*A 5 star workload is an easy workload; a 3 star is average; whereas a 1 star workload is extremely hard.
Comments:1305 - For the love of God do not take her class unless you absolutely have to. I am updating y'all on her teaching methods... She DOES NOT teach. Her teaching philosophy is 'hands on learning', this means she wants you to teach yourself the material and come to class to ask her questions that she will somewhat answer. She posts powerpoint (which are literally carbon copies of the bolded material in the book) and expects you to understand all of the concepts which you have not and will not ever talk about. She does not work with the SI at all. She literally told our SI that "these kids have had it handed to them all of their lives and so I'm going to make them work for their grade." Yes, I agree that students should have to work for their grade, but she does not give any hints as to what will be on the test. I went into her office hours and talked over some material and asked what to study for the test only to get a snarky response of everything. She expects you to know the whole entire book, mastering, powerpoint, in class "experiments", in class worksheets' and any extra material she might mention. Her tests are multiple choice which is nice, but when there are questions about something you talked about in class for 2 seconds on, your screwed. She also brings politics into everything. In multiple classes she bashed President Trump and completely lost control of her classroom. Overall moral of this rant: do not take her class. Please, save yourself the heartache and take any other professor available. She seems like a nice lady but don't take any course with her. For nursing students who have to have her for microbiology you need to form a good study group, go to SI, comprehend the material as you move throughout the chapter, and be prepared to see anything on the test. - Grade In Class:DROP
Comments:1305 - Dr. Hartman is a gal. She is not very helpful and during the middle of the school year, she decides to leave for a cruise and then proceeds to leave a test for us with our SI. If you have to take Dr. Hartman well...good luck Charlie. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1305 - This is not meant to drag Dr. Hartman but I swear this was the hardest college course I have ever taken... all she does is lecture from the book but she does it in the hardest way. She doesn't explain things, she talks very monotone, and half the time she is late to class. Again, not trying to be rude but her class is awful and if you have the chance, take Harvill because he is personable and explains while she reads from a slide. - Grade In Class:DROP
Comments:BIO 1105 - I took Hartman for 1105 and I honestly don't understand why her rating is not lower. She doesn't really teach. She just goes through her slideshow so quickly you don't even have time to read the slides, let alone take notes. She doesn't know how to explain things to people who aren't biology experts and she often misunderstands the simplest questions. She'll spend ten minutes on some really obscure answer to a question when that wasn't even what the student was asking. When they reword or state their question she looks at them like their utter morons and repeats what she said even though the rest of the class knows exactly what the student means and has to explain it when she gives up. She's super intimidating and not very understanding if you are confused. Her tests also weren't anything like her slides. Honestly, the online mastering and the clicker quizzes were the only reason I did as well as I did. I know this sounds like someone who got lazy and is complaining about their grade but I worked harder on this class than anything else in my life and still had to fight tooth and nail for every point. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1305 - Dr. Hartman was always very helpful in class and would post her lecture powerpoints on Canvas. We had daily clicker quizzes and Mastering Biology assignments that were due biweekly. The course was not easy, but was very manageable. The tests were multiple choice and were not hard if you studied and paid attention in class. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1302 - Dr. Hartman is intimidating and and not easy to talk to. Overall, it is not a difficult class, but she just reads off her powerpoint slides and does not really teach. Her tests are not bad, but there is a lot of information on each test, but you just have to memorize the slides. I would have done a lot better in her class if I continually studied throughout the semester. You do not need to book!! Lab sucks though :( - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:4401 - I don't know why Dr. Hartman has such bad reviews. I thought she was a decent teacher. She has some extra work required with this class, such as Mastering Microbiology and Discussions, but those honestly helped me understand the material even better. She definitely knows a lot about microbiology and always gives you real world examples of everything you are learning. Perhaps if this was your first high level biology course, this might be slightly harder, but it was really not that bad. Keep up with all the homework and discussions, and review the powerpoints for exams. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1305 - You have lots of better options for bio professors. Clicker questions are key for this class. Over-prepare for exams because there are consistently questions beyond the teaching of the class (she claims these as critical thinking questions). Not an impossible class, barely even difficult compared to some other professors. Dr. Hartman simply lacks a degree of empathy most other professors share, bores with her lecture and tries to incorporate animals way to much. