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Jeff Zirul
Professor in the Physics department
at Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA
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Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.1
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09/26/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTR 100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough"

Jeff is very professional. I really enjoyed his class. However, you have to work hard for a good grade. No one gets 100% on his tests but he always curves the grade. I would recommend but only if you're up for a challenge

06/10/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Although this class was a lot of work due to having homework everyday, and super stressful and challenging tests, this was one of the best classes I've ever taken. Worth the challenge and effort because you learn so much, and prof. Zirul is awesome and so passionate.

06/02/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

This class will take A LOT of effort. There is daily homework and the tests are hard, but this professor is great! You can tell he loves astronomy and can explain answers to your questions very well. I don't recommend this class unless you are interested in astronomy and willing to work!

04/26/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a great Physics teacher. His exam is a bit hard, his office hours are online, hw every day, but I really enjoyed his class and got good grade.

04/21/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phys201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: WD

He barely explained the material and expected the students to do well!..

03/30/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASTR 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class is a lot of work. You'll have homework that you need to do everyday, not just for the grade but to keep up in the class too. Tests are difficult but there is a curve, and also there are plenty of opportunities for extra credit via twitter. Would recommend only if you have an actual interest in astronomy, not a class for an easy grade

03/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Physics 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+

Zirul is a great professor and explains very well. The students that say bad things about him are just lazy. He let's you use all your notes for exams including calculators. His labs are always fun. It is very easy to get a good grade in his class. He is very generous with his grading scale. He used to teach physics at UW so you know he's good.

02/21/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHYS 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+

Dr.Zirul may not be the best for Physics 110 but he was perfect for Physics 201. Almost everyone got a 4.0 at the end of the quarter. He is very generous with his grading. An overall grade of 80% or above is a 4.0, 60% is 3.0, and 40% is 2.0. Gives a lot of extra credit. Always available after class and he does have office hours. Teaches perfectly!

01/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

No office hours at all. If you have a question regarding homework after class ended, he doesn't even have time to stay after. The questions you ask, does not clarify, instead he asks you a question that is irrelevant. He goes of topic a lot. Makes you rely on the internet, textbook, youtube, etc. He is lazy, very lazy.

12/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+

His class is only hard if you don't study but it's very fun cuz hes so enthusiastic. Only has HW every two days and has an easy grading scale (80% is a 4.0) Only thing to be careful about are exams. Make sure you ask EXACTLY how he wants you to answer or you'll lose points. Let us use 1 pg notes on exams tho. Its very easy to contact him for help.

12/10/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B

Literally the worst teacher at Highline. He gives no feedback on assignments/labs/exams. He does not care whether students succeed in class since he is working on his phd which means he has no office hours and is extremely hard to communicate with outside of class. SERIOUSLY DO NOT TAKE HIM! It's worth waiting a quarter for someone else.

05/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Teacher has no people skills and cannot relate to students at all. Does not care if you succeed in his class. All the learning is done on your own. Homework/tests are very hard and he doesnt go over equations in class. Most unhelpful teacher I've ever had in my life. He will never give you a straight foward answer on anything. Dont take this class!

05/02/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Grading is very difficult and the tests are not very easy. You cover a lot of material, so you really have to make it to class. Stay on top of your mastering physics homework, don't miss one. The homework will be the only thing keeping your grade going. It is def not an Intro class, so don't expect it to be easy.

04/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

You will have to work to get a good grade in this class. He is very good at answering your questions and you will understand the material if you complete and understand the work. Very good teacher in astronomy.

03/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Astro100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher! My favorite teacher at this school! The class was fun and interesting. The homework was never too hard, but yes there is homework every night. I actually came to appreciate this b/c if you did the homework every night you would do well on the exams. He is a nice guy and he REALLY wants to help you so don't hesitate to ask questions!

03/12/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

this class is not for non-science majors. if you want to learn physics on your own then this is a good class, however i needed a grade. 60% is a high on most tests, and 2 hours atleast of homework + Quiz each night. VERY Interesting to listen to and talk to, Very hard to learn from. you must be a grad student or above to do well.

09/30/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTR100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher! (At least for astronomy, haven't taken his other classes). Lots of material to cover though. Lots of studying, and going over crazy ideas that give headaches, but once it hits, it's worth it. I love astronomy now that i took his class. It was tough, but rewarding. You will learn!!!Ask him what his current 'spaceporn' is. LOL

06/20/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Although there were 5 hours of homework, asking questions every day in a forum, and using the internet to find the answers because the answers are more conceptual than straightforward, 80% is required for a 4.0, 60% is for a 3.0, etc. It's probably not recommended to do full time classes (Luckily, I had classes that don't have as much homework).

05/30/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is the most vague and unhelpful teacher I ever had. He never answers your question. He will just ask you more and think you got it. Gives an excruciating amount of HW every night. The avg on his tests is below a 50% which are ridiculous. I DO NOT recommend him to anyone.

04/23/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He gives 80% is a 4 in his class but youll still most likely fail his class. He gives out pretty hard homework everyday and might kick you out of class if you dont ask questions on angel before every chapter. I thought this class would be easier than a normal class since its specifically for NON-SCIENCE MAJORS a normal physics class is easier

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