'Rate My Professor' Is A Lifesaver For College Students

'Rate My Professor' Is A Lifesaver For Students Trying To Make A Decent Semester Schedule

It allows students to tailor their professor's teaching styles to one that perfectly fits their own, to ensure maximum efficiency and educational improvement.

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Just like a coach can make or break an athletes passion for a sport, a professor can have a long-lasting and influential impact on the course of that student's career path and appreciation for a certain topic.

"Rate My Professor" has saved my life on numerous occasions and I'm sure millions of other college students can agree.

It's not a stretch to say that every student learns in their own specific way.

There are visual learners, auditory learners, and hands-on learners and the reviews on "Rate my Professor" allow students to share the teaching styles of specific professors and critique the positive and negative aspects of the class.

"Rate my professor" allows students to rate the course and/or professor on a 1-5 scale in the following categories: "overall quality" and "level of difficulty." The rater may also share if they would take the professor again if the class was taken for credit, if attendance is mandatory if the textbook is used, what grade they received in the course, and include comments of up to max 350 characters in length.

To reiterate, "Rate My Professor" is literally a world wide web version of angels on earth. On more occasions than I can count I have almost registered for classes where professors don't use power points or any visual aids for learning and honestly, that would be an absolutely detrimental experience for my GPA and I'm sure my fellow ADD classmates can agree. I could literally sit through a three-hour lecture of a professor speaking and not process a single word because I need to be engaged either verbally or visually in order to be able to interpret the smallest ounce of the lecture.

"Rate My Professor" allows students to tailor their professor's teaching styles to one that perfectly fits their own, to ensure maximum efficiency and educational improvement.

In addition, it talks about professors negative and positive behaviors. There are some professors who are notorious for not showing up to class and "Rate My Professor" exposes these actions and warns you to avoid them. It also talks about the positive qualities of some professors like their consistency and organization along with their engagement and passion for a class. Having a professor who is well versed on a topic and also exerts passion and excitement to the rest of the class can invoke a passion and drive in students who are interested in the same topic as well.

"Rate My Professor" offers backstage access to classroom activities and allows students who have already taken the class to pass down their wisdom to people who are curious about a course. The insight can offer tips and tricks on how to do well in the class and how to study for certain tests along with what to pay close attention to during lectures.

OK, also, nobody wants to buy a textbook for a class if they're never going to use them. "Rate My Professor" has saved college students hundreds of dollars because it tells you if you will really ever turn a page of that 400 page 100 dollar textbook. "Rate My Professor" keeps college students pockets happy because previous class takers can pass their experiences — both positive and negative to students who are looking for information on specific classes and professors.

While some professors feel hurt and attacked by the comments left, they need to understand that the website offers so much insight to students who are looking for a specific way to learn, and students who are looking for ways to do well and attend classes where they will do best in.

It also important to weed through a wide variety of comments to avoid bias, and get a full consensus of all the different opinions of students, to see where certain perspectives correlate.

Professors who read the reviews can also take the comments into consideration to improve when they receive numerous of the same negative comments from different students.

A good professor plays a direct role in some student's success so it is important to do research on a professor before you take their class if you have the option.

Professors play a role in educational passion the same way coaches play a role in athlete's lives and their passion for a sport.

This post is not a sponsored ad, I really just needed to express the gratitude I have for this beautiful website because I swear by it and it deserves all the appreciation it can get. It plays such an enormous role in the scheduling process of college students across the US, Canada, and the UK.

"Rate My Professor" gets five stars, no textbook needed — just some wifi and a couple free minutes to read through some commentary. It's so worth your time.

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12 Dorm Room 'Essentials' That Are Actually A Waste Of Money

If three years of college has taught me anything, it's that I wasted a lot of money and space on things for my dorm room that I never used.

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Now approaching my senior year of college, there are so many things that I have experienced in my three years away that I either look back at and smile just at the thought of or immediately regret. With a younger sister going into her freshman year of college, I hope to teach her as much of those lessons I learned in advance so she doesn't make the same mistakes as me. One of the most important things I learned after moving in and out of dorm rooms and apartments for three years is what should and shouldn't come with you to school. Because, let's be real, as much as we want to pack away our entire lives and fit them in our minuscule dorm room, not everything is necessary.

