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Mara Fuentes Avila
Professor in the Psychology department
at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
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Overall Quality
1.9
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
1.9
Clarity
1.8
Easiness
2.9
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09/20/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC 2100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Lectures are long"

While it is clear that Mara knows what she is talking about, her ability to transmit the information in a clear and logical way is lacking. MC tests, but often wordy and difficult, you have to know the material EXTREMELY well to do well. I also found that she often reacted rudely to questions or comments in class. Would avoid her in the future.

06/20/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC2100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I love social psych, but her class tested my enjoyment. She is obviously passionate but she never adequately prepares students for the exams. Her lectures are long and difficult to sit through. Her review questions are always easier than the exam questions so be prepared! And READ THE TEXTBOOK!!! I would avoid taking her class if possible...

08/21/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYC 1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

worst prof i have had ever

06/21/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC 2100A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Worst prof ever. Doesn't speak English at an acceptable level to be teaching. Repeats herself with every sentence and still have trouble understanding her. It's a very easy course subject though. Extremely vague exam questions and project instructions are worse (TA had difficulty..). Very rude to students. Will never take her classes again. Avoid!

06/20/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

cannot understand a word she says and she continuously repeats herself in sentences that do not make sense.

04/29/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Some people just aren't meant to be professors, and she is a fine example of one of those people! She repeats herself a lot and uses a lot of "ummm" and "uhhh." In addition, her exam questions are very vague so it's tough studying for her class. Definitely will not take a class with this woman again!!!

04/17/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

While numerous people have complained about this prof, I honestly really enjoyed taking her class. No problems understanding her accent as long as people weren't talking around me, easy to retain information, she posted her notes online, repeats information you NEED to know, and did review sessions prior to exams.

04/11/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
psyc1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

very difficult to understand, not interesting at all but I must admit she went out of her way to run classes on saturdays in order to help students understand what will be on the exam

03/18/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
psych 2002 G Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

very boring and not interesting to listen to, very hard to understand

03/12/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYC 1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She's awful. Every class, less and less people come and I'm starting to understand why. Her accent isn't totally incomprehensible, but she repeats herself all the time. The absolute worst part is her exam questions. They're horrible, vague, and impossible to study for. I hate tuesday's because of this woman

06/25/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I liked her a lot. I don't have a problem understanding people with accents so that wasn't a problem for me. She was very nice and interactive and used lots of videos!

06/24/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC2100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Mara is the reason I love social psychology. She has clear lecture notes, she is upbeat. Yes she has an accent,easy class if you work 40mc midterm 60 mc final. Don't think you'll get an easy pass if you just read the notes and go to class.Don't whine here if you didn't work hard.

06/19/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Exam questions are often worded difficultly and choices are vague. This was frustrating when the grade consisted of a midterm (40) and a final (60). She has a very thick accent and repeats every other word. She only ever focused her lectures on a small part of the text chapter so reading was crucial. I could have done better with a different prof.

03/18/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Although she is very knowledgeable, the course isn't as interesting as it could be. Although her accent is thick I find it only took a class or two and I don't even notice it. Her questions on exams are very vague though... it's difficult to comprehend what she is trying to ask for most of them.

01/10/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Was not helpful when inquiries were made.

08/02/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC2100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

--CONS--: Killed my joy of soc psych, Repeats every 2nd word, thick accent, MC tests Qs are pretty vague, poor communication skills, trouble answering Qs. --PROS--: Notes are clear, pleasant attitude, tries to stay upbeat, course is easy.

07/26/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Exams are really easy. She reads off of the slides but acts as if she doesn't. She is cocky when she has not much to pride hersel with, rude and doesn't listen when spoken to. She "uuuuh" alot which becomes irritating and uses alot of necessaries hand gestures. Read and study the slides and you'll get in the "A" range.

04/22/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I really don't understand why there is such bad comments on here, let me tell How Mara is, one go to class, second read the text,three ask questions. If you skip and ask questions on the exam she'll give you the boot..She is not a hard marker, nor an impossible person, I have taken 3 classes with her all were above B.

01/07/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
PYSC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Her thick accent makes it very hard for you to understand her. You spend most of the lecture just trying to comprehend what she says. Her tests are MC but some questions are unclear and subjective, and when you ask her to clarify them she walks away. She isn't helpful at all. Take this course, it's great, but from a different prof!

01/06/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC1002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Decent prof and lays out concepts with above-average examples, which makes it very easy to grasp. As long as you understand the concepts, you'll be fine.

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