Beaman, Ronda  

Communication Studies

3.45/4.00

120 evaluations


SPC 100


Senior
N/A
General Ed
Jul 2005
This is a lame site. The comments are statistically insignificant. Most comments lack basic grammar and spelling skills.

HNRS 101


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2008
Great professor and best 7 AM class you will ever have. Only thing is i got a B+ !! i needed that A come on now


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jul 2008
With Beaman's help you will become an excellent communicator. The assigned speeches are not meant to be memorized and presented from behind the podium. Instead, your speeches will be like extended conversations with the audience. Although an A is hard to achieve, here's how to get one in this class. 1) Don't memorize the speeches - know the three main ideas you are going to talk about and let your personality fill in the rest. 2) Be genuinely enthusiastic about the topics you choose and show it - She will give you high marks for this. If you are excited about what you're saying so is your audience (and the teacher). 3) Interact with the audience - pose questions, get them involved in any way possible. If the audience is entertained and interested, you will get high marks. Make sure you don't pass up the opportunity to take this class. ----

SCM 101


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2001
Ronda is the BEST teacher at Poly! If you still have to take speech, then take her! Going into the class, I thought I was a pretty good speaker, and that I wouldn't learn anything, but I ended up learning a helluva lot! I actually looked forward to going to her class. She is peppy, spirited, caring, really makes learning to be a better public speaker fun! The speech topics are really fun, everyone in your class becomes your friend, and most importantly, she treats all students with great respect. Don't expect an easy 'A' though. There is no busy work to help your grade. You are graded by you effort and improvement. So if you don't actually try to get better, it will be obvious to both the class and the teacher. If you try to be better, this will be your favorite class by far!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2002
I have only had one quarter here at Cal Poly, but i can say with confidence that Dr. Beaman is one of the best professors here. Her teaching style is original and effective, much like her personality. I know speech is a class a lot of kids dread, especially shy students, but by the end of the quarter EVERYONE had totally improved and seemed way more comfortable speaking in front of the class. It's rare to find someone this passionate and full of energy in a subject like speech. If you can, definitely take her for scom 101.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2002
Ronda is awesome! she is one of the best teachers i have ever had because she cares so much about her students and the material. she only teaches one class so if you can get her you are EXTREMELY lucky. The class is a lot of fun and you get to know everyone in it, so we always ended up doing crazy speeches. Ronda grades fair, and recognizes effort even if your not that good at public speaking. Take her but only if you are willing to care as much about the class as she does, and you won't have any problems.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2002
Rhonda is the most incredible woman I have ever met, and this is by far the best class I have ever taken. Everyone loves her, and everyone loves the class. She realizes that public speaking can be difficult, and she doesn't require you to be perfect. I didn't list my grade because I haven't recieved it yet. However, she is a very fair grader and I am confident that I will get the grade that I deserve. You should really take this course. There isn't any unnecessary busy work, and you will really get a lot out of it. TAKE HER!


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Apr 2002
I don't think anyone walked away from my 7 am speech class disappointed. She is willing to help and really cares about her students, not that they walk away with an A and happy, but that they walk away having learned something... something fun, different, and useful. She grades you not on how well you can remember facts about speaking, or how perfect your speech was, but rather how you improved from speach to speach. Her grading is both honest and reasonable. Though the class is not difficult, don't go in expecting to breeze it off. The people who did best in the class are those that showed the most improvement and showed the most creativity. She is extremely personable, and gets to know everyone in the class. Not many classes I look forward to... ESPECIALLY ones that are early in the morning. I'd take her 7 am class again in a heartbeat if I could do it all over again. If you want to have fun in speech, go for Dr. Ronda Beaman.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2002
Ronda is absolutely awesome! I'm in her 7 a.m. class, and I must say that it's a class I don't mind getting up for! She is so energetic and highly experienced in the field of public speaking. She creates such a friendly environment too! She has 2 people volunteer to bring breakfast every morning so that it's one less thing we have to worry about that early. Ronda gives short quizzes on the reading maybe once every 2 weeks or so. They don't count for much at all and she gives you hints about the answers. She really takes the time to recognize each individual and their strengths/weaknesses and helps everyone improve on their speeches. We had to give a total of 5 speeches, one of which is a group presentation. She doesn't give a midterm or a written final (unless the class is really bad, which is impossible with her as a teacher). As a matter or fact, for our final we're all going over to her house in Avila and having a speech contest with her other class over breakfast! How great is that? She was even nice enough to invite us all to her house for Thanksgiving if we didn't have a place to go. Ronda is an amazing professor, and I know that she will continue to stand out in my memory as I continue on at Cal Poly. If you can manage to get in to her class, even if it's at 7 in the morning, TAKE THIS CLASS! You won't find a better professor for this class.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
May 2003
This teacher is absolutely amazing. I had her for a 7am class and I actually enjoyed going to it. She is very funny, outgoing, and approachable. She makes public speaking almost fun. I would take this class at 7am if I had to again. Do what it takes to get Ronda!!!!


