Jay Varela at Ventura College

Jay Varela

  • 2.6Overall Quality
  • 2.5Helpfulness
  • 2.6Clarity
  • 2.4Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
5/1/14

THA-V29

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Personally I think he's a nice and funny guy but as an instructor he has issues. He is knowledgable but always goes on old man rants. He also puts people into awkward conversations which are historically offensive. My one major gripe is how unorganized he is. He forgets EVERYTHING! His quiz's are easy but so dull and vague.

3/25/14

THA-V31A-3-1465

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedB+

I would not recommend taking this class from this Professor. He puts down students at random and is very disorganized. He goes off topic so often that what he says does not make sense. Has a tendency to make women in class uncomfortable. I would not recommend this class from this Professor.

12/30/13

THA V29

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedA

Jay is not the greatest teacher but certainly the worst. He does lecture for a large portion of class time but it is about films. In the class we watch several movies. Quizzes and final are take homes and are very easy. The midterm is in class but gives out study guide before hand. Dull class but manageable.

9/19/13

THA V01

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Jay tends to give out grades that are not based up points. He goes off on tangents and that don't relate to the class or the topic. He has also been reported for harassment, but nothings been done. I recommend taking this class with a different teacher.

9/6/13

71313

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I do not recommend taking history of motion pictures with this teacher.

2/20/13

V01THA

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Jay is a great teacher. A lot of the younger students will get bored with him because he has a myriad of life stories to talk about. But he knows his craft and he will always help. To pass any of his classes ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS READ THE BOOK AND WRITE DOWN A PRECISE ANSWER TO HIS QUESTIONS. Please stop referring to him as a hard teacher!

1/8/13

THAV29

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

Mr. Varela has a lot of life experience but constantly goes off topic. He is not very clear on what he is looking for on his quizzes but grades harshly. I do not recommend taking this class unless necessary. The class started off full but by the end of the semester over half the class had dropped.

11/16/12

thav29

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Worst ever. I had 4.0 the whole I was at VC until this class. I love movies and its why I took this course. Teacher went off topic constantly.

11/16/12

thatha

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Best Class ever! we watched Dumb and dumber it was awesome!

11/5/12

THAV29

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is very knowledgeable about the subject but goes off on tangents about unrelated topics too often. He does not seem to teach anything he expects you to know for the tests and is extremely harsh on his grading. not an easy class, you have to work extremely hard just to get a C grade. i do not recommend taking any classes from this instructor

8/17/12

THATHA

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Jay as a person is great, as an instructor I can't stand him. I have taken two classes with him. The last class I missed one assignment and received a low grade in the class. I don't mind his lectures because he has a lot of life experience and his stories are very interesting but when it come to the material its very hard to follow.

7/26/12

Film110

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Varela has an amazing insight in the film industry having worked in movies since the 70's. His course was no easy A, but if you really want to learn all you can about film and theatre he is AWESOME!!!

5/30/12

thaV29

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He was very hard to understand most of the time and would never stay on task. He often would go off topic and start talking about something that had NOTHING to do with the class. I was so excited to take this course and he totally killed it for me :/ for sure not worth taking.

1/3/12

THAv29

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Mr. varela is hard to understand at time but I did enjoy his class. GET the book and do the quiz's right you will pass. good luck!

11/23/11

THAV31

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Jay can be confusing at first, especially with his quizzes. And yeah, he goes on rants sometimes. But I've taken 2 of his classes and learned a lot from both. He's more interested in helping you learn about yourself than grading your work by the book. Just show that you care and he'll like you.

11/18/11

FilmTV29

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

At first it was hard to tell what he wanted for the quizzes, but once you figure that out his class if pretty easy. A lot of people fail his class and feel like it was his fault when they should have been paying attention to what he actually wanted, not that hard to figure out. Just be write about every single detail.

8/23/11

THAV29

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This teacher doesn't deserve such horrible reviews. He will go on tangents and states his liberal point of view often, but I found his teaching performance fascinating. The take home exams do require textual knowledge, but he offers bonus questions that he gives the answer to during class time. You've just got to pay attention. Great films, too.

6/26/11

thav35

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy is GREAT! Maybe the hardest class I have taken at VC so far. Harder than sciences and math. WELL worth the battle. A lot of writing. A very historical history of motion pictures class. I tend to agree with his views and he is extremely wholesome. This guy has been a lot of places and tells his tales well. Very enjoyable time. I highly reco

6/2/11

THAv29

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Horrible class. At the beginning of the semester when the class began I was on the wait list. There were 50+ students that had already added the class. Towards the end of the semester there were 9 students left in the class. He will share his liberal views on politics and go off topic all the time. Don't bother asking him for help or any questions.

5/21/11

THA209

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

He expects much more than most people are willing to give in this class. It's very, very dry and boring when you aren't watching a film. He knows his subject well, but I wouldn't recommend taking this class unless you want to work extremely hard to get a C.

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