Class - Honors bio was hard at first, but honestly prepares you well for the difficulty of Troy. You just have to get used to the studying. Make sure to read the textbook thoroughly, to look over lecture notes, labs, online homework, articles — all of these will be on the test.
Teacher - I've been at Troy for 3 years, and Chavez is still my least fav teacher I've had. She has favorites (and you can tell), she disciplines kids for insignificant reasons, and talks about her son way too much.
I personally liked her because she was nice. She pushes you to be a better student, and right better. If I would struggle with part of what she was teaching, I would come back and ask her about it and she was more than happy to help me. She's a really good teacher, but she assigns a lot of homework, but at the end of the class you know biology well, and her job was to teach us wasn't it? Anyways I enjoyed my time in her class, if you have issues just ask questions and be nice about it.
If you're smart or hard-working, Honors Bio is ez. Once you find honors bio exams easy, the sat 2 will be a breeze.
got me an ez 5 on ap bio and ez 800 on bio sat only honors bio
This course is very difficult, unless you do your homework on time and study. Studying is the most important thing you can do in this class. Most of your learning will be done by yourself, in the textbook.
She is very good teacher, make everything easy to understand. Also nice and friendly. Tests are easy to understand. There is lots of homework, however, and the course is centered around self learning and lecturing. I'd reccomend her, however shes not as nice towards lesser performing students.
I had her for one semester. I hated her so much. She doesn't teach. When someone asks her a question she ends up ranting about some random thing that has nothing to do about what the person asks. Her exams are really hard and a lot of the topics on the exam were said once and she puts it on the exam. Her jokes are very useless and time wasting. She has a special treatment for her "favorite" students and everyone else she gives them the cold shoulder. She made me hate honors bio.
Ms. Chavez doesn't know what empathy means at all. The more she talked, the less I liked her. Very superficial and unkind to most of her students. Between Ms. Chavez and Mr.Whal, they can crush the spirits of almost all students.
Hard class and the quizzes focus on little details in videos and random stories she hands out. Ms Ngo's class didn't even do half the work she handed out. NGOs class seems much easier than her class. Students that grade labs for her grade too tough and random points are lost. Final was too hard, wasn't the same as NGOs final and unfair to the students.
She is a hard teacher. But she is also a good one. I had her last semester and I kinda struggled through it. But hey even now I still remember my bio stuff!
I am a former student of Mrs Chavez, and have since gone on to be a paid Biologist. Her class is hard, but if you grind through it, college Bio is a breeze. When I was at Troy, I was tutoring people in Biology at both Fullerton College and Cal State Fullerton. Everyone who says her class is hard, or she is a bad teacher, is just not cut out to be a scientist. No one holds your hand in real life. Grow up. Study Hard. Pass on the beer until finals are over.
I didn't quite favor her as a teacher. I always dreaded her class. She sometimes seems clueless as to what she's teaching in honors since she reads off the entire powerpoint slides, and as to her explanations after, she basically repeats what was said on the powerpoint, but in a longwinded way (which is completely unneccessary). Doing the homework isn't hard to complete (unless it's a lab that she also poorly explained), but the exams... good luck.
Her Honors Biology class is a bit difficult, but it's fair because it's a high level course for freshmen. Her class isn't a guaranteed B, or a guaranteed C, but that's why it's a good, hard class. If you want to get an A you have to try and she does give you a lot of resources to study from. (I don't really use them) And if you're at Troy, you should expect a little challenge.
Very average teaching skills and only focuses on few students and rest don't exist.
She is a decent teacher but she makes things kind of confusing sometimes.
she goes off topic to much and acts like she teaches but doesn't she's nice an all but i'm not here to make friends with a teacher i'm here to learn.
