Elaine Pigeon - Concordia University

Professor: Elaine Pigeon
Department: English
College: Concordia University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL352
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She is very boring and incapable of giving good feedback on essays. You cannot improve with a prof like this.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL352
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Very boring
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL213
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Took class remotely during pandemic. Dr. Pigeon likes to read directly from the course textbook and talks about social issues in class, in an attempt to give inspiration of paper topics and class writing. She was mostly accessible during office hours and a great help - helping me with an extra academic project. Often gives extensions on assignmen.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG341
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The worst class I've taken at Concordia. Her lectures are monotonous and she allows for no disagreement on her interpretations of the texts. Her quiz questions are broad but she only accepts very specific answers. She's a pretty easy marker on papers but gives zero helpful feedback.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL341
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She reads off of her notes, and does a lot of plot summary, but I learned a lot about the Modern period. Her quizzes are crazy specific (do your readings) and there aren't many assignments, but if you read, show up, and write a strong essay, you'll be fine!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL249
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
An amazing teacher, basically. You get the textbooks and you are actually using them. Explanations are clear and fascinating. Few essays and quizzes, and they are very straight-forward. Children's literature course actually makes you feel like you are learning something. I took it early in the morning, and it was definitely worth getting up for it.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL249
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is so passionate and fascinating. The texts are so interesting and easy to read although there is a lot of stories to read. The professor is just a feminist, anti-patriarch, anti-capitalism, brilliant women with great insight on old tales. Easy grader on the essays. Quizzes are very specific but as long as you read the stories, you'll do great.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
There is no grading criteria and her comments are so general. Most of the time the comment will be "awkward". I tried to get clarifications or to know what I should work on in order to write better essays and she only told me to take easier subjects.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENG233
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She literally reads from the book, lecture after mind numbing lecture. It's disappointing. Avoid this professor if you can, there are far more inspiring, engaging professors in the English departure. Awful, awful, awful.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENG249
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I was personally very excited for the children's literature class. I expected to study fairytales and the evolution of their meaning. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the material immensely and Elaine seems passionate about the subject. Some students felt the class took too much of a "literary" approach and felt disappointed. Keep that in mind:)
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL233
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are long and could get boring when students don't participate or comment. The quizzes were straightforward and the essays were short (900 words). The content could have been more interesting, consisted of fiction,poems and plays. A lot of reading in which she skims through.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL249
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is passionate about the material, readings are fun as they consist of fairy-tales and children's stories. Her quizzes are short answer and fairly easy. Her essays are short and she grades fair. Lectures can be a tad boring at times.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL 249
  • 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: Mandatory
Comment:
I get on average A to B+ on every paper I write for other classes I take (im in 4th year). I got a D- from her on a paper I put just as much work in and her reasons were "need to clarify." Unfair grading, attendance is mandatory and she doesn't seem to hear what students say so she misunderstands a lot. Not worth taking imo.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL240
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Interesting , if you are interested in something ask to write about it .
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLSH235
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This teacher will literally talk for 3 hours non stop in front of 30 people about her own opinion. dry and boring flavour. if you don't agree with her points of view then you are generally dismissed there's no room for discussion. im upset that i am paying for this experience what a waste!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL249
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Honestly the most inspiring prof I've had at Concordia so far. She is so insightful and loves what she does. Her enthusiasm for the course made me love it even more. Definitely take this class with Pigeon!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL249
  • 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:
She spends the first 15 minutes of an 1.15 hour class taking attendance by calling out names, and then goes through the stories paragraph by paragraph: which would be fine if there weren't several stories to get through per class! We were behind the entire semester. Avoid if possible!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENG249
  • 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:
We are assigned numerous stories each week but we average 2 stories discussed a class. Pigeon seems to think its necessary to read through the story instead of just picking out the essential talking points. She literally goes through the stories paragraph by paragraph. It's really frustrating that we are behind schedule.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL210
  • 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:
She can be a tough marker but she's fair with her grading. We recommend her - she definitely knows what she's talking about.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL210
  • 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:
She can be a tough marker but she's fair with her gradings. We definitely recommend her - she knows what she's talking about.
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