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Edward Degrauw
Professor in the Biology department
at Portland Community College, Portland, OR
are you Edward Degrauw?
Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.4
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
1.8
Helpfulness
0
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12/16/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 231 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+
"Tests are tough" "Hilarious" "Respected by students"

Ed is GREAT! He is one of the best teachers I've ever had, and I've learned more from his A&P class than I have from any other biology teacher. Having said that, this is also the hardest class (in terms of material) that I've ever taken in my life. This is a class for students dedicated to learning about biology, and Ed's the guy to learn it from.

08/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI233 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

Ed ROCKS! Best instructor I have EVER had at PCC!!!!!

08/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI232 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B

I couldn't believe how much DeGrauw was helpful with office hours. If you ask for help and study, he is willing to do A LOT to help you.

08/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Ed is the best! Completely helpful and extended himself in office hours beyond required!!!

05/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI 231 232 233 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

If you're trying to decide what professor to take for A&P at PCC then STOP what you're doing & register for Ed's class. I promise, you won't be disappointed. Yes, Ed is hard but he will prepare you for future medical ventures like you can't imagine! He cares about his students & will answer any question. All in all, an OUTSTANDING professor.

03/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ed is amazing with a love of A&P. His followers are VERY true to him and I recommend him to anyone I can. I have taken the entire series from him and this term I have really missed Ed! Yes, he is difficult; however, he WILL prepare you for any health field you are going into. If you are taking A&P at PCC or PSU, TAKE IT FROM ED. I promise.

02/26/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ed is a great teacher. Comes across as a jerk sometimes in class, but very helpful in person. Cares about the students and their success. Teaches from powerpoint. Tests are VERY difficult. Makes recordings of his lectures available (if you buy the subscription service with the text). Study harder for this class than you've ever studied before.

02/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

My experience was DeGrauw makes learning A&P harder than it has to be. Not enough attention to basic structure & function. Way too much focus on MICRObiology and PATHOphysiology. I earned an A only by relying on the text (which DeG discourages use of) and a good Lab Instructor (Richardson). Enthusiastic, but NOT recommended.

12/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ed is an excellent professor. He gives examples that are relevant & makes jokes to help you remember things. He is willing to repeat things until you understand it. If you utilize his help, he goes above & beyond to help you to do the best you can do in his course. His tests only cover what he covers in lecture so use the book as a reference.

12/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Ed always takes time to answer questions and has an obvious love of his subject. makes himself available out of class and doesnt make you feel dumb when you are unable to grasp a concept. This class is no joke in workload: STUDY! tests are practice critical thinking tests; be prepared to think rather than spit up facts. grades on curve

11/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ed is great. One of the best instructors I have ever had (I have multiple undergrad & grad degrees). He really cares about his students and wants you to succeed, which is why his tests are so hard. He really tries to prepare students for success in their future programs. Listen to his lectures, use the ppts, and talk to him and you can succeed.

11/12/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ed's class is difficult. No doubt about it. However, this class prepared me for grad school more than any other undergrad class I took, based on expectations and testing style/methodology. If you are struggling - the best thing you can do is go talk with him directly.

10/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bi231 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

Ed is awesome! He is brilliant, funny, encouraging, and motivating. His tests are a work of art, and his grading system allows you to not do great on tests but to learn what you missed by redoing them for a few extra points. He isn't for everyone, i.e. lazy people who just want an A. He'll make you work for it but in the end you're smarter for it.

08/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Ed is awesome. His class is very hard but if you study getting an A is possible.He has all of his lecture slides along with recordings online for your individual class.You will also never have to read the book. He also makes lecture really funny/interesting by telling stories.Ed may not be the easier teacher but he is the best.Dont take anyone else

06/28/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI 302 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Taking Ed's class was torture. The entire term is a struggle. In fact, the entire series of anatomy with Degrauw is just completely and ridiculously terrible. His class is a horrible experience. He expects too much and his exams are too difficult. Ed is rude and egotistical and it is extremely difficult to get an A. This class will lower your GPA.

06/26/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
BI 231 - BI 233 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Ed really wants you to get an A, offers 4% extra credit, and is available for office hours. He also records lectures. His powerpoints are not concise or organized with lots of repeated + outdated info. If he edited his slides to go with his presentation instead of regurgitating the same spiel then he would be a much more effective lecturer.

04/04/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bi 231-2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This professor is nice and funny enough, but he seems to be a narcissist who spends a lot of time stroking his ego. Love him or hate him for it, he writes his exams so that the class average is about 65% before the curve. I agree with the commenter who said Dr. D likes to use confusing questions. Choose him if you enjoy that kind of thing.

03/01/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

A&P is difficult from any teacher based on the sheer amount of material. Ed is excellent at tying the material into real word examples that everyone can relate to and makes it VERY interesting. He's a great prof. I listen to the recordings and easily get a 90% on tests(with curve) Book is helpful but not necessary.Lab before lecture is helpful too.

02/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BI 232 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This teacher is really fun! I don't want to discourage people from taking his class but you really need to realize just how much work he expects from you. I HIGHLY recommend studying for your tests the first day of class. He is very funny and has great stories as well.

01/04/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BI231 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is fun to TRY to learn from... But he is more impressed with his own knowledge than trying to teach others. His tests are purposefully too hard for you to get a passing grade without the curve. This seems like more of an ego boost for him than a learning experience.

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