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Afsane Arvand
Professor in the Biology department
at Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.0
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05/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio002 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A-

This lady is crazy into her students. She is overall an amazing teacher that takes everything seriously. Anyone can pass this class as long as they put the time into it and go to class EVERYDAY. you cannot miss her lectures because she always emphasizes the major things that will be on her exam. Her final is super easy.

01/26/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio1B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class is great if you read VERY well before class. She makes everything outrageously clear through her lecture. She uses great examples that make the class fantastically easy and even fun and enlightening. She can make you feel stupid when you ask questions but she's really well-intentioned. Lots of work in the class to enforce your knowledge!

12/26/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Arvand is a great professor. She made concepts that were unclear in the book very clear in lecture. Her class teaches amazing study skills that I will use for the rest of my college career. As long as you read your textbook and pay attention in lecture, it is possible to get an A and come out with a great understanding of the material.

12/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Dr. Arvand is an amazing professor! She was one of my favorite professors this year. It's not impossible to get an A, there are a lot of opportunities to raise your grade (via quizzes, hw, and exams) unlike other professors that grade you based on only 3 exams. Make sure to STAY AHEAD OF THE READINGS and go to her office hours, she's very helpful!

12/05/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She does make you feel dumb when you ask her a question lol. Im doing well, but honestly Im learning by myself. I just use her power points to know which topics to study for. You can memorize the book, but UNDERSTANDING the concepts matters for her tests. Its possible to get an A but its not easy, so study very hard. Good luck.

11/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Everyone saying she requires you to memorize the entire textbook is exaggerating or not looking at the material properly. Her tests are VERY fair and require decent study effort. Microbiology is a CONCEPTUAL subject and not about pure regurgitation. Her tests look for understanding concepts. Figure out whats important and make sure you know it.

11/01/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This is a professor who makes an already difficult subject even harder. I wouldn't recommend her. You will be stressed out the whole semester. If you want a good grade you better memorize the entire book, yes THE ENTIRE BOOK. Otherwise there is no chance. take my advice take it with any other professor so you don't regret taking her.

10/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO 003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is an okay teacher, she says to use her office hours for help but when you try to ask her anything she just makes you feel stupid. Alot of applying though and alot of hours have to be put in her class. Difficult class forsure!

08/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio195 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This class is intense.Ready to do: several assignments and write EVERY deadline in your planner. The senior thesis is a large % of your grade, so make sure to know your thesis. If you struggle with this, get help from your PI asap! (Peterson, Nogaj, or Chotiner) and later verify with the Prof. Though she is very intimidating, she is very helpful.

07/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO-03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very good teacher who wanted you to grasp everything that was discussed in class. For quizzes make sure you read EVERYTHING! She is very detailed and will make you work. Read the entire book and take DETAILED notes in class. Then you will be fine.

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