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Walter Sotero
Professor in the Biology department
at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
are you Walter Sotero?
Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
2.9
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
116 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/16/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
pcb3063 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Tests are tough"

his lectures are tedious, and all of the small details of his powerpoints manage to be on the test.

12/15/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PCB4723 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

5 exams, drops the lowest one (keep in mind the final is cumulative). He's real mellow however his clarity on topics is awful. He seems nervous and confused on certain topics and his powerpoint's are a mess. I really disliked his teaching style - got the book midway through and did MUCH better on exams.

12/12/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PCB3063 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Tests? Not many" "Clear grading criteria"

Of the 4 exams he gives he'll drop the lowest grade. Everything you need to know for said exams can be found within the powerpoint slides he provides online and in class. Do not expect any extra credit or curves. The average for the final was somewhere in the 40s and he did not apply a curve. It is not a hard class, just study.

12/11/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PCB 3063 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C
"Lectures are long" "Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

This professor has a cool personality and has a sense of humor; however, he is a boring lecturer. Take genetics with some one else if you don't have a good attention span. His tests are the hardest ive ever taken. Read the slides and study them well, he tests directly off of them. He drops one test.

12/10/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PCB 3063 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tests? Not many" "Tests are tough"

ridiculous amount of material for each test expected to know everything

12/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PCB4723 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria" "Would take again" "Respected by students"

I've had Sotero for 4 classes now. At the absolute worse, he is a fair teacher. He tries to bring real-world examples to his lectures to keep students interested and his exams are straightforward multiple-choice. However, I would suggests students to know the facts forwards and backwards as sometimes his questions may seem to have 2 correct answers

12/07/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
3023 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tests? Not many" "Tests are tough" "Lectures are long"

I have never been close to a C during my time at UCF. You can study and study but the exams just ask questions in the hardest way possible. Totally disrespectful towards students and is a total jerk in general. If you can take Thomas, do it. I emailed him a question , no response. Even Dr. Samsam (a real Dr.) can find time to respond.

12/05/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PCB4723 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

tests are frpm powerpoints. He doesnt explain well, he does drop a test thought which is nice. Your test are the only grades you get... :(

12/03/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PCB 3063 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: C-
"Tests are tough" "Hilarious" "Get ready to read"

Dr. Sotero is a funny dude, but don't take his class lightly. No study guide for any of the exams, so you have to study all of his slides (there are a lot.) He does post the slides online and drops your lowest exam. He relates well with students and seems approachable, but I struggled with his Genetics class.

10/31/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PCB 3063 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Genetics should be an easy class that you don't really need to study so much. Perhaps biology wasn't my strong point, but I thought this class was a little difficult for being one of the easier electives. His lectures are boring, which makes it really hard to follow along. I don't think I will ever take a class with him ever again.

10/11/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PCB3023 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

One of the horrible professor in ucf. Be honest, sometime I was really wondering if he really has a Ph.D? The lecture is so boring and he messed up so much. He never answers his email and don't care about his students, period! I did not enjoyed this class at all.

06/22/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PCB3063 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Honestly, he is an OKAY professor. Lectures can be boring which at times can make them hard to follow. You can get an A in the class, but you have to spend a lot of time on just this class so be prepared to do so. This is the first class at UCF I didn't get an A in.

05/11/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PCB 3063 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A

Definitely easier than most science courses. Go to class because he better explains the powerpoints and memorize them. Honestly, the only reason you get the grade you get is because you didn't put in the effort. Drops the lowest test grade including the final.

05/05/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PCB 3063 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B

Loved this guy. I really do not know why he even has one bad review. Go to class. Don't nee the book, just study the slides. He gives good examples and analogies for things in class. Funny guy and very approachable. He also drops the lowest test grade, to help students out!I mean everything he test you on is in his pp. If you do bad it is really u

04/28/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PCB3063 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class was not that hard if you really pay attention, attend class, and study you will definitely pass. Unfortunately I didn't do these things. Focus on the PowerPoints and revert to the book whenever you need clarification and you'll do fine and definitely watch YouTube videos they help a lot

02/01/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PCB 3063 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher. Had genetics in the fall. There is a written portion for tests 1 & 2, and final is optional if you do well on all the other exams. I went to his office hours and he was very helpful and took time to explain things I didn't understand. He wasn't quick at email. Would take him again though.

01/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PCB3063 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Never email him. I was in a car accident and later got sick, both times would not respond to my emails or even pick up phone calls. I fended for myself instead because I knew he doesn't care. Last page of my test was missing and he did nothing to remedy it so I got a 79.3%. My first C at ucf and I have one semester left.. That says something..

12/18/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
pcb 3023 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Horrible! He does not care about his students. He does not reply to emails so it's pointless trying to get in contact with him. Wish I had token someone else.

12/16/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
PCB 3063 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

You need to put a lot of work to get an A, dont rely on the final, work hard on the first 3 test and dont take the final if possible, he does mess up/gets confused a lot in class. Dr. Sotero is a boring lecturer.

12/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PCB 3023 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Sincerely loved the guy until the very end, his personality is very cold and uncaring. I honestly think he's an a hole. As far as a good professor who cares, would not recommend. Even if he sees you working really hard and are borderline he will not help you out whatsoever. Also not a good professor.

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