Selected Student Evaluations

Selected, Unedited, Anonymous Student Evaluations

Intro to Linguistics at Hunter College 

Spring 2013:
“Prof. Graves is strict but the most inspiring professor I have taken in my academic career. She effortlessly puts together cohesive and easily understandable PPTs that allows us to absorb the material. She has given me direction and inspired me to go into her field. I find that she is a great role model for women and just an overall awesome educator.”

“Syelle Graves is an amazing professor. She’s patient, kind and very organized, rare traits not seen in other professors that I’ve had in the past.”

“Professor Graves is outstanding. She is very knowledgeable about her subject matter and is very willing to help. I enjoyed her class very much and feel that I learned a lot. She is very organized and it is contagious 😉 She is strict about cell phone usage and talking during class, but I think that is a good thing. She really wants you to focus and get the most out of her class.”

“A great professor! The material can be tough to understand at times, but she gives better examples in clarifying many of my questions.”

“Excellent teacher. Superb organization. Professor Graves teaches with passion and intills love for linguistics. She will remain an important part of my education.”

“Organized and a committed professor.”

“Great professor, she is very accurate in everything she says.”

“One of the best professor’s I’ve ever had. My interest in this field has increased greatly because of this class.”

“I would like to thank you very much for showing me a great side of linguistics. Your teaching has increased the interest in the subject for me and I appreciate your methods of making everything clear to your students. I look forward to taking more linguistics courses in the future and wish you a great summer! Best Regards, [initials removed]”

“one of my favorite classes! has increased my intrest in linguistics so much. loved your fun method of teaching and energetic lessons. thank you so much!”

“When I first picked this course, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I was barely interested in linguistics and for the most part I thought it was going to be a really boring class. Professor Graves made the class interesting. Her excitement over the subject she teaches definitely carries over into her lectures. She really made me much more interested in linguistics, and I’ll definitely be looking more into it after this class.”

“Professor Graves is incredibly organized and has really great teaching ethic. She increased my interest in linguistics because she herself was so passionate about the subject that it was reflected in the way she taught it. While it wasn’t an easy course, she certainly made it very enjoyable, and I learned a lot.”

“Love this professor. She helped me a lot.”

“Although I had to withdraw from her class, I definitely want to take it again with her as a professor.”

“she is a great professor.”

“Professor Graves is extremely clear and organized in the presentation of the material. I learned very much. Thanks.”

Fall 2012:
“You are a wonderful teacher. You have increased my interest in the subject. Best of luck!”

“I very much enjoyed this class! It has definitely increased my awareness about language and my interest in the subject. The Professor did a remarkable job in teaching the class.”

“I absolutely loved this course and actually feel a little sad that this semester is over! This was by far my favorite class and professor.”

“This class has been an absolute joy. Professor Graves is extremely organized, very accessible, and is excellent at explaining otherwise difficult concepts. I honestly wish more professors were like her. She’s also extremely personable and makes for an interesting class every session, which is an added bonus for an evening class. I’m glad I had the pleasure of being her student in my undergrad career.”

“I enjoyed and learned so much in this class. It was great having a professor who was SO organized and presented the material so clearly. She made sure we understood everything and always offered extra assistance to us. She always clearly told us what she expected from us which was great too because there were no surprises. Great teacher!”

“Professor Graves is by far the most efficient and organized instructor I have had. I appreciate all of the extra work she puts into her lessons and outside of the classroom. She makes sure that everyone is on the same page. If you miss a class, you are always caught up on the lesson and what is required for the following class. During her office hours, She helped me immensely in my future plan of study. She provided me with excellent advise and sat with me for a very long time, explaining many different avenues. I recommend to all my peers who have to take Eng 331 and Eng 332 to sign up for her class. Definitely a great experience!”

Summer 2012:
“Professor Graves was amazing. She had lots of patience in explaining difficult concepts and making herself available after or before class for any individual attention. Thank you!” 🙂

Spring 2012:
“She is one of the best (English) grammar professor that I ever had. She understands the needs or difficulties of bilingual students. She is very respectful and treats everyone fairly. Very knowledgeable on the English subject.”

