Ashley, Jennifer  

English

3.06/4.00

54 evaluations


ENGL 134


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2005
She is incredibly cheerful and excited everyday. She enjoys teaching english and spreads that enjoyment to others. Our class was based on observation and seeing deeper. This great way to teach english, because it brings relativity and real life writting toward class. The essays and writting for class are very interesting. There is a limited about of long reading.. mostly only daily short passages with personal thoughts. I enjoy going to English 134 because of Prof. Ashley.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Nov 2005
she is awesome! she is young so she is really fun and cool. we watched garden state and american beauty! the papers you write are interesting and she isn't a really hard grader-just show up and do the homework and you will kick butt,


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2005
Instructor Ashley is such a great English teacher. She is young and bases her class on observation and relating English to everyday life. You write 4 essays, which aren't bad at all. The topics are interesting and I had an easy time writing all of them. I would recommend J. Ashley for English 134. There is no final, you watch a movie during dead week, and she is a great teacher!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2006
She is a really sweet lady and is really excited about teaching. There are 3 Papers that your grade is based on and you are guaranteed at least a B if you discuss.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2006
There was a lot of home work in this class, but it will not make-or-break you by any means. The class was basically based on three essays, all of which were relatively easy and she was always more than happy to help you with any problems you were having with the topic.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2006
Ashley was the best professor I had all of first year. She has a great sense of humor, and loves to point out the subtle things in life. She tends to analyze students now and then, but its only in hopes of getting to know you better. She is one of those "people" persons, she cares for her students, and encourages you to do your best along the way. Never a dull moment, Ashley is the English Professor to take. I wouldn't settle for anything less. Oh, and she's from here, lol, she knows the place well and has some nifty stories. :-) -RL


Freshman
A
General Ed
Apr 2006
Shes pretty nice when it comes down to it. Class is made up of a few essays that comprise most of grade. day to day work is pointless and interesting. shes a tough grader but if you go to the office hours you wont get less than a "b"


Freshman
B
General Ed
Apr 2006
She was great, her class was fun and entertaining. we had daily reading and wrote about it in a journal, it only took about 10min. she grades tough on essays but she'll help you if you ask, and she has us do peer review a few times before you turn in your work, and there is no final. i would definatly take another class from her!


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Aug 2006
she is a nice teacher and all but you only have 2 main essays to trun in and you don't really do anything in lecture to prepare you for the essay. she leads you to believe that the essays are about whatever you want and how structure them as you so please but when she turns back the essays she has a rubrick! and going to office hours didn't really help


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2006
I love English, but Professor Ashley was a really bad professor. I went into the class hoping to learn tons of new information. All I learned is that high school English improved my writing abilities more than university English did. Professor Ashley never gave you any real feed back, all she would write on my paper was "yes," "exactly," or "no." This class made me feel like I was regressing in my writing abilites. I don't know what it will be like exactly for you but I feel like I am wasting my time. If you want a teacher who giggles all the time pick Professor Ashley.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Jan 2007
Not a bad teacher, my essay writing skills were never that good, so i was satisfied with what i have. Definitly recommd to take her for english, class was based on 3 exams, and that was like 70% of ur whole grade


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2008
she will tell you one thing and grade you completely different. hypocritical.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Nov 2008
ASHLEY is awesome...great discussions and we got to watch American Beauty and analyze the character which was probably the best thing ive ever done in a English class Take Ashley


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2009
First I have to say, I SUCKED at writing forever and even took English 102(remediation). I ended up with a B+ after great effort. Ask her for help on your essays because she'll tell you what is needed for a better grade! She cut lots of readings for us and allowed us to revise 3/4 essays instead of just 2. Her in class assignments don't have much of a purpose I think. However, she lets you out of class early alot. Overall I learned alot about writing essays. TAKE HER!


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Apr 2009
I really like this teacher. She was so nice and made writing a lot more fun for me. Her workload is not hard at all. We wrote 3-4 essays in her class and read one book. For our final, we wrote an easy in-class essay about the book. I would definitely recommend this teacher to any ENGL 134 student.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2010
Best english 134 teacher at Cal Poly


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2010
It\'s hard to say anything negative about Mrs. Ashley. She is pretty cool and really wants to help her students out whenever possible. There are only 3 essays plus one in class essay (final). It\'s not a hard class if you just put in a little effort. Also revise your essays! You get a chance to revise every paper for a whole new grade!


