I am sure by now most of us have read through our student evaluation of us and either don’t really care what it does, are frustrated with what it says, or are actually happy with the responses. This semester, I am personally a little frustrated with some of the responses. Sometimes the students are expecting so much from the professor, to basically give the “A”grade to them. For example, I have some students saying that I should give more extra credit, when every exam, some quizzes, had extra credit, and there were additional extra credits for some surveys. One person disagreed that return assignments in a timely fashion, when for the most part, all assignments were returned the following class. I believe once, it was two classes later, and before exams, I always tried hand back the quiz at the lecture class (not my class) because there was no class in between the last quiz and the exam. And if I couldn’t, I posted an answer key for them to use. Some complained about too many quizzes (every class) and that they were tricky. First, there were only six quizzes (in addition to 3 exams), and second, only four of the quizzes counted (plus one extra credit making seven, and five). I had explained in class that the purpose of the quizzes was mostly to keep them up to date, and specifically tested the areas that people make mistakes on the exam so that they would be prepared for those mistakes once the exam comes. It’s also annoying when you’re called a harsh grader for marking people wrong. I admit that it’s unfortunate that they lose a lot of points for some things, since there is little leeway for partial credit in stats lab, but there is little I can do about that. I try and give the most possible, and again, I have the quizzes to prepare them to avoid making those mistakes that will lose them a lot of points.
Thankfully, for the most part the comments were good, as well as the ratings. For instance, someone called me Dr. Katz, when I am not. It’s just those few who don’t understand that make it frustrating.