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Erik Sotka
Professor in the Biology department
at College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
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Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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Easiness
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25 Student Ratings
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09/06/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is super smart and funny. However, he grades HARSHLY. Powerpoints are informative, but you HAVE to read the textbook if you want to get a good grade. I got an A in the class, but I read every single chapter. When I got my first test back, I didn't even pass. So if you want an easy class don't take him.

05/19/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO112 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 is a difficult class, a handful dropped out and a lot of people did very poorly, I barely scraped a B- from it. You can tell because it is his only 112 class he doesn't really care about it in comparison to the upper levels. He is very enthusiastic about the subject though and organizes material in logical ways. This is a weed out class.

01/28/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Biol211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

So cute. So smart. So funny. Best teacher I've ever had, just do the work and study for the tests, you'll be fine. Please take him, I miss seeing him 4 times a week :(

12/18/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very hard! Powerpoints are not helpful. His classes are very boring and hard to follow. Tests are lengthy and cover too much material for the depth of questions asked. Would not take!!

12/10/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

By far my favorite teacher I've ever had in my life. His passion for biology makes the class so enjoyable. He has a nerdy sense of humor but it's adorable. He's always willing to help if you ask him to, and he's just an amazing teacher!! TAKE HIM.

12/09/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He may be nice to look at, but his tests, especially the final, are absolutely ridiculous!!! Don't waste your time.

12/09/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bio211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Sotka does a good job of not only presenting theory but also backing up it up. i have never had any trouble understanding the material he presents by simply looking at the powerpoint slides he uses to teach. there is a lot of material that he presents throughout this course, but recitation helps, and this is a good foundation course to take with hi

04/28/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I am both an honors student and a SNAP student and i found this class EXTREMELY difficult and when I asked for help I got almost no feedback. One time he forgot to bring my exam to SNAP. His power points are pictures from the book and his teaching strategy is more talking at you than lecturing. Tests are impossible. I would not recommend him.

04/24/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HONS152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Even though attendance is not required, go to class!! Tests come directly from class lecture/power points and tests are HARD! Reading the textbook isn't required, but I recommend reading what you might not understand just to grasp the info a little more. He's very cute and funny and I you go to most classes, read a little and study you'll do fine

11/23/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio630 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's horrible! His tests are ridiculous. He acts like he wants his students to fail. He just wants to be "cool" and doesn't care about how he teaches.

11/23/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio630 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I had a lot of trouble with this teacher. His tests were really not appropriate or fair and he was really not interested in the welfare of his students.

04/20/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HONS152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The four exams include info from Sotka's powerpoint lectures. He's young and pretty funny, seems to actually like biology. Many kids (honors) have difficulty with his tests; the average is usually around a B. Tests are a mix of short answer, multis and essays. It's not an easy class, but if you study the material you should be able to do decently.

11/08/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Lectures from powerpoints, you get a second choice for each question on tests for half credit but they are still tough tests. very possible to make an A as long as you study your notes from powerpoints. He really is a good teacher.

08/03/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a very nice teacher but his class is very challenging. If you take him be sure to devote most of your time to his class. Lectures seem easy to understand but the tests are extremely confusing. The two option answers arent a good idea for people who second guess themselves!!

06/24/2006
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
Honors Bio Lab Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Fairly easy lab if you know the material from lecture. He's EXTREMELY laid back and most people mess around in lab, which never seems to go very long at all. He's never really clear on the material- the teaching part of it- but is a nice guy and was an easy A for me.

04/09/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Let's you guess twice on every test, doesn't mean they are easy though! Tough class study alot good luck kids.

01/18/2006
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Horrible teacher. You go to class to practically have the book read to you, but tests turn out to be impossible. Dont take him!

12/11/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
biol Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's amazing!Love Sotka!

12/05/2005
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I would not recommend taking him if you want above a B. No one got an A in his class and he wouldn't curve anything. Tests are not phrased from his lectures. Not very clear, but very hard. He doesn't budge on anything so don't expect it. There is no extra credit, so your test grades are your grade. Don't take him if you like second chances.

11/10/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I think he is hard. You come to class and he lectures the entire time about exactly what is in the book. I study a lot, but am still struggling. He is willing to help, but not really sure where I should even start. Nice guy, though.

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