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Mary Nolan-Riegle
Professor in the Biology department
at Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA
are you Mary Nolan-Riegle?
Overall Quality
3.4
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
1.8
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
89 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/18/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read"

Most of the class was lost throughout the semester. Lectures are just not clear. Spent lecture time putting class down. If you MUST take her, just try to read and understand the material on your own. I love science, but this professor definitely tested that love.

12/05/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 170 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read" "Participation matters"

Her style of grading and teaching just wasnt for me. Everybody in the class was lost, so maybe I wasnt alone.

11/25/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Clear grading criteria" "Participation matters" "There for you"

This professor isn't the easiest, but she isn't the hardest either. She is nice, and will help you if you ever ask. If you ask questions about things she has already gone over she will probably give you a look like, "uhm, your supposed to know this." She is a great teacher, makes sure you learn basic biology. You have to study like any other class.

11/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
100F Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Inspirational" "Would take again" "Respected by students"

Tests are easy if you read the txt book, show up to class, and study the notes. She gives you the power point lectures, but you really should show up because she explains and gives more detail during lecture. She is a great and down to earth individual. She is always there for you to answer questions and clarify things. She's a great mentor to have

09/30/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Tests are tough" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read"

Overall a pretty good teacher but does come off intimidating sometimes. In some cases its like she belittles some students if they're wrong. Also tends to overcomplicate simple concepts pretty often. If you want to do well you have to be responsible for reading chapter before every lecture and regularly reviewing notes. You will learn a lot.

08/27/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIO 170 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Really good teacher! She made the course extremely easy! Not to mention the fact that she's hot. I recommend you take her!

12/13/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This professor is indeed one of the challenging professors you will find at fullerton college on the first day, but she does teach the students. She will make you actually work for your grade, which in turn will make you a better person in the end. Dr. Nolan is a nice person and is always there to help students if needed.

09/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 170 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. N is a great professor. Dont be intimidated by her shes actually really helpful. Just make sure you read the book like 4 times and you'll do fne.

07/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 170 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took her summer class. Hands down, one of the best professors I've ever had. Definitely not an easy class. Reading is a must along with proper language in your essays. She definitely knows what she's talking about and expects 100% from her students. Can be intimidating at first, but don't be afraid to ask questions. She's always glad to help.

07/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. She puts effort into her lectures and is always happy to answer questions. If you read the chapters before class and come prepared she’s your best friend. Loved her so much I took her for the next level of bio.

06/27/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. N is a really great professor. You can tell how much she loves the subject by the way she teaches it back to you. She helps you just as much as you ask for it. Going to office hours were very helpful. Very difficult class, but also very passable. Do the work, read the book, pay attention in lecture, ask questions and you'll be fine!

06/04/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 170 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The most condescending professor I have ever experienced. She takes simple concepts and makes them difficult. I would HIGHLY recommend you find another professor. Are you clear on the concept? I find it hard to believe that the dean of fullerton college knows how she acts and teaches in class. I would fire her immediately.

05/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor and super helpful! She's got a sense of humor but she is really serious about making sure you comprehend the material. All you have to do is try to understand what you read and what you don't get she'll explain in a way that makes you think, "Why the hell didn't I get that?" Love her!

12/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio170 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. N is seriously my favorite teacher at Fullerton College. If you plan on being a bio major this class is great! It will prepare you to think like a science major. Stay on top of the readings and think about what you say and you will be fine! (Skimming does not equal reading in this class!)

11/28/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

By far one of my favorite professors at Fullerton. Yes she is demanding and yes she is intimidating but this class is not impossible and you learn so much. If you read the chapters and her lecture notes online you will be fine! However, if you're looking for an easy class to fly through take someone else cause she will rip you to shreds

05/26/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio170 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Very particular with words. very difficult teacher. Do not take if you want an A. In one term, only 2 B's, everyone else got lower. At some point, youd think the professor would realize it's their inability to teach, rather than the quality of student.

04/23/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

By far the most challenging class I have ever taken, but it was totally worth it! Study, study, study is the key! If you come to class prepared you will learn a lot! Intimidating at first but that's only to make sure you're serious about the class,wonderful person and teacher. If you put in the work there is nothing she won't do to help you.

02/19/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Online class. Prof unresponsive to emails. Online quizzes had a few mistakes. Prof also teaches face-to-face class. We all met in one room for the final. Face-to-face class seemed to have a good relationship. For the online class. . .it seemed like the twilight zone. Online reviews run/guided by student Qs rather than prof led.

12/07/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
bio100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I took the online class and it was difficult. You have to take time to read the book and the lectures and the powerpoints. She's really helpful if you go to her office and ask questions. Intimidating, but beneath it all, she's nice and knows how to do her job. The exams are multiple choice w/ essays. Take her if you can teach yourself.

12/01/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. N is an amazing teacher. She might scare you at first but as long as you do your work and study you'll be fine. More than half of the class dropped but thats because this class takes commitment. She has a spunky personality and she is by far my favorite professor :) be prepared to learn! A LOT!

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