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Odemaris Valdivia
Professor in the Business department
at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
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Overall Quality
2.1
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.1
Clarity
2.0
Easiness
3.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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Easiness
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09/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Excel for Acct Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+

Ms Valdivia expectation from her students is high but she is dedicated and definitely cares if you learn or not. If you are lazy, looking for easy A, and you feel you are entitled to all.. do not take this class but if you put hard work and actually willing to learn, she is a good professor

06/23/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CIS 01 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B+

The worst teacher I ever encountered in SMC and I completed 2 AA’s in this school. Makes lots of mistakes in grading, contradicts herself and she is vindictive. Try to complain and she will come after you. Any other teacher is better than this disaster. The worst experience ever.

06/18/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
AACTG35 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Frequently throughout the semester she would issue exams without grading the relevant homework assignments. Feedback was lackluster and it was more efficient to perform a simple google search for answers on the material. She is an overall nice person and not evil as depicted in previous reviews. English and organizational skills need improvement.

11/23/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Acct31B Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

VERY hard to understand the instructions for class especially if you did NOT take ACT31A. Don't ask questions after you are graded. She will find more things wrong to reduce your grade. Her eaxpectations for Comma and Dollar formatting is impossible to understand. Expects formatting to be different from book. She does not provide good example.

09/29/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Acctg 31A Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Valdivia is absolutely horrible, avoid at all costs. Does not return homework and assignments until the end of the semester, so you never get to learn form your mistakes until its too late. Expects perfect formatting, yet her own instructions and organizational skills are the lowest ive ever encountered at smc.

12/20/2012
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
Acct31AB Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took 31A and B online. I think the content was easy if you do the work. Yes, she is a stickler for details. Which is ironic given that her instructions and explanations are often full of errors. She talks about "professional" documents but her work is full of errors, excess formatting,and confusing instructions. Not very clear.

12/13/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
BUS17 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class started out confusing because instructor did not seem to have materials prepared. The syllabus was confusing with incorrect dates and materials listed. But once that is clarified, the class was pretty easy. Read the textbook and do your work and you can get an A. She is a stickler for formats so make sure you follow instructions to the T.

08/16/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CIS30 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I took this class online for summer! From the beginning you have to be very attentive! It is definitely not an easy class, since it requires following instructions from the textbook and building on from them. I barely recieved a B, but learned a lot! She will grade depending on you, and will help as long as you communicate and is eager to learn

06/27/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Acctg1044 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This is my third online class and first time with Prof. Valdivia. I must say this is the most i have learned in or out of a classroom. She is a bit tough but good teacher.

01/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Excel1047 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is a demanding instructor but reasonable. We get so use to lazy teachers that when we get one that actually has expectations from her students, we think there is something odd. Hey.. lets start earing our grades!

11/01/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Acct31A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I read all the negative comments here and took CIS 30 Excel to prepare. There is a lot of overlap, and it made this class easy. Just read the directions and keep referring to the weekly tips from week 1 on proper formatting. The midterm and first class project closes on a Friday. Not incomprehensible, but she definitely needs a proofreader.

07/02/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
ACCT31A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Instructions were all over the place and largely incomprehensible. I expected to learn how to make better use of Excel in the accounting field; instead I learned how to make "pretty" spreadsheets. Her top priority was making sure every tab was a different color and dollar signs were in the right place. Very little about accounting, formulas, etc.

03/31/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CIS60A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This instructor's near-total dependence on the class textbook isn't helped by her poor command of English and confusing instructions for assignments. Most weekly board post questions have little to do with the actual class topic. That the class is run on a buggy online instruction system makes it that much harder. Not recommended.

01/02/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ACCTG35 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher. You learn a lot in this class. I got a job after taking this class.

01/02/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ACCTG31B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She responds to emails fast depending on the day of the week. No weekends emails. She does tell you that at the beginning of the class. She is nice, and she is always sending me job openings when they become available. I will take Prof. Valdivia for ACCTG 35 for the Spring semester. I like this instructor. I think she is fair on the grading.

10/08/2010
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CIS36P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

If you can keep up with her, by all means, take the class. She was difficult to keep up with for most of the students. She doesn't explain exactly what you're supposed to do with the homework assignment. She lowered my grade and I told her I didn't understand the homework. She doesn't email you back right away when you ask her a question. Good luck

10/02/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CIS40 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 am two weeks into the course and should have respected my instincts from ACCT31A. She is as bad in this class as accting. She also hands out 'early status' warnings at the drop of a hat, the fourth day of class (!) for 'not logging in', very negative way to begin [I have over a 3.5 in all my coursework at SMC] DO NOT TAKE, a mistake on my part

10/02/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT31A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wish I'd read some of the comments beforehand.It is as bad as everyone says. The instructions and English are as bad as everyone says. Plus she is VERY negative in her approach to teaching and to students. Take my advice, find another professor or take it at another school.

08/31/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ACCT31A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I cannot understand when the hell my assignments/tests/projects are due. I seriously hope this professor was previously an accountant. Absolutely baffling how this person is still a professor.

02/17/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Acctg1043 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This person is a soul-less monstress. I didn't learn anything, grading is set up to be very arbitrary offering no feedback. I would never bother to take anything of hers again. Unless u want 2 take a class the instructor feels should be "the highest priority in your life" don't bother. Even f U do, there are better classes 4 that level of commitm

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