Brian Smith at University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Brian Smith

  • 2.8Overall Quality
  • 2.8Helpfulness
  • 2.8Clarity
  • 1.6Easiness

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Date
Class
Rating
Comment
4/30/14

hort 161

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedA-

Great class. Even though it was really tough you will learn a lot. It helps so much when you get into the higher level classes.

12/19/13

HORT 347

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

First: Brian is extremely intelligent, smart, and credible. Second: There is entirely TOO much material covered in this class and too much is expected of the students. I would recommend substituting this class if you have absolutely no interest in fruits. The content needs to be trimmed down. It would be nice to have weekly quizzes to stay on track

11/3/13

Hort 161

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Decently hard class. You'll most likely feel like your drowning in it but he curves exams and the overall class grade, explains things well, and provides extra credit. Take good notes and listen well. Also, do well in lab. That will help you a lot.

4/10/13

Hort-160

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a fricken hard teacher. He rushes through the work and then gives you tests that had nothing to do with what was in lecture...

1/25/13

Hort161

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He knows exactly what he is taking about. Tests and quizzes are very hard. Show up everyday and take detailed notes. recording lectures helps.

1/19/13

HORT161

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very interesting class. He knows his stuff, and does do a good job of teaching it, if you pay attention. Record all classes and re-write your notes against the recording to get everything. Quizes were very hard, the final was 40-50% questions already asked on the previous tests.

1/23/12

Hort161

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a hard teacher and his tests and quizzes are mostly short answer and fill in the blank. Anything he says can be on a test and he goes off on tangents a lot. However he curves all his tests and gives out a 20pt extra credit paper. If you take notes, study your notes you should be able to do ok. if you dont know the answer guess strawberry

1/10/12

HORT161

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Hort 161 was a lot harder than I expected to be. He is helpful if you ask, and loves to talk plants. The only way I got through the class is by studying hard all the time. He has help sessions and study guides worth extra credit, which helps.

1/9/12

HORT161

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. Smith is a ridiculously hard teacher. His idea of teaching is rushing through material so he can talk about subjects he likes. He purposely makes it difficult for students to succeed just because he can. ANYTHING he mentions in class can be on the test even if its an obscure off topic story. Take notes on EVERYTHING typing notes can be helpful.

12/17/11

CROP161

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very knowledgeable. He knows his stuff. He is not easy, but you will learn a lot.

11/26/10

hort161

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

yes this teacher is hard, if you do not want to learn do not take him for hort161. his tests are usually from your head (fill in the blank/ short answer) but if you are a hort major and like plants you will learn alot, TBH one of the harder classes ive taken but also one that I learned a lot in, also curves tests!

11/19/10

HORT161

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very tough teacher. If you have no interest in plants or becoming a horticulture major, your done for. He moves fast through the topics and has a rather odd obsession with strawberries. If you can, try to take someone else if you're not going to persue a horticulture career.

4/22/10

HORT161

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

Show up to class EVERY day, because he doesn't teach from the textbook. Also he teaches some concepts his own way. Some things were completely different from the labs. He is incredibly arrogant and thinks plants are far superior than anything else. I would suggest not taking him or this class if you can help.

11/13/09

Hort161

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Even if you are in class every single day and take very good notes to study from. You probably would fail any test or quiz. He expects you to go above and beyond anything he goes over in class. He doesn't give clear definitions what so ever and never gives you any clue to what will be on an exam. So You study everything.

11/9/09

HORT161

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He goes very fast in his lecture and if you space out for a minute it will be hard to get back on track, but he loves it when people ask questions in and out of class. At the beginning of every class he writes an outline of what he wants to cover and it's really helpful for studying. He doesn't test on anything he hasn't at least mentioned in class

5/7/09

hort161

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is hard, but is very knowledgeable. Take his class if you actually want to learn about plants.

4/8/09

HORT161

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's very smart but very cocky and difficult. Wouldn't take him if possible. The tests, quizzes and lectures are all terrible and difficult. He just loves strawberries and fruit science, and not Horticulture/Landscape.

11/13/08

Hort161

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy is a jerk and his tests and quizes are almost impossible to pass unless you study everynight for at least 2 hours, you need to be a plant wiz to even get a C

11/12/08

HORT161

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

I really didn't like this guy. He's obsessed with fruit breeding. Seriously, it's all he talks about. His tests are very difficult and he only tests on his lectures. It's impossible to skip class and know what is going on.

3/31/08

hort161

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

His tests are sooo hard. You honestly need to review notes every day just to manage a passing grade

12/11/07

PlantSci

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He gives you study guides but most of the questions aren't anything to do with what is really on the test. If your not in the classroom before he is he'll make fun of you in front of the class. He is not helpful at all! TAKE A DIFFERENT PROFESSOR!He'll ruin your GPA!

11/15/07

hort161

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

His lecture notes aren't very good, but he does provide an outline so that is helpful. Tests are pretty hard and he expects you to study 15 hours just to get an A. Wouldn't recommend him.

12/14/06

hort161

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

5/1/03

plant scie

Poor Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

his tests are the worst ever and he is the most boring teaches rver

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