Rector, J W on Ninja Courses

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CIV ENG 92 (Fall 2013)

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100 100 100 89 78

Comment: It's a freshman seminar. Seriously. Show up and get an A.

CIV ENG 92 (Fall 2012)

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100 100 100 100 100

CIV ENG 92 (Spring 2012)

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50 100 100 100 100

Comment: Funny guy

CIV ENG 92 (Spring 2012)

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62 100 100 50 50

CIV ENG 92 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: ehh

CIV ENG 92 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

CIV ENG 92 (Fall 2011)

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77 79 100 73 77

Comment: For CE 92, Rector pretty much just sat there and watched over the class. It was an easy class anyways. 1 unit and not bad.

CIV ENG 92 (Fall 2011)

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72 50 81 50 70

Comment: Just listen to presentations and are assigned a final project at the end...easy.

CIV ENG 92 (Fall 2011)

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70 77 77 69 71

CIV ENG 92 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
43 70 86 40 38

CIV ENG C178 (Fall 2012)

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24 91 100 4 15

Comment: I came to this class wanting to love the subject, and I'm still willing to give applied geophysics a chance, but Rector could not be called an encouraging or motivating professor. Unfortunately, he's the only applied geophysicist the school has so he can't be avoided. He gave a few lectures, but the majority of the class was an "open-ended research problem" or led by the other professor (Dreger). This would have been awesome if done right. Unfortunately, it seemed more like an excuse to come to class unprepared. His tips weren't so helpful or clear, and I don't think he prepared for class section at all. This is contrasted with the co-professor Dreger who seemed to honestly be trying even though it was his first time teaching the class and he usually does more pure geophysics. Rector is not a tough grader by any means, but after discussing with my peers we can't figure out his grading system -- it isn't how we did on midterms, hw, and the project because when we calculated each others percentages it didn't match the order of our grades. I truly wouldn't be surprised if he randomly assigned A, A-, or B+ to every student or picked favorites. That said, the exams and assignments were easy -- unfortunately getting 97% on the exam and 100% on hw's and putting way more into the project than I really should have wasn't a solid A. I'd avoid this if you normally get As -- ironically, if you need a GPA boost this is also your class since you won't get below B+ and poor performance might not even matter too much. That said, I still really really want to like this guy and I haven't given any other professor a negative review ever -- but he's been blatantly unhelpful or absent in my experience. Maybe he's just too busy with his businesses to put his all into being a professor. His enthusiasm and helpfulness lies outside the classroom.

CIV ENG 192 (Fall 2012)

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70 100 100 50 6

Comment: Completing the assignments is a matter of having been doing what you're supposed to outside the classroom -- if you're involved, an officer, compete on a competition team, or volunteer, then you've already done half the work. If not, let's be honest... that's on you. There are no exams. The GSI ran the class, and Rector sat back and observed (if he was even present). The GSI did a pretty good job, but I'm not sure Rector had any enthusiasm for this class whatsoever. However, for what the class is, you can't knock Rector too much overall. That said, I think something much more could be done with this unit...

CIV ENG 192 (Fall 2011)

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79 16 100 50 50

Comment: Rector was fine but the class is too much work for 1 unit... just a waste of time

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2009)

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33 75 46 25 50

Comment: Terrible professor because he didn't really teach anything relevant, but the GSIs for this class were great. They basically ran the class, wrote the problem sets, wrote the tests, everything relevant. So while the prof was useless, the class was really fair and well-taught for Matlab basics due to the awesome GSIs

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2009)

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70 58 92 38 76

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2009)

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57 43 55 41 68

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2009)

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80 90 98 87 84

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 73 73 70 74

Comment: lectures are a bit boring, though Rector does try to make them interesting. As long as you do the labs, and understand them enough to be able to do them yourself easily, then the exams should be a piece of cake.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2009)

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77 71 61 41 75

Comment: Pretty chill professor, only thing is his lectures were pretty useless. In the beginning half of the class, he spent most of lecture time going over how to program a black jack dealer, which had little relevance to what we were doing. The class gets pretty mathematical near the end, and lectures start becoming more relevant. You don't actually have to go to lab, as you can do all the lab assignments at home as long as you have Matlab.

ENGIN 7 (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
63 72 76 63 61

Comment: Lectures were not very helpful for the most part. Assignments and exams were not too bad.