Vandana Pednekar-Magal - Grand Valley State University

Professor: Vandana Pednekar-Magal
Department: Communication
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: COM275
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I enjoyed her class. She is very nice and caring. Her class is not hard, just be sure to participate. The only thing that is a bit complex is her test - they are very structured and shes a tough grader. But overall the class was laid back with not a lot of assignments.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: COM372
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Magal is a great professor and cares about the her students, but she seems to not be very organized. She tends to forget when assignments are due (not the worst thing) and she also forgets how she described the assignments to students which can lead to a lot of lost points.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: COM215
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Super nice,she wasn't as clear as she thought she was. Our final short story she said it could be a one to three pages, then later she said it should be no less than 10 and gave no direct feedback on our drafts. Random 4 page assignment bc she thought no one was doing the readings. Allowed 1 absence, anymore it would 25% of your grade each time.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: COM372
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Sometimes confusing on what she wants and a pretty boring lecturer, but you can get through it.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: COM372
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. V is very knowledgeable. VERY knowledgeable. However it seems her busy schedule takes precedence to the class. This class was a 6-9 and she showed up late almost every time. She gives you random assignments and acts as if they were super clear and concise. That is never the case. She really means well but she misses the mark.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: COM372
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Before you think about signing up for her classes know that she is Indian, has a heavy accent, and can be difficult to understand. The book was $65 and is dense & very hard to read. She takes forever to get points across. She's very unorganized. Makes you uncomfirtably step out of your comfort zone with unreasonable projects. Avoid her if you can.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CJR364
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. V is very informative on the world of journalism, but she can be unclear about the homework and her expectations from students. This is the second time I have had her. She does not use email or blackboard very much, so that can be a communication problem if you have questions. Overall, an okay professor who has experience in the field.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CJR236
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is very unorganized in her teaching method. She would say something was homework, but it wasn't. She changed the portfolio due date several times to the point that class e-mails were sent out once a week asking when things were due. She also is not very easy to understand. The exams are huge essays in which she grades fairly harshly.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CJR236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This is the second time I had this professor and it was basically the same as my last class with her. All about powerpoints and I already had prior knowledge about this subject so i didn't really learn anything from her. All the exams are long essays and if you do take this class I suggest you take COM 220 with this class b/c it definitely helps.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: COM371
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She missed 2 classes and I took it during the 6 week summer semester. Very boring discussions and lectures. Tough grader on exams and presentations. Not at all helpful outside of class.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: COM372
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Love this teacher! I was in a class of 12 and she made class very fun and personal. She encouraged office visits and tells you that she won't reply via email. Mostly everything must be done in person. She has a very good teaching method where everything is conversational and relatable. Would definitely take her class again!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CJR236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I learned a lot about the history & motives of journalism in this class - interesting class. The prof expects students to be engaged & if you're not, you may not do very well in this class. Do the readings, assignments & speak up in class & you'll do fine. She has a lot of real life experience & you can learn a lot from her if you choose.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CJR236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is awful. She never responds to a single email. She also missed 3 class periods (that were 6-9's) but made us still attend. Her powerpoints are boring and she is difficult to communicate with. She acts like students are an inconvenience to her and her time. The group presentation is graded the hardest out of all of your assignments.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: COM372
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome Professor. Expects you to learn the stuff though. Aims for big concepts, and ability to tie them into real world applications. I use Global Communication ideas in other classes all the time, so the class is useful.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: COM372
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Can seem mean at times, but she's nice & approachable. Readings are tough. Easy grader with essays. Class is boring. She'll tear you apart with questions after a presentation.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CJR236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I've had this prof for other classes, and while it's not very exciting, it's not hard. I'm not a CJR major, but enjoyed the class. Work wasn't difficult, and she encourages open discussion. Great Prof!!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: COM376
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Boring material and hard to making it exciting. Prof is nice but doesn't spice the class up at all. Tests were easy we could use notes and she gave out a study guide. Reading was hard and long.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CJR236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Don't bother with the book if you aren't going to read it. As long as you know the powerpoints she posts/ half listened in class you'll ace the exams. Easy grader and flexible with homework assignments. Put effort into the presentation because she is more critical of that.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: COM372
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
For those who truly care an belive in educating themselves Vandana is a way to go. She is more than a professor. She is your friend. Extremelly knowledgeble lady. One of the best prefesors that GVSU has. No wonder she is got TEaching Excellence Award. SUPER AWESOME. The best Prof I ever had at GVSU
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CJR236
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very easy going and knowledgeable about the topic. Doesn't ask too much out of students, but class discussions are still interesting. Grades tough on the take home exams, but just read the book and don't skip and you'll be fine.
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