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Zhongmin Dong
Professor in the Biology department
at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
2.9
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27 Student Ratings
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12/16/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL2321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Dong is a great prof. Anyone taking bio at SMU has had him for first year bio and knows what he's like. This class is harder than first year bio and requires a lot more studying. I'd recommend taking this class only with a few other bio courses under your belt (if you have biochem you'll get an easy A+). The labs are easy though!

09/29/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Really nice prof! Lectures really only reflected what he was interested in... if you read the book and skim the slides to see what to focus on, there's really no need to go to his lectures.

09/24/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL2321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I love this prof! His multiple choice exams are tricky but don't let that discourage you. The labs are easy and you'll rack up the points there. Also go see Dong in his office during walk-in hours (only if you have an hour to kill), he'll talk your ear off and tell you the best stories ever.

04/09/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL2321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Nice professor but the lectures can be difficult to keep up with. Powerpoints have a lot of pictures, and you need to rush to write down what he says if you want a good mark on the exams (which there were 3 of). Exams were quite difficult... definitely not an easy A in this class! Great in labs though.

10/24/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Thumbs up all around, I really enjoy this course. It's extremely helpful to stay on top of text book chapters and read them before lecture. If you do that you'll do fine in this course.

07/07/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

A lot of reading was required in this class but the exams were fair. Dr. Dong was very helpful and approachable. Although completion of assignments was optional, doing so definitely helped me prepare for the exams.

06/07/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very nice, sometimes unexpectedly funny however classes were Very Boring and pretty much pointless. Very hard to understand and slides with not a lot of information. For exams just had to memorize the text book. A lot to Study!

12/10/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dong is adorable. He's nice and funny but a little hard to understand. Class is pointless: the course was made up of three midterms all of which if you studied from the textbook you would be fine. If you're taking this course as an elective, DON'T. It's a lot of studying plus the three hour lab that requires a formal lab every week.

07/02/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not really too difficult to understand, tough course though. Took until after the first midterm to really get the hang of the course. Decided not to put the slides online until half way through the course. Keep up in the text and study the text for the midterms and final.

06/30/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO3321 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a really nice prof who is sometimes confusing during his lectures but the text is a good resource to use. his tests are really application question oreinted and not always expected but he will take the time to sit you down and explain why you lost points so you don't make the same mistake twice. good class overall

06/08/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Biol1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not a great prof. His explanations werent clear. His exams were difficult and the questions were random. Heavy workload for a first year course.

01/16/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Decent in class, but great for a lab instructor. Fair lab reports and always willing to help or answer questions; very approachable too. He often went off on tangents in lectures and often lost my attention. Slides were clear, though, and were posted for half the term. His midterms were fair, but his final focused on something unexpected.

12/23/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO2303 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

An amazing prof! accent can be difficult at first but if you don't get discouraged you will have no trouble understanding him and will find yourself really listening to the lectures.His labs are amazing and very helpful for understanding the lectures.I would take a course JUST because he was teaching it!

12/19/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

At first I thought the course was hard but then i got the hang of it. If you think that something wasn't marked fair then go talk to him and he will sit down with you and go over it. His English is kinda hard to understand but you get pass that if you take good notes.. Everything on Web CT

04/17/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO 303 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great BIO prof!!! Dont take the course if your looking for a easy A, but very interesting/challenging and very experienced, TA was excellent for this class. Labs were fairly easy, lab exam alil rough, exams were tough but fair, but hard to predict. Talk to him, ask questions take notes and you'll do fine.

03/21/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
cell Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Best bio prof ever !!!

12/13/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 2303 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoyed this class, mainly because of Dr. Dong's lectures; very interesting. Tests can be a bit difficult, you'll usually need to study every topic in detail. However, Dong will always give help if asked.

12/30/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
Bio Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Unhelpful, living for 14 years in Canada having bad accent!!!

10/21/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
cell bio Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I found him difficult to understand. Also, I didn't think he did a good job going over what would be on the midterms and exams.

04/11/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Cell Bio Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Excellent prof. Will always help out if ur having trouble.

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