Student reviewers of MFE programs

I don't like this new interview format. The question/answer type of format was much better.
third on board the "bring the old review style back" train
This is a temp format while we work to revamp our review system (part of a large scale site redesign). Did you guys ever use Yelp, CNET review, etc?
Put yourself through a reviewer's shoes. Are you more likely to spend 30 minutes answering 20 items questionnaire? Or more so if you have been presented with about 4,5 text boxes?
 
maybe i'm different but i would actually prefer a questionnaire if i were to write a review on something... at least that way i can just answer questions and be done with it. if im only presented with a few blank text boxes for me to type in, i'm afraid i will unintentionally miss some important information
 

Lyosha

Psychic in Training
This is a temp format while we work to revamp our review system (part of a large scale site redesign). Did you guys ever use Yelp, CNET review, etc?
Put yourself through a reviewer's shoes. Are you more likely to spend 30 minutes answering 20 items questionnaire? Or more so if you have been presented with about 4,5 text boxes?
I would prefer a one box review for a toaster (does it work? is the toast even? does it set your house on fire? great.). I would prefer an in depth review for something more complex like an MFE program ;)

Perhaps I am alone in this, but I obsessively researched every aspect of both undergraduate and graduate institutions. I checked rankings, professor research interests and pored over every bit of information that I could find - because I'm not buying a toaster, I'm making a decision with potential for drastic life-altering effects. I simply want more information.

Have I read CNET reviews? Not really. I find them not nearly in depth enough. If I'm looking to buy a phone I look at gizmodo or engadget. If I'm looking for laptop/computer parts anandtech is a good place to start.

As a matter of fact, the general "the more impact this will have on me, the more research I want to do and the more information I want to see" rule seems to apply to everything in life for me... crazy, I never realized this.

Consequently I would prefer more structured reviews of such things as they tend to be much more homogenous and allow for much easier comparisons. I would also prefer to fill out a more in depth and structured review. I'd probably start to fill out the review, get lost for words or begin to wonder what it is that I'm supposed to write, and then give up altogether...

Perhaps default to the more structured review with the option of going to the less structured one should one feel so inclined? Just a suggestion.
 
This is a temp format while we work to revamp our review system (part of a large scale site redesign). Did you guys ever use Yelp, CNET review, etc?
Put yourself through a reviewer's shoes. Are you more likely to spend 30 minutes answering 20 items questionnaire? Or more so if you have been presented with about 4,5 text boxes?
But I guess the amount of material typed by the reviewer is almost the same.. Precise answers for 10-20 questions and really long essay answers to 3-4 questions.. i believe preference should be given to the readers over reviewers..
 
Hi andy , could you please provide a feedback about NYU POLY MFE programme.
i have an admit from there for fall 2011. dont know whether i should choose Poly or someother school
 
also pls give some suggestion about USC MFE programme.
Read reviews about IIT chicago seems its not worth going there considering they have no career services
 

atreides

Graduate Student
+1
But I guess the amount of material typed by the reviewer is almost the same.. Precise answers for 10-20 questions and really long essay answers to 3-4 questions.. i believe preference should be given to the readers over reviewers..

Moving back to the long form of the programs review would be more actionable information for readers, which is a very good thing
 

didje

French Student
Would it be good if we could rate a program without giving a proper review ? I think that it could be good since some ex-students don't necessary have time to devote to writing a long form review. Since you verify the data on each person who submit a review, you could use the same device to verify that people who rate a certain program really is an ex-student from this program.

Since giving only one average grade is, in my opinion, not really relevant, you could create like a 5 field rating so people could rate job placement/flexibility/quality of teaching/student body/accessibility of the faculty.
 

DominiConnor

Quant Headhunter
A good question is "How did they help when you hit a problem understanding something ?"

Unless you are very much smarter than me, you occasionally get lectured on something that you just don't get. Also many students get tangled in issues to do with their first language vs the arcane English sometimes used in this field.
 
Andy Nguyen, where can I find most of the review for the various programs. I saw only a few on the homepage. I am particular interested in the one for Cornell, as I need the link for my essay. ;)
 
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