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1302 - THIS CLASS IS THE WORST. Seriously- it can't be avoided for nursing students and it's rough. She used to give opportunities to make up grades through quizzes, but she doesn't do this anymore. Her lectures are dry and boring, and her tests do not "just come from the powerpoints". Somehow I was able to make an A in both of Dr. Taylor's Anatomy/Physiology classes, and still couldn't get an A in this class. There is no wiggle room for your grade- just your tests and some online assignments that don't affect your grade. I usually do about 20% better on tests than the class average, but the class average for these tests was in the D average range. Students were consistently making 50's on tests. This class is the reason why a ton of my friends won't be able to go to nursing school on time. Not a fan. She also had no interest in curving the class or trying to give additional grade opportunities. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1305 - I really liked how concise and to the point Dr. Hartman's lectures were, however I thought the class ended up being exceptionally hard. I don't think this is because of her teaching, but I think a lot of it has to do with how hard Biology 1 is in general. Many of my friends had to retake the class no matter who their professor was. The first test was easy for her class and I HIGHLY recommend studying as much as you can for that test to get a high A. It may seem unnecessary, but getting a great grade on this test may save you from your bad test grades sure to follow. The tests get harder as time goes on, I went to almost all of the SI sessions, which helped me, but I still got a C on every test following the first one. If I could go back and do it again, I would try to get 100%s on all of my homework assignments to boost my grade, and dedicate at least a week to study for the tests. Good luck! ( she isn't mean and evil I promise, just a confident gal) - Grade In Class:C+
Comments:1305 - This class was extremely difficult. I started the semester as a Biology major, but this class made me switch. Each (non cumulative) exam is 20% of your grade. There is a homework assignment due every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is a quiz almost every class period, but the bulk of your grade is the exams. The powerpoints are posted on Canvas, which is helpful. In class all she does is read off the powerpoint, which you could do in your own time. She makes such a point that the only way to get an A in the class is to attend SI and practically uses her SI as a crutch for her bad teaching. If you already know everything about Biology, or you enjoy spending all your free time studying, she's a fine professor. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:BIO 1305 - What Dr. Hartman lacks in being involved during class time, she makes up for with her availability and helpfulness during office hours. She posts all of the powerpoints on Canvas and assigns Mastering Bio and Dynamic Study Modules. We have clicker quizzes at the beginning of the class, and she drops the two lowest quiz grades. There are three tests, and the final is over the last three chapters with a few old material (not cumulative YAY!). Overall, her tests are extremely straight forward.
If you took AP Bio, this class will be easy in comparison. Even if you didn't take AP Bio, reading the chapter and doing the homework will help you get an A.
Be sure to go to office hours if you have any questions and go to the SI sessions. The SI is amazing and her practice tests are similar to the tests Dr. Hartman gives. 10/10 would recommend if you want to learn without too much stress. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:BIO 1305 - No idea why the ratings for Dr. Hartman are so low! She is an excellent teacher and provides all of the powerpoints on Canvas.. I would recommend taking notes before class so you can write down additional info she gives. The class is a lot of work, but any biology class is and if you are pre-med.. well this is what it is. There are mastering biology assignments for every chapter and some of them are long but they aren't bad! They are all available at once, so you can work ahead on assignments if you want. There are also clicker quizzes almost daily.. it's just five questions though and you receive partial credit for answering every question. The tests are not bad.. 50 multiple choice questions, no free response. If you pay attention in class and take the time to study.. you will be fine!! If you know the information on the powerpoints and put in a little extra work to actually understand the concepts you will succeed.. reading the book is also helpful. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1305 - First, it is worth noting that every BIO-1305 class is HARD. It is a weed out class, and you will need to work extremely hard for an A or B. However, Dr. Hartman does make the learning process overly difficult. Lectures are NOT helpful. Going to class is basically a waste of time; we learn almost everything from SI or on our own time. Masteringbio quizzes are also much longer than the other professors\' and are due before she lectures on that particular chapter, which is pretty frustrating. Her tests are very fair; nothing on them is meant to trick you, they are just very difficult content-wise (like every other BIO 1305 class). I really only spoke with her through email, but she was very helpful. Basically, take her class only if you\'re fine with learning everything on your own time. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:Bio 1305 - Don't take this class unless you'd like to fail freshman bio. Dr. Hartman is a very boring, slow teacher. I did not learn a thing in that class and resorted to playing little alchemist to pass the time (I highly recommend that game, unlike Dr. Hartman). She makes snide remarks about student who don't understand the material (aka those who don't get a perfect score on her clicker quizzes.)