Her class may be a living hell but mrs chavez herself is actually really nice and funny and if your class goes off on tangents enough, you'll love the class. Although the first sem all she talked about was "Mothers Market" and "little Sal" (but omg sal is the cutest thing ever awwwwww)
I feel like a lot of people on here give her a bad rep- I hated her at the beginning of the year, but then after a while I started liking her a lot more because I was actually learning Bio. She teaches really well, and if you're in her 6th period class you're generally really lucky because she gets through the content and she's actually being funny, so that's great (:
Chavez > Ngo & Chavez = Best Bio Teacher
Very hard instructor, but her personality may certainly win you over.
Mrs. Chavez is a teacher who emphasizes on self-study so that one can understand the material before she explains it in depth. This method should be applied more because this is high school and for somethings, you can't use the teacher as a crutch to learn and expect that you don't need to study and master the material. In my opinion, she is one of the most competent teacher's I've encountered who has a lot of experience
Says a concept once and puts it on the exam
she's a wonderful person, this I know for sure. She's really nice and genuinely does want to help you succeed. Her class is difficult, sure, but it's manageable once you get your 'sailor's legs' as she would put it. The exams are hard, but not totally impossible. Everything she teaches depends heavily on the textbook, so if you read the chapter, that will actually drastically help you. She'll answer your questions, and even though you may be intimidated, you really just need to ask for her help.
Deep explanation but requires home reviewing and understanding. So, those freshmans out there and prospective students: One tip would be DONT DROP HONORS BIOLOGY never give up and keep working. Effort never betrays:)
It seems that her focus on the information itself has improved from past years, but she still is not a very good teacher! If she actually taught us what we were actually tested on, this subject would definitely improve. Also, she preaches about getting at least 7 hours of sleep, and tells us that the homework she gives us should only take about half an hour, and yet she gives us TONS of homework! She seems like a nice enough person, but her teaching methods are AWFUL.
I used to dislike Mrs. Chavez for being uncaring. Ive noticed a side of her that's more thoughful and i commend her for that. She is knowledgeable, and is thoughtful in helping students when they have questions. Shes changed a lot. Great job (:
Well well Mrs. Chavez! I think she read the comments below over Winter Break, because she has improved DRAMATICALLY! I used to hate her in the fall semester (as did all of us), but something changed, and now her class is actually fun (in a sense). She always makes the class laugh/smile, and now her conversations are meaningful and not awkward. She helped lots of students with their bug projects and labs, and she's just a whole lot nicer! THANK YOU MRS. CHAVEZ! :)
She always talks about her son little sal and monsanto because thats the only thing she knows about biology. Oh and she talks about food because she's like oh honey cruch apples are the best for making pie and did u know that i spent 3 hours working on it last week? oh and when u rise bread u have to let it rise then pat it down. and my sons so cute and i don't know how else to waste my students time
Mrs. Chavez doesn't really teach the topic and she talks about her son and food all the time.
Does not teach what's on the test, Bulk of class got C's and D's... She unnecessarily wastes time talking about stupid topics
Mrs. Chavez is a cool teacher to have for AP Sal its very helpful to learn about how Sal loves his organic strawberry. Although that is great, her tests are a bit off. They seem to focus on biology related topic, That is what i find weird, being in AP Sal, we should be better equipped to learn about Sal for the AP test. HAHA Just Kidding, Mrs. Chavez is a great teacher that loves her child :P
Mrs. Chavez is a terrible teacher and person. Students have a strong feeling that she wants us to get a terrible score. When she "smiles" you feel uncomfortable and a little scared. She laughs at how hard she has made the test and how it will affect us. She, however, does not teach. She may go through 21 sections in 2-3 days. Her problem is that she wants to be better than Mrs. Ngo, who I had during semester 1. She makes the tests and assignments harder but does not teach better.
She plays favorites and doesn't give you any time of day if u don't get an A in her class. She's so stuck up on rules and all she talks bout is little sal. She talks about little sal more tan bio. She gives a crap load of hw and she rushes through the lecture notes. All she does wen she lectures is read off a powerpoint....like we couldn't do that ourselves and she doesn't even make the powerpoint. Many people transfer out of her class to mrs. ngos class, (ngo actually teaches)
Hate her. All she lectures about is "lil Sal" and she has no trust for students during tests.
