Andes, Laura  

Philosophy

1.57/4.00

56 evaluations


PHIL 1


Junior
N/A
General Ed
May 2017
Why the school hasnt kicked her loud mouth out of the teachign world is beyond me. Gives the teaching name a bad face, and doesnt deserve a place on this campus.

PHIL 126


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Oct 2007
Laura Andes. Where to start? Laura often pretends to be chill during class, but she is actually constantly brewing ways to fuck you over. Trust me, the whole class bombed the first mid-term (25% of grade). Not until the night before the mid-term did we know how difficult the test would be. None finished the test before time was up and she even extended the time because it was so damn hard. She is really strict on attendence so you always have to be there for her confusing lectures. She was once a kindergarten teacher and she teaches the class like one. There are also essays which aren't too bad. Make sure to prepare for the inclass essay cuz she screws most kids over on it. Overall, never take this class. EVER! It's horrible. No way to earn an A unless you devote ur life to this pointless material. No way to earn a B unless you do realllyyyy well on the papers and somehow not bomb the tests. Goodluck you lucky bastards and NEVER TAKE THIS CLASS!


Sophomore
C
General Ed
Jan 2008
My God this class was hard. By FAR the hardest class I've ever had at Cal Poly. I spent more time for this class than any other, and was happy... no ESTATIC to come out with a C+. To be fair, the teacher's a cool chick, and never misses a chance to relate the class material to a sexual example (she can actually be pretty funny). But the material is hard to understand, and the tests are difficult even when you think you've got it down. Be wary of this teacher, this isn't your average philosophy class in any way.... even from someone who loves philosophy classes, this was a tough one to get through.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Feb 2008
instead of presenting any of the information in a clear manner, she simply rambles through pages of information with no regard to any of the students understanding. Im not stupid, and this 100 level class is the hardest, most pointless class I have ever taken. Also, instead of being out to help and promote learning, she designs her test to be AS TRICKY as possible, and she includes no curve. The shame is she is a really nice, outgoing lady, but her understanding of the material is so vast, it is far too easy to become overwhelmed, especially with the fast pace. I would really say, from student to fellow student, do not, under any circumstances take this class unless it is your last viable alternative.


Sophomore
C
General Ed
Feb 2008
This class was confusing, pointless, boring, and involved way too much time. The mid term and final were ridiculously impossible and the whole class did pretty bad. She also doesn't allow you to take home any of your work or look at it while she's lecturing so you get absolutely no feedback, especially on essays. She is also very crazy and sometimes scary.


Junior
A
General Ed
Feb 2008
she is a nice lady, unless you have a cellphone. but then she'll fuck you over on the test. her whole goal is to get the students to fail her test, or devote their life to her GE class. really a difficult class for a GE, maybe if you were a philosophy major it would be worth it. Also, take this class like a math class it will kill you if your not on top of it. The thing I don't get about her is that she seems to want to trick the students on the test and not see them excel...weird. she needs to get laid.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2008
Ms. Andes is an awesome teacher, and you will do well in her class if you put effort into it. The homework load is moderate and if you do all of it you will do well on her tests. Ms. Andes tests are really fair, she tells you exactly what will be on them (but you still have to study because they are demanding). Be prepared to do all the work assigned and work hard.


Junior
B
General Ed
Apr 2008
I don't know what everyone else is bitching about, Andes was a great teacher. I never fell asleep in her class because she was so into the course material and managed to rub some enthusiasm onto me. The essays were a bit tough, but the midterm and final were absolute cake, basically simple math-based logic problems. She kind of breezed over all the fallacies of logic, which I was really looking forward to, but everything else she covered in depth. Laura is funny and energy-instilling, and she's HOT! I'd lay her any day if it weren't illegal (what with student-teacher relationship laws and all).


Junior
C
General Ed
Feb 2009
This was the most frustrating class that I have ever taken at Cal Poly. I have not received a grade as low as a C+ since I can remember--not even in high school. In this class I failed the midterm because I did not finish the exam (the majority of the class could not finish as well). A few students who were exceptional finished, but not the majority of us. I studied for hours and hours before the final and managed to get an 84% on the final and save my grade in the class. Beware because the midterm is worth about 25% of your grade--so if you fail it your grade for the class is ruined. I got B's on the essays--that's the only reason I managed to get a C+ in the class after failing the midterm. Many other students got D's and C's on their essays. I took this class almost a year ago but it was SO bad that I'm putting in the effort to warn others.

