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Brenda Kaye Silva
Professor in the Political Science department
at San Jacinto College South, Houston, TX
are you Brenda Kaye Silva?
Overall Quality
4.7
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.7
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
4.5
Helpfulness
0
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0
176 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/12/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
2305 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Lectures are long" "Tests? Not many"

Alright if you like to teach yourself then this is the class for you! she gives lectures like none other and you'll get lostbored right away. the biggest thing that bothered me was that she NEVER posted grades online so you don't know what you made in the class until after finals. don't take this class if you struggle with being self taught.

12/04/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
2306 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B
"Tests are tough" "Would take again" "Amazing lectures"

All you have to do is Show up, listen, take notes, study your notes and your worksheets. Only a midterm and final test. One 5 to 7 page research paper. she ask you to read the entire book before the midterm, but I have never opened it and that is the same for her gov2305 too. She is informative, an amazing person to talk to, and genuinely cares.

12/03/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Gov Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Lectures are long"

She has been the worst professor I have ever taken at San Jac. She will not post grades until after the semester is over so you have no idea where you stand in the class. Her lectures are full of her rambling about things that will not be on the test. Right before tests she gives you worksheets to study and they help but she does not teach well.

12/03/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
2305 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: INC
"Skip class? You won't pass."

Worst teacher I have taken, by far!! Talks too much about nothing that pertains to government. Refuses to tell me where I stand in the course until next semester, then by then why would I care when I have other classes to worry about. Waste of time. Do not take. Oh, and makes you read the whole textbook the first 3 weeks of class. Not joking.

10/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
gov Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took this class over the summer. it was an easy pass class as long as you do your work but she does give alot of assignments. oh and she also assigns a 7 page paper to do, which i didnt do and still passed the class with a B. She says shes all these professions but i think its all lies. anyways i wouldn't recommend her.

10/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
2305 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Amazing lectures" "Tests? Not many" "There for you"

She is the absolute best. She will work with you. She is always there if you have questions or concerns.

10/01/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Goverment Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Participation matters" "Pop quiz master" "Clear grading criteria"

Silva is wonderful! She's kind, helpful, and loves for her students to interact. She gives a lot of assignments (better get on those QRQs!), but it's better to have all these small b.s. assignments that have major one's that can really mess you up. Also, get ready to write a 8 page paper she gives you like a month and a half to do. Super easy A!

07/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
GOVT 2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

I just finished taking Dr.Silva's summer (5 weeks) Federal Government course she explains everything that you need to know and gives you great examples to understand the material! Very educated teacher and loves what she does. Like any other course you have to study and put your effort to pass the class. Highly recommend her!

01/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
govt 2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hands down best government professor around. Knows her stuff, and as long as you put in an effort to do well, you will. My only regret was that I didn't take her for the first government class. I wish she taught other subjects too, so I could take her more. Amazing, amazing woman.

01/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Govt 2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Best professor ever. No idea where the bad comments are coming from unless it's just one person going off on a rant because they thought they could float by without studying. Hello... This is college. Dr. Silva is clear in instruction, her stories are entertaining and educational, and she is always there to help students who really want to learn.

01/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr Silva is the kind of professor where you actually have to pay attention and be there, if you actually talk to her she'll try her best to help you out. As for the test if you actually took the time to read and pay attention you would have been fine. The papers were EASY one research typed, one handwritten OPINION paper. (continue to next comment)

12/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
govt2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

the class was bit confusing but over all she is a great professor. Just go to class, take notes and you will be fine.

12/09/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GOVT 2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

These newer comments are all true, she is very confusing and the Test are hard filled with confusing questions.

11/20/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
gov 2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

RUN AWAY!!!! This was the hardest professor I have ever had, she is so confusing one minute she says the tests are all on the text book then you get the test and it is totally different! I can handle a high level math class but her class is crazy hard. Unless this is the only class you are going to take do not take her.

11/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GOV 2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

WORST PROFESSOR EVER! I have a 4.0 and had to drop this class. Only class I've ever dropped. She wont tell you what your grades are and doesn't answer any emails. She could care less about her students. DO NOT TAKE HER.

11/06/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GOVT 2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Don't take her unless you want to pass with an D or F. She does not teach, she talks about random irrelevant topics which are hard to believe. I guess in the past she was easy, but not this year. You have to basically learn on your own. All she says is read the book and you'll do fine. No reviews, most of the tests answers are 2-3 answers. 2 papers

10/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
govt Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

EXCELLENT PROFESSOR! INTELLIGENT, DOWN TO EARTH, AND CARES THAT HER STUDENTS LEARN.

08/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
GOVT 2306 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

All she ever talked about was her personal life. The notes were useless, and the textbook really wasn't all that helpful either. Her grading is based on personal beliefs and if you differ in opinion from her, your grade WILL suffer. I prefer to work alone, yet she forced us to do group studying and assignments. I definitely wouldn't take her again.

07/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Govt 2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If you are not willing to try, she is not the teacher for you. She is the best professor I have ever had. She believes in networking. If you pay attention to all her notes and review everything its an easy A.

07/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
2306 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

HORRIBLE teacher!! I would have never taken her if i knew most of these good comments on here were complete lies. She spends most of the time just talking about her life outside of school and ives us horrible notes, keeps you after class sometimes and very hard, unintelligent, grades under her personal feelings. very inconsistent. don take her

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