Freshman
C
General Ed
Mar 2010
She is a cool teacher, always happy. I think she grades pretty hard. Its hard to satisfy her! I dont think I learned much in her class. I think I learned more in my English 102 class!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Nov 2011
Really easy, you should take here. Only 3 essays, you can rewrite two of them, and you have to read one book. Class is mostly discussions and barely any homework. She's really enthusiastic and nice, class is a breeze.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Dec 2011
Nice professor, easy to talk to, but such a hard grader. What I didn't like about her is that she was not straightforward with instructions when it comes to essays. And a lot of times she doesn't even know why she liked or didn't like an essay. She would show us a good essay, but then end up realizing that it's actually not that good of an essay. Overall, it's just very hard to please her. But she allows you to revise 2 out of the 3 essays, so take those chances.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2011
Professor Ashley was ridiculously nice. She was really laid back and understanding. I never did understand her grading, though. She really looks for personality in essays and if she sees that, she'll give you a much higher grade than you deserve. Being in her class didn't seem like a pain; it was quite enjoyable, in fact. It was a pretty easy class and she let us revise two of our three essays. There was one book to read and some small reading and writing assignments. I would highly recommend taking her.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Apr 2012
She's kind of a hard grader on your 3 major essays. I don't know how i got an A. The lectures are kind of interesting even though I hate english. She's open to ideas for lecture if they're relevant. We had a day where we watched Apocalypto. She lets you for sure resubmit 1 major essay, sometimes 2. She's pretty good and I do recommend her.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2012
Jennifer Ashley is a professor that is really easy to talk to, super understanding, and doesn't give you irrelevant assignments. We read 4 books over the quarter but had NO QUIZZES, NO MIDTERM, NO FINAL and had good discussions that I was actually glad to be a part of. You have 3 essays that you can revise with her at any point during the quarter and turn them in at the end. She rocks. Her class is easy. TAke it


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2013
Ashley is a really nice teacher but I had trouble figuring out how she graded her essays. Your grade is based off of three essays that she edits and gives back. We were able to re-edit them and turn them in at the end of the quarter so there's a lot of time to fix any mistakes. However, every time I would talk to Ashley about how to correct my papers, she would never give a clear response on how to make it better. With that being said, class time was pretty insignificant to your grade. We read books and had discussions but we never had any quizzes/tests and participation wasn't required. Overall, an easy teacher for a decent writer but Ashley could be difficult for those who can't write well.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2013
Ashley was an extremely easy teacher for an 8AM, two hour class. We got out early most of the time, wrote three essays, and read two books. Short little assignments in between. She is a harsh grader on writing, but otherwise an easy B.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2013
Ms. Ashley was my favorite professor this quarter, the class was an 8 am on mondays and wednesdays and she always showed up cheerful and friendly. The class was mainly discussion based and although few people in my class participated in the discussions, i thoroughly enjoyed them. She is helpful with her essays and picking a topic and if you stick to the timeline and put the work into your essays you shouldn't have a hard time getting an A. She is very helpful during office hours as far as getting your english essay going and easily approachable. Take her! if you get the chance!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Dec 2013
One of the nicest and most caring teachers I have ever had. She clearly explains what is expected out of her students and is available to help out. This class had three main essays and a lot of group discussions over reading. She runs the class so well, that it is one I regularly looked forward to going too.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2014
I'll admit I read these ratings and was scared because several of them said they don't know how she grades and that she is a harsh grader, but I didn't find that to be a problem. Every essay can be revised and she writes a lot of comments on each essay about what she thinks should change, or is good. Class ended early most of the time, so that also gives you time to talk to her about your paper and what you should improve. There are only 3 essays though and then participation, so I would spend that extra time working on improving them, since there isn't homework due that's graded besides the essays.

ENGL 143


Freshman
B
General Ed
Apr 2005
very nice lady, makes the class easy cause it's all about observation. You watch American Beauty and write essays about it. Only problem is its almost impossible to get an a on the essay but an a in the class is easy.

