Average 4.7 based on 44 teacher ratings
Mike Janda is a Science teacher at Bellarmine College Preparatory School located in San Jose, California. When comparing Mike Janda's ratings to other teachers in the state of California, Mike Janda's ratings are above the average of 4.16 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Bellarmine College Preparatory School is 4.07 stars.
3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge
5
Textbook Use
4
Exam Difficulty
5
Recommended
3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge
5
Textbook Use
3
Exam Difficulty

Oh my god. He has to be the best teacher I've ever had - hands down. Tbh there's not a lot of work but you should study for each test for at least 3 hours and do the 45 mins of homework that he assigns every day. That's the way to get an A. You learn an insane amount. He genuinely cares about whether you learn the material. His class is so funny and lit.

5
Recommended
4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge
5
Textbook Use
4
Exam Difficulty

Had him for Chem honors. EXTREMELY GOOD TEACHER. Take chem honors if you're in doubt right now. Super awesome at teaching material, and the first semester is pretty easy. But also be sure to do ALL the homework, its ultra important. Prepare for tests by finding more problems on the internet, which is really easy. Second semester, DO NOT take the AP test. Studying for that will ruin your other grade and it's extra hard. Go for the SAT 2. Also be sure to try as hard as possible second semester.

5
Recommended
5
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge
4
Textbook Use
2
Exam Difficulty

Mr. Janda is one of the most awesome teachers here. If you know how to math and find chemistry symbols, formulas, and diagrams pretty intuitive, then you will probably have a great time in Mr. Janda's Chemistry Honors class. If not, then good luck with your grade, but you will still have a great time. I personally found second semester a lot more demanding than first semester. While first semester was mostly rules and memorization, second semester really required me to think about the concepts.

4
Easiness
4
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge
4
Textbook Use
2
Exam Difficulty

Came into class feeling overly confident and ended up doing mediocre for the first semester, which looking back would have been pretty easy if I'd put the proper effort forward-makes you love/hate chem at the same time. I knew a guy who got an 89.49 and didn't get the boost. Aced almost every test 2nd semester, scored over a hundred on the final. General opinion is the second semester is much harderlike I said, proper effort and you'll "make hay" as Mr. Janda likes to say.

1
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
4
Clarity
5
Knowledge
5
Textbook Use
4
Exam Difficulty

Mr. Janda is truly an excellent teacher, the only problem is the difficulty. I took Chemistry Honors with him, and in the beginning I was very confident about the class. But I ended up dropping the class for a variety of reasons. The main one was because I was studying all weekend, just to get a D on a test. Needless to say, that just isn't ok. So I ended up going into regular Chem, which turned out to be an excellent decision.

3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge
5
Textbook Use
4
Exam Difficulty

Mr. Janda is a fabulous teacher who dosen't make you jump through hoops to get a good grade. He tells you like it is. You get the grade that you deserve, there is no extra credit, the grade you get is the grade you deserve. He is always available before school, and is willing to help you with any problems that you may have. Unlike other teachers in the Science dept., he dosen't play politics, he's just a fair yet awesome teacher.

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
4
Clarity
5
Knowledge
5
Textbook Use
5
Exam Difficulty

Pragmatic and really funny, but his class is 100% material. No personal life bs to be found here. Either you DO THE READING and the hw or you get the grade you deserve. It's a hard class, but a fair one. Personally I found his class hardest.

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge
3
Textbook Use
4
Exam Difficulty

Make hay while the suns still shining

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge

Chem H with Mr. Janda was the best overall class I've ever taken. It was interesting, challenging, and rewarding. The Chem H class prepares you for the AP test well as well. Mr. Janda is a very moral, religious Southerner who played football for Texas, who also knows everything about chemistry--just a great guy. You won't form a bond with him, but he's still a great teacher.

3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge

Amazing teacher. He knows his material and knows how to explain it in a fun, while educated manner. I highly recommend him if you want to do well in Chem Honors

3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge

Amazing teacher. He truly knows his stuff and how to explain it. He is amazing teacher who explains very well, although he is not very sociable and is right to the point. But he really knows his stuff and how to explain it in a fun way.

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge

Mr. Janda is a very good teacher. His lectures are very straightforward and informative. He grades without any personal bias, so work is absolutely essential to receive an A in his class.

2
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge

most straightforward class you will take at bell. did not even read the text 1st semester, just study from your lecture notes and you'll be fine. 2nd semester you may have to use your book as a guide, but he's a great teacher who simplifies the material. no subjective bs in grading, but beware only 2-3 people per period end up with A's in chem honors.

