‘Rate My Professors’ impacts course choices

Photo courtesy of Alyssa Washington | Hallie Brown checks out ‘Rate My Professors’ for Winthrop. RateMyProfessors.com is a user-generated ranking and review website, similar to Yelp.Photo courtesy of Alyssa Washington | Hallie Brown checks out ‘Rate My Professors’ for Winthrop. RateMyProfessors.com is a user-generated ranking and review website, similar to Yelp.

Registration is quickly approaching, so that means it’s time to find out which classes are best to take, and even more importantly, which professors to take.

Choosing a professor can make students anxious about how the class will progress, how much they will learn and the grade they will receive. When selecting a professor, students here at Winthrop take to an online website known as ‘Rate My Professors’.

This site allows students from various colleges and universities to give their professors ratings based on areas such as overall rating, level of difficulty and the likelihood of retaking a professor.

One can also rate their college campus as a whole with categories such as reputation, food, opportunity and facilities; Winthrop University has a 3.8 overall quality rating and a 3.81 average professor rating, both out of 5.0, on Rate My Professor.

A few students were asked about their feelings about the site, if they find it accurate and if they allow the site to sway their decision about actually choosing their professors.

Nira Ransome, a freshman elementary education major, considers using ‘Rate My Professors’ because she had never heard about the site until recently.

“If I did utilize ‘Rate my Professors’, I would not allow the rating to determine which professor I would take because everyone has a different learning type. Not every teaching method is going to be easy for every student to understand and pick up,” Ransome said.

Hallie Brown, junior mass communication major, says that she has used ‘Rate My Professors’ before, but doesn’t let the comments sway her selection decision.

“I have used ‘Rate My Professors’ just to see what other students were saying about professors. I mainly look at it at the end of the semester to see if I feel the same way other students felt about a professor. At the end of the day, I have to take the class no matter what, and what if there are no other option besides that teacher? Then you’re stuck with them. College is about learning how to teach yourself, not how the teacher teaches you,” Brown said.

Brown was also asked if she thought the comments on ‘Rate My Professors’ were ever too harsh or exaggerated. “I think the comments are very realistic. If I see the same comment repeatedly, then I feel like that action or grading system is something the teacher actually does, even if it is negative,” Brown said.

Photo courtesy of Alyssa Washington | Hallie Brown checks out ‘Rate My Professors’ for Winthrop. RateMyProfessors.com is a user-generated ranking and review website, similar to Yelp.

Photo courtesy of Alyssa Washington | Hallie Brown checks out ‘Rate My Professors’ for Winthrop. RateMyProfessors.com is a user-generated ranking and review website, similar to Yelp.

There are over 900 professors found on this website specifically for Winthrop University.

Some comments are definitely outdated, yielding comments back to 2012, but on average, the ratings mostly give an above average answer, a 3.0, for the professors here at Winthrop.

What are your feelings about Rate My Professor? Do you love it? Do you feel it is outdated? Do you think it could be improved?

Tell us your thoughts on Twitter @The_RMR!

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