Junior
B
General Ed
Feb 2004
Professor Beaman is one of the most caring, thoughtful, and maternal people I have ever met. Every day I walked out of this class, (on public speaking, which is not one of my favorite things) I felt as if Cal Poly was giving me a gift to counter all the stresses of college life. Ronda is the only person who can make an SCOM class at 7:00 AM, yes that's right, 7:00 AM, and make it into the brightest part of your day. I concede that I will never be a great public speaker. But Ronda made everyone feel like they could do whatever they wanted to do in life, that we matter, and she explained how people really love you for your flaws. I took this class last year, but it has really stuck with me. Professor Beaman is an inspiration and a great teacher of living life in front of other people.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Mar 2004
I don't know if I took a different Ronda Beaman then all you people, but I left this class feeling completely connived. She gave us all this inspirational crap and talks on self impowerment and how much she loves us when all she really wanted to do is feel better about herself. She picks favorites like no other. She kept telling us she wanted us to "become more like who we truely are" and she was all hippie and liberal, she just wanted the underdogs to suceed. The people who were naturally good public speakers, she shut down. All you people who hated this class as much as I did, please get to work on writing ratings and get rid of the ridicuous 4.0 that she has.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jun 2004
Ronda is the best teacher I have ever had!!!! Everyone in my class loved her!! i learned a lot of about public speaking, not the boring book stuff though. She taught me confidence. It really isn't scary to give a speech in her class. I don't know what these students below are talking about. She deserves the 4.0. You will walk away from this class knowing how to give a good speech and you will have memories that you will never forget. I will never forget Ronda's class. If you take her you will learn about public speaking and about life, valuable lessons on life and bestof all you will have a new friend. Ronda is a friend to all of her students. Basically, take her, you won't regret it, i promise.


Senior
A
General Ed
Jun 2004
TAKE THIS PROFESSOR!!! You would be foolish not to try to get into Ronda's speech class, although you usually have to take a priority to even get into one of her classes. 7 am class feels like nothing when it is Ronda's class. If you want to be excited everyday to go to class (which you will be) and if you want to learn everyone's name in the class and basically make 30 new friends for a quarter (you will) then take Ronda. It is easy she did not have us take any written quizzes and no papers to turn in, only short outlines. Visual Aids are very important and so is moving TOWARDS the audience while you speak. If this sounds like you then take her, and if it doesn't you should take her anyways, I know you will love the class !!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2005
Dr. Beaman is a WONDERFUL teacher that really knows her stuff. Her speech class is not an easy A, but it isn't a tough class either. I took her 7:00 a.m. class and it was seriously the most fulfilling class I've taken so far and I'm not a morning person. She makes class fun and is in a league above most of the other teachers at Cal Poly.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2005
TAKE THIS TEACHER! She makes the class interesting and fun and provides quality teaching. By far the best professor I have yet to encounter. There are a few quizes which are simple consider I can fit the test book in my pocket! She does NOT allow note however, instead she stresses knowing your information and then just talking to the class. Awesome teacher!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2005
Dr. Beaman is the most amazing teacher I have ever had. She motivated me beyond belief. You could always count on her to be energetic and she gave 200% every class. She loves to use music to express her ideas and to help motivate the class and it worked every time. She is extremely entertaining and I always wanted to get up and go to her class. TAKE RONDA BEAMAN...THE BEST SPEECH PROFESSOR EVER!!!


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2006
Very motivational, changes the way you think about speech. She even renames the class as "Person Sharing" instead of "Public Speaking". She demonstrates how communication is key to everyday life in our society, and really looks at the big picture. She appreciates creativity, uniqueness, and organization. She breaks many of the conventions of conventional, upright, boring podium speeches with notecards. We were taught to connect with our audience by walking among them, using our brains and personality instead of memorizing note cards, and creating professional looking presentations. Good class to take to learn about life in general, as well as communication. She is a very happy person, and IF YOU PUT IN THE EFFORT you can get a lot out of the class. Nonetheless, her grading was extremely tough; Rhonda will help you as much as possible, but your speeches must be worthy of a standing ovation to even think of an A.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2006
Dr. Beaman was a really great teacher, funny, very motivational, and tried as hard as she could to reach out to her students. She cares about each and every one of her students, wants everyone to succeed and is always happy to help. There are never any tests, essays, or notecards to prepare. The only writing you will be doing is the "once-in-a-while" quiz (which are easy) and simple outlines for a speech every now and then. Beaman doesn't allow notecards or papers when you go up to present. It sounds hard, but it's really easier than you think, because you'll be presenting on topics that you already know about, or care about. If you prepare your speeches and practice, you'll do fine. Don't expect an easy A. As someone already mentioned, the "A's" demand a standing ovation. This may sound impossible if you hate public speaking, but is doable. I absolutely HATE speaking in front of classrooms and get all nervous, but managed to pull a B+ in the class. The first couple of speeches may seem daunting, but you'll get the hang of it, since Beaman really tries to make you feel comfortable. You'll learn a lot in her class -- not just in terms of public speaking, but about life in general. Yeah, this sounds corny, but you'll be secretly wanting to go back to her class...even if it's 7 in the morning! If you have a choice for a teacher, CHOOSE BEAMAN!!!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jul 2006
She is an amazing teacher that will change your life. If you want to learn how to speak effectivley and don't care that much about your grade take her. I'm still bitter I got an A- instead of an A though. Aww, but you can't be mad at her. She's just too awsome.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Dec 2006
She's dope nasty. No tests, no writing, just giving speeches. She has a lot of energy (perhaps too much) but you get into her lectures. Easy class too.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Feb 2007
One day in class I walked in, and Ronda Beaman told us she had to give a big speech in May. She was going to speak after the Dali Lama and before George W. Bush. If that isn't an amazing public speaker, I don't know who is. She's one of those teachers that wants everyone to do well, and appreciates it when students are trying and making an effort. You won't regret taking this class, she is a wonderful person and teacher.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2007
Awesome teacher, extremely engaging most fun I've had in a class for a while. Take her if at all possible.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2007
Dr. Beaman is the best professor on campus!! She inspire and encourage you to become a better speaker. The other professors on campus assigns a topic for you to do a speech on, but Dr. Beaman allows you to choose your own topic! If you are passionate about your topic, you should not worry about her not allowing you to use index cards. This professor even recieved the best teacher awarded by calpoly!!! take her!! If you cant get her class, wait for another quarter until you are able to because you will enjoy this class like no other. Speech sucks, but with beam speech is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Junior
A
General Ed
Jun 2007
This was an awesome class. I am very happy I had Dr. Beaman. She is the best speech professor on campus. I f you have a chance tale her. You dont have to read in this class except for like 30 in total throughout the quarter that you are just quized on. Its really easy, you could practically make a speech up up in the front of the class and you will be surprised because you will have an A in the class. Take her and you will be happy the entire time because you get breakfast every morning


