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Karen Friedman-Kester
Professor in the Hospitality department
at Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA
are you Karen Friedman-Kester?
Overall Quality
1.9
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
1.7
Clarity
2.0
Easiness
2.8
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
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21 Student Ratings
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03/17/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Nutrition Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This is the worst teacher ever! She isn't clear on directions, I don't think she knows what she's doing half of the time! She isn't helpful, her homework is only worth five points but over 100 questions and takes almost two hours to complete. Nothing on the test is in the textbook. Her projects are hysterical. She seems disorganized and rude.

08/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
NUTR104 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely the worst! I took this class online & it was a disorganized mess. As others have said, she is very unclear & very rude. I did get an A in her class, but it was the most stressful semester I've had d/t constant worries about unclear due dates, assignments, instructions, etc. She doesn't even seem to understand how to use D2L.

03/03/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Nutr104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I'm a pre-dietetics major and I did not like this class. I love nutrition, but this was one of the worst classes I took. She basically read off the slide-show the entire time, which made it boring. She had no passion for what she does. Then everything that she read from the slideshow wasn't even on the tests. Pointless class. did not learn anything

03/02/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
nutr 104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I used online materials to teach this class to myself so my success really isn't due to anything she did or did not do. I was very frustrated by her tendency to grade work VERY slowly (up to a month after the due date!) I got an good grade, but I think I would have retained more information in a face-to-face class with a different instructor.

10/30/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
NUTR104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Her lectures are over powerpoints and they normally line up well with the textbook. She isn't that good of answering your questions. Can get an attitude fast and does a lot of taking during the lecture, some is useful, but other just takes up time.

05/07/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
nutri101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

solid professor, covered book completely, tough exams (even when open, relevant stories/anecdotes, may need clarity on projects... Enjoyed class.

05/06/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
NUT104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

New online forum with D2L, but that was least of problems with this prof. She took very long time to grade assignments (sometimes 3 weeks). Very sarcastic and unprofessional with responses. Posts assignments later than listed on syllabus. Doesn't post how grades calc w/feedback or rubric. Cannot see tests after taking to review errors.

04/18/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
NUT104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Took class online. It was horrible. Not organized, not helpful. She barely answered questions, when she did they were short and not very helpful at all. Only gave us 2 days for some discussions. Did not communicate well to us. Unclear instructions and a lot of things were messed up (eg. unable to take tests, unseen discussion posts).

04/04/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Nutr104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Im not sure how I feel about her, I really want to like her-but she is not helpful and somewhat condesending. I barely studied for her class and scored high- but I already had a deep understanding of chem and advanced bio. She is disorganized and shows up late and ends late. She simply reads the pwrpt and uses an online format.

03/15/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
NUT104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

(TOOK ONLINE) Posted assignments late. There's a schedule so you're UNABLE to work ahead. Had closed book/timed exams (1 MIN PER QUESTION) - I studied and they were difficult! Not helpful when asking questions, usually responds extremely late. I'm a very good self-learner, but this class was much harder than need be.

12/06/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
NUT104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Never comes to class on time, but gets upset when we're late. Self-centered anecdotes (with name-dropping) aplenty. Short responses when class members share. Not difficult to get an A, but very annoying to sit in class. Material from Power Points and text. Projects are not difficult, but there are several. Attendance counts for grade.

12/01/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
NUTR104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Never showed up for class on time, but got angry when someone walked in a few minutes after her. Didn't really teach, just read off of slideshows, wouldn't believe a word she says, apparently her and her husband know EVERYBODY. Would not recommend taking this class if you want to be taught something significant.

09/05/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
NUTR104V Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Homework/projects not too demanding & the text was used often. Questions to prof were answered w/short, snappy answers. Assignments were not sufficiently posted ahead of time because she didn't want us to work ahead. Tests were often not posted on the days stated in syllabus. Fair grades. Timed tests with no book/notes. No independence to pace self

08/22/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Nutasdf 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

Took this class online in spring 2011. I believe this was her 1st time learning computer program for class. She was learning too. Very easy class, interesting, easy A! I cant believe anyone wrote negative comments about her. She answered questions and graded fairly!

01/12/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
NUT104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Although this prof's teaching style is sometimes sprinkled with personal anecdotes, it's basically verbatim lecture from the power point. Her due dates are somwhat unclear, but she is EXTREMELY lenient on turning in papers late. She was also willing to let us re-take an exam at home (open book) after over half the class failed it in the classroom

01/07/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
NUT104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This instructor is the worst! She had 3-4 different due dates for assignments, then posted a rude comment on the class website about "people complaining about not knowing when things were due" Assignments made me feel like a child, although they were challenging. She docked points even when directions were followed explicitly. Don't take her class

01/07/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
NUT104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This "teacher" is HORRIBLE! She really does answer questions with one word & is exceptionally rude too. Her assignment dates were always changing & were extremely childish to say the least AND they were VERY time consuming. Points were taken off without any reason. DO NOT TAKE HER! I wanted to go to the Dean about her multiple times!

09/15/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Nutr104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Never in my life have I been treated so disrespectfully by a professor. I took it online. Everytime a student asked a question they recieved a bitey, single phrase response. A lot of info was really unclear, and shes not very specific so its really tough to know exactly what you need to do to succede, hence the questions. Wouldn't reccommend.At all

08/15/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
NUTR104 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took this class online. Prof was slow about grading assignments in timely manner. Didn't receive most grades until last day of semester, so never knew how I was doing. Also changed the deadline for an exam without notice, so missed an exam. Most of the assignments were useless and the directions were confusing.

01/14/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
HRIMHRIM Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took her servsafe class and everything was read straight from the book and powerpoints.

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