PHIL 131


Senior
F
General Ed
Mar 2008
DO NOT FUCKING TAKE ANY CLASS WITH THIS WHORE! The bitch needs to get laid. She is the worst instructor I've ever had. I fucking hope this crazy bitch gets laid or fired, whatever comes first. BTW, you will not pass this class unless you devote your life to it.

PHIL 230


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2008
Horrible teacher, and is rude to students. She acts totally bothered when you email her to ask her a basic question, and is not helpful at all. She also scheduled a midterm during dead week, and only gave her students 4 days to study for the final exam. HORRIBLE. take another philosophy professor. The class could have been interesting if the material was presented in a better way, and the professor actually cared about helping her students.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Feb 2009
She grows on you!! At first you hate the class especially after seeing everything on this site but then you read the material and follow along with her and she is hilarious!! loved it


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Mar 2009
She was very nice, very clear, and made everything straight forward. Too clear and too straight forward for philosophy though...I wish my teacher would have been a an old lady who looked like a wish and made us do profound mental exercises about Socrates or something. I wish I would have actually had to think deeply or face a challenge once in a while. Instead I showed up for lectures, took notes, didn't do much outside of class, and got an A or a B


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2009
Laura really is a pretty good professor. The ratings on here really don't do her justice. The class was really manageable as long as you showed up. I wouldn't believe what you read on here about her being really hot though either. I mean shes definitely not ugly, and wasn't a bad lady to look at for two hours, but don't take her just cause you think shes gonna be hot. As someone else said yes there is a midterm during dead week, but as long as you have above a 77 half-way through the class the final is OPTIONAL. Thats right, get a C+ or above and you can choose whether or not you take the final. All in all shes a good instructor who makes the class as interesting as possible and really tries to keep the students engaged.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Mar 2009
Laura Andes is a very excited, loud, and sometimes crazy, but that makes the class interesting. She is very knowledgeable about the material she teaches. I do not agree with the people who think she is just into screwing you over, but I'll hand it to her, she is a HARD grader. Basically it comes down to this: If you're good at essays, take it. If you aren't good at essays, it's a tossup. Both midterms are essay exams, where you choose two of four prompts to write on. There is also a persuasive paper which is worth a lot of points. The only other points in this class come from attendance and an optional final. I did great in this class, but only because essays are my strong point. If that's not yours, you'll still survive, but it may be a bit more difficult.


Sophomore
Credit
General Ed
Apr 2009
She's loud (warns you the first day) and kinda crazy but LOOOVED her! Take it pass/fail and you'll like it a lot more :) She easily grows on you though and if you can adapt to her sense of humor you'll like her faster. Her overall rating is completely underrated...I've told other people to take her and they've loved her too. yay


Junior
B
General Ed
Mar 2010
She is loud so you can at least stay awake. I never even read the books because basically everything she said in lecture is what she wanted written on the essay exams. Also, if you are bad or even mediocre at writing essays I would NOT take this class. If you can right essays then it is a really easy class.


Sophomore
Credit
General Ed
Feb 2011
As a person, Andes is great. She's hilarious and very entertaining. However, as a professor, she needs some work. Her problem is that she treats her students as if we should already know all the course material even though this is the first philosophy class that most have taken. We were given only a short time to write the in-class essays, yet she graded them as if we were given 2 weeks out of class to write them. I am an English major and I pride myself on my writing skills, but she somehow found my essays to be horribly filled with grammatical errors; she marked me off on "mistakes" that were in fact correct. She was a very hard and unfair grader. AND the worst part has yet to come--she told our class that her curriculum is going to become even more difficult for upcoming quarters. If you care about your GPA, DO NOT TAKE HER.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Sep 2011
Dr. Andes is very loud but makes the material very approachable. The only caveat is that she is an extremely hard grader. If you have a credit/no-credit option to use this is a great class to do so because you will learn ten times more than in any other class without the pressure of her essays.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2011
To start off, she is freaking crazy. She will tell you that the f word is one of her favorite words on the first day of class. She has the most random examples in class, which mostly have to do with sex or something that has little to do with what we were discussing. Memorize your lecture notes for quizzes, she is very specific and requires all "relevant" terminology to be defined. She is very vague when it comes to the writing assignments and then expects you to write a "superior" paper, and then gets frustrated that no one did the assignment as she wanted. Try to avoid her class, its a small lecture, she takes attendance every day, and you will have a lot of writing assignments and quizzes.