Freshman
B
General Ed
Oct 2007
This class was AMAZING!! You was worth waking up for at seven a.m. You will not regret signing up for this class. Her speeches are so easy, you could practically make one up five minutes before class. TAKE RHONDA!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Nov 2007
Dr Beaman is the most amazing teacher ever! most people hate public speaking but she makes it so much fun. All of the speeches we did were fun topics and really entertaining. She really cares about her students and makes the class fun by dancing around the room, bringing breakfast, or showing videos. i had this class at 7 am and didnt miss it once.

SPC 101


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2002
I thought Ronda was an amazing teacher. Her grades are based on your own personal improvement. She doesn't compare you to any other students in the class, so don't feel intimidated if you have great speakers in your class. Overall, since speech is a ge requirement you must to take it with Ronda. You won't hate that class even if you have it at 7 a.m like I did.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Dec 2002
If you are taking Speech 101, you must get this teacher!!!!!!! It is worth rearranging your schedule, she is sooooooo great!!! Even though it was a 9 am class I looked forward to going. There is very very little homework (besides writing your speech which is only every other week and usually less than that.) Small quizzes that she warns you in advance about, that are easy as long as you skim the chapter. She knows what she is talking about and teaches you lot more than how to give a speech. YOU MUST GET THIS TEACHER!!!!!!!!!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2003
Ronda was by far the Greatest thing to happen to my life since, well the computer. Coming into Cal Poly was quite a shock and just being able to go into here class in the morning an know that you would be surrounded in a loving and carring atmospthere was just great. Really the only hard part of the class was the preperation to the various speechs that we had to give. Pretty much there was not work, until the night before when I had to memorize my speech. Even if you are not to keen on getting up in front of others, this class is nothing to fair. She did a great job, and I feel that much better about college because of here class. WE LOVE YOU RONDA!


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Apr 2003
This is one of the best prof's I have had at Poly. She made the class feel like a family and didn't judge you. I really recommend talking speech from her. But to get an "A" you should come into the class pretending to be shy and afraid of speaking and then build youself up to be awesome. She grades a lot on improvement and creativity. I feel that's the reason I didn't receive an A. But you would have to really be dumb not to walk away from the course with at least B-.


5th Year Senior
A
General Ed
Apr 2003
Ronda Beaman is an amazing teacher. It is truly evident that she cares to get students to expand their comfort zone and become great. She understands that people have public speaking fears and she does more than most to help you succeed. Her approach to teaching is daring and innovational. After going to school at Cal Poly for 5 yrs I have never had a professor who even begins to match her abilities as a teacher. She is exciting and caring to the point that you WANT to go to 7 a.m. class. My advice is to take her class and apply yourself and you will get more than a teacher, you will get an experience you will never forget!


Senior
A
General Ed
Jun 2003
Dr. Beaman is awesome. I have been dreading taking speech throughout my four years at Cal Poly and now don't want it to end. I had class at 7 am and loved every minute of it. She focuses on the positive things you do in a speech instead of negative things. Take her if you can!!!


Junior
A
Elective
Jun 2003
By far, the best professor I have had, and probably the best professor you will find at Cal Poly. She inspired me everyday to live life free of hesitation and fear, I left the room after each class inspired and simply saying, "wow." do whatever it takes to take Ronda, use your last priority if you have to, even for the 7a.m. class, it will be the best thing that you do at Cal Poly.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Oct 2003
Rhoda is truly an amazing and inspiration woman and teacher. I feel so lucky to have spent a quarter with her. If you haven't signed up for a speech class yet, snatch this opportunity for personal growth and enlightenment.


Senior
A
General Ed
Oct 2003
If you do not take this lovely women it is your loss. She is so full of excitement and positive energy that i wish i could only attain 1/100 of it. She is by far the BEST TEACHER EVER!! the fact that the class starts at 7am made no difference i wanted to show up to see what she was going to do next. Take this class if you can.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2003
Ronda is the teacher that will inspire you for the rest of your life. I never liked public speaking, but coming to her class there was always entertainment and something new. Now that the class is over I will miss her and all of my fellow 7 a.m. classmates.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Jan 2004
this class was really good. at first i thought that it was going to be really bad but instead dr. beaman was a really good teacher. she is very inspirational and she is so nice. sometimes she is too hyper considering the class was at 7 am but it is worth it to get up early every morning. the workload is very light in comparison to the other speech classes.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2004
Ronda is by far the best teacher i have ever had! I would recomend this class to everyone. She is a great person. TAKE THIS CLASS RONDA IS THE BEST!!!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2004
Way fun. Way cool. Don't miss out because the other SCOM classes are going to be way different and way lame. Bam.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2004
Ronda is not only an amazing professor, but an amazing person. Everyday I woke up looking forward to attending her class. Besides the fact that it is increadibly entertaining, the class really did help me get over my fear of public speaking. Ronda is a true inspiration way beyond just a public speaking class...I am still blown away by her outlook on life. TAKE THIS CLASS!!!


