Ratings for Carlson, T J

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Carlson, T J (IB 169, Spring 2014)
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69
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Comment: okay yes his class are pretty easy relative to other science upper divs, but he sure does not know how to teach. Who the heck just reads off slides. Tuition is going up yet the quality of teaching is declining. Although it's great that you're getting A, but I feel like the A doesn't reflect that I've actually learned/mastered the material being presented. Interesting class, but Carlson needs to realize the importance of teaching. He's also not that great during office hours.

Submitted Sept. 26th, 2015

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Carlson, T J (IB 117, Fall 2014)
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50
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98
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25
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3

Comment: Although carlson's exams are easy, I just dislike his way of teaching. He teaches for the grade, and he doesn't ahve any passion for science. He has a different agenda to be teaching all of these courses, which are supposedly easy As. But really, there is no passion in the way he teaches. He reads off slides. That's all he's doing

Submitted Sept. 26th, 2015

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Carlson, T J (IB 140, Spring 2015)
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50
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Comment: There weren't assignments in this class besides for a 5 minute presentation about anything you wanted to do research on. You don't have to attend lectures and his lectures were pretty useless for me. This class is purely memorization and I spent so much time studying, but unfortunately my grade didn't show it. I went through the lecture slides ~3x making sure I memorized it, but I do not know why I always did so poorly on the exams when i got 100% on the practice exams. I thought this class would be if you purely memorized you would get an A, but you do have to think about some questions critically. And he will ask you random questions with numbers and statistics so make sure you know everything. I wish I took another class because I didn't even need this class at all, I was just looking for a random elective and heard this one was okay if you studied. I wish I didn't take it actually ended up lowering my GPA

Submitted June 15th, 2015

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Carlson, T J (IB 131, Fall 2014)
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74
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50
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69

Comment: I only went to lecture at max 5 times, so I can't say much about the professor's enthusiasm. There were no assignments. Overall the class was easy as long as you keep up with the readings. I tried cramming for the first midterm the week of the midterm, did really badly. For the second midterm and final, I kept up with material and was able to get A- in the course. Lots of reading(from a reader) and LOTS of memorization.

Submitted Jan. 3rd, 2015

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Carlson, T J (IB 117, Fall 2014)
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81
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86
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78

Comment: Lectures can be boring when he spends most of the time reading off the slides. He can be very interesting when talking about anecdotes from the various works he's done all over the world. Overall, the material is pretty interesting if you're into learning about different plants and how it can be used to treat certain diseases. If you memorize the charts in the reader, you will be all set for the two exams.

Submitted Dec. 27th, 2014

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Carlson, T J (IB 140, Spring 2014)
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100
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100
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50
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Comment: In addition to being a professor, Carlson is a physician. He told a lot of great stories in this class, and has some strong opinions. When he is not telling stories, however, he reads off his powerpoint slides word for word. Thus, his class alternates between painfully boring and incredibly interesting. Discussion section was nothing but student led presentations, which were leniently graded. Also, this is basically a sex ed class. Take for an easy A (if you're good at memorization) or if you're interested in this stuff. Definitely worth while.

Submitted July 27th, 2014

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Carlson, T J (IB 117L, Summer 2010)
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63
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33
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50

Comment: I actually took this class during the Summer of 2014. I had Gracie as a GSI. She wasn't super helpful, but then again there wasn't much to help in this class. It's is pure memorization. So if you do well with that, take it. If not, just avoid it. In terms of the class, the material is pretty interesting. However, it is extremely fast-paced. I don't understand why, but this class was shortened down to 4 weeks. Which left the students to memorize 60 plants a week. By the end of the class we had memorized over 200 plants. At the beginning of the class they tell you that this class will change the way you look at the world. They weren't joking. I'm never going to look at plants the same way. You have to memorize species name, common name, geographical location, and at least 2 medicinal uses. Our labs were 8 hours long. We had a few hours in lab to draw the plants, followed by a lunch break, and then we'd meet at the botanical gardens. I wouldn't recommend taking this class during the Fall or Spring since it's so time consuming.

