Jim Schaefer - Trent University

Professor: Jim Schaefer
Department: Biology
College: Trent University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL4390
  • 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:
Jim makes online classes very engaging. I never get bored during each lecture which is very rare for someone like me with a short attention span. I am guaranteed to learn something new each lecture. He honestly might even be the best speaker I've ever heard - even boring topics become interesting when he talks about them. Im a big fan!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL4390
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took conservation biology with Prof. Schaefer, and I can easily say it was the best course I've taken in 4 years of uni. He has a voice like an 80s RJ - you can hang on to every word. Lectures may be numerous, but they're very interesting and informative!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL2260
  • 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:
The lectures were super engaging and you can tell he enjoys his job. The content being graded is reasonable and not too difficult. He gives a handful of practice questions for the lab quizzes and the quiz is made up of a select few of those questions. Really enjoyed his teaching.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL2260
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He wrote an unnecessarily difficult midterm this year, by not providing us with enough time to finish the questions (since the midterm was online). We had 40 minutes to do the midterm, instead of the usual 2 hours. The entire class was unhappy with the way he administered a midterm.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL4390
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Conservation bio makes you do some tough presentations almost weekly but after years I still look back and appreciate having gone through that. It has helped me a lot. Really valuable
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL4390
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Crazy passionate about what he teaches. Clear concepts and examples to back them up. Really wants students to succeed and understand the material and more importantly the real-life applications of it. Can be a little loopy and corny at times, but pretty chill overall. Would definitely recommend.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ERSC2260
  • 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:
This guy loves what he teaches. His lectures always includes fun participation activities to help you grasp the concepts and it was all relatively simple stuff. He also seems like a really kind man and his eyes are beautiful.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL2260
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Always super inspirational and enthusiastic. Helped solidify my choice in ecology. Lectures are clear and concise, always forward with the main points and uses examples to support them. 10/10 hope I have him for every class
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL4390
  • 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:
Great lecturer, really wants you to succeed.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENLS5028
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Jim Schaefer is one of the best professors I have ever had. He is an effective lecturer but also made the classes interactive which I enjoyed. His feedback on assignments was clear and grading was fair. He is passionate about the course material which made me very excited to listen to what he had to say.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL4030
  • 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:
I learned so much in this course because it was so effectively delivered, I actually took his course years ago and thought of his class when I was on here to rate a more recent professor, It was AWESOME, super engaging professor.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL4030
  • 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. He's passionate about what he teaches which really helps foster your interest in the subjects. He's very helpful, approachable, and delivers enjoyable and impactful lectures. I didn't give him a high mark for easiness which isn't a bad thing if you want to learn more, you have to work for it.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL4390
  • 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:
One of my favourites - fantastic teacher! His slides are great (when he uses them). Overheads - not so much: they're bare bones and lack the detail found in his slides. You'll need to listen even more closely when he's using them. Textbook is a bazillion years old. I didn't buy it and did fine without it. Gives you a cheat sheet for the exam!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIO226
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome professor, loved all of his classes and the way he teaches them.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL2260
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's very excited about population ecology. Love his silly puns and hand gestures. Lost of formulas and the labs are absolutely HORRIBLE. T.A.'s in my labs were useless and didn't seem to know any more about the subject than I did.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL418
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Jim's knowledge of the relevant scientific literature is superb. Whenever I needed a resource for a paper he could find me something within minutes. His teaching style reminds me of a good lawyer in front of a jury. He really makes a convincing case for whatever concept being taught and he's got a good sense of humour if you're paying attention.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL439
  • 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:
Great prof... quirky sense of humour for sure
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MAMMALOGY
  • 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:
Great prof, I really like him. He is passionate about his work and its great. Great attitude and he has really stepped up the visuals since I had him in first year. A+++
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL418
  • 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:
Awesome prof, definitely one of the best! Very passionate about what he studies, and makes students feel it too. The greatest sense of humour and the funniest cartoons too!!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: POPECOLOGY
  • 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:
He is the best! I can't look away during lectures, he totally captures me. Great slideshows, sweet guy.
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