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Student ratings are usually quite accurate on professors.
No they aren't.
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post #102 of 341
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I'm guessing you've never taken a serious Bio class...
No offense, but until you've walked a mile in an engineering student's shoes, I wouldn't quite make those remarks. I'm not saying biology isn't a challenging program. Not at all! What engineering requires though stands vastly alone.
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I'm guessing you've never taken a serious Bio class...
Word. People have to know this stuff by heart. This is just metabolism.

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Word. People have to know this stuff by heart. This is just metabolism.
We could play "who had the hardest assignment" all day. AGAIN, Biology requires a talented mind, and if you think I'm only referring to the technicality of an engineering student's workload, you simply don't get it. Engineering school isn't about hard problems. Anyone capable of being an engineer can break down and solve any problem you throw at him/her. Engineering school, however, is 4+ years of psychological torture.
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post #106 of 341
As a recent college grad with a Biochem degree, this article is TRUE from all practicality purposes. As science/engineering majors we struggle and are forced to learn, at least in moderation, nearly all tech advances in the last 1000 years. Even a biology major still has to take Calc1/2 and 8+ hrs of physics! A daunting task, lets say for a 18-21 year old male, who would has to stay in the library while other majors party. Alas, its the way of the world, and you dont do it... someone else will.
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I still don't get what all the Calc whining is all about. I got Calc I/II/III done in high school. Calc III was semi-turrible, but Calc I/II? I didn't even study that much.
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post #108 of 341
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No they aren't.
www.ratemyprofessor.com.

Pretty flipping darn accurate on the quality of professors. Don't get me wrong, the responsibility of studying lies with the students. However, the professor is there to teach. If not, then what's the point of having professors?
post #109 of 341
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Easy fixes:

Ditch the "gen ed" crap. I learned NOTHING new in all of my gen ed classes. They were a massive waste of time. I had already learned all that crap in the last 12 years in school.

Ditch the crappy tenure teachers. Student ratings are usually quite accurate on professors. If they aren't doing a good job, then they should be fired. Plain and simple. In my Circuits II class, the test averages hovered around 20 (out of 60). Consistently. That's not a problem with the students. That's a problem with the professor.
1. That's not a problem with the students. That's a problem with the professor.
It is definitely problem with students

Hint for situation #2. Use all that school gives you - go to TA;a and ask for help if you dont understand something, go to the professor and do the same, go and group with people that do better than you on the test...

From my experience in teaching - students almost never come to actually learn if they dont understand something. They only come at the end of the semester to beg for few points and asking for 'curving' the grades because they need better gpa.
- Then I usually ask - were you attending the class?
Yes i was.
- Then why I never say you during office hours? Only 2 or 3 students out of 100 student class showed up with questions for help to understand topic/problem and overcome the problem.
- 'silence'

only after you exhaust those opportunities and the professor is not helpful, you can say its a problem with a professor. til then as i said before - You just whining
its called a study for a reason - they dont put info into ur head with a shovel - YOU have to understand it and to do so YOU have to spend time and effort STUDYING

1. Student ratings are usually quite accurate on professors.
Oh boy, You couldnt be more wrong

Most students come to class because they have to. Not because they want to learn something. They stare at teacher like sheep, nod with their heads, copy whatever is on the board or slides and they gone as soon as the bell rings...
When given homework 90 % of my students couldnt solve the problem. A problem that was solved during the class... just change the numbers.
And when asked to solve homework during recitation by TA's - TA's report they had to do it by themselves because none of the students could do it.

And in evaluations - You see - professors/TA's give to hard problems, they dont explain...
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The guy looks like he´s high as a kite.
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