The only reason I'm managing a C plus in this class is because I have an incredible supplemental instructor. i learn more from her 1.5 hours a week than I do from Hartman 2.5 hours a week.
Seriously, don't take this class. - Grade In Class:C+
Comments:Microbiology - She is one of the rudest and least compassionate professors at Baylor. I feel like she hates her students and really doesn't like teaching.
She knows her stuff, I'll give her that. But since she knows so much, she thinks we are all incompetent and stupid. If you ask her a question, good luck, she might even laugh at you. There were a few students that asked questions during class and she basically told them they were stupid in front of everyone. It was horrible!
There aren't any other professors so good luck Nursing majors! If there is ever another option, take it! - Grade In Class:C+
Comments:1402 - Worst professor I've ever had. I transferred to Baylor & was really excited for this class & had high expectations for my classes & professors. I was extremely disappointed by Dr. Hartman. Her teaching style is horrible. She just reads off the powerpoint & is not clear AT ALL about what will or will not be on the exam. I spent countless hours studying material that was highlighted in the power points but never asked about on the exams. & don't ask her questions because she'll act like you're dumb for asking. I'd recommend taking this class at another college & transferring it. It's ridiculous & disappointing that my community college had way better profs. I thought this would be my favorite class & it's just been horrible. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:4401 - There are many things that Dr. Hartman could do to improve her teaching ability. In fact there are so many things she could do better that I have a really hard time figuring out where to start.
If I had to choose one thing that would make the biggest impact on her teaching ability it would be improving her lectures. They are incredibly boring, to the point that most students retain very little from the 3 hours we spend in class each week. All she does is either read off the PowerPoint slides almost verbatim, or she lists extremely detailed information that most students can't keep up with. What this results in is a lecture that is so detailed that many students find it almost impossible to pay attention to.
I think the instructor would also benefit from some organization. Until about the last 4 weeks of class it felt like Dr. Hartman had no clue what she wanted to cover in each lecture. At one point we were so behind from her schedule that we covered in a single lecture what she had originally allocated an entire week in her syllabus. This makes it incredibly hard for students to determine what material is actually important; because to Dr. Hartman everything is important.
It is extremely unfair to the students to teach the class like a Vet School class unless you take the time to organize the class in such a way that information is easily digestible. If she is unwilling as an instructor to put in the effort to do so, then she should have no expectation of students succeeding.
***IN SUMMARY*** DO NOT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD EVER IN YOUR RIGHT MIND TAKE THIS PROFESSOR!!!! RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!! - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1305 - Worst professor at Baylor. DONT TAKE HER CLASS! She is very rude and heartless. You better not need any help because she'll laugh at you like you're an idiot. Only reason I did decent in this class is due to my previous knowledge of the subject - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:BIO 1305 - I do not suggest taking Dr. Hartman. She is not awful, but she is not that good, either. You will need mastering and the book for this class. She expects you to know the information before each class and her lectures do not help you understand it. She reads off the PowerPoint on some topics and gets really in depth on other topics. My best tip to do well in class is to really understand and be able to apply the material. Read the textbook, know everything on her PowerPoints, and attend SI. All of her exams are MC, but they are pretty tough. Also, if she starts talking really in depth about something (ex: cancer, bears, cats) she will test you over what she says. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1305 - Dr. Hartman is a brilliant professor and her teaching style is no nonsense. She will always tell you exactly what is going be on the exams and she is always uses outside resources to supplement her lectures. The exams are not difficult but reading the book is super important. She also drops your lowest test grade. Show up to class because there are times when she gives handouts of things that will be on the exams. Mastering is easy. This is the professor to take. She will only make you learn the things that are relevant to the course. However, this is still a weed out class, so work hard and absorb all of the material. You'll do great. Go to SI. Go to office hours. Look over your exams. You can do this. