With thousands of high school students graduating in Idaho in the upcoming weeks, the conversations of where to apply, to what college and what classes to take from who are starting to begin. One website, ratemyprofessor.com, gives students the opportunity to look up professors and to see what previous students have said about a specific class or the teacher.
Summer Joy spoke with Idaho State University students and professors on Monday to find what this resource can offer and answers the question if it can be trusted.
Ratemyprofessor.com is a website that offers student a chance to rate one of their classes and its professor on a scale from one to five, covering issues on: overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, easiness, text book use, and interest level of the professor.
"I've been on there before and I checked out one professor and I took the class and it was exactly right," said Ron Gonzales, an Idaho State University Student.
It also gives students the chance to comment.
"Ratemyproffesor.com was extremely accurate for me this semester and I would definitely recommend using it. Anyone who struggles with a certain subject might want to look on there to find someone who can explain it the best for them," said Sierra Walker, an Idaho State University Student
Even though many of the students I talked to say it was accurate in their findings, anyone can rate a professor.
"Ratemyprofessor.com is worthless. There is no guarantee the person who writes the comments on there has actually taken the class. I've looked up my own ratings a couple of times and I have ratings for classes I've never taught," said Martin Hackworth, a Senior Lecturer of Physics.
Other professors I spoke with said that they really didn't have an opinion either way. The website also gives professors an opportunity to give feedback on any of the thoughts or opinions given.
"I don't know I would say it's not worth looking at, but anything like that where there is no control or a degree of responsibility attached to the comments being made; you just have to take it with a grain of salt," added Hackworth.
"I would definitely say to use it, a professor can either make or break a class. It's a good resource to figure out if it's a good professor or not," added Gonzales.
Ratemyprofessor.com also had a little April Fools fun Monday; they announced they were going to offer a new feature called, rate my students. It was going to be on a scale from one to five involving overall quality, brain capacity, consciousness, and arrogance.