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Sharman O'Neill
Professor in the Biological Sciences department
at University of California Davis, Davis, CA
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
3.8
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06/23/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class was relatively easy but it requires a lot of memorization. All the slides and podcasts are online so class is not really necessary and often a bit boring because she just reads off the slides. I highly recommend signing up for the one unit discussion it is really helpful. Go to her office hours to get help on the worksheets she assigns.

02/27/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bis 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

i'll be brief: Reads right off slides, but offers EC (a lot) random days, so show up. Test 1- Easy, Test 2-Crazy Hard. Don't do discussion Section, waste of time. Need to buy reader, since she uses it for EC. Don't buy book. Overall take her, but don't take test 2 lightly. She's nice though and tries to help as much as she can. Good Luck

02/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Bis 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

Literally, super easy class. Take her. Don't bother taking it with the discussion section, its not very helpful. She reads right off slides, but she offers EC on random days, so you should go to lecture. take this class with her. I'm pretty sure half her test was from the old exam she gave us, like word for word.

12/29/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PLB 105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Really cares about her students. Lecture is pretty much mandatory because the lecture exams are straight from her slides as well as from what she says about them. I thought the lab exams were a lot harder because you had to have remembered everything you've seen. Take lots of pictures! Don't bother getting the textbook. Just memorize EVERYTHING.

12/28/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
PLB 105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Easy class if you like plants. Lots of memorization to get an A in the class. Lectures are scattered and somewhat hard to follow. Goes off on tangents a lot. Lab is long and you must stay the entire time to get the TAs review. Overall interesting class, but not the best at UCD.

12/18/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PLB 105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Sharman is great! She is obviously very enthusiastic about plant anatomy, and wants her students to gain a lot from the class. The labs are long and you won't usually get out early - but usually they are interesting, and if you use the time wisely it goes by pretty fast. The exams were fairly easy, and I'm pretty sure most of the class got A's.

03/27/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Midterms are easy. Final is HARD(!), but miraculously curved. She also gives out so much extra credit. 30 people received A+'s my quarter. Lectures are also podcasted so you really need not go unless you are sure she is giving in-class extra credit. She doesn't make genetics super interesting but she is a very fair and nice teacher. Recommended.

03/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PLB 105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best and easiest profesor for plant biology. She is extremely enthusiastic of the topic. Lots of memorization, but not too difficult. Lab is long but we often get out early (and you do cool things like section and stain many kinds of plants). Extra credit was generous (we all got A/A+, some Bs). GPA booster (5 units!) Very fun and memorable class!

05/11/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
bis101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

O'Neill killed any interest I had in genetics. She reads off her slides entirely, which is so boring! Sometimes she answers everything but the question you asked and a few of her questions on exams were not clear or plan out wrong. She did give a lot of extra credit, which was really good and curved the final. However, avoid if you can.

04/06/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great professor, very helpful and challenging class

12/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PLB105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

If you are majoring in plant sciences, this is the course for you. Sharman genuinely cares about her students and is very willing to engage students in conversation after class. Labs are interesting and the material isn't too difficult. Mostly A's & B's in the class.

12/09/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PLB105 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class requires a lot of memorizing. If you're good at that, then it's an easy A. If you have a good lower div botany background, it will make this class a breeze. The tests were slightly unorganized but easy. Sharman is a very nice lady, but I often felt like the TAs knew more than she did about plant anatomy. Lab was interesting sometimes.

04/06/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
bis101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I don't know what these people are talking about. If you call reading off the things on the slide without explaining thoroughly, then she's the prof for you. Also grading are so unfair. Lots of students including me signed a petition because she promised to set curve at B- but failed to do so. Afterward, she ignored all emails and closed chat room

04/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bis101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Yeah! I totally agree! she's a very nice lady and she made genetics a very interesting topic. Of course, as with any other upper division class, reading the book is super important! she's very helpful and she cares a lot about students and she prepares very helpful handouts! great class!

04/04/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bis101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Yeah! i totally agree! Prof. O'Neill was always really nice to the students and she really wanted us to understand genetics. I enjoyed her class and def recommend it! She's super helpful and it is what it is: you also need to study on your own like any other upper division class! she made genetics fun!

04/01/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I think Dr. O'Neill did her best at teaching us genetics, and she made the class interesting. Of course, it is our responsability to alse read the book! I think it is unfair that we do not acknowledge all the effort she put into the class like preparing handouts and videos; she even had extra office hours (like no other prof I've ever taken!).

03/24/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She was very enthusiastic and nice but not the best professor. The material she taught was basically review, I'm not sure why the class did so bad on tests. The tests were way long though and she def had bad time management during lectures. Tests included genetics problems, definitions, fill ins, and diagrams but you could get partial credit

03/20/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

she's not organized, and very unclear. she puts stuff on her ppts, doesnt go over it on class and is ambiguous as to if it will be on the exam. exams are extremely difficult. practice problems do not help, discussion was not helpful to me, but i heard the other TA (Carlos) was helpful. One good thing- extra credit. go to class, or you might miss th

03/19/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

this was her first quarter teaching this class and it showed, she had a lot of computer problems (partly user error, partly not) and she kept getting flustered. She needs some time management skills, she somehow did not get through all the info she wanted to in a 2 hr lecture. preparation for tests is mediocre. LOTS of extra credit...

03/19/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
bis101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Awful teacher. i had to teach myself the material. Her midterms were wayyyyyyy too long. The class is 2 hours long, yet she only gave us an hour and a half. when the class told her we did not have time to finish, she said she was doing us a favor by giving us the extra half hour, because the tests should only take 1 hour.

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