Websites allowing you to rate teachers can be a mixed bag. Sometimes they give you useful insight into how a course works and what to expect if you choose it. Sometimes they’re simply dumping grounds for students to vent their frustration, regardless of whether the teacher is actually good or not.
Either way, these sites are among the best to help you rate teachers, read teachers’ ratings and determine what courses to select next semester. Let’s take a look at the best sites you can use to rate your professors or learn more about whose classroom you will be in next.
The teacher-rating site Koofers has recently been purchased by and integrated into Docsity. While Docsity focuses more around practice exam tests and documentation, you can still find the Koofers professor ratings there by clicking through.
You’ll need to log in to leave a review, but reviews are anonymous and can be as quick or as detailed as you like. There’s no subcategories or ratings for different aspects of a professor’s teaching – just straight-up simple reviews.
First, search for the university where the professor you want to review is based. Select it and click the drop-down for the list of “Professors.” You can either scroll through the list or enter the professor’s name in the “Find a professor” box.
Click through on a professor, and you’ll get to see their documentation for various lectures, which is extremely handy, as well as reviews.
Uloop is much more than just a rating site for professors and teachers – it’s an all-around resource for students, letting you look for everything from textbooks to test preparation, as well as get information on things like housing and student loans.
But go to the “Professors” section, and you’ll find a repository of nearly a million professors as rated by students. You can filter professors by university and department, and of course, you can search for them by name, too.
Ratings are completely anonymous, and professors are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 in the categories of easiness, helpfulness and clarity. There is also an option to leave any extra comments you may find relevant.
3. Rate My Teachers
Since its creation, Rate My Teachers has changed hands between different owners. It had a redesign from its new owners, so it’s unlike what people remember from the past.
Rate My Teachers attempted to stymie the negative commentary from students by breaking it down into a questionnaire. Students couldn’t directly say what was good or bad, but they could make their voices heard via set questions.
However, RMT has recently opened up to comments after popular demand. Despite this, they’re tightening up the guidelines so that overly-negative comments will get removed.
As for the site itself, you can find schools and courses by country. Once you find your school and/or teacher, you can read what other people think of it through their answers in the questionnaire. You’ll need to sign up if you want to leave ratings, but you’ll remain anonymous.
4. Rate My Professors
If you want to see more personal comments from students, try Rate My Professors. Unlike the above entry, this website allows people to make personal comments about each professor.
This acts as a double-edged sword, however. When done well, you can find good, constructive reviews of professors and how they work. When they’re not done well, it becomes a dumping ground for disgruntled students to badmouth professors when they feel wronged.
Regardless, it’s worth a look, if only to see what people are saying. Try to ignore any reviews that sound like a student who thought it was the professor’s fault they failed instead of their own!
One thing to note about Rate My Professors before you use it: a while ago they had a “hotness” rating where students could evaluate how attractive their teachers are. This has since been removed, but it’s worth noting to show what kind of standards the site once had!
5. Rate Your Lecturer
A relatively unknown entry to the teacher-rating niche, Rate Your Lecturer is a UK-based middle ground between the above two. It asks for six ratings for different aspects via a questionnaire style and allows the student to manually enter the pros and cons for the lecturer.
What makes this site good is how it highlights the top professors in an institution. When you search for a specific school, the site will let you know who the top five highest-rated professors are. This makes it easy to identify the best of the best and ensure you’re getting a good education.
There’s much detail on the site. You’ll need to sign up to leave ratings, but your submissions will again remain anonymous.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. (For professors) How to remove your profile?
Generally, these sites do not allow professors to remove their profiles, because that would conflict with the sites’ whole purpose for accountability in a teaching environment. Teachers only get removed if they’re no longer teaching at a given university or college, and can also report reviews if they believe they’re in violation of site guidelines.
2. Can professors respond to their ratings?
Yes, on every one of these sites a professor can confirm their ID and leave comments on reviews left about them, whether just to say “thanks” for the positive feedback or address concerns raised in negative feedback.
3. Are these sites really anonymous?
Yes, all the ratings sites are committed to creating a safe space for students to voice their concerns and are therefore anonymous. As we mentioned above however, professors will have a right to respond to your feedback, even if they don’t specifically know who you are!
4. Can I add a professor to a rating site?
Yes, all professors added to these sites are added by students themselves, and carefully moderated by the sites to make sure that the professors actually exist, that they’re not duplicated, still teaching at a given institution, and so on.
In fact, these sites are very much dependent on students submitting their reviews, so don’t be shy about it – just be aware that the moderators are quite rigorous in reviewing profile applications.
Want to run a poll for your classroom and send out some questionnaires? Then see our guide on how to create polls and ask questions. Or if you just want to kick back with some pals digital, then check out our list of online board games with friends.
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