Mark Brubaker - James Madison University

Professor: Mark Brubaker
Department: Biology
College: James Madison University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
First off, this dude is like 70 years old and has NO canvas page. I took him for a 1 credit lab and even when I cheated it was VERY difficult to do well. I'm writing this during his assigned final that is online due to corona virus and I literally cannot find the answers anywhere. DONT TAKE.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Brubaker is the nicest man. However, he is terrible professor. He does not have any lecture slides, he is very disorganized when lecturing and goes off on tangents which may or may not be on the test. He goes way too in depth for the class. Quizzes every Friday. I got B's on all of my tests with the curve but the quizzes were very hard. Good Luck.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Brubaker was such a nice and funny man but not a very great professor. He does not use the textbook and sometimes he would forget what he had just taught. He is super smart and goes over a lot of material all at once and does not really slow down. Quizzes every week but drops the lowest 5. He wants you to do well, so he curves tests.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dont take his class if you have any other prof available for BIO103. Dont buy the textbook, its useless. He is a great guy but shouldnt be a professor, he goes off on tangents constantly, forgets to teach things that will be on tests, my class was taught incorrect info on many occasions, and is unforgiving if you miss a test for valid reasons.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I can't stress enough how badly I wish I hadn't taken his lecture! He is too smart for his own good and goes extremely fast through material. There are quizzes every Friday sometimes including things he forgot to mention in class. He also goes off on tangents about things that aren't relevant which makes it hard to know what to study.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Horrible professor. total of 11 quizzes (drops 5) and 4 tests (drops 1) but still impossible to pass. He is so disorganized and forgets what he teaches. Doesn' care if you pass and I even question if he knows the material himself. Quizzes do not reflect what we learn but does give back points on the tests. Wouldn't recommend this class to anyone.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
he is such a nice old man but half of the time in lectures he has no idea where we left off from last class. The syllabus is useless because he jumps around so much . he doesnt go into enough detail in class for you to succeed on tests and quizzes.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I absolutely love Professor Brubaker, but his teaching style was awful. Sweetest man Ive ever met, but he uses no form of technology at all. Quizzes every friday, but drops the lowest 5, and drops lowest exam score as well. He always held study sessions before each exam, which helped. Offers two forms of extra credit to boost grades as well.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Brubaker is a nice guy, but you can tell that he is not all there in some ways. He comes to class either prepared or unprepared, and sometimes gets tripped up on his lectures and repeats himself over and over again. The quizzes are very difficult, but the exams you can receive a high score because he curves it a lot.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ISCI103
  • 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:
Weekly quizzes that usually have questions we never learned about. No real structure to class. Just try, go to his test review, and hope for the best. If you are lazy and don't go to class or have basic knowledge you wont do well
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Really easy to get a B, sweet man willing to help and make accommodations if you need them. Drops basically all your lowest grades and you don't need to go to class. Highly recommend this class if you're looking for an easy science gen ed.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ISCI104
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Rambles on in class about anything that comes to mind. Weekly quizzes that usually contain info we never learned but he drops a ton. Tests aren't terrible because he gives a ton of points back. Go to review before test, it helps! Pretty hard to get an A, but B or C is easy.... 1 credit class so who really cares
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The only grades are 6 top quiz scores from quizzes taken every Friday, 3 exams and 2 extra credit assignments. The quizzes and tests are based solely on the lectures which can be hard to follow and not in depth enough for the tests and quizzes. However, he offers review sessions before every test and curves every test.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GBIO103
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I went to office hours and almost every class and did all the readings, but I just could not succeed in this class. He is very nice and he drops/curves a lot of grades, but the tests are based solely on the lectures, which are extremely hard to follow. He goes on irrelevant tangents and skips over important things and it's just so hard to do well.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This was the worst class ever. He doesn't stay on topic and bases the quizzes off of only what he says in class and half of it doesn't even make sense. He is a nice guy and will help you but this was a class I got stuck in and I regret taking it.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: GSCI104
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Brubaker doesn't use any form of technology in class, and his lectures are incredibly difficult to follow. The material is challenging, but as long as you come to class every week, make friends in this course, and stay engaged, getting an A is totally achievable. He drops HALF of your lowest grades and gives a bunch of bonus points back
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
First of all, he doesn't use any technology, so theres no way of knowing your grade. He also goes off topic a lot and his lectures don't really make sense. There are quizzes every friday that are impossible and the tests are hard too. Don't recommend this class.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Brubaker is a sweet and funny guy but he always gets off topic during class and I feel like we never talk about anything. Weekly quizzes. You get a study guide before each quiz/test but they don't really help; the book is pointless too. If you are good at biology its an easy A, but if you're not.... And he doesn't use canvas or email or anything.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures differ from the material on the test. Really nice man and will curve the heck out of each test, but it really doesn't help when he doesn't teach us pertinent material. Will go out of order in the syllabus and the book is strange too. You HAVE to attend class if you want to know what's being discussed. Drops 5 quizzes also.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BIO114
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Brubaker is such a sweet guy. His lectures can be a little bit hard to follow, but he's always willing to answer questions in and outside of class. Just write down whatever he says in class and review your notes. If you go to his office hours, he's extremely helpful. He curves A LOT so it's pretty easy to pass.
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