Michael Cotsell - University of Delaware

Professor: Michael Cotsell
Department: English
College: University of Delaware
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
So the class is only 2 papers, both of which you can revise for an A. The other grade is a final exam which is online, at home 3 question close reading that you can use your notes to take. You do not need to buy the textbooks because all the readings are on google. Just go to class, a volunteer to read every once and a while. He is a sweet man.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL208
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Knows a lot about the class material and is really helpful. Sit in the front and you will hear him fine. Easy A and great professor.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL200
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Love him! So cute and a very caring professor.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing professor! He does talk quietly but just sit near the front and you'll be fine. He's actually very interesting if you make the effort to participate and do the readings. I highly recommend going to office hours because he's really easy to talk to outside of class. Cotsell is the man!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Cotsell has easily become my favorite professor. He has the best sense of humor and I really enjoy how laid back his lectures are. The class is based on 2 essays and a take home exam, and as long as you show up and participate as best as you can, you will be more than fine. He's also extremely helpful during office hours!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Cotsell is very sweet and cares about his students. However he whispers in class which makes him hard to hear unless you sit in the first few rows. Also you need to participate or else he will just call on you. There are 2 papers and a final and a participation grade. He takes attendance randomly.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • 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:
Only graded the class based on three papers and a final and whether or not you show up, but didn't take attendance for half the semester. Nice guy, but if you're not sitting directly in front of him you can't hear him. Not the worst prof to take, but certainly not the greatest.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Sweet old guy, more like a book club than anything else. Only takes attendance every once in awhile so you can skip if you need to. If you're a good writer and don't mind discussion this class will be a breeze for you
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL324
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I've had him for two classes and each was the same. Doesn't take attendance or teach anything at all, and there's honestly no reason to go. As long as you read the stories on your own time and do the assignments you'll be fine.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Super sweet man. Really cares about his students. He chooses great texts to read. Participation definitely helps him remember who you are when grading your essay! ENGL204 was an extremely chill class - I truly enjoyed reading & discussing the literature. Very easy & fair grader. Not a difficult class - just enjoyable. Would recommend!!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Cotsell really doesn't care if you do the reading before class or not. As long as you know a gist of what's going on and you participate sometimes, you'll be fine. He doesn't take attendance but will fail you in participation if you never show up. 3 easy papers and a final. He speaks really softly so just sit in the front. Stress free!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENG208
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Cotsell is really nice and knows the material well. Class can be pretty dry, and attendance doesn't really amount to much. He's a reasonable and easy grader, just three or four short papers throughout the semester comprise your grade. Honestly I got an A and was never in class. Really nice guy, would recommend.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL376
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Cotsell is an extremely nice and caring man. The accent makes class entertaining. Literally all you do is have class discussions about the readings, and write 3 papers. Easy second writing requirement. He likes when people participate, but some kids never do. I guess that is up to how much you care. Easy grader and lets you rewrite bad papers.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's impossible to hear if you're sitting beyond the second or third row, but he grades really easily. And he never seems to care if anyone has actually done the reading--he'll get kids to read out the material loud during class, and then ask for opinions. On to top of that, he's a nice guy. Love him. Take him for 204.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Cotsell is a great guy and a super cool professor. It took me a while to get use to his quiet demeanor and dry humor but once you get to know him he's an awesome teacher. His classes are mostly all discussion based and runs pretty much like a book club. Read the books, share your opinion in class, write the few essays, and its an easy A.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENG208
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This professor can not speak loud enough for the students in the first row to clearly understand. Nor does he have any grading scale for his papers. He doesn't respond to emails or keep his word about changing your grade when he has made mistakes. DONT TAKE THIS CLASS.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is very smart and passionate about what he is teaching. He only requires three papers and a final. I hope to take his classes again.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I'm highly surprised his rating is so low. At least in ENGL204 he is a pretty average professor. He's a very kind and funny man. The guy is old so he speaks softly but never wastes anybodies time. You'll do three pretty easy essays and a very easy final. I would recommend taking this class, at least for English majors. Great professor overall.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL280
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Took Experience of Lit for non-majors over the summer. Assigned reading every night and class discussions. Not hard. Grade based on class participation and 4 essays, each about 1,000 words. He likes it when they are interesting & show a lot of thought. I missed over 6 classes due to illness and he was understanding and willing to work with me.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL204
  • 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:
He talks really quiet, and you will miss 80% of what he says unless you sit in total silence directly in front of him. He is a great professor, though. I really hate most English class, especially the part where you have to read and the part where you have to write, but I actually looked forward to this class, even participating in discussions.
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