Abney, Ray  

English

2.23/4.00

22 evaluations


ENGL 102


Freshman
Credit
General Ed
Mar 2002
He saids "um" to frequently. He grades very harsh. Tedious reading logs. Puts students on the spot. Only take his class if you absolutely have no choice.

ENGL 134


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2002
This teacher is horrible. He is so frusterating, and grades so unfairly. If you have the choice, take someone else.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Feb 2002
Mr. Abney is a pretty good English teacher. His lectures are interesting enough, and we almost always got out at least 20 min. early. He is a tough grader though. He grades very harshly for small grammar errors (commas, semi-colons, etc...). It is sometimes frustraing because you could have an "A" paper in terms of content, but get a "C" because you left out some commas. Homework is pretty much a 500 word essay a week. Final was just another essay.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Nov 2002
Going to class has little value. You don't really learn much during lectures. You only go to class to find out examples about what to write about. Also, youmostly learn what he likes to see in the essays. He doesn't like to give an "A" on any essays because he marks down a lot on comma errors. That can be pretty good if you are bad with punctuation. I was bad at that so i had to learn very quickly to adjust. That's what i liked, I became more aware of my grammar. You end up doing one essay a week and that is the only homework. Also, the essays were only five hundred words, and the topics were easy. Otherwise there is no homework. He's not a bad teacher, just not the best.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2002
Take this class if you actually want to learn the material presented. Abney is a very very hard grader, so if your English skills are lacking, try to avoid his class. However, if you are confident in your writing skills you will have no problem pulling at the very least a C.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2003
Abney is really good teacher, he likes what he's teacher and it shows. The only downside is that he is really hard on grammar. Grammar can bring your grade down by a letter grade or more if you have errors. If he graded soley on the content i would have gotten an A. Also, do your homework, there are only a few assignments of which I only did one. I think there are 100 homework points (equivalent to 1 paper). Abney does a good job of explaining the material and is clear about what he expects on the papers. If you need any help he is good at 1 on 1 help. If your writing and grammar skills are ok then you should have no problem getting at least a C in this class.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2003
Abney was an alright professor. His lectures were pretty boring, and he graded kind of tough on essays. The only homework was a little bit of reading and an essay per week. Most of the essays were only 500 words. If you improved on what he tells you to, you'll do better on each sucessive essay. No tests and no final, which was cool. You gotta go to class everyday, because sometimes there was in class writing assignments that were you got 100 percent on if you were there and did them. Overall, Abney's a nice guy who just wants to improve each students' writing skills.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Jan 2003
Abney was a good teacher. His grading policies were pretty fair and grades somewhat fairly as well. Abney's lectures were alright because it was interesting yet a little boring. Homework usually consists of you doing a 500 word essay every week and doing a little bit of reading out of the reading/writing book, but that was about it, nothing big. There are no midterms and no final, which was really awesome. Though, the only problem about his class was that you had to attend class everyday. If you were to miss a minimum of 3 days or he will drop your grade a level. Overall, I recommend taking Abney. Abney is a great teacher and his class will help you write better essays than before you attended his class.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2003
Abney was the coolest!! I have never learned so much about writing. granted he had some quite interesting tacktics to keep us interested, and he grades pretty hard on essays, but you get better at them in a hurry!! I was very impressed byt this class and this professor!


