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Barbara Adams
Professor in the English department
at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
are you Barbara Adams?
Overall Quality
2.9
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
2.3
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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32 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
01/23/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ICSM Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

I have never been more upset while taking a class in my education career. She is a useless teacher. No lesson plan ever, no idea how to teach college level students, & refuses to adapt to today’s teaching methods. Avoid any class with her at all costs because she will never give out an A to ANYONE and constantly will make you want to scream. AWFUL

10/01/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
IISP 10500-02 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Professor Adams is extremely unorganized, rude, and always puts you on the spot in class. I hate going to her class because it puts me in the worst mood ever. She doesn't know how to teach so she just assigns readings every single night. DONT TAKE HER CLASS

04/22/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
WRTG 35000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Barb is easily the most disorganized prof that I've ever had. She regularly is late and usually doesn't have a plan. She also tends to give out several assignments but does not give clear due dates or instructions. She is also very nitpicky on correct english use and variety of sentence structure. Never taking a class with her again.

08/28/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
WRTG01 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Means well but she's very self-important, stubborn, unable to admit when she's wrong, demands too much, gives hard assignments and is very reluctant to ease up even if the class as a whole is suffering and is nowhere as knowledgeable about magazine writing as she claims

05/01/2011
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
WRTG108 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She is very unorganized and a hard grader, but she knows her stuff. She is willing to help, but you have to care and want to try.

04/17/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Ridiculous in almost every way. Her teaching ability is low and never has a good lesson plan. Also I was bullied by a group of girls(and one boy) in her class and absent minded Barbara completely ignored it. Overall I think I could have made better use of time in the library than it class. Thanks for a bad experience barbs.

12/20/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
writ1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Barbara is delightfully enthusiastic about what she does. She knows writing in and out and if you work hard, you will improve dramatically. She pushes students very hard but it's worth it.

11/15/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
thtraffl Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

It's been 15 years since I took her class: I not only still use the skills she taught me, but also teach them when I tutor writers. Don't underestimate the reach of what she has to say. She's unique, sure: what good writer doesn't have a unique point of view? None that I know of, that's for sure. Appreciate the time you have with her.

02/20/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
featuwrit Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I have never taken a journalism type class before. I'm an English major so I'm not used to writing like that. She makes the class interesting but she is so unorganized. She is a tough grader and majority of the time when I would meet with her I wouldn't really understand what I did wrong. However, she does let you rewrite every paper.

06/12/2006
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
writing Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

this lady is off her rocker.

04/02/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Feature Writing Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She's a great person, and an amazing advisor! Definitely worth the hard work, as you get a lot out of her classes.

10/31/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
feature, critic Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

probably the most knowledgeable and dedicated...and the most disorganzied and incredibly busy teachers i ever had. i owe a lot to her.

10/10/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Writing Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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10/10/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
affl. writing Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

No Comments

09/17/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Critic writing Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Again, tough class, lots of assignments (including vocab quizzes and reading the NY Times arts section throughly each week), but you will learn a ton, esp. if you want to do any kind of arts criticism writing.

09/17/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
magazinewriting Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Barbara is the best writing professor I have ever had at Ithaca. She really gets you to dig deep and find the better story in your writing. Always was able to meet with her when I needed to and go to for advice. I learned a lot in her classes, though it was a lot of work!

09/16/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Internship Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Barb is a tough person to please, but if you want an internship or letter of recommendation, she is a good person to have on your side. She was so on top of things for my two internships and was so helpful. I have yet to have her for a class, but I plan to and except her to be pretty rough, but effective.

08/31/2005
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
magazinewriting Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She doesn't like Sans Serif Fonts and don't you ****ing forget it!

07/18/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Academic Writin Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Horrible Class...avoid professor at all costs

04/13/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Feature Writing Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Whether she knows her stuff or not, she can be very rude and schedules other meetings during her office hours. Meeting with her is impossible. Assignments are pointless and not realistic -- although she will make you think that they are. She wants the world. So don't plan on taking too many credits.

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