I've signed up for Intro to College-Level Basket Weaving with you next term. I decided to write to you because I am concerned about a couple of things and am considering maybe dropping the class, but I wanted to know your opinion before making any decision!
I will have to miss a week of classes in the middle of the term due to a family event. I also work full time and am in training for a Marathon to raise money for a Fill-In-the-blank disease fundraiser. This takes up a lot of my time.
I have a very good GPA and until last term I was able to have straight As in all of my previous Weaving classes. I really cannot lower my GPA, so this is worrying me a bit. I was wondering what is your opinion on missing a week of classes (if you think it's possible to keep up afterward or it might get a little too difficult?).
Also, this is kind of delicate, I really don't want to offend you, nor be disrespectful, but I thought I should be sincere and mention this concern of mine. I was (as many students do) checking your reviews at the Rate my Professor website, and there were quite a few really bad reviews that made me afraid of taking this class. I know there were some good ones too, but I just wanted to know how would you describe yourself as a teacher and the way you like to teach. Do you consider yourself a picky teacher as described in some of the reviews?
In the past I've had one professor that had an amazing review and other two that didn't and they all lived up to the expectations. For this reason I am concerned, because in the two last cases I ended up having to teach myself at home and it sure was not an easy, nor enjoyable experience. But please feel free to not answer me this question if you think that you shouldn't.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this long email, I appreciate that! Have great weekend!
Isn't this taking the customer service model of academia to a whole new level? At what point did it become a bad thing to maintain the standards of you field and make sure students do the same? Isn't that my JOB?
I honestly don't even know where to begin with a response.
- Speechless in Seattle