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Mar 2004
Dont get me wrong Rhonda is a great person..but mabye should not be teaching speech. I agree with the statement below about too much stuff about 'being alive' and blah blah blah..i felt like i was in a motivational seminar half the time, not a speech class. if you just want to fullfill your GE requirement for speech like i did, take a different prof. But alot of people loved the class tho..i guess it just depends on your personality


Freshman
C
General Ed
Mar 2004
I dont get how this teacher has a 4.0 rating...i mean her class was fun and all but i didnt learn jack about giving a better speech. I didnt really learn anything i didnt already know on how to structure specific types of speeches, but the one thing i did learn is that she considers your visual aids to your speech more important than the speech itself. So make sure you make extremely good visual aids to get an A in the class. And she always gives these annoying, sappy speeches on how you should live life to the fullest, how its too short to be sitting around not doing anything...give me a break, i'd rather learn how to give a better speech than listen to her whine about her philosophy on life. She totally favors people, and if you're not a good speaker to begin with (like i was/am) you're going nowhere in this class.


Junior
B
General Ed
Apr 2004
Dr. Beaman is a nice lady and a pretty good speech teacher. I think she really misses her own children, so she uses her students as if they were her own kids. A lot of poeple in my class liked this, but personally I found it a little uncomfortable. As others have said she is very emotional. During dead week she tried to make our class feel bad about not being enthusiastic enough by crying, which pissed me off. Overall pretty easy class, but it seems like she grades you more on whether or not you do something outrageous in your speech than if it was actually good.


Senior
B
General Ed
Apr 2004
i loved Ronda. She was awesome. she made 7am class fun. I was motivated to get up and go to class every tuesday and thursday. She made speech fun and totally took the pressure out of speaking in public. our class was amazing and i highly recommend her for any class.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jul 2004
Ronda is by far the best teacher I have had at Cal Poly. She is the sweetest and most honest person you'll ever meet. From the fist day she makes you feel comfortable by learning everyones names, and trust me, by the end of the quarter you'll know everyone in the class. I met so many people and made some good friends in her class. We had a total of about 4 speeches, and each one she inspires you to talk about whatever you want. There aren't guidelines or notecards, you just get up and talk about things that mean something to you. She loves to see her students improve, and she loves visual aids. This class is unlike any of the other SCOM 101 classes so be prepared. If you want to be given a topic on every speech and be graded on how well you can site sources, don't take this class. But if you want to have fun, and truly learn how to talk to an audience and be comfortable in front of people, take Ronda!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jul 2004
Ronda Beaman has got to be the world's BEST person and teacher. i thought that this speech class would be the class i dreaded the most but taking it with ronda made it a lot easier. she's the type of person that loves you for who you are and really cares about everyone. she doesnt count your "umms" or your "likes" and she doesnt make you do hand gestures like all the other speech teachers. instead, all she is simply asking is for you to speak from your heart...she's allowing you to be you. she realizes that not everyone was made to be a public speaker, but she grades you on your improvement, not by anything else. Ronda is the most inspirational and uplifting person and teacher i have ever met in my entire life. TAKE SPEECH FROM RONDA BEAMAN...NOONE ELSE.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Sep 2004
Professor Beaman is the best professor I've had so far at Cal Poly and probably ever. I was totally nervous for this speech class and I was dreading it since I found out it was required. But from the first day of class, I knew I would enjoy this class and it was all because of Ronda. Now I'm not saying that I wasn't nervous to speak in front of people, but Ronda made you feel so good about yourself and so comfortable up there, that it'd be hard not to like this class. Not only did I learn that it's important to be confident, I also learned alot of information about communicating with others. The class is not difficult, but you still learn alot. A few easy quizzes, a midterm or two, 4 or 5 speeches and a really fun final is what is required of you. But the quizzes and midterms are easy because she just wants you to be accountable for your assignments. Take Ronda if you can, because you definitely won't regret it. She is the greatest professor I've ever had.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2004
RONDA IS THE BEST!! TAKE HER ABOVE ANYONE ELSE IF YOU CAN!! I wasn't looking forward to public speaking, but Ronda really made me feel comfortable talking infront of an audience. Right away we learned everyone's names in the room which is awesome cause by the end of the class, you'll have a whole new group of friends. She recognizes everyone's problems and really cares about your improvement. Ronda is a very enthusiastic, fun, and inspirational individual. You will not be sorry if you take her. There are just 3 speeches and a 20 min final group speech. No midterms, no writing, just speaking! And even though the class was at 7a.m., going to it made my day and I would do it all over again in a heart beat if Ronda was teaching. TAKE RONDA!! IT'S SO WORTH IT!!


Junior
B
General Ed
Mar 2005
Dr. Beaman took a class most people would rather skip and made it into the most fun class I've taken here. She's enthusiastic and really cares about each and every single student in her classes. You'll love this class and will definatly become a better speaker because of it.


