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Friedrich Finnern
Professor in the Biology department
at Norco College - Riverside CCD, Norco, CA
are you Friedrich Finnern?
Overall Quality
2.0
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
1.9
Clarity
2.2
Easiness
1.6
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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07/15/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio-1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

Sometimes her lectures were great and I was able to follow them perfectly. BUT most times I was completely LOST. She's NOT NICE. Shoots down questions in class and tells students the answer in a SARCASTIC and snarky tone. Be prepared to listen to HER VOICE. HARD TEsTS, TONS of Mastering Bio, clicker questions during lecture so sit next to a nerd

06/07/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Biology is a pretty hard class who ever you take it with, so it's hard to find an easy way out. I found Finnern hard to follow during lecture. She goes fast and just doesn't interest the class during lecture. I thought she was scary to approach, but heard she's helpful in office hours. Not a class to slack off so study study!

12/13/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO-36 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Really bad teacher, but a nice lady. Her lectures are extremely unrelated to her tests. Also, lectures are directly out of the book. I only passed her class cause I did all of the homework and showed up. Would not recommend.

11/07/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio-36 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I DO NOT RECOMMEND! I couldn't get into her biology class so I took her environmental science class. She doesn't teach well and doesn't answer questions. The only reason I am passing is because of her online homework and extra credit essays. I read my book, take notes, and record her lectures and I have no clue where she gets her test questions.

10/23/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio-1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Bio is a hard subject from the start, and having a professor that is very unapproachable and unhelpful makes it 100x worse. She has no interest in helping students. she seems too always be rushed and flies through her slides as if we already know her material. She is proud of the fact 60% of the class fails. she always says it. AVOID her class!

09/07/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio36 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE FINNERN. she does not help with the exams. there are no study guides. She knows the material, but her lack of passion for teaching is evident. She's very condescending and rude to her students.Too intimidating to approach. when i saw her snap at a fellow student with a reply of "thats ur problem" i backed away and didnt bother with her

09/05/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Clearly does not enjoy teaching. She knows the material, but her lack of passion for teaching is evident. She's very condescending and rude to her students, spends a lot of time putting them all down. Too intimidating to approach. I don't understand how this woman has a job.

06/18/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
bio12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I didn't think she was that bad. Her lectures aren't very helpful but her tests are pretty much based entirely on the book. As long as you don't miss lab, turn in all hw, do ALL the readings and masteringbio, you should be fine. Put in genuine effort when you do masteringbio bc it's seriously a life saver. Field trips are really fun, too!

12/06/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO36 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Her class can seem very overwhelming at first but she is actually a good teacher and I learned alot from her. A few helpful hints to new students. Print her notes before the lecture because she goes very fast (she puts them on her website)...Also you must do all of the Mastering HW(its not hard and its easy points)& do all the extra credit you can!

10/05/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO3806 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Goes through each concept very briefly without details. Majority of the time learning new materials is from reading the book. Tests questions are not the same as the ones learned in class/book.

06/20/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I honestly dont understand most of these posts...Dr. Finnern's class is only as hard as you'd expect from a Bio class...except she gives tons of extra credit opportunities which, most of the time, are extremely helpful for learning the material! Very important that you do the "mastering bio" assignments and read the book! She's also very nice.

06/04/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I highly recommend you don't take finnern. She is unhelpful and can't answer half of the questions the students in her class asked her. She doesn't prepare you for the tests so you HAVE to read the books. She just reads off the slides and 90% of lab is looking through a microscope and drawing slides and classifying them to a "T". Do not take her if possible. No chance at an A.

01/15/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Finnern is difficult but what else do you expect from a college course. She forces you to use your brain! Im usually an "A" student but i very graciously took a "B". Don't be afraid to challenge yourself, you will feel accomplished if you do well in her class.

01/10/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bioone Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I took bio 1 with Professor Finnern during fall 2010, the class was very difficult. She followed a powerpoint through the entire class, tests were extremely hard, and labs not too great. If you take her class be prepared to memorize the book, attend all lectures and labs, and complete ALL extra credit.

08/30/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio5 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I'm Jose Miranda and while i agree that Finnern is not the easiest teacher, she is by far the hottest!She is in fact so attractive that i would get lost in her eyes almost every class. I don't even want to get started on the field trips where i would get to see her walk around in her cute field trip attire. AVOID! unless you want to fall in LOVE!

07/30/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio8 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

i took her for ecology during the fall. this was probably the worst class i ever took at rcc. seriously, she sucks at teaching, just follows the stupid powerpoint. i worked hard, and got a freakn B. the only way to get an A, like some of my classmates, is to do all the extra credit. the labs are pretty useless. avoid at all costs. BORING TOO.

06/12/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio5 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The teacher obviously knew what she was talking about. She was well educated. However, she obviously doesn't enjoy her job and has trouble passing on her knowledge. The class was difficult, field trips were fun. But overall I would not recommend this class to anyone.

05/18/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO12 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This teacher, in my opinion, is bad. She gave us way too much work, and the labs and field trips dont really correlate with any of the material that are presented in her tests. If you are goin to take this class with her be prepared for lots of work, and unclear explanations.

01/30/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BOT1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This professor was not good because she covered more material then she could explain. There were hundreds of science vocab a week. The tests weren't based on the textbook! And she only recited from power slides. NO MATERIAL COULD BE RETAINED IN MEMORY FOR MORE THEN PAST THE TEST.

01/20/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

ok so this teacher is a decent teacher. she knows her stuff. My only complaint would be her tests. They are nothing like what the book shows. There are a lot things from the test that arent in the book at all. i tried my hardest and got a C. i do not really recommend this teacher. shes pretty hard so if you take her be ready to work.

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