John Porter - University of Saskatchewan

Professor: John Porter
Department: History
College: University of Saskatchewan
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is very unclear in his emails and description of projects. He is not very nice when it comes to feedback and he is a very difficult marker.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CLASS220
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He was a tough grader, kept changing topics last minute. Never sent out emails for important stuff.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS110
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Extremely hard marker (fails over half the class on an essay), and you only have three assignments including the final. The first of which we did not receive back until there was a month left in the semester, so you do not even realize how bad you're doing until it is too late. He has unreal expectations for a first year class.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If a Prof gives out 20+ 0s on essays you know he's not doing something right. I think he's forgotten this is an entry-level course and not a 400 class that 4th years are in.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CMRS110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Terrible professor. If you dont match his enthusiasm youll have trouble. Speaking of enthusiasm, his attitude towards class is all over the place. If you fall behind on any readings youre screwed. The material covered was boring, and its as if he forgot he was teaching an entry level class and not a 4th year class. Would avoid at all costs.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Interesting material, but I found the lecture didn't really correspond with what we were to know for the exams. If you can memorize, you'll be set. Gives a list of terms to know for the exam which is helpful, but can be very overwhelming if you're bad at memorization. Really nice guy though.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is an amazing prof, very humourous and worth the pain of taking a night class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS104
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
-NOT AN EASY CLASS, but keep up with the lecture prep and you'll be fine -I could see why a first year may not want to take this, very homework heavy -Lectures are a little rambley, but it's best not to skip them -Exams are extremely fair, if you study -Assignments are fair and simple -Porter is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and eager to help you
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS104
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The four papers aren't difficult but more of an annoyance as you don't know the exact topic until about 5 days in advance. His midterms however are the worst I have ever seen. It is obvious his passion translates to high expectations for students that are unrealistic. Basically do not take this class as an elective or any of his others.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: LAT112
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
While he can be a little awkward, it's endearing more than anything else. He makes a lot of obscure references to 70s/80s pop culture. John is clearly passionate and knowledgeable, and specifically with Latin. I'm not sure what other classes with him are like, but Latin is incredibly hard, though John's knowledge and teaching style make it possible
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS226
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Clearly he just wants to share his knowledge, but that means a lot of reading to get the necessary context. Dry sense of humor and makes a lot of references from 70s to 90s pop culture. Can seem intimidating, but is easy to talk to and is more than willing to help out if you need to find sources or even clean up a term paper thesis.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HIST207
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He expects you to read the material discussed in class and the small assignments which he gives you a choice are mandatory. I'm surprised that many people did not do the required number of assignments. I found him to be fair in grading. I finished with an 82%. If you do the work, show up to class, write a decent essay you will do just fine!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CMRS110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Toughest grader I have ever met
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CMRS110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very knowledgable. Has a very dry sense of humour. You do need to do a lot of reading, and most of your marks are writing based, so if you can't write, his classes may be super difficult. He is really eager to help people, so if you do need help, he will probably be really happy to do so. He gives good feedback; that is, if you can read it.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CMRS110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's hilarious. He's one of my favourite profs and his lectures are easy to follow.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CMRS110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
John is one of the worst professors that i have experienced. Do your best to avid John as there are many other great CMRS profs at the u of s. Just wait a year or even a term to avoid him. You automatically fail the class if you fail an assignment or if you don't hand one in. He has mood swings and can either be in a good mood or bad mood.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS123
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Passive aggressive drama king! He walked out of the class just because no one could answer his question. Attendance is also mandatory, or else he'd drop you. This isn't high school anymore!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: LTN112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took 2 terms of latin and cmrs 110 with john...he is awesome...if you take one of his classes be prepared to work your ass off..latin was one of the hardest things i have ever had to do..but both his latin and cmrs classes were great...he is very approachable if you have any questions about anything..awesome sense of humor
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CLAS104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lectures are hard to follow and incredibly hard to stay awake for. Tests have little to do with the lecture, and he does not tell you what kind of answers he is looking for on the test. He clearly loves what he's teaching and expects everyone else loves it as much as him.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CMRS110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not a good prof. Yes he definitely is very interested in his topics but he expects you to have the same level of enthusiasm as he does. His lectures are all over the place and you have no textbook to fall back on either. Overall, a very poor experience.
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