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Megan Swindal
Professor in the Sociology department
at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
3.5
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23 Student Ratings
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07/12/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Soc 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Primarily lectures & shows lots of videos. At times its boring, but she goes over the hard/frequently missed questions on the required weekly online test. The tests are from the textbook&are challenging if you don't read, but if you do it's easy to make an a. Her midterm&final are mostly from book & have questions from the stupid weekly readings.

05/04/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She did not actually teach in class, however took attendance which took my grade from an A to a B. Weekly online tests which are open-book and easy to make a 100 on. Both the midterm and final were online and at-home so it was very easy to make A's on her tests. She was very rude and uncaring though.

04/29/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
SOC101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: C+

I would recommend to take the online class rather than this. There was a weekly test online, but it was literally impossible and took forever. He slide shows in class did not help me. I even went in for help and was not satisfied. I did poorly on both the final and the midterm. I would not recommend her.

04/19/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Good teacher. She deals very well with having to teach 400 kids. Online tests every week that are open book and can be taken twice so easy to get a good grade on. I would choose her again if I had to pick.

04/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SOC 101 and 202 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 took Dr. Swindal for 101 and 202 and made great grades in both classes. The material is interesting and most of it is common sense. Attendance for 101 isn't mandatory, and you get 2 skips in 202. Her 101 tests were multiple choice and very easy and there were debates in 202 instead of tests. I would definitely suggest this class and professor!

04/03/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Swindal is not a nice woman and I found her rude and degrading. She wasn't helpful and did not care about any of her students

02/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOC-101-001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-

She's not the most interesting teacher, but she knows what she's talking about and is very clear, and her tests aren't bad if you study. She's also incredibly kind and helpful. I had a really difficult time dealing with some personal issues and she let me postpone my midterm a week and then checked in with me a week later. A wonderful person.

12/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SOC 101-001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

This course is very easy. Attendance is not required, and you do not have to attend class to do well in the class. The quizzes come straight from the book, and you can do everything in your own room.

10/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
soc101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is nice. It is helpful to go to her office hours every once in a while. You have to do two assignments each week. They are usually not too difficult, but can be time-consuming.

10/29/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I love Professor Swindal, it's amazes me how everyone complains about such an easy class. Yes, her class is boring, but the homework is really easy and you can correct the ones you got wrong. Her exams are straight off the study guide she gives you. Take this class to boost your GPA.

10/24/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The material in this class is very tedious and difficult to understand. The teacher sometimes has trouble explaining the material. Attendance is optional, but if you go and participate she will remember you and give extra credit. Homework is boring but very easy so do it. The midterm and final contain lots of info but if you study you can get an A

05/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr.Swindal is great!! I only missed a few classes and found that the study guides for the midterm and final matched up with the notes from class perfectly. If you go to class and take notes you will get an A!

05/06/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The class is not very hard. I absolutely hated going to her class and listening to her talk! It was horrible. The lectures were ridiculously boring so I read every chapter and highlighted which was more beneficial than going to class for me.I suggest you take it online though!

04/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
soc 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

her class is not very hard as long as you take notes

04/05/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
SOC 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

THIS IS NOT AN EASY CLASS. HER LECTURES ARE HORRIBLE. TAKE IT ONLINE AND SAVE YOUR GPA.

02/03/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Soc101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Swindal is great. She's so easy and loves what she's doing. The other reviews are wrong; I studied and attended lecture and her class was extremely easy. Very, very interesting (but I'm a soc minor). I'm now in her SOC 202 class, and I love it even more. Dr. Swindal is fantastic and I find her very interesting. Very pretty, too.

01/12/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOC101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This class was okay. The lectures were really boring. I went to most classes although looking back I probably didn't have to. There are three tests and the final. I barely made an A, but it is possible!

12/10/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
SOC101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class as it's taught should not be considered a 100 level class! The only grades are three tests and the final exam. Although I found this class to be enjoyable, it was very hard to make an A or even a B. I'm disappointed and personally wouldn't recommend.

12/03/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
SOC101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

In order to make a good grade, read the textbook and do the required readings. If you want an A, go to class and listen because she includes some things in the slides that aren't in the readings. The class isn't hard at all if you put in some effort. She's very helpful if you have a question and the TA's we had were too.

11/09/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Soc101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

AVOID BY ALL MEANS! She must think this is a 300-400 level class. I attend every class, although its not mandatory. Her exams are ridiculous, and being a young professor, she doesn't know how to lecture. Do not take her unless you want to work your butt off and still get a C

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