Average 2.45 based on 76 professor ratings
Sheryl Halpern is an English professor at Dawson College located in Montreal, Quebec. When comparing Sheryl Halpern's ratings to other professors in the province of Quebec, Sheryl Halpern's ratings are below the average of 4.39 stars. Additionally, the average professor rating at Dawson College is 4.11 stars.
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had her as my English teacher and the semester was confusing. She gives confusing feedback and contradicts herself each class on anything learned the class before. She changes the definitions of the same term, so you end up having dozens of different definitions for one term,and on exams you never know what to write because a) she doesn't prepare the class well for tests b) her demands constantly change. Asking her questions is hard, she answers something completely off topic.very low class av.

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I failed her class, it was horrible. I was stressed out every class. Avoid at all costs.

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guys, she makes you buy her own book that she herself wrote and if you don't you can't enter the class. You also can't buy the book second hand and it costs a ridiculous amount of money. also, she is suuuuuper strict, she likes calling out on students every class and be like " so explain to me what this term means" you will cry. avoid avoid avoid.

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I had her in my first term and let me tell you that she was my worst teacher ever. Don't take her if you want a high grade, she even said so herself. She makes really cringeworthy jokes and she expects you to find them funny. She has a "no tech policy" and has a tendency to think that anything you pull out of your bag is a phone even if it does not remotely look like a phone. She takes an awful amount of time marking and her comments are little to non-existent. Trust me. Don't take her.

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Coming from a student that is currently enrolled in her class; She is the definition of a bad teacher. Avoid her if you can. I highly recommend to swap teachers. Sheryl is condescending and possesses a superiority complex (an attitude of superiority that conceals actual feelings of inferiority and failure). In the case that your attending the class, take plenty of notes word for word. You're going to have to mimic her style; She is a tough grader. I wish you luck and pray for your soul LOL.

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When teaching, she only sees the things she teaches as right; and when you give your opinion she'll always make you feel wrong.

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Dr.Halpern as she lovesss to be called is a teacher like no other. During the attendance calling, she asks every student a question based on her definitions. If you miss one word, she'll say no and repeat it. Then, in 102, there are analyses of short stories, 2 in-class essays, 5-10% exams,a oral and a final exam. Of course, she has no preference for anyone and even if you force yourself she doesn't care. Her office hours consist of :you're on the good or bad track. Also, she doesn't post grades

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She always puts students on the spot and always did things like asking a particular student if he did his homework when the student said no she turned to one of her favorite students and said i know YOU did your homework to make the other student feel bad and to disrespect him. She is an extremely unfair marker, our class average was 67 which is the lowest class average I have ever had. She takes 10% of your exam grade for ridiculous things such as forgetting to double space. Very rude avoid her

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listen to those other reviews, do yourself a favour and DO NOT TAKE THIS TEACHER. Spending 2 hours with her is brutal,she is ridiculously annoying. You always have to do the homework because she asks EVERYONE questions on it. Shes a hard marker, i got 74 and i was above class average (average was 70....)

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HORRIBLE. She is one of the toughest markers I've ever had the displeasure of encountering. She makes you question your intelligence with her rude nature and if you enjoy multiple panic attacks through out the semester then by all means take her. makes you buy her extremely expensive book that even though she "revised it " still is missing pages. The best advice I can give you is DON'T TAKE HER. DROP HER CLASS . RUN WHILE YOU CAN.

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Avoid her if you can. She's a very, VERY strict grader, teaches a boring class where everyone is forced to participate, gives tons of work and is generally repulsive to listen to. Please learn from my mistake and choose another class. She'll ask you a question and cut you off midway through your answer because she thinks your wrong, when sometimes you were about to add what she corrected you with. A truly awful experience.

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Very knowledgable woman but is useless at sharing her knowledge. Her grading criteria is baffling and her heart is cold. The only thing she ever puts online is your absences. Her tests are not hard she is just very particular in the way she grades things. This will not be an easy english class if you take her. She is a shockingly mean woman who will have no pity on you. Absolute worst teacher I have ever had. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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I had her for my my english 102, Short Story and she is the worst teacher you could ever have. I never got an average as low as the one I got in her class. She is extremely boring, not sympathetic and the hardest marker ever!! DON'T EVER TAKE HER, DROP THE CLASS, save yourself from all this pain pleasee!!!!

