Michael Olmert

9 reviews
Average rating: 4.00




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ENGL310

Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/21/2010
I also had Olmert for ENGL241. Anyone who gives this guy less than a five will not be please with any professor at UMD. This guy is the real deal. He knows so much about English lit, and yes he does go off on tangents and sometimes says random things but that's just who he is, and it's endearing. He's taught at UMD forever, and cares a lot about his students. I highly recommend his classes, or just meeting him in general. It's a real treat. And that's coming from someone who isn't a lit. nerd.
ENGL241

Expecting an A
mmcnama3 12/02/2010
Olmert is the best. He is hilarious, engaging, and his lectures are always interesting. He uses the novels as a starting-off point to discuss other things, which can sometimes get off topic, but in a nice way. Discussion was easy if you spoke up, and there were tons of extra credit opportunities. The novels are interesting and easy to read and understand. Take ENGL241 with Olmert!!
ENGL311

Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/28/2010
B.S. class. He talks too much about irrelevant things, and none of it was intersting. AVOID THIS CLASS AT ALL COST UNLESS YOU ARE A VERRYY INTO BRITISH LITERATURE!!! Worst class ever for me. And hope you do not end up with the worst TA to ever exist.
ENGL241

Expecting an A
cgut117 05/11/2010
Olmert is so far my favorite professor on campus. He is funny, and awesome. This class was one you definitely have to work in if you want an A. There are 8 novels you have to read, and you're going to fail if you don't read them. However olmert offers over 15 extra credit assignments a semester and you can get up to 10 points each... if you do them you can really get an A. A lot of the extra credits are movies, and sometimes they require reading more novels, but obviously they are optional. Olmert just talks about life and stuff that applies to everyone. He's a really cool guy.
ENGL311

Expecting an A
Anonymous 03/23/2010
Olmert has a cult of personality that has grown around him, and I can't really understand why so many people like him. His lectures are so peppered with tangents that it's hard to tell what's important, the readings were stuffy and boring, and he blatantly plays favorites in the class. Don't expect to be called on much if you're not in Olmert's little club of followers who have already taken a class with him. Also, for the tests, he basically expects you to memorize dates, names, and ESPECIALLY his ideas. Admittedly, he knows the time period and its literature very well, but that's no reason to quash individual interpretation of the works. This class was a very cursory , reductive overview of 18th century literature. Good for people who don’t really like to read or come up with their own ideas.
ENGL244

Expecting an A
Anonymous 11/29/2009
he is the man. i got in because he filled one of my cores... best decision ever! the plays he chose were awesome, not the same stuff you read every year.
ENGL244

Expecting an A
Anonymous 04/21/2009
He's an awesome professor! The plays you read are actually really interesting. I took this class because it was the only one I could get into at the last minute and I actually enjoyed this class the most. There is so much extra credit that its hard not to get an A.
ENGL244

Expecting an A
boringb 12/08/2008
Great teacher! He makes you actually enjoy the assigned plays and coming to class. Lectures are always interesting. Papers and exams are graded by TAs. None of the work is very hard. Gives a ridiculous amount of really easy extra credit, so the only way you can fail is if you don't even try.
ENGL241

Expecting a B
gkay 09/19/2008
Professor Olmert is an awesome teacher and you will enjoy going to class. The only problem was in ENGL 241 you arent graded by your professor but by your TA's(so dont end up with the TA who gives only Cs Ds and Fs). I ended up scraping by with a B- because I did a lot of extra credit.