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:BIO 1305 - This class is about as easy as it gets for a freshman Biology class. She is definitely not the most exciting teacher, but she does teach decently enough. Her tests are the reason I recommend taking this class. They are easy, and I mean easy. She also no longer uses clickers at all. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1305 - Dr. Hartman as a person is generally not too bad. Her class, however, is not one I would recommend taking. The only time I learned anything was when I did Mastering Bio, or read the chapters on my own time. I had a B in her class for the entire semester, due to the fact that I had never failed a test. But when the final came, Professor Hartman failed to inform us of the fact that our test would be over more than the three chapters she had initially told us it would be over, so I then ended with a C+ because there was no curve on the final. If you choose to take her, be ready to work your butt off. - Grade In Class:C+
Comments:1305 - Dr. Hartman is good teacher. While her voice isn't the most exciting, she's passionate about what she does. She also cares about her students succeeding. Generally, there's only one quiz at the beginning of class. On a few occasions, there were two. Those quizzes are really helpful, especially when you've done the Mastering Biology assignments (those assignments can be long and tedious, though). I would recommend getting to know her or, at least, making sure she knows who you are, and making an effort in the class. That can help especially if you need that bump up to the next letter grade. The tests are fair (I'd focus mostly on the powerpoints and the mastering assignments which aid in your reading). She also drops your lowest test grade, 4 lowest masterings, and 2 lowest projects. I'd say she's a pretty decent professor and, if you're willing to work, your grade will be fine. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:BIO 1305 - Dr. Hartman is by far the worst professor I've ever had. If she's your only choice for a professor, I would recommend you wait to take the class with another professor. That's how bad she is in my opinion. Lectures are absolute torture. She reads straight off the powerpoint and doesn't try to make ANYTHING interesting or relatable. She does clicker quizzes at the beginning AND end of class, so never skip or you'll get 2 zeros. She only drops 3 quiz grades out of like a million. Her tests were hard.. class average was always barely passing. They were from the lecture & book. Don't go to office hours unless you want to feel belittled and practically laughed at. She's very rude and heartless and I would rather drop out of college than ever take one of her courses again. - Grade In Class:C+
Comments:1305 - I am a senior now but I took this course when I was a freshman. The tests came straight from the book and were very straight-forward and even easy in my opinion, even though I did study my butt off because it was my first college science class and I didn't know what to expect. She even gave everybody a class rank half-way through the semester which I thought was awesome. As you are reading these reviews, know that the reviews that bash Dr. Hartman are those of freshman pre-meds that won't make it to senior year. As a side note, I completely slept through my first test and she let me take it afterwards. I owe her this review. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1305 - This class isn't as bad as it seems at first, provided you know how to study/learn in it. Don't come in as a freshman expecting it to be easy with little to no studying needed or you WILL fail.
Professor Hartman is a fairly knowledgeable teacher, but her class is extremely boring. Her lectures are monotonous, and she reads directly off the powerpoint. There is a ton of information you will need to know for her tests, even the stuff you think you don't. If it's something in the powerpoint, in a project, or in a worksheet you do in class, make sure you know it for the test, because it will be on there.
As far as doing well in this class, make sure you are learning the stuff as you go along by actively paying attention in class, learning the power points, and learning the material as you are completing the mastering biology assignments (it's easy to take the easy way out and look up answers on quizlet, don't do this, trust me). If you doze off in class and don't learn anything, then try to cram everything a couple nights before the exam, you are almost guaranteed to fail.
There are quizzes every class, so make sure you go, although at the end of the semester she will drop your 4 lowest quizzes, your lowest test, and your 4 lowest mastering biology assignments, so there is a little room for error.
Don't get too discouraged if you struggle in this class. It's a weed out, so it's meant to be difficult. The class averages on our tests were typically mid-70s, and we were told this was slightly higher than most of her other classes.
