Critical Review has a new look

Students figuring out their courses for the spring can take advantage of Critical Review's revamped look and new features.

When it comes to shopping for classes, everyone knows that Critical Review is a student’s best friend. It gives you the inside scoop on which classes are must-takes and which you’d be better off x’ing from your shopping cart.

This shopping period, the people at Critical Review have decided to mix things up with their new website. The color scheme and overall look may not have changed dramatically, but the features have. Some highlights:

  • When looking at Critical Review’s page for a particular department, instead of seeing a separate line for every review that has ever been done, you simply see a line for each course that is currently offered or has been reviewed in the past.
  • On a particular course’s page, along the left side, you can click on the different semesters Critical Review has reviews available for.
  • If you’re nerdy like me and want to know past course enrollments (as well as the breakdown of enrollments by class years), Critical Review now gives them not only for the courses that have been reviewed but now for every one that has been taught over the past few years.
  • The demographics section — which tells you the breakdown of students by class year as well as what proportion of students are concentrators, taking it to satisfy a requirement, and taking it for a grade — has been improved so that the numbers are all displayed graphically with pie charts.
  • For recent years, if a course was taught but reviews aren’t available because the professor didn’t return any, Critical Review lets you know.

Got problems with the new site? Notice any kinks that need to be worked out? Let them know.

The Critical Review: How to answer the questions they’re too professional to ask

The professor announces the end of the lecture fifteen minutes before the scheduled time. But, alas, before you dash out of the classroom, an army of TAs stops you with sheets of paper in hand: the Critical Review evaluation forms.

You want to speed through it so you can get the hell out of the place, but you need to keep it real. Was your TA mighty fine? Do you want to gear other stressed-out pre-meds towards an easy writing class to soothe their pain? Or maybe paint the class with a huge red sign, “STAY AWAY”? The answer sheet is tricky, but here’s BlogDailyHerald’s guide to subtly tell it like it is on the Critical Review.  Continue Reading