Sophomore
Credit
General Ed
Dec 2011
This course seems more like a History class then a Philosophy class. You learn about 3 philosophers:Descartes, Hume and Sextes. You are taught on how they used deductive reasoning to come to their conclusions. The thing is, you can poke holes in anyone's philosophy; she doesn't use the same 'ruler' to test all the philosophers. My biggest problem with this class is that if you ever have thought about life and how you think, this class will seem boring and useless, which will lead to little motivation in trying to get a good grade in this class. Looking at my papers and others, she grades extremely hard (harder then all the english classes I have taken). She was also incorrect in some of the corrections she made on my papers. Above everything I have just said, the reason to not take her for this class is that she gives 2 midterms during dead week and then the final during finals week. This was a bit extreme since I had finals during those midterms (finals for 1/week lectures and labs).


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Mar 2012
This is my first polyrating ever but I think Professor Andes deserves it. Very possibly one of the best professors I've had at Poly. She is loud, funny, and very engaging. The class itself is a little tricky, as I imagine most Phil classes for non Phil majors are. She lectures each class session and there is a short answer (usually 2 question) in class quiz once a week (the following week you can make up half the points lost on the previous quiz by taking it home and writing the right answers). Andes is a brilliant lady and her enthusiasm for her teaching and the curriculum is very apparent. I went into her office hours once a week (sometimes just to talk) and they were extremely helpful. In her OH she goes over each student's individual questions one by one; very helpful in a philosophy course. Some possible downsides to Andes 230 class is that some material is presented quickly which makes it hard to take notes, but usually she is great at writing on the board the important information. She reviews the previous lecture's notes before each quiz, and also has great review sessions before the in class essays and final. I walked into the first day planning on dropping the course and walked out stoked for the next lecture. If you have the opportunity, I'd strongly recommend Laura Andes for Phil 230


Sophomore
C
General Ed
Dec 2012
Andes is one of those teachers that expects every person to spend an incredible amount of time on her class. I think she is very friendly, hilarious and very lively in class but I worked way to hard in this class to just get a C plus. Her final is pretty tough too, 20 quotes from 3 separate books. You have to identify the book AND the chapter number that the quotes are from. I did all the readings and still missed a lot on this portion which is half the final(1/6 of your grade overall). If you're looking for an easy GE DONT take andes. Many of my friends had much easier teachers.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Feb 2013
Way too much work for a GE. I am taking this class credit/ no credit because i have a heavy class schedule this quarter... Yet i am still struggling to pass. The weekly quizzes consist of extremely detailed questions that although i study for, cannot seem to do well on. She is very exact and harsh with her grading. Do not take if you are expecting an easy work load. She is also extremely rude in addressing students at times.


Senior
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2013
Terrible teacher. Avoid taking her at all costs. I thought it wouldn't be that bad, but after 2 weeks I realized I had made a huge mistake. She is not clear on what is going to be on the weekly quizzes, is an extremely harsh grader, and is an overall rude person. One example of her being extremely rude is when she impersonated mentally challenged people during one of her lectures. I cant remember the exact context, but it was uncalled for and left me in shock that a teacher would act this way. I am amazed that she is still a teacher at Poly. She is the worst professor I have ever taken. The one positive review a few down from here is clearly written by her. She is a joke.


