How accurate do you think are the assessments made by students on this website??I had nothing but good things to say about all my professors. When I started in community college last year I joined late and had to take the professors whose classes were available. I did not even bother to check any reviews. My introductory chemistry teacher was very strict, had classroom policies ( no cellphones etc ) and assigned a lot of homework. Although it was an introductory level class she took it to a whole new level which was reminiscent to general chemistry 1. Her exams were tough too but she was very helpful and was a fantastic professor. Several people dropped the class, most did average, some of us worked hard and got stellar grades. After the finals when I went on rate my professors to post a good review and I realized that she had average ratings but most of the reviews were good in spite of her tough demeanor. There is this physics professor who is legendary in our college. Most of the ratings are harsh but my friends who are studious and toppers rave about him claiming that inspite of the tumultuous period one might go through during his class you come out with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the subject. My last example is of this chemistry professor who just like the previous two that I had mentioned obtained his phd from an ivy league university. His passion for the subject is contagious but unfortunately all his ratings are bad. Makes me really wonder to what degree do these websites have a psychological impact on the student. For example 1) A student unintentionally selects a class of a professor who is known to be tough. As the class progresses and especially after the first exam the student realizes the intensity and makes the necessary adjustments and ends up doing well in the class. 2) A student gets into a class of a professor who is known to be tough. The student does not have a choice since this might be a prerequisite he/she has to take to graduate on time or this might be a class taught by only one professor. The student goes in the panic mode and has preconceived notions about the class. Wouldn't that psychologically impact the students performance inspite of he/she being a good student? Isn't it true that if you are a good student you will do well irrespective of the teacher? I have heard some horror stories of bad professors too but luckily I have not encountered them so far. Please share your experiences and thoughts.