What are your thoughts on Rate My Professor?
and not the fun kind
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#2: In my experience it says more about the students than it does about the professor. I found it very useful when deciding on where to apply as a professor– students with bad grammar and spelling who complained about having to actually do work did not look like fun students to teach. Places where students could actually spell in which they praised professors who made them think (and panned easy A professors who always canceled class) were much more attractive.
Also for a while I was having fun going around and rating my friends as “Tough but fair and you will learn a lot” and giving them chili peppers. I think I gave my mom a chili pepper too.
It’s a bit easier for me than for #1 because students at my school don’t seem to have discovered the website. They may have their own school-run one that I don’t have access to or something, but I don’t really want to know if they do. Poor #1. Her RMP evaluations say things like, “She actually expects you to learn the things she teaches,” or “She doesn’t give you credit for homework assignments if you don’t do them.” (Only, of course, not spelled anywhere near so well.) They make me want to bang my head against the wall and I’m not even teaching her students!
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