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Noland Martin
Professor in the Biology department
at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
are you Noland Martin?
Overall Quality
4.1
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.2
Clarity
3.9
Easiness
3.1
Helpfulness
0
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27 Student Ratings
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08/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Dr. Martin is an excellent prof & just an all around nice guy! Exams can be tough-what worked for me was taking good notes in lecture/lab & using the book to supplement. An A is possible if you work hard. He genuinely wants you to do well in his class & is super willing to help those who don't slack off. He is pretty funny too-HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

05/10/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr.Martin is nice guy and a hard professor. He is always available after class and during office hours. I believe that he is hard teacher because he doesn't know how to write exams and so makes the questions a lot of times confusing. I see a lot times students including myself have to ask him to explain the test questions. BewareHe is a trickster!

09/03/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Tough professor but very fair. Has a good sense of humor and is approachable. Answers every question asked in class so don't hesitate to ask if you need anything. Most test questions come from the lectures but definitely do the assigned readings. If you come to class, take notes, and read the book, you'll do great.

09/03/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Martin was crystal clear about how Genetics would be structured and how incredibly serious he takes academic integrity. 70% of the time he will pass out lecture handouts and post practice tests. Neither are bibles so take good notes and do the assigned reading. He was very helpful during office hours. I'll be taking him for Evolution, also.

05/08/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
bio 2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Favorite professor from Texas State. Exams are 90% from lecture slides. Minimal book use. Has a great attitude toward teaching & funny sense of humor. Straight up guy who doesnt act like he is teaching a bunch of kids (i hate those teachers). 3 exams & comp final (can take place of lowest test grade) LAB was HARDER than class!

05/04/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He really loves the subject, but tests can be very tricky. As long as you go to class and study the notes you will probably do well.

12/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO4301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best teacher ever! His tests are not all that hard in comparison to other courses although they can be tricky at times. Rule of thumb read each question to make sure you know exactly what he is asking as he tends to throw hints that may go unnoticed the first time you read it. He gives out notes or post them when he doesnt. Great sense of humor!

04/11/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIo2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. martin is a good teacher. He doesnt mess with minute subjects of Genetics. He is sometimes "sassy" if you ask a dumb question. Makes the class more fun. Good professor to take. 90% test material comes from slides.

03/09/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Gen2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Def has reformed his teaching technique since prior years- gives out lecture notes now and they are helpful. Cool dude, very approachable.

03/02/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Gen0001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Don't pay attention to all the negative comments. IF he used to be a terrible teacher as some people are saying, then hes definitely changed his methods. Great teacher, VERY clear,not tough,VERY entertaining! Take him, you won't be sorry that you did.

10/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio2410 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor.He wants you to do well and is always willing to help.He's interesting and funny too.Go to class, take notes, study and you'll be fine. Don't leave class early, he hates that, either go or don't go. One of, if not my favorite professor I've ever had...

05/10/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
BIO2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Easy because his tests are almost word for word from his old tests. I learned absolutely nothing this whole semester. Horrible teacher and he knows it too, but doesn't bother changing his methods. Too bad he's the only one on campus or I'd advise taking someone else.

05/10/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Smart guy, terrible teacher. Does not post lectures, which are often unorganized powerpoint lectures, filled with text. Hard to follow and take notes, as he often goes through lectures really fast. Does give practice exams, and tests are multiple choise, but you really don't learn much and the class is hard.

03/22/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bio2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Take someone else for genetics. Basically it is a review of what you learned in Biology, but he makes it confusing. If you don't want to be challenged or learn anything, this is a good class for you but then you probably shouldn't be a bio major. Made an A thanks to old tests but didn't feel like I learned much.

01/07/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO2450 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

The two main points I want to make is: 1)this guy is extremely lazy and will make your life miserable by giving you crap tests that you have to decipher because he refuses to take a few minutes to proof-read. 2)He assumes everyone is an idiot and will treat you accordingly, regardless of how much you try to redeem yourself. Enjoy!

08/16/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL4301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great class. Just study and you will do fine.

05/28/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
GENTgent Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a nice guy. Somewhat disorganized. The tests are easy because he gives you access to previous tests and questions are very similar. He'll have a couple of tricky questions. He tells you in class what he plans to ask on the test and if you go to his office hours, he'll spend time answering your questions.

10/08/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bio2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I enjoyed the class but as abe said "people who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like" the tests are tricky but if you go over the old exams they make sense, also if you go visit him during office hours and go over what you did wrong on exams it will be of great help for the final.

07/15/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Noland is really great. He tries to trick you on tests, but in lecture he will tell you how he's going to! He tries really hard to keep you guessing, so just study all of the material and don't assume the tests are going to be the exact same as his old ones. I can't wait to take him for evolution!

12/18/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio2450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Although I maintained a passing grade mostly, due to an even minor dishonest infraction on my part, I failed this course. While Dr. Martin is as friendly, helpful, and available as any professor, he does not tolerate academic dishonesty. My advice? Take good notes and know the material. If you do what I did in ANY means, expect to fail.

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