Average 4.52 based on 57 teacher ratings
Betty Burkhard is a Science teacher at West High School located in Torrance, California and part of Torrance Unified. Betty Burkhard's 57 teacher ratings contributes to West High School's ranking of 1,248 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at West High School is 3.93 stars.
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She is hard don't expect her to treat you like a baby but if you ask she will help, labs are hard I think her class is doabel and you could get an A if you get enough rest and don't stress, but still do your work. I got out of the class one smester with an 87 percent that is incredibly good at least for that class. Makes you think it is not just easy question there is a lot of deriving what learned sad that she is retiring I wanted her for enviro AP

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Burkhard is very nice and knowledgeable but her class is very difficult

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Knowledgable teacher, and really helps students if you reach out to her. Best AP Enviro teacher. Oh, and she really prepares you for the AP Exam, many of my friends and I got 4's. Love her and really recommend taking enviro, even if her tests are hard.

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Burkhard's a really good teacher. I had her for Biology Honors, and man is that class hard. Her homework will definitely prepare you for tests though.DEFINITELY study before hand. My problem was that I would leave studying to 1-2 days before the test. Very dangerous, and I'm lucky I passed her class. She is very nice and helpful to everyone. She has favorites but she does a good job of disguising herself. Get a good rest before her class. If you put in the work (and it's a lot) you'll make it.

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I have Mrs. Burkhard this year for biology honors and have learned an incredible amount in her class. With that in mind, she assigns homework every night, has her students do multiple labs per week, and teaches at a fast pace. A couple of students in my class and her other bio h classes are failing because they cannot keep up with the work load, and many once straight-A students are getting B's. I highly recommend this class for students who are interested in biology & willing to put in work.

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Very knowledgeable, workload is pretty heavy and tests are hard, but it you prepare for it (a lot) you will pass it. You should turn in all hw and don't just rush through the labs, take your time and check if it's correct because they're worth a lot. Homework is worth 15%, labs and activities are worth 25%, tests and quizzes are worth 40% (very important) and the midterm and final are worth 20%. Overall, I like her and she will always clarify if you ask.

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Definitely one of the most knowledgable, helpful, and challenging teachers of West High.

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She's probably one of the hardest teachers you'll ever have (burkHARD), but she prepares you really well for all the APs you'll end up taking in high school.

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Mrs. Burkhard is such a fantastic person and teacher. So helpful, understanding, and has a great attitude about teaching. If you want an A her honors/AP classes you'll have to work really hard, though.

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Too much homework. Only helpful to her favorite students.

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I'd have to say, her Bio H class is probably one of the hardest classes on campus. Gives a GREAT deal of homework, and the class itself is extremely challenging, so be ready for the stuff shes going to throw at you. She is an awesome teacher: extremely nice, very helpful when asking questions. Her grading system is a bit harsh on projects. Make sure you do all the homework, I got a A by doing all her homework and getting Bs and Cs on her tests!

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Great teacher, hard class. (At least in Biology Honors).

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She's really nice and she's a really good teacher. She's really helpful and nice but this class is hard. well at least if you're in honors.

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Mrs. Burkhard is a dedicated teacher. She is eager to help her students with Biology. She HATES cheating. She wants to make sure that you are actually learning. I think that her passion is teaching and she loves it.

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Mrs. burkhard is a great bio teacher. It's just that her homework has to ability to drive you crazy and the tests are ridiculously hard. However, she's a nice lady and can help you study, if you ask correctly. Her labs are also fun, although hard. She was one of the best teachers I ever had ;)

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Personally, I think her tests are a bit too hard. Her notes on powerpoint goes on for the period and I'm not going to lie it is boring. However, with all the information that she hands us, I think she prepared us well for the AP test (Environmental Science). She is a really nice person who cares about her students. Her homework is somewhat confusing as sometimes all my friends and I can't figure it out but she was happy to help us if we asked her. Overall, I think that she is a great teacher who knows what

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I'm tired of her homework and she changed my life style. BUt! she's really good at teacher f'sure.

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Very great teacher. Makings boring subjects somewhat interesting

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the best teacher i have ever had!

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One of the few teachers that can explain a given concept really well!

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Ms Burkhard is an exceptional teacher who teaches Bio honors and Enviro AP. I love her!

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the tests aren't bad, since they're multiple choice. but the hardest part was the labs. you actually have to get the right (they're not graded on effort), and they're usually long and boring. trust me though, the tests are more reasoning, with a basic knowledge of the chapter information.

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whatever she teaches no one gets it. whoever is reading this, dont take biology take mr. williams weird science class.

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lots to do, stressful tests, but in the long run worth being in there. great labs and projects.

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Very cool teacher. Sticks to the subject and makes biology enjoyable. Too bad I still failed her class, heh.

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Very nice, but does not round no matter what. Even if you're like literally 1 point away from the next grade. Besides that, really nice and clear.

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I'll say this: Bio H taught me the importance of studying. You really have to work hard in her class, but she is an excellent teacher, very nice and very good at explaining things. Best tchr in school

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She's so nice you can't hate her. :) She's very very intelligent and really good at answering your questions. Her tests, handouts, and homework assignments are always relevant and helpful.

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Very nice teacher, she is extremly helpful and you always leave her class with a brain full of knowledge ;D

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Her tests are pretty hard, but she is one of the greatest teachers on campus. don't be afraid to ask questions, because she is really cool if you talk with her

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She is so cool and very approachable. Always friendly and never in a bad mood. Ask a lot of questions, NEVER be afraid to ask about something you don't understand, cause it will get you on her tests!

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She is an excellent teacher who knows her stuff and I have never learned more from a science teacher, but she is extremely hard.If you take Biology 1 Honors, you will have 2-3 hrs of homework a night.

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Mrs. Burkhard is a really great teacher, but really hard. I had her for Bio Honors last year, and I got D's both semesters, but I never learned more in a class. Its hard liking a teacher who is failing you, but she really knows how to teach!

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Her tests are hard, but shes a good teacher overall. WAY better than Kreide....grumble...

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An awesome teacher. She's very hard, but she teaches really well. I don't get great grades in her class, but I've learned more in her class than any of my other classes combined.

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I had her in 8th grade, and she is a moody teacher. Her tests are sometimes irrelevant to the material she teaches. Her teaching skills are horrible.

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tests are way too hard, its not about what we learned.

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Nice teacher but too hard tests!!!

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too much homework, tests are need to be about stuff we learn, andnice teahcer

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Although she assigns a lot of homework, she is very clear in explaining everything and you learn a lot. She is a very good and effective teacher.

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Way too much homework. Tests are really hard too. Nice, but doesnt understand we have lives other than biology.

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She wants everyone to do well in her class and anywhere else. She is always willing to help, even in 6 30 in the mornin!

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o man she rocks!!! shes so unbelievably nice!!

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she is sooo nice even though we have alot of homework..she still really cares for her students

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mrs burkhard is reallie kool and nice...but TOOH MUCH HW!!!!!

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I like her humor, and she's nice to us

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She's so nice and helpful. But the homework and tests are really hard.

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Mrs. Burkhard is the best- she's by far the nicest teacher ever. She is always helpful and truly cares about her students.

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She's the sweetest!

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cool teacher, boring lectures, hard tests, a lot of freedom though, good sense of humor

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How can anyone not like mrs burkhard? She is truly like a mother. She cares for each and everyone of her students with a genuine heart.

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She is so sweet! We joke that she's like our mom. And she really cares about everyone and wants them to do well.

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The nicest teacher at west.

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Ms. Burkhard is such a sweet and caring teacher. She genuinely cares for her stu

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