Sophomore
D
General Ed
Dec 2013
Wow. I read the review that said dont take this class. But I was that dipshit that said, "hey maybe they are wrong and Laura is a nice lady thats just misunderstood" DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! Im suprised they havnt fired her yet. Shes soooooo awful. She grades as if we are philosophy veterans, this is our first time in philosophy give us a fucking break. FUCK HER, dont take it. Period. Laura if youre ever reading this.... FUCK YOU. Grade easier you cunt


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2013
AVOID THIS CLASS AT ALL COSTS. But if you have to take it, use CR/NC! Andes grades EXTREMELY hard. She kept telling the class how disappointed she was at our quiz grades, essay scores, etc etc because they were so low. Well.....WHOSE FAULT IS THAT. She expects you to become an amazing philosopher over a course of a quarter and grades like that too. Prepare to study HARD for this class. She really knows her stuff. But she is the most horrible teacher I have had at Cal Poly. In my opinion, she needs to stop piling on so much work and cater the class towards students expectations/needs and most importantly, UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A GE FOR MOST STUDENTS AND WE DO NOT WANNA GROW UP TO BE PHILOSOPHERS THANK YOU.


Senior
B
General Ed
May 2014
This lady is a complete joke. She is rude, unprofessional, full of herself, and bad at teaching. She even mentions how she reads these reviews and that she is a "cunt". Well, if you know that everyone hates your teaching style don't you think you should change it? I'm strongly considering asking Administration how this lady is still a teacher at Cal Poly, its obvious that she is a horrible teacher.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
May 2014
Honestly, reading all of these reviews about Andes makes me wonder about how smart some of the people at this school are. There is clearly an intelligence gap haha... All of you whiny people need to suck it up, learn how to do school properly, and not call women bitches just because you don't like it that you actually have to participate (OMG) and learn things (wtf?! learning things... in a CLASS?!?) to do well in a GE. She's an incredible teacher, and if you pay attention her class is not hard whatsoever, you do have to keep up with the reading but by the time you're a freshman in college you should be able to easily read books without complaint. The essays are really easy if you take good notes, and same with the quizzes (although I do wish that she was more clear about what to study for with each quiz).


Sophomore
Credit
General Ed
May 2014
I'm sorry, MY WRITING IS INELOQUENT? When she's the one going on and on about the size of your ass and other completely inappropriate examples? She's not a bad teacher exactly, she's just completely lacking a filter. Which isn't too bad, until she decides to unleash that unfiltered plethora of obnoxiously loud words on you. Basically I'm writing this instead of editing the ridiculously harshly graded first essay that we had to write. I take pride in my writing, I always have. But when Andes decides to go about crossing off my words and replacing them with mere SYNONYMS, I may get a little feisty. So overall, I will not say anything about Laura Andes' character, but that her teaching style makes me want to throw my laptop into a wall so I don't have to do any more work for this class.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Jun 2014
She harshly grades midterm essays, worried more about grammar than the material. She takes off points for "vagueness" even if you use all of the information she and the book provides. She clearly holds an bias for Philosophy majors. She is a nice woman, entertaining, though her voice can be a bit shrill at times like nails running down a chalkboard... but she just has way too high of expectations and grades so harshly. She basically tells you that this class must be put on a pedestal in your life to receive an A. WE CANNOT DEVOTE OUR LIVES TO YOUR CLASS, LAURA! YOU TEACH A GE ELECTIVE! We have other difficult classes, our major classes, work, etc. The fact that she expects you to memorize the titles of every single chapter of the three books we read, know summaries of those chapters, and still write 1500 essay in class for the final is complete BS as well. This woman clearly has a high superiority complex to the extent where she believes her course must take priority above all else.


Senior
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2014
What the other two reviews from May 21st and June 5 2014 have said seem pretty accurate and I would concur with them. Her teaching is not bad, but not clearly organized either. I can never really tell what to study, which is something she should work on. It is a class where she expects you to study everything and then tests you on a small portion of those topics, which gets you to learn more of the material, but your grade has no reflection on your understanding of the topic. ADVICE- Team up with people in the class to study with and quiz each other on information. -Reorganize your notes so that they are clear. Her outline is just a bunch of questions, answer them in an organized fashion. -Take the class CR/NC. -Participate in class (she does have bias for students which is why she has you hide your name on the back of the Midterm Paper)


