Jessica Bolker - University of New Hampshire (all campuses)

Professor: Jessica Bolker
Department: Science
College: University of New Hampshire (all campuses)
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL529
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
No exams but weekly timed quizzes. Theres one paper and two projects. Lab notebook is worth 20%. She grades with 'holistic grading scale' which is somehow worse. Her assignment instructions are very unclear and vague. Makes fun of students for asking questions. Sarcastic all the time and is rude. Please avoid taking any classes with her if you can.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL690
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is by far the most amazing professor I have ever had! She will really push and challenge you but she will also built you up and make you feel talented and capable if you put in the effort. Her lectures are so engaging and interesting, the time will pass quickly. Her exams are fair but you have to study. She is the epitome of a teacher who cares
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL529
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Super tough grader, but will try to give partial credit. Don't leave anything blank on exams. Pay attention in class, ask clarifying questions always. She's super smart and has been teaching Biology for 20 years so she forgets what students don't know. Goes on tangents but chances are they are relevant and may show up on review questions/exams.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOLOGY412
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Bolker is a good professor. Her lectures are very interesting, however her quizzes and exams are very hard. It takes a lot of outside work in order to keep up with what she teaches, if you try hard and are willing to put a lot of work in you will do well, if not, I wouldn't take her class.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL412H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is super intelligent but is a unfairly hard grader.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice lady, but she went off topic every single class. I had a hard time following the topic she was supposed to be teaching. Hard paper grader. Dropped the course.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIOLH412
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This woman is awesome! She will take your education very seriously and teach you so much and possibly even prepare you for grad school! I learned so much from her! She is a very sweet woman, too. She also loves her subject. She's not the easiest professor, but put in an effort and you will love Professor Bolker! :o)
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL412H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really solid professor. She really knows her stuff and you learn a lot. However, she is a hard grader. If you plan on taking her class make sure you have some pretty easy classes along with it.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL529
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hard class, but if you go every day and do your best to learn while you're there you WILL succeed. The tests are hard but take good notes, write down what's on the board as she goes. It's fast, but very doable.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL412
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Bolker has potential. She seems like she could teach a lot but she get's off topic sometimes & rambles on things that don't have much to do with what we had to learn. Her tests were somewhat unfair and didn't make much sense. The course could have been interesting but she made it not. Also didn't follow a book making it hard to study w/ only notes
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL412
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Attendence isn't mandatory but in order to understand and get all the information for exams, attending lecture is necessary. However she does post an outline and powerpoint online shortly before each lecture.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL412
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice lady, but not helpful in classroom. Enjoys seeing students fail. Never curved a single exam. Exams were brutal. GOOD LUCK!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL412
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The teacher rushed through lectures, covered material not on syllabus, and not pertaining to course. She made snarky comments which made students feel dumb, and would talk down to them. Tests are extremely stressful and although she is helpful during office hours she is not sympathethic
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL412
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She inundates the class with lots of extraneous information. This makes it unclear what core material we should focus on for exams. The result of this teaching style is that I have memorized a great deal this semester and learned virtually nothing useful.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS401
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Bolker teachers intro physics with Meredith. As most students in this class are from COLSA, she teaches from a life science perspective. Her lectures are far more interesting.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS401
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Taught some lectures with Meredith this semester. Lecture was a bit more clear when she taught. Pay attention and learn everything from her ppts b/c she expects you to learn everything she teaches. Pretty interesting but talks really fast. Just look over everything while studying and you'll be fine.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ZOO529
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She's not that great of a teacher as everyone hypes her up to be. She is very intense and can be very unfair about exam grading. 20 point questions will be X'd without giving any partial credit. The lab is fun but the lecture tends can be dry and exam questions are sometimes ridiculous and expects too much. Oh, pay attention cuz she talks at 100mph
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS401
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Bolker teamed up with Dr. Meredith in the physics classes. Whenever she ran the lectures the class was a lot easier to understand and follow. The only problem was that she could talk a little too fast but she got better as the semester went on.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ZOOL404H
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best professors I've had thus far. Very intelligent and enthusiastic. I learned so much in that class even though there was not a whole lot of work. I want to take more of her class and recommend her as a professor with out a hint of hesitation
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MME401
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best professors that I have had so far this freshman year at UNH. She pushes you to do your best, and is an excellent teacher so the class is very straight forward. Enthusiastic and reasonable as well. Highly recommended.
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