Jacqueline Swansinger - SUNY Fredonia

Professor: Jacqueline Swansinger
Department: History
College: SUNY Fredonia
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HIST170
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She was very vague with her information.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST398
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
You must use the textbook and pay attention in class. She uses PowerPoint and lectures at the same time, so take notes during her lecture and print the presentation after. She likes having in-class discussions; make sure you do the readings and don't take what she says personally. You're graded by attendance, participation, 2 papers, and a test.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HIST361
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She admitted, in class, that she would never give anyone a high grade in her class because she was raised in France and they are tough graders. Unless you are somehow able to meet her unclear, extremely high standards, be prepared for low grades and a lot of confusion. She is always available for her students, but she is often unapproachable.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HIST152
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Unwilling to meet outside of class, Grades well, Harsh personality , Not for freshman
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HIST261
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Swansinger does make you work for your grade which is exactly what college is made to be. I ended up dropping her course because it didn't work within my job schedule but I would take a class from her again in the future. She has a blunt personality which some cannot deal with and essentially you just have to grow up. Hope this helps
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HIST261
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Swansinger is more interested in seeing if students are making connections to what she's teaching (fair) than giving opportunities to get a good grade in the course. This makes for cool class discussions if you're paying attention and participating, but it also means you only get 3-5 actual grades. If you don't like talking in class, avoid.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HIST105
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Jacqueline Swansinger is one of the worst professor's I've ever had. She continuously is rude and uncaring about anyone who is in her class. She started an argument with a student and proceeded to be rude to her even after the student stopped talking. I wouldn't recommend anyone taking her class. She is no approachable and doesn't care if you pass.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: HIS102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Hardest grader I have ever had. She is impossible to please. I was always afraid to ask questions in class because she would make fun of people in front of everyone. Lectures were extremely dull and they were followed up by a ton of reading for homework. Overall, worse professor Ive had so far. Would never take again.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HIST106
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Hardest work I have had to do while here at college. I never felt comfortable going to her for help because she would make me feel bad about asking questions.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HIST150
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Goes off topic a lot and gets real unclear during her lessons. You won't understand half of what she's talking about even when you're paying attention. Currently writing this during class and she can't even figure out the computer. If you take her class be ready for A LOT of work
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST170
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She's fine. Not my favourite at all, but maybe she'll work for someone else. Your grade was based on 5 essays total and a group presentation (and participation). I felt like her feedback on papers was not clear, but I did go see her for extra help.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HIST100
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She expected way to much from a CCC 100 level course. The work that she wanted from us was more of an 300 level course load and was horrible at explaining assignments. Every assignment that we did, she was never happy with and would throw back at us saying how horrible we had done. She only explained things clearly if you went to her office
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HIS102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Horrible. I have no more to say. Simply horrible. She made me hate history. I used to love it. At least make the class a little more interesting lady.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HIST102
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This professor made it very difficult to adapt to college with the work load that she gave out and provided very hard readings and books. on top of this, you will never leave class early and you will most likely find yourself leaving class confused about the homework. her explanations on topics are very professional and in depth though.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HIST102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I'm gonna be honest, this is not a great professor. she's rude and has absolutely no emotion. the first day of class she made people present questions from a book that absolutely no one in the class had due to the fact that it was only the first day. directions were not clear and she can be harsh!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIST02
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of the best professors I ever had for a history class. She is always available during office hours or after class to clear up any confusion. Her workload is very manageable. You will get out of this class what you put into. If you do the work and pay attention you will be successful. If you're negative then don't expect an A, pretty simple.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HIST350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Fair grader, very critical, wants you to talk in class, makes you think critically and give evidence for arguments. Scary because she's very knowledgeable. Hardest professor I've ever had but grateful for taking the class. I feel like i learned a lot from her; she was the first prof ive had that puts an emphasis on individual thought and analysis
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST106
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A breakdown of the midterm grades my class got this semester (after curving) A- : 1 B : 1 C : 1 C- : 1 D: 9 D- : 3 F : 9 we were expected to teach the class ourselves, each class a group presented a section from 1 of the 4 books we had to read Each student had to present twice. This, our midterm and final were are only grades
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIS350
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Too smart for her own good and terrible at projecting it. Expect a class where you're expected to fully explain multiple topics on the war in Vietnam without her telling you what shes looking for criteria wise. Would avoid at all costs.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HIST106
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof S is a UNIVERSITY level professor. She isn't going to spoon feed you the answers, however she is always available for office hours or by email and more than willing to help whoever is struggling. No, you can't sit in the back and text the whole time and expect to get an A- . Welcome to college. All in all, one of the best profs I have had.
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