Average 3.02 based on 28 teacher ratings
Hal Groeneboer is a Science teacher at Rancho Bernardo High School located in San Diego, California and part of Poway Unified School District . Hal Groeneboer's 28 teacher ratings contributes to Rancho Bernardo High School's ranking of 1,291 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Rancho Bernardo High School is 4.15 stars.
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THIS DUDE IS THE MAN!!!!!!

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This is a VERY difficult class and he can be absolutely terrifying, but he made me fall in love with the subject. His course is very in depth and I am so glad I had him.

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His class really isn't bad. His jokes and puns are very cringey sometimes, though. He doesn't EVER use the textbook and posts his notes online with blanks, so make sure that you get those filled in! His test questions ALL come from the notes. Mr. Groeneboer, if you ever read this, let me just say that I am proud to say "Yay, hooray, chemistry today!"

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Mr.Groeneboer is so reasonable, and his teaching is not bad. He gives some home works everyday ,and he always makes sure that everyone understands. He does not want to make the class hard. He is so good at chemistry. Also, his tests are all from the notes that he give; you only have to pay attention to his teaching and study hard ;)

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If you understand his sense of humor the class becomes much more enjoyable! Chemistry is an incredibly difficult subject to grasp, and he honestly did a better job than my college professors! He was the only teacher who seriously directed me on to a really helpful college path, he really does want to help if you ask! I took this class my senior year of high school, AFTER physics & I highly recommend doing so. I received an A in his class both semsters, so it is possible.

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Overall, you teach yourself the chem curriculum through youtube videos and AP Chem students, because he does not explain topics clearly at all.

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He is not as bad as everyone says, but he thinks that 1. Everyone should get it, and 2. chem is more important than any other class.

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He's really confusing and sometimes just plain ridiculous but he knows what he's talking about and will be helpful if you get on his good side. We don't really go over how to do the homework but he's usually pretty chill about stamping it later. His laugh and lame jokes > life

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Be prepared to do a ton of studying on your own. Gets annoyed if you ask for help on something that he did not explain. Tests are impossible. He does not want to be at school

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He treats a "college prep class" like an actually college course. Just throwing information at you without good explanation, and then goes on to claim to be spoon feeding all the time. To put it short, he is way to old-school.

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Wow just wow you can't learn anything and he assigns homework when he doesn't teach he dont even know he dont even care.

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Really great guy, just gotta understand his humor and not take everything he says to heart. Decent teacher, he knows what he's talking about. Definitely favors the smarter kids, but as long as you do your packets and sorta study for the tests you'll pull off the B. Don't expect him to baby you through everything that is for sure.

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Oh, Mr. G! He was definitely not the easiest, most helpful or nicest teacher. If you are really focused during his lectures, the concepts are pretty easy. He had me tutor students during his class which was a nice compliment. Based on the other reviews, I'm surprised he's still teaching at RB. Everyday, he mentioned how he wanted to live a lazy life in Texas... Looking back, one thing is that his motivation for teaching is for CA STAR test scores, and not for the good will of educating students.

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My favorite science teacher ever! I learned so much about chemistry this year and all the tests and homework were really easy and he helped me a lot with all of my homework and questions. He's such a sweet guy when you get on his good side if you know what I'm saying ;)

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Assigns irrelevant homework assignments, and doesn't even know the material covered in the homework. Assigns homework before teaching the subject, or without teaching it altogether.Still teaching new content that will be on final in 2 days, yet hasn't reviewed or made study guides for the final that counts for half of grade. Giving us notes from previous years even though the tests are different. I haven't passed half the tests, yet am still maintaining a B b/c homework and labs are more points

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He would randomly announce loudly "WHAT-EVER!" when I was in Ocean. It was rather amusing and brow-raising. His grading scale is solid and is overall an OK teacher.

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class was easy but not as easy as an oceanography class should be, also he is the meanest and most negative person i have ever met, hes mean for the sake of being mean and really just ruined my day

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Say what you want about the teacher's personality, but he is one of the only chem teachers who can teach.

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He is ok. Get on his good side. Easy to pass class if you take good notes, he allows notes on tests and offers tons of extra credit for finals. he offered extra 10% on finals for doing 100 review ?'s

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he does not know how to run an ordally class but BUT he does know whats hes talking about , yea he's a little weird when he starts singing or making corny jokes, but overall you can learn only if you really pay attention

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isnt nice at all. selfish and treats kids differently..doesnt realize that he cant let one student make up work and others not to..worst teacher of my life..

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My daughter did very well in his class but the stories I heard from her about he treated kids....well, it didn't sound good. I don't know why he is still there.

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I liked him a lot. Had him his first year. Very energetic, nice, great teacher, hilarious. Give him a chance.

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Groeneboer's poor attitude negatively effects the learning environment. Seems to dislike his students. Unclear/excessively difficult grading system

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worst teacher ever

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