Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Fall 2016 - Dr. Kammeyer's crew (herself + all her TAs) are the chillest people you will ever meet in the Chemistry lab class., maybe even in the whole school. They make you feel like you are talking to a friend of yours. Dr. Kammeyer's lectures are well organized and engaging. The class isn't that hard. And you get to learn a lot about organic chemistry. The labs are fun, even the lab reports are fun. Take this class and find out more. You will definitely end up happy and Dr. Kammeyer will end up as one of your favorite professors at UCLA, guaranteed. Go to office hours. You will find out why I sad this once you keep showing up. Enjoy.
Fall 2020 - This class wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. At first I was very nervous about it because the cut off for an A was 95% and the TA's would really nitpick at your labs. I got points taken off for super minor things and they're looking for specific key words so if you don't have it then that's points off. I had Laura as my TA she was great overall I felt like she was pretty real with us and she would listen to our complaints or suggestions that we had throughout the quarter and would try to talk to the professor for us. Professor Nasrallah was also very generous with extra credit points which made the 95% cut off not that bad. The lectures were based on slides and then you'd have pre-labs, post-labs, and alternative analysis due almost every week. It got better in the second half of the quarter since we got to the two week labs so it slowed down the pace which I really needed. TopSpin is a pain, it's a program to read and analyze the NMRs. Good luck with that. The labs themselves are scheduled for 4 hours but you only need to attend 2 hours of it. The first 30 min is just the students there so you can discuss any questions you might have with each other, then the next hour is for the TA to go over the material for the lab, and the next 30 min is for the students to go over anything they have questions on with each other. There are lecture quizzes which weren't bad, they're just there to make sure you watch and understand the lecture. There is also a group presentation and we got randomly assigned. The only thing that I really didn't like was the lack of communication. We found out really late about the format of the final exam and it was proctored on Zoom and we only got 2 hours. So that really stressed me out, but thankfully, the final was not like the previous chem 30BL finals. We had those for practice and they were hard but the one that Professor Nasrallah gave us was one that he wrote himself. Some of the questions were styled similarly to the old exams but I thought it was a reasonable exam and I felt like it was very catered to what he taught us, there were no surprises and very straightforward. I started reviewing a week before and got a pretty good grade. We also only had 2 hours but I finished the exam in an hour and spent the rest of the time reviewing my answers. This class wasn't bad especially during covid and I was just taking this class as a requirement. But I probably wouldn't take this during covid/online if your future involves this material because I definitely would not be able to do these labs in real life. Otherwise, Professor Nasrallah really wants his students to learn and get excited about the material. He also tries really hard to engage students as well. I think this was his first time teaching so he's open to feedback and trying to improve. Overall, I would really recommend him! One of the best chem professors I've had.
Fall 2021 - Reilly was kinda inconsistent this quarter. She's usually known for being super responsive and quick to update students with any changes, but this quarter seemed to be the opposite. Replying to most messages at the end of the week all at once with an update email, delaying deadlines (which was not necessarily a bad thing, just added onto the inconsistency), and having the class weighed heavily on the final. Again, this is a lab class so a majority of the points were TA dependent, but the labs were definitely forgiving. However, having 40% of your grade depending on the final seemed pretty unreasonable, considering that there is no midterm to bump it up and many were calling for an online exam. Class was good but could've been much better.