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Teacher Grade: F

Difficulty Grade: 7/10

ENGL 145

Grade Received: B-

posted 2019

People are not messing around. She is THE ABSOLUTE WORST. I have never had such a horrible teacher in my entire life. I have had plenty. She thinks she is right about everything and she isn't. She will argue with you on everything and won't stop until you cave. Everything is a waste of time in her class so it just makes it interesting and humorous when she tries to argue with a class full of students. Her class is pointless, and she talks to you like you are the dumbest person she has ever met. She is a very strange grader. When she first gave us our first essays back, she was saying how amazing they were, yet NO ONE got an A. there were no negative comments on anyone's paper yet everyone got B's and C's. This woman is ridiculous. She is a depressed asshole that has nothing better to do than to make students stress about their grades when EVERYONE should be doing fantastic, yet she wants us to all fail in life just like her. She makes you buy this stupid ass practical guide THAT SHE MADE YET SHE SAYS SHE DOESN'T GET A PROFIT OFF..... YEA RIGHT. Literally, create a group and everyone uses that single one. You don't need it, and it is useless. Her quizzes are stupid and pointless. They are ridiculously precise, which makes it impossible. She will argue that pathos and logos are the same things... I think that says enough about her... if you don't know, they are nowhere near the same thing.

Teacher Grade: C

Difficulty Grade: 5/10

ENGL 145

Grade Received: B+

posted 2019

"Eh." That's what I have to say about ENGL 145 with Dr. Preston. Everyone is spot-on regarding Preston's creepy kindergarten smile, the way she talks to you as if you're an idiot, and all of the other mean things about her personality; however, her class isn't hard and I wouldn't necessarily discourage anyone from taking it. She takes attendance every day. I don't know if she factors that into our grades or not, but she does it, so if you take this class, show up. She gives pop quizzes on the workbook that she wrote at least once a week, and they were oddly specific, but I managed to get mostly As and Bs by just looking over the workbook in the few minutes before class started. Her grading is weird, and she doesn't give any constructive feedback, but I got As on two of her essays, and one B. The essays are all pretty spaced out so you have plenty of time to work on them. Even a pro-procrastinator like myself had the assignments done at least a day or two in advance. The lectures are mundane and pointless, and she HATES when people go on their phones (personally, I believe she factors that into people's grades) so just make eye contact with her when she's talking and pretend to listen. These people are exaggerating - she's not the worst. You just need to not fight with her because you won't change the way she thinks or does things, and it'll only make her like you less. Don't try to be her favorite either. Just lay low, pretend to care a little, do what's asked of you, proof-read your writing, and you'll be fine. Side note: I'm 99% sure that the person who wrote the rating below mine was in my class, and didn't have a great relationship with the professor, so I would take that into account before taking every word seriously.

polyratings post

ENGL 134

Grade Received: B

posted 2017

Cancelled class for like a total of a week and a half. Kinda subjective teacher. She's nice enough I guess but hates when someone says something she disagrees with. Daily lectures feel pointless and draining. Meh. Pretty easy grader though if you know what she wants

polyratings post

ENGL 145

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

These people are not exaggerating...... she might be the worst teacher here at cal poly. Not only does she not care about the success of her students, it seems she gets joy from embarrassing people. She is the classic professor with absolutely no life who decides to take her anger out on her students in a really creepy "kindergarden" voice way. seriously DO NOT take her

polyratings post

ENGL 145

Grade Received: C

posted 2016

This professor is terrible. I have never met someone who liked her or thought she was a decent teacher, and I know many who had her. In short, apart from her murderous glare, Dr. Preston implies false information at points (such as saying "don't worry about getting 10/20 on your essay, you can make it up!" No, no you can't, as that automatically drops you down to a 90% in the class as a final grade). Along those lines, her grading rubric makes no sense. Instead of the standard 0-4 or 0-5 in each category, she has three possibilities for each category: 2 (excellent), 1 (slightly less than excellent), and 0 (pretty bad). Ironically, this method falls into her list of logical fallacies, creating a "false dichotomy." Therefore, if you get the slightly-less-than-excellent (paraphrasing, but evidenced by her marking of a "1" in grammar for one grammatical mistake) marking across the board, you get a 50%, the aforementioned 10/20. She fills the class with busy work, fails to return useful feedback, and forces you to buy a textbook she wrote- which the library prints out. But you can't print it out. You buy it for $30. This is not because I got a mediocre grade, but rather because I think her teaching methods are at the very least flawed. 0/10, would not bang, rant over.

polyratings post

ENGL 145

Grade Received: B

posted 2016

One of the worst teachers I've had at poly by far. Class was pointless to show up to, her assignments are bs and complete busy work, she can't schedule out when to make essays due stacking u up to have multiple essays and presentations in one week. On top of that she is one of the most biased graders at poly. If she likes you expect a good grade, if she's not the biggest fan of you then expect to get unfair grades no matter how well your paper is written. She can't justify what she's grding you based off of. 0/10 would not recommend whatsoever. One of the worst classes at poly was more work than Calc 1-3 for me. Avoid at all costs!!

polyratings post

ENGL 253

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2017

Dr. Preston was a great professor! If you put effort into the class and into the readings you should do well in her class. Although we did not go too in depth into the books, it is still possible to have an understanding of the material if you take notes and ask her questions. She's very approachable and gives good background and insight into the novels, and leaves it up to you to develop your interpretation of the books.