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Cynthia Kearns
Professor in the Geology department
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Overall Quality
4.5
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.6
Clarity
4.4
Easiness
3.6
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05/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Geol 110L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A

Took her for my geology lab and she was awesome. I would definitely recommend her. Makes geology so clear and she gave me an A. 2 tests, lab assignments every class, along with some quizzes.

04/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
geol110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Kearns is awesome. She is so nice and LOVES geology so she gets really into it and super passionate about what she teaches. Online quizzes every week but its easy vocab you can look up on the internet. tests are harder than they should be for a gen ed course. i had 100% in quizzes and hw assignments and couldn't get above a C on tests

04/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOL 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

So, so, so, SO sweet! She's obsessed with geology, so she gets really into it, but her exams are pretty straightforward. She moves a little fast sometimes, but its not ridiculous. The lab is fun and there's a lot of easy grade boosters, like weekly vocal quizzes online. Great class!

01/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOL 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took this class as a geology major, so I was very willing to study hard for this class, which it seems other non-major reviewers were not. That being said, Cindy is a great lady and a fun professor. Her passion for the class is always evident, even in a 200+ student class. The tests aren't easy, but the material is interesting and useful.

12/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GEOL110L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

Great professor, but didn't cover enough. Course isn't just for geneds, go take GSCI if you want a gened. Could do more and do it faster, but oh well.

12/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GEOL110L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Easy lab, will learn a lot. Should go into more detail. It's not just a gened, it's also a class for geol majors. It could go faster and in much more detail, but oh well.

12/12/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

TOO MUCH INFORMATION. She is a very nice and passionate professor, but her tests are impossible to get a decent grade on. The amount of info on each test is SO overwhelming. you won't even know where to begin when studying. There are definitions that help with your grade. She tells you to make a study guide for each test, it'll end up bein 20 pages

06/04/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Geo 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

There is A LOT of information covered in this class, it can get overwhelming. However, every test question is either from the powerpoints or class lecture, so no surprises. She is one of the most passionate professors I've had so far and is always willing to help you in any way possible, both in lecture and lab. She cares about her students.

05/02/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Geol 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This is not an easy gened.Its not just common sense because she makes it so detailed. If you dont want to study alot dont take this class. There are over 1,00 slides of information on the final exam. too much info and in depth info for A GEOLOGY GENED.

05/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOL 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Professor is crystal clear and honest. There are no surprises in this class. Attendance is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Professor understands this is A GedEd class, and does not have too high expectations of the students. Two multiple choice tests-40 questions each, and a 100 question final. Weekly vocabulary on Blackboard. No papers.

07/19/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GEOL110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She is SO nice and is really interested in the subject she teaches. The weekly vocab helps boost your grade and the tests are based off the powerpoints. She is a GREAT teacher.

12/18/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
geol110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

cindy is so sweet!!!! i love her!!!!!!! lectures are interesting and are not mandatory!!!! you will never use the textbook so don't buy it! powerpoints are enough for her exams! i got an A and i had never open my textbook.

12/14/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOL110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Her passion for geology is evident. Not a difficult class, and you leave knowing more than you expected. She wants her students to succeed and it shows. Take her class!

10/24/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GEOL110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is really passionate about geology, and tries hard to relate the class material to your life. She and her TA's are available to help. Tests aren't too bad, only what she covers in class. She always posts her lecture slides. I would definitely recommend to take this class (especially as a GenEd). I enjoyed the class.

11/01/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOL110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I loved having Professor Kearns for Geology. She always wants you to be as interested in the class as she is to rocks. Tests are easy if you study and purely lecture based; Lab can be tough, but if you ask questions, you'll be okay. Definitely take her class; You'll be satisfied.

10/26/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOL110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

LOVED CINDY! she was so enthusiastic about rocks it made you want to learn about them too. Class is lecture based and tests are not really that hard. Lab tests are tricky but there are only two and if you study they aren't that bad. Lab usually gets out early. Lecture PowerPoints get put on blackboard. TAKE HER!!!

10/11/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The lab tests are insane unless you enjoy memorizing 70 rocks and minerals by name. Sounds more like a major class than the simple gen ed its supposed to be

03/19/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GEOL110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

An interesting class and a wonderful professor. She is very fun and energetic and explains things clearly. Tests cover a lot of material, but if you study you will do fine. If you need to take Geol 110, take her.

01/07/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ggeol110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The lecture is the most boring thing ever and the tests are really hard. Lab is fun sometimes and boring other times. Never keeps you the whole time in lab. Go to her for help and you should pass the class.

12/30/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you do the work, her class is fun and interesting. If you're not into the material, you should probably take an easier science credit. She's lots of fun and helps you along the way.

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