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Websites that Rank College Professors

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
College Professors: How Do You Find a Good One?

College Professors: How Do You Find a Good One?

It wasn’t easy getting into college: you’ve worked long and hard and want to make sure that you can find professors who are the best in their field…at least at your school.

My College Guide has discovered websites that rank college professors so you have some idea of what to expect before you ever set foot inside the college classroom.

Ranking College Professors

Rate My Professors This established site is super popular for a reason: it’s chock full of student reviews! They boast over 7,500 schools and more than 14 million student-generated comments and ratings. It’s easy to use and easy to rate.

MyEdu(formerly Pick A Prof) – Though this site has undergone a name-change and a bit of a reformat, it’s also less focused on the attractiveness of a professor and instead covers the really important stuff, like how good of a professor he or she is based on student-submitted reviews!  You may find out what the average grade is in the course (among those who visit the site, of course) as well as any professor recommendations that can include study tips or exams.

Professor Performance It’s a college professor review site with a twist: verified students actually leave reviews! Okay, anyone can leave a review, but knowing that a student is actually for real can be a big bonus! They may be more likely to stick to the facts and not let their emotions run rampant. In other words: we wonder if it may lead to more credible reviews.

Your Professor, Graded

At the end of the day, it’s all up to you. Take into consideration what others say, but also remember that it’s far easier for some folks to complain than it is to post something nice. Everyone has his or her own definition of what makes a great teacher.

Without knowing the back-story, it’s not always easy to tell if a review is written because a student slacked off and their grade suffered for it or if a professor truly maintains a difficult course schedule. At the very least, you can always switch classes that first week if a course is not what you thought it would be.

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Great College Professors: How to Find the Best Professors at School

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Heavy Reading or Light? Discussion or Lecture?You’ve worked really hard to get into a college or university, so how do you find the best college professors?

You know, the ones who motivate, challenge and mold their students into better people? There are plenty of things that you can do to find the best professors, or at least some of the more popular ones, at your college or university!

Finding the Best Professors at College

Online Ranking Websites – It turns out that online ranking websites are used for more than just rating colleges and universities! You’ll find options that can give you the lowdown on the professors at your school, too. Keep in mind, though, that it’s easier for some people to complain than it is to pay a compliment. But you may be able to find out more about the classroom style: formal or informal, lots of papers or discussion-oriented.

Your Student Adviser – When you are figuring out your course schedule, ask your adviser! Who knows better than someone who hears all day long about what students like or dislike about their courses? Find out if a professor is heavy on the reading or big into papers. Ask direct questions to get a better idea of how they run their classrooms. While your adviser isn’t going to badmouth a fellow co-worker, they can at least guide you to a professor that fits your learning style (and your schedule). Chances are your adviser knows something–just make sure to ask your questions in a way that they can answer.

It’s in the Bio – Many college websites now include bios on their professors. You may have to dig very deep to find this information, but it’s there! Some will go into detail about their experience and also list papers that they have written or other published works. It’s a starting point to finding out more. It won’t tell you if the class is easy, but it may help you figure out who the true experts are in each fields at your college. If they teach your major, that’s definitely knowledge worth knowing!

Online Syllabus — Who knew that you would use the internet more than as a starting place to find a college? It turns out that it’s also helpful when tracking down a college syllabus! People share them in all sorts of places. Look up the course number and professor to see if you can find one. While you won’t know if the professor is a good fit for you, the syllabus will give you an idea on the course load and if it’s something you feel like you can handle or if you want to keep looking.

Your Major – If you chose a college major already, chances are you will share courses with some of the same people as time passes (and depending on the size of your school, of course!). Meeting and getting to know upperclassmen is a great way to find out if the classes you are considering are considered great or not so great.

College Profs: Making the Grade

Keep in mind that no matter who you speak with and what you read, the bottom line is that it is someone’s opinion. You may take a course and end up with a completely different perspective.

Sometimes, the people that challenge us the most are the ones that help build and shape our character in ways that no one else could.

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Beyond the Campus Tour: 7 Signs to Look for When You Visit a College

Friday, December 18th, 2009
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Chaval Brasil

As the time to choose a college approaches, you’ll probably want to visit as many schools as possible to get a feel for which one is the best fit for you. But sometimes, visiting a school is more of a distraction than an answer. After all, the tour guide is bound to show you the nicest dorm rooms (which you probably won’t have a chance of getting), but will she tell you which professors are the human equivalent to Nyquil?

To get the true scoop on college life, it’s important to get beyond the tour script and ask the tough questions. When you go, here’s what you’ll want to check out to see if the school’s worth applying to.

Sit in on a class. Don’t just take the tour guide’s word that the professors are fantastic—go sit in on a class in a field that you’re interested in, and find out for yourself! You’ll probably need to get the college admissions office’s approval to sit in on a course, but they should be able to help you find one that coincides with your visit, if your tour is during the regular school year. Check out ratemyprofessors.com to find out what regular students think of your lecturer.

Find out what students do for fun. Is most of the activity focused on-campus, or off? Is the Greek scene a big part of campus life? Does the whole campus go crazy for football, or do the students seem more artsy and independent? Depending on your interests, you’ll want to make sure that the school has what you need to thrive socially.

How’s the food? OK, maybe it’s not the most important thing, but you’ll be eating food from the college cafeteria every day for at least your first couple of years, so you’ll want to make sure it’s edible. Take a swing by the cafeteria for lunch to try it for yourself.

What sort of sports and outdoor activities can you take part in? If you love to run, take a look at the track. If swimming’s your thing, you’ll want to check out the pool facilities—and if you love mountain biking, then see how far you are from nearby trails, and how easy they are to get to. Some schools in beautiful areas, such as Colorado College, offer students the chance to take outdoors excursions every weekend. If you’d be interested, ask a student who’s attended one of the events about what it’s like.

How’s the library? You’ll probably be spending plenty of time there, especially during finals week. Is it well stocked? Is it quiet and comfortable enough to study in? Take a look at the students there—if they all seem incredibly stressed, it may not be the best place to spend four years of your life.

What’s off campus? At some schools, you’ll have enough to do that you’ll rarely want to leave campus—but when you do, what will you find? Is the college located in an interesting city with lots of cheap restaurants and nightlife options? Or are you an hour or more from any place worth seeing? While location isn’t everything, it can play a big part in your college experience, so it’s worth considering. (Check out our list of great college towns for some ideas of places to consider applying.)

How easy is it to get home? Obviously, this isn’t something to ask your campus tour guide—you’ll answer this question yourself when you make the trek there. If getting back and forth between home and the dorm seems like a huge hassle, it may not be the best place to set up shop for four years.