Heidi Elmendorf - Georgetown University

Professor: Heidi Elmendorf
Department: Biology
College: Georgetown University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL113
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The content of this class is not difficult, especially if you took AP Bio in high school, but the grading is ridiculous. In lab, they seem to make up reasons to take points off. Lecture is even worse. The questions are very vague, but the answer they are looking for is incredibly specific, so you have to write a ton and inevitably lose points,
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
absolutely love Prof E-- clearly cares about her students and explains everything in understandable terms. Took her class online, and she made a huge effort to make the most of the online platform instead of just slightly adapting her regular plan and to build community. Tests were hard but fair-- make sure you pay attention in lecture.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
probably the hardest class ive ever taken, really difficult to do online. she means well but overassigns and write extremely strangely worded tests. spent more time on this single class than every other class this semester combined. really wouldn't recommend unless you absolutely need the class for med school
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Elmendorf is a fantastic professor, always excited to teach and eager to help students in office hours. If you study past years exams thoroughly you should be good!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Elmendorf is truly a sweetheart! Although, the class is mostly based off of your grades on your tests, which are impossible to do well on unless you memorize the answer keys to past tests. Overall, the class was very lecture heavy and I had to do a lot of at home studying for the tests to just be carbon copies of past exams.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • 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:
They want you to memorize past exams' answer keys.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof E is a queen 10/10 an icon. So knowledgeable- made me feel grateful to be lectured by her. Very accessible and warm. Go to office hours! A tasking class; in-depth, complex content. Tests make you dissect your understanding and are pretty brutal. Going over answer keys are a must. Despite the work, I learned so much and feel inspired by Prof. E
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. E is a great teacher and genuinely cares about her students. BIOL103 is information and lecture heavy, but Prof. E is super accessible and will do everything in her power to help you succeed. Her tests are hard, but the exams from past years she provides are super useful. I didn't really use the textbook, but it's nice for additional help.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Prof E is a sweet lady, and shes a great lecturer. But she doesnt run a good course. Her tests are based not on how well you understand the material but how well you can guess which less-relevant detail she wants you to include (read: memorize old answer keys). Get a lot of credit for her personality but very unclear how to do well in her course.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I loved professor E. The material was very well delivered. It took me a pretty bad outing the first exam to get a hold on the particular structure they look for in answers, but once you get a hang of it they're not too bad. Prof E is warm and exudes love for biology. Great class.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • 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:
Wow! Prof E is an incredible professor!!! She does an excellent job of explaining concepts and she's very approachable and accessible for office hours, etc. Foundations of Biology is difficult simply because the content is difficult, but if you put the work in, this class will pay off!!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The absolute greatest lecturer I've ever had the privilege to listen to. Professor Elmendorf is a true expert in her field and never skips a beat. She answers every question with incredible insight. Professor E holds her students to the same high standards, which can sometimes hurt on tests. While the class can be difficult, it is well worth it.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Because of the VERY unclear grading criteria, this is what you need to do to get an A: 1) ask TA for problem set answers 2) memorize lecture slides and previous exam answers and write excessively to succeed on exams as she looks for very specific answers and in-depth understanding 4) ask for lab grading rubrics from TAs due to unclear lab manual
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • 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:
Prof E is very nice and accomodating. The tests are hard because she looks for very specific answers that are not clear from just the question. But her tests only cover what she lectures. Lots of memorization and she makes you work for an A, but she is always willing to help and answer questions.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Elmendorf is the most impressive and kind and wonderful and spectacular human being you will ever meet in your entire life. She is an icon. We all love her. She is a tough grader, but she explains concepts so well and is always happy to help out extra. You definitely need to go to lecture to go well, but she keeps them fun and engaging.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL104
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Elmendorf is an incredible human and really cares about her students. You will learn an incredible amount in this class. However, the grading in this class is difficult for no real reason. She asks incredibly vague questions, but expects incredibly specific answers. Often times, points taken off on exams were pointless
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor E was the best professor Ive ever had. She demands a lot from her students but she gives you all the tools you need to be able to succeed. She was extremely knowledgeable and always worked to integrate the things we were learning into real, relatable scenarios.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL401
  • Grade Received: Audit/No Grade
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Took Prof. E's "Blobs and Globs" senior seminar and just wanted to pop in and say that Prof. E is amazing and you should take as many classes with her as possible. It's a Pass/Fail senior seminar, so you show up and pass, and you get as much out of it as you want (or don't want), but Prof. E is great obviously.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL103
  • 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:
Foundations I wasn't particularly difficult because of its concepts. I felt like I knew most of it coming from AP Bio. It was tough to understand the grading criteria for lab papers as GUSS TAs would say contradictory things. Tests have very specific rubrics and answers that don't match the question. Must memorize answer keys because very picky.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BIO103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Elmendorf explains everything extremely well. The course is definitely hard, but I learned SO much.
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