Structure of Organic Molecules

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Marlius Castillo Rodriguez See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.7

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First and foremost Prof. Castillo from winter quarter to spring quarter 2020 has pulled a massive 360. Take the old reviews with a grain salt, but some things still remain. Also 85-92.9 is A- and 93 up is A. She became hella lenient ngl. Lectures can be ass but go to Office Hours she's more responsive. In summary, she has shit communication and attitude problems, but hella rarely. Anyone can get tired and some of us were hella pushy for extra credit etc. She's a really smart woman tbh and in OH she knows her shit. I repeat ditch lectures and go to OH. Lectures get recorded anyways and use the powerpoint.

To begin with this class as a general consensus is not as hard as Chem 14A and 14B especially if you had daddy lavelle. The concepts till about week 8 are fairly easy in this class and even the last two weeks aren't bad. The thing is this class isn't exactly organic chemistry. We do not cover reactions like SN2 and SN1 reactions. We cover concepts such as conjugation and aromaticity and etc. These are fairly easy. They don't involve calculations and hard stuff. You can even cram them tbh I did and got a 89 percent on the midterm and ended up with an A in the class.

The quarter being online did make lecture kinda ass, but her powerpoint were pretty good. Also, use Chad's organic chem videos. Stereochemistry its the only bitch in this course tbh. The quizzes are 10 pts each and you get about 4 questions on each worth 2.5 its each adding up to 10. Lowest quiz is dropped. On top of that Prof. Castillo gave like 2 points of extra credit straight up in the quiz category. The midterm was also straight up similar to lecture problems and we got 1 pt of extra credit on it.

Now the tea. The reason everyone basically called her a first class bitch is because the TA's and the professors had a MEGA-MEGA screwup on the grading of the midterm. They used a wrong answer key and basically our first scores were hella shit. There were 400 regrade requests and the professor got quite annoyed lmao and passive aggressive. Sometimes her attitude can be wonky, but for the most part she's a G.

Finally, Dr. Castillo does not trick you at all on exams. I didn't find any trick questions on neither the midterm or quizzes. She also gives you past exam questions which are hella similar.

I'm sure half this class has a solid A rn.

Grade Break Down:

---30% quizzes - 5 quizzes lowest one dropped

---20% midterm

---20% discussion/hw --- everyone gets full credit on this basically free 20%

---30% final -- shit got cancelled for us but knowing her it would have been simple

Final thoughts are that while Prof. Castillo has shit communication bc she never replies to emails, she is a decent lecturer. You may not learn the best from her but her assessments are frankly a joke compared to lavelle. Also, people are ungrateful cunts which led her to get annoyed. None of you would talk to lavelle the way some people did to her. She already lowered the bar for an A- to an 85 and gave hella extra credit. Take 14C with Castillo.

Spring Quarter 2020
Jonah Chang See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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TAKE HIM IF HE EVER TEACHES 14C AGAIN. Two midterms and a final make your grade in this class, but they're all very doable, especially because he structures his practice exams VERY similarly to the real tests. If you go to his review sessions where he provides answers to the practice exams and spend some time on your own to truly understand the material, you will do well. I'm surprised the class average wasn't higher. Put in work and you will get an A. There was such an awesome curve at the end of this quarter I was a tiny bit sad that I got an A and not A+ LOL and this is coming from a student who has gotten straight B+'s in 14A and 14B. TAKE CHANG! He's funny, too.

Jan. 8, 2014
Orville Chapman See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 1.1 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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When I found these ratings, I was not surprised at all, although I was surprised to see some reviews defending him. I can safely bet that whoever wrote those reviews were not students. Yes, maybe it's fortunate to have him as a researcher at UCLA, but these reviews are supposed to critique his teaching ability, and only that.

If a professor is strict, gives hard tests or has a bad personality, I won't knock him/her for it as long as he/she CAN TEACH and I LEARN. I've had some professors who were really difficult, but were great teachers and so I understood their subjects pretty well. Chapman's lectures are unorganized and much of them were spent on tangents and tirades demoralizing pre-med students and his personal life. He spent one entire lecture about how to write CPR's properly (just grammar)! Where's the o-chem in all this?
Add to that his crabby attitude and lack of concern for his students and you got one of the worst professors you can find. I didn't learn anything from him, except knowing what kind of professor to avoid. If he didn't have tenure, he would definitely get the axe.

"Dr. Chapman's courses are clearly not for everyone. But for the right students, they are well worth taking." Well, you're right in saying they're not for everyone, but they're also not for the "right" students who actually care about learning.