ENGL 145


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Mar 2005
This class was great. I have never been a fan of English so I was not looking forward to this class at all, however, I really enjoyed it. There were 3 papers; two 3-page rhetorical essays, and a 10-12 page research paper. The class was fairly easy, Professor Ashley is a very fair grader. She was also very nice and friendly. I would recommend taking Engl 145 from her.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2009
Professor Ashley is awesome. Very nice. Very friendly. Very straightforward. Very Fair. There was one midterm, and our final was a 10 page research paper on a topic of your choice. There were a few other shorter assignments along the way as well, like evaluating passages out of our textbook, and 2 other short papers. I enjoyed her class because she encourages you to write with your voice. She really pushed us to think outside of the "five-paragraph essay" structure that has been crammed into all our heads. I would DEFINITELY recommend taking her for this class. There is lots of good class discussion and...she lets you out early much of the time!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jun 2009
Ashley is a great professor. She's upbeat, easy to get along with and is able to connect with her students. The work load for the class is pretty light and she seemed to be a pretty fair grader as well. Watch out for the research paper at the end of the quarter; its worth 35% of the total grade and can either make or break you. Oh, and she lets you out REALLY early sometimes....like an hour and a half early.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Aug 2009
Professor Ashley was the best teacher I have had at Cal Poly. I am a math major...so I was dreading English, but Mrs. Ashley is such a good professor that I did not mind the class too much. Her lectures are great. She likes to focus on very modern problems and materials. She even incorporates a lot of video documentaries to present common issues. Her grading is fair and she has a moderate amount of work required. I got an A while taking 20 units so anyone who tries could at least get a B. There is a long research paper and well as three other essays, but it is managable, you just have to trudge through it. I strongly recommend her!


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jan 2010
She is a good teacher, the only problem is that I am not very good at English/writing essays, which made this class a bit tough. She grades fairly, we had easy homework assignments and had to read through two english books. The problem I found is that not having a bare bone structure to form an argumentative essay threw me off. I am used to having a structure for essays and I feel having such helps me articulate and present my evidence and ideas much more clearly. Overall a good teacher, but if you like having a structure to your writing you may find this class a bit more difficult.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Aug 2010
She is REALLY nice...but her grading is REALLY harsh. I worked harder in this class than any of my others during the quarter and got a C+. Class felt pretty useless, I don\'t feel like we did very much in class and she liked to keep us there the full 2 hours when we could have easily been done in one. Take Ashley if you have to, like I said she is really nice, but be prepared to work hard on your essays.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Oct 2010
She\'s a very nice teacher overall, in tune with current events and our expectations. Her lectures might emphasize the use of structure in your essays, but she does encourage creativity in forming them. Very easy to talk to and get help from, she\'s clear about how she runs the class.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Dec 2010
She was a nice woman who likes English, but is inconsistent. She does not tell you what she wants from a paper, just general guidelines. She marks you down for things and when you ask why, she doesnt always have a concrete answer. At one point in the quarter she showed us \"A\" examples of writing. She then proceeded to change her mind and decide she should not have given that person such a high grade. I had instances where she would change her mind about what was good or not. I took a paper in to her office hours before it was due and asked what to fix. She told me a few things, which I did, and still got a B. She seems to like a certain style of writing, but God help me I couldn\'t figure out what it was. She had some problems with clarity, in my opinion


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Feb 2012
I LOVED THIS CLASS!!!!!!! TAKE IT TAKE IT TAKE IT!!!!!


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2012
She's the hardest grader ever ! & the most liberal person in the universsse. she sucks, don't take her. she tries to be so peppy & hip, but she's NOT ! she wears the same boots every day its so annoying. k that was totally irrelevant to her teaching, but this was the worst GE ive ever taken


Freshman
C
General Ed
Dec 2012
I took her class based on her good ratings....but I really regret it now. I don't know why everyone liked her! She was a really unfair grader for such a basic class. I normally get B's in english classes, but I got C's and D's on every single essay. Every time I went to talk to her to ask why I got the grade, she was incredibly unhelpful. If english isn't your thing, I highly recommend taking a different teacher.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Apr 2013
I think Ashley's class was great for being a GE. I didn't learn too much about English, but for the first time, in a long time, I actually enjoyed reading. She picks great novels like "Fight Club" and instead of having to write about them you get to discuss them in class. For my class she cancelled the final paper too so that was pretty cool. She is definitely supportive and wants her students to learn and succeed.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Apr 2013
Professor Ashley is a good choice for English 145. Honestly, I didn't learn that much about English but her class was interesting and she does try to facilitate critical thinking. She's nice and approachable and I would totally recommend her.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
May 2014
she sucks. all she says is.... "ummmm, ya know? um.. ya. ya know? ummmmm ya know?" it's like NO WE DO NOT FING KNOW holy shiza she ticked me off easy as f class. i never went, yet pulled 94% on da midterm. and then you can revise you first essay which is due by the final date (which we dont have a final b/c we have a research paper in place as essay #2) but u have hw and need to participate in like a few discussions she literally said in class...... "i need to get harder on kids next year, my boss is pushing me to do it" soooo like ya point said find nolan. he rocks. not her.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2014
Love her! I have learned so much about critical thinking already, and the course isn't even over yet. The class is 10-12 so it's not too early, and she makes it fun. She's kinda a hard grader, but you can revise your essays by the end, and she has good critique and comments on your essays. Definitely recommend her!