Sophomore
Credit
General Ed
Jun 2014
Laura is...an interesting person. She's extremely outgoing when it comes to her lectures, but not always the clearest when it comes to the material she's presenting. If you don't understand something, but you ask immediately, she'll clear it up for you no problem. However, if you wait a day or two, she's not as forgiving when asked questions. She uses unique examples that are often easy to remember and relate to the topics, but she also tends to go at breakneck speeds. Honestly, I would suggest taking the class CR/NC, as it makes it much more enjoyable and less stressful overall. Also, USE THE COURSE OUTLINE SHE GIVES YOU FOR YOUR NOTES. A lot of people didn't do this and had quite some issues organizing the information presented. I used the outline and was mostly able to keep up and follow along, which really helped organize the thoughts she spouted and separate all the different point.


Graduate Student
B
General Ed
Nov 2014
Unbelievably bad at teaching and even worse then that she lacks any type of respect for others. A prime example is that during one of her lectures she decided to ridicule and disrespect mentally challenged people. She decided to ask the class, "We're not mentally retarded are we?" and then made a "duhh" sound and skewed her face. My jaw dropped when this happened. I couldn't believe it. Either she has no filter and doesn't think before she speaks, or she is just a very very rude person. I believe both is true.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2014
The ratings for Ms. Andes should be wayyyy higher than what they are. She's a great professor and is passionate about her material (which is conveyed plainly in the most direct way possible). She's NOT boring and tells the off color joke so if you're easily offended, don't take this class. She's like a feminist but NOT a SJW... so take that as you will. Most importantly, she's also incredibly precise in grading so unless you're going to come to EVERY class (which is pretty much expected if you want to get a decent grade), and have passable on-the-fly essay writing skills, then you likely won't do well (these should be a given at this point, kids). She destroyed my first midterm with the word "vague" all over, so use a lot of phrase-mirroring from her lectures but also know how to expand on it. She's very loud and cold calls students so don't expect to sit in the back and not be engaged. Laura locks on to any and all. Avoiding a question is blood in the water. The people calling her a cunt or whatever are way out of line. Clearly they're idiots who went in wanting all GE teachers to s their d. She's not a bitch or a "bad" teacher by ANY stretch of the imagination. The course material sucks, but anyone who's blasting her character is off-base, so don't worry if you have to take her. Okay--so it still doesn't sound like a great class or professor. She's not for everyone. She was kind of a rude awakening for my babied little GE grades. If you're used to pulling your dick in class and then catching up on your own, DON'T take this class! On the real--you will fail. If you take good notes, then reading the assigned books and studying beyond notes will be minimal, and therefore have a small workload beyond class. There are 3 midterms requiring multiple short-essays, a paper which is like 8-pages (and slightly difficult tbh) and the final. No busy work. In summary: If you don't study or try (not hatin), you won't do well. This is a challenging GE. Abandon all hope, ye who want an easy A. For those go to class and take diligent notes and then actually study for the midterms, then she's a very attentive and entertaining professor. Laura keeps it real and made a shitty/confusing GE/material fairly easy to swallow. I learned a lot (and isn't that the goal~*~*~) which is more than I can say for most GEs I've taken. Would I take it again? Fuck no--Descartes is retarded. But Laura is a professor I would have again, no question.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2014
She completely lacks a filter, writes vague on every sentence of your paper, and replaces your own words with her synonyms. Avoid like the plague.


5th Year Senior
A
General Ed
Dec 2014
Laura Andes is actually a really great professor. She has really high expectations for students' writing abilities, so everyone thinks she's too harsh. If you seriously apply yourself and work to write well and at a high level then you'll be fine in this class. She keeps lectures interesting and is very open to helping students if they ask for it.


Senior
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2014
Horrible person to be around. Mean, cruel, rude... I think you get the point. Possibly the worst teacher at Cal Poly.


Junior
B
General Ed
Dec 2014
Reality and Knowledge has been one of the most interesting classes I've taken at Poly, mostly because Ms.Andes presented the material in an interesting way. She is crazy, loud, and really fun. While she does grade harshly, the feedback she gives is helpful. If you read the material, go to class, and make flashcards, the writing exams should be relatively easy to pass. Also, fuck all the haters.


