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Ron Smith
Professor in the Communication department
at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
are you Ron Smith?
Overall Quality
2.0
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.1
Clarity
2.0
Easiness
2.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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0
22 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
11/17/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSU 009.016 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He is so rude and he has no patient towards his students. He goes through all of the steps in the softwares in class very fast and doesn't repeat himself when you ask him to. All he does is talk about ad club and on top of that he expects you to do all of the work he didn't give at the beginning of the semester to do it at the end in one day!!

11/07/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
comm421 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Gives good feedback" "Respected by students" "Tough Grader"

Ron is a great guy and super creative! Take him if you want a career with the creative side of advertising. Yeah class isn't easy but he is preparing you for the real world.

04/15/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Comm 421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class was really hard because it pushes you in a way that you never are in classes. There are 7 projects crammed into a semester, and he expects a lot. If you go talk to him or show you are struggling, he will help. He isn't a bad guy, he just wants to make the class as real life as possible. If you have time for group projects, take the class

03/21/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COMM 421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

he really isn't a terrible teacher.. i really liked him. i participated in class and did the projects to the best of my ability and i had no trouble getting an A. if you're creative and show him that you care you should be fine in this class.

04/28/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
comm421w Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This guy is awful! rude and inconsiderate. condescending and not understanding of students. Please listen to me Penn Staters, I'm trying to look out for you. Do not take this professor if you can avoid him. I could go on for hours but I am fuming as a think about him. I find this man hard to have any respect for.

04/28/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
comm421 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This guy is awful! inconsiderate and rude. condescending and not understanding of students. Please listen to me Penn Staters, I am looking out for you. Do not take his class if you can avoid it. I could go on for hours about this guy but I am fuming as I think about him.

12/29/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
COMM421 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

To everyone who is thinking about taking this class: DONT. I am dead serious, this guy is boring, doesn't know how to teach and plays favorites. If you belong on his favorite list then you get an A if not you get a B or whatever. Do NOT take this class with him unless you absolutely have to. HE IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL COOL FUN COMMS PROFESSOR.

08/03/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Difficult course. Not an easy grader, but you do get several chances to improve projects before final gradings. Ron is very vague during critiques, but I recommend listening to his advice if you want to get a good grade. Very very egotistical. He does curve grading, so all in all you should be able to get an A or B if you put in the effort

05/09/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
COMM421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very tough course. Many projects to do crammed into one semester. Like other people have said, it's basically the experience of working at an Advertising firm. Except for the fact that those people have that as their only job and we have 4+ other classes and a job to do around it. Valuable experience gained, but very stressful course.

04/01/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
COMM421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Ron's class will make you crazy,and its very frustrating, but his high expectations are a GOOD thing because you're forced to go above and beyond. I hated it at the time, but when I compared my work to that of Ken's students, it was better in nearly every way. The class is hard but that's how it is on the job for creative.

03/02/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ron is an extremely unpredictable grader and in my opinion is very egotistical because of his previous work experience. I can hardly stand to sit through his lectures. Wish I would have signed up for this course with another professor. He doesn't realize that not all Ad majors want to be creatives and that all is students are creatively inclined

02/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM421w Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is a very difficult teacher but he is a VERY VERY good teacher. He makes you think outside the box, and take your ideas to a whole new level. Don't listen to these people they are probably just bitter they suck at advertising and him giving them a bad grade was his nice way of telling them they should switch majors.

03/29/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
COMM468 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Terrible teacher. Lectures are boring, repetitive and uninformative. He does not allow individual creativity in projects, but pushes his ideas on you. Suck up or join Ad Club and you'll get a better grade.

05/16/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Ron is a nice guy but his grading is VERY critical, he took off a point on a project because my storyboard wasn't glued exactly in the lines! Join Ad Club, he may like you better. But he knows his stuff just not very good at giving direction in what he wants on projects...If possible take Ken.

04/11/2007
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Comm421 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Ron made us spend too much time drawing in a notebook instead of teaching us InDesign and Photoshop, which is what we really should be learing. He made us waste money on expensive supplies, and I hated how he assigned projects, and then before the first assign. was due, we had to start working on another. It was ridiculous.

11/12/2006
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
COMM421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I don't agree with the other comments. He is not a tough grader. I've never gotten below an 88% on anything in his class. He takes time out of his weekend to be in the lab to meet with students and offer extra help which most profs would never do. I enjoy his class a lot and he gives you out of class oppurtunities to work on ads for your portfolio

07/13/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Comm 421 W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

ron is very narrowminded with his view of what is creative advertising. the class would be very fun, however his grading is very unpredictable and he does not give much useful help. i think he just makes up grades. p.s. do not buy the text book or half the supplies he tells you that you will need for this course, you will never use them

03/13/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Comm 421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

HATED HIM AS A PROF.!!!!!!!!!!! NEVER TAKE RON. HE IS UNCLEAR AND DOESN'T ALLOW YOU 2 BE CREATIVE! DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!

12/09/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
COMM 421W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's the worst teacher I have had at penn state. He's so unorganized and spends half the class getting his stuff together. He gives you instructions and changes his mind many times and punishes you for not understanding. He forces his bad ideas on you when you should be allowed to be creative since it is a creative class. NEVER TAKE HIS CLASS!

12/08/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Comm 421w Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I've never had such a bad teacher in my entire life. He is really unhelpful and uncreative. If he doesn't like your creative ideas, you have to act like you like his, and then use his ideas... which SUCK. This man should not be considered an educator. If you are thinking about taking this class with him, DON'T.

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