John Fredrick - Santa Monica College

Professor: John Fredrick
Department: English
College: Santa Monica College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Kind of a weird dude but he makes class fun and interesting. You will definitely become a better writer and a smarter person overall.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ENG2
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Although literature is neither my intended major, nor my topic of choice, I found myself enjoying these immensely, above all, due to their complexity and depth. These analyses allowed me to develop a muscle in my mind I had not previously known existed which has now grated me definite advantage in any scholarly or professional ambition. Excellent!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ENG2
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Easily the most INTERESTING prof I have had yet--and the most fun. Very psychological-oriented. Philosophical too. At first you will get a low grade unless you are already great at writing. Then he helps you. Stick with it. He's amazing.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
When I joined Dr. Fredrick's class I had been out of school for around 8 years. My first grade on an essay was a D. Dr. Fredrick helped me, and fine-tuned my writing skills back up and beyond what they used to be. I received an A in that class, thank you Dr. Fredrick. Short & Sweet: he's funny, artistic, helpful, and just an overall great teacher.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is not a good teacher. He is funny and thats about it. Otherwise he grades according to if he likes the paper you wrote or agrees with it. He needs everything done his way otherwise there goes your grade. He is also very rude and says things to students you shouldn't say, but when you do it to him he gets mad. Don't make the same mistake i did!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I will sign up for Frederico's English 2 class even though I got (most likely) a B I had to work like crazy to get. He is really funny and knowledgeable and he teaches FILM which is so cool. Helped my writing a lot but very demanding and tough grader--especially on the grammar part of your papers. Best prof on campus.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1ENG2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Amazing person and professor. I audio recorded some of his classes and listen to them sometimes. He's hilarious and will 'test' out jokes on the class, but have an open mind, because some of his philosophies and theories about life are unorthodox and at times a bit taboo. But that's a good thing. He will get you to think beyond norms. Great man.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH2
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His knowledge of not just literature but music and art history and psychology as well can amaze you at times. Don't be intimidated, as so many are; he's very kindhearted and encouraging. He hates it if you have not read the assignment: he also hates late people. Read, think, go to office hours. Not an easy A by any stretch. Super funny too.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This is a professor to be appreciated. He is unorthodox, unpredictable, and expects a lot from his students; if you think those are bad things, know that he teaches the material in the most meaningful way possible. I'm at UC Berkeley right now, and my literature professor here could take a page out of John's book. Go to class; participate; listen.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: 1965
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Believe me, he is tough. But I took him for both Eng 1 and 2 because he is truly interested in making you a better writer. In most classes the teacher corrects your mistakes, then hands you back the paper, then you turn it back in and the prof grades you on what HE changed. Not Frederick. Best experience ever. I learned so much. Hilarious too.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL2
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Terrible teacher. Many dropped out but no matter how much you go to office hours and talk to him he is NO HELP. He jokes way too much but when it's about your essay he won't give you feedback. I wish I dropped out but I stuck with it. Terrible and won't take him even if you try hard it isn't enough for him.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He made me so mad at the beginning of the semester. I thought he was mean and nit picky. But as the semester went on, it became clear that he is one of those rare profs who truly wants to see his students grow intellectually. He's very perceptive and can sense when you're not trying. For me, this class ended up being an invaluable experience. :
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very Zen environment. He is the most emotionally expressive teacher I've ever taken and sometimes it can get a little too much but he is amazing at what he do. I learn so much good writing tricks from his class which will really helps with my essay writing in the future. He is there for you during his office hours so def. take advantage of that
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is amazing! Absolutely hilarious. You will be laughing the entire class. One of the best professors at SMC. The class is extremely fun. He is a tough grader, but he does help and he wants students to improve. 4 essays, he will drop the lowest grade. Attend classes, take part in the discussions, do your best on the essays and you will be fine.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ENGL2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst professor i've had on campus, myself and the rest of my class felt as though he randomly picks grades to put on papers. He's a harsh grader and doesn't give good commentary or assistance, he enjoys laughing and joking but never really gets down to business or doesn't return papers in time to learn from past mistakes.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ENG2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
AMAZING! Had him for Eng 2 this past semester and he really made me whole semester fabulous. He is INCREDIBLY witty and funny- to a point of the whole of our class was just laughing in tears as well as him. He really pushed me in the ways i needed to be pushed and became a SIGNIFICANTLY better writer because of him. Take him if your serious!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Far and away the best prof at SMC--the funniest, most brilliant and eloquent and challenging. Also, the toughest. He's a genius and he knows it, is all. Interesting too, as you might expect (he's an artist). I am in English 2 now; who else would I take. Amazing class.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
In 2010, this guy flattered me by accusing me of plagiarizing because my essay was so good. I was flabbergasted when I saw all the negative reviews he had because he does seem like a harsh teacher, but then I get why he gets frustrated. That's because you see 18 year olds writing like 7th graders and it's not just some but a lot of students...
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLISH2
  • 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:
This is a hard class if you're not already a good writer. He is hard on grading, especially in the beginning. He's hard overall in the beginning, but when class semester ends he does not care about deadline or attendance. No homeworks, only four essays, he trows out lowest grade. He is a funny guy!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ENG2
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Quite possibly my favorite professor- he really forces students to critically think for themselves instead of telling you what to think and feel. He was great in eng1 and eng2. He WILL try make you think though- so dont take his class If you don't want to bother
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