“Professor Graves was wonderful. This is a highly technical course, at times, and she was able to explain abstract concepts with ease. My interest in linguistics has grown by leaps because of this course, and it is all due to Professor Graves.”

“I have decided to take this class in order to gain a better understanding of how English language works in general. It has exceeded my expectations both in the quality and content of lectures. Prof. Graves is one of the best organized and clear communicating teacher I have worked with. Highly recommended for all interested in language.”

“Her enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. Very well organized.”

Fall 2011:
“Delightful class, incredibly organized and interesting information. Her personal insight from the language research lab made the information valid and interesting. WONDERFUL!”

“Clearly defined lectures. Easy to follow. Learned more than I realized because Prof. explained topics well.”

“Excellent teacher. Loved her spirit and loved her energy. She made many difficult topics very simple, and fun to learn.”

“by far, Professor Graves has been the best professor, I’ve had. She makes time for her students and helps them in areas that they are struggling with. She is a fair teacher and Ive enjoyed her class.”

“Great class!”

“Professor Syelle, I’m not sure whether you have the chance to see this, but I just want to let you know that you are the most outstanding professor ever I met in life so far. You are awesome. Thank you for all your teachings and advices. Good luck and all the best to you! :)”

Public Speaking at LaGuardia College:

Fall 2015:
“Best class I’ve taken all semester. I was never bored. The Professor was always very lively.”

“so glad I have you to be my professor, I found out I really enjoy public speaking.”

“Upon starting the class in the beginning of the semester I felt very apprehensive to do public speaking. Today, being the end of the semester, I can say that I feel adequately comfortable in delivering a speech. Through this class, I learned a lot about the essentials of public speaking, researching and writing, important terminology and a lot about myself. I enjoyed this class very much and I am truly grateful for having the undivided attention and great communication from my professor. I am truly grateful! Thank you.”

“This course was one of the best I took. I loved the way I was taught and how resourceful, organized and effective my professor is.”

“A professor I’ll never forget. I enjoyed the class a lot.”

“I am glad that I am taking this class with the assigned instructor because she is an excellent professor. She knows how to help students with the respective assignments.”

Spring 2015:
“I really liked this course and enjoyed it as well. I learned a lot from it and have expanded my public speaking skills. The professor was very good and this course has motivated me to do better speaking in public overall. Also the professor was very helpful, understanding and respectful to all students.”

“Amazing teacher. She knows her stuff and has a good pace when reading slides. Knows how to give very good feedback on speeches and attempts to help the student by giving them advice/tips.”

“I enjoyed this class because I met some wonderful people. The professor taught me a lot. I did not expect to really take anything away from this class but, I took away a lot and I learned a few things about myself. My professor was never boring and kept the class on our A game.”

Expository Writing at Hunter College

Fall 2011:
“Thank you for a great semester”

Spring 2011:
“Prof. Graves is an exceptional Teacher. She is always willing to help explain. She taught me to be a critical and opinionated person when reading and responding to a piece of work.”

“Prof Graves was amazing! She really cared about the students and took time for everyone.”

“Most amazing teachers I’ve ever had. Extremely organized, passionate for her students, intellectual and well-rounded in many topics discussed in class. Honestly one of the best teachers I’ve ever EVER had!”

“I think that Prof. Graves is an excellent professor and I have enjoyed the class and learned a lot.”

“Excellent teacher. Takes her time to give each student the individual attention he or she needs.”

“Excellent class. Helped me to understand critical writing.”

Fall 2010:
“I appreciated all the help I got from Professor Graves. In the end, I learned a lot in academic writing.”

“Syell was a great professor! Extremely helpful, I wish I could have her again.”

“Syelle is definitely one of the best English teachers I’ve ever had and has increased my confidence in my writing.”

English as a Second Language (Summer Advantage Program) at Hunter College

“thank you for judging Syelle Graves”

“many thanks.”

“She was a good ESL teacher for me. I was a lucky student who was teached by Syelle! I really appreciate your teaching.”

“Syelle is an amazing teacher! I would love to have her as my English teacher.”

“I love my Summer Advantage Program!”