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Valerie Foster
Professor in the Biology department
at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
are you Valerie Foster?
Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
2.2
Helpfulness
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06/09/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio 10b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She never really gave lecture. A lot of group projects. Exams were all essay questions which required critical thinking. The HARDEST class ever.

05/13/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio10b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Teacher is not helpful at all, gives quizzes before you even review the material, lots of dumb group projects and assignments that are pointless and serve to waste time so the teacher does not have to lecture or work to help the class understand the material at all. She doesnt elaborate on what she expects, then your grade suffers because of it.

02/06/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 10A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She is a hard a professor because her tests and the whole class is critical thinking based. She requires you to really understand everything and not just memorise. Which is a good thing for your future but not so good for your grades.. That said, I think she's the best bio professor at PCC and the most knowledgeable and creative.

02/01/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Biol 10b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Terrible teacher do not take her class

01/20/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio 10A Chem 1A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is not very helpful, and if you dont understand something right away, she'll make you feel dumb. She can be very rude as well. She is not the worst professor, but if you have any other options, I'd go with that. All her tests are short answer, and she grades very harshly and barely gives any partial credit. DO NOT TAKE HER.

12/12/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 1a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

WARNING: Do not take this class, you will regret it!!! Like most of the student in this class, we came in loving biology but came out really hating or disliking it. I didn't want to believe what other people below me said, but I really do agree with them and that she's a really bad teacher. Avoid at all cost!!!

10/20/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio 1a 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

if you take her, you will be making a mistake

12/13/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO1804 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Foster is a hard Biology professor at PCC. If you are serious and very good in bio, you can take her. Not recommended for students who do not like Bio. Her class is the most hardest one I have taken at PCC. If you are not able to endure her harshness, you will fail. Her class will overwhelm you. But, you will feel prepared if you passed.

12/08/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio1212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Horrible professor!!!!!! She sets all of her students up for failure.. No joke. Incredibly hard passing. I have learned nothing. When I mean nothing , I mean nothing related to bio. Not sure why she is even rated above a 1.0.... she advises all of the students not to drop... I have no idea why... I guess she enjoys passing out F's...

07/05/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Poor teacher.

06/25/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio1B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Class was HARD. That said, she's one hell of a caring instructor. You will become a better student with her help. Recommended for the hardworker

06/17/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is very knowledgeable but she thinks everybody is going to biology major. Her class is very difficult. Most of the people in my class got a C. Her tests are very hard. If you are taking bio 11 only because you have to take a science class, please don't take her, you'll regret for the rest of your life.

05/10/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio1A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Prof.Foster is a really nice person, but her class is intense and will definitely stress you out! I had people in my class crying and dropping receiving W's. It's definitely not an easy A, B, or C class. If you want to go to med school, don't bother because it's rare to receive an A.

03/29/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio1AB Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Foster is the ish. If you plan to be someone who puts the work in, you will get the material crystal clear. She really loves what she does.

12/09/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BioIAU280 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you do the work then you'll do fine. This class does take quite a bit of mental effort, but she's very friendly and really understands her topic. It's very hands on, so if you want to know if this is the major you want to be in, then definitely take the class.

12/05/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio1A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ok, so here's the thing, this woman has a bad rap for being too hard or mean but it's just NOT true! She's by far one of the best! Her class IS unorthodox I'll say that much and it does take some getting used to. But if you put your mind to it you'll pass with flying colors! She's a wonderful professor and puts a lot of time into her class!

11/29/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
biol1235 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

the class is hard, there is a lot of work involved. don't try to take this class with too many other high level classes, especially if you have a job. it's difficult, but it's possible to succeed. the field work is fun if you don't mind going out of the class environment. also, as an important side note, she is extremely hot. painfully beautiful.

09/11/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio1A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

avoid this class as much as possible.

08/24/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Not helpful at all esp if she doesnt like your class, YES she has favorites and she makes it known. Dont take her unless you have to because you will be hating your life for 16 weeks.

07/15/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bio1A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

What's more harder than a rock? Her class! If you want an A in her class, then just register for her class only! She's going to make you take extremely lots of time working on projects.

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