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12/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIS 2C Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Gives good feedback" "There for you"

Professor Keen really goes out of her way to make sure her students understand the material. Her lectures are crystal clear, she is always willing to go out of her way to help students, and she actually cares about your grade. Her tests questions were pretty tricky, but she has lots of practices tests and questions to help you out.

12/16/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIS 2C Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She's alright as a lecturer but still not enough for me to see what the hype is all about. It was confusing when she was taught phylogeny because it was basically a waving laser pointer (no "do it on paper" examples). For animals it was hard bc I've never seen most of these animals and thus extremely hard to imagine most of the descriptions.

12/15/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
2C Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is very enthusiastic but many of the topics she explains require more than simple hand gestures. Very time consuming class to get a good grade but super easy to barely pass. In my opinion to get a good grade (assuming you are of average innate intelligence) you have to put so much time in to this class at the cost of your other classes.

12/15/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIS 2C Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I do not agree with many of the previous views. She is, at best, a decent lecturer. I personally favored Dehesh. The main problem is the course, not the professor. I would say only about half the material is useful, and the other half is just memorizing trivia. Half of the class is memory based whether or not they admit or are allowed to admit it.

02/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Keen is extremely clear in her lecture organization. Midterms highlighted the key points, there never was really any surprises. Most of the material you need to know is in lecture, the book is more so supplementary. Attend class, take notes, and study for the quizzes and you should be fine!

12/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIS 2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Keen is simply amazing! She goes out of her way to help her students! I failed Bis 2B because my teachers were awful. This made me fearful of taking Bis 2C however Keen and Dehesh made the class so interesting and doable! I got an A in this class so I couldn't be happier!

12/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS 2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I absolutely loved this class (taught with Professor Dehesh). They were both amazing lecturers, which made the class even more interesting. This class isn't a lot of work, but do the study questions and review the slides. Know your material and you'll be good for the midterms! If you work for it, the A is attainable!

12/02/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Good, clear lecturer (lots of pictures and examples) posts podcasts and lecture slides. Offers extra credit plus study questions and practice exams. Tests were super easy (i got a 97% on the last midterm). She funny and easy to listen to. Definitely take her if you can!

03/04/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIS2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Helpful during office hours, but awful lecturer-slides all over the place. tries to do visual-oriented explanations but not very effective sometimes. Fair exams, LOTS of info and details to know. 2 midterms, 1 final. Graded Quizzes mandatory, and there are also class participation clicker bonuses. Material is easy, but work load is a lot sometimes.

12/31/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I'm surprised at how highly Dr Keen is rated. She is a mostly competent lecturer, but often frustrating in the disconnect between the way she presents material and the way she tests it. Her lectures are often devoid of information, and they are poorly timed and paced. She is enthusiastic, but do not mistake this for being highly qualified.

12/19/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIS2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She is very nice, extremely clear and a fair tester. Make sure you print her slides and take notes on them, because they don't have much info. She also gives out lots of extra credit points so make sure you do those!I would definitely take her again :)

12/16/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIS2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor! Very clear and passionate about the subject. If you listen to the podcasts and go through lecture slides before the tests, you'll do fine. The exams are fair and everything you need to know will be gone over in lecture.

10/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is an excellent professor and very passionate about what she teaches! her excitement is infectious, and you will learn much from her! She is an excellent bio teacher!

06/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS2C Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Keen is obviously in love with what she teaches, and she tries to bring that passion to her students too. Her lectures are very clear, but they move quickly so do the reading beforehand. If anything doesn't make sense, go to her office hours - she goes out of her way to explain things to you, and give you interesting real world examples!

01/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIS2A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor overall. VERY CLEAR. Very understanding. Lectures are engaging. Exams are challenging - but not impossible. So study hard, and you will do well! Make sure to look over her practice problems/exams. Most importantly, study her *LECTURE NOTES* (tables, charts, etc.) carefully - they DO reappear on her exams!

01/07/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS2B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of the best professors I've had in Davis. I knew nothing above the basics of genetics and came out the class wanting to minor in it. Not the easiest midterm but definitely not impossible. Always asks the students if they understand everything before moving on and always makes topics clear. Take her if you can!

12/30/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIS2B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Keen is probably one of the best professors I've had thus far. Her lectures are very clear; I never had to open the textbook! Exams were relatively easy and straightforward, just study the study guides and lecture notes. Recommended!

12/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIS2B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Clear and enthusiastic lectures. She engages the whole class, so it's easier to not daze off. Answers all student questions very well. One of my best bio teachers ever.

12/25/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BISA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Keen is a great professor! She really enjoys teaching and you are able to easily see this when she tells stories during her lectures! She is an approachable professor and extremely helpful during office hours! Test were easy since she gave a lot of practice questions. Just re-listen to the podcasts after lecture and you should get an A!

12/17/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIS2B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Fantastic, friendly professor! Lectures are really clear and easy to follow, clicker questions for extra credit. Genuinely invites questions and enjoys interacting with her students, which is rare in a 500+ lecture hall. Would love to take a course with her again! I wish she was teaching BIS2C next quarter! Tests can be tricky but still fair

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