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I took her 103 English class last semester and it was difficult. I am excellent in English and usually get 90s but in doing all the homework and studying I still only got a 76!! She picks her favourites and makes sure you did your homework by calling you with the class list and putting you on the spot. If you go to her office hours she'll help but I find she has unrealistic expectations for her students. She's nice but if u want an 80, don't take her.

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If you're bad at english don't take her class, but if you're good, it won't be too bad. Her class wasn't boring, she's funny in a weird way. She will definitely improve your writing skills, she improved mine. If you're shy don't take her class because while she takes attendance she asks every person a question on the reading or homework.You can't use any form of electronics in her class, if you do... she'll ask you to leave. And she never lets her students go early, she goes right to the end.

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DO NOT TAKE- DO NOT TAKE- Worst class ever, it's all about definitions, feels like a math class.. if it's not the way she wants it to be you fail. ONLY ENGLISH CLASS @ DAWSON WITH AN ORAL PRESENTATION... AVOID AVOID AVOID.

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She is a nice and fun teacher,makes jokes and class is usually interesting BUT she is very very strict and will FAIL U!!!!
So if u can avoid her at all cost because no matter how hard you try she will not give you a grade above than 65%.
She doesn't give detailed notes and every class will ask a question to each and every student. Her explanations are not clear and there is not much help given Also she has favourites and if she doesn't like you ,then your doomed. Dont take her!

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Very strict and boring teacher. She picks on every single student using her class list. She is not a very easy marker. I didnt miss a single class, did all the work, came prepared and finished with a 77 which i wasnt happy with. Her classes are really boring. She is helpful though if you go see her, and she explains what she wants very clearly.

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WORST TEACHER TO TAKE FOR ENGLISH! Picks on everyone, and extremely hard and unfair marker. If you don't want your CRC score to shoot down, then DON'T TAKE HER!

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WORST TEACHER TO TAKE FOR ENGLISH! Picks on everyone, and extremely hard and unfair marker. If you don't want your CRC score to shoot down, then DON'T TAKE HER!

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I got the hardest teacher in my whole high school and ended with an 83. Sheryl Halpern is the worst teacher i have ever had to encounter. No matter how much effort you give, you will probably bairly p

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I got the hardest teacher in my whole high school and ended with an 83. Sheryl Halpern is the worst teacher i have ever had to encounter. No matter how much effort you give, you will probably bairly p

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Please, just do not take her. You will regret it once the first test comes around and you realize you failed even though you put full effort and information into it.

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Please, just do not take her. You will regret it once the first test comes around and you realize you failed even though you put full effort and information into it.

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Crazy Harsh Marker and expects you to do university quality work

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Terrible teacher. Hard marker. Boring lectures. Difficult tests. takes attendance every class. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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Terrible teacher. Hard marker. Boring lectures. Difficult tests. takes attendance every class. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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Helpern isn't a helpful teacher. the course is boring and the tests very hard. Actually, she is a hard marker and does not seem to care about her students. The takes attendance but missed 7 classes th

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nice lady, class isnt too hard if you listlen, a bit weird but id take her again

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nice lady, class isnt too hard if you listlen, a bit weird but id take her again

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Boring and irrelevant. Do not take her.

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Boring and irrelevant. Do not take her.

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Really hard marker, compared to most other teachers at Dawson. I'm never quite sure what her point is when she's talking.

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Really hard marker, compared to most other teachers at Dawson. I'm never quite sure what her point is when she's talking.

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Never ever take this teacher! You will not learn anything. Explanations are unclear. Never answers your question. Grading is not fair. Honestly don't take her.

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Never ever take this teacher! You will not learn anything. Explanations are unclear. Never answers your question. Grading is not fair. Honestly don't take her.

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Hard marker... but actually managed to keep english interesting for me. But I like english class. If you're looking for an easy way out... avoid. You will actually learn here.

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Hard marker... but actually managed to keep english interesting for me. But I like english class. If you're looking for an easy way out... avoid. You will actually learn here.

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The problem: She doesn't give any answers, even when I ask it, or if what I said was correct. On the flip side, if your grammer is good, take her to increase your CRC score because everyone will fail.

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The problem: She doesn't give any answers, even when I ask it, or if what I said was correct. On the flip side, if your grammer is good, take her to increase your CRC score because everyone will fail.

