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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2015)
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Comment: I came into MCB 102 absolutely terrified of this class, especially Professor Thorner's section. He gives off a super intimidating vibe in lecture and isn't very receptive to questions in lecture and sasses his students back somewhat rudely. With that said, he is much more helpful in office hours. His exam this semester was definitely tricky. There was a whole section just on T/F from the book that was worth 20/100 points, so read the book and know it inside out! Partial credit isn't really a thing either on his exams: many questions are 4-point MC questions and other write-in questions are graded pretty harshly. Thorner also doesn't give out stats from his exam--we only knew that the average was 52% and that the highest grade obtained was 85%. I ended up with a 60% on the exam. Do the old exams, find ones from the years back--the way he asks questions are very similar throughout the years even though it might be on different topics!

Submitted Jan. 12th, 2016

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Thorner, J W (MCB 90A, Fall 2015)
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Comment: The professor is very kind and enthusiastic about the topic: evolution. You just do reading for an hour every week as assignments, and write two one-page essays over the semester. He is also ready to give personal advice on your school life.

Submitted Dec. 30th, 2015

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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2015)
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Comment: probably one of the worst professors I've had. His exam was extremely hard (the mean was 50 and highest score was 85). He talks about so many different things in lecture and we still had to read the book. Try your best not to take MCB 102 with him, because I hated his section

Submitted Dec. 28th, 2015

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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2014)
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Comment: His test was extremely difficult and unfair (the hardest of the three exams in this class), and when you send him an email or ask him a question, he responds with an attitude. Also, he tested on both textbook and lecture material, unlike the other two professors, who only tested on lecture material. Would not recommend taking MCB 102 with him.

Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2014

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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2014)
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Comment: Avoid MCB102 Fall semester with Thorner at all cost. Your failure is basically his passion. Even his colleagues (the other two professors) admit he has some sort of psychological problem giving the hardest exams ever where all students fail miserably. He's not approachable, so don't even try. Asking him questions it's a waste of time since he'll send you to the GSIs, and even criticize you why are you asking him those questions. The only good thing I can say about him is that out of the three professors, he's the best lecturer. He definitely knows how to keep you engaged, and his PP slides are actually making sense in terms of sequence/material; unlike the other two professors that were jumping from one topic to another between slides (since they haven't taught their section for years or not at all). Don't take any other MCB classes with this class.

Submitted Dec. 21st, 2014

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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2013)
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Comment: I did not think I would had met a worse professor than this one I met in freshman year....until now. Thorner is seriously a thorn. More like a cactus. He's enthusiastic alright....at the thought of ruining your grade. Midterm was one of the most unfair midterm I ever had at Cal. And here's the e-mail he sent to us after the midterm score came out, "even though I am known to write challenging exams, I am disappointed that the class as a whole failed to meet my expectations" I seriously expected better from Cal, the #1 public university

Submitted June 3rd, 2014

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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2013)
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Comment: he never specified what he wanted students to know for exam so in turn students studied everything and still failed. There was one portion on the exam that was worth 20 points if you knew the chemical structure of 5 compounds. He only showed the class these compounds one time and did not place much emphasis on them.

Submitted Jan. 24th, 2014

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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2013)
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Comment: Thorner was a really great lecturer but he is a jerk as a person...his exam is outrageously difficult and he expects you to memorize every detail on every slide of his lectures. During our semester, 20% of the test was basically identifying the structures of dyes. Dyes weren't even heavily emphasized in the course so I thought it was pretty ridiculous that he expected us to see the structure and be able to identify what the compound was. The average of the exam was a 42% with a standard deviation of 15 (?) and never have I seen a more perfect bell curve distribution of grades at cal. Then to follow up, he sends us an email about how disappointed he was in all of us for doing so poorly on the exam. If the whole class fails it, who's fault is that?

Submitted Jan. 20th, 2014

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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2013)
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Comment: I have to say that Thorner's portion of the class was the most difficult. As previously stated, his exam was the most difficult as he threw a curve ball at us (a 20 point page that NO ONE was able to answer--highest score was a 79/100, w/ average 42). Basically, no EVERYTHING on his slides!! And go to your GSIs office hours

Submitted Dec. 28th, 2013

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Thorner, J W (MCB 102, Fall 2013)
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Comment: If you have to take MCB 102 with Thorner, make sure you study HARD for his section, which I thought was the most challenging of all the 3 midterms. He was an engaging lecturer but his test was very challenging with a 42% overall average. Just be aware that sometimes he will seem a little pompous to students. He's not a bad teacher but his exam was trickier compared to the other two modules.

Submitted Dec. 21st, 2013