*Side note: I took this class without having taken AP biology in high school. I'm guessing it would be quite a bit easier if you've taken it, but still challenging, so make sure you're still studying hard. Good luck to anyone taking this course. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1305 - Wanted to start off strong with my science because of Pre-Med. Dr. Hartman almost made me want to drop out in general. Just kidding. But she is the worst professor I've had. Her lectures are so boring and she reads directly off Ppts. Don't mind the MasteringBio much but her tests were impossible to study for. After studying the book and ppts I still ended up failing the exams. Never take her. - Grade In Class:DROP
Comments:1402 - Dr. Hartman is not as bad as everyone is saying. If you actually talk to her in her office, she is a very sweet lady. Lectures are a bit dry and boring, but make sure to pay attention. I never paid attention, and during tests there were off the wall questions not in her power point or the book, but I'm sure it was mentioned in lecture. Each week there are 2 mastering quizzes. Most of the answers are on quizlet, I never read the book, and always got good grades on these. Each day in lecture there is also a quiz over things covered on the last class, so come prepared. Taking A&P2 at the same time, didn't let me focus on this class, so I never had time to read the book. But for tests, focus on her power points, and PAY ATTENTION IN LECTURE. For lab, Claudia is also not as bad as everyone says. She has rules, and will stick to them without exception, so just follow the rules. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1402 - Dr.Hartman is a horrible professor. Not only does she make the information horribly boring, but she also is so brilliant that she quickly flies by information that is tricky for those of us who do not have a solid background in biology. She has clicker quizzes every class time, and the class time after the test she quizzes you on the most-missed questions on the test BEFORE correcting us. Basically, if you miss it on the test, you'll miss it on the quiz unless you study after the test. She usually does not reply to emails, and when she does they are snarky and rude. I went into her office hours asking for help and she flat out told me that if I don't understand something this simple, I should drop the class. She also encourages students to drop the class after each test. She does not drop tests. She loves the MasteringMicrobiology program, but make sure you check the deadlines for those because she likes to have them due at 7pm rather than 12pm like most professors. She drops a few of those and a few clicker questions. Tests came straight out of the powerpoint, but sometimes she'd throw in a random question here and there. Lectures were boring. This class was horrible and I cannot wait to be done. - Grade In Class:C+
Comments:1402 - This class is ridiculous. First off, Dr. Hartman is not a good professor, the worst professor I've had and I've had Dr. Mark Taylor. She is not helpful, rude and if you email her a question she will respond with a rude comment about when the topic was discussed and how we should know the answer. She is not clear on how she will test and shows no grace for her students. Not a hard class, requires time and memorization. She talks to students like we are incompetent children. Take this class somewhere else. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1402 - I seem to be the lone dissenter. I love Dr. Hartman. She is kind of weird and quirky but once she knows that you are a serious student and not ditz she loves to talk nerdy. Her class is straightforward and not hard at all. Study powerpoints for class BEFORE you come and just deal with the mastering micro assignments being on a weird schedule. Otherwise, as long as you pay decent attention and study her powerpoints for tests you are practically guaranteed an A. Taking A&P was the downfall of my micro grade but I still did fine otherwise. The lab on the other hand.... Claudia Carvalho has ZERO respect from me. She is a blatantly racist obnoxious woman. If you are a black female you are lucky, she will be your best friend. If you do not fit that demographic you are guaranteed a semester of being condescended to and treated like an idiot despite how well you do. She is hardly ever in lab and your typical asian TA teaches everything. Then she acts confused when the averages for the lab midterms and final are in the crapper. I don't know how Claudia even has a job, she is the definition of crappy professor. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1402 - This is by far the worst "Professor" I've had as a student. As a Junior, reading these reviews beforehand seems to be rather harsh on Dr. Hartman - and some of those mentioned about Claudia Carvalho (the lab instructor) as well. Unfortunately the "bad reviews" are dead on. Dr. Hartman & Professor Carvalho can't teach. Lecture consists of going over the PowerPoints, and we are given daily Quizzes over material we are about to discuss [ so make sure you read her PowerPoints beforehand]. In lab, Professor Carvalho doesn't even stay in class 95% of the time - and just allows our uneducated TA to "teach" us. Yet when Carvalho does attempt to teach us she is extremely rude and arrogant (so no you can't ask a question without being ridiculed]. Both of these professors have given me a horrible vibe about Baylor and the professors they choose to let teach here. I don't envy anyone who has to take this class. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:BIO 1305 - Dr.Hartman has good intentions. Unfortunately in my opinion, her class offers more opportunities to harm your grade than it does to help it. For example, she assigns mastering biology assignments before she goes over the material in class; making what should be a supplement to what is taught in class into your learning without much guidance. She does not curve tests and gives daily clicker quizzes, most of which are fairly easy though. She means well, but doesn't really offer a good environment for a pre-med. