I am sure many of you have heard of the website: www.ratemyprofessor.com and wonder…”how accurate is this?” But for those of you who don’t know what this is, it is a review site which allows college and university students to assign ratings to professors and campuses of American, Canadian, and United Kingdom institutions. These ratings are based on:
1) What class is taught by the professor
2) The difficulty/easiness level of the class
3) How helpful the professor is
4) The clarity of the professor
These rating give us insights on:
- The overall average rating of the professor/class out of 5
- The average letter grade received by students
It definitely has some pros and cons but don’t let one side or the other determine your judgement on a professor! The good thing about the site is that it has a radical view of both ends of the spectrum where you have people who live and breathe the class or those who only show up on exam days. Also, it is anonymous, which is more preferable since you read opinions on a class because you get different perspectives instead of just asking a friend. This site can help you decide if a class taught by a specific professor is of interest to you.
However… DO NOT let this shy you away from a professor either! You will encounter instances where a professor has an average grade of an F, but this does not necessarily mean you will receive an F! In some cases, this is probably due because it is based on one rating from a student who probably blew off the class. In other cases, it might not even be for the same class, school, or is from many years ago! A lot of them may not be reliable, so you need to be cautious on what you read, and what you make your judgement based off of.
It is important that you don’t rely on ratemyprofessor TOO much. It can be a helpful resource when picking out professors, but if a professor has either a good or bad review, don’t let this 100% determine your choice.
Lastly, if you have completed a semester with a professor, add on to the reviews! It only takes 2-3 minutes, and no signing up is required. It can help a lot of people with honest reviews and allow you as an LUC student to reflect on your experience.Tags: Classes, Professors