Freshman
C
General Ed
Feb 2003
Abney was a great guy, a great teacher, but a HORRIBLE grader. Everything I wrote for this class was a great essay to my peers, but to him, it was worth a C- or a D. He likes technicalities in essays, and if you like to be creative and bend writing rules a little, he will fail you. Though there was no reading besides the book, which I never read anyway, the essay topic choice was free to the student. He presented the material clearly, and even cancelled class for two days for individual student interviews. Great idea, though it didn't help my grade much. As my essays got more and more boring throughout the quarter, my grade started to improve, but not for long. No tests, just one essay a week, plus two in-class essays (which could be the midterms, but they were worth less than the regular essays). If you can stand writing the most boring, horrible essays on the planet, take this guy. Conform to him, and you will win. I didn't conform.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Feb 2003
probably the worst english teacher i have ever had. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. Unless you are an english proffesor i doubt you can get an A. There are much easier teachers out there. His lectures are boring. Gives an insane amount of busy work and doesn't teach you anything. His idea of teaching is telling you to look it up in a book. Dont even bother trying he seems nice but he grades like an anal jack ass.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Apr 2003
abney is an alright guy but an extremely shitty teacher. no one in the class ever knew what to expect from him as far as grades went. he is anal about grammer and punctuation. he seems to grade harder on those kinds of things, as opposed to the actual content of your essays. if you are enrolled in one of his classes, i would definetly recommend getting out.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Aug 2003
Prof. Abney is a nice enough guy, but he really shouldn't be teaching college courses. He is stuck on 5 paragraph essays, which you will never again have to write after this class. He wants his papers written in an exact form (intro with the topic sentence as "today i will be talking about a,b,c...", then three body paragraphs about a,b,c, and finally a conclusion "concluding" a,b,c). As an English major, this drove me insane. He is not the worst teacher you could take, but if you can take someone else do it.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Nov 2003
i don't know why some people complained about not knowing what to expect from abney. he makes it EXTREMELY clear what he wants from you. if you were able to follow the essay format correctly during your freshman year of high school, then you should easily be able to get an A in his class. it's the classic 'intro, body, body, body, conclusion' type of essays that he wants. i followed the skeleton completely and always got an A on my essays. sure, it's a little boring, but at least you know exactly what you have to do. you have to write weekly essays for his class. starts out at 500 words, then towards the end you write a 750-word and 1000-word essay. no final.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2004
This guy does not recognize hard work. Over the quarter I progressively got worse grades on my papers. A couple misplaced commas will probably get you a C on what should be an A paper. If you try asking for help he will just ridicule your writing very bluntly. Because of this teacher I have come to loathe English.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2004
Abney is a nice guy but a hard grader. You pretty much write an essay every week, but they are only 500 words, which really isn't that bad. His lectures are kind of boring, but if you listen, you really do learn alot. If you are looking for an A, dont take this teacher. I had my papers graded by so many people and i took it to the writing center and i still got B's on all my essays. There is no homework, except a little reading, which you dont even have to do but it does help explain how to write your essay in the correct format. He's an overall nice guy and wants to help his students. If your a good writer, take this class; if not, find another teacher.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2004
Abney is a really nice guy, but a really bad grader. I wrote my best essay of the quarter on the first assignment and got my lowest grade of the quarter. For the rest of the quarter I wrote unimaginitive essays that followed his structure 2 hours before class and got A's and B's. The lecture is ok and he lets you out early fairly frequently. But if your an expressive writer this probably isn't the class for you.


Sophomore
D
General Ed
Jul 2004
He was very boring and very anal about essay structure. Do not take his class. If you're currently in his class--Good Luck! Abney, if you're reading this... --P.G. 2003


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Nov 2004
This class reminded me WAY too much of high school. All the formalities and rules totally sucked, but Abney allowed you to bend them slightly. Not as much as I would have liked, but he was still pretty understanding. I never the book and it really isnt necessary even though he gives you quizzes every once in a while on the reading. I'm not even sure he ever graded them. Basically you have one week to write a paper on a different subject each time. It's a simple, boring class... and Abney doesn't help anymore, though he had a few shining moments. I have no complaints about him. I recommend him, but only if you're not too picky.

ENGL 145


Sophomore
C
General Ed
Jan 2003
Abney is an anal jerk. He basically told all the students that they suck at writing and made everybody redue everything. He is very insensitve and seems to be "out to get" the students. He grades very hard and no body liked him. Everyone took the class credit/ no credit...and am very mad I did not. I thought I was good at english and could get a good grade...but in his class you cant.

ENGL 343


Junior
B
General Ed
Jul 2002
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Graduate Student
B
General Ed
Nov 2016
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