James Van Sickle - Grand Valley State University

Professor: James Van Sickle
Department: Writing
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I am not going to lie, when I first enrolled in Professor Van Sickle's class I feared him. He is very intimidating and a harsh grader. However, I learned so much from him. I highly recommend taking his class if you want to actually learn how to become a great writer, especially if it will be beneficial to your major. Scary man, just go to class.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is not the worst teacher. He gives a lot of busy work and grades it very specifically. He'll do a minus .1 here, minus .3 there, it does not make sense. If you skip class you have to make up the work, even if its group work, you'll have to do it on your own. He does not care about due dates, turn things in whenever. But warning, he's so boring.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • 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:
Overall, Van Sickle is a horrible professor. Although you get graded throughout the semester, it does not affect your end grade. Even after editing all of the papers, the group grading the papers, does not want you to succeed.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Overall ok. Flexible on due dates and is a tough grader but it helps you out in the end.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
WRT 150 requires a lot of busy work, due to the fact that you only write 3 papers in the class. You are allowed 3 absences before failing the course, but he is lenient if there is a legitimate reason that you are gone. He has a dry sense of humor and doesn't express much emotion, but is an overall good guy.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: WR150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Good teacher, only have to write 3 essays compared to 4, but the feedback before the portfolio is not a letter grade but his own form of grading. Lots of group work with the same group but its easy. Tough grader, near impossible to get 100% or even over 90% on his assignments but is not too strict about when you turn them in. Old but hilarious.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: WRIT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He seems super intimidating at first but he really grows on you. He is a very tough grader but it will really help your writing and hopefully pay off in the long run! Overall, really like him.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Van Sickle, is a great professor if you enjoy writing. He makes you work really hard if you want a grade above a B. He might seem harsh at first, but he can actually be really helpful if you come to him and ask questions. Definitely recommend this professor to anyone who wants to really push themselves in Writing 150.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Van Sickle loves to lecture! Most classes have two classes periods per week, one for lecture and one in the lab to work on papers. However, he lectured through most of our labs. I recommend working on papers early in the class and submitting several revisions. His critiques were VERY helpful and plentiful.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
For being a first year writing class I thought he was a very tough professor. He is friendly and somewhat helpful when you attend his office hours but don't expect to get an A in his class. I graduated high school with a 3.97 and had an English professor from another college proofread my portfolio and got a B.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pretty hard class, even though I've always been told I was a good writer. When you first submit your draft, you can expect to have a bad grade and to have many comments, but expect the same on your revised paper; it never seems to be good enough! Also a hardworker; he'll revise your paper any moment, not taking too long and as many times as needed
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • 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:
Professor Van Sickle is an okay professor if you love to write and to be graded harshly. However he is not the teacher for me. Even if you have a perfect paper or assignment he will find a way to mark down points. He is extremely judgmental and does not grade on effectiveness but he grades with opinion. I would NOT recommend him for anyone!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He was a very good writing teacher since he has been at it for a longggg time. His level of interaction was low but that made the writing pace up to the writer which was really nice.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • 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:
He has to be one of the best writing profs at GVSU. His explanations of requirements and assignments, as well as paper feedback, are very clear. Very patient and helpful with your portfolio, and he works with you to make sure you pass.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: WRT350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of my favorite professors at GVSU. Very patient, helpful, and timely with grading. Explains concepts thoroughly and is great with feedback. Very devoted to student success. Very organized and on top of his work.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He comes off and kind of intense, but's he's actually really nice and funny. He gives great feedback, and is good with flexable deadlines. He does ramble sometimes though.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's very boring and knows you by face and name, so don't even think about skipping class. He is very help full if you actually need help in writing, he's really annoying if your just there for the gen ed credit.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof. Van Sickle is boring in the beginning if you know about paper types and writing styles, but once you get into writing papers, he is very helpful with comments and suggestions and flexible with due dates. He REALLY helps improve your writing with constructive comments. I recommend him for any other time but 8 am.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: WRT150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I really enjoyed this class. Van Sickley was very helpful and he was always there to assist you. Very nice guy!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: WRT305
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good guy. Tough grader, but that is helpful to improving writing skills.
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