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Jim Smith
Professor in the Criminal Justice department
at West Valley College, Saratoga, CA
Overall Quality
4.8
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.7
Clarity
4.8
Easiness
4.1
Helpfulness
0
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42 Student Ratings
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03/09/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Does not give clear instruction regarding assignments, does not answer questions submitted via email, closes quizzes and assignments early without prior notification.

12/06/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
AJ00528154 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very professional teacher. The course requires lot of work: readings, videos, short weekly essays, weekly questionnaires. Very nice introduction to Criminal Investigation!! To be recommended to those willing to invest some time in this activity. Unless performed on the side, there are no hands-on practice, this is 100% on-line lecture.

10/13/2013
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
AJ1 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very experienced in the subject. My only concern is that if you take his online class he is a stickler for formatting etc. He WILL give you a zero if you did not follow his formatting instructions to a t. If you thrive in that kind of an environment good for you, but it wasted a lot of my time and made me not want to interact with him.

07/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Smith brings a lot to the table as an instructor of criminal justice. He uses his career background to inform his powerpoint lessons, which are very insightful. His is quick and clear with returning emails. I recommend him as an instructor.

07/28/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
AJAJ01 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lots of reading. You must do all the reading or you will fail the quizzes. Don't take this class if you can't devote the time. Not an easy class, but interesting if you take the time to really try. If you can't devote the time, don't take as a summer or winter class. Great instructor.

04/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ005 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

You can ask Prof. Smith anything regarding your career in Criminal Justice. He is very helpful. Quizes and HW ( 5 questions) are due at the end of the week. Not hella easy but not hella hard. Would recommend :)

04/25/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Hands down THE BEST teacher at West Valley College! Take anything you can with this guy!

10/02/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The best teacher I've ever met!! One can see that Jim is "in love" with the subject he teaches. If I have to have more AJ classes I'll definitely check Jim's classes first. Wish you all the luck! :D

06/02/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Took online class and it was awesome. Assignments are due once a week so you can work at your own pace. Loved the material! He is nice and helpful and responds to emails and questions within reasonable time. No class meetings...not even for orientation or final which is nice. Test questions are taken right from the book & his power points. Loved it

05/23/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ8427 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

I'm a retired investigator & took this for an easy core requirement. Found I really enjoyed Jim's class nd his teaching style. Bright, well educated w/much experience to share. Good overview of CJ system.

05/15/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
AJ0 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took AJ 01, 05 and 21 online and loved every minute of it. Mr. Smith is an excellent teacher with clear guidelines and expectations. A lot of reading, but well worth it. Must be dedicated to the course. Helpful in also teaching you how to take tests and knowing where to go to get answers.

04/25/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ5 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took him for AJ5-Crim Investigation and AJ21-Comm Relations. You definitely need the textbooks for both courses. All of the test and homework comes directly from the text. Helpful, nice, makes his courses interesting and correlates current events to curriculum.

03/29/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

what everyone else says

12/29/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
AJ6270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took AJ1 and loved it. Smith is fair and clear.I am taking AJ2 and AJ5 for the winter. Looking forward to next class!

05/29/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Coolest teacher on campus! Grate stories, really funny and interesting dude. Don't let the freakin door slam though!

05/22/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, I took the course in his class, rather than online. His tests are incredibly easy, he has you do them on the Angel web page, which means open notes. He's got some good stories which he adds into his lectures. Definitely recommend you take the course in class with him.

05/09/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The online version of the course was interesting. I did enjoy the worksheets (on the court system, etc). If you have read the material the quizzes can take just a few minutes to complete. However, the downside to the course is that sometimes what you are being tested on had not been covered. But Jim does readjust the test so that it can be redone.

05/08/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is really easy if you do all the work, but you still learn it. He's really nice and helpful. He also makes the class really interesting and fun. If you're thinking about taking this class or this teacher, do it!

02/08/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
AJ001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His class was so easy. You will learn a lot and he is very helpful! Great course!

12/08/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
aaaaj0001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

sick as teacher!!!!!!!!! easy teacher n defenetly helpfull! love him!!!!!! one of kind! he is really funny and makes the class fun! EASY TEST AS LONG AS YOU STUDY! you dont have to take many otes because he has him ALL on his website but as long as you take down important info your all good!!

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