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Rachael Barron-Duncan
Professor in the Art department
at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
C
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
1.7
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
27 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
11/11/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ART 285 483 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Amazing lectures" "Get ready to read"

Rachel is a great teacher, probably the best I've had in terms of being prepared for each and every lecture. She is very clear in what she wants and expects but that doesn't mean that it's easy. Put in the extra work, studying, and you'll be golden.

10/28/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
485 382 285 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Gives good feedback" "Inspirational" "Tests are tough"

Fav. professor hands down, she is the type of person you actually ENJOY listening to. Her classes are not easy, and yes you have to memorize artists, dates, and titles, but the ideas behind everything are crystal clear through her lectures. Rachael knows what she wants, she gives you the tools and resources to be SUCCESSFUL. You have to work HARD

07/24/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
art285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B+

Even though I did exceptionally well in her class, she went out of her way to put me on the spot and even went so far as to accuse me of cheating. Luckily I am good at memorization, because that is literally all her class is.

05/08/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART 285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B-

Rachael is an AMAZING lecturer. That said, this is a lecture class, and you MUST pay attention, take notes, and study in order to succeed. Exams are pretty difficult, but Rachael gives you all the tools and resources needed to succeed- USE THEM!

12/16/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ART 285 382 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hands down best art history professor in the department. She really does want her students to learn something, which is why she makes everything more difficult. If you have the chance, take a smaller class with her and you'll definitely get to know her more. Understand and learn the stories behind works of art in 285 and you'll do fine.

12/14/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART 285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is a brilliant woman and is really serious about her subject area. She makes lectures interesting. HOWEVER, be prepared to work like crazy. You must memorize everything and I mean everything. Online quizzes are timed and I panicked every time! I'm a A student and this "intro" class killed me. It required so many hours! Wouldn't do it again.

10/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ART 285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Rachael is an amazing professor! She actually takes a boring class and makes it interesting! She's funny and she tries so hard to help her students, even by memorizing everyone's name in a lecture hall! You can tell she goes above and beyond what anybody else would do with that class.

10/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Art Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class is nothing but memorization! You literally have to study every night because you will not get your studies in the day before the exam! She expects you to memorize every image, date, and artist. It is very overwhelming!

06/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ARTART Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I would love to take every class Rachel teaches. It's like training for a marathon the entire semester, and I mean this in such a good way. Her lectures are thoughtful, informative and organized. You end the class definitely feeling you learned what you paid for.

04/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ART 382 385 483 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

You're not in high school anymore.. welcome to college. This prof will not hold your hand but she will give you all the information and tools you need to succeed. Fun classes, good lectures, and awesome interdisciplinary assignments.

01/26/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ART385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is hands down my favorite art history professor. She is very helpful and a great person to talk to. It isn't a very easy class, but her lectures are very interesting and exciting. This class is very different from her lower level art history classes, but in such a good way! Highly recommended if you want a good challenge!

12/17/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ARTART Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Wonderful teacher! She knows her stuff and teaches it very well.Her classes are not an easy A, but if you do the work you should be fine.

10/24/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
art285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best professor that I've ever had. She always helped everyone out when they needed it and took the time to know everyone. Just put a little extra effort into her classes and you'll pass with no problem.

09/19/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Great person. Horrible professor for an intro class. Extensive levels of memorization for any exam. Not at all an easy class and you should feel lucky if you pass.

06/14/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ART285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Rachael is a fantastic professor. She takes the time to learn everyone's name unlike a lot of profs and she's always willing to help. For me, this class was just memorization. Even though she says that you shouldn't, but you should LEARN the material,you can get by with memorizing. Show up to class. Don't doze off. And use the website for the class

05/02/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART485 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Ever since she switched the format of her exams to ALL fill in the blank and short answers, this class has been terrible. She expects so much from her students, even though 99% of us are just there for the required Graphic Design Requirement. Do NOT recommend unless you're there for an Art History Degree.

11/29/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
art285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Unfortunately, this class is nothing but memorization. There's no extra credit, no reports, no homework, only tests. If you freak on tests or have a bad memory, too bad for you cause you aren't passing.

05/11/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART485 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I would not recommend!!!

05/11/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART485 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Rachael is extremely smart and puts a lot into her classes, but expects A LOT back. She teaches the class as if we were all art history majors, instead of art majors who are required to take the course, which is frustrating. Generally she is very nice, but don't get on her bad side - I have received some pretty rude and snarky emails from her.

03/30/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ART485 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you're a slacker, don't take this class or Rachael as a teacher. Make sure you do the readings. If you attend every class and do the readings you'll do fine. She's such a great person and she's more than willing to help anyone who needs it. She's my favorite teacher from my CMU experience.

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