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Christopher Picken
Professor in the Biology department
at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY
are you Christopher Picken?
Overall Quality
4.8
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.8
Clarity
4.8
Easiness
2.7
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109 Student Ratings
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12/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO132 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A
"Clear grading criteria" "Amazing lectures" "Inspirational"

Professor Picken made this challenging class very doable. He really knows the material and has developed ways to explain the material in an understandable way. He is awesome, and he made this difficult class an amazing learning experience. Professor Picken is an awesome dude!!!

12/17/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio130 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: C+
"Get ready to read"

This was probably the hardest class I have taken thus far. Picken is very helpful with all your questions and e mails. However, I feel he made a hard class harder than it had to be. He goes to in depth and his tests are worded where I almost felt it was tricky. I think he needs to keep it as simple as possible but that is not his forte all.

12/17/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO130 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Skip class? You won't pass."

Pros- 10 point curve to everything except on lab reports Cons- He is WAY too wordy in lectures that you lose sight of what he is talking about. You can take a 10 minute nap and he'd STILL be talking about the same thing All in all I got an A :) best advice I can give you... study the slides, don't buy the book (lab book YES) and prepare for an A

12/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO 132 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"There for you" "Would take again" "Skip class? You won't pass."

For those saying he's reading off a slide clearly isn't paying attention. It is a class you have to work for, but he gives you all you need to do well. Never be afraid of asking him questions and is also aware of the real world. If you have an issue tell him. Great guy, even better teacher. I learned a lot from him.

12/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIO 130 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+
"Amazing lectures" "There for you" "Would take again"

This man, hands down, is the best lectured I have ever had. He understands he subject like no other; just as Einstein once said "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough". This man can explain anatomy to anyone.

12/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
bio130 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria" "Respected by students" "Amazing lectures"

one of the best professors for anatomy and physiology. His lectures are very clear and the tests are straight from the power point. Take him!!!

11/29/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio 130 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor!!! Take him. This is a hard subject, but he explains very well. You must study or you will not do well. Some class mates complain of him, but there is nothing wrong with him, they do not put in the time and effort it takes to do well. Thank you Professor. I am taking him for Bio 132. Recommended Highly!!!!!!!

09/03/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Ok, this is my first day of the class so I'm not really gonna say anything about how he teaches and stuff. But ladies!!! Watch out!! This man is VERY good looking ^_^ I am SO looking forward to this semester!!!

08/03/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
A p 130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy. Hard test! No curve. Homework u have to do. Reads off power points .

07/14/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIO130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best prof ever!

05/23/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Really hard tests but 10 pts extra credit each test 40 mult choice and 10 stupid increase decrease stays the same questions.

03/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ap1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The best professor I ever had, unfortunately I had several surgeries when I took A&P1 and was out a lot of the semester; but he was willing to work with me to catch me up. His PowerPoint slides are in very depth and explain EVERYTHING you need to know for the test! I'd recommend him to everyone!

01/20/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
bio 130 132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

the best professor at suffolk. this is a hard course! he makes t easy to understand! has his own website to help students answers emales very quick answers every question without getting annoyed.test are easy gives out practice test which are similar.

12/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This subject is not easy but he was one of the best professors I have ever had. I ask a lot of questions and he answered every one of them. He gives you everything you need to succeed in his class. He is intellegent beyond belief and a wonderful teacher

12/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Picken is awesome. Provides you all the information for every exam. He answers e-mails promptly and offers built-in extra credit on all of his exams. Lecture & lab exams are not difficult if you pay attention during class & study. 4 exams, 2 lab exams and 2 lab reports. Overall, great teacher and course!

11/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIO130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A&P is a hard class but he is the easiest bio professor I ever had. Don't buy the book just memorize everything from his power points. Vocab flashcards mandatory & 2 written lab reports. only 2 absences allowed. Test are very straight forward and first 5 questions wrong aren't counted. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

05/22/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio130 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

professor tried very much to help everyone understand this material he was clear and explained very well! didnt use the textbook much at all, he gas his own website with info on it. He used the lab book and he was a easy lab grader! his test were very hard though, very confusing wording. overall good professor i would love to take him again

01/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIO132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Picken gives ten points of extra credit on every exam and lab practical. Lab reports and vocab adds points to your final grade. He is always there to help and answer questions. With a bit of studying it was an easy, EASY A. I still remember all of the information he taught me. Best person to take A+P with

12/28/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Many people rave about this professor, so I took his class. I found him to be dry, reads off the overhead, NEVER cracked the book. LOTS of HW! DOES NOT CURVE.Take home test was very frustrating. Vocabulary words mandatory but counts against you if you don't do them. Not very helpful in lab either. Think twice if you take him. Very hard class.

10/27/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
bio130 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

i had him for A&P I & II. Take him! he is a great teacher and helps his students. knows his stuff about the subject and does his best to explain it. he gives extra credit and as long as you study and he see's you working hard it will benefit in your favor. Overall awesome semester, but the classes he teaches arent easy so you have to study!

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