John Koontz at University of Tennessee - Knoxville

John Koontz

  • 2.3Overall Quality
  • 2.3Helpfulness
  • 2.2Clarity
  • 1.5Easiness

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Class
Rating
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12/20/13

BCMB402

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

2/11/13

401002

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

1/9/13

BCMB401

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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!

12/27/12

BCMB401

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

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12/12/12

BCMB401

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

This class is why I drink.

12/12/12

BCMB401

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/12/12

BIO140

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy is terrible. Avoid at all costs.

12/11/12

BIO140

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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!

12/6/12

BCMB401

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

The tests are unfair based on what we cover in lecture, & hard to finish during a class period-multiple choice plus 8 short answer questions (which are basically essays). If you can find a copy of his old exams, that will help to a certain extent. Makes you join a group for homework assignments because he said he's too lazy to grade one per student

11/9/12

BIOL012

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy seriously is AWEFUL!!!! Worst teacher I've had in my entire life. No help at all, terrible lecturer, worthless assignments, absolutely furious I took him. Even if it means not graduating on time, don't take him. Trust me or your life will be hell for 4 months.

11/8/12

BCMB401

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I really enjoyed his class til I had to take a makeup cuz I was sick. he not only told me to take it the day after, when i showed up sick, he said "already feeling better in a day?" in an obviously sarcastic tone. He's an okay lecturer, but the fact that he was rude to me for no reason made me extremely uncomfortable to ever go to him for help.

11/6/12

BIO140

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Horrible instructor. Does not contribute to you learning the curriculum and often just tries to show off how much more intelligent he is than you. Takes slight amounts of actual class material and tries to turn it into a biochem class. Stay away if possible.

5/8/12

BCMB402

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Second Semester Biochemistry. Mandatory attendance because of quizzes - with pre-class quizzes on top of that - is a real pain. But the class was pretty easy. Just read the text very thoroughly and you'll ace the exams.

12/22/11

BIOL140

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. Koontz is BCMB professor so he makes a lot of the course a lot more difficult than it needs to be. Hes not very helpful, often answers a question with another question, and doesnt respond to emails at all. His exams are difficult if you dont study regularly. The amount of time to put in to this class is definitely not that of a 100 level course

10/27/11

BIO140

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

RUN AWAY! I took his class because his was the only one that fit my schedule, even though 3 or 4 people warned me not to. He directly contradicts himself in class, tells students that the book and masteringbio are both wrong, and absolutely refuses to help anyone with a full time job. I would have rather graduated as a 6th year than take him.

10/8/11

Biol09

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Koontz is a teacher you should take if you want to be challenged and actually learn the material. Make sure you read the textbook and pay attention to the slides he includes in class which are not from the text book. The section I was in could opt to take the class online, which was awesome. READ the questions on the test.

8/1/11

BCMB402

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. Koontz is an interesting professor. He often goes off tangent. Class is not mandatory, but there are daily clicker quizzes that count towards your grade.Read! If you understand the textbook back and forth, tests will be much easier to study for and you will do much better on your clicker quizzes. Don't fall asleep in class,he will call you out.

5/23/11

bcmb402

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I've had Koontz for 402 and bio 140. both times, he was hard but fair. its a hard major/class so you need to keep up and read. tests are multiple choice + short answers. get to know him and answer questions in class. the negative comments below come from kids who probably didn't bother to read or study much. oops

3/13/11

BCMB402

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He was a great teacher for this upper level class. I am now in medical school and can say that he prepared me more than enough. He basically made my first year of medical 10 times easier because i already had learned what i needed to know. JUST GO TO CLASS and you be fine. Although his tests were all written and no multiple choice.

12/27/10

BIOL140

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Avoid this teacher if you can. He is used to teaching higher level Biology courses, and he has a very hard time presenting information on a freshman course level. He basically expects you to already know all the information in the book before you enter the class. Averages on everything were always about "C." Take another teacher.

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