Ratings for Deacon, T W
Based on 95 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: The professor was very enthusiastic about the course, and he makes it interesting. That being said, he teaches so much that it's so hard to guess what will be tested. Exams were incredibly hard because full of detailed questions (MCs, short answers, etc.). Strongly recommend getting the optional books to help and going to ALL the lectures. Requires a lot of memorization... A LOT. I thought I was good in memorization but this class taught me a whole new level.
Submitted Jan. 1st, 2016
Comment: The material was understandable but difficult to pinpoint what was important. There was a lot of material on slides, a lot of which was not really necessary. Section was interesting and covered the important concepts.
Submitted March 4th, 2015
Comment: Deacon makes being in class fun. He shows interesting video and it was helpful that he would provide the slides and the podcast for the class. It is very helpful to do the quizzes and stay during discussion to ask more in depth questions and gain helpful examples. The exams were straight forward yet his short answers some of the GSIs wanted the answers to be specific and contain more terminology.
Submitted Oct. 14th, 2013
Comment: This professor literally talks in a monotone... it haunts me to this day. The class is entirely the memorizing of animal bones and nitty gritty little habits (i.e. is this monkey considered a arboreal locomoter or a terrestrial locomoter? Does it eat gum or fruits? Does it have a lumbar vertebrae or not?). Super dumb and pointless. If you don't care about australopithecines don't take this class. You will seriously regret it.
Submitted Oct. 8th, 2013
Comment: Professor: He's apparently pretty prominent in his field, so I bet he'd be cool to talk to in office hours. He was really enthusiastic about his subject and made really cute monkey sounds. Lecture: I skipped more than half and still got an A in the class. Deacon posts all lecture slides AND podcasts online, but honestly, you only have to look at the slides. The only thing you're missing if you skip lecture is the videos within them... they're quite funny sometimes, but not worth sitting through 90 minutes of pretty much straight facts. Quizzes: Weekly quizzes, but Deacon posts a list of around 10 questions a week ahead of time. GSI's pick 1 or 2 out of that list for the quizzes. I was really frustrated at the beginning of the semester about how a lot of the quiz questions didn't seem to be in either of the textbooks... But then I realized that you ABSOLUTELY DO NOT have to ever open the textbooks. You only have to look at the slides to succeed in this class. If you look carefully enough, you can find almost all the quiz answers in the slides. Lab: Stayed for the first 2, then realized everything the labs covered were covered in the lecture slides. FOCUS ON THE LECTURE SLIDES, PEOPLE. Deacon and the GSI's say that you should do the labs in section because they'll help you in the midterm and final, but there's very little to no material exclusive to labs that you can't find in the lecture slides. Exams: Format for both midterm and final was split between true/false, multiple choice, and short answer (as in, very short answer... 2 sentences at most). Exams cover lecture slide material only, nothing from textbooks. You really have to be willing to memorize a lot though... especially all the specific things about primates. Material isn't difficult, it's just that there's a lot to memorize.
Submitted Aug. 24th, 2013
Comment: Overall, Anthro 1 is just a memorize, memorize, memorize class. Did I forget to mention that all of the memorization is about why this monkey has this kind of tooth and why this monkey has that kind of tooth? Yep, monkeys monkeys monkeys. If you're good at memorizing a ton of material and then spitting it out on the tests, then this class is for you. And even if you're good at it, be prepared to be studying every week for the weekly quizzes. While Deacon does give you a list of around 8-13 quiz questions a week (you will be quizzed on 1-3 of them I found), most of them can't even be answered based on the lectures/books. A lot of it is googling, hoping to find someone elses quizlet flash cards online, and then hoping that they had the right answer. My GSI was not very helpful, and if I asked her a question, she'd say why didn't I get that from lecture? Because it wasn't in the lecture... Deacon does podcast all of his lectures, and post slides of them the week after they are given. The quizzes are a huge portion of your grade, and if you don't have a helpful GSI to answer your questions ahead of time, your discussion/quiz grade will not be very good.
Submitted July 21st, 2013
Comment: Oh man... something about this class. I just could not get myself to go... I still ended up doing relatively okay, considering I lived for a semester as if I never signed up for this class. All I did was go to take the weekly quizzes and midterm/final. Maybe if I didn't listen to all of the podcasts in two days time, at 2x speed, I would've done better... maybe. But still... I could not get myself to go to that class... jeez.
Submitted May 28th, 2013