Jeremy Ball - College of San Mateo

Professor: Jeremy Ball
Department: Philosophy
College: College of San Mateo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Both my brothers took him in person and said he was their favorite teacher ever. I took his class online/zoom, and I wouldn't recommend taking him online. HW was heavy and took several hours to complete. Lectures were longer than needed. He is an enthusiastic person which I think helped me get through the course. He would be better in person.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
There were 4 group folios and the grading was very unfair (I've almost done 2 people's work alone to get full points). You get to put a lot of effort into the individual folios (watching movies, lectures, reading the textbook, and quizzes). Prof Ball doesn't really respond his emails and is very disorganized.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Giving Ball the benefit of the doubt bc of COVID, but this course was extremely disorganized. Rarely responded to emails and offered little feedback. Each section consists of awful group essays, individual folios (3 essays), and short quizzes (read the material + watch lecture). While I did well in the class, didn't appreciate the lack of structure
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr Ball is a very good Philosophy professor. People who are leaving poor ratings are just unwilling to put the work in to succeed in his class. Yes it is a tougher class and involves a lot of reading and writing, but you can attend his zoom sessions as well as email him whenever and he will help you out. Dr Ball really knows his stuff!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL244
  • 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:
I love professor Ball. His lectures are very engaging and the reading is extremely interesting. I've tried reaching him outside of class and never got a response, though. Essays are long but if you've read the material and think a little bit you'll do well. Quizzes hurt your grade easily and sometimes are hard to understand bc of grammar. Fun class
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you want to write 24 essays, then take him. Yes, he assigned 24 essays and on top of it he grades extremely hard. Also, quizzes he puts together are around 6 to 8 questions so if you miss one point, you're screwed. Speaking about the quizzes, there are typos all over them, to the point it is confusing. Stay away from this class.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Ball is someone I would recommend to everyone, I struggled a lot in his class. I usually am an A student, but I had to work my butt off in this class just to get a B-. That's not a bad thing though, because Professor Ball changed the way I thought about life and learned. I was not taking the class seriously enough early enough.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PHILOSOPHY100
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Good old Dr. Ball is lit. He is an awesome professor. Some people say Philosophy 100 can be too deep, but I think it is all good. Text does help you a little bite, but if you cannot understand, dont worry about it because he teaches everything on class, and if you still struggle a lot, you can always go talk to him in office hour
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is an alright professor, but the way he lectures is very dull. I would have to not only listen to him talk in class before but had to rewatch his videos 10x. Overall he is very relaxed and a decent professor and I would take his class again. Somewhat challenging of a course but it's manageable
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Definitely tough for on his intro classes, however his lectures are extremely percise and organized and if you study them you will forsure get an A on your exams. Go to class and do what he asks and you should be fine. He's a hilarious and very kind dude and is very accessible. Definitely recommend if you're interested in philosophy.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Took the class over summer online so there was a lot of work due in a small amount of time. He makes the class extremely interesting though and I got an A without really reading the textbook, just listening to the lectures and paying close attention which is easy to do. He's an easy grader and if you do the work you'll get an A
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHILO244
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Ball had a decently interesting online class. I took it during summer, so it was accelerated but I definitely had more than enough time to do all of the assignments. His video lectures are actually pretty interesting and this class actually changed my perspective in some aspects of my life. (That only happens if you do the readings, of course)
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Ball gives great lectures and relates it to our everyday life. I recommend to watch the lecture video first, then refer to the textbook to understand the text clearly. Overall, I thought this class would be harder but I highly enjoyed it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL244
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Cool philosophy professor (throwing up the p for philosophy gang sign) I took a chance on his class and Im glad I did. He kept the lectures interesting. One advice, take notes notes notes!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL244
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Get ready to get knocked out of your seat, this class has change my life for the better! Although challenging, take the time to do the work you'll get the most out of it. This class will put your life into perspective . The things we take for granted everyday in this economy, you will learn to appreciate.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PH100
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's pretty sick. If you're defensive about your beliefs and can't laugh a little, then don't talk his class. But if you enjoy deep thought and entertainment then I highly recommend this class. 3 Written Tests and 2 Essays. Also working with your peers outside of class for test prep will help you extensively.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Get ready to have your belief systems challenged. His classes bring up questions that are sometimes uncomfortable to face. Some grumpy reviewers I would imagine on this site have been challenged in this way. But stick it through ! His first essays are often graded the harshest. Hes an inspiring prof and I miss being in his classes
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr Ball's class will completely change the way you think. It might be in depth for an intro course, but it really gives a good sense of what philosophy is about. You can't pass the class without thinking critically, but at the same time, the work is really manageable.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Critical thinking at its finest! His lectures are heavy but he speaks thoroughly & helps make it relatable. There are 3 exams, 2 papers, & group in-class work that he grades us on. The class is 100pts so do the work, study his lecture, meet him up if help is needed & getting an A is easy! You will actually work/learn the material, dont be afraid!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took his philosophy 100 class online and it was very manageable. His videos are so helpful and the assignments are not as difficult as others make it out to be. He's funny and a great professor! My advice for online students is to be really attentive during his videos and take lots of notes because it will make your assignments so much easier.
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