Bretton Kent

19 reviews
Average rating: 4.00




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BSCI393

Expecting an A
Anonymous 04/01/2020
Wonderful guy! Loved him! Super enthusiastic about his work! And with the Covid situation, he is transitioning to online, and everything he's doing is amazingly smooth!
BSCI392

Expecting an A+
Anonymous 11/20/2018
One of my favorite professors! He is so interesting and smart and presents everything in a pretty standard, easy to grasp way. He is very accessible outside of class as well. Exams require a lot of studying but are not too difficult.
BSCI207

Expecting an A
synaptic-gap 07/11/2013
While I would say that it's important for you to know how to apply and connect information without memorization, this class is a HEAVY memorization class, and if they tell you otherwise, do not believe them. True/False questions on each exam nearly killed my grade, because they were straightforward answers and I was thinking abstractly. STICK TO THE FACTS.
BSCI207

Expecting an A
synapticgap 05/27/2013
So, while the content and lectures are COMPLETELY relevant to the field... The exams were slightly unfair to those of us ahead of the game in connecting things abstractly. They comprised mostly of multiple T/F questions, which is like a memorization course. Thus, when he says that this is not a memorization course, do not believe him. He's a wonderful professor who knows how to relay the material well, but the exams were horrendously memorization-based.
BSCI207

Expecting a B
KevinRich 05/20/2013
Kent makes it interesting and is extremely knowldgable of the subject. But its a very hard class
BSCI207

Expecting an A
wordlife2101 07/29/2012
Great lecturer - really keeps you interested in the material which could otherwise be very, very boring. Very engaging, and always willing to help if you stop by his office. Tests are hard, so study well. And definitely go to class!
BSCI207

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/28/2012
I took Dr. Kent's BSCI207 course with Dr. Haag this Spring 2012. It was an extremely interesting course, with a large focus on macrobiological concepts like physiology and biochemistry. It is a great introduction to upper level biology courses. When I first signed up, I was a little apprehensive because I heard a lot of bad things about BSCI207, about how it was hard and uninteresting. But in actuality, it is very relevant to anyone who wants to pursue a degree in Biology. The main thing is to GO TO LECTURE. You will not do well on the exams if you don't go to lecture!! The slides contain minimal amounts of information. All the tested material were things that Dr. Kent/Dr. Haag explained in lecture. The exams are fair. They're not easy, you actually have to study a lot for them. Dr. Kent is an outstanding lecturer and takes the time to drive home important points of the topic. Tough, but enjoyable class.
BSCI207

Expecting a C+
Anonymous 05/15/2012
I really didn't want to take this class but I had to because it is a requirement for my major. Unfortunately, I was stuck with Dr. Kent and Dr. Haag for Spring 2012. By far one of the WORST bio classes I have taken at this university. All the material is random BS which makes you want to pull your hair out. They test you on the most pointless topics (3 exams, lowest dropped, weekly quizzes -10 total). Final exam is cumulative with a strong emphasis on the most recent material. All the exams are about 30 true false, 10 multiple choice and short answer. Although Kent is very passionate about the subject material, he is a very difficult person to deal with. He really wants to fail his students (which he has expressed he doesn't mind doing). Just an old and cranky old man who does nothing but sip his coffee while lecturing you. Overall: boring professor, difficult, passionate about bio. Bottomline: Avoid this professor if you can. Otherwise, good luck...
BSCI207

Expecting a B
Anonymous 01/13/2012
I took him with Higgins last Spring. Kent was pretty good. You can tell he enjoyed the material since he was very enthusiastic during lectures. His enthusiasm made it easier to pay attention. His tests were hard, but that's only because BSCI207 is designed to filter people out. He, like Higgins, pointed out specific concepts that were definitely going to be on exams so the class generally knew what to focus on. Overall, I enjoyed his teaching. If you decide to take him or Higgins, go to lecture! Most of the exam material stemmed from his words and NOT the powerpoint slides.
BSCI207

defeatthehuns 05/17/2011
Great lecturer, hard tests. You literally have to study each and every word in his Powerpoints. Not as goofy as Higgins, but I liked him.
BSCI392

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/15/2010
I really loved BSCI392. Dr. Kent is a great lecturer, and the class was fascinating. But be warned that this class is not an easy A -- it might not even be an easy B. He posts his lectures online and they are helpful outlines to study from, but you MUST go to class. There is a ton of information that is not in the PowerPoint and sometimes he'll even hint as to what will be on the final exam. His tests are pretty tough (16 multiple-multiple questions and 2 short answers) but there are two group reconstructions that will boost your grade. If you truly care about the subject, pay attention and study a moderate amount you should get an A. If you skip class a lot and don't study much you will be lucky to get a B. Kent is a very nice person who genuinely cares about us and how well we learn, but he holds us to a high standard. If you are interested in paleobiology (especially vertebrate paleobiology) he will be the perfect professor.
BSCI207

Expecting a B+
Anonymous 05/15/2010
Kent- his lectures are really boring.. his exams are soo hard. He will have short answer questions on the most random things and tiniest details which are worth a lot of points. Therefore, you pretty much need to study EVERYTHING on his slides.. which is crazy.. Higgins- I learned a lot more from Higgins than Kent. Higgins is a lot more entertaining and his exams are based more on concepts than straight memorization like Kent. BSCI207 sucks.. pointless class that you have to study so much for.
BSCI207

hippoterp 04/24/2010
I took 207 with Higgins and Kent. Kent was boring though he is clearly very knowledgeable about the subject matter he teaches (which, unfortunately, is also boring). I thought his test was also a LOT harder than Higgins' because it was less straight forward. He wasn't bad, but he wasn't great either.
BSCI207

Anonymous 05/22/2009
I took this course with Higgins and Kent, and found that I got more out of the lectures with Kent. While they both post their lectures online, Kent had more text so it was easier to follow along and take notes. Definitely do what they recommend, and print out the lectures beforehand and take notes directly on them. And go to class, because most of the exams are based on the lectures, not the book. The class was really hard, and you definitely need to study along with the lectures instead of cramming the night before an exam. That said, it's not impossible to get a good grade in this course; it just takes work, but you really do learn a lot.
BSCI207

Expecting a B
joepenn1 05/01/2009
Great teacher who knows his stuff. Had BSCI 207 with him and Higgins and Kent, while the less eccentric of the two, still loves participation and likes to have fun with the material. MUST go to lecture, nothing else including posted slides and the text will due. Tests based on lectures.
BSCI207

Anonymous 04/10/2009
I had a class with Kent and Higgins together and Kent is by far the better teacher. He thoroughly explained concepts where Higgins would just hope that you knew them. Kent was also nicer and wasn't obnoxious like Higgins.
BSCI207

Expecting an A
jessgord 11/15/2008
He was a GREAT professor and a really nice guy. He and Higgins had a great relationship too. He explained all the concepts clearly and thoroughly and answered any questions students had. He also moved at a reasonable pace. You just have to take extra notes during lecture and study hard and you'll do well.
BSCI207

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/22/2008
Kent was a very good lecturer. Between him and Higgins, I liked Kent better. He was a little clearer when explaining the material and wasn't as intimidating. His lecture notes also have more words that Higgins' so they are easier to follow. Must attend class though, the lecture notes don't have everything. I also thought his test questions were very fair.
BSCI207

Anonymous 03/16/2008
I have a class dual taught by Kent and Higgins. Though Kent is the less dynamic of the two, he is an excellent teacher. He can move quickly, but still explains everything thoroughly. He is very interested in his subject matter, and very knowledgeable. Must attend lecture because the slides don't contain all the information. Receptive to questions and likes participation.