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Why You Shouldn’t Consider Ratemyprofessor.Com The Bible

Let’s take a look at your schedule. How many classes this semester did you pick after checking Rate My Professor? If the answer is too many, don’t feel bad. You’re definitely not the only one. But what if I told you there’s a better way to approach registration?

Rate My Professor is the one website we can count on for information from other students about the best and worst professors, right? But at the end of the day, it is not and should never be the college bible. You don’t base your hookups off Cosmo’s columns or ditch Gigi Hadid’s pasta recipe cause one Youtuber didn’t like it, so why would you listen to a bunch of online reviews?

When looking at the website and the way the rating system works, it's similar to Amazon. One person could leave a review on a product, in this case, a professor, and that one review is their entire rating. The more reviews, the more accurate the rating is.

If we trust these ratings without considering they could be wrong, we could miss out on a great class with a great professor!

I asked a few friends what they look for in a professor, and here’s what they said:

Right attitude / Passionate about the material they teach

  • If professors share their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach, they are more likely to have a lasting impact on their students, and they will more likely enjoy being in the class.