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Dec 2014
Literally just gives you a course packet that you read and has all your material. Two essays, and one midterm which is 30% of your grade. She pretty much makes it a class discussion so it felt like a damn COMS class. There were ~8 kids who pretty much kissed up and talked the whole time leaving room for no one else. In these discussions, she doesn't really do anything except "mhm" "yeah" "uh huh." She rips apart your essays and does not really offer any advice. Like you're pretty much lost. Avoid if possibly, this was definitely not worth the time and effort.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jan 2015
Professor Ashley is fairly good. She gave one 6-8 page paper and one 8-10 page paper. You can do re-writes for the first paper, and she grades pretty reasonably. Both were research papers, but she gives plenty of guidance if you ask for it. The midterm was all from lectures and can be passed with an A or B easily so long as you take a few notes and study them. There is no final, but there is an in-class essay on the last day of class based on a novel read and discussed throughout the second half of the quarter. English 145 takes work no matter which professor you have. Professor Ashley is fair teacher who is always looking to improve and is very open to student suggestions. I'd recommend her.


Junior
B
General Ed
May 2015
Her class is literally just a whole two hours of her agreeing with her students. Say anything and she'll say, "Yes, I agree." Then when you get your essays back, there is 0 constructive feedback. There's more, "Hey, look at me, I'm teaching you guys about logical fallacies. I'm intelligent." (Most people have already learned this 4xs over.) I get that it's part of the curriculum, but this professor is CLUELESS in English. She's lazy and unorganized. Her syllabus is inaccurate and her due dates are always alternating. She just tells all her students to go to the writing center because she doesn't want to read all her essays. She actually said that in class. Great f---ing professor. 10/10 would not take again. Don't recommend this class. She's an unreasonable person who knows nothing about what she's supposed to be teaching. She seems a lot more interested in telling the class about how she's gone to counseling for her marriage. Why does she think that her students would care is beyond me. She probably has one of the most fake personalities I've seen in a professor. I still got a decent grade, but if I have all this to say to her...just wow. Jennifer Ashley, I do NOT recommend. In summary... Teacher is... *Incompetent (Has no insight) *Lazy (Doesn't give constructive feedback on writing assignments) *Unprepared *Doesn't actually teach (Just writes information that we already know/been exposed to.) *Stubborn (It's her way or you fail.) *Wastes time (Tells us to read all these irrelevant articles that ends up as a one student conversation with the teacher in class. Poor moderation on professor's part.) Anyways!!! DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET CANCER!!! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Dec 2015
seriously any negative reviews on professor ashley are ridiculous. without a doubt one of the most easy, straightforward GEs I've ever taken. despite the 8am time, she came to class super bubbly. 100% recommend. easy A if you put some effort into it.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Dec 2015
Professor Ashley is such a great professor. Take her if you can. She made class very engaging and was very clear about what she expected out of her students. I think that this class is perfect for a GE because you do have to put in a little bit of work, but she understands that you have a life outside of her english class. Plus, I learned so much from writing my 10 page research paper. I actually took a lot away from this class.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2016
The class was pretty easy, there was one 10 page research paper that we worked on for the majority of the quarter. Other than that we read parts of a textbook and one easy to read novel that there's an in class essay on which is the "final". Midterm was easy and she pretty much gave you all of the answers to it.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jan 2016
Professor Ashley is excellent for English 145. She is very personable, sympathetic, and flexible. It is evident that she wants to develop a collaborative relationship with her students. She also makes the class very appropriate for a GE. I felt I gained a lot of skills in my critical thinking and logical reasoning abilities, although the class was very manageable. There was one short rhetoric book we read for the first 3 weeks of class with a quiz every week. The majority of the quarter was spent writing the Inquiry Essay. It is 10-12 pages long, however all of the major assignments throughout the quarter are steps in the process of writing the essay. Basically it's an essay you spend the whole quarter developing. The class finished with an interesting novel and a simple in-class essay about the novel. No final! It is easy to both enjoy and succeed in her class.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
She pretends to be all smiley and bubbly but stabs you in the back when grading time comes.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
May 2016
Although Jennifer Ashley is a very nice and approachable professor, she grades your assignments super hard. if you are expecting an easy A, I wouldn't take this class. takes a lot of effort to pull a B in this class. I would recommend a different professor. She is also really rude and isn't professional when giving back feedback. She'll write "huh?" on your paper and "why are we even talking about this" and "did you listen what i said in class?"

REC 246


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
What else is there to say? Fine person, nothing interesting. Class was meh... Blah, blah, blah... Fine person.