List of Worst College Professors

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  1. cycopath25

    cycopath25 Well-Known Member

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  2. CyArob

    CyArob Well-Known Member

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    Their basis for that list was ratemyprofessors.com. So, yeah, that's not a real list.
     
  3. jj-cyclones

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    RateMyProfessors.com. is used seriously? I remember reading that in college and a prof would get 5 stars if she was easy on the eyes and a 1 star...well you get my point.
     
  4. Rabbuk

    Rabbuk Well-Known Member

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    I could see this based on my friends experiences in the engineering school.
     
  5. Wesley

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    #5 Wesley, May 1, 2013
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    Does ISU have too many old fogies that grade tough or what is the theory?

    Noticed Des Moines U was rated much higher than ISU, UI, UNI.
     
  6. MLawrence

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    So it's a top 25 list of whiniest students? :jimlad:
     
  7. WhatchaGonnaDo

    WhatchaGonnaDo Well-Known Member

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    I've had some good profs and some bad profs. I feel that a person does poorly in a class and takes out their rage on ratemyprofessors.com

    I've stopped using the site for that reason and just ask friends who have taken the course or had the professor before. You'll get a much more sincere response
     
  8. LivntheCyLife

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    Lots of engineering/tech schools on the list. I think that's probably a factor.
     
  9. cowgirl836

    cowgirl836 Well-Known Member

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    yeah the list was stupid. Using RMP as your source is ridiculous....especially when, like the article pointed out, you have a high percentage of science and engineering schools on the list. Not exactly easy classes, so you'll have more students ********.
     
  10. carvers4math

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    Yep, Rensselaer was high on the list and it is supposedly a good engineering school.

    That being said, my son has had some truly awful ISU engineering profs. His Calc 3 prof was just terrible and he wrote a scathing review of him even though he got a good grade in the class. Luckily Calc 3 is much easier than Calc 2 according to him.
     
  11. ChiefCy

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    I hated the one's that simply read from the book. Sometimes I would skip the class and spend that hour with the book for that class as that was a better use of my time.
     
  12. CycloneErik

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    I never skipped as an undergrad, but I had one class I still regret attending. The prof started with "This textbook is written at a 7th grade level, so most of you will need to read it several times to understand it."

    I got it all in one reading. His lectures just covered the highlighted terms in the book. Attending that really wasn't worth much time.
     
  13. CNECloneFan

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    From the link:

    "It's notable that some of the universities that landed on the worst professor list are schools that specialize in science, technology and engineering, which are academically challenging."

    Like, yah!
     
  14. pulse

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    Whiny would be accurate. For instance, Calc is part of the Math department...
     
  15. ISpyCy

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    Great, now those trouser stains over at HN will think they're Harvard 2.0...
     
  16. abe2010

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    This. Most people are unhappy with the math department here
     
  17. Cy$

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    the math department does suck here. Physics department is just as bad. Not because they are hard, but because of the class layout and teachers.
     
  18. CYlent Bob

    CYlent Bob Well-Known Member

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    I had an undergraduate TA for my Physics 221 class at ISU. Not only was she an undergrad, but she was an ........ (shudder) engineering student. This was the spring of '87.

    She was forced out about a month before finals, and replaced with a guy who spoke English about half a degree better than he spoke the language of birds. Word on the street was that all the Physics grad students sabotaged her nonstop, and it became necessary for her to stand down just to prevent a general rebellion in that department.

    Too bad, because she was really good at what she did. I can see an objection to having a non-physics student be a TA in a 300 or 400 level class, but the introductory weed-out class? I wonder if their main objection was "she's helping those kids learn the material too damn well, and we're not going to be able to weed out ANY of her kids"?
     
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