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity
5
Knowledge

Mr. Janda easily one of the best science teachers at Bellarmine. His class is perfectly structured and there is no personal bias at all in his grading scheme. If you do your homework, take notes, and read the book you will do perfectly alright. Even if you're still stuck, just go to him before school and he'll make everything super clear.
Mr. Janda is one of the few teachers at Bell that I have respect for.

3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

Great teacher. Most clear, direct teacher I have--he'll tell you exactly what you need to know. I really like him and he's a reasonable guy.

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

Awesome teacher for Chem Honors. He makes the material extremely clear-cut, and has reasonable expectations. If you pay attention, do the homework, etc, it isn't a bad class at all.

3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
4
Clarity

Pretty difficult class, but if you put a lot of work it's not that bad. Notes are a necessity, but his writing at times is illegible. Says a lot of funny stuff

3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

2
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

5
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

best teacher ever

5
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

You can memorize...or you can visualize.

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

Good teacher, goes over everything really clearly, he seems kinda intimidating at first but hes not bad

2
Easiness
3
Helpfulness
2
Clarity

2
Easiness
3
Helpfulness
4
Clarity

3
Easiness
4
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

"GIT REAL...... or ideal", "oh those molar masses, they'll come back to haunt you", "my favorite readin's"

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

big surprise when you enter his class. his chem honors class is very engaging and entertaining. he is extremely knowledgeable and his lectures are very effective. you can just skip reading the book as long as you take good class notes and you will do just as well.

3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

the best science teacher i have had since i began school.

3
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

great teacher... you can not read the book and if you pay attention you will understand. if you don't pay attention class is very hard, but he is quite entertaining and outside of class is a bit antisocial but very nice guy.

1
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

Seenyor Janda, jumpin' around the class, lecturin'. A goof, but he knew his stuff. Class is tough despite his folksy and friendly demeanor.

3
Easiness
4
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

Chem honors can be pretty tough if you don't work. Mr. Janda knows his stuff though, and he's a pretty funny guy. However, he will take off way too many points for small errors and is inconsistent with his grading at times. One test an error I made was 3 points off, and my friend who made the exact same error got only 2 points taken off. This gets frustrating because the grade in chem honors is all points, so everything you miss adds up. Basically if you work at getting everything, the class is pretty easy.

3
Easiness
3
Helpfulness
4
Clarity

2
Easiness
4
Helpfulness
4
Clarity

Tough class, good teacher.

5
Easiness
3
Helpfulness
2
Clarity

chem honors is WAY TO EASY but he doesn't prepare you for the SAT very well. he's really funny.

3
Easiness
4
Helpfulness
4
Clarity

2
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
4
Clarity

chem honors is tough in itself, but he tries to simplify it as much as possible. knows his stuff in and out and gives u a solid background in chem

2
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS A GOOD TECHNICAL COACH BUT HE IS A GREAT GUY AND I ENJOYED MY 2 YEARS ON VARSITY, #64

4
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

Great teacher

3
Easiness
4
Helpfulness
4
Clarity

wow janda is so weird with all those hand motions and that texan accent to bad he doesnt coach as well as he is funny

2
Easiness
4
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

gave me an absolutely solid chem basis in hrnrs that still sits wit me today... makes my 1st yr chem class at ucla a breeze...

3
Easiness
4
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

very good chem teacher...knows what he's saying and is articulate about it. Chem Honors isn't supposed to be easy, and he knows it. Intereresting person too.

1
Easiness
3
Helpfulness
3
Clarity

Arggg...my GPA went from a 4.0 to 3.9 because of Chemistry Honors. = (

4
Easiness
2
Helpfulness
4
Clarity

Janda's an alright guy, but he isn't the BEST teacher. Better than lowney, though. good chem teacher, funny, but not easy.

5
Easiness
5
Helpfulness
5
Clarity

Great nic names and use of ficticious weapons to call on students. Too bad he can't coach as well as he teaches.

Similar science teachers like Mike Janda?

Mark Riese Science
43 Ratings
33 Ratings
32 Ratings
31 Ratings
14 Ratings

Learn more about Bellarmine College Preparatory School

5-star
69%
4-star
10%
3-star
8%
2-star
4%
1-star
5%
Based on 2,480 Ratings
Bellarmine College Preparatory School is located in San Jose, California with an average teacher rating of 4.07 stars. When comparing Bellarmine College Preparatory School's teachers to other teachers in the state of California, Bellarmine College Preparatory School's teachers are below the average of 4.16 stars. Bellarmine College Preparatory School ranks 457 amongst all High Schools in the state of California. Learn More