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Thomas Shea
Professor in the Biology department
at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
3.8
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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05/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
83101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A

Prof. Shea is ok. He scales the grades heavily. Do the homework, read the book, and show up to class. I did ok on the tests, but I think he took into consideration I did all the homework. Also, people need to stop being so sensitive when he calls people out for leaving class early; when you get in the real world, good luck doing that in a meeting.

04/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Life Science Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

High energy guy. Will keep you awake in the lectures (if you go, as most do not). If you get under an A I'd drop out since there is no hope for you. Streamlines Biology in a general sense onto his slides, and derives his exams direct from them.

04/10/2014
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
83.101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If you want an easy A requiring little work, take his class. My only caveat would be that his tests are somewhat difficult. If you are serious about learning something in the science field, I would recommend that you don't.

03/14/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Lifesci Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

To begin, he is completely rude to students. Don't bother going to him for help. He chooses favorites when he grades. Get out of the class while you can before the end! See the science department head.

01/04/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
LifeSci Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

First off, get ready to pay a ridiculous amount for the textbook, which was written by Dr. Shea. It is overpriced, poorly organized, and laden with so many mistakes the TA discouraged us from referencing it in the lab section. In addition, Dr. Shea's teaching style and attitude left a lot to be desired... I was disgusted by the end of the semester.

12/30/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Science101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Class was suppose to be easy but turned out to be harder than expected for a freshman level course

12/28/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Science Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Easy D, impossible A. Changed the scale this semester I think

12/26/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Life science Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Basically chose grades out of a hat. Decided to only scale some people's grades and not others. His attitude is disgusting. Don't take this class if you actually want to learn something or get a fair grade.

11/06/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Life Science Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is an awesome teacher. He is very understanding and helpful when you care to ask questions. Attendance isn't mandatory but is helpful because he does go over the material in good detail. He is a great professor, highly recommend him. Do the homework, study the slides, and show up for exams and you'll do well.

05/13/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
LifeSci1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The easiest class I've taken so far. Only went to class the first day and when there were tests and got an A in the course. He considers anything 80 or above an A. He isn't helpful at all but it doesn't even matter. Just look at the slides in the book before tests and you'll get an A. The class is a really great GPA booster.

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