Reid Compton
School:University of Maryland
Department: Biology
Location:College Park, MD
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Pros: Mastering Bio was free points
Clicker questions based on participation
Cons: Hard exams
Boring lecture
More difficult than other professors
He's a nice guy, but harsh grader. People didn't do too well, and he still didn't add a curve at the end. You're better off taking another professor.
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Pros: Seems like a friendly guy
Cons: expects everyone to be in graduate school level. His tests are insanely hard.
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Pros: Amazing person! He's really nice and very approachable. He does funny things and is really nice.
Cons: His lecturing can be a bit snooze-worthy at times (though most of the time the topic is good enough that it isn't sleep-inducing).
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Pros: Easy and fun
Cons: Long colloquium
Colloquium is long, but you don't do much, so you should be fine.
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Pros: many different ways to get points besides tests
Cons: tests are difficult
such a nice teacher, cares about students
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Pros: He is very nice and intelligent.
Cons: *Powerpoints contains overview like information, but the tests are very detailed
I don't think this is the class that he normally teaches. He is a nice man, but his class was way to difficult for a intro course. Most of his tests are not multiple choice (only about 10 questions). A lot of short answer. Very picky with the answers accepted.
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Pros: interactive teacher
not much hw except online quizzes
Cons: so much material to learn
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Pros: His powerpoints are made available prior to the classes. He tries to make the lectures interesting and is engaging.
Cons: His tests expect to much based on the material he goes over in lecture. Expect application questions and a lot of stress on applying molecular structures to questions. Little to no multiple choice questions. Most difficult teacher in course.
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Pros: given lectures
Cons: 80% study guide for test has nothing to do with the test.
Test is way more in depth than the study guide and all short answer with about 5 multiple choice, which is rediculous
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Pros: A very good speaker, with dry wit and sarcasm, but still very nice. Curves heavily if you get to know him.
Cons: The subject is just awful if Biology isn't your thing, and mind-numbingly repetitive if it is. He knows that, he does what he can.
A real sweetie, stopped and chatted with me for a few minutes every time I ran into him in the Bio-Psych building.
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Pros: Compton is very okay in a lot of ways, nothing stands out.
Cons: His tests are famously difficult in the biology department. He diffuses responsibility to his TA's as often as possible and doesnt like dealing with students face-to-face.
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Pros: Pretty much do-nothing class
Cons: Gets boring
Necessary for scholars, just go for 2 hours a week and pick up your A
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Pros: I guess the best thing you can say about him is that he tries...
Cons: Not a good lecturer. Learned way more in GSS than class.
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Pros: nice guy
Cons: didn't finish material, expected us to learn it ourselves the day before the exam
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Pros: Really nice and funny guy. He is willing to help and will go over previous tests with you.
Cons: His review sheets are nothing like the actual tests.
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Pros: Funny and personable
Cons: Seemed a bit too dependent on the students reading from the textbook
Not a bad class if you pay attention
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Pros: He curved at the end of the course.
Cons: His exams were ridiculous and then he complained that half the class was failing and he didn't know why.
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Pros: gives you his powerpoints from lecture
Cons: tests very difficult, hardly any multiple choice
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Compton definitely wants you to understand the material. Unfortunately, he goes so slowly in class that I often forget the previous train of the thought long before his next sentence. His tests are difficult, but he gives a lot of sample exams. Study thoroughly. The labs aren't too bad.
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great teacher, explains concepts well with illustrations, tests hard but fair

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