However, knowledge is power, and I don't want to just save my sister from making those mistakes. That's why I'm here to share the 12 things that aren't necessary for you to bring to school:

1. A Keurig/coffee maker

While living in an apartment and having all the space in a kitchen for a coffee maker and the time to make my own hot drinks, having a Keurig was a godsend. But I'm going to be completely honest, as someone who wanted a Keurig so badly before freshman year...I rarely used it when I lived in the dorms. Between having meal points to buy my own coffee and just never having the time or energy to make it in the morning and then clean the dishes afterward, it just wasn't worth the waste of money and space.

2. A giant television

You may see pictures of dorm rooms and see students with giant televisions along their window or squished onto their desks. But unless you're living in a larger apartment, having a huge flat screen TV has no purpose for a small dorm room. There are TV's usually all over campus, especially in the common rooms that are free for you to use. If you really do feel like you need a TV in your dorm, a smaller one will suffice, because anything larger is going to take up some much-needed room.

3. Any type of hot plate/mini grill, etc.

Besides the fact that these are banned in most dormitories anyways, it's not smart to sneak one of these into your rooms. I can't tell you how many people I know that have accidentally started a fire in the dorm room from using a toaster they snuck in or a special "grilled cheese grill." The dining halls will have everything you could possibly want and need, and most dorm rooms come with a mini fridge and microwave to supplement anything further.

4. Candles

I'll admit, I am guilty of using these my sophomore year of college. Do I regret the millions of times I freaked out because I almost lit my dorm room on fire? Absolutely.

It's not worth it. Your RA will probably catch you, it's not worth the risk of accidentally setting your shoebox-sized dorm on fire, and the smoke detectors in those rooms are so sensitive that you're bound to set them off.

5. A printer

Unless you're living off campus in an apartment, there really is no reason to have a printer in your dorm room. There are tons of printers throughout the different buildings of every university, and most allot a certain amount of sheets for you to do your printing. Printers are big and clunky, hard to store, and the ink is very expensive. Don't consider buying one unless you plan on moving off campus.

6. An iron and ironing board

Take it from someone who absolutely hates wearing wrinkly clothes, the whole iron and ironing board duo was not a smart move my freshman year. It took up way too much room and when I did actually want to iron, it was so annoying to find a spot to do it in my small room.

If you're really obsessive about having non-wrinkled clothes like I am, you can invest in a mini steamer, which is super cheap, stored extremely easily because they're so small, and work just as well as an iron. I ended up swapping out for one of these my sophomore year and loving it so much more.

7. Bean bag chairs/Folding chairs

Any extra seating for a dorm room is honestly unnecessary besides the standard desk chairs that come with the dorm. The floor space is so limited that taking it up with any other large items is going to make it extremely difficult to navigate around your room. Also, when your friends come to hang out, they usually will end up just sitting on your bed or your desk chair anyways.

8. A body pillow

I don't really know what the use of these things are. I had one freshman year, and it laid against my bed the entire year and I never used it. I just found laying on it extremely awkward and uncomfortable and it was just so big that it took up too much room on my already tiny Twin XL bed.

9. A laundry hamper

A stand-up laundry hamper is just going to take up way too much space that you don't have. Instead, invest in some nicely made laundry bags that you can put your dirty laundry in and just easily carry over to the laundry room. A lot of stores even make special bags that differentiate between lights, darks, and delicates so the sorting is already done for you before you do your laundry.

10. A vacuum

While the idea of having a vacuum is nice, and I myself have had one all three years, it just took up way too much room in my dorm and I later found out you could just rent one from the commons whenever you wanted to clean your floor. Most universities do have cleaning supplies for rent, such as brooms, swifters, vacuums, etc., so there's no need trying to fit all of those in your closet.

11. A million throw pillows

While they'll make your bed look cute, making your bed every single morning and remembering where to put the millions of decorative pillows can become very annoying, not to mention finding a place to put them whenever you turn down your bed.

12. Picture frames

While having tons of pictures in your dorm room is nice, and I say the more the merrier, bringing physical picture frames is just a waste because there's not much shelf or desk place to place them. Instead, find a cute wall decoration that holds photos or clips to hang them from your wall. It'll save a ton of space and also cover up those bare, ugly dorm room walls.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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