All she lectures about his her "lil baby Sal."
Hard tests for Honors Bio, but it's definitely possible to ace them. She goes off on tangents and sometimes speeds through her lectures to finish them. I know more about Little Sal (her son) than I do the back of my hand. How
She doesn't teach thorough enough. She expects up to teach ourselves on our own time, while she just talks about things that don't matter to science. Her tests also seem to cover things that were never even written in the cha
Mrs. Chavez is a good person and has good character. However, students do loath her for not completing the lectures and expecting high scores. People tend to have lower test scores in Mrs. Chavez's class than any other "honor
Mrs. Chavez seemed really nice and funny! However, I did feel a bit intimidated walking into her room everyday knowing that there were pretty high expectations for us. Her class was a bit tough and the tests were pretty gruel
i guess mrs. chavez is cool and nice at times. she does play favorites, thats for sure. and needs to practice lecturing. shes willing to help when you need it
Plays favorites, especially A students. Detentions for people she hate. VERY hard tests (at least in honors), too much hw... some of it's useless and some of it's really helpful. STUDY FOR THIS CLASS
Tough class, not a good lecturer, loves to give out detentions, hard tests, loves anyone who has an A or loves ecology. But, she can be really nice sometimes, and is always helpful when you need help.
Its true that she does play favorites. and she should stop calling up the best test score. and also, she gives alot of hw but it works! and she also needs to trust her students more. she really does not trust her students.
Overall, this class was just an easy "A". bio just came easily to me but the homework was heavy. It helped, to an extend because after a while, all the homework was just the same questions worded the same way.goodteacher tho
Yeah. Little Sal is quite popular... in Mrs. Chavez's world atleast. She gives a lot of work, but really, it helps. I ended up getting a B in that class.
She does give alot of homework, but its to help you learn the material. She's actually a really good teacher, but she talks about little Sal to much. I wonder what his life will be like if he goes to Troy.
She gives way too much homework. It's unbelieveable. I'd have at least an hour and a half of bio hw every day. She does play favorites. And they're usually the smart freshman..
GREAT! She went on maternity leave, and we had a good sub, but when she got back, my grade shot through the roof!
She's really good on trying to let you pass with an A+, but the price of this is - she goes off on tangent, and she don't know how to answer a question. She seems more superficial than helpful, TOO HIGH discipline stuff...
Best teacher to have for bio. Even though she gives us TONS OF HOMEWORK, but i learned a lot!
Best Bio teacher with a lot of insight into the subject. She knows her stuff. Her class isn't easy, but if you work you can get a good grade. I got an A both semesters.
i think shes a nice teacher, but gives loads of homework. I think she knows a lot, you just have to ask her. Also her stories are funny and educational most fo the time.
She's kind of nice sometimes but doesn't really understand everything. She wastes a lot of time telling stories. If she knows a fact, especially about ecology or health, she'll repeat it over and over.
She doesnt know how to teach correctly. She reads off the power points and doesnt explain. She gives excessive hw. Her tests are too specific about random things. If she were to take the class, im sure she would fail it.
she always sounds intimidating and is very cautious about her health. she gives LOTS of hw and rushes lecture notes like craaazzzzyyy. she doesn't really teach me anything and I'm NOT prepared for AP bio.
Awsome teacher i have for bio. i love bieng in her class. she is nice and sweet..sumtimes
had her last year, alot of homework but which class doesnt?
I HAD HER FOR BIO AND SHE WAS AN AWSOME TEACHER AND IF U GET HER FOR CLASS NEXT YEAR U R REALLY LUCKY!!!! GO MRS.CHAVEZ
uhh all she does is tell her stories & yeah, she just reads mr k's notes... i'm UNPREPARED for AP bio so much. wow.