*A 5 star workload is an easy workload; a 3 star is average; whereas a 1 star workload is extremely hard.
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