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Helen Robbins
Professor in the Education department
at Florida International University, Miami, FL
are you Helen Robbins?
Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.9
Easiness
2.4
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
63 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
RED 4110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Papers? More like novels" "Tough Grader" "Gives good feedback"

This was literally the hardest class I have ever taken in my entire college career. I had her for previous classes, so I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. She will push you beyond expectations you have ever had for yourself. It is a lot of work, there is never a break. However, I learned more from her than I have from any other teacher.

12/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RED 4311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A-
"Gives good feedback" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Clear grading criteria"

I had heard bad comments about this professor and was hesitant about taking her class. But, I am glad I ended up taking it. She explains everything clearly and in depth. She gives a rubric for every assignment that you have to follow to the t. She provides lots of feedback and grades everything quickly. Highly recommended!

12/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RED 4311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria" "Gives good feedback" "Assignments galore"

Dr. Robbins is a great teacher, you just need to do all of her assignments the way she want them and you can get yourself an easy A or B in her class.

11/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RED 4311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+
"Clear grading criteria" "Would take again" "Skip class? You won't pass."

I was scared going into this class because of all the reviews but after taking her, I don't understand. She is the sweetest professor I've ever had, very understanding and helpful. She explained all the assignments clearly and with time. She was passionate about the subject and helping students. You'd have to be a moron not to do good in her class.

11/05/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
RED4311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B
"Papers? More like novels" "Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

I wouldn't take her again!

07/31/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
RED6546 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Inconsistent in grading. Doesn't even read some of your work and then is hyper-critical in others. Provides no explanation or examples. She just reads off her powerpoints, which don't help. Can be very rude. Be prepared to teach yourself. Worst educational experience ever!

04/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
RED3313 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

She is a good professor. She is very specific about how she wants assignments. The good thing is she explains clearly what she wants and is usually available after class to help. She knows a lot about the subject and you will learn in this class.

11/18/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
RED 3313 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Robins is awesome, for sure taking her again. The class is intense but you learn, if you want an easy dont take her, but if you want to work for your A and actually learn something then Robins is the professor for you!

05/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
RED 4110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Robbins standards are very high. An A in her class is very possible.... but you'll have to work for it. She is very fair and approachable. If you want to be TRULY PREPARED for your student internship take her. Slackers will not make it through this class.

05/03/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
RED4110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Robbins is an amazing professor. If you are lazy and want an easy A, don't take this course. She expects full effort and dedication in order to pass. She challenges students to do more than other professors, which is helping to create QUALITY future teachers. Extremely stressful and time consuming but you will be grateful at the end.

04/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
RED 4110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class consists of a TON of work. You do not know what stress is until you take this class. Teacher is clear on exactly what she expects and is always willing to answer any questions. Do not be afraid to ask. Grades us depending on whether or not she sees progress in our work throughout the semester. Make the effort and you will succeed!

07/11/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
RED3313 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 very difficult teacher and prepare for alot of assignments. You will have to do an ABC Book, lesson plans, and at least 4 or 5 extensive assignments. However, the reward at the end is fulfilling and if you are a hard worker you will definitely pass. I finished with an A.

07/04/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
RED4110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS DURING THE SUMMER!!!!!!! Trust me, it is three weeks long, monday-friday 9-2pm at least 4 homework assignments due each day lesson plan due every day. ALOT of work! I am not sure how I functioned in this class! You will only get about 2 hours of sleep every night if you take this with robbins over the summer!

04/22/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
RED4110 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 knowledgeable professor but extremely hard course. Unfortunately formatting is more important than content for lesson plans and assignments & grading is subjective even w/ a rubric. Intimidating rather than approachable-get on her two-faced good side early. Avoid the extra stress she causes & take Tsalikis or Yribarren for all reading courses.

04/20/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
RED4150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

One of the best teachers at FIU. She is passionate about teaching future teachers how to teach reading. Follow her syllabus and do EVERYTHING she tells you to do, and you'll do great. I've had her for 2 reading classes and taking my third with her in the fall.

11/10/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
EducaRED Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She gives a lot of work and doesn't really explain the assignments. She makes you write a three level paper for every assignment regardless of how much work it is.

05/11/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
RED4150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

TONS of assignments/lesson plans. She gives you a week for each lesson plan which you have to write it up, teach it and then write a reflection. Its a lot to do. She talks excessively, but yet misses a lot of important details in which she takes points of for. Check all your graded work for her mistakes! and you need both books every class day

05/11/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
RED4110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A LOT of work. I would advise you to record class. She gives a lot of details, and sometimes she didn't say what she thinks she said and then holds you accountable. Personally, I think she put too much emphasis on the "what" of what we do, and not enough on the "why". She is helpful, though, and works as hard as you do. Ask for help if you take her

05/02/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
RED4150 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Had her for RED1, & now RED2. Although RED2 is a bit more work & more difficult, she is worth taking! She teaches you a lot, & you actually learn! She allows 4 U to redo an assignment if you get a low score as long as you learn from your mistakes. I recommend her 100%. Plus, you'll most likely have her for RED4, so its good to know how she works.

05/02/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
RED3313 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 is pretty easy if you follow directions. Take notes and start your ABC book ASAP. You learn A LOT and if you take her for the other RED's, its a lot easier because you're used to how she works. I highly recommend this professor. She knows what she's talking about, and although she's "harder" than others, it is worth it! I highly recommend!

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