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49ersfan_87
08-17-2009, 09:24 PM
I use the site to find out about the professors I'll be having for the next semester.It's a great tool to find out who to avoid, although you have to take some of it with a grain of salt due to lazy students who just did not work.

I did use it for my benefit this summer though. I was taking an elective course, and i checked out my professor. The reviews were consistently negative, so i decided to drop it and take another elective. I recently checked the professor again and a comment was left that the class average was 56%. I dodged a bullet for using that site.

Anyone else ever used it?

Brent
08-17-2009, 09:26 PM
Only thing I can say about college is: those sites are worthless. Schedule classes to fit the schedule you want to have, not based on who is teaching it. The only thing that controls your grade is how lazy you are or aren't. Awful professors are the exception, not the rule.

tjsunstein
08-17-2009, 09:30 PM
Never have used it and never have needed to. It's overrated in my opinion.

fenikz
08-17-2009, 09:33 PM
its a solid site, i wouldnt change my classes if i read something it though

Hawk
08-17-2009, 09:34 PM
I view it occasionally, but I form my own opinion. I have posted two comments for two teachers I really enjoyed. A lot of people on that site are really bitter about their grade. Like Brent said, its up to you what you get.

pierce2walker
08-17-2009, 09:40 PM
I definitely look up the professors that are teaching a class before enrolling. You are right that it should be taken with a grain of salt because a lot of people just base their ratings on the grade they received, but if reviews are consistently positive or negative I feel it is worth considering. And I disagree with the notion that the professor makes no difference. Different professors teaching the same class cant definitely have varying degrees of difficulty and work load.

MetSox17
08-17-2009, 09:42 PM
It's a pretty useful site, i use it often. The Accounting department at my University is notorious for having some pretty nasty professors, and it has helped me steer away from them.

scottyboy
08-17-2009, 09:43 PM
well I was informed via email of one of my professors before we got our official schedules and stuff, so thought, what the hell, I'll look him up. I'm not gonna drop his class because he seems like a hardass or below 75 is failing, it just lets me know what I'm looking at in the near future. I'm gonna use it, just to get an early feel for the professor, but it wont cause any changes for me or anything.

Xiomera
08-17-2009, 09:45 PM
Very useful site. I don't put too much stock into what people write about professors, generally because it's just a lot of people complaining "He made me read a book and I don't like reading," but if there's overwhelmingly bad reviews, it's worth noting.

I've also saved money by not buying textbooks when people posted that you wouldn't ever use them.

MetSox17
08-17-2009, 09:48 PM
I've also saved money by not buying textbooks when people posted that you wouldn't ever use them.

This is probably the biggest reason why you SHOULD use it. So many overachievers show up the first day of class with their books, then the professor tells them he's using his personal preference of book, or none at all.

scottyboy
08-17-2009, 09:50 PM
Very useful site. I don't put too much stock into what people write about professors, generally because it's just a lot of people complaining "He made me read a book and I don't like reading," but if there's overwhelmingly bad reviews, it's worth noting.

I've also saved money by not buying textbooks when people posted that you wouldn't ever use them.

agreed. I looked up my guy and all the reviews said you're gonna be reading a **** load, but it doesnt matter which book, edition 4 or 5. So I bought a nice cheap, good shape one on Amazon.

He later in his syllabus posted exactly that, which was pretty win.

Xiomera
08-17-2009, 09:52 PM
I've also had the benefit of some advance notice on grading policies thanks to the site. People post quirks of the class which minimizes surprises.

