College Course Evaluations

This was taken from MIT’s Course Evaluation Guide, Fall, 1991
The Best and Worst Comments Received:

  • “Text is useless. I use it to kill roaches in my room.”
  • “He teaches like Speedy Gonzalez on a caffeine high.”
  • “In class, the syllabus is more important that you are.”
  • “Help! I’ve fallen asleep and I can’t wake up!”
  • “Text makes a satisfying ‘thud’ when dropped on the floor.”
  • “The class is worthwhile because I need it for the degree.”
  • “His blackboard technique puts Rembrandt to shame”
  • “Textbook is confusing… someone with a knowledge of English should proofread it.”
  • “Have you ever fallen asleep in class and awoke in another? That’s the way I felt all term.”
  • “This class was a religious experience for me… I had to take it all on faith.”
  • “The recitation instructor would make a good parking lot attendant. Tries to tell you where to go, but you can never understand him.”
  • “Problems sets are a decoy to lure you away from potential exam material.”
  • “Recitation was great. It was so confusing that I forgot who I was, where I was, and what I was doing — It’s a great stress reliever.”
  • “He is one of the best teachers I have had… He is well-organized, presents good lectures, and creates interest in the subject. I hope my comments don’t hurt his chances of getting tenure.”
  • “I would sit in class and stare out the window at the squirrels. They’ve got a cool nest in the tree.”
  • “The absolute value of the TA was less than epsilon.”
  • “TA steadily improved throughout the course… I think he started drinking and it really loosened him up.”
  • “Information was presented like a ruptured fire hose — spraying in all directions — no way to stop it.”
  • “I never bought the text. My $60 was better spent on the Led Zeppelin tapes that I used while doing the problem sets”
  • “What’s the quality of the text? ‘Text is printed on high quality paper.'”
  • “The course was very thorough. What wasn’t covered in class was covered on the final exam.”