Padian, K on Ninja Courses

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INTEGBI 24 (Spring 2012)

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72 50 50 63 87

Comment: I had Professor Padian for a Freshman Seminar, and while I am still glad I took it, it was not the greatest experience I've had at Cal. He is a really knowledgeable, cool guy who is very passionate about his subjects, but for a 1 unit class (that he required you take for a letter grade) there was a solid amount of not so easy reading. I did get something out of the class, but it was more work than I was willing to put in for a 1 unit grade based solely on participation. I feel like he would be much better in a lecture setting than in a seminar, unless you feel as passionately about his subjects as he does.

INTEGBI 24 (Spring 2012)

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INTEGBI 24 (Spring 2012)

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100 100 100 78 93

INTEGBI 24 (Fall 2011)

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99 97 99 98 99

Comment: Hands down the best instructor I've ever had.

INTEGBI 24 (Fall 2011)

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86 73 76 86 100

Comment: while i didn't expect to receive the grade i did, i would still completely recommend this seminar to everybody. prof padian helped us all get integrated into berkeley. he's an awesome guy with awesome hair. i learned a lot about dinosaurs and i wish that everyone could get to take this class.

INTEGBI 24 (Spring 2011)

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100 90 88 100 99

Comment: By far my favorite professor at Berkeley. No one compares!

INTEGBI 24 (Spring 2011)

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86 50 51 70 89

Comment: Went off topic a lot, so we didn't learn much about dinosaurs. Graded based on participation, which sucks a little, because there was not much to talk about. Not enough readings for my liking. Went to the palentology museum for a few weeks to get our own personal tour. Still worth taking, though. Low rating for assignments cuz there weren't any, so we didn't learn much, and exams because there weren't any exams.

INTEGBI 24 (Fall 2010)

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82 50 50 74 76

Comment: This is an okay seminar. Didn't really learn much about dinosaurs themselves, and grades were based off of how much you spoke up and contributed to class. That being said, Kevin Padian is still a very good teacher. He is interesting and is well aware that for many of us who take his class it is our first ever semester of college. He often will spend time explaining to you how Berkeley works and how to get through a potentially stressful first semester.

INTEGBI 24 (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Really great class. Learn a lot about dinosaurs, and go see the bones inside the campanile. Kevin Padian shares a lot of his own research and is BFFs with Jack Horner!

INTEGBI 24 (Spring 2010)

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INTEGBI 160 (Fall 2011)

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99 86 92 96 99

Comment: Really fair exam (at least for his portion), extremely helpful and enthusiastic. Definitely take a class taught by Prof. Padian before you leave Cal!

INTEGBI 160 (Fall 2011)

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88 50 61 73 87

INTEGBI 160 (Fall 2011)

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79 71 71 74 71

Comment: Great prof. overall, although he loves Darwin a bit too much.

INTEGBI 160 (Fall 2010)

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94 82 100 97 100

Comment: all I can say is freaking amazing

INTEGBI 183L (Spring 2015)

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39 20 21 19 84

Comment: I'm gonna write this comment because when I signed up for this class I only had the other comment to go by to make my decision. As far as I know, most people enjoyed the lecture and lab. Padian is a very entertaining and enthusiastic professor, however he does play favorites and very difficult to approach unless you are one. He is very demanding of ALL his students, however I feel without a strong background and a good grasp of how to study for his exams, I would dissuade my peers from taking his class. Many students enrolled were already interested and have taken other classes in paleontology before 183, while I took this class to fulfill the group B IB requirement. FYI I'm not saying all these things as a student who didn't try their best; I went to the GSIs and the UGSIs office hours and even studied with a study group that met weekly. I thought I knew the material, but then I got the first exam back it was like a slap in the face - I am one of the people who failed the first midterm. He also stormed out of our classroom because our class as a whole did so poorly, complaining people don't go talk to him. When I emailed him to schedule a meeting, he told me meeting with him wouldn't be helpful. For me, it was the most humiliating and most discouraging class I ever took. What kind of professor acts the way he did and says what he says? Despite his words I did go to his office hours, and I felt every time I went he was intimidating and condescending. This made it even more difficult when you are trying to articulate why you are having problems in the class. But if you're up for a challenge, by all means, take this class.

INTEGBI 183L (Spring 2013)

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93 84 75 78 94

Comment: LECTURE: Make sure to take detailed notes about the big picture concepts, like how tetrapods moved from water to land, or extinction. The exams will rarely ask about specific details of each group like lab does. This was one of my only classes that I was able to be interested in for the full hour. It's really interesting, but don't dwell too much on the amount of information presented. EXAMS: The midterms were 3 full pages of short answer, and the final was 4 full pages with some fill in the blank questions. He uploaded some lecture powerpoints that included info not found in the textbook. The book was really useful. He also uploads study questions, some of which were identical to those on the exam. Making a study group and answering the questions on a google doc really helped. There's a chat on google docs if you want to ask questions to your group members as well. Make sure that you can answer all the study questions quickly. If any similar ones are asked on the exam, you'll be able to quickly answer those so you'll have more time for the new questions. Some people weren't able to fully complete the first midterm because it was three full pages of writing. Try to keep your answers short and to the point so you have time to complete everything. For the final, really make sure you understand the different time periods of what groups migrated where, and when/why they did so. TERM PAPER: 8-10 pages, due the last week of class, on any topic related to evolution. Please start early on this. By the time I began researching, which was a month before it was due, everyone else had already begun researching and asking questions. You won't get much detailed help if you wait too long. Focus on your grammar, because he's not afraid to mark you down. LAB: Lab was really cool! Take pictures of all the specimens and their names. There's a lab quiz every week of the previous week's lab, which means that the last quiz is during dead week. The quizzes would have you recognize what part of a fossil is pointed out, ask what fossil is in front of you or what body part it is, and about half of the questions were short answer about cladograms, the function of a body part, or the difference between derived/basal organisms. Read the entire lab manual, make sure you review pictures, memorize the cladogram, and understand what different body parts do and how they're different in different organisms. The quizzes were really difficult if you didn't study, and it's very difficult to cram for them the day before. It's a lot of information, but it gets easier to manage over time. Some extra credit was also given on some quizzes or during a few labs. OVERALL: I'm really glad I took this class. It was a lot of information. I wish lab was less about memorizing different groups, but it was still conceptual enough to be interesting.

INTEGBI 283 (Spring 2012)

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96 83 71 83 100

Comment: amazing

INTEGBI 286 (Spring 2012)

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100 100 50 50 85

Comment: Great experience for anyone interested in paleontology, geology,etc.

L & S 121 (Spring 2013)

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82 85 63 71 100

Comment: Somewhat more scattered than Hendel, but made the lectures interesting and funny. Learned a lot about evolution in an easily digestible fashion. Cool that he worked on the important Dover Trial regarding Intelligent Design. He lets his atheism and opposition to Intelligent Design very clear.