Clement, Sandi  

Biological Sciences

3.04/4.00

28 evaluations


BIO 161


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2011
I would recommend this professor for lab. Sometimes she takes a while to explain things before starting a lab and can get annoying but I didn't find this to be a huge deal. She was very approachable and will help you during lab. She knows the material that is being taught and is better than some student teachers I have heard horror stories about. You will get credit for attempting the pre-labs and make sure to go into office hours for your lab report. I am not sure what the class average is, but keep in mind that the final lab grades will be weighted so that they stay in average with all the other labs. So an A could turn into a B.

BIO 302


Junior
D
Required (Major)
May 2013
Nice lady but a terrible teacher. Avoid her at all cost. She is extremely unclear and makes everything more difficult than it is.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2013
DO NOT TAKE HER FOR A GE. Clement is a very unclear professor. She makes you memorize obscure colloquialisms which makes it really hard to make connections between different topics. Clement tries really hard to make it easier for people without Bio backgrounds but it ends up leaving you more confused. This woman does not know how to lecture


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Jun 2013
Terrible teacher. Her tests are so unfair and ridiculous. The majority of the class fails. Her lectures are useless and completely irrelevant. Unless you're someone with a biochem background you will struggle with this class. She should not be a teacher. I worked my ass off and still got terrible grades on my exams, and all in all, I don't feel like I learned anything. AVOID HER AT ALL COSTS


Senior
C
Required (Support)
Jun 2013
All I'm gonna say is FUCK this teacher.


Graduate Student
N/A
Elective
Nov 2013
I wanted to put up a post before the next registration. This is the second time I have attempted to take genetics and I can honestly say, Dr. Clement listens to her student feedback. Last qtr, my brain hurt an hour into class; this qtr, I may not understand everything in lecture, but if you do the readings, answer the study guide questions and actually do the out of class quizzes and hmwk assignments, you will do well. Clement has cut out all the excess chemistry and has done a great job staying "on subject" this qtr. She even offers extra credit and bonus points! She is fair, approachable and has a great sense if humor. She wants students to succeed! Yes, the subject matter is challenging for us non-science folks, but it's interesting, and learnable. Take good notes in lecture; many of the exam questions come directly from lecture, clicker questions, her amazing study guides and the untimed, at-home quizzes. There are 3 MT's and a final. This scared me at first, but now it gives me hope that at week 8, with a C+, I still have a shot at a B or B+ with two more exams left. This is a great class with a wonderful teacher. Be prepared to study and do the readings and optional assignnents if you want to get an A. This class made me want to learn even more about genetics.:)


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jan 2014
She is such a wonderful teacher! I would definitely recommend taking her class for a GE. She presents the material in a clear way that almost everyone can understand. I doubt anyone failed her class and in a class of about 120, about 10 got D's and F's on the midterms. Great professor and class.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2014
Amazing teacher, amazing class! I looked forward to every class. I was shocked at the negative reviews, as I found Dr. Clement excellent communicator with fair tests who provided many opportunities for students to improve. She was entertaining and interesting and really knows her stuff! I have already recommended her class to others that need a genetics course. My advice is to make sure you do the study guides and actually GO TO CLASS...if you frequently skip and think the PowerPoints will suffice, you will probably not do well (which is what I suspect happened in the bad reviews)! If you like life science, and especially genetics....take her!


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2014
This class takes studying, but clement is awesome!!! so funny and kind. there is always chances to do well, three midterms and a final, some easyyyyy at home quizzes and homeworks, and clickr questions for participation. im not a science person but i managed to get 100% on one of the midterms! dont be scared for this class.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
Dr. Clement is absolutely wonderful. I am not sure what the other comments below are saying. I am a nutrition major with not much experience in biochemistry and I did quite well in the course, as did the rest of the class. Our test averages for all 80-90 students was always a high B at least. She switched the course so the biochemistry is at the end when you have a better grasp on the topics to start and can understand which structures she is talking about. She also provides thorough study guides with everything you'll need to know and things you don't need to know for all of the chapters. If you fill those out and study them you will do totally fine. She is also one of the kindest souls and has a sense of humor. If you ever need help, go to office hours, she is there to help and can explain things and clarify anything you are struggling with. Overall, probably my favorite course this quarter.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Aug 2014
UGH. She tries so hard to make this class cool, but it's just not. It's so hard and Sandi's presentations do not help. So much of the material I had to teach myself. Don't buy the book. 2 hours in the library right before the test with it will be enough. Avoid, if possible. If you can't it will be fine. But study more than you think you need to.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2017
If you have to take Bio 302 or 303, take it with Dr. Clement for Bio 302! This class was clearly laid out and you can tell that she really knows how to get material across to students. I highly recommend her. She gives study guides for each of her 3 tests throughout the quarter and they are exactly what the test was on. She also gives many extra credit opportunities which help your grade a lot. She always asks if people have questions after each topic which helps a lot as well. Also, I took this class in the summer (5 week session) and I felt like she went easier on us because of the short time period so I also recommend taking this class with her during the summer. Overall, one of my favorite professors!

MU 323


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
Prof cried today.... What a weirdo hahahah get a grip of your life.

