Originally Posted by curt656
You may or may not agree with me, but I need to vent!! I hear faculty complain about sites like Ratemyprofessor all the time, but after this semester I know that they are completely necessary, imo. Unfortunately, the woman that is my Orgo professor was the only one teaching Orgo 1 this semester so I was forced to sit for her class. I took the opinion, based on her reviews, that she rated poorly due to the difficulty of the material which can cause students to give undeserved bad reviews. I think I should have paid a little more attention to them!
I have never before sat for a class where a professor went out of her way to set her students up for failure. She lectures right out of the book, reaction for reaction, and then creates these tests that look like nothing you have ever seen before. Just figuring out the question is an answer all in itself. I have friends who attend other local universities who get test questions on the equivalence of "What does 2+2 equal?" compared to what we get tested on.
I am not a genius by any stetch of the imagination, but I have a damn good head on my shoulders and I have to say that this is ridiculous. The class average on last weeks test (the last one before tomorrows final) was 38% (9 right out of 24 questions)!!! You could almost do that by closing your eyes and pointing at an answer!! She didn't release the scores for the last test taken two fridays ago, until this past friday (2 days ago) at 6:30 pm!! The final is tomorrow!!!! It sure would have been great to be able to have time to review the test to see where I went wrong!! Oh well, I guess it doesn't matter because she specifically told everyone to not bother her with emails and cancelled her one weekly office HOUR!! Are you kidding me?? It's bad enough you only give us one hour to see you during the week all semester, but you are going to cancel it the week before tomorrows final!?!?!?!?!? Oh, and you can forget about a review for the final, while of course not required, would have been nice considering this is the hardest pre-med course there is.
I worked my butt off this semester and had a solid B going into the last test, but because of how insane this test was (the previous tests were marginally a little more manageable with 14 and 11 being the averages out of 24), I now need a B+-A- to get a B in the class. Am I way off base thinking this is ridiculous?? I know this class is hard. It's supposed to be, but aren't our professors supposed to give us better than a snowball's chance in hell to do well in it??
Please tell me if I am wrong, because I surely don't think this is right. I am so frustrated, I feel like having a word with the head of the department or the Provost of the college. Your input, whether you agree or disagree, is greatly appreciated. Who knows, maybe by telling me I am way off base might be oddly comforting...