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John Koontz
Professor in the Biology department
at University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN
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Overall Quality
2.3
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.4
Clarity
2.3
Easiness
1.6
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51 Student Ratings
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09/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
401 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "There for you" "Gives good feedback"

Dr. Koontz is a God. In fact he is better than God himself. Best professor at UTK by far. I had for 401 and 402. Absolutely love his lecture style. He is there for you not just in class but if you need help in life in general. Actually gives a crap about you he learns your name in a big class and honestly wants you to succeed.

08/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BCMB 402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B

If you are truly interested in biochemistry, this professor is perfect for you. If you just want a good grade, however, do not take him. If you take the time to understand the subject, this class is not as hard as it seems. He is willing to help anyone diligent enough to ask questions. He also has epigrammatic humor which I found to be hilarious.

12/20/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BCMB402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Koontz's portion of this course was very straightforward. Read the text thoroughly and go to class and you should get a good grade. He can seem intimidating but he's not. Just put in a lot of work on your own outside of class (i.e. read/memorize the textbook). He definitely curved the grades for the two tests he wrote which was nice.

02/11/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
401002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Koontz is utterly and completely worthless as a professor. Knows his stuff, knows not how to explain it. Rambles incessantly about things that you will later find out are not tested on. Make sure you know literally everything ever written about Biochemistry or you will not be prepared for exams. Good luck.

01/09/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BCMB401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I have no doubt that Koontz knows what he is attempting to teach...he just doesn't teach it. He does in class concept clicker quizzes, and pre class quizzes that are in no way based on his "assigned" reading schedule or his notes. His in-depth essay q's on tests come from the deepest darkest regions of space! stay away at all costs!

12/27/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BCMB401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Koontz is an excellent professor, and one of the best I have had at UT. He provides you with everything you need to succeed, but it's up to you to put in the effort and do well on the exams. 401 and 402 were my favorite classes at UT both of which I took with Koontz and learned a lot. If you put in the time there's no reason you can't do well.

12/12/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BCMB401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This class is why I drink.

12/12/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BCMB401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Hey kids! Tired of teachers helping you, explaining concepts, and making learning fun? Look no further! Meet Koontz! All learning is from reading the book. Class is useless except for overly difficult clicker concept quizzes. Tests: mc with indepth essay questions. Two online quizzes/week. Will Koontz Smile© as he has his way with your GPA.

12/12/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO140 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This guy is terrible. Avoid at all costs.

12/11/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO140 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This is coming from an A student. STAY AWAY! Most of the time tests included aspects we haven’t even covered, and his teaching style was absolutely dreadful. If you are confused about something, then you might as well not even contact him because he is impossible to meet with. Do not look at these reviews and think you can handle it. It is awful!

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