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Now that I have had her for a semester i can confirm what everyone else says... BAD TEACHER!!!! shouldnt have taken her. extremely hard marker, makes no sense ini what she says

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Now that I have had her for a semester i can confirm what everyone else says... BAD TEACHER!!!! shouldnt have taken her. extremely hard marker, makes no sense ini what she says

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She is actually the worst teacher ever. The class average was 64.. it was the worst class average of all the classes i took at dawson. basically half the class fails. Do everything u can to avoid her!

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take her if you are ready to fail. I got 85 in my third English but she failed me with 59%. She is never clears on what she wants. Always talking about the same thing ever and ever. Really not helpful in her office hours. Avoid taking her.

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take her if you are ready to fail. I got 85 in my third English but she failed me with 59%. She is never clears on what she wants. Always talking about the same thing ever and ever. Really not helpful in her office hours. Avoid taking her.

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The worst techer I ever had. She was not helpful at all during her office hours. She has her weird sense of humor. She has her favorite students and the rest of the class will fail no matter how much you try. Avoid taking her, the worst teacher in dawson.

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I took her Cinderella Variations course, seemed interesting, but very repetitive, The material is pretty cool, but the way she interprets things and the way she talks, lacks energy and enthusiasm. The quizzes are not hard, but her grading is questionable. Be careful if you have difficulty with grammar and spelling, it will cost you a lot on the quizzes. The Oral presentation was pretty easy, but she lets you know a week in advance of what you have to do.You have to read two books,so start early!

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Not an easy marker. Must know your grammer. Not an easy teacher.

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Not an easy marker. Must know your grammer. Not an easy teacher.

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I would try to avoid this teacher. She has her own, wird sence of humour, she stresses me out when she walks in with 10 bags and bunch of papers everywhere :(. Hard to explain, but defenately easy to recomend avoiding.

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The worst techer ever. She is not helpful, tough grader and makes extrmely boring. We read the same long story for three weeks and her exams are difficult. You must stay awake the whole time. Avoid.

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boring class, everyone walks out for breaks at least twice per class, u do the same short story for weeks at a time, marks fairly, shes super nice,tests are easy if you know how to answer

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Boring, but an easy class. Longest essay was 750 words for a BXE class, what a joke. Easy "read the story and answer the question" tests. Not the best teacher, not the worst.

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English class is usually my favourite course but it has not been the case with Mrs Halpern this semester. She picks obvious favourites. Marks unfairly. Calls on you when you are asleep in class... ha!

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Very boring teacher, hard marker, test are unfair, Does the same thing thw WHOLE semester. DONT TAKE HER!She has favorites, ask randoms questions, and is not good at all.

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Very boring teacher, hard marker, and unfair teaching and marking. If you are francophone she will hate you and fail you. She hates ppl with opions. her quizes are pointeless+hard

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Hard marker. Favors students who speak a lot in class. Tests are pointless and long.

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Good tecaher, even though a bit weird. Easy marker, you just have to follow in class. Nice person, just learn to be her friend! =)

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i liked her. shes completely lost it, but its cool for someone to be awake at 8 am.

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AH! This class is so boring, you will do the same thing every class. If you think of leaving the class early, forget about it the class is 1:45 min no lesss!!!!

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Her BXE class is set up more for grade 4 students, than for college students. Which is troubling to minds trying to grow.

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i thought she was a really good teacher! if u write well n seem like ur really into interpretating work, ull do good. dont be late, even at 8am

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fine, she's kinda strange but other than that, she's not that bad, very nice person if u get on her good side

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I have never been in an english class that is worse than this one. She is the most boring teacher i have ever had. Dont take her. I learnt nothin in 3 months.

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kind of quirky. You'll do better if you go see her in her office.Really not that hard of a marker.if you have any kind of education in english, you'll do fine.

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never take a teacher like that

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i really enjoyed her class. she is very nice and helpful. the workload is not too much and she is clear with what she wants.

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the worst english teacher in dawson, is very unclear with many things and does not like her students unless u read more than she does

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ok teacher, hard marker, not a big workload, boring and long class, but nice person, sometimes unclear

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sheryl halpern is not a really good teacher

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very unfair teacher and marker, very stubborn, can make you very angry,

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Great teacher, knows her work well, not a difficult grader

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She is NOT a good teacher.

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A very friendly teacher

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Hmm WHY do we have teachers like that ...she has a problem---she does not like s

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