RateMyProfessors.com proves beneficial to parents

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    RateMyProfessors.com is a popular site for college students to rate how difficult their professors are, but now other users are finding a distinct value for the site: their parents.

    RateMyProfessors.com is a user-generated site that allows college students to rate professors from their college or university.

    Users rate professors in three key categories including helpfulness, clarity and easiness.

    Jana Sewaiseh, TCU alumna and mom of an incoming TCU student, said she’s used the website and it will be an important asset when her daughter is deciding what classes to take.

    “We just didn’t have that when we were in college,” Sewaiseh said. “I think that you should totally take advantage of whatever kind of technology resources are out there.”

    Beatriz Gutierrez, an admission counselor at TCU, said the website impacts parents of perspective students more than the students themselves.

    “The parents know what they’re wanting and willing to invest in,” Gutierrez said. “I think that students who are more invested in the college search themselves definitely look at what percentage of classes are taught by professors.”

    The website is also beneficial for some TCU students.

    Sarah Swink, a first-year business and film-TV-digital media major, said RateMyProfessors.com heavily impacts how she chooses professors each semester.

    “I use it because I’d rather take a class with a professor that I have heard is going to be more invested in me and try to teach me in an efficient way,” Swink said.

    Adam Grech, a senior political science major at TCU, said RateMyProfessors.com is pretty accurate and gives a good idea on professor’s teaching styles.

    “It kind of gives you an idea of what professors you may want to take,” Grech said. “It’s a useful tool going into a class to know a professor’s teaching style.”

    According to the website, there are over 4 million college students each month who use RateMyProfessors.com as a resource.

    TCU was rated eighth on the 2013-2014 list of Highest Rated Universities on RateMyProfessors.com.