Brian Tonks at Brigham Young University-Idaho

Brian Tonks

  • 2.9Overall Quality
  • 3.1Helpfulness
  • 2.7Clarity
  • 2.0Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
6/5/14

PH121

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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!

3/3/14

PH314

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedB+

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.

1/9/13

fdsci207

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/10/12

FDSCI207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/27/12

FDSCI207

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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

12/27/11

PH105

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/28/11

FDSCI207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/6/11

FDSCI207

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

10/25/11

PH105

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

6/7/11

PHPH

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/18/11

FDSCI207

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/30/11

FDSCI207

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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

3/11/11

FDSCI207

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

6/13/10

FDSCI207

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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

4/9/10

PHIL314

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

2/2/10

phy127

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/3/09

Phys127

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/24/09

ph127

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

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

3/4/09

phys127

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

With the emphasis at this school on learning I can't imagine how this man still has a job. He belongs in research. Some can teach, some can't: he can't. The first day he told us just how ineffective lecturing is as a teaching model, then proceeded to lecture for the remainder of the semester. Worst class out of 3 Universities I've attended.

3/2/09

PH127

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Most of the material presented went right over my head. Doesn't do a great job at making astronomy understandable to beginners, but is willing to help you. Tests are difficult so pay attention to lectures!

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