Ratings for Doudna Cate, J H
Based on 100 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Cate was definitely a relief after having Williams for the first half of the course! Overall, Cate is a nice person and definitely seems he knows what he is talking about but his lectures are so monotone. This makes lectures really boring to attend. His exams are pretty weird. Definitely look at his past exams though, because he asks very similar questions (or even the same ones). BUT, his exams have some of the most pointless and useless questions ever. Like measuring the geometric dimensions of dna molecules (WHY?!?!). The first part of his lectures regarding kinetics are fair (even questions regarding this on exams), because he teaches straight out of the textbook. But once he begins talking about DNA - that's when things get really annoying. His final segment of lectures after the midterm are really random. His lectures look like a bunch of random trivia compiled together. He talks for ages about random professors in the college and tries to kill time during lecture by making these irrelevant connections. In all he is a fair professor. He should just not lecture on dna unless there is a text that he bases his lectures out of - otherwise his lecture notes become the guide for the exam. And his lecture notes are so hard to follow and have ambiguous references - yeah you really don't learn anything from the latter part of the course. So this also boils down to self-studying and going to GSI office hours. Sometimes even GSIs have really no idea what we should study for his exams - like that's how random Cate's lectures get.
Submitted May 19th, 2016
Comment: Jamie Cate, for lack of better words, was essentially useless. Lectures were drab and dry, with a majority of it being him naming influential people in the field of chemical biology. There was little correlation between material learned in class and exams (ESPECIALLY in his portion of the final, lots of curveballs). Lecture was a bore to go and like the other reviewer I lost any interest I had in chem bio after his portion. The only positive is that assignments weren't that bad and could be completed rather quickly.
Submitted Oct. 12th, 2015
Comment: Poor lecturer. Not fair exams. Reviewing for his exams is like looking through random facts, and it is impossible to tell what materials are important. Assignments have nothing to do with the lectures or the exams. His exams are just random. Totally lost interest in chembio after his classes.
Submitted May 21st, 2015
Comment: He's pretty good with organising his lectures, he puts interesting facts and news in them too!! He seems super interested in the class and the enthusiasm is contagious.
Submitted Aug. 14th, 2014
Comment: He's kind of monotone and boring in lecture, so it's hard to pay attention to him in a morning class. But he's a really nice guy and is very approachable and helpful one on one.
Submitted June 2nd, 2014
Comment: Cate taught the biochemistry portion of 4B. He knows what he is talking about but has a huge monotone problem. He is a nice guy but his jokes are dry and often no one laughs at them and he wonders why. Exams come 90% from his lectures. I recorded them while doing other homework during the actual lecture and listened to them to study for exams and got an A.
Submitted May 17th, 2014