Submitted July 14th, 2014

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Carlson, T J (IB 117, Fall 2013)
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Comment: I actually took this class in the Summer of 2014. It's easy A, and lectures are really interesting. It's kind of fast paced since there is so much material in the reader, but most of it is easy to grasp. No homework, just two exams (one midterm, one non-cumulative final). He's super helpful during office hours. Lectures might be a little boring if you're not interested in the material, but personally I really enjoyed this class. And if the material doesn't fancy you, Carlson's stories are always entertaining. Highly recommend it.

Submitted July 14th, 2014

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Carlson, T J (IB 131L, Fall 2013)
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Comment: GSI: Sherrie Gallipeau Take section with her or Jessie Atterholt. Sherrie is so freaking hilarious, and Jessie is a sweetheart. Only buy the human anatomy lab guide - the required Marieb lab manual was really expensive and a waste of money. There are a ton of anatomy books in the lab room if you want extra stuff to read. Midterms and Final: 100 points each and 10 quizzes x 10 points, so 400 points total. I took 131 in the Summer, and 131L the Fall right after, and I'm so glad I took them separately. I was able to really appreciate how cool the cadavers and wet specs are, without freaking about the amount of memorization there is. I remembered a lot from summer, so I mostly only had to review for lab. Quiz for the previous week is given at the beginning of lab (10 minutes long). It's mostly fill in the blank/short answer/label this diagram, with 4 pictures on the overhead projector of histology. There will be a few very conceptual questions on that day's lab, so you have to read ahead. Lab is broken up into four main sections: Wet specs (so containers with individual organs), cadavers, histology (microscope slides), and plastic models. Section is broken into four groups, and you rotate every 30 minutes. The GSI is usually at the histology section because that's difficult to understand, and there are 3 UGSI's at the other 3 stations. There's generally plenty of time to stay after the 4 rotations and study by yourself. I didn't study too much outside of class, but I only had to review what I learned over summer. Each midterm/final is a practical, where there are stations and you have 1.5 mins at each station for the first round, and then 1 minute for the second time at each station. There are some rest stations inbetween question stations, including rest ones before/after the cadaver questions so you can put on gloves and take them off. Please go to open hours before the exam. There's also a 2 hour histology review, which was generally really helpful.

Submitted June 10th, 2014

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Carlson, T J (IB 169, Spring 2014)
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Helpfulness
54
Enthusiasm
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Comment: I recommend against taking this class. 30% for 2 midterms and final, 10% discussion section (broken down into 3 quizzes, a presentation, and participation) Carlson is known for teaching from powerpoint slides, but the information is usually more interesting than in this class. There is so much information for you to memorize, which is fine if you're ok with studying almost every day for the class. You're graded for spelling on the quizzes, but the quizzes were generally more conceptual and less nit-picky than the exams. The presentation was 5-7 minutes long, on any topic related to evolutionary medicine. Most people went over the 7 minutes, sometimes taking 15 minutes, so please practice and time yourself. Aim for 5 minutes, because the GSI will ask you a question, and students may as well. I'd include pictures/diagrams so students don't get bored. Section always seemed like a waste of time, but maybe it was my GSI. The review sessions were in the format of making your own questions from the lecture slides and asking others, but there was never enough time to get a good review. We also had to read several articles that were sorta related to lecture material, but we were never tested on them. As for midterms, they consisted of mostly multiple choice and an essay at the end. Multiple choice was generally straightforward, but you have to memorize every little species name and any number/percentage on each slide. It's ridiculous, and Carlson really knows how to take the fun out of learning. The essays were generally more conceptual. There were 4-5 questions for each essay (so 1-2 points for each question), and they were generally about the case studies or really important parts of the lecture (like, the evolution of lactose intolerance, and examples of bottlenecks/genetic drift). I would take another evolution class, especially if it's your last semester. If you love memorizing, then this is the class for you.

Submitted June 10th, 2014