Junior
B
General Ed
Jan 2015
Andes is absolutely one of the greatest professors that I have had! She talks loudly which keeps you awake and alert in class, and encourages students to participate in every lecture. She makes the class fun, and presents the material in a very clear way. I would highly suggest her!!


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
May 2015
Too all the people that say she's such a great person because she cares about what she lectures about, I saw whooptie fucking doo. Yeah, she cares about it, because its the only thing she has in this life as a result of her close minded, bullshit attitude and arrogance. I wouldn't doubt that she believes she is this "omnipotent god" that continually appears in discussion of this class. She serves no purpose in this world. I have friends taking this philosophy GE online, which is clearly a better option because they aren't going to fail a GE class. A computer can do a better job at grading than her. Not only is her grading harsh, it is unreasonable and makes absolutely no sense. She grades severely for organization, grammar, and apparently she grades down when you don't use the same synonymous word she was thinking of. COOL MRS. ANDES, I really wanted to know what you would have wrote. Im not sure if she has a PHD, but if she does, she needs to be stripped of it because this lady is a definitive psychopath. She is the only teacher to ever make me write a review on. THAT is how bad she is. Do not take her. Do not like her. Do not accept her as a decent human being. She openly and happily tells us that she stole her parents car as a fifteen year old and crashed it into a forest going 65 miles and hour in an ice storm. Nice, I'm really glad these sort of people are who I have to learn from and look up to here at Cal Poly. I am ashamed to say I have her as a teacher, and I'm ashamed that Cal Poly believes this lady has any intelligence what so ever. Get a new pair of Uggs you dumb bitch.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Jun 2015
She cried today. What a weirdo hahahah get a grip of your life. This lady is honestly so weird and the only reason she acts all fun and crazy is because she can't teach worth a damn. She should go back to teaching kindergarten. She reminds me of one of those psychotic cat ladies you see on TV with dead cats under her couch and no life except her 100 cats.


Senior
B
General Ed
Aug 2015
I was asked today who was the worst professor I had at Cal Poly so I decided to come back onto Poly Ratings to write this review. Laura Andes by far was the worst teacher I've had in my life. You will regret ever meeting this person. She is one of those people that you just shake your head at and ignore most of the time because it is not worth wasting your voice talking to this imbecile. I almost feel sorry for her. Almost. She was constantly rude and racist in discussions, would put students down for asking questions, and lacked any structure in her grading techniques. I didn't learn a single thing from her class. It was basically hell. I hope she gets fired very soon. Laura Andes has the potential to destroy the strong reputation that Cal Poly has. I know she reads these reviews........ So, I have a message for you Laura Andes. Quit your job! You are extremely incompetent and should not be employed! Find a new profession! You are embarrassing yourself, your family, your last name, and your heritage by trying to teach. Do you think students just come on this website to write negative reviews? I strongly suggest you take a look at other professor's pages and you will see that there are many positive reviews. The day you leave Cal Poly thousands of students will rejoice because the school will have gotten that much better. Please leave soon.


Sophomore
Credit
General Ed
Nov 2015
There will be room in Andes' class. If you crash she will let you in. Please, for your own sake, don't take the class. If you really feel like you need to, take in CR/NC. She is incredibly difficult to please and she grades harshly. She expects students to memorize chapter titles and other pointless information to be regurgitated on exams.


Senior
B
General Ed
Feb 2016
Hard, but very interesting professors and class. Not for the faint of heart. Go to lecture, do the reading and you'll do fine.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2016
Super neat lady. Incredibly interesting to listen to. But grading..... oh no. Impossible to fulfill this woman's requirements. IF you take her class, take it C/NC.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
WARNING!! Avoid her class at all cost


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jan 2017
Not going to lie, the class was somewhat difficult. The first midterm was hard, but only because it wasn't what I was expecting so I didn't study hard enough. After that, the second midterm and the final were much easier after I understood her testing format. You basically need to memorize all of the information she gives you, like word-for-word. It sounds tough, but it's honestly not that bad if you study enough. The reading can be dense, but you don't really need to read anything until the final comes around, for which there is a passage identification part. Make absolutely sure you attend every lecture, because all the information you need comes from those lectures. There are no PowerPoint slides or notes she uploads anywhere, so everything you learn is based on what she gives you. Overall, though, she was a genuinely nice teacher who tried her best to make the class interesting and keep students awake. Her teaching method is also very organized and makes the class easier to understand. Just don't underestimate the first midterm, memorize as much as you can, and it'll be easier. Go to her office hours and ask questions. I know it sounds tough now, but she's really not that bad and I also didn't take the class credit/no credit.


