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Joseph Phelps
Professor in the Communication department
at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
are you Joseph Phelps?
Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
2.8
Helpfulness
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05/06/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
APR 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A+

Dr. Phelps is a good guy whose love of advertising is contagious. He can be a little monotone at times, but that is understandable since he is the head of the dept teaching an intro class. He makes clear what you need to know. Literally no excuse not to make an A if you go to class and read over your notes occasionally

05/05/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: D+

Having to retake this class again. Very monotone. Y'all this is my minor and i know a lot about advertising because its what my family does. He sucks. Will NEVER take a class with him as the instructor. WORST SEMESTER EVER.

04/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
APR 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Probably the single best teacher Ive had yet. GO TO CLASS, if you show up (mentally and physically) then youll do fine. He gives 'pop' quizzes once a week but lets you ask questions right before. Take the time to meet with him individually no matter how youre doing in the class. Hes the sweetest & helped me a ton with internships. Dont buy the book

04/23/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Phelps is terrible, he is a smart guy but does a terrible job teaching the material to students. He will barely give you any information on what is on the exams, gives quizzes in class a lot so make sure you go, he is unorganized and won't tell you where you are at in the course..i wouldn't take him if i had a different option.

01/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
APR551 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He definitely knows his stuff, which is the problem. He only wants to hear what he said in class and has his mind made up about how he will grade a student on day one. Does not rationalize with you about his grading process. Good Luck.

04/26/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
APR221 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. Phelps is a very nice teacher. His class is hard because students have gotten so used to powerpoints guiding lectures. Just take notes the whole time you are in class and study them. You will do well. He is very passionate about his profession which is something many professors here are missing.

04/03/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This is my major and I did very poorly in his class. He is all over the place in his lectures and doesn't relate the book to his lessons well. Doesn't give a study guide or hardly any heads up on what will be on the test. He is a nice guy and loves what he does but that's about it.

03/23/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Good teacher but very hard.

06/12/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a GREAT teacher! Just GO TO CLASS and take notes and do like the 2 homework assignments that are easy. That's all i did and I got an A. I never even opened the book. You'll definitely learn a lot. You do need to study for the test though. He gives pop quizzes but he usually hints when they'll be. Gives extra credit too!

06/08/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Phelps is a great teacher and LOVES what he does. He will help a student any time he is asked. The SECRET to his class is take notes. So many people see that there is no attendance and no powerpoints and just doesnt go but if you just sacrifice an hour every other day to go take good notes, you will be more than okay in his class.

08/17/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
APR551 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I have taken a masters level course and it sucks. he is not worth your time. he just uses his experience to fool around in the class. is's too expensive to waste. i wouldnt waste a dime on this class. nah. puke.

07/08/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great guy. He is very passionate abour what he does and is probably the most helpful professor I have had in my 3 yrs at UA. Go to class and take notes and you will get an A.

05/27/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
adver221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

class can be difficult, but offers a ton of extra credit points (at least 40). the man wears cargo pants everyday! one minute hell be yelling wildly about advertising and the next he'll be whispering about it...he cares about his students and wants you to succeed in his class

05/18/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
APR221 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

Just ask him for help and you'll understand how passionate he is about teaching/helping his students. He needs to update his technology, but he really helps you take great notes. Tests are 75% notes and 25% book - usually. If you're not reading the book, he'll change that. Do the readings, go to class, and do the extra credit - then you're golden.

04/05/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

honestly, i would prefer being shot to going to this class. he thinks because its only a 200-level class we are all idiots who are unworthy of his time outside of class. his tests are horrible. its over about 5 chapters and he asks you about 20 questions...so basically you study 90% of the information for nothing. i hope i never have him again.

12/13/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had a REALLY hard time paying attention. I love advertising, but can't stand to listen to him. He should really learn how to use powerpoints rather than the overhead projector. He can come off as a bit of a jerk sometimes too. To be honest he really bothered me most of the time. I started out really liking this class but he kind of ruined it for

10/22/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Phelps changes the tone of his voice so often that it will make you want to scream. he goes into this mode of whispering to "make a point" on something. but instead it makes the entire class feel like 6 yr olds. and he says, "okay?" about 900 times in a 50 minute class... PASS on this teacher. there MUST be someone better than Phelps.

10/11/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His classes are a waste of money. he is just not worthy of it.So, please dont take his class if you are to advance in life.

09/09/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
APR220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Please dont take his class it is not worth the money.he just murmurs and there is nothing in it. I'd take an D elsewhere than a A here!!.Jeez

08/01/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
APR221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Phelps is a great teacher. I can attest to the passionate whispers of advertising during his lectures. But the man loves what he does. There's nothing wrong with that. His class is fairly easy and textbook use is minimal. But don't be fooled. He gives pop quizzes randomly which can keep you from getting an A+. I had him for APR 221.

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