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Matthew Rainbow
Professor in the Biology department
at Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA
are you Matthew Rainbow?
228 Student Ratings
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12/15/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio 110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Better Like Group Projects" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Inspirational"

He is passionate about the subject. He doesnt let you take notes because everything is provided in his packets and because taking notes destroys your chance of learning the lecture. A lot of work, and he talks about religion, but religion is a serious issue and biology can address it. If you pay attention and are interested you will learn.

12/11/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio 110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Tough Grader" "Get ready to read" "Lectures are long"

TAKE HIM, against what other students say about him being an atheist he truly cares about his students. Yes he will call you out in class, and yes he may make you feel embarrassed but it's only to show other students that they need to listen. If you are a good student who isn't lazy and won't miss his class you will do just fine. Take him!

12/11/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A
"Lectures are long" "Tough Grader" "Assignments galore"

NOT an easy A. If you're taking this class you better be a science major, because otherwise you will drown and be uninterested in his material. He is VERY PASSIONATE about BIOLOGY. If you make an effort to see him, he will help you and not make you feel dumb. Tests are DIFFICULT, but DOABLE. Buy at least two packs of colored pencils. You can do it!

12/03/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 101 Lecture Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: C

I took him for bio lecture 101, he is a good instructor , he is hard you have to work for your grade but as long as you stay on track and turn everything in when asked youll be fine. i would take him again, i really liked his class. btw you have to buy a packet that cost around $90 and a book that cost around $16.

10/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
110 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+
"Participation matters" "Clear grading criteria" "Get ready to read"

If you Really wanna learn biology take this class. People say he is hard but that's how it's supposed to be in college . Work hard and He will reward you. He gives points for everything you do. You have to attend every class; DO NOT miss class unless you really have to.

08/30/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

WARNING!! This is an extremely difficult class, very time consuming and a lot of memorization required, you will have to draw, color, and will not be allowed to take notes. His class is with the lights out and always wants to see you engaged in the subject. Seemed more like a theology class than a biology one. Very obsessed with religion!!!

08/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great professor, doesn't let you take notes because he gets you involved in the lecture. He has his own textbook/packet. It contains ALL NOTES, HOMEWORK, AND COPIES OF THE MIDTERMS/FINALS!Do not take if you have a full schedule. Might want to take a drawing class. He will make you learn. LOTS OF HOMEWORK. Willing help you if you visit his office.

08/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Biology 101 Lab Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Run for your life, I advise you...DO NOT take this teacher. He does not let you take notes. He is very condescending and he is all over the place, while not being clear on the subject matter. For lab, he'll lecture for 95% of the time, while only leaving 11 minutes for you to perform the lab. His tests and quizzes are impossible. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

08/02/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C+

Rainbow, seems to be intelligent and knows his stuff, but he is unorganized, he doesn't require a text book just a "study packet" that he, himself wrote, It cost $80, we didn't even use the whole thing. You have to memorize everything, he won't let you take notes, horrible class! If you seriously want to learn, don't take this instructor!

05/01/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Rainbow is unclear about a lot of things. His first midterm was complete memorization that we didn't learn in class. He definitely brought my gpa down. He treats his students like children and it's completely annoying!

04/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I LOVE HIS CLASS. THE RELIGION PART OF HIS LECTURES DOESN'T BOTHER ME AT ALL. THE MOST HARD WORKING PROF AT AVC, PAPERS ALWAYS GRADED ON TIME.HE TRULY CARES ABOUT HIS STUDENTS. WORTH THE MONEY I'VE PAID FOR THIS COURSE.

04/24/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN... HE'S THE TYPE OF PROFESSOR WHO'S BELIEFS ARE SPLIT INTO 2 (THE SCIENCE WORLD & THE RELIIOUS ONE. EVEN THOUGH HE SEEMED CONFLICTING AT TIMES, HE IS A TRUE BALL OF INFORMATION THAT CAN SERVE A GREAT PURPOSE IF YOU KINOW HOW TO UTILIZE IT WELL. UNFORTUNATLEY, HE IS A BIT ON THE STRICT END ABOUT WRITING NOTES AND EYE CONTACT

04/16/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He will fail you based on tardiness (he lies on attendance records and all his grading is subjective. He puts students on the spot in front of the class, so do not take him if you have anxiety problems. Overall, worst teacher I've ever had. How did this guy get a Master's Degree in Education?

04/16/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

All of the big assignments require mindlessly copying his own work verbatim. What kind of professor requires a student to copy his own work for full credit?This one. Major lab report=copying Dr. Rainbow's 6 page single spaced lab report word for word and inputting your own data. Easy A but you'll sacrifice your social life without learning anything

03/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

So strange. He gives you the exact test in the form of assignments prior the test. He blatantly tells you, this is the test... and yet people somehow don't understand and are angry. If you take this class and take it seriously, you can pretty much sleep through the rest of your biology courses until you hit your masters degree or so.

03/26/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I'm an atheist and I still could not stand how much he brought religion into EVERYTHING when it came to using science to put down religion. If i wanted to debate theology I would take a theology class. Worst teacher I've ever had. AVOID HIM! It makes me sick that this man qualifies as a teacher.

03/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awful class. His grading policy is awful, he guesstimates the value of things on the spot. So he may give one person 5 pts, and another 7 for the same work. I missed one lecture, and made it up asap and never missed a class and got a B for attendance when other students missed more lectures and got same score as me. He is unfair and rude. AWFUL

03/05/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I already have a Bachelor's Degree and am attending school again so I can change fields and have never had a professor like this. He will record an hour of tardiness for being 5 min late to lecture or lab and will penalize your grade for it and he will make you raise your hand to use the restroom and will give you crap for it in front of the class

01/14/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class will consume a lot of your time so I suggest taking easy classes along this one. For right out of High school students skipping 101 and getting into this class prepare for a major load of work. It's a do-able class as long as you attend, do your homework, and study. Do not dream of procrastinating, not even once!

12/25/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 110 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

Preaches 'Einstein's grandmother' method,you understand the concept if you can teach it in simple terms. Guy's a Hardo,just work through the 1st month, and all the hand motions and random pneumonics will tie together in final weeks.Best advice is sit up front, or you might daydream,ALL the tests are exactly like study guide,verbatim. A/B doable

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