James Alexander - University of Louisville

Professor: James Alexander
Department: Biology
College: University of Louisville
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIO515
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class is only hard because you have to memorize everything. Going to lecture is pointless. He gets distracted and forgets to teach. He posts his lectures online and learning objectives for each unit. Only graded on three exams and a paper. The paper is ridiculous. It's easy just takes forever to do. Would recommend if you're good at memorizing
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIO363
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Alexander is one of the worst Biology professors I have ever had. He has very poor communication skills and will take weeks to respond to emails. Grades are based on 4 exams alone, and you pretty much have to teach yourself the complicated content. Lectures are useless as he is very disorganized and does not provide clarification. Avoid!!!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures are useless, but he gives his lecture notes (a transcript of what he should be saying in lecture but doesn't). Don't waste your time at his lectures, go to the library and memorize the lecture notes on blackboard instead. Exams are not hard, based completely off the learning objectives. Just put in the work to memorize and you're fine
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Alexander is a good man but not so great at staying on topic. He always gets off topic which makes his lectures pointless. Also he posts ALL the notes that he goes over in lecture online which is very helpful. I never went to class after the first day and only used the notes he posted online and did very well.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: F
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. A is the greatest Biological mind in the city of Louisville, Ky. He puts his heart into his work. Dr. Alexander's class is tough but using the given lecture notes it can be passed with appropriate preparation and studying.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. A is very knowledgeable, but during class you will not get prepared for exams. This course is lots of material that really requires memorization. You really just need to memorize the lecture notes he posts online and you can do well on tests (decent curve). Lectures are honestly a waste of time. I would say just go to office hours for questions
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL363
  • 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:
Dr. A is not bad. I enjoy him actually a lot, but it's easy to see how people don't. He gives you the lecture notes and the learning objectives. The key to pass: use the lecture notes to work on the learning objectives. Learn it. Memorize it. Practice it. Also math. Get good at that. He gives you the formulas though. But know what they're for.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • 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:
Dr. Alexander is very knowledgeable, but there is so much difficult content that it's hard to go over it all in detail. His lectures aren't very useful but they help loosely go over content. If you study content and do practice tests in textbook, you can be semi-prepared for the four tests.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Alexander is extremely intelligent. He very obviously knows what he is taking about but he does often go off on a tangent and tell strange and sometimes irreverent stories. If you don't sit near the front of the room you will have no idea what's going on. He has GREAT lecture notes that basically tell you everything you need to know for exams.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I went to 60% of the lectures but they weren't the most helpful because he'd go on tangents and briefly cover important things. However, I emailed him with a few questions and he responded very quickly and was helpful. I suggest depending on his lecture notes and not studying the book because for some things he uses different terminology.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. A knows this content like the back of his hand, but it is a lot to take in at first. With only 4 exams including the final, grading is strict. Lecture was more supplementary to his lecture notes online. Opened the book twice and never used it again. If you want to do well: go to SI sessions and study well in advance, 7 days before at least.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIO363
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His tests really aren't bad. Usually the people that struggle are the ones who don't attend lecture then wait to study for his exams. Don't listen to others, GO TO LECTURE. I probably would not have gotten an A if I didn't. He's funny and his lectures really helped me stay on top of the material.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I took this class with 5 professors, so it's more of a review for them. DON'T TAKE IT! This class was miserable, I tried so hard & still couldn't get above a C. It is so poorly structured, the tests are so inconsistent bc of 5 profs- it's a joke. Avoid taking at all costs. It's a BS weed out class, and is unnecessarily difficult. 100% regret taking
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • 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 most difficult class I've taken thus far. If your not sitting in the first four rows, then you won't be able to hear him. He doesn't allow for recording either. Lectures didn't really help for exams since he mostly got off topic. Your best bet is to study his lecture notes every day for at least thirty minutes if you want an A.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The exam questions are extremely specific and difficult to pass. The only grades are exams, including a cumulative final. There are no assignments or extra credit and he won't bump your grade no matter how close you are. He post all the notes on Bb so you don't have to attend lecture but be prepared to live and breathe this class.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242
  • 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:
Go to class and study the notes. If you pay attention and actually take the time to over his notes you will pass the exams. It's a lot of content but if you take the time and study it's not that bad.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIO363
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is a very nice and caring professor. He gives you his lecture notes as the book which is helpful. I did find his test challenging, more than needed.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIO242AND244
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
242 and 244 are both horrible. So many terms, tests are painfully specific, and TA's was just a joke.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIO244
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not impressed by this course. Only gave a 2 point curve and I needed 6. The tests were nearly impossible to study for. The curve is determined based on all sections which is unfair because different TAs teach different sections and they make the tests.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BIO244
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
God the testing format is horrible, power point style,2-3 minutes per slide/question m, spelling counts! And the information your tested over is hella specific jeez
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