Bates, Jennifer  

English

2.85/4.00

13 evaluations


ENGL 134


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2016
Jenny is great. You have about five essays throughout the year that aren't that bad. If you make the effort she will edit your essay beforehand and she also gives the opportunity do a revision on your worst graded paper for a completely new grade. She's super nice too. Take her class.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2016
Professor Bates is a new professor at Cal Poly. Nonetheless, she is a genuine, nice, and supportive professor. Her class grade consisted of about five essays, in class work, and participation. Though it is evident that she is still learning the ropes as a professor at Cal Poly, I would highly recommend Professor Bates to anyone interested in taking ENGL 134.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2016
Bates is new to Cal Poly and her class was extremely easy. There isn't a lot of required work, but she gave good feedback and I feel like I improved as a writer because of this class. In particular, I felt she did a good job catering her style of feedback to each student, for example, strong writers were given more in-depth feedback but still got a good grade. Overall Bates is a pretty good professor and the class is an easy A if you're skilled at all in English.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Aug 2016
Professor Bates was a wonderful teacher, always had students best interests in mind. The essays were always relevant and enjoyable to write. She is fairly clear about what she expects as long as you understand, if not ASK! She is great answering questions and provides a ton of help in office hours. I get my writing improved tremendously by the end of her course.

ENGL 149


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Great professor! She's really nice and understands that the entire class is full of engineering students. She tries to make all the assignments actually pertain to something we might use in our college life. The resume unit was pretty helpful. Even though she's new to teaching at Cal Poly, you would never notice. Overall, there's pretty much no negatives about her other than 2 hours of english is pretty boring, but that's not her fault.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
She's super chill, super helpful, you can get an A in this class with little effort


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2016
I took her because she had good comments and ratings. She's really nice. That's correct. Easy A? Bullshit. I'm not going to lie. I'm biased. I'm also very upset with my grade, but here's my take: Grading wise? She's a bitch. My two friends from winter quarter who had her said she was nice and an easy grader. They easily got A's, but they warned me that she was going to be "harder."I mean, how hard could an ENGLISH GE CLASS BE? Apparently. it wasn't the workload that got harder. it was her grading methods. I heard she gave to many A's her first quarter teaching here, so this time I guess she was going to go harder with grading. She gave too many C's this quarter. There's a lot of points, and you should be able to get an A. Oh, except for the fact that she nit picks every little thing. I got docked off a lot on my first assignment unit because of grammatical errors or "awkward" sentence structure. She didn't give any lessons on grammar but on how to translate a scientific journal to easy words. Oh, she destroyed me on this first assignment, which was called the translation unit. She would pick out the tiniest thing. It wasn't just me though. I asked other students and they also agreed on her grading scale difficulty. I thought, "Maybe I shouldn't be biased. Maybe I should give her chance." The second assignment was a resume unit. Easy right? How hard can it be? You just write a resume and a cover letter. I followed her guidelines, and I even looked at her examples. We always have peer reviewers too look over our works. My peer reviewer gave me great feedback. I turned it in expecting an A because c'mon, I basically COPIED her EXAMPLE. HOW COULD I GO WRONG WITH THAT? Got fucked with that assignment too. Same with other friends. They either got C's or B-'s. Then again, I'm sure that some lucky kids got A's. I think she personally thinks of a select number of A's she going to hand out before she even grades the assignments. ANYWAYS, you get the point? Even if you put in a lot of effort in your writing, unless you're an ENGLISH major or just a great writer, you'll probably get a B. (Yes, I said B and not an A). I mean if you are a perfect writer and a replica of her, then you can get an A- :) I actually enjoyed writing until I took her class. DON'T TAKE HER UNLESS YOU'RE AN ENGINEER WHO DOESN'T CARE ABOUT YOUR GRADE. SHE HAS SHOWN HER TRUE SIDE. SHE'S NO ANGEL. SHE'S THE FUCKING DEVIL.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
She is a genuinely awful human being. She insulted our class's intelligence as a whole because every single student failed to do an assignment correctly, when she was clearly at fault for providing vague instructions. She will require you to print out upwards of 5 to 10 pages a day for class and will mark you absent if you fail to bring them. She also refuses to give full credit on anything, I have received a comment on an assignment that said "Perfect!!" 14/15. Just avoid her class if you can.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2017
I thought professor Bates was awesome! People who didn't like her either didn't come to class prepared, or didn't care enough to try. Bates is a very nice lady! She tried her hardest to make the class interesting and the class was a lot easier than other tech writing classes I've heard of. I would recommend Bates to anyone taking 149.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2017
The class was pretty easy. Be prepared to waste a lot of paper because she makes you bring in a lot of handouts that she wants you to print at home. She loves group work so be prepared to socialize every class. However, the lecture itself was pretty boring overall. She has some online quizzes and a bunch of readings, most of which you'll have to print out. No midterm or final, just a final report written in a group. She was super nice and sweet and taking this class with her didn't require a lot of work, overall would recommend.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Feb 2017
Bates is okay. You'll do a lot of work in her class but it isn't hard, it's just busy work (which is super annoying but it could be worse). She also makes you print out like a billion documents throughout the quarter, and if you don't have the pages printed out and with you she'll mark you absent. Oh, and after 2 absences, every additional absence drops your grade. One nice thing was that our final project was a report rather than a presentation like most classes do. Basically, she's not the best professor but not the worst either.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Support)
Feb 2017
I thought she was great! Does grade sort of hard but not necessarily unfair. Baked us cookies and showed us pictures of her puppy. Had to print a lot of stuff but if your class could convince her you could get away with not printing but instead using a computer. Lots of partner/group work but it makes the class more fun assuming you've got good people. Not too much work, I would say about the same as a COMS class. Lots of work when the project is about to be due but otherwise not much besides a little reading. She was funny, chill, and interested in helping you out. If you have a problem, just talk to her. Honestly an underrated teacher, take her if you can.

GSA 281


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
Business majors: A degree for the intellectually impaired, HA HA.