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Linda Van Thiel
Professor in the Biology department
at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
are you Linda Van Thiel?
Overall Quality
1.9
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
1.9
Clarity
1.9
Easiness
1.7
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
45 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
10/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
1510 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria" "Participation matters" "Gives good feedback"

If you follow the syllabus you can't go wrong. Even if you do and still have trouble, then and only then is she willing to help. You need to be prepared for these science classes and show her that, then she's helpful.

05/07/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO 1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B+

It's high time this woman retired. If she's so fed up with her career, students and life in general, she has no place at WSU. There is no leeway with this bull-headed woman - even when your request is VALID.

04/22/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO 1500 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

An exceptionally RUDE and unwilling to help instructor. The way she speaks to students is deserving of disciplinary action by WSU. Just an unbelievably bad experience with her - AVOID HER AT ALL COSTS.

12/20/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO 1500 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I understand this is a biology class and it is meant to weed out the majority of pre-med students but this class was too challenging. The lab itself is ridiculous the average on the first practical was a 33 out of 93.

05/01/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 1500 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Poor lab instructor

04/30/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Horrible.

12/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bio1500 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

a very good professor.

06/27/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO1050 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She has been my lab coordinator for BIO 1050, 1500 & 1510 and I went to her office once and emailed her once. That was enough never agin!! She is absolutely rude and sarcastic. I received an A in all three classes and got 100% on my BIO 1500 final practical. Lab was VERY difficult but not impossible. GET TO KNOW YOUR TA!!!! NOT VAN THIEL

12/22/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Bio1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I got an A because I went to lecture and read the lab manual. Quizzes are open note and everything you need to know is in the lab manual so I guess if you read it the day of the quiz you will do poorly. Professor Van Thiel oversees the class but it is the TA that makes or breaks it.

10/25/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO1500 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Clear expectations

04/28/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A very bad professor. Do not take her class unless you want to ruin your Gpa. Her class has a 60% fail rate. Very very difficult because her lab book is impossible to understand

03/10/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This lady is an old hag, kind of reminds me of the wicked witch of the west...only way bigger and lumberjack style. Anyway, this class sucks. You are going to work your but off and don't ask this lady for help, because you will just waste your time. You are in my prayers if she is your lab coordinator, good luck.

02/18/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She is not even a qualified professor (no PhD), I dont know where the hell she came from, they need to get rid of ms. van thiel. this class is just busy work. But it is more manageable than bio 1500.

02/18/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO1500 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Honestly, I don't know why they hired this lady. Not only are the practicals impossible (95% fail), the open-note quizzes require you to literally copy the whole lab book by hand (and long CD activities). The lady is downright merciless and crazy. Anyway, you cant cheat (she watches the cameras) or avoid her, so be prepared to work your butt off.

12/03/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO1500 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This lady is a psycho...the practicals are near impossible to prepare for. This is the worst lab class at wayne state, the only way to do good is cheating...its a pity so many ppl do.

12/19/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Talks down to students. She doesnt like students to ask questions. It was difficult to learn in this class. I was forced to use the web as a source of explaining her lab experiments. Her book was worded difficult and was very difficult to follow. use this site science.nhm.ccd.edu/bio/biolab/index.htm.science

12/17/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She gets off on failing students.60% of her class got a D or less overall and 82% failed her final lab exam. She tries to blame the student but it is her.She used impossible testing standards which will knowingly fail students. No scrap paper allowed and lack of time. So do your best guessing on math and story problems.She/He is worst teacher ever

12/17/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO1050 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Took this class after taking BIO 1500, should be easier but it's not! Got my wisdom teeth out and couldn't make it to a lab exam and couldn't get a hold of the TA, she would not help at all! Asked her a question about the lab, started yelling at me. Very rude person, not helpful, I can't believe she's still here. Let's all complain and get her out!

12/13/2007
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is so much work. The lab is like another class and difficult. The final exam was unfair and not enough time to finish test with the numerous story problems(2 paragraph) she gave and math. The questions were not fair. She said lab exam was not like quiz.No multiple choice all fill in blanc and long answer. I am going to dean about her

12/13/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio1510 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

horrible class. A test every week you can use notes but still confusing as her lab book is written so bad. Her final lab exam which is worth 27 percent of your grade was UNFAIR. There was not enough time to complete the test. Her story problems were very long and no calcu allowed for the numerous math problems.she actually tells TA not to lecture.

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