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Sonish Azam
Professor in the Biology department
at Concordia University, Montreal, QC
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Overall Quality
4.0
Average Grade
D
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.3
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
3.7
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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28 Student Ratings
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11/25/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL 266 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Lectures are long" "Tough Grader"

She is a great person and ready to help but she confuses students as she is not sure about her material. She makes tricky tests but does not check them after being marked bu the TA. She is not clear in her outline so the book was useless as we went to class with only her slides. You can't pass with the slides only.

11/24/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL202 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long"

Prof Azam is very nice and approachable but as a teacher, I find her to be very unorganized and her lectures confusing. It's because of this that I would not recommend taking her class. iClicker is worth 3% in this class, try to find it used or as an app if you do not already have one.

11/20/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio 200 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B+
"Lectures are long"

Nice person but extremely unorganized and confusing. She straight up told the class that the manditory textbook (100$) isn't necessary ("why did you buy the textbook?") roughly a month into classes.

11/10/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIOL 202 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long"

Has difficulty explaining concepts in a concise way because English is not her first language. Some examples are hard for native English speakers to understand. Pay attention and study for an easy A.

10/20/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Boil 266 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not a bad teacher, but really disorganized. She takes forever to mark exams! Doesn't tell you what will be on the exam and goes really into detail in her slides. You end up over-preparing and get tested on the easy stuff. She gets confused on her slides. . If you ask for help she doesn't go out of her way to make herself available. Not my favorite.

01/23/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Great prof! I had to take a mandatory bio class and was dreading it until Sonish completely changed my mind and got me interested in Bio! She's very passionate and explains things clearly. The only problem was that the department made her curve grades after we all did well on the midterm so everyone ended up with a bad mark at the end.

01/03/2014
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL380 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very easy midterm. straight- forward exam. She curved grades way down after exam. started with A+ in class & ended with B-. Easy material . make sure you attend for participation marks. Keep track of your grade & if your mark is low, go see your exam.

12/15/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Biol 364 380 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A-

I had Sonish for biol 271,364 and 380, when I found out she was teaching Immunology I dropped it right away. She's a great person, but she focuses way too much on Biochem. She never tests you on the proper Biology topic. She is often unsure about the material as well. I'm not a big fan of her. She is attractive though!

11/26/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL462 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Not only does this teacher lack confidence, but she doubts herself every 2 seconds. Nice person and all, but teaching is just not for her. Tries to be friendly with students to disguise her amateur teaching. Take this prof only if the course you have to take is absolutely mandatory.

08/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIO-201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

SIMPLY ONE OF THE BEST TEACHER IN CONCORDIA. SHE IS REALLY HELPFUL, ALWAYS REPLIES TO YOUR EMAIL ASAP. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HER IN MY NEXT BIOLOGY COURSE.

08/24/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
biol201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Helpful, and nice. But her lectures are not systematic. If you want to know biology not a bunch of important definitions- read the book. Helps on exams. Very enthusiastic about teaching. Finals are hard.

05/11/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Biol 364 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

what this teacher lacks is confidence, very confusing, doubts herself every 2 seconds, hard to fully pay attention better take it with a teacher who's more confident and knows the subject well

04/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIOL 227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Sonish is amazing. She tells you exactly what she wants you to focus on and explains everything well by keeping the information basic. Highly recommended!

03/20/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL 227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She is nice and approachable but doesn't know her stuff. Scratch below the surface of any topic and she has no idea how anything works biologically from life cycles to classifications of organisms- you have to write exactly what is in the answer key for credit, even if the answer key is wrong or incomplete. Her notes are inconsistent with the book.

12/27/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Biol225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Usually plants bio is really boring, but this teacher is really clear!! If you study her slides you will get an A for the plants part of the course. I enjoyed her final exam it was 100% from the power points and NO trick questions. I would definitely take her again. Memorize the slides and the diagrams in the slides.

11/29/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Azam is a great professor. she makes plants a lot more interesting than many others too. she's nice, funny and supper approachable. her exams are based on the slides that she posts!

05/11/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Sonish is a fantastic teacher. She is personable, polite and very easy to talk to. She can make mundane topics (and there is a lot in this course) interesting and easy to comprehend. Her final exam is fair yet specific. Know your things, pay attention in the labs anf you should end up doing well. I would take any course with her name next to it

04/24/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Biol227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Azam is an absolute joy to listen to: she's always smiling, she's very helpful and she does everything in her power to help you pass. I would absolutely recommend that you take a class with her, it will brighten your semester!

04/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
biol227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Azam is an excellent teacher. If you have the choice I would absolutely recommend you take her for any bio class!

01/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL227 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She is a very good teacher, very helpful, cheerful, and a smiling person. I enjoyed her lecture very much. This is an unfortunate situation that she is matched with Dr. Mangat for this class. Dr. Mangat lowers significantly the quality of the Concordia biology program, and Dr. Azam should teach the complete course including the plant section.

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