Nov. 2, 2001
Brantly Fulton See Full Profile

Overall 2.1 Easiness 2.5 Workload 3.8 Clarity 1.8 Helpfulness 2.1

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This class taught me one thing: pre meds are incredibly entitled. Yes, Fulton Brantly was an objectively bad Professor. He was extremely disorganized, late to his own lectures, and very bad at lecturing the material. He would teach us the material wrong. However, many students chose to bandwagon to personally attack Fulton’s character. A bunch of students took the time before the second midterm (instead of studying) to write Fulton a letter about how bad of a professor he was; while the letter was ostensibly polite and constructive, it was extremely extra and the sentiments of the letter could have been expressed individually instead of being signed off by “all the students of chem 14c” when only the vocal minority wanted to release the letter. The whole quarter, many students memified Fulton’s personal life, going on to his Instagram to attack his character in a way they deemed was socially acceptable because it was “humorous.” Many students also threatened to go to the chem department, which would totally have been justified AT THE END of the quarter. Fulton realized he was not the best lecturer and dropped the second midterm. Keep in mind that the first midterm had an average in the 90’s, one of the quizzes had an average in the 90’s, and the other quiz was take home. The final was also very fair and I suspect a high average. I know Brantly wasn’t the best professor but he accommodated, and if anything, his class was extremely easy. This is reflected by the high averages and the fact that the class was scaled so an 85 percent was an A minus! It wouldn’t surprise me if the majority of the class got A’s. Don’t listen to a lot of the reviews—they were made in haste as retaliation after the second midterm which again was dropped. Brantly is a bad Professor, but the moral of the story is that many premeds are overly concerned about their grades and made these reviews in panic. This was an incredibly easy class in terms of the final objective outcome of grades. However, I acknowledge that this is in hindsight.

Fall Quarter 2019
Steven Hardinger See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.0

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Take Hardinger for both Chem 14C&D. Hardinger has been my favorite professor thus far. His jokes in lecture are hilarious! Love his sense of humor. He is the most organized professor I've had. Everything you need to know is it the lecture supplement; no catches. He never throws any curve balls on his exams; they are very straight forward. You just have to stay on top of the material. Definitely do all of his past exams before taking his actual exam to get a feel for his testing style. Great professor overall. Highly recommend. Had a disastrous experience with Chem 14A/B, but am doing very well in organic Chem thanks to Hardinger.

Fall Quarter 2015
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Colin Lam See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6

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I am not really a chem person, and I definitely was not that optimistic about how 14C was going to go for me. However, Dr. Lam is amazing. He definitely makes himself available to his students and has reviews before exams. He's such a nice man, and his lectures are easy to follow. His midterms were okay (I got a 77.5 on one and a 79 on the other) but his final was absolutely ridiculous. I think I just ended up writing down nonsense for one question because I had literally no idea what the question was asking me. This is not a class to slack in at all, because this shit is hard. I ended up with a B+ in the class, which I guess is all I could have hoped for.

Also, my TA was Natalie James and she was wonderful! She's such an adorable person who also happens to be stellar at teaching you organic chemistry.

Jan. 24, 2013
Betty Luceigh See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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she does have a tougher curve, but luceigh is a great lecturer. she's very approachable and helpful - i did better in this class than i did in 14A, probably because she made the material a very interesting and accessible. i'm not sure what some other people mean by her "arrogance"...she never struck me as being so. sure, she might castigate you once in a while for not knowing some basic information, but i think the fact that she was willing to schedule extra review sessions at the beginning of the quarter to bring us up to speed is indicative of her concern for student learning.

July 9, 2001
Franklin Ow See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.1

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This class was weird because Ow was using Hardinger's lecture slides, lecture supplement and think book but Ow was the one writing the tests so the problems we would do to practice were nothing like the tests. The first midterm was SO HARD the class average was a 54.5% which he ended up curving because he realized he probably shouldn't fail the whole class. The second midterm was too easy so everyone did well and then the final was in between but again, the types of problems he asks are not like the ones from the think book or the textbook. Wouldn't take this class with him if I were you

Fall Quarter 2016
Hung Pham See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.4

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I don't even have Professor Pham, but WOW this man can teach. He served as our guest lecturer this morning; throughout the lecture, students were just messaging in our class group chat about how AMAZING he was. He was funny, explained things in ways my 12-year-old brother could understand, and was super engaging. As everyone left the lecture hall, I saw countless people with their jaws dropped and basically screaming to their friends about how they couldn't believe they just experienced such a quality lecture. I'm pretty sure people even begged Professor Pham to continue "guest lecturing" for the rest of the quarter.

Fall Quarter 2019
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