WGS 350


Senior
A
General Ed
Dec 2014
Great teacher. She taught this class with Dr. Lehr. They are both really nice and understanding. Easy A! Take this class for Area F

BIO 351


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2012
Dr. Clement was a very good teacher for genetics. Her exams were on the long side, you will need to take the full time, but they were fair. If you keep up with the reading and focus on the learning objectives, you will do well. She is helpful and approachable during her office hours. She presented the material clearly and kept us engaged and participating during the class. I would suggest taking her for genetics.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
Dr. Clement is really kind and understanding but she is not a good teacher. Her inexperience at teaching really shows in lecture when she does not clearly explain topics and just moves onto the next powerpoint slide. The textbook really helps to clarify alot of what she tries to teach. She also writes difficult tests and homework assignments so studying alot is necessary for her classes. Her office hours are really helpful especially since most of the other students struggle with similar concepts. I would recommend her for lab but not for lecture.


5th Year Senior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2014
I always get disappointed when I see polyratings like this. I had Dr. Clement for BIO 161 lab 3 years ago and BIO 351. In that time her teaching skills have GREATLY improved. I think a lot of students don't recognize how wonderful, considerate and understanding she is. If I were to give advice to fellow students who are going through the biology track, get to know your professors!! It is such an important relationship to develop. Dr. Clement could have scattered lectures sometimes but it was nothing the book wouldn't clear up. IF YOU ARE AN BIO UPPERCLASSMAN YOU NEED TO READ THE BOOKS! Biology is a hard subject. Don't think you are going to get away with not reading or studying appropriately! And if you are complaining about 351 just wait until you get to other classes....Metabolism, Protein Folding Technique Lab etc. You will be begging to go back to Genetics.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
She is the nicest, most caring professor I have ever had. I have never had a professor who cares so much about her students. Her tests are extremely fair, and she gives you all of the tools you need to succeed, such as study guides, learning objectives, practice problems, worksheets, etc. I was so surprised to see this poor rating on here. Honestly, you can't find a better person on campus.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2015
She is an amazing teacher and very knowledgeable about genetics. Extremely helpful and open in office hours . You have to go to lecture and you have to read the book


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2015
Dr. Clement was really good at noticing when the class was not understanding a topic. She used the clicker system to see when students were choosing on certain questions and when the distribution was even or swayed she would spend more time on that topic. She did not require you to answer the question correctly, just answer it for participation. This made it easier for students to be honest about their answers and not be worried that they were wrong. Her tests were on the longer side with short answer, multiple choice, multiple answer, and some drawing portions. I felt that these tests were way easier than regular multiple choice, but that may just be my own personal learning style. You will have to use the book to get a better idea of some concepts that she touches on in class. She also gives some worksheets for extra credit to help you out. She also understands that the 3rd test usually has a slight downturn on the average and she gives an opportunity to redo two questions from the test for half credit. This is super helpful for people who don't do as well on short answer. Dr. Clement was always available in office hours and she was very helpful with any questions. She always tried to get everyone back on topic if things were questions were getting off topic so that everything stayed on schedule. Overall, I think Dr. Clement is a great professor who is very helpful and knowledgable about her subject.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2015
Dr. Clement is really a SUPERIOR teacher. Her teaching style was so consistent, organized, and clear that it made a tough subject with A LOT of material to cover in 10 weeks easy and interesting to grasp. You can tell that Dr. Clement truly cares about and works hard at her job and helping her students, and that in turn motivated myself and my peers to do well in the course. She is honestly one of the best professors I've had at Cal Poly.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
May 2015
Clement is a great professor, she probably cares more about her student's success and doing a good job than any other teacher I've had. Her lectures are very organized, and consistent with the testing material. Her tests can be a bit difficult, but shes very accessible when you need help. A great person and professor.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2015
Genetics with Dr. Clement has been my favorite bio class so far at cal poly. She is such a nice lady and really wants her students to suceed. I will definitely take her again if I get the chance.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Professor Clement cares about her students, she knows the subject extremely well, and is very organized. You definitely need to read the book and attend lecture to do well on her tests, which can be difficult, but she is really approachable in office hours and during class. She's not condescending and challenges her students to think through the mechanisms and applications of genetics. Would highly recommend her as a teacher, because she pushes her class to think about the ethical/social implications of genetics as well, and will update you about news about genetics in the real world. I learned more in this class than I have in most of my classes about the material, my own study habits/test-taking, and biology beyond the classroom.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
I was doing really bad in the class. I got two D's and a C on her three midterms, but I ended up passing (I do not know how). Genetics was really hard for me to understand. Her tests are multiple choice and a lot of free response. She wants detailed responses. She provides study guides but they are so vague they basically want you to learn the whole chapter. She is a super nice and smart teacher. I think I was just doing bad because I really hate genetics. But I still passed so...


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
May 2016
Dr.Clement is one of the most wonderful professors I have had at Cal Poly. She is truly passionate about her students and the material is teaching. Genetics was challenging, but it's a tough subject. She is very willing to explain everything if you make the effort. She's also hilarious and kept me entertained during lecture. Highly recommend!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2017
Dr. Clement is an amazing professor and an amazing person. She broke her lectures down so that all of the concepts were clear. She posted extra diagrams/videos/worksheets/etc. that students could work through the more challenging concepts. She also tied in current events to her lectures. She was extremely approachable and helpful especially in office hours.

BIO 375


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Sep 2012
Sandi was helpful and tried to help us out during the course. The course material was pretty difficult to understand the first time around, so it takes some further questioning and studying to really understand what the hell you're doing in this lab. I'm glad I took this class though, the lab techniques learned are valuable and informative.