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1305 - Dr. Hartman is definitely one of the better biology professors at Baylor. She is an effective lecturer who is great at explaining complex subjects and making them better to understand. She tests off of her PowerPoints and often uses quiz questions from MasteringBiology,but I would recommend reading the chapters before lecture to get a basic understanding and things won't seem as overwhelming. She is a nice person but definitely doesn't have much personality but she is very helpful if you ask questions. Each class you have iclicker quizzes for that day's lecture which got really tedious, but in the end they help you to know what you need to work on. There are multiple in-class group projects which are not hard but they are boring. There is also weekly MasteringBio homework that I would recommend reworking for practice before the exams. Biology can be difficult to learn so be prepared to study hard, and with Dr. Hartman's help you should be successful. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1402 - This class is going to be hard, no matter what. Dr. Hartman is brilliant but has no idea whatsoever how to teach. You have to teach yourself. Keep on top of the readings every single day and no your stuff before you get to class, as you have daily quizzes. Lab counts for a big part of your grade, so make sure you do good in that! Good luck. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1305 - Dr. Hartman is a good teacher. People complain about 1305 being boring but how can anyone manage to make this material exciting? She is very reasonable. She answers questions and is very straightforward (which some people interpret as rude). She is clear about what is on the test (only lecture) and her homework schedule is consistent. She always posts lecture powerpoints on blackboard. I study for 1-2 days in advance for the tests and she drops one exam out of four. I've made a 90, 84, and 82 on the exams and have a 90. She makes us do some pretty easy group projects. Mastering biology takes a while but its worth it for preparing for tests. I think that people who mark her poorly for 1305 are just sensitive. There are way too many freshmen entering premed/bio/whatever science (like all of Baylor) and think that it's going to be a breeze. It's a weed out class, be prepared to work hard for that A! - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1305 - I took her a couple semesters ago for 1402 when I was a nursing major (got a C, didn't study for that class... bad idea). I figured that since I knew her teaching style, I'd be better off this time. As far as her teaching goes, she can get kind of monotonous and likes to go off on tangents. She's a vet so she talks a lot about animals. I actually liked 1402 with her more than 1305 because in Bio 1 you have to do mastering bio which she assigns a lot of. The tests (all multiple choice) come straight off of the mastering bio and the textbook info, but you really have to know what you're talking about- and in detail. As a person, she's really nice and I've heard that she's really friendly as an advisor. If you take her for a bio class, I'd suggest getting to know her because then if you end up needing something, she's a lot more likely to help you out better than if you only go see her like once or twice in the semester. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:Bio 1402 - I took this class in the summer, but half the people in my class failed during spring semester and have to take it again. Dr. Hartman is a very nice lady. She doesn't do the best job teaching the material though. She is hard of hearing, so you basically have to yell to get her attention, and she talks about things not related to the information that will be on the tests. I studied her reviews and read the chapters and still got a C on the test. The best way to study is by looking over the powerpoints. I did that for about an hour and pulled off a B. She gives one point extra credit so make sure you do that. Quizzes and Masteringmicrobiology assignments are easy, and make up 15% of your grade. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:Bio 1 - I dont really agree with a lot of the post on here but I may be biased.. I really like Biology so even if the lecturer is boring the material is so interesting that it didnt really matter to me but I can see how her monotone voice makes it a bit dull. I thought she was a great great teacher who knows the material and cares about her students. She is extremely well educated (undergrad at Penn and Doctor of vet med at A and M) and she is more than willing to help you if you are struggling. Word of advice to get an A: Do very very well on the first 3 tests because the genetics tests is very hard. Memorize the power points (Literally every word) She takes all of her material from the powerpoints and from the masteringBio extra study area practice tests (like word for word questions) Overall great teacher, great material, hard class not matter what - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1401 - This lecture is SO BORING. You literally have to force yourself to go every day. The lab is great but her class is ridiculous. You can tell she used to be a vet because she asks random questions about animals that have nothing to do with anything. Some tests questions are completely easy and others are like "wtf....". It takes determination to stay awake through her whole lecture. For such an interesting subject she's really boring. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1305 - Holy Cow this class was harder than I thought it was going to be. There's definitely alot of reading and some chapters are less interesting than others.
