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Derek Cole
Professor in the Biology department
at Baton Rouge Community College, Baton Rouge, LA
are you Derek Cole?
Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
C
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.6
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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31 Student Ratings
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10/14/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Biology 120 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Inspirational" "Would take again" "Respected by students"

On a scale of 1-10. Dr. Cole is a 10. He was indeed one of the most inspiring instructor . I would indeed take another class with him.

09/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Biology 102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I loved Dr. Cole! He kept the class entertaining! Funny man! He does expect you to read before class but it helps if you do. Anything you need to know he repeats over and over. If you don't understand you can always schedule a meeting during his office hours. He gives back tests and if you need to review them he sometimes goes over them in class.

05/19/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Heard he changed his teaching techniques which may be the reason for the positive comments. We had to read over 30 pages before every class, power points were never shown in class, he went over questions from students only during class. Do not recommend, if you need someone to actually teach the material!

05/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is NOT an easy class. It is alot of information in a short amount of time. He expects you to do your part and read the chapters and is willing to help those who help themselves. He is a great teacher and helped me A LOT through out this semester but, he did make me work for it. Don't take him if you aren't willing to put in the work.

02/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Bio 120L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Dr. Cole is an awesome professor! He gets strait to the point and stresses what you need to know for exams. He also splits up the labs so that you dont spend the entire 3hrs in his class. Answer the learning outcomes, pay attn during the labs and become familiar with them all. I would HIGHLY recommend taking his class!

01/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
biology 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I love him but you must do your part as well.. awesome teacher

01/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
RNRE Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, I think as long as you're involved in the class and show that you care, he will care back and make the clad very interesting and is always open for discussion. One of my favorite teachers. I would highly recommend taking him. Just don't slack or he won't have any sympathy

01/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

DR.COLE IS A GOOD TEACHER.THIS CLASS ISN'T A CAKE WALK, BUT HE WILL HELP YOU IF YOU PUT FORTH SOME EFFORT.THERE IS ALOT OF READING AND YOU HAVE TO BE ACTIVE IN DISCUSSIONS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A PROFESSOR THAT'S AN EASY "A" THEN HE IS NOT THE ONE, HOWEVER, IF YOU WANT TO CHALLENGE YOUR MIND... THEN HE IS THE ONE FOR YOU.

01/02/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO120L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lab class is easy, but take it with lecture or read the lab book or you fail the tests. He makes the class fun and doesnt keep you the whole 3 hours. he is also really funny and kind. def take for Lab idk about lecture didnt take him.

12/18/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I wanted to rate Dr.Cole more than any of my professors!It is understandable having to read before going to class but he wants to be more like a "STUDENT AID" rather than an actual professor.He wants you to read 20 pgs and then ask ??s. He thinks teaching needed material means giving answers to tests. (WHICH IS RIDICULOUS)DO NOT TAKE HIM!

12/16/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-

As everyone else has said you have to read! Don't even try to take notes in class. Just listen to him and write down the stuff he repeats because it will be on the test! He is clear from the beginning that you have to study and it is very hard. A lot of people don't like his style of teaching but he is straight up from the beginning. DO CONNECT!

12/13/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Cole makes it clear from the start that you MUST READ to do well in the course. If you don't read, blame the grade on yourself. Connect is helpful with your grade - may give bonus at the end of the course. Also get one exam drop (lowest grade). Showing up is crucial because it may help you learn what is on and not on the exam. Nontraditional.

10/30/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

First of all, bio has ALWAYS required hours upon hours of reading and *memorization*! I would not suggest taking Dr. Cole if you want a traditional lecture or generally a teacher who actually teaches. This guy runs around the classroom and says random things about the subject. Offers one exam drop, but uses Connect for 5 pts/ assignment which helps

08/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Cole is an awesome teacher! He expects students to read material before they come to class..THIS IS CRITICAl. Also if he knows you are trying, he will help you. He will help those who help themselves, basically.

08/05/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took this class over summer and recieved an A so it may have been more difficult. It took hours on hours reading course material. Expects you to know information and ask questions if you don't understand. Rather hard class but if determined can get an A.

06/18/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Biol120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Really have to work for grade. He considers a "C" to be very good if taking biology for the first time. Encourages student to teacher interaction so take advantage.

05/24/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
biology 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I would not recommend this professor unless you already taken biology or have knowledge of biology. Does not stick to the subject, you have to learn everything for yourself. He may master biology but unable to teach it.

03/13/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The BEST prof I've had at BRCC. Totally recommend his class only for serious students. You have to pace yourself and be ontop of readings. Will answer any question you have and has an open office if u still don't understand. He won't be easy if u expect him to do all the work. He will only cover material on test, gives study guides, and loves bio!

11/02/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I would not recommend his class if you need someone to actually teach you. I needed a teacher that presented the material to me and taught me about the chapters. He wants you to read the chapters and ask questions if you have any. Its hard to ask questions when you dont understand anything you have read. Hes very nice, just didnt benefit from him.

10/28/2012
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I need a teacher who presents the work to me before I go home and read it, not the other way around. His method did not benefit my learning methods.

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