Thomas Derrick - Indiana State University

Professor: Thomas Derrick
Department: English
College: Indiana State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENG250
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
So sad Dr. D is retiring! I would have loved to take him again.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG460
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. derrick knows what he is teaching, but his lectures are very boring. He is not always very clear either. He is nice and approachable.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENG108
  • Grade Received: D-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Derrick made absolutely no sense whatsoever. I had a 78% right before the final paper. I ended with a D- overall. That's more than a letter grade. He tells you that he didn't receive your work even though you have proof that you gave it to him. He is horrible and I refuse to take him ever again.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG239
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I've always done well in English so I figured this class wouldn't be too bad. Boy was I wrong, Dr. Derrick is the most unclear professor out there. I spent hours studying for his tests and would fail them. If you don't think exactly like him, you won't do well. Still trying to figure out 1 thing I've learned from the class, avoid this prof.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENG250
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Derrick is a professor I admire greatly. I know that a lot of my classmates thought he graded harshly but I disagree. I really respect him as a professor and he is very intelligent. He went to Harvard and by just listening to his lectures it's pretty obvious. I enjoyed his class and his jokes.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: 241
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Absolutely wonderful! He loves what he teaches and makes it apparent. Attendance is a must- he drops hints as to what will be of great importance on the test. His tests are long but easy if you did the reading and took notes in class. I definitely recommend him!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENG239
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I have never dropped a class or got anything less than an A in a class before this class. Derrick was an incapable prof, did not explain the course at all and I am still confused on what the class is even about. Do NOT take this class! He makes no sense in lectures, will put you to sleep and you will not get the grade you want from him. AVOID!!!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENG600
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. D is a great professor, but he is often severely misunderstood. He comes from a different pedagogical background than most profs. If you are looking for someone easy, you need to look elsewhere. He will challenge you, and if you are passionate and willing to put forth the effort, you will really grow as a student in his class.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENG108
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. D's teaching was as good as his sense in ties (poor). When a student stated that he "hit his writer's wall, and needed help." Dr.D replied "Define the shape and go around it" Absolutely useless. One of our many paper was a "narrative of our hometown geology." Unless you truly enjoy bird watching, get out! started with 15 students ended with 5
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENG236
  • 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:
I did not enjoy this class. The material was interesting and he did know what he was talking about. What bothered me the most was his tests. They were over nothing we covered in class, and his study guides gave us useless information that we never ended up using. I like him as a person but not a professor.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENG236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A little difficult, but that's the course material, and not Dr. D; he's a very good teacher and attendance pays off! It's not required, but it's highly recommended because class discussions cover more than the book and the tests are made to make sure you've been going to class. Go to class, do the reading(in all the books), and take good notes..
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENG108H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Although Dr. D is certainly eccentric, only a very lazy person would say he has no business teaching a freshman composition. I wouldn't be able to crank out half the papers I've written in college if it weren't for him. He does so much to help you. Really approachable, good guy. But it's just like any other class: you earn your grade.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENG230
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
DON"T TAKE IT!!! It's wayyyy too hard! Get out while you can! I hated this class! It had some good points but it was not worth it!!!!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENG236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great guy. You do have to put in the work, but if you go to class and pay attention then you're golden
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENG239
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The smartest man at ISU and so much fun!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENG108
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. D really helped me.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENG236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Derrick is seriously way too smart for his students. His assignments are always way out there and we students struggle to understand. When we don't grasp the entire concept he counts off points. I had him 5 days a week and honestly I freaked out because I KNEW I wouldn't know anything. I never felt dumb until I took his courses.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENG235
  • 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:
Dr. D is a pretty nice guy. He's a pretty easy grader. His class and the material you cover is soooo boring. I's crazy. I do not believe this class should be mandatory for education majors.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENG235
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worthless class. It should not be mandatory. Don't take him.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENG236
  • 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:
He's nuts, but if you read and take VERY GOOD NOTES, you'll be fine. Not recommended for non-English majors.
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