Rob S
08-17-2009, 10:01 PM
I love the site. Yeah ratings can be misleading sometimes and what not, but overall it cant hurt to take a look.

fischbowl
08-17-2009, 10:02 PM
I went on it for the hell of it and it was meh. When I saw the flaming pepper next to my 70 year old psych professor, that was the kicker

josh07039
08-17-2009, 10:03 PM
I use it all the time and find it to be an incredibly valuable resource. In high school, it was more a way for kids to just bash teachers, whether it was justified or not, so i never really used it. However, it college it is really important. Many times I have been able to choose between a few different sections of a class and have used the site to choose which professor will be best for me. Obviously you can do well with any professor if you work hard enough, but sometimes there are professors you just don't want to have.
Just a few things I try to avoid:
1. First and foremost, a professor that is extremely liberal, who injects it into every conversation. Before I really started using the site, I had a terrible experience with a professor who was, among other thing, really anti Israel to the extent she referred to it as Palestine. I'm a Jew and that not only got on my nerves, but led to a lower grades because I refused to regurgitate the stuff she was spewing during the exam.
2.A professor that assigns a lot of expensive books that he wrote that you will barely use in the class. I've had professors assign their book that is $100 that we only used a chapter of.
3. Someone who isn't available for office hours or receptive to a student.
4. Obviously, a professor that isn't intelligent or a good lecturer is something I hate.

Rob S
08-17-2009, 10:06 PM
Yeah I mainly use it to try and save money for beer. Also, if everyone says over and over again that the guy is a ball buster, its a safe bet that you should avoid. Not to say you couldnt get an A, because I really think you almost always can, but its nice not having to spend 95 percent of your study time on one class.

Paul
08-17-2009, 10:09 PM
Use it before every semester.

JFLO
08-17-2009, 10:25 PM
One of my professors this quarter was accused of sexual harassment on ratemyprof.com

It read, and I quote, "If you are a female, don't bother asking him for help after class...he'll only make sexual advances toward you."

He's an old guy, so it has probably been awhile for him...

Bigburt63
08-17-2009, 10:26 PM
It can be good, but if you know anyone who already had that professor then that it is the way to go. Another reason it helps to try and make friends with some upperclassmen.

YAYareaRB
08-17-2009, 10:53 PM
It's the center of my scheduling every semester

yodabear
08-18-2009, 12:17 AM
I do check it every semester. But it would only impact my choice if it is an epic unanimous hatrid by 10 or more people. If I have to take a class, I will take it even if it says the professor is a prick.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
08-18-2009, 12:21 AM
One of my high school teachers that used to teach in college(ta) said that his colleagues and he would write fake stuff on there about each other for fun, so take all of those comments with a grain of salt.

aNYtitan
08-18-2009, 12:26 AM
I used it for like the first two years, after that I just kinda was like bunch of C average students comment on it, and I really don't care. Never met a professor that I just absolutely hated, disliked yes but not because of difficult coursework.

thetedginnshow
08-18-2009, 12:31 AM
I think it's a great site. Hasn't let me down so far.

Crickett
08-18-2009, 01:22 AM
I do use rate my professor and do change my schedule according. And frequently when I don't change my schedule, I will within the first week or drop the class within the first month.

I have encountered times however where my opinion of a teacher runs counter to that of what I read on rate my professor.

And I do find it is more important to read the comments than the ratings.

TimD
08-18-2009, 02:24 AM
like xio said i use it for text books a lot.

i dropped a teacher twice this past year and got into another class somewhat due to this site. i went to the first syllabus day and it was a lot plus this site's ratings weren't too positive so it seemed like a safe call.

yodabear
08-18-2009, 11:30 AM
Very useful site. I don't put too much stock into what people write about professors, generally because it's just a lot of people complaining "He made me read a book and I don't like reading," but if there's overwhelmingly bad reviews, it's worth noting.

I've also saved money by not buying textbooks when people posted that you wouldn't ever use them.

I do that too. I got my booklist a week ago, and one of my professors wants me to get three books and some clicker thingy (he isn't on RMP). I mean, I don't mind reading, but obviously I think if we are getting three books, we are using one of them for or a chapter or two at most. It doesn't seems to be very nice.

CashmoneyDrew
08-18-2009, 11:35 AM
My school has it's own review site, so I just use that. But it is a good site. Most definitely.

YAYareaRB
08-18-2009, 11:57 AM
myspace has a pretty good one too

yodabear
08-18-2009, 12:06 PM
myspace has a pretty good one too

Myspace is for child molesters and losers.

YAYareaRB
08-18-2009, 12:25 PM
Myspace is for child molesters and losers.

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