Really think about going to S.I. because it has been shown to help, DEPENDING on who it is. The one that we had was absolutely terrible (actually gave us the wrong information more than once) and didnt help with the information at all... MasteringBio stinks, but its not too difficult, as long as you have your book in front of you... The quizzes were a joke and comparable to a 6th grade science class (ie: which organelle is responsible for the production of chlorophyll). But the tests were tough. They were based of of here powerpoints (which are avaliable via blackboard), but they were specific as heck. As long as you studied WELL in advance, they were manageable. The fact that you can only miss no more than 5 questions (out of 50) makes for a killer exam. The parts that got me were Ch. 13, 14 & 15. Basically Genetics. I got a C on that test (which was the one out of the four that I had dropped) but managed to make low A's on the rest of them... As luck would have it, the final had genetics problems in it as well, which sealed my fate. I had a 90.2 going into the final and made an 83 on it. But there were other students that made below a 50, so I didn't complain. As a person, she has no problem stopping what she's doing and calling you out (in the middle of class) if you arent paying attention. She's a very very stern woman in lecture, but if you go to her office hours, she'll suprisingly nice and explains the material very well. I would still recommend her class regardless of her mundane voice because her tests came straight from the powerpoints - which she basically just read to us each class period... Unfortunately, I bet this is about as easy as a science class will ever get for a pre-med student at Baylor! - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1305 - 1305 is a difficult class. I always felt like I missed the begining of the lectures, even though I faithfully attended class. The tests were ridiculously detailed and specific. There is no homework, but do not be fooled, you must study after every lecture. She drops the lowest test score, which is fabulous, and is a generally nice person. The SI sessions were useless. Just go to class, and study. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1402 - This class was a very difficult class. Dr. Hartman expects you to pay attention to every little detail on her tests. Mastering Microbiology was very tedious,but make sure you do well on these assignments for the extra points. Also, there were quizzes everyday that weren't difficult. Don't miss class or you'll fall behind! - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1402 - Very easy class!! I have no idea why there are so many complaints about this class and this professor! The only downfall, she is quite bland. The exams are so simple, they are drawn right from the power points, you don't even need to read the book. Her quizzes are easy, also drawn right from the power points. She gives you take home quizzes...seriously, how easy is that?! The material might be difficult, but Dr. Hartman presents it as simply as possible. She shows videos in class, and sometimes gives examples on the material discussed. Very effective. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1305 - Dr. Hartman is...nice. Once you get to know her, that is. Her lectures are pretty pointless. You could just get the ppt off of Blackboard, never go to class, and still get a decent grade. The tests vary from general to specific and are sort of difficult. MasteringBiology will DEFINITELY save your grade. Be prepared to do some SI time if you have to take her class. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1305 - she's probably one of the easier teachers to take for intro to biology but her classes tend to be a bit boring and it usually put me to sleep. The best idea is to just read the chapters ahead of time and do the mastering biology and you should be fine. Tests are usually based on her powerpoint presentations and the chapter so thats a good place to really study for her exams. Altogether she's a great teacher and is actually pretty helpful - Grade In Class:B
Comments:1305 - Well, she is kind of dry in terms of lecturing, so I used all but one of my absences. She tends to stick to what she puts in powerpoints and answers questions if people ask. The slides did serve as a good flash review before the test, but you do need to read the chapters to do well on her tests. I typically read the chapter thoroughly as I read and answered questions in the study guide (VERY HELPFUL). That got me A's on her tests. Put two or three days in before each one, and you should do fine. However, MasteringBio is her ball and chain; each one takes an hour on average, and she requires one assignment for each chapter. It's pretty bothersome. I took standard Bio freshman year of high school, so that should tell you something about the difficulty of the class. Anyone can do well, provided that they engage the chapters. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:BIO 1305 - I had never gotten a C in my life until this class slapped me in the face. She lectures off of the powerpoint slides and adds zero of her own input to them. Going to class is pointless, except she is very strict on attendance so you have to. Extremely boring and can't answer questions very well. Tests were difficult even though I read the chapters thoroughly multiple times. The online portion saved my grade...but it takes a lot of time to complete. I have never worked so hard in a class and gotten NOTHING out of it. SI sessions were worthless as well. Would NOT recommend. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1305 - Worst teacher I have ever experienced. She is very dry and monotone and only reads from the powerpoints. No student-teacher interaction whatsoever. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:Bio 1305-06 - Terrible professor! She is horrible at lectures, most of her class is asleep by the first 20 minutes of class. Hartman drops your lowest test grade, but that doesn\'t help much considering that ALL her tests are extremely hard. This semester made me change my major!!! Don\'t ask her to curve because she won\'t...Get out while you still can! - Grade In Class:D