Senior
A
General Ed
Mar 2005
RONDA IS AWESOME!!! I love ronda, she is the most inspirational teacher i have ever had. even if i didnt need to take speech i would want to take this class to be around her. she always makes you feel good and makes sure you get more out of this class than just being able to speak like a badass!! take ronda or you will die, garaunteed.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2005
One of the most influential teachers I have ever had! She is an awesome person and makes the class fun. I had her at 9:00 in the mornings, but it was still one of my better classes of the year so far. You do 4 speeches total (even though the final speech was in front of the UU at seven in the morning, it wasn't so bad) and some quizzes every now and then (100% easy, no worries at all). If you take Ronda, your "dreaded speech class" will be a breeze. DO NOT TAKE ANYONE BUT RONDA!!!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jun 2005
Like many of the Polyratings of already said, Ronda is truly amazing


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Nov 2005
Not a fan of this crazy bitch. Don't believe what you hear, not worth the early wake up call. She does not cut any slack for the class being at 7 am. She is truly a nut case. Absolutely insane. she sat us around a circle and told each of us, one at a time that she could "see the music in us." Like "I" (Point at self) "can see the music in you" (point at student) If your into this corny bullshit, by all means take her. But if you, like me, will crack up to her face (kind of got me in the doghouse) don't take this insane woman. She also enjoys raping students when handing out grades. Ridiculously hard to get good grades. this is a speech class, I did not expect to have to put the same amount of work in to this class as i would for a real class. Advice: Don't take her, and if you do really work and do the reading she has pop quizzes.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Nov 2005
She sucks. She grades too hard, and is insane. OVERRATED. I agree with the last poster. Although my comment is statistically insignificant, she is crazy.


Freshman
C
General Ed
Nov 2005
Dr. Beaman is inventive, courageous and stands her ground. You can see by a few isolated comments that she doesn't pander to those not dedicated enough to improve and she pushes you to be more than you thought you could. If you just want to coast or complain, as those below, this is not the class for you. If you want to learn to speak well and be the best you can be, in an atmosphere of caring and compassion, this is the class for you.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2005
Dr. Beaman is crazy, crazy about her students and teaching...she makes you look at yourself and step up, some people are afraid to do that, but we all improve as speakers and people...take this class!


Freshman
C
General Ed
Nov 2005
If you don't like yourself much, if you think you know everything, if you don't want to be a powerful speaker,, thendon't take this class, she makes you think about what your talents are and then use them,not for anyone used to the same old thing and not for those who would rather criticize than learn. Good class, good teacher, good choice.


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2005
Ronda Beaman is simply the most inspiring, inventive, and original teachers on campus. She truly cares about her students and does her best to get all of them to rise above the 'limit' that this world puts on us. This class is not only about speech, it is about expressing yourself in every aspect... including speech. Do not take this class if you want an easy 'A' and do not take this class if you are unwilling to stretch yourself and be uncomfortable at times. I have nothing but good things to say about Ronda and I recommend that you find out why.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Dec 2005
She is an absolutely fantastic teacher. She lets you make mistakes in class, and her notes on your speeches are really helpful (if you can read her handwriting).


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2005
If you take speech with Rhonda you will quickly learn that it's not really about speeking a certain way, but rather learning to communicate effectivley with your own style. She is not set on everyone presenting the same way. She wants to see you grow and change as a speaker. There are 4 graded speeches and nothing else: this matters to me, how to, persuasive, and the final group speech. That's correct, no written midterm or final. You can't use notedcards, yes, you can't usenotecards. I was freaked out to because I suck at speaking. But it made me a better and more confident speaker. It forces you to know your topic which in turn makes you less nervous and easier to speak. If you want to walk out of speech with more than a memorized list of terms take Dr. Beaman. She's a professional and she knows what she's doing.


Senior
B
General Ed
Feb 2006
I didn't like her class. I didn't like her teaching style. She made me feel uncomfortable. And yes, she did have favorites and everyone knew who they were. I was actually excited about this class based on the high ratings, but I was very disappointed. By the way, you are not allowed to use notes on any of the speeches which made it difficult for me personally. I never understood her grading system because I don't think there was one. And lastly, it was definitely NOT worth getting up at 7am, contrary to what other people may think.


Junior
A
General Ed
Mar 2006
She is horrible...really corny...and loves to pick favorites....if you love sucking up to a professor, then pick her...for one of our speeches we had to drive to fucking atascadero and talk about horses..and the worst part--she didnt even bother showing up. also, all quarter she makes a big deal about not using notecards, but at the end of the year "speech off" when she told us her poem, she didn tbother memorizing it...instead she had to read it...biggest hypocrite ever....AVOID HER


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jul 2006
Student's who talk down about Beaman are dark and sad people. Seriously, this class will change you life. She doesn't run her class in a boring routine way, she has her own unique style. She is a professional speaker herself, she travels all over the world to give speeches to businesses and individuals. She is great at what she does, talks to you like you are a person, and approached every task with enthusiasm. If you care about building a relationship with a wonderful women or your education at Cal Poly, take her.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jul 2006
Wow, let me start by saying: major dissapointment. She is not inspiring and not interesting. I accepted getting up early in exchange for a great class experience. Don't do it. It is not worth it. If you want someone great take Stauffer. She is the real deal. My friend had her class and I wish I could have changed in time. If you want to go to a mediation class, this might work. If you want to learn how to speak - well- this will not. Have fun with your selection. Everyone has a different taste, but this one left a bad one in my mouth.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Aug 2006
Real life expereince, real caring and professional prof, it doesn't get any better than this...unless you are a whiner. and there will always be those who don't want to do anything...but this prof is awesome...at any time of dat!


