Much of your advanced education is based on the relationship that you have with your professors. This is much of what is different between college and high school: the education you receive in high school is dictated by boards and government officials and what you get in a college classroom has much more control from the professor. The choice of professor has as much control over the quality of your education as the specific courses you take, which means that you have to know what you are up against before you head into registration. There are dozens of online services that will allow students to share the inside scoop on their professors, with Rate My Professors somewhere near the top. Like any moderately successful website with a clever function Rate My Professors has now plopped out an iPhone application.
Like all iPhone applications you start with a lower task bar that lays out your options like a very limited vegas breakfast buffet. Start on the far left with Home, which allows you to find the State, and then the school that you were specifically looking for. Once in your school of use or interest you get then find your department, and then you will see your faculty listed. Each one will have the number of ratings and comments that have been given to them. When you select them you can see the profile for that professor, which is the cumulative result of the ratings and information that students have provided. Here you can choose to rate the professor on different items, like helpfulness and clarity. You can add an over all comment, as well as look at the others that were made. You can also choose to give them a "Hot" rating, which I am sure has a little more to do with their GQ scale rather than their ability to grade homework.
You have the ability to set Favorite schools, which is good for people who are looking at a number of schools or have been to several. For most people, however, they will really only need information for one school. The Recent tool also serves to this, but it does not seem that you would get so confused in Rate My Professors to actually have to use Recent. The Search function can be of help if you are not sure the specifics of where a professor is technically at, especially with interdisciplinary studies. And, of course, you can connect your Rate My Professors iPhone application with Facebook and Twitter.
Rate My Professors is a fine application, but there is not very much here in the long run. It does not cost much, but it is still $0.99 out of your pocket. On top of that there are still banner ads throughout, which do not take away from Rate My Professors entirely, but is still a serious annoyance. In the end it is going to be up to you whether it is worth the price. Rate My Professors as a service is top of the line, so you may want to suffer through the problems and go with it anyway.
Three and a half out of five stars. Via iTunes