*A 5 star workload is an easy workload; a 3 star is average; whereas a 1 star workload is extremely hard.
Comments:ENV 3387 - Dr. Sheesley co-taught this course with Dr. Usenko. There are several reading assignments handed out during the course, but they're interesting and related to the topics being taught. There was a midterm and a final, in class. We used the book for the first half of the class, but not the second half.
After reading previous reviews regarding the FYS class, I am not sure why there is such a discrepancy. I thought Dr. Sheesley was great- she is very knowledgeable in the field of atmospheric chemistry and is willing to help you out, as long as you aren't a whiner.
The co-teaching aspect of it could get confusing at times, especially when it came to studying for tests. That's why the book is helpful to have. I learned a lot from this class! - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:1399H - Not as bad as people make it seem. it's an FYS, and these are not hard and do not require a great deal of work. however, if you blow it off just because its an FYS like many do you're setting yourself up for disappointment. I think I took the class a little more seriously than most and treated it like any other class. took in fall of 2017. She does not care about her undergrad students at all, but the easy course load makes it worth it. You didn't really learn much in class because she did read straight off the powerpoint, but all I did to study for tests was spend some time reading and taking notes on the textbook. she also offers many good extra credit opportunities. everything is graded very easily, but the tests were a little harder. You need a 96 for an A, and I was able to make this grade by simply putting a little bit of effort in. tests are a little bit multiple choice, some short answer, and a short essay prompt that she'll hint at beforehand. she says you have to know the definitions word for word, but really you just have to cover every part of the definition. people probably complain more than they need to because they did not put the effort in throughout the semester, seeing as there were few assignments, and then crammed way too much the night before. even though her lectures seemed useless, it was still helpful to listen to the information, which few of her students do (online shopping will definitely not help you lol. it might just be her repeating what the powerpoint says, but it still helps to hear the information and learn it). I think I got high A's on all the short little writing assignments. she took forever to grade everything, but she graded easily enough that I can't complain too much. I had a little environmental background, but I am not majoring in anything near science. you get out what you put into it, even if the professor can't even remember a single student's name. just put effort in and study as you go, and you'll be fine. even if you don't do as well in this class as you'd like, you still will actually learn and gain knowledge relevant to your daily life. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:FYS 1399 - Where do I even begin...ok I'll begin here: DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. It drains the life out of me just thinking about it. She clearly doesn't care about the class and even mispronounced someone's very common name in class while giving the person praise on an essay (there were only 13 of us). You write so many pointless essays and she didn't even grade our research paper until AFTER the grading deadline. Her "lectures" are literally just her reading her power points, which come verbatim from the text book, which also happens to be poorly written. This did, however, give me plenty of time to do some online shopping during class. Beyond all of this, an A in the class is a 96 or better, which means my GPA is now hurt by getting a 94. Do. Not. Take. This. Class. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:FYS 1399H - Freshmen probably won't see these ratings before signing up for their FYS, which is a shame, because Dr. Sheesley shouldn't be Baylor's students' first exposure to science professors. She's an outlier among science professors--most are knowledgeable, helpful, challenging, and fair. This woman didn't have office hours, so I don't know how anyone can give her more than 1/5 stars on availability. She doesn't return assignments to students, she has an unnecessarily high grading scale, she lectures straight out of the textbook (as in class time is worthless), and she's gone all the time for her research. The three exams feature tougher-than-expected multiple choice and definitions which she requires verbatim from the textbook. Fortunately, she grades essays fairly leniently. The material in the course is cool, I'd recommend that people with interest in topics like epidemiology or radiation take ENV 3314 with someone else. But Dr. Sheesley has no business "teaching" first-semester freshmen. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1399 - She is am awful teacher... Her class is pointless; she reads off her slides that are straight from the textbook and doesn't cover 95% of the material that is on the tests. To do well on her tests you basically have to memorize the entire textbook. She gives out test reviews, but they only cover about 5% of the test. DO NOT TAKE HER... and on top of that, it takes a 96 for an A, 90-95 is an A- which is ridiculous. Worst class I have ever taken - Grade In Class:A
Comments:FYS - Absolutely terrible teacher. Spends no time teaching the material, all she does is literally read off the slides. Stopped paying attention and read the book for hours and hours before the test. Do not take the class. Class isn't easy either, requires you to remember chapters almost word for word. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:FYS - Horrible. She knows the stuff and can do a good job explaining it, but then again that could be attributed to her just knowing the textbook really well, because that's what she teaches-the textbook. Her powerpoints and her lectures are pretty much copy and pasted from the textbook and there is not much need to take notes in class. The most annoying thing for my classmates and I was that she would disappear at random times to go to Houston to do her "research." As a professor, we felt she was more concerned about her research and less about the class, as evidenced by her frequent absences. When gone, she would find random guest speakers who had very little to do with the class (but found a way to tie it in), or make us watch videos on which we would have to write response papers. Ahhh, response papers, the papers she makes her students write on videos in class, the papers which are part of your final grade BUT WILL NOT BE GRADED. At least we're pretty sure that's what happened to us! She told us that she would be constantly grading these papers and giving us feedback so we could improve on our writing ability and better our grade as a result. Nope. We only got 1 or 2 papers back. And that was over papers we wrote at the beginning of the course. We got the papers back at the end. The tests, however, aren't too difficult. Multiple choice, definitions (which are very long sentences which must be copied pretty much verbatim), and essays on a video/article you watched/read in class, respectively. It shouldn't be too difficult to get an A, some people simply crammed the night before. If you don't care about doing pointless work (i.e. response papers that go ungraded), or having your professor be present for the class that you paid for, then go ahead and take the class. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:FYS-1399 - Dr. Sheesley is a great researcher,however I do not believe she holds teaching in that same high standard. She frequently did not come to class due to her research, and when she did come, she read directly from the Powerpoint, adding absolutely nothing to the provided material. She does not grade efficiently, and I still do not know half of my grades from the semester. The class is a fairly simple and straightforward course, but if you are passionate about environmental health, I do not suggest you take Dr. Sheesley. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:FYS 1399 - Dr Sheesley was an absolutely dreadful professor. Her class was not a difficult class, but it was extremely irritating. Dr Sheesley's lectures came verbatim from the text, and she provided little additional insight to the material. She is primarily a researcher, NOT a teacher, and missed class frequently to carry out research projects. Perhaps the most infuriating of all: the unhurried pace at which she graded our assignments communicated her disinterest in teaching this first-year seminar. We wrote about six short response papers over the course of the semester that were never returned to us. We wrote a 3-4 page paper towards the end of the semester that was never returned to us. Furthermore, NO grades were ever put in for ANY of these seven papers, and we don't even know if they were graded at all. When we took our final, only 30% of our semester grades were even put into the computer. Her mien around class indicated that she didn't care much about her 1000-level freshmen, and we were more than happy to reciprocate. Although Dr Sheesley certainly is knowledgeable about environmental health, and although this class was not a struggle whatsoever, this class was by far the biggest chore of my first semester. Although I would recommend Baylor's environmental health course, I pity anyone who would willingly put up with Dr Sheesley. - Grade In Class:A