Steven Reader - University of South Florida

Professor: Steven Reader
Department: Geography
College: University of South Florida
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: GEO0000
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you need to take Programming for GIS, DO NOT TAKE IT ONLINE. If COVID is still a thing, skip until classes open. Worst Graduate class I've ever done for GIS. And that's with having taken classes with professors I can barely understand the accent of. No textbook, no resources, he expects you to learn by scouring the internet. Helps only if asked.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: GEO3164C
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Obviously very knowledgeable, would appreciate if the class was not 100% entirely centered around the use of R. Semester started okay but Dr. Reader was extremely inflexible and dismissive in adapting to student needs during Covid-19 crisis. Many students who maintained high grades during the semester did poorly on the final.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: GEO3164C
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Reader is an amazing, knowledgable, and caring professor. He is willing to work with you and is very nice and personable.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GISNONMAJ
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great guy. Great class. A bit slow on feedback but if you go to him he'll let you know where you are and how you're doing.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: GIS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great class. Hard, but he;s willing to help if you're willing to try.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GIS5049
  • 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:
Very difficult subject but he was always willing to help.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: GIS5049
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Does not grade anything, so no idea what your grade is. Long winded on simple topics, but brief on the hard stuff. Homework is time consuming and vague. He knows his stuff but there is no structure, and you go through class blind.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GIS4043
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good professor very patient and answers questions easily. Attend every class and take notes. There is no textbook, and handouts are minimal. The lecture is it! A grade or two before final would be a treat, but don't expect it, because it's unlikely.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GIS4043
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pretty advanced class on spatial analysis using vectors and rasters. Does not have anything to do with mapping although you will need the ArcMap skills you learned in the basic class. You don't get any feedback on assignments or exams so motivation to learn is all internal. A lot of work but worthwhile if you're going into the field.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GEO4043
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
For a class that has real-world application, he does a good job of preparing you for landing work in GIS related fields. However, the class was very difficult. The assignments are unbelievably time-consuming. You will not know where you stand in the class until your final grade is posted. I got a B+, for which I am very thankful for, to be honest.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: GIS5049
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
GIS expert, good professor, funny person, kind man.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: GEO0000
  • 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: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Reader is a very interesting professor. He is extremely well versed in this field and those of us attending his lectures would be so lucky to retain all that is put forth. He's always available, especially if he sees you're putting in the effort. I'd recommend any of his classes.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GIS4043
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Won't stop talking about how amazing "modern" computers are. Spends way too much time explaining things that are quite simple. He is so long-winded that you over think what you are doing and end up confusing yourself or losing interest. Gives you absolutely NO idea at all as far as grading. The ONLY grade I got was after the class ON MY TRANSCRIPT!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GIS4043
  • 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: N/A
Comment:
Great class. Requires you to remember stuff from prior GIS class, but will usually review. Funny guy, he's British. Does joke around and pokes fun, but it's all in good spirit. Really useful class. Very willing to help during and outside of class. Highly recommended!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: GISMJRS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Why does he hate us so much? Judging by the reviews, he seems to have changed bc he's not nice or easy anymore. This man's class is VERY VERY difficult and he's unhelpful. He NEVER grades our work so you navigate a hard class blind all the while being expected to master things he never taught you. It's either him or your GPA! You've been warned!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: GISINTR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
RUN... FAST! Doesn't teach and expects you to know very advanced materials in a beginners class. Will not help you, but will instead ridicule you and belittle you ... very condescending!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GISCLSS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
WORST PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT! He puts Dr. Pu to shame!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: GISMJRS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a nice guy and will kinda help, but he is the king of giving you HW on things he hasn't taught in class. HW takes a day on average. I hated that he never graded things and I never knew how I was doing in the class until the end. Nice guy though... funny too!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: GIS4043
  • 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: N/A
Comment:
The Greatest teacher. Answers all questions and is helpful. Very hot so makes you want to go to class. Attendance recommended...good thing cause it is part of your grade...helps get B's and A's. Does not grade you hard.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: GIS5043
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome professor, expects a lot but will to help you with everything. and he usually takes his class out for drinks after the final, very cool to hang out with.
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