Patrick Abbott - San Diego State University

Professor: Patrick Abbott
Department: Science
College: San Diego State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ES115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took his Natural Disasters course at Palomar. Wasn't my favorite class (not so into the course material), but he made it tolerable, and I learned some interesting things. He is passionate about teaching and about the subject which makes it nice. Go to lectures, do his questions for review in the book and I can't see getting less than an A.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Best teacher at State! He is so clear and precise. As long as you take notes in lecture and review the diagrams, you will get an A. His lectures are very interesting, considering most of the students are not Geology majors.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Probally one of the most interesting professors I have ever had. Lectures are interesting and Abbott is extremely clear in explaining different facts and ideas. He has a real passion for teaching and it shows. Wears crazy suits everyday to class. Not an easy A. Go to his class's , Read book and most importantly Do all of the questions for Review.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Read book, answer ?s 4 review, dont worry if u miss a class, totally easy paper, tests are ok (not too hard, but definitely not too easy). He explains himself very well and has good knowledge of Natural Disasters. Recommend to take this guy b/c he's cool & understanding.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Beware, you think you understand what the class material is, then BAM! the test comes & you realize that you had no clue. I asked alot of my classmates and they felt the same way. BTW, he was the professor on "The Real Gilligans Island" and he also wrote the textbook. I think that is why the tests were hard. He wrote the book, so he knew the stuff.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really cool teacher. Read the book and the questions at the end of the chapter. Class is really interesting and entertaining. 1 paper and 3 test, not to hard. Always on TV and was on the show the real gilgans island.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: GEOG303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really good teacher, study the questions for further thought at the end of each chapter, which he will assign to you, and you will do fine! Dont have to go to class, but he makes it so interesting you dont want to miss it! Grades on a curve and term paper is very straight forwards, almost high schoolish. Great teacher!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Fun easy class. You don't need to go to class, just read the book paying special attention to the "questios for review" at the end (he tells you which to study). Some of the material on tests is from the book NOT lectures-so make sure you read and you'll get an A.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Entertaining, even for a 9am class. Didn't do to well on tests, read the book and study notes you will do o.k.- if you understand the concepts you will do great. Always on the news, and always has crazy shoes/suit/ties.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Super easy! I failed the first two midterms and still got a C!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: GEO303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
abbott is very knowledgable on the subject, and explains things very clearly. He likes to talk a lot, so if u cant stand lectures, dont take him. He will always clarify things if there are questions. His tests are always on lecture matter, and he wrote the book so it reinforces his lectures. Tests are non-cummulitive, no homework, one easy 2 page p
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
this class was very easy, just pay attention in lecture, which is very interesting, and do the review questions that he gives you, and you will end up with a good grade, hes a very entertaining person overall, and i actually enjoyed going to class.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GEO303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great professor. Interesting Class. Easy topics. Just do the optional homework problems, and you will get A's on the test. The class is very fun!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GEO303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Interesting class except the tests were a bit tricky but it is based on his book. Online study questions help a lot too!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really interesting class. Abbott knows everything there is to know. It would be hard not to pass this class unless you didn't go over the reviews. I would go to class just to check out his suits.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Easy class, boring lectures. He wrote the book so the lectures are like reading the book. I stopped going to class and still passed the tests.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: NATURALDISASTE
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good teacher knows his stuff. A lot to remember, class is boring. Need to read book and do study questions.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: NATDIS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This was an interesting class, but I don't care what you say, even if you are potentially interested in this class, it still can get very boring. Pretty easy for the most part, three exams and one paper...study the review questions and follow along as he lectures. Nice guy.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: NATDISAS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Tests are very easy if you read (and have a memory) Just taking notes in class will still get you a B in my opinion. He tries to vary his lectures w/ photos, videos, web sites...and he knows his stuff. Those who get bored are most likely just taking the class just for the units and have no interest in the subject.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: GEO303
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I loved this class! Gives you 3 mc exams & 1 paper to write (very simple). You don't have to show up to class you can just study the book (he wrote it). Very nice man.
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