Craig Tapping - Vancouver Island University

Professor: Craig Tapping
Department: English
College: Vancouver Island University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL400
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took two classes with Craig T about 28 years ago. If nothing else, Professor Tapping turned me on to literature that I would likely have never read. His Commonwealth Lit classes were among the best I ever took. Interesting but rambling, friendly and approachable. I hope that you are doing well, Professor Tapping!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG220
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I personally really enjoy english, and the study of literature. Craig was frustrated from the start to be teaching Tourism Students english, and made this clear to all of us from an early point. No help, public shaming, and like another poster said, he called in sick to at least half of his classes as the year progressed. Avoid if at all possible.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH116
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
learn nothing,fail everything. be bored to death by pointless, hour long stories of his life
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly, I could never tell if he was just joking or not. The class often made me feel like I was part of an elaborate hoax: this is how insane something can be and you just have to take it! Totally disorganized and pointless, the classes taught me nothing. To compensate though, it was a pretty easy A.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL135
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Confusing and unhelpful class discussions. publicly shames students in class (by name) who do not hand in assignments on time. rarely discussed material and after half a semester when the class got bored and stopped showing up, he threw a hissy-fit via email cancelling classes for the rest of the semester until the administration made him relent!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
the worst most confusing teacher you could ever have!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL111
  • Grade Received: F
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
One of the worst profs I have ever had. Class was a waste of time, he taught us absolutely nothing, belittled people in class - in front of the entire class. Easy marker though
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENG135
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I found that going to class (a three hour class and an hour long drive) took up five hours of my day and we did not discuss the books that we were reading and writing essays on. Class discussion was usually on topics that had nothing to do with the course work.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL125
  • 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:
After 6 years at VIU and one Bachelors degree completed with an A average, I can say, without a shred of hesitation, that Mr. Tapping was the absolute WORST teacher I have ever encountered at the University. It is bad enough that he belittles his students, but on top of that, he does not actually teach! He spends the class talking about himself.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL400
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I did really well in his class and he was super kind to me. BUT he is maybe one of the worst professors I've had. He is so smart and wants you to do well but his quirks get in the way. If you're struggling I recommend speaking directly to him or you'll be screwed.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENG111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Those who say that people who got a bad mark are poor at English are correct. HOWEVER, we all signed up for this class to learn how to write at a uni level, NOT so that we could have our grades based off of how well we could write prior to joining the class. He taught us nothing except about the daily life of his mother. Fascinating tale. -__-
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I learned nothing in his class. Craig spoke of himself for 1.5 hours twice a week while I had him. He is very intimidating and unfair. I left his class with a B+. He had me in tears after my first week with him, I didn't want to go back. I would not take another course with Craig Tapping. Ever.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENG125
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great prof. Love his passion for the things he teaches. Know how to write for him. I would advise talking to him on a personal level. Go to his office and ask for help when needed. It absolutly helps.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENG135
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Inconsistent marking and harsh marking. Expects you to improve vastly without actually giving you material to learn or referring you to material. Doesn't cover any topics actually related to English class. Often rambles on about silly things that have no place in the classroom. Was by far the worst classroom experience I've had.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENG135
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Terrible teacher. So confusing, and he goes from hot to cold( emotions -wise). Expects alot from his students, which would be fine if he actually gave us the tools to do so.. He told everyone to hand in the beginning of our essay.. we bring it in and he REFUSED to take them! and said" i dont want to take any home, im going to go take a nap"
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENG115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I went into his class expecting to learn about grammar/punctuation/how to write an essay, and left at the end of the semester with a low self esteem, absolutely terrified of his temper. He's nice if you catch him alone, but if you have a "stupid" question, be wary of asking it in class. He stated he wasn't there to teach us, but instead to mark.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENG125
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
My writing was fair when I entered this class. Now it is excellent. Ask and he will help, flexible about time limits as well. Invites us to sit with him in the library and help with our essays out of class. Speaks at length about personal life but because I enjoy him i don't mind. Only a hard marker if you ARE NOT good at writing. Respect the PHD.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a VERY interesting man, Rants about random events or artciles that interested him. Can be VERY rude at times. Anyone taking his class should know what his writing style is otherwise he'll give you the same mark over and over. He also imposes his opinions on students and excpects them to write an essay favorig the idea which was VERY ANNOYING
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENG12
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Gives little information about what is required fom work
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENG125
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Well call me crazy. I took Craig's 115 class last fall & will take 125 this fall. Be warned, he DOES have favourites. As long as you are engaged in class and stroke his ego you'll do fine. Interesting stories.
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