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Toru Shibatani
Professor in the Biology department
at Austin Community College, Austin, TX
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Overall Quality
2.3
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.7
Clarity
2.0
Easiness
1.4
Helpfulness
0
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Easiness
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01/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
1406-001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

BEWARE CLASS!! He is unbearable, stares at the celling during the entire class. Pretty sure English is far from his first language, his grammar is minimal and when asked questions he is unsure how to respond. This may just be a pet peeve of mine but after every two or three words he says "OK?" like he is answering a question. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS

11/05/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Biology 1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He managed to make a class that is usually hard for most students UNBEARABLE! He's not helpful, mostly because he doesn't understand the question. English is his 2nd or 3rd language... It's hard to understand him even after you adjust to his accent. AVOID IF POSSIBLE! Tests and quizzes are ridiculous.

10/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL 1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Agree: You must study, but this is a premed course. What do you expect? He is very good with analogies that help you remember things and is always happy to answer questions (esp. during office hours).

10/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL 1407 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Agree: You must study for this class; but this is college-not kindergarten. Agree: Accent is thick, but the ear adjusts over time. His slides are quite clear and he is very happy to answer questions (esp. during ofc hrs).

02/16/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

THIS IS THE WORST PROFFESOR I HAVE EVER TAKEN!! He cotinuously stares at the celing and repetively uses the phase "OK" He does not work with his student and thinks his way of teaching is perfect after asking for assistance from him to pass his class he told me that students throughly enjoy his teaching method and that i should drop the class.BEWARE

01/27/2013
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

not a good professor...his accent is so bad that we can't understand what he is trying to teach...doesn't give enough time to complete homework...all he does is just giving homework and quizzes...

12/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
biol1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Biology is going to be difficult no matter what. He does have an accent but nothing you can't get used to. Always willing to help and his power points are very helpful! No need to buy the book. A good amount of my class did well in intro to biology with him.

08/07/2011
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is a very hard professor. You will come out of his class feeling like you could teach Anatomy. You will spend several hours studying everyday, but that's the nature of the class. It's Human Anatomy, not Golf 101. He has enyclopedic knowledge of the material. Will go out of his way to answer questions. Try not to take concurrent classes.

08/04/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Difficult to understand, verbally & on written exams/quizzes. Spent almost all of my free time studying his handouts, my class notes & logged alot of time @ open lab and still struggled to meet his expectations on exams, lab practicals, daily quizzes. I found this instructor's teaching style to be VERY, VERY frustrating. STAY AWAY IF YOU CAN

08/04/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This gentleman is useless, much like half of the information he insisted on teaching us. He is the definition of strict. His class IS passable, but I would not recommend taking any other courses with it or working or having kids or having any sort of life outside of his classroom, that seems to be what he thinks everyone is doing. It's unnecessary.

05/18/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Biol009 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Do not take this class. This teacher is very hard to understand. His teaching style is not helpful at all. He gives you to much homework assignments that you do not have time enough to study. His tests are very hard and he will fail you. You will spend to much time studying every waking moment of your life. Beware of this teacher, you will fail!

05/08/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL2404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A little tricky to understand due to his accent but not too hard. The labs were fun and interesting, and he let me make up one that I missed.

05/31/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ant001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

it's not that he's a bad teacher he just has not developmented a good teaching style and has an extreme lack of confidence in his teaching and is very disorganized. he's really smart just needs a better teaching plan, and better communcation with his students

11/11/2009
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
biol2404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

do not take this class. he is very hard to understand. homework assignments are impossible. answers can't be found anywhere. tests are ridiculously hard. you will spend every waking moment studying for this class only.

10/28/2009
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
biol2404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very time-consuming. Very difficult tests. Tests do have built in extra credit points, though. Make sure you study for the quizzes and do as well on them as you can. He's a nice guy and is very helpful if you ask him and always responds to emails quickly. Grades are always posted quickly.

08/21/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
biol2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I actually made it through his Anatomy class. My only advice is this: DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. You will either lose your money(my count, 14 out of 24 dropped in my class) or lose your mind. You will do nothing but study and ONLY for his class. You will have to learn every word on every page of the text. He does not curve. BEWARE.

08/15/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
biol2404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you take this man's class, be prepared to drop other classes just to concentrate on his. On his take-home quizes, work together with others (if possible) to save time, because they take forever to do. Study the labs beforehand for the classroom quizes to get the max. in extra points. If you take his class, you will have to study tons and tons.

06/20/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
biol2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

VERY hard to understand and likes to say "OK" A LOT!!! doesn't look at the class when teaching scared at the roof maybe back of the class (haven't figured that out) I would not recommend you waste your time or your money!

05/15/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Biol2404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

EXTREMELY HARD TEACHER!!! What ever you do, DO NOT take him! It is very hard to understand his accent. He does not ever give bonus points and does not ever curve grades...even if the class average on a test is below 50%! When i took his class over 70% of the class had to drop. Only 4 people made it all the way through..barely!

04/29/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
biol2404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is a hard class no matter who you take it with. He is a nice guy but very hard to understand. You dont know what to study even with his study guide.

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