. period

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AMAZING!!! so much knowledge

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he's such a great teacher, i can remember his lessons 10yrs later

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I LOVE HIM!! I admire his wisdom

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hard marker

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Is one of the greatest and most interesting teachers, but hard marker.

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A pleasure to listen 2. Great person, will make you a better1 if you will listen

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tough marker but very helpful and interesting

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