Senior
N/A
General Ed
Aug 2006
Waited 4 years to take class with her, everyone is right, she is the best...teaches in a professional manner with lots of creativity and care...knows everyone in class, even has you out to her house, does the extra mile stuff, field trips to give speeches to outsiders so we can gauge our learning and I was totally amazed how everyone got SO much better...take this class...


Senior
N/A
General Ed
Sep 2006
The best teacher I have had, bar none, does it creatively, with passion and care...she may rub dull kids the wrong way as she is determined to make us the most we can be...waited til I was senior to take the class, was so afraid, i was at ease first day because of her...take this class and become a better speaker and a better person!Sorry I have graduated so I can't do it again...


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2006
Dr. Beaman is the best teacher I have ever had. She makes all her students want to succeed and shows them their own abilities. If you ever get the oportunity to take Ronda, take full advantage of it. She has one of the rare personalities you never see in people, that makes you want to be a better person.


Freshman
B
Elective
Dec 2006
Overrated.


Freshman
N/A
Elective
Dec 2006
DONT BELIEVE ANY OF THESE STUPID EVALUATIONS--THEYRE ALL BIASED AND DIMWITTED


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2007
Absolutely incredible! One of the most inspiring people I know


Junior
B
General Ed
Jan 2007
Ronda is an amazing professor. Coming into her class, I was new to Poly, HATED public speaking, and definitely had no desire to take a speech class. However, it was required, so I did. I can't say that I'll make a career out of it, because I still don't find it enjoyable, but I am now a competent communicator and will use the skills I learned in her class in the workplace.


Sophomore
B
Elective
Jan 2007
Overrated!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Feb 2007
So here's the deal....in a lot of classes you take at college, you have to sit through the MOST boring presentations because the presenters are HORRIBLE and just don't know how to communicate their points effectively. I can promise you, that if you take Beaman, you will never be one of those people that just flat out suck at oral presentations. If you show her some desire to become a better speaker,she will really go the extra mile for you and help you with whatever you need. Her and I are still friends three years later. BEAMAN ROCKS!!!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2007
She was amazing! She made speech extremely applicable to real life and the class was never dull. I had it in the morning and she would always come in with so much more energy than myself. Take her, she is so great.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2007
I was told to take this class, and it was the best thing I ever did. She really cares about you and teaches you so much. You also get to know so many people and it's an amazing experience. If you can get her... DO IT!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2007
Can this really be posted? Honestly? Wow.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Sep 2007
Ok, there is NOW WAY all of these kids got a's. If you are considering this class and the possibility of you getting an "a" is most important, move on. ...oh and rhonda is dope.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Oct 2007
Ronda Beaman is really took time for her students. By the third day she knew every persons name in the whole room. She spares no expense for our education when at the same time she grades each student at a personal level. She is one of those teachers that really wants to see that you are trying. I was very afraid to take speech but after taking her class it opened my eyes. Also she is a professional motivational speaker on the side. Google her and you will see what I'm talking about. Amazing Teacher!


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Oct 2007
Ronda Beaman is a spectacular teacher!!! You dont have to be worried about taking a public speaking class from this woman. She makes speeches fun and loves what she does. Best class I have taken at Poly!!!! Take her!!!


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2007
She is the most amazing woman ive ever met. I couldnt imagine taking this class from another teacher. I wish she could teach every class that i take. She challenges you everyday to get out of your comfort zone and into real life speech. Dont take anyone else. TAKE RONDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Dec 2007
Dr. Beaman was the best teacher I have ever had in my entire life! With COMS 101 classes that my friends were taking, they would always be studying for tests and memorizing definitions. However, with Dr. Beaman, we learned by actually doing. She was always energetic and fun and even though I had class at 7 am twice a week, it was totally worth it. I always loved going to her class and am really going to miss it. We had speeches and a few small quizzes, but there was no midterm. Plus, the best part, we didn't have a real final. Instead, we had improptu speech debates with her other class. I recommend this class to everyone because she took the time to get to know us and was so helpful in showing us how to improve our public speaking skills! TAKE DR. BEAMAN if you get the chance because you will not regret it!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2008
Note to those who hadn't noticed: SPC 101 is now COMS 101. Ronda Beaman is quite possibly the most charismatic, enthusiastic, talented teacher I've had in quite some time. She presents the class material in a easy-to-follow, entertaining way that draws on her many years of experience in the field. Speaking of her years of experience, have you Googled her yet? You'll see what I mean. Too lazy? here's a preview. http://www.secondwind4you.com/ronda.htm Her books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Ronda%20Beaman&page=1 In short, she knows what she's talking about. I for one was not afraid of taking public speaking, having had lots of experience, but I saw classmates go into the class scared to death and leave more confident and better prepared for any sort of speech. A definate must-take!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2008
It is so clear that she posts her own evaluations. There is always a response to a bad comment. She must be pretty insecure about hearing the truth. This "fake" buzz is not right way to go. I thought her class was o.k. I was not looking for a life altering experience, and I was able to survive this required class without converting to Ronda-ism. Be cautious of the times she teaches - it is well worth taking Erma Stauffer instead at a reasonable time as my roommate did!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2008
Professor Beaman has got to be one of my favorite teachers so far, because she has such a bubbly personality, that i enjoyed coming to class. By the end of the quarter, i noticed i was much more confident with my public speaking abilities compared to the first day of class. We had quizzes, pretty straight-forward and if you studied, they were easy. We gave five speeches in her class and our midterms were our speeches. The topics were related to your opinions and you had to memorize them, but with this, i found that i could talk easier without a podium or note-cards. Overall, she is a wonderful professor, and she really cares about your speech abilities and notices when you've improves. If you had the chance, definitely take her!!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2008
Dr. Beaman was by far my favorite teacher that I have had so far. I loved going to her class, she actually cares about her students and is very inspiring! She makes you improve through out the quarter and the final speech is a group project which takes a lot of time and effort. Overall, you will work hard but it is worth it because she is an amazing person, take her for sure!


