Scott Eaton - James Madison University

Professor: Scott Eaton
Department: Geology
College: James Madison University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ISCI104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took the same one week course as the person right below and I agree 100% with everything they said. He is the most helpful and caring professor I have had at JMU. Any problem you have he will solve it no matter how long it takes. He wants everyone to do well!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ISCI104
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took Dr. Eaton's class for a one week lab credit during the Winter 2021 session and it could not have been a better experience. He perfectly explains how to do everything and is incredibly patient no matter the problem, and is possibly the most level-headed professor I've met. His voice is also very calm and soothing, can't recommend enough.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL340
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing and knowledgeable professor. He makes his lectures easy to understand and is great at teaching in a very personal way where it can be somewhat of a conversational style lecture. Tests are brutal and detailed. He makes sure you know and understand the information in every possible way. You will have to study and earn your grade.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great prof. Is understandable and trys to make it easy on you, especially when other classes are getting tough. He is great and trys to have fun in class.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: GEO110
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Took this class over summer 4 week session. A good amount of work for each topic but very straightforward. Even online labs were easy to understand and tests were right from the notes. Definitely doable online. Professor Eaton is a really nice guy and definitely enjoys teaching geology.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL340
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Eaton was an incredible teacher. Although I wasn't a geology major or minor student, I learned so much by interacting with him a bunch during field trips and even outside of class. He is extremely knowledgable and an invaluable resource. If you don't understand, ask a question, the fear of feeling dumb is holding you back from truly thriving.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ISCI104
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Really cares about the material. Easy coursework. Do the writing assignments and you will get at least a B. Quizzes are fantastic and easy to do. Lots of extra credit. Literally nothing bad to say. If you can't get an A in this class, you can't get an A in any class. You learn a lot and it doesn't take too much time. You can put vids at 2x speed.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL340
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of the best professor I've ever had. His lectures are formatted in a way that makes the material easy to learn. Interesting/practical labs. More so than other professors, he focuses on what this material will be used for post-graduation i.e job related things.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL210
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
We had 3 tests and some small pop quizzes; these are easy if youve been paying attention and are straight from the notes. Hes very accommodating. When class shifted online, he did a great job of recording lectures and having webEx meetings to discuss any questions. He has great lectures, but you have to pay close attention and take good notes.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I am mad confused about people saying Dr. Eaton is essentially sexist and his class being hard. I am a black woman and I got along amazingly with Dr. Eaton. I had countless heartfelt discussions with him. His exams are straight out of class notesa quizlet suffices as studyingso I am also mad confused as to why people think his exams are tough...
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL340
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Eaton provides critical leadership and has a gift for effective mentorship. He possesses a proven record of successful experience both in and out of the classroom. As such he is demanding, yet fair which means he expects his students to come with the proper attitude for learning and professionalism one would expect within the workforce.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL377
  • 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:
Not an easy class, but take GOOD notes and study a lot for each of the tests. All short answer, but he gives a lot of partial credit. The average test grade is in the lower C range. If you miss class and try to read powerpoints, good luck. They're basically just pictures of his friends. Field trips can be really awesome, but DRESS TO GET DIRTY/WET!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GEO110
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of the most least helpful and stubborn teachers I have ever had. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS FOR A GEN ED! I get that gen ads require work too, but he went way too far. His lectures were so confusing/difficult to understand. If you blinked- you'd miss important material that would result in you losing 5 points on the test. MEAN person.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GEO210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Eaton is a great person, not my favorite professor though. Lectures are very boring and the exact same all semester. You miss class, you completely ruin your chances on doing well for that section of the test because his powerpoints are the LEAST helpful thing ever. Theres more pictures of him from the 1990s than useful information.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: GEO110
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Scott Eaton is a nice guy, but I wouldn't take him for a gen ed. You have to put in SO MUCH WORK just to get a solid B. His tests are extremely lecture heavy and specific. So if you doze off for even a second, you'd probably get 5 points off your test.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: GEO110
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Not an approachable professor at all. No one feels comfortable asking questions in class because it is always followed by a insulting comment about your ability to learn. Makes things way too complicated and always directs things at his "engineering and geol" students leaving out the majority of the class. Awful class awful teaching style.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GEO110
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Scott Eaton is a stubborn professor who screws students over and never puts grades on canvas. He makes students (who arent geology or engineering majors) feel embarassed about themselves when they ask questions. He gives pop quizzes only when a lot of people are absent, so only a few people receive credit. DONT TAKE HIM!!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL110L
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Eaton is super quirky and extremely nice. I found the TA's to be more helpful, but overall it was an ok class. I didn't enjoy the material very much but he tried his best to make it interesting. Recommend for a gen ed
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: GEOL110L
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lots of lengthy, time-consuming in-class assignments, but they prepare you for the two tests that you'll have. First test was walking around the room and labeling/answering questions about a ton of different rocks. Around 80 questions. Second test was significantly harder for me: a thick packet of questions about EVERYTHING else we learned + math.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: GEO110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Seemed nice. Was willing to help but didn't explain things well to non-geology majors. Almost never puts in grades on Canvas, so you never know what you have. Hard pop quizzes if you don't review previous material beforehand. Even harder tests; most common grade for the first test was an F. No other grades but tests and pop quizzes. Lecture heavy.
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