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John Beck
Professor in the Astronomy department
at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
Overall Quality
4.6
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.7
Clarity
4.5
Easiness
4.0
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0
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10/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTRO10A Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Amazing lectures" "Clear grading criteria"

John is an amazingly passionate teacher who totally gets the importance of teaching for long term learning rather than making you memorize a bunch of minor details. I did not want to take the class but am so glad I did. He opened my eyes to how the info we learn in chem, bio, maths, physics etc all have significance in Astronomy too. Who knew?

06/23/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTR10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A+

Excellent professor, and excellent class. Key to a good grade is sitting in the first 5 rows nearest to the board and taking good notes. Bring a joke and participate in lecture makes the class even more enjoyable.

03/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTRO 10B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B+

Wonderful professor. He is very friendly, approachable and extremely knowledgeable on the subject. He is laid back about most things, and while studying for exams is a good idea, as long as you pay attention to the lectures you willbe good. Textbook is recommended but optional. He will love you especially if you come into class with a joke everyday

12/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
astro10a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor! very understanding and teaches well. keeps it interesting and doesn't believe in treating his students like children. I took this class for G.E. but ended up enjoying it. Also has great sense of humor.

06/21/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTR10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is very relaxed and gives his lectures in the same manner. Attendance is at your discretion, but exams are serious and worth your overall grades. He tries to keep it interesting and therefore uses profanity and lamen terms when possible. Easy class!

11/20/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTR10 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

12/02/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
astro1A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Greatest professor I have ever had. I did not know anything prior to his class, nor did I care to be interested. He made me beyond interested in this class. I was engaged in every lecture. He helped me to understand, not just regurgitate text. I love this class and look forward to every one of them.TAKE THIS CLASS. Funny as hell to boot.

08/24/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTR10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. John Beck is a very insightful instruction whom is passionate about space exploration. His class is structured to prepare you for the final exam and to help you give educated answers to some of the most intriguing questions in the universe. Unless you are comatose in class, like a certain punk kid was in mine, you will do well.

07/07/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTR10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A very lively and funny teacher. If you get offended easily, don't take this class. He gives extra credit and a study guide to help, but his clarity could use some work. Needs to show images of more things--he has pictures in his head we don't. Book isn't needed--pay 100% ATTENTION and take A LOT of notes. Overall, loves astronomy, a great guy!

04/06/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ast1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

bets professor he rocks we learnet so much

11/24/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTR10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's great & extremely funny . (:

10/29/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
AST10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

HE'S FUN

07/18/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTR10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

John is the man. You don't need the text but the lectures are absolutely mandatory because 90% of his tests are lecture based. Seriously though, Beck is awesome , funny and extremely personable. One of the easiest and best classes I've taken at foothill.

04/12/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
astr10b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

very easy class gret proffesour he rocks

12/11/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO010A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great instructor and a very interesting subject matter.

01/07/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Astro10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Beck is amazing! Just write down all the notes from the board and do the study guide and it will be the easiest A ever! He's willing to answer any questions you have, especially on the study guide. He wants all of the students to get As and will take time to help you get the A. TAKE HIM!!

08/29/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTR10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This guy is awesome, teaches very well in a way that is really understandable. He makes the class a lot of fun and he's funny. Tests are 90% from lecture. (Don't have to buy the book). Copy everything he writes on the board, do the study guide and you will get an easy A. Gives study guides which will have ALL the questions he will use on the tests.

06/21/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO10B Lab Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I took Beck for the 10B lab and Fraknoi for the actual class. I liked both instructors for seperate reasons. If you are more into math and logical, straight forward answers then take Beck for both if you can. If you like more theory and a much larger class then take Fraknoi. I liked Beck better because I'm more mathmatical. He's a great teacher!

04/14/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I loved this class! Easy to follow lectures, answers questions completely, extensive test review & allows a full page crib sheet (front and back) for all tests, including the final. He's a stand up comedian but he's not as funny as he thinks he is.

03/14/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
astro 10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

John is a really funny and reasonable guy! He recomends you take 10B instead of 10A. If you pay attention to the lectures you'll do fine in the class. he frequently tells us which pieces of info will be on the test. the tests are pretty easy and he lets you have a note card. Lab is not bad either. there are some boring assignments but pretty easy

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Posted on: 01/13/09
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In order not to repeat this each quarter: Yes, I've read the comments. Take them with a grain of salt (don't skip the text book b/c it says you can). Think for yourself. And, actually, I do know how funny I am: I'm an amateur comic & a professional astronomer - not vice versa!

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