My instructor is a IDIOT!!!!!!!

  1. How very frustrating!!! :angryfire I am taking Computers 101 online for my general elective. I figured it would be an easy A for me. Anyway, from the initial correspondence in the course, I detected a bit of a grammar problem. Today I took my first exam in the assessment center, and this guy's grammar is so atrocious, it was difficult to make sense of some of the questions. His verbs didn't match up with his nouns, his punctuation and spelling is awful... I am at a loss here. I did very well (got a 97/100) but this was the easiest stuff for this exam. I am worried about the subsequent exams. According to his own admission, he has been teaching this course for 3 years, and he also teaches at least one other course.

    Oh - not to mention that 2 questions were identical , and he asked a question about the history of computers when he specifically said that was NOT on the exam. I am pretty sure that is the question I missed.

    Anyway, I'm just whining, I guess. Has anyone else had a similar situation?
    Last edit by SCmomof3 on Jun 3, '04
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   tonicareer
    Print out the stuff he writes and circle the errors and get it to someone in charge of the program. Yikes! You are paying for this class so you deserve better.
  4. by   Larry77
    I have never had good luck taking classes online. I took intro to psych online and ended up spending something like 25-30 hrs a week responding and writing papers...way too much work. I have heard other complaints from my classmates too.
    Your situation would be very frustrating...Good luck!
  5. by   CaterpillarGirl
    Quote from Larry77
    I have never had good luck taking classes online. I took intro to psych online and ended up spending something like 25-30 hrs a week responding and writing papers...way too much work. I have heard other complaints from my classmates too.
    Your situation would be very frustrating...Good luck!

    Geez, what school did you take it at? Sounds exactly like my online developmental psych class. ugh... weekly quizes, and 4 page posting assignments that I NEVER got full points for regardless of how detailed it was. No more online classes for me.
  6. by   EMTtoRN
    I agree with Toni,
    Print out everything and bring it to the dean of students. How the hell are you supposed to learn??????????????

    I think the same goes for teachers with such a bad accent that you cant understand them!!! I had classmates that dropped math becasue they could not understand anything through the teachers accent!
  7. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    I detected a bit of a grammar problem.
    This is way too funny. Have you noticed your own grammar problem???

    Hint: it shouldn't say "my instructor is a idiot," it should say "my instructor is an idiot."

    If we are focusing on learning the material being presented, we really do not have time to arrogantly dissect the instructor. If the topic was English grammar, maybe it would be appropriate to criticize his/her grammar.

    But then, you said something about an easy A, so maybe you have time to take the instructor apart.....
  8. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Chris at Lucas, you are being a bit harsh. The OP is the student, her grammar or lack thereof is not the point. An instructor for a college level class should be held to a higher standard, and if he cannot bring himself to function at the level of a college instructor, higher-ups should be notified. If she is paying good money for a class, she deserves to have an educated person teach it to her!!!!!
  9. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Sorry you feel that way. I thought it was funny, since the student's main complaint is proper grammar.

    Plus, she's doing very well--a 97 and concerned about which question she missed? An A is an A.

    Besides, I didn't call her an idiot (and wouldn't even think that). I pointed out the obvious.

    No intention to hurt feelings, in the previous post or this one.
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from chris_at_lucas
    I thought it was funny, since the student's main complaint is proper grammar.
    Actually, I did too.

    My anatomy instructor wasn't always terrific with grammar, but he was still a great anatomy instructor.

    And all of our micro tests contained mistakes that the instructor had to correct, while we were taking the tests. While it was pretty annoying at times, it also became an ongoing classroom joke, but I thought she was a decent teacher.

    As far as "idiot" instructors, I do understand your frustration. I had one whose tests that made no sense whatsoever. The guy has no business teaching but, sometimes you just have to get through it. Otherwise, you have to repeat the course. I still pulled an A so, I guess that's all that matters.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Jun 3, '04
  11. by   Nurse-o-Matic
    Bad grammer/spelling by professors drives me nuts too! You could circle his mistakes in red and slip the printed pages under his office door (without your name Hee Hee!) Give him the opportunity to correct his mistakes and see if the insanity continues. Although it is highly unlikely that he is unaware of his problem, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and a second chance. Perhaps he presently has two ailing parents he is caring for, has a brain tumor, a sick dog, an alcoholic wife in rehab, and has one arm which is presently broken and can only type with one pinky! Ha ha ha
    Good Luck!!
  12. by   Cherish
    Chris at Lucas does have a point. The OP's grammar isn't that great. Nevertheless, she/he deserves a better instructor. Talk to the dean or an advisor/counselor. Hope all goes well
  13. by   studentnurse74
    I'm taking an online class now, and the teacher listed that he expects good "grammer". :chuckle DH says I should point it out to him, but it would be too easy for him to deduct points from my lab assignments, so I'll keep quiet. In your case, I think I might mention it b/c of MANY errors. Where did his degree come from?

    I also agree 100% about the foreign language instructors. My ANP teacher was a great teacher, but I was always struggling just to understand him, and sometimes couldn't. ANP is a tough class already, so I think I might've got a better grade if it weren't for the language barrier.
  14. by   bluesky
    Quote from chris_at_lucas
    Sorry you feel that way. I thought it was funny, since the student's main complaint is proper grammar.

    Plus, she's doing very well--a 97 and concerned about which question she missed? An A is an A.

    Besides, I didn't call her an idiot (and wouldn't even think that). I pointed out the obvious.

    No intention to hurt feelings, in the previous post or this one.
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle I am soooooo with you on this one.... nursing school is going to be seriously annoying for her! Besides, it's a computer class for god's sakes! Lighten up, OP!!!

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