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Brian Tonks
Professor in the Physics department
at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, ID
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Overall Quality
2.8
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
2.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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10/21/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Ph105 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Assignments galore"

He is a nice enough guy but a horrid teacher- he moves too quickly and expects you to understand things without proper instruction. Even the tutors aren't sure what he's doing or asking. The tests are oblique and difficult.

10/20/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PH 105 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough"

Brother Tonks does not teach well at all. Anything I learn in this class is on my own or out of the book. HW is easy but he is very scatterbrained and the tests are hard.

06/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PH121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He has a lot of little assignments that if slip by can damage your grade. Overall he is an excellent teacher. He will pound into your head every single concept and make it so you won't forget. That is what I really enjoyed, he stays after class to help you and attends to your questions. He explains things very well. If you want to learn take him!

03/03/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PH314 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B+

As a physics major I can say he is the worst teacher in the department. His teaching style and tests are archaic and do not help you learn. He requires multiple reports on useless topics and essays on tests to make them hard. His class is detrimental to my useful studies due to the huge time commitment required. Do not take!! You have been warned.

01/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
fdsci207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Brother tonks was an amazing teacher that was passionate about what he teaches. while effort is required for the class he puts alot into making sure the students understand. he's understanding and is very reasonable if you forget to bring in a paper or you iclicker.

12/10/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
FDSCI207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you want to pass his class, sit on the front row. He is a nice guy, and really passionate about Science. His tests are not too bad.

11/27/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
FDSCI207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Bro. Tonks is a super nice guy. He's passionate about what he's teaching and knows a ton about it as well. He knows everyone's name in all of his classes and wants you to succeed. Those who say his class is too hard will probably struggle with college as a whole because although it requires you to do a little work, it's really not THAT difficult

12/27/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PH105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He basically expects you to read the book and understand everything. He'll take half an hour in class going through one problem and realize he did something wrong and have to start over. A little frustrating. His exams were pretty hard, you'd think understanding the HW would help but it's not similar to HW problems.

11/28/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
FDSCI207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He may get off topic a bit to answer questions but makes the student understand science in a new way. He is an over all very good teacher, sure a bit goofy, but aren't we all? He really does love what he teaches and does a great job at it.

11/06/2011
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
FDSCI207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Brother Tonks is very awkward and tries to be funny when he is not. He is not very good at explaining the work and you honestly get the most out of your homework, it's pointless going to class. Don't ever want to have him again.

10/25/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PH105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I don't think Bro Tonks is a good teacher. He speeds through material so fast that it's hard to grasp exactly where your question is to ask it. He tries to be funny and fails miserably. He sometimes wastes class time that could be used to answer questions. Nice guy, but bad teacher.

06/07/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHPH Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I learned tons from him. He's tough but fair. If you can't handle his classes, you probably can't handle college as a whole. I'm surprised at all the negative comments, I've taken 3 classes from him since 121, enjoyed each of them and always felt like I was respected.

05/18/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
FDSCI207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Such a joke of a teacher! He's a nice guy, but a horrible teacher. The assignments are ridiculously difficult and it is pretty much all teaching yourself since in class all you discuss is the homework from the night before. This class will no nothing but lower your GPA.

03/30/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
FDSCI207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I was surprised to see Brother Tonk's rating's were so low. He is a wonderful teacher! He knows a lot about what he is teaching, and he is passionate about most of it. His expectations are clear, and the curse is done well. I thought that his ability to teach was wonderful. It is easy to fall behind in this class, stay caught up and it's great

03/11/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
FDSCI207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Agreeably one of the worst teachers I've had. Huge daily regret in this class. He just lectures all day from powerpoint presentations. Little/no discussion & he covers the HW we JUST did, so many sleep in class. HW is scanning for definitions from nearly 5 different online textbooks to answer "6" 5-or-so questions for every class. Kind but rude.

06/13/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
FDSCI207 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Don't even think about it. A physics professor teaching a foundations class. 30-50 pages a night reading from 3 different textbooks at the same time. From that material, he expects you to answer 4 question daily iclicker quizzes, and he only gives you 15 seconds to answer. He is by far the worst teacher I have ever had. It is time for him to retire

04/09/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHIL314 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I took history and philosophy of science from him- it's an extremely time-consuming class because of the large amounts of required reading, four argumentative papers, a research paper, a group presentation and assignments due every class. But he's really helpful if you have a question.

02/02/2010
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
phy127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely terrible! I am in his online class right now. He wrote his own material, there are several mistakes in it that ends up changing the concepts so you miss it on the test. I have emailed him many times and he has taken forever to write back. Worst idea I have ever had was to take this class.

11/03/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I don't know what everyone else is talking about. I liked Bro Tonks and thought he taught just fine. He's a really nice guy. If you aren't interested in astronomy, then you probably won't like the class. If you are, it's a great class and I learned a lot. Come to class, read, and do the assignments and you won't fail. Not too difficult.

04/24/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ph127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

hard teacher, and hard class, but is very accommodating and helpful due to situational needs.

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