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Oct 2008
She is an amazing professor. She takes a little different approach to speeches than one is used to (no notes are allowed) but she loves what she does and is so full of energy. I actually look forward to this class, even though I took it at 7 in the morning.


5th Year Senior
B
General Ed
Oct 2008
I took Ronda's class my freshman year, and I still think she's the best teacher I ever had at Poly. Enough said!


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2008
THE MOST AMAZING TEACHER AT CAL POLY HANDS DOWN!!!! this was my first quarter at cal poly, and i wasn't looking forward to taking a 7 am class at all but this AMAZING woman made it worth it every single day!!! she knows what she's talking about, she's an excellent speaker herself, she's absolutely hilarious and fun, and she gets the class involved every day. This is not a difficult class, she gives a few quizzes on the reading but other than that its all working on getting more comfortable with speaking, we only had one paper the whole quarter, and it was a self evaluation so it was super easy and super helpful. TAKE THIS CLASS!!!! it's definitely worth it to wait to take COMS to make sure you get this lady as your teacher.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2008
ABSOLUTELY THE GREATEST TEACHER IN THE SCHOOL!!!! Ronda is the most amazing professor I have ever had. While most students hate their public speaking class, I loved mine and looked forward to it every Tuesday and Thursday because of Ronda. She has such a great and different style of teaching. NO MIDTERMS OR FINALS!!! And its all public speaking and no writing. Absolutely the greatest professor. TAKE HER IF POSSIBLE!!!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2008
Dr. Beaman is such a unique teacher... you HAVE to take her if you want to really feel comfortable speaking. She definitely makes you step out of your comfort zone, which can be scary at first, but once you accept it and really embrace what she's trying to teach you, your whole class feels like a family and you can really grow as a speaker.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2009
I took it at 7am and have no regrets. Dr. Beaman is awesome and makes class fun. She creates a great class atmospshere. Its fairly hard to get an A, but its not hard at all to get a B


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2009
Dr. Beaman was an amazing professor! I came in, like I'm sure a lot of people do, dreading having to take a speech class. But I left feeling extremely lucky that I was able to have such a great experience with such a scary class. Dr. Beaman sets realistic expectations and knows how to connect with her students without making them feel intimidated. Even though she doesn't let you hold on to notes, she's open to letting you tape up notes to the backboard (but after the first and second speeches, she expects you to use no notes at all). But really, the class was set up perfectly and some of the best lectures I've ever heard came from her classes. One class, she walked in, told us she wasn't going to use her lesson plan for the day, and proceeded to talk to us heart-to-heart about life and how everything we do in life matters. Every part of this class was meaningful to me in some way. I'm sure not many people can say that about their speech classes.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2009
She is the best teacher I have ever had. Beaman not only teaches you what you need to know to be a good speaker, but she also makes the class fun and interesting. If it is at all possible, GET IN HER CLASS.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2009
she is an absolutely amazing teacher. you will take away so much from her class...stuff that will follow you throughout life. HIGHLY recommended.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2009
Dr. Beaman is amazing! She does not give any written assignments and the speeches are relatively easy. The only difficult thing for me was that I was not allowed to have notes while speaking. Dr. Beaman is very funny and is willing to help at all costs. She even allows her morning classes to bring in breakfasts. Take her!!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2009
I LOVED Dr. Beaman! She's pretty much the sweetest lady ever, and makes the class really fun. I did get a B, which was disappointing, but it's pretty hard to get an A because she doesn't give very many A's out. I had this class at


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2009
Ronda is an awesome teacher in every facet. You will not find a teacher that cares for you more than Ronda will. Take her and be prepared for an awesome quarter!!!!!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2009
She is an absolutely amazing teacher and person. She changed the way I look at the world. Every single person left the class a way way way better speaker. Even if you think you are already really good or if you know you are horrible at public speaking, either way take her.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Apr 2009
Professor Beaman is the best professor i have had at Cal Poly so far. She doesn't let you use notes and really pushes you hard but it is definitely worth it because at the end of the class you have become a completely different speaker. You get to know every person in the class and the class ends up being much more than just public speaking. I wish there were more classes like this. Beaman also really cares about her students and is always available to help. If you have the chance to take her, don't hesitate, she's the best!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2009
I was in Ronda\'s last class (if what she told us is true). It was the best class I have had so far, and even though I haven\'t taken very many, I doubt many will contend. Ronda is an amazing teacher who taught us a lot beyond speaking. If you somehow get the chance to take her, stop reading this and go add her, you won\'t regret it!


Junior
B
General Ed
Dec 2010
This class changed my life. Mrs. Beaman will illuminate a process towards speech that will uncover a confidence you never knew you had.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Mar 2011
Dr. Beamen is one of the best teachers I have every had. She was a hard grader but if you listen to her comments of your preveous speeches, you will definately get a good grade. She makes Cal POly one of the best colleges.

SPC 102


Freshman
B
General Ed
Feb 2004
AWESOME TEACHER ! Take her if you can! Excellent at making students feel comfortable speaking infront of the class - encouraging and supportive. Clearly explained material. Fun class fieldtrip as a final (group presentation on chosen subject to retirement home).

