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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
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
3.9
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43 Student Ratings
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12/17/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
83.101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Take this class. It's super easy. Although attendance is not required at all, I recommend going to class just because Dr. Shea is wicked funny.

12/10/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
83.101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tests? Not many" "Would take again" "Hilarious"

Do the online quizzesexams using the questions from the book and google and you'll get an A without even going to one class.

12/10/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
83.101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A
"Amazing lectures" "Hilarious" "Would take again"

Book is online and required. He wrote it and it is very helpful. You register the book to the class and he updates it throughout the semester with quizzes and exams. The quizzes and exams are in his words: open notes, open friends, open google. 40% is a passing grade. 80% is an A. If I need another bio class, I'll take him again.

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: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

04/25/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Life Science Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Very easy class if you study even a little bit. Three tests all M.C. Final exam is just the third test. All notes are in the back of the book. Skim through the slides before the tests and you will be fine. Scales grades so that a 79 or above is an A!

04/05/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
LIfeSci Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's an easy professor. His tests are multiple choice and based right off slides from the book. Huge scale on the tests. Grade is 3 tests and homework grade. Attendance is not mandatory. He definitely does have an attitude problem towards students who contact him.

02/01/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
LISC1101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class is very easy. Huge lecture hall so attendance is not mandatory. All the slides he uses are in the book for the class. Huge scale for his tests. However it is definitely not worth emailing him he was very rude to me. I do not care for his personality but I would recommend this class for an easy A.

01/03/2013
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
LISCI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Class is wicked easy, huge scale. Don't care for his personality at all,and it's not worth emailing him because he will be incredibly rude to you. Homeworks are easy, but they take a long time. Min 30 each. Don't bother showing up except on test days.

12/23/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
LFSCI100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Super easy. 60 - 79% was a B. Huge scale. never have to go to class except on quiz days. 3 quizzes. Homework takes super long. 45+ min on each one. Nobody failed in my class out of 200 people. Read book and slides night before test and youll do fine.

12/13/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
LifSc201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Easy professor, doesn't want to fail anyone. Homework collectively is worth 25%, 3 exams each worth 25% non-cumulative. Non-mandatory attendance

12/09/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Lifesci Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Took him in 2011, he's nice, but makes you purchase HIS overpriced text, classes aren't mandatory, but his work is not effective at all. Really don't do anything, but listen to him lecture for the exams. Smart, but can't really teach.

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