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Debra Merskin
Professor in the Journalism department
at University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
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Overall Quality
2.4
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.4
Clarity
2.5
Easiness
3.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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Easiness
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30 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
04/02/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
J320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very unorganized. Gives quizzes that have very detailed questions on the reading that even if you read the stuff you could still get an F on it.Exams were easy, but she just never gave points for some things and lost work. Just was not happy in general with the class given the subject.

03/25/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
J329 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B

DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS. She is so unorganized that she never posted a grade for the two extra credit essays I did. If she had I would have an A in the class, and she won't go back and change it. She also gives a final exam and a partner 12 page research paper due in the same week. I did not enjoy her class at all, despite my interest in the topic.

11/19/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
J412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Merskin is a pretty easy teacher as long as you do the readings and show up to class you can't get lower than a B

03/17/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
J314 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Debra was the most unhelpful teacher I have ever had. When I asked for help she told me to read the textbook more and blew me off. If you like quizzes the day after a midterm take her class and be ready to be called out in class if you did do the difficult course reading. A poor teacher. I would not recommend her to anyone.

12/27/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
J412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very interesting class and interesting professor - I had her for Love, Sex and the Media and would recommend it. I tried hard in this class though and only ended up with a B+. You HAVE to go to class because she does quizzes on the readings - the 2 times I skipped were 2 of the quizzes and there went 20 points.

03/22/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
J412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Merskin is nice. She is pretty easy to talk to & she is good at answering emails. I had her for a 400 level class so the reading load was a lot & she is a very strict paper grader so if you dont know APA learn it! If you dont skip class and do the reading you should be fine. Test and quizzes are pretty easy as long as you keep up on the reading.

12/09/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
J412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Merskin is great. She can be tough but she's really nice and helpful. I really enjoyed her upper division class. I've heard mixed reviews about the bigger lower division classes but she is a really awesome teacher if you try to engage just a little bit.

03/24/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Jour320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class is ridiculous, I don't pay professors so that I can watch documentaries in class. BUT if you show up to class(and pay attention) and read the text you will do fine. But lectures are boring and she is a complete liberal feminist.

01/24/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
J314 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Pop quizzes, two tests and a final paper. Lectures were sporadic and pretty dry.. But Merskin is a genuinely nice person and really cares about her students success. She wants you to learn this material.

12/07/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
J314 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Unannounced weekly quizzes over textbook material. Gives extra credit and a bonus quiz. The final took everyone about 15-20 minutes to complete. Go to class everyday, take notes, read the book and you'll get an A.

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