There is a new way to use ratemyprofessors.com to boost your GPA for medical school. Attention premeds!
Here’s how the site works: Ratemyprofessors.com shows you how other students rate professors at your school. Professors are rated on overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, easiness, and “hotness.” First tip: A hot professor isn’t always a good professor!
How most premeds use ratemyprofessors.com to find classes that will boost their GPA
Here’s how most premeds use ratemyprofessors.com: When it’s time to schedule classes for an upcoming semester, most premeds will cross-reference the course catalog with ratemyprofessors.com. If there are three professors teaching one chemistry course, most premeds will use ratemyprofessors.com to find the professor that others have rated as a better overall instructor (usually better=easier for most premeds).
What if there is only one professor teaching the class you need to take?
Finding the best professor among many teaching the same class is a great way to use ratemyprofessors.com to find classes that will boost your GPA, but there’s another way to use the site when you don’t have the luxury of shopping for many different professors.
Often, the class you absolutely need to take this semester is only taught by one professor, and often, that professor isn’t rated very well on ratemyprofessors.com. Now what?
In that scenario, you’re pretty much out of luck. You should have used ratemyprofessors.com to prepare for the future.
Use ratemyprofessors.com to look into the future
As a premed, your course schedule is mostly predictable. You can sit down with a calendar and chart out which classes you will need to take each semester in order to fulfill medical school admissions requirements.
Here’s what you should do: While you are planning out your year, see if only one professor teaches a certain course. Research that professor on ratemyprofessors.com.
If you find that a professor that you absolutely must take is notoriously tough, do this:
- Sit in on classes a semester early to get a sense for the class and the professor
- Meet students currently enrolled in the class and learn from their experience
- Check out the course textbook in the library and see what you’ll be dealing with and start learning early
- Try to get to know the professor, and ask for advice on how to prepare for the class
Use ratemyprofessors.com to avoid unnecessarily difficult professors, and use it to prepare for a hard professor that you can’t avoid taking. The site can be a great asset when you’re trying to raise and maintain your GPA for med school.
Once you’re enrolled, use my unique study and note-taking system to kill the curve.