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Jeffrey Dorale
Professor in the Geology department
at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
are you Jeffrey Dorale?
Overall Quality
2.6
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.4
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
2.9
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
40 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/18/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Env Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

On the exam he asks for random questions like "who is the author of the textbook?" or "What paper is the textbook made out of?". I mean how the Fuuck are these related to Environmental Science? Can someone explain this to me? Worst teacher ever!

12/18/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Env Sci Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Even 1 point is too much for him. I wish there was 0 on the scale. If you decide to take this course seriously please please please Do Not! Otherwise, you will experience the worst semester out of your entire school life.

12/15/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
159-008-BBB Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tests are tough"

This class was easy and hard. The material was easy to understand, but the teacher didn't really talk about anything in the book. He went off on tangents and the tests were hard.

12/13/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
EES1080 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Participation matters" "Get ready to read"

This guy is should not be a teaching this Environmental Science. Clearly is not interested in coming to class. The majority of his lectures are movies, readings from random books and guest lectures. His tests are random and the definition of bullshiit. They do not test class concepts. He seems like a cool guy but is a terrible professor.

09/13/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
geology Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Horrible teacher. I feel bad saying it but he truly was one of the worst I've ever had. Makes interesting material very boring.

12/21/2013
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
012008 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C

Dorale is literally the worst professor I have ever had. From the first day he stepped in to the lecture hall he seemed so uninterested in teaching us. He only shows videos and has guest lectures. I recommend trying not to get him as a professor if you can. He seems like a nice enough guy and he has cool stories, but he is a horrible professor.

12/08/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENVSC1080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He only teaches half the class and I wish he had taught the whole thing. He reads a lot of stories form magazines, but that is ok because it lightens the mood. Gives study guides for every test and he is really helpful. He is just a really chill guy. I would totally take another class from him.

12/20/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENVI012 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Must go to lecture to do well. There are random easy questions on the exams that you will only know if you go to lecture. Must do readings and assignments as well. He puts up 10 exam questions on ICON the night before the exam. So if you don't know anything, at least you'll know those 10. Good teacher, good class, but you must study.

05/30/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ENVSCI Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

If you show up to class and pay attention you will get an A. Yeah the test questions aren't comprehension questions but they're super easy if you paid attention in class. He basically tests you on if you read the book and showed up to class. He also drops one of the three midterms, as well as posts 10 questions that will be on the exam on ICON.

04/18/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
qwfadfa Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

interesting class but he makes it terrible. probably the worst test writer that i have ever experienced. take the class if its with another professor

05/11/2010
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENVI008 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Avoid this professor at all costs! There honestly is nothing positive I can say about him. Reading the previous three comments will give you a good summary of his "teaching" methods. I worked my ass off in this class and barely passed -- and I don't party or drink at ALL. Prior to taking this professor's class, I had a 3.6 GPA....... now who knows?

05/10/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
envi012 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dorale is a horrible teacher! He does not teach at all. His exams are a joke, he randomly will pull a sentence out of the book and put it on the exam expecting you to know it. For the final he does not even give you an idea of what is going to be on it. I recommend not taking this teacher- even though the class is interesting.

05/08/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENV15 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is boring in lecture. You never know what to expect for his exams. Sometimes during lecture he literally just read a story with his monotone voice from Nat Geographic or something and expects you to know every detail of it for the tests. Fairly easy material but no cake walk

05/06/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENV159 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Boring, doesn't get or earn respect from students.

12/04/2009
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
EnvSci Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

For Environmental Science, definitely do not miss the lectures. Tests contain a lot of questions from films and guest lectures.

05/10/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
EnvSc008 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Do not take this courseif you have a busy semester. Prof. Dorale is not helpful and he is a tough grader in terms of projects. His tests are more like trivia exams, and contain more questions from films and guest lectures than from lectures and the text. Each test covers about 7 text chapters, 4 readings, 3 videos, and 2-3 guest lectures.

05/10/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENVS008 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This is a really challenging course. Don't sign up if you're not ready to go to lecture, read the entire textbook, read additional material, etc. A lot of the material is presented in a very liberal manner. The tests are very tough & nit-picky on concepts and facts, but he drops your lowest (midterm) test grade.

05/04/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
envscie Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Environmental science is HARD. GO TO LECTURE because he doesn't post lecture notes on Icon. Also, the book is soooo long and boring, but you have to read it to get a decent grade. Take something else.

04/06/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENVIR008 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Course material is very interesting. But Dorale is not helpful and really harsh when you ask a simple question. Be prepared when you email him questions.

04/06/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENVIR008 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The course material is very interesting. But Dorale is not helpful and really harsh when you ask questions. Be prepared when you email questions to him.

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