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Nathan Norris
Professor in the Biology department
at West Valley College, Saratoga, CA
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Overall Quality
4.2
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.3
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
2.4
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10/22/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bio 48 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Would take again" "Clear grading criteria" "Get ready to read"

Fundamental classes like physiology and anatomy are too important to waste on bad teachers. Thankfully, Norris is almost as good as they get. Super organized materials, interesting in class, always willing to help (even if office hours are short). Tests are tough but fair. Quizzes are helpful markers. Just don't skip lectures!

09/22/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Intro Bio Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a good teacher and knows his material. It was an intro to biology class taken for general ed, but it seemed more in depth than other biology classes. Bulk of your grade is from tests which were a little challenging, but quizzes taken about once every two weeks were a nice boost to your grade, and included two extra credit questions every time

04/14/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
biol 10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Norris is very helpful and his lectures are very organized and clear. Most professors go off on tangents but his actually make sense and pertain to lecture. He gives students a chance to really succeed by keeping organized and gives helpful tips to stay on top of studying and test taking. Not boring at all. Makes biology interesting. GREAT teacher!

01/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 47 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Norris is an amazing teacher. This class requires a lot of work and active participation, but he is willing to clarify anything that you don't understand and he's extremely well versed in the subjects he teaches. Come to class EVERY DAY or risk falling behind very quickly. Quizzes every week, tests every few weeks. Great teacher, loved the class!

12/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio047 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class requires a lot of work, memorization & test/quizzes. Attending class is mandatory for your own benefit. I loved him as a teacher but sometimes the way he phrases info can be confusing but ask him-he's super helpful. You dont NEED the text but it helps ALOT!!

12/15/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 47 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Norris was one of my favorite professors. There is a lot of material to cover, but he is very knowledgeable and gives a very engaging lecture. Amount of material can be overwhelming, but just ask if you are confused about anything. Must attend class to stay on top of material.

11/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Loves what he teaches and I genuinely look forward to attending class. Was never a science person but his lectures are entertaining and have sparked my interest in Bio! Recommend for sure.

04/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIO10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, covers what he needs to and answers any questions/repeats details or re-explains if asked. Variation in tone when lecturing, friendly guy. NO surprises on tests. Not hard to study, just memorize material (look at notes, text, and lab work). Tests mostly mult choice, few fill-in's.

12/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio48 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

There is a huge amount of information presented in this class. It is NOT easy. Come to every lecture and lab. If you answer all study questions and lab questions you will do well on exams. Norris can be a bit scattered with lecturing, but is easy to listen to. He is very helpful if you just ask. Don't take this class with a full load.

05/25/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIO10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

NORRIS IS AWESOME! Will definitely be looking forward to take more of his classes. Elaborates on everything and explains any questions that you have. Testing is straight forward - no trick questions or anything! Funny man as well. Great professor. He's also good looking.

05/23/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bio10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

One of the greatest teachers at WV. I hated biology before but he makes it really easy to understand and is so unbelievably helpful if you don't understand something. Extremely nice and very funny. A+ Quality teacher for sure. If you have to take biology, definitely take him!

04/24/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIO10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Norris is very clear in all of his lectures and takes the time to explain any material that may not be clear. He makes the material very easy to remember and comprehend by usning a lot of examples. Take good notes, use the the chapter outlines that he provides show up for lecture and you will get an easy B.

04/24/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO47 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 genuinely wants his students to do well and succeed and he was very helpful when I was struggling to keep a B in anatomy. The class is fast, but it has to be and he does a good job with the material. I really learned most of the stuff, didn't just memorize it. He's a nice guy and a good teacher. I'll take him again for physiology.

02/25/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio45 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you want to get an A in this class you should stay up late to read the book before class,record his lecture for quizzes,ask him right away for unclear stuffs, practice and practice ...You have to read the textbook to catch 10%-15% information he will pull out for the exam which is barely talked in class. Good luck!

02/10/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO47 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

SO FRUSTRATED! he expects you to know EVERYTHING! Study GD's are joke! Does not focus on important stuff which lead to quiz/exam!! S/B pretty basic concept for professor. Expects to know it ALL AND HOPE FOR THE BEST ON EXAM DAY? COME ON!

11/22/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
anato47 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very helpful texbook mostly for pictures. Gotta put the time into it but if you do you will do fine.

05/02/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO048 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He knows his stuff but doesn't know how to relay it to his students very well. He lectures very fast and goes back and forth between different subjects without warning. Doesn't repeat things, and when he does he says it in a whole different way. Doesn't use many pictures. If your a visual learner like me, good luck!

04/25/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO48 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Nice person but..He said that if textbook was enough,we wouldn't need him.He must've been joking!It's easier to follow hard textbook than his lectures.Just use text.to answer his study/lab Q.s and study that way.Forget his lectures!!Although he tries..but looses us when giving all possible variations.He should know KISS- keep it simple..as possible

04/24/2011
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO48 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Has no idea how to lecture.

03/24/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO48 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pretty nice guy, but goes so fast it's very difficult to take good notes in his class. This semester he doubled up on lecture material during the week prior to the exam (1.5 hours in lecture, 1.5 hours in lab. I'm so frustrated. Everyone else I've talked to feels the same way.

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