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Francis Monette
Professor in the Biology department
at Boston University, Boston, MA
are you Francis Monette?
Overall Quality
2.2
Average Grade
C+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.0
Clarity
2.4
Easiness
1.8
Helpfulness
0
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11/18/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI203 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Get ready to read" "Tests are tough"

The average is curved to around a B-B, it's pretty easy to get an A in discussion (15%), and clicker Q's help boost your lowest exam grade. You will most likely do poorly, but all that matters is how you do compared to everyone else. Study, but don't become crazy from doing so. Think critically and logically. BU science has prepared you for this.

11/14/2014
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 203 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B+
"Tough Grader" "Get ready to read" "Tests are tough"

Monette honestly is a pretty good guy, but his classes suck. Lectures are extremely long and he explains every excruciating detail at a very fast pace. Tests are very difficult because he expects you to know every little thing he said. Probably one of the most stressful classes Ive taken at BU. May the curve be in your favor

11/14/2014
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 203 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

Definitely get ready to read. He is super clear in class, but the immense volume of information makes the class impossible. He's actually a nice guy, but don't take him if you can avoid it.

11/04/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 203 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

May be the most confusing lecturer at BU. I did get an A on the first exam, but only because I studied on my own. He clearly doesn't like teaching or his students. Poor guy. BU should find a new lecturer. I only go to class for the clicker questions.

07/17/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: D

If you want whats best for your gpa, stay as far away from this class as possible. Basically reads from slides the entire time. Showing up to class means nothing because his exams utilize random little details from the textbook that are nearly impossible to remember considering the amount of dense text that must be read. Take BI213 instead.

03/31/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

While he had PowerPoints to help guide the lecture and he gave bonus points on exam by answering inclass questions, the material was boring and it made him boring. Very hard to stay awake in his 90 min class. Try going to the lectures for the first exam, and it doesn't reflects in your grade. Try self teaching yourself the material.

03/28/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 108 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He clearly knows a lot about Bio but is NOT a good teacher. When he poses questions to the class, he often talks over students as they're answering. He is very condescending & seems to think everything should be as simple to us as it is to him. He also runs over time a lot, which isn't a big problem unless you have another class right after his.

02/25/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI108 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ridiculous. He picks the most obscure terms that were mentioned once or twice in the text and includes them on tests, expecting us to have read every single word on every page.

01/04/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BI203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His lectures could be a bit dry and fast-paced with a lot of memorization, but that's just the nature of the course, and he presents the material in a very logical way. You don't have to read except for the key experiments, and everything on the tests is in lecture, though it can be any detail. Just make sure to read his exam questions carefully.

01/03/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bi203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

He isn't that bad!! Sit in the front row of the lectures, pay attention, and read and you can be very successful. His exams can be worded funny, but just be smart about it and assume he is trying to be tricky and you'll get A's!!

12/20/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He really is passionate about Biology, however his exams are leagues of difficulty outside of where they should be. The majority of questions are "trick" questions. So if you want to pass exams, you need a better understanding of bio than simply the book. You need to be able to connect complex ideas within the book and realize what's wanted.

12/19/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

TERRIBLE professor. Ruined my interest in Biology. Not only is the material tedious to begin with but he takes boring lectures to a whole new level. This class is pure memorization of random details from the text and his tests are multiple choice but designed to trick you. Avoid taking this class with him at all costs.

12/03/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bi203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Epitome of useless professors! His tests are multiple choice and require you memorize little details from the textbook. If he wasn't too lazy to make/grade an open response test, maybe he would realize that his students actually know their stuff and are just caught off guard by his tricky and unfair multiple choice questions.

11/30/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Terrible! His lectures are basically word for word from the textbook & most of the test is the information in the textbook he doesn't talk about in class. The only reason you should go to lecture is for clicker questions because he gives you points on your lowest test grade. Honestly, to be successful in this class read the textbook & memorize it.

11/21/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Frank is a smart guy, but a terrible teacher. His power points are regurgitated from the textbook, and all he does in lectures is read off his slides. The only reason anyone goes to his lectures are the silly clicker questions. Monette should stick to research much like you should stick to a different cell bio professor.

11/19/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Monette is the worst professor at BU, hands down. His lectures are useless, his slides are somewhat helpful if you've done the initial readings from the textbook. He doesn't really teach you how to think critically about answering questions; instead, he simply regurgitates what is presented in the textbook.

11/13/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI281 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Entire class is taught by reading from powerpoins, which consisted largely of pictures and text from the book. Of course, we are responsible for all material in the assigned reading, much of which is very minute detail never covered in lecture. Basically, expected to memorize the textbook in order to do well.

11/10/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Monette is absolutely useless as a teacher. It would be a much better use of your time to sit and read the textbook during lecture than to listen to what he is saying. His tests are absolutely unreasonable, and the only thing that can somewhat prepare you is to memorize the textbook. Other than that, daily prayers may help as well.

11/09/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bi 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Well recognized as one of the worst biology professors at BU, Monette can bore any one to death. His lectures simply recycle information from the textbook, while offering no further clarity or explanation. Also tends to be condescending in office hours.

11/08/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Easily the worst professor I have ever had, and by far the worst at BU so far. His lectures are completely worthless. He expects you to memorize the textbook, and then has random things from his lectures on the test that he never spent time on. His tests are so poorly worded, and when I came in to tell him about a contradiction, he ignored me.

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