Kathryn O'Connell - College of San Mateo

Professor: Kathryn O'Connell
Department: Political Science
College: College of San Mateo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC310
  • 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:
Billed as a "hybrid" (Sat.) class, with obligatory 1st meeting; then multiple choice midterm and final. We were also supposed to post a minimum of 2 discussions on a class website. I was the only one who posted >3 lines. Her notes were at least 2 years old, though she required new book. No way to predict what would be on tests. Hope she is gone.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I enrolled in the Political Science Web Course and I thought it the syllabus was clear and expectations realistic. Alot of reading and no homework assignments, a midterm and a final. I enjoyed the class and felt it was a great option for distance learners who work full-time. I also learned alot!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
O'Connell is a prime example of how the tenure system can promote failure. She is completely incompetent, yet it seems she cannot be fired. How can a teacher be in a position this long with reviews so overwhelmingly negative? Tenure! There is no other explanation! An absolute embarrassment to the teaching profession!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She's hard i took her during spring semester. OH GOD! i think there is only 15 or lesser than 15.. the test&midterm doesn't relate to the book. so it is pretty hard. BORING LECTURE!. YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND HER.. HER VOICE IS SUPPER LOW--DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC200
  • 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:
The WORST teacher ever!!. the online class is hard as hell. she does not offer any help. the book has nothing to do with the tests!!. here is a sample question, "what would be chief justice John Marshalls position on President Bush's overseas welfare"? hard to answer unless you were born in the 1800s with marshall or a plsc major.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC210
  • 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:
She send emails in response to questions that are not what I asked! Again and again. She is rude also, even in email. I am an Honor Roll student and do not need her!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC310
  • 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:
Most useless professor ever in CSM - Take Armitage instead (love the depth of info). Her website contributions can be summarized in one word 'discuss' and that was entered 2yrs ago. Her notes for the chapters are remnants of some bygone era. Only changes dates of when the exams are going to take place. Absolutely does not care about the students.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: POLI210
  • 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:
Arrives late and unprepared with look on her face that seems to say "what are you idiots doing here so early?" The first day, I thought someone was going to say "Smile! You're on camera!". But unfortunately for the whole class, it wasn't a joke. I wish I came to this website before taking her class. Don't be scared of her when you do evaluations.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is the worse teacher you can imagine, warning "do not take her".
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took her online course, completely useless information was posted for us to study, her exams have questions which are very vague and hard to figure out what they are asking for. I reccommend taking PLSC 210 at canada college w/ Bridgette M'Guinness
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
An easy class if you take it Pass/Fail. She gave 2 exams but no assignment, discussion whatsoever There is no better person to teach the broken US political system than her, she represents "the height of irresponsibility", to quote Obama.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
gag me she is awful, its torture to listen and look at. i recommend binging a lab top, sitting in the back or a good book!unforunately she is the onl y one that teaches the course. just read the book do the assignments and you'll pass. stickler for attendance. dont take if you have a low tolernace to awful voices!!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC200
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
In 20 years of college at 5 schools, she is easily the worst instructor I have ever had. Her "web based course" consists of her lecture notes posted to a static web site. I did well in the class because I knew subject matter. I feel honestly sorry for all my classmates, because she teaches a required course.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC210
  • 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:
The "web" she meant is probably the WWW not her course website as materials there is hardly relevant to the exam she gave. The worse part is that she doesn't participate in any discussion on course materials, which is crucial for an online class. Does she care?
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC210
  • 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:
At least she offers honest advice, "For anyone who wants to do better on the final, I can only suggest more time for study and utilizing the web or paper practice tests." They better study from the web because many questions are not from the textbook! And her exam review sheet (no discussion of any sort) is not just useless, but misleading.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I don't need to comment because all of the other review were completely correct.Take any other teacher then her if at all possible.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: POLI310
  • 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:
Toxic personality. Just read the consistent litany of complaints below for a taste of what's in store for you if you take this class. Truly the worst experience of my college career. And yes, she did show up late to the first class and then lecture us on her attendance and tardy policy- ridiculous!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC130
  • 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:
Do yourself a favor...do not take O'Connell for a Polysci course. She's miserable, and takes it out on her class. Her tests are impossible, they are not found in her tedious lectures nor in the book. She'll chase down students if they need to use the bathroom and yell at them. This course doesn't transfer to SJSU, so a total wase of time!!!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: POLI310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Oh my gosh she really is late and intensely irritating, I get stress just listening to her mumble and say works like "ekspecially". She opened the window and its like 45 degrees outside. If you have to take her do it online like I am, still has meetings tho. I might still drop.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PLSC310
  • 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:
Tests are not hard because they are well crafted, they are hard because the answers are not in the text. She is sadly one of those incompetents who cowers in her ivory tower hoping that nobody ever discovers that her career as an educator is a sham. I can't help but laugh at these reviews because they are so painfully true. Avoid her like plague.
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