SPC 201


Freshman
A
General Ed
Apr 2001
Dr. Ronda Beaman is definitely one of the best teachers I've ever had. Not only is she a wonderful speech professor, she's inspirational. I abhor public speaking, but by the end of her class I found myself wanting to do more speeches. She encourages a creative and positive classroom atmosphere. Take this professor if you can! You'll learn so much more than you'd ever expect!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Apr 2001
Rhonda rocks as a teacher. I had her for a 7:00 speech class and I actually looked forwarding to waking up at 5:30 to go to her class. She made speech so interesting and fun. She was only out to make you better and would never put you down. She made me and the other students in my class feel like we really were special which made us really try. She is like no other teacher and if you can take a class that she teacher you should. Jump at the oppurunity she is the best teacher you will ever have :)


Freshman
B
General Ed
Aug 2001
I also had the 7 am speech class. I can tell you, I was pretty upset about having a class that early until I showed up the first morning. We were all completely shocked by how energetic and peppy our proffesor was. Ronda did her best all quarter to keep us interested and learning. Until this class, I hated speaking in public. Now, I feel a hundred times more confident. If you take Ronda's class --and i highly suggest you do-- be prepared to have fun, and learn how to break some of the "rules" of speech making that make everyone dread it so much.

BUS 217


Junior
B
Elective
Jun 2012
Not helpful. Substance - please!


Sophomore
A
Elective
May 2014
Rhonda seems passive aggressive. I'm not clear why she was selected as the master of ceremony at CalPoly . If you look at her recent comment in dr . Daubert's online review for teaching the leadership seminar you can see that little mrs merit batch is a closet manipulator. I hope her true colors are recognized and she is not going to be lecturing at our business college any more. Aside from soft skills she has nothing to offer to me that is actually tangible .

BUS 270


Senior
N/A
Elective
Mar 2012
Dr. Ronda is the bomb. She is amazing and this business leadership class is absolutely amazing. This is very practical class that you can actually use in everyday life as well as in your professional career. You learn about your weaknesses and strengths as a leader and get to build a leadership portfolio.amazing class that is well worth your time and dr. B presents it so well and has done an amazing job in designing and setting it up. I totally wish I could take more classes from her!!! If you get the opportunity to take a class from her....take it !!!


Sophomore
C
Elective
May 2012
WARNING: DO NOT SIGN UP FOR BUS 270 unless you are fully aware of what you are siging up for. She tricks you into thinking this class is something that it is not. On the first day, we had an amazing speaker who pumped up the whole class and we didn't go over what exactly the course entailed until week 2 (after it was too late to drop the class). If you have a bunch of free time and really are devoted to this class, you may enjoy it and get something out of it. But I can honestly say that every person in the class that I talked to said that this class is a waste of time and wished they could get out of it. Its just a bunch of pointless work. I went to almost every class, did every homework assignment, and actually made an effort, and somehow ended up with a C (my first and only C at cal poly). First impressions are everything with Rhonda, so if for some horrible reason you end up in this class, just pretend you are really enthusiastic and never under any circumstances ask her what you missed in class. She will blow up on you!!


Sophomore
A
Elective
Jun 2012
worst class of my life and biggest waste of time


Freshman
B
Elective
Jun 2012
Listen to the person three below. She says everything that's needed to be said about Ronda's class. Don't take this class.


Freshman
B
Elective
Jun 2012
This class is basically a disorganized mess of little projects here and there. Leadership speakers will come to speak, but the stuff they talk about is very philosophical and not practical. The concept of a leadership class sounded cool at the beginning, but now I regret taking it.


Freshman
N/A
Elective
Mar 2013
Dr. B is an amazing individual that puts some of the hardest leadership ideas on display for all. She works hard to develop personal relationships with her students and truly promotes life growth if you are open to it. I would reccomend this class is you are truly trying to better yourself as leader!


Junior
N/A
Elective
Mar 2013
Dr. B is not only one of the best professors I have ever had, but also one of the best human beings I have ever met. While the class does have a lot more work associated with it than I anticipated, all of the work is not only useful for personal growth but builds into the final project, a leadership portfolio which is useful for life outside of college. This class helped me not only see myself as a leader but also build relationships with other students that I know will benefit me in the long run. While this class is not an academic class, it is a life skills class that I highly recommend to everyone who has the chance to take it at Cal Poly.


Freshman
A
Elective
Jun 2013
BUS 270 is a class unlike any other. She warns you on the first day of class (which can be overwelming, but stick with it) that this class will not have midterms or a final. That does not mean that it's not a lot of work: There are many projects both group and individual that are very time consuming, just so you know what you're getting into. However, this class really pushes you to step up and better yourself. Dr. Beaman, in one word, is incredible. She is so inspiring and passionate about life. This class will help you in the REAL WORLD. The people who hate this class are people who fail to see that everything she teaches you can help you lead and succeed and be happy in your actual job.


Sophomore
A
Elective
Jul 2013
Dr. Beaman, is very professional in how she runs her class. Being a motivational speaker, she makes you look forward to going to all of her classes, and participating. This class is most certainly not a traditional, read the textbook, take a quiz, and study for your midterm. This class is completely something else, it helps to strengthen your leadership skills, and it lets you find your personal strengths and weaknesses.

AG 875


Graduate Student
B
General Ed
Nov 2016
What the guy/gal below said. Amen. I too took this class and have long since graduated from Poly, but I was cruising Poly Ratings for a kick and thought that I should pipe in and let you know how much of a joke this prof is.