David Ihrman - Grand Valley State University

Professor: David Ihrman
Department: English
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENG225
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Ihrman is fantastic. He is extensive in his knowledge, and teaches with a rare passion. He is not a challenging grader, if one is willing to work hard on their papers. He assigns three papers, two 7-9, and one 4-5. On the 4-5 meet the requirement but do it well. With the 7-9 go big. I did 12 & 14 pg papers and I received perfect scores.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a nice guy but not a great professor. His lessons are super confusing and often not related to the reading. He doesn't use blackboard and his grading doesn't make sense. He grades some papers with a letter grade and others with a 1-3.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENG226
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great prof! Lots of reading and his lectures aren't the clearest, but they are interesting and can go off on tangents. There's two longer papers and one shorter one, and he allows rewrites on the first two. If you're a strong writer, you'll be fine, and besides he's always available for help. Beware though, his final exam sucks.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG226
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I would not recommend Professor Ihrman. If you want to succeed and feel good about your papers you turn in, do not take him. Although he does let you rewrite 2 out of the 3 papers, it honestly does not help and he does not take into consideration the time and effort put into his class. His final exam is impossible & expects you to know it all.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENG226
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Despite not using Blackboard, one can pretty assess what is their grade in the class based on one's grades from the papers we have to write. I appreciate and respect Dr. Ihrman, a lot. I think he is an outstanding professor who is passionate about literature and has us all asking the deeper question, "Why does this matter?" I recommend him!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No bb so I never knew my grade. Only a few opportunities for points but he had no grading criteria so the assignments were unclear. A nice guy but is not good at teaching as he is super unorganized and cannot explain ideas clearly for the life of him. He would ask a question and no one would understand what he had asked until he said it 3 times.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENG105
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
While Professor Irhman was very confusing and unclear with his assignments, I liked him as a person. His lack to communicate well turned out to be funny but also was very annoying at times. He assigns a lot of readings but if you don't read it on time, it's not a big deal. If you go to his office hours, he is a lot more helpful.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENG105
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He does not use blackboard so you never know what your grade is. We also had only 4 assignments the entire semester- two ten page papers, a four page paper, and our final exam. Very tough grader and a lot of reading. The entire class was way over my head.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENG204
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Although he is a nice guy, his teaching is awful. He's very unclear and his lectures are confusing and seemingly pointless. He provides little to no grading criteria which is really frustrating because he is a tough grader. I really love mythology but he made it boring.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENG105
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He doesn't use blackboard and you never know what your grade is in the class. He has no rubrics or specifics for his papers and it is very frustrating not knowing what he wants from you. The papers aren't super hard, but you cannot read his comments on what he writes back for revisions. There are pop quizzes, some he collects, some he doe
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENG226
  • 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:
Dr. Ihrman is by far my favorite professor at Grand Valley. He keeps class interesting and is always willing to help you. There are only a few grades which makes it a bit tough but if you talk about your paper with him it helps. Overall, a great professor and an interesting class.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENG215
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This professor enjoyed making instructions and class discussions unclear for the students. It was difficult to know how to succeed in his class because he did not explain expectations or requirements. It never felt like we accomplished or learned anything with class discussions. Overall I thought the class was very discouraging.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENG383
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Interesting class. I enjoyed the texts we read and discussed. Grades are based on a few papers so you have to make sure you do well on all of them. Running an idea by him is no problem. He can be a bit odd sometimes but in a funny way. Knows what he's talking about. One of my harder English classes here so far.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENG226
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I really liked Dr. Ihrman for the most part. He's nice, funny, easygoing, and helpful. Classes are a little bit of lecture and a lot of group discussion. The only criticism I have is that he was unclear sometimes about what he wanted us to discuss in our groups and I feel that we didn't thoroughly discuss a decent amount of the literature.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENG226
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's kind a cartoon character come to life. On one hand, he loves literature and can facilitate college-level discussion. On the other hand, he's almost TOO quirky that it becomes distracting or tiresome. Do not take if you are a poor writer or feel inexperienced analyzing texts. All in all he's okay but I wouldn't take him again.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENG226
  • 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: N/A
Comment:
An amazing prof. Very insightful and passionate about the subject. He challenges you to think outside the box without him holding your hand. He grades papers with a fine-toothed comb. I've learned a lot with him and definitely encourage you to take him.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENG226
  • 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 prof! I took him twice. He's funny and very approachable. A pretty tough grader, but he always gives you a chance to revise your papers. I learned a lot with him and really improved on my analytical writing.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENG330
  • 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:
Absolutely wonderful professor. Witty, intelligent, interesting and just a tiny bit eccentric, he's able to keep the interest level in the class high, and he's extremely approachable outside and inside class with questions and ideas. Take this man for whatever class you can, and learn how great Moby Dick is.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENG220
  • 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:
Dr. Ihrman is my best teacher you so must take him!!!!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENG328
  • 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:
Very interesting professor. Interesting teaching style, interesting way of grading and has an obsession with Moby Dick. GREAT prof. Would recommend him, always interested of what students have to say, great discussions and favors those who think out of the box.
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