Comments:BIO - Dr. Hartman is very difficult, at least to my learning style -- all she does is lecture, and it can be very intimidating at first when you ask a question. DO IT ANYWAYS. People complaining about her being rude just need to grow a pair. She's not being rude, she's literally the epitome of a cat lady. She doesn't really have the highest social skills. She's not mean, she's just... different. I went to all the SI's and failed just about every exam -- and I'm a solid student. Our lab instructor (Claudia) is very stubborn and doesn't like to be wrong -- she's a nightmare. If she relaxed, she would be fine. Hanna and Taylor, the TA and graduate student, are awesome. If you have to take this class, hunker down, learn the power points (like MEMORIZE), and remember what she talks about in class. If you don't have to take this class.... run. Like sprint. - Grade In Class:D
Comments:1402 - Dr. Hartman is a fabulous teacher. She does kind of jump into things, so it is good to have taken BIO, CHEM, and/or A & P so you have some prior knowledge. This class was so much fun and interesting. I learned a lot of things I didn't know and that will actually stick with me. It's fun to learn about the bacteria and viruses that infect us everyday. Tests are mainly from powerpoints (I didn't ever use my book)There are DAILY I-clicker quizzes but you can use your notes to help; you only have a short time to answer so it is better to look over your notes before class. Also we had blackboard quizzes. Great class :) Good lab too, mine was taught by Sonya Saladine, with two fun lab assistants Hannah and Cassie. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1402 - Most people have to take micro because they are nursing majors and she's the only prof. STUDY THE POWERPOINTS LIKE IT IS THE BACK OF YOUR HAND. Her tests are super detailed from powerpoints. If I would have known that at the beginning of the semester I would have done so much better. Dr. Hartman is REALLY smart and knows her stuff. It's biology so it's gonna be hard, but i honestly learned A LOT from this class. It definitely was my hardest class though. I'm borderline b+ and A and she told me her policy is that if you make an 85.6 or above she will bump you up. She isn't completely heartless. She's really helpful and she's always willing to open up her office if you have questions. Everyone says lab was easy, but I had the hardest time! I guess it depends on your Lab Assistant. I failed pretty much every single lab quiz, but if you dominate the midterm and final then you can pull an A in lab. This class definitely isn't as hard as Dr. Taylor's A&P, but you really really have to study. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1402 - I LOVE Dr. Hartman. Basically, if you're interested in Microbiology, you will do well in the class. She not the warmest professor, but she loves questions and tells interesting stories. The workload is pretty intense for an intro-level class. But she's a big believer in BlackBoard and posts everything she lectures on. I took this class Freshman year and did just fine. She's great and you'll learn SO MUCH. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1402 - THIS CLASS IS RIDICULOUS! my last bio class was in the 9th grade so this class was a freaking smack in the face. there is no point in coming to class because all she does is read directly off of the ppt. well she does give these oral pop quizzes where she randomly calls on people and the questions are pretty tough and shes so rude if you dont know the answer. she's so condescending and not exactly helpful. she definately knows what she's talking about but doesnt make an effort to make sure WE know what shes talking about. and yeah i got a B in the class but thats because i studied like 20 hours a week for it and basically made myself sick studying before the exams so if i hadnt recieved atleast a b... i dont know what i would do but id be furious for sure. sorry if shes the only micro teacher and you get stuck with her. just brace yourself. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:Micro - i couldnt get higher than a d on her tests. - Grade In Class:DROP
Comments:1402 - Don't study the reviews she gives you. She'll say that it's pretty close to the test, but it's not. It's a waste of your time. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1402 Microbiology - I hated this class. She was pretty much the worst teacher I've ever had. If you've taken biology before at Baylor, you should be fine. But the last time I took biology, I was 14 and a freshman in high school. She lectures as if she's speaking another language. The tests are absolutely ridiculous, she expects you to know every thing from the powerpoint, plus articles that she assigns for reading. You almost never know the answers to the oral questions she asks at the beginning of class and you'll NEVER get out early unless it's a test day. All of her tests are all multiple choice and VERY detailed. Don't bother opening the book and reading, everything comes from her powerpoints. Lab was fun and easy though. Beware of the fungi/bacteria quiz though. KNOW EVERYTHING! If you ask her a question in class, she makes you feel so stupid for asking it. I worked the hardest in this class than in any other class, and my grade DEFINITELY did not reflect the amount of time I spent studying for this class. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:1402 - Dr. Hartman explains things very clearly and is always willing to help you if you ask. Her tests and quizzes are reasonable and straightforward. Make sure you study her powerpoint slides, lab manual, and your lab results very well. If you take the time to study what she tells you to study for, you will make an A. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1402 - Dr. Hartman is a nice lady who does a pretty good job with lectures. The tests come almost completely from the slides and her lecture. If you know the powerpoint slides and pay attention to significant facts about the diseases, the tests will not be difficult. The online quizzes are open-book/open-notes and really help give a feel of the type of questions on the test to come. Only used the book for clarification of details and tables that list facts. - Grade In Class:A