professor
Rebecca Wisor

May 2020

Dr. Wisor is a good choice if you’re on the prowl for one of the better UW professors. As other reviews have said, she’s very lenient: formal draft deadlines are flexible, and none of the writing exercises are graded. She also provides extremely helpful feedback, and she’s more than happy to work with you during office hours. My only complaints are that she’s a hard grader at first (but she eases up as the semester progresses), she‘s not the best with returning work in a timely manner, and she tends to only go over weak or average sample essays in class. The uneven grading seems to be a common theme across most, if not all, UW sections anyway, so don’t get discouraged if you underperform on the first progression. Overall, I’d recommend her, but temper your expectations if you end up in her class. Judging from past reviews, I was expecting an eye-opening and exciting experience, but I finished the semester feeling mostly indifferent. At the end of the day, it’s still UW, and there are only so many ways it could be more tolerable without drastically overhauling the curriculum.

May 2019

Dr. Wisor is my favorite prof I've had at Columbia, and maybe my favorite teacher ever. She is so chill, kind, and understanding. She makes such an effort to make the class flow naturally, and we have engaged in so many interesting conversations beyond what we were talking about in class. 10/10 UW experience. Wish she taught more classes!

May 2019

Dr. Wisor is my favorite prof I've had at Columbia, and maybe my favorite teacher ever. She is so chill, kind, and understanding. She makes such an effort to make the class flow naturally, and we have engaged in so many interesting conversations beyond what we were talking about in class. 10/10 UW experience. Wish she taught more classes!

Apr 2017

I love Dr. Wisor as a person -- I think she's kind, intelligent, and interesting to talk to. She's flexible and willing to give class time to have an important discussion about something related to the readings. HOWEVER, because she takes this time, valuable time is taken away from talking about writing strategy. This was the first time I have ever been in college -- refreshers on certain more complex grammar rules would have been nice, as well as learning more about how to properly structure an academic essay. I, unfortunately, had to learn these lessons on my own, and after being harshly graded. She gives off the vibe of someone who is very enthusiastic to teach, and unfortunately that translates into tough grading. I wouldn't mind this if she gave us a real opportunity with her feedback, but it still feels like her expectations aren't known to me. This class gave me an immense amount of anxiety and made writing an essay significantly more miserable than it has ever been for me, though that is not entirely her fault.