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Mel Cohen
Professor in the Political Science department
at Miami University: Middletown Campus, Middletown, OH
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Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
1.7
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11/26/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Pol 142 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hard grader, however takes his job seriously, which I can't say for most of the professors at Miami. If you can't write a solid paper don't take his class, because he'll destroy your paper. As a high schooler i took his class and was the only one who aced all his papers. Overall, he is an extremely hard grader, but will make you a great writer.

11/09/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL241 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr.Cohen unnecessarily tears his students down in all of their work. He pretentiously and unfairly grades. He has NO effective grading scale for his papers. This is coming from someone who did well in his courses. If you are a poli sci major, you should just wait to get to Oxford to take your major classes. What a waste.

01/13/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very strict and hard grader, however attempts to makes you excel and gives opposite view points for the county of Butler and their main political party conversion. Stick to material.

08/29/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Incredibly hard. I received the only A in a class of 16 (7 of which dropped). Lectures are REALLY good, and teaches REALLY well, but expects a lot of political thinking from students.

04/30/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He grades harder than your average english prof. IF you want to do well in his class you have to excel on his papers which is very hard to do. He isn't very helpful in the material when you have questions. But he is a good professor overall but very very strict. This is the only class out of the semester that I did poorly in.

01/05/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
pol111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

not a professor for someone who isnt serious about the subject.Unlike the rest of the professors here you actually have to try in his classes if you want a good grade. Very smart and a nice guy once you get to know him.

12/19/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Is a very hard grader. Only class I did poorly in.

08/08/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Cohen was an excellent professor. He challenged us, and you definitely couldn't slack or turn in late papers, or risk losing points off your grade. He cares deeply about his students, gives everything to his classes and demands excellence in return.

05/15/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL142 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took course in fall 2010, good professor, friendly. Grades way too hard on papers though.Only class i didnt get an A in.AVOID for sake of your gpa unless required. (pol 142 required for criminal justice majors btw).It was a 4 credit class when i took it so that is why its harder than most classes but a b- equals an a- in your gpa when its a 4credit

01/11/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL142 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Don't take him. This class was terrible.

12/22/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL142 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

By far the worst professor I've ever had in my entire life. I'm a straight-A student, and I worked my tail off in this class to scrape by with a D+. He is highly prejudiced and his grading makes no sense. Please, do yourself a favor and never, ever, ever take this professor. He is awful, and needs to be removed from Miami.

07/20/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Pol241 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Mel definitely loves Teaching however he teaches this class like everyone in the class already knows everything and are preparing for their PHD's he grades essays harder than any English professor I have ever had. He also prefers that student agree with his world view to get anything above a C.

06/22/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL241 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Okay, Mel is a super nice professor but if you're looking for an easy grade, I would avoid him. The discussions were interesting but he just grades sooo hard. He's unclear of what he wants & a stickler for MLA - which, even though I used the actual guidlines, killed my grade. I managed a B- & I'm glad I took the class but be prepared & PARTICIPATE!

05/02/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL142 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Great professor, hard papers though. Very vague about what he expects from assignments. However, very understanding, willing to help, and a genuinely nice guy

04/06/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL142 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very tough grader. Make sure you read the texts! Fun class though. Something different everyday. Guest speakers and field trips. Very interesting. Cares about students and will help if u ask!

03/31/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL241 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very tough grader. Cares about students

08/14/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Pol101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Mel Cohen is a terrific and caring professor. He rarely leaves campus and is ALWAYS willing to assist the student in any way possible. Whether you need guidance or insight into your future or if you simply need help on an assigned paper. However, he is a very strict grader with high expectations for his students. Best prof I've had.

11/12/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL241 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is a great guy, just not great at teaching. I like that his class is mostly based on 3 papers, but he's very unclear about the papers. Also, if you don't agree with him, you're going to have problems in his class. He wants to be in charge, instead of the students.

08/19/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
POL141 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Had to drop class. Wasn't willing to tarnish my "A" GPA. Impossible to do well. You HAVE to be a Political science and an ENGLISH major to make it. Nobody get an A and you work like a dog. Hard to read him sometimes. No Extra credit...no re-dos

04/23/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL241 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Mel is a good guy, but he is extremely unclear on his paper assignments. There are only 3 paper's to write the whole semester and he said himself that it is highly unlikely anyone could get an "A+". He showed us the best paper he's ever came accross teaching this class, and it only got a 96%. Hard to do good on papers

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