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Joseph Margoitta
Professor in the Biology department
at Lone Star College (all), Houston, TX
are you Joseph Margoitta?
Overall Quality
4.4
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.5
Clarity
4.3
Easiness
3.3
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47 Student Ratings
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11/17/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Microbiology Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"There for you" "Participation matters" "Would take again"

Mr. Margoitta is highly organized, funny, strict and very knowledgeable. He makes class sooo interesting and clear for everybody. If you really want to learn this is your guy! If you're lazy forget it! You do need to earn your grade and he is a great, awesome teacher! He is always there to help you understand the material! I would take Micro again!

11/17/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 2420 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Get ready to read" "Participation matters"

He means well but his lectures are soooooo redundant. The class was as difficult as any biology class, it is a lot of work, you can definitely earn a good grade but notice I said EARN you have to work for it. I am not giving a bad review but just letting you know it is a hard class with a lot of work and you do have to study!!!!!

11/02/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio II Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

Margoitta is one of those guys who sincerely cares about his students. He is an excellent professor and will try to help you if you need help. Bio is not necessarily easy, but Margoitta presents information in a way that makes is accessible. Not to mention his funny stories.

08/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL 2420 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Mr. M uses metaphors & witty humor to help you understand the material. There's never a dull moment & you'll leave the class confident with what you've learned!! He provides notes/ppts. that he lectures off of, which is extremely helpful, but you'll need the book w connect too. This class is no joke, but I'd recommend him for ANY SCIENCE COURSE!!!

05/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIOL 2420 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

I took this class over this Spring. It's 5 exams, quizzes over Connect, and 2 lab exams. no turning in labs or essays. but the way he sums up, its very easy. if only i worked a lil hard, i would have had an A. he's a really good prof i would recommend taking micro with. no regrets. take it!

12/10/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Biol 2420 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He makes it very hard for students to pass, too many quizzes, 6 tests, basically the class is too much work. I wouldn't take him again.

12/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 2420 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+

Wonderful professor! He is very easy to understand and really wants his students to succeed. This course work isn't easy. I mean it was Microbiology. However, he made the class a delight with his quirky humor and helpfulness. I would definitely recommend this class and professor to another student. Also, the book is a must!

07/09/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 1406-1407 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

GREAT Bio 1406 teacher, but I can't say the same for his 1407 course. Both were time-consuming but the 2nd was VERY time-consuming and full of memorization. His 1406 course was much, much easier to understand with less to memorize.

06/14/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL1407 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Do not take Mr. M for Bio 1407. The class is extremely time consuming and difficult if you do not know EVERYTHING. He does not explain the material well.He reads off of notes given to him by the publisher. Read the textbook thoroughly! There were 30+ quizzes, 4 lab exams which consisted of 3 components, and 6 tests including an accumulative final.

05/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio1407 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Course load for 1407 overwhelming. Margoitta does his best to cover all material. However, there is A LOT of it. Prepare to spend a lot of time memorizing phyla, classes and characteristics for lab exams. Chapters from the book for lecture exam. Chapter 18-46 will be covered. Dissection of clam, pig, frog and rat in lab. VERY DIFFERENT FROM 1406!!!

05/15/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I LOVED Mr. Margoitta! I will be taking another course from him this summer and cannot wait. I would imagine that the people who have reviewed him negatively, didn't interact with him much at all. You get what you give from this professor, and you walk away with what you need. Fantastic man and excellent teacher!

05/15/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO 1407 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This class isn't hard you just very very very very time consuming. Study like crazy, read the book and attend ALL lectures if you want to pass. He is a very nice guy but not so great at explaining things.

05/08/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL 1407 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

BE AWARE! The 1407 course has much more lecture and lab material compared to the 1406 course! Mr. Margoitta tries his best to go over the materials efficiently but the course itself requires so much memorization compared to the 1406 component. There are still lab quizzes and lecture exams & quizzes but now there are also some lab practicals/exams.

04/30/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
1407 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

There is just too much in this class. Three tests within the last three lectures before finals. How do we possibly study for all of those and then have a 100 question final. That is just too much and then studying for all of our other finals. Not to mention, after printing out all of the outlines required for lecture for class, my printer broke.

04/17/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
1407 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

such a sad semester in biology.I have always loved biology, but this teacher makes me never want to hear the word again.There is just too much.I only learn by reading the book myself, not listening to this prof. speed read a chapter outline he gets from the publisher.He doesn't seem to care we have other classes and have to study in those also.

12/16/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Margoitta is awesome! He does his best at explaining the Biology, but you have to read the book! There were 6 tests including the final and around 36 quizzes (in class and online). The companion site is great for study, but this class is not that easy. You have to study in order to make an A in this class! Overall I would recommend him for Bio

12/15/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

HE'S ONLY EASY IF YOU STUDY. Don't assume that this class is an "easy class." There are 5 tests, 2 super-easy research papers, and the final. There are quizzes after every lab but he review over most of it right before the quiz. He gives helpful resources to use to study (notes, book's companion site and online-review). I made an A+ in this class.

12/14/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Mr. Margoitta is a very good professor. He explains the material well enough and understands that having a good science foundation for the other science classes to come is very important. I do wish that he would post grades faster, or at least that he wouldn't say that he is going to post them by a certain time then not do it; it gets frustrating.

11/28/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's pretty chill teacher. there's alot test about six including final. He hands out notes that are fill in the blank, which are pretty helpful concerning the test. and he offers a good amount of extra credit towards the end of the semester.

11/26/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL1406 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tough class but lots of great info and he was a serious about having you understand what he was talking about. Passionate about science and good at what he does.

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