John Madsen - University of Delaware

Professor: John Madsen
Department: Science
College: University of Delaware
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HONR292
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. Madsen is the type of professor that demands respect, not because he asks for it, but because he deserves it. My colloquium on nonrenewable & renewable energies was excellent. Do expect to write a few papers, but you have lots of room to write about what you enjoy. I'd take him again in a heartbeat. His canvas can be a little unorganized tho.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very cool guy. Lectures aren't necessary but helpful if you go. He posts all his slides on canvas. Super helpful outside of class
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: GEO107
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
A great guy! He is so kind and allows you to do test corrections on one exam grade that you would like to raise. The material is understandable and he does not try to try trick you in any way on the exams. As long as you do the study guides he posts, you will be prepared . Exams themselves are very fair and he wants everyone to do well! :)
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GEO107
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
One of the nicest Professors I have ever had. Dr. Madsen is very knowledgable about his subject and cares about his students. If you put in the effort and ask for help he will ensure you pass. He allows test corrections for half points back on one exam. Lectures are boring but worth going to because he mentions things that will be on the exam.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you're taking this for a breadth, it's a little harder than it looks. In-class exams are almost direct reflections of the study guide, so they're somewhat easy, but lab tests are hard! And the only grades are tests, so if you're not a good test taker, this isn't the class for you.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HONR292
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Highly-recommended colloquium! Dr. Madsen is a bright guy who is incredibly passionate about and involved in the energy field. He discussed many facets of the energy sector and presented a balanced perspective. The class was very clearly structured. As long as you put in the required work and effort, you'll get a good grade in this class.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HONR292
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
One of the easiest classes I've taken at UD. 3 essays, 3 group projects, clear criteria. If you just do everything you'll get an A no problem. His lectures are interesting and I liked learning the material. If you have to take an honors colloquium, take Dr. Madsen, you won't regret it.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GEO107
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Madsen is the best. Cares about his students. An A in his class is an 87! Gives extra credit opportunities if you show you care about his class and want to do well. Not a hard course at all, just make sure to know his slides inside and out. Never went to class, didn't buy the textbook, and still did well in his class. Would take Madsen again!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is an amazing lecturer. He is remarkably organized and uploads the slides prior to the lecture, so during class you can really absorb what he is saying instead of trying to write everything down. His grading scale is fair and his exams are well made. He provides a study guide so you know which topics you may be tested on. Best prof ever!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GEO107
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Even if you struggle in madness class if you take time to meet with him he will find ways to boost your grade! not the easy A I thought it would be but not extremely challenging either
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
So here's the deal: Madsen is dope but this class is not if you're taking it as a lab requirement. An immense amount of material. Take 105 instead!! But madsen rocks and is helpful and caring!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL663
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His tests are based on your memory. You need to memorize everything is required. Average teacher.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HONR292
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Madsen was fantastic. If you're in the honors program, take him for Colloquium. His lectures are interesting, he is an easy grader, and he cares about his students. I hear that he is great for Geology as well. Definitely go with Madsen if you can. Easiest A I've earned in college so far.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I took this as an easy lab requirement but it ended up being way harder than I was expecting. Exams and lab are all memorization of useless information. Madsen wasn't bad though. Take GEOL105 instead
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Madsen was an awesome professor. Super knowledgeable about geology, and his lectures are pretty fun too. He's very accessible and does care about his students doing well, even in such a large lecture.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Madsen is an amazing man. He is always willing to help and wants his students to succeed. He is available outside of class whenever you need. If you study the study guide and take the practice exam, you will get an A in this class. The lecture notes are on UD Capture and he posts the slides online.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I'll admit that there were days when I didn't go to class. But when I did, I enjoyed Madsen's lectures. He makes jokes here and there and simplifies things so every major understands the information. Labs aren't too tricky--study a bit more than I did and I'm sure you'll get at least a B+! Study guides and practice exams help A LOT.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL107
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Madsen is the best! He wants all of his students to succeed. Go to office hours!!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: GEO107
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Such a nice professor, helps you out if you are struggling, and also gives you the opportunity to get points back on your exams if you feel you didn't too well. I feel like he gives answers to the exams too. No need to get the textbook, just attend class, fill out the study guide, do the practice exam, and you should be fine! Def Recommend!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: GEO107
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Madsen is the man! He is so understanding and flexible. He allows extra help on exams if you reach out to him and he truly cares about student success.
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