Junior
Credit
General Ed
Apr 2017
More infatuated with her own perceived knowledge rather than teaching students. Extremely rude when a student makes a wrong guess at an answer, and does not give the time of day to go over a confusing subject when it was not understood the first time. Only positive is her loud voice keeps you awake.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Apr 2017
WARNING. WARNING. Mrs. Andes was probably the worst teacher I've ever had in my entire academic career. She warns you starting out the class that she will be loud and rude, but I did not know the extent of what she meant. I myself do not take offense to things often, but she offended me in the first three weeks of class. She would make strange comments, like when she talked about how "everyone has an uncle that touches them inappropriately," laughing it off, and calling it "drama". Her test styles are erratic, and her lectures match it. There is literally no organization at all with this woman, so beware when you take this class that you will not be able to follow the psychotic ramblings that she calls teaching. She gives 50 minutes for 3 to 4 essays where she expects each one to be three pages or longer for the midterm. This class is a GPA killer, for GE class she expects you to take way too much time at home and practically ruins philosophy for anyone who will ever take it. I should've read the reviews before taking this class.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
May 2017
This teacher is an absolute bitch. Will make a point to choose the most timid and shy kids in class and literally smiles as she drills them and makes them exceedingly embarrassed during class. A complete immoral and messed a person, even without regard to her incomprehensible and detestable "style" of teaching. Cal Poly truly puts itself upon a pedestal of shame for keeping such an immoral, unthoughtful, repugnant individual on their payroll.

PHIL 231


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Mar 2011
First things first, she is loud!!! she is not afraid to yell at the top of her lungs in class. her lecture style can be a bit scattered but she reviews in the first 15-30 min of class, that is probably the most crucial parts of class. the essays arent too hard if you study, but she is a super harsh grader on them. the grading system is what saves you in the class! there are 6 areas to receive a grade and she only takes the best 5! I think I also did so well in the class because I met with a private tutor once a week. But study hard and you can do well. Any Phil class sucks so maybe take the class as CR/NCR.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Aug 2011
Although Laura Andes was a decent professor and had a good personality, she was completely insensitive to student issues. Her midterms and finals were ridiculously hard (asking the student to complete a 1500 word essay in 60 minutes). Laura thought she was all knowing in her area and thus very rarely allowed the student to have an opinion. She acted as if her class was the only class you were taking and takes pride in the fact that her average grade is a C-. The class was interesting but I would definitely take it credit/no credit to take the stress away from doing well on the impossible exams.


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Nov 2013
Fucking awful. Her voice is like a chainsaw to my ear canal. She tries to downplay the fact that she is a huge bitch by admitting she is a huge bitch, but the reality is, she is a fucking cunt who will go out of her way to fuck over her students


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2014
I should have listened to the polyratings. Even though I am taking this class CR/NC, I am actually still worried about receiving credit... which is ridiculous. I don't even know where to begin with her.... She expects you to memorize her lecture notes word for word, and if you try to say something in your own words on her quizzes, she takes off like 10 points. She reviews during the first 20 minutes or so during class but it's scary as hell because she just completely nails you if you don't say the right example that she wants. Um.. TAKES ATTENDANCE FOR NO FUCKING REASON. Really.. I thought it would count for part of our grade, but no.. On the syllabus it explicitly says she won't count participation.. the why the HELL do you take attendance?! Sorry if Phi 231 is a GE and no one gives a flying fuck about philosophy.. I was hoping to become enlightened after taking this class, but no, I'm stuck here trying to memorize chapter titles of a stupid book. Thanks for no teaching me jack shit and making me cram for a CR/NC class when I have way more important things to do.

EDES 408


Graduate Student
C
General Ed
Nov 2016
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