Ratings for Shabel, A B
Based on 120 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: (This is a review for Summer '15 Bio 1B, which was taught completely by Shabel.) Taking Bio 1B over summer with Shabel was a fantastic decision. Shabel's relatively light (but quick!) version of Bio 1B felt relaxed for most of the course. Just as in the year, the course has three sections: Biodiversity (read: Plants), Evolution, and Ecology. Biodiversity was the most difficult, containing the most information to memorize. However, if you are used to studying for many hours as per usual for classes like Chem 3AB, Bio 1A, Shabel's exams will feel refreshingly easy. I studied for a few hours before each from my lecture notes and his slides, got mid-high 90's on all of them. Exam averages tend to be in the low 80's, and the class is uncurved (though I did hear a rumor that Shabel added a 1-2% curve at the end). The labs are, well, annoying and most do take all four hours (though after the first section of the course, it's very doable to finish in three if your group is diligent). There are no pre-labs, but there are quizzes that test you over material from the lab to be done and the previous lab. Study the readings and you will be fine. Don't panic if you lose a lot of points on plant labs and/or the lab practical, getting an A over summer even after not doing well in the first section is very doable. Shabel is definitely a slow and dry lecture, but his humor and passion help liven the material up. Overall, Shabel offered a relaxed version of Bio 1B, and I am glad I took it with him this summer instead of during the year.
Submitted Aug. 18th, 2015
Comment: Agree that he sounded like he was talking normal at 2x speed. I don't think I could have survived listening to him lecture in person. Labs were pretty boring for this section, but that's not his fault. Exams were okay, but there's some memorization of people and timelines that was a little difficult.
Submitted May 24th, 2015
Comment: Could have used some caffeine. However it was nice because everyone agreed that they could watch his lectures in times 2 speed because it seemed like he was talking normal. I watched his lecture videos so often I could repeat his lecture verbatim. His exams were some what straight forward. He seemed to show little emotion towards his students in office hours, and would cancel last minute. His labs were confusing. The other two sections were more helpful.
Submitted May 23rd, 2015
Comment: Shabel is a good guy, and he keeps the course interesting. His section was ecology, and he knew his stuff and I think he was able to convey the material in an engaging way that was easy to grasp. His tests were pretty damn easy if you studied a decent amount for them
Submitted Oct. 21st, 2014
Comment: An ok lecturer, he can speak softly at times, and meanders into unnecessary information every lecture. His slides are what are most important in regards to test studying. He's challenging but fair.
Submitted Dec. 7th, 2013
Comment: Shabel make speak slow but he speaks clearly and provides alot of examples, making it easier to understand him. He is very helpful and available during office hours. On his exams it is good to connect concepts and meaning with examples because his exams contains a large about of connection between examples and meanings.
Submitted Oct. 14th, 2013
Comment: Very softspoken! Sit in the front if you want to hear him. His slides includes a ton of pictures, so definitely go to lecture to understand what these pictures mean. Don't get too hung up over the first few introductory lectures either; and ask him specifically what he's planning on testing over. Overall, I loved Shabel as a professor. I went to Yosemite after taking his section and knew all of the information the pamphlets/museums discussed regarding the mammals; which made me feel awesome and thank Shabel as a god.
Submitted Sept. 29th, 2013