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Professor Reilly was for sure one of my more favorite Professors in the Chem series.
She is engaging, clear, an excellent lecturer, very helpful, etc. However, one thing in her class (this was also in Chem 14D and 153A) was that the exams were a bit more difficult than our lecture material. Even our supplemental materials (worksheets) were a bit easier, so in order to do well on the exams, you would have to go the extra mile to get more practice problems from Google or something that was harder.
This issue of exams being harder than lectures and our worksheets is something that seems to be a staple to the chem department. Work hard, go to office hours, try to look up difficult problems online that you can practice from, and you should be good to go.
The material was super interesting to learn (people say you either like 14C or 14D), but the exams would always give us anxiety.
She prepares you really well for 14D and beyond, so TAKE THIS CLASS WITH PROFESSOR REILLY!
This woman was not the worst lecturer. However, her exams were extremely difficult and did not match the practice material difficulty. It almost felt like she was trying to come up with the most difficult and confusing questions. Also, on the first midterm almost everyone got a question wrong and instead of self reflecting on her own teaching she blamed us and did nothing. She never curved anything tried to fix her mistake by making the next midterm easier to bring up the class average; however, no one recieved any retribution for the collective unpreparedness for it. Also, the final was brutal and she again just said "sorry!". Don't take her unless you want to take challenging exams and see pics of a dog that looks like its a corpse.
ochem is such a breath of fresh air compared to gen chem! prof. reilly goes pretty fast, because she has to. otherwise, the class was lowkey fun to solve the problems. I suggest getting the recommended model kit because all of the rotations and visual stuff is easy to picture with it.
reilly was extremely accomodating with online coursework, making all of our graded problem sets full credit graded for participation rather than accuracy, responding very quickly on campuswire and email, etc. I highly recommend Reilly! Just know it is possible to fail 2 exams and still get an A-! :))
Reilly is an amazing professor and clearly knows how to teach. However, her exams were so incredibly difficult and I didn't think they reflected what she taught us in class or on the worksheets she provided. Our first midterm and final average scores were around 50-60, which should be a clear sign that something is off. There is little to no partial credit awarded (aka one of the questions was worth 21 points out of a 100 point exam) and many students lost all credit on that question. If you want to actually learn 14C, I would take this class with her. If you want something that won't wreck your grade, take it with someone else!
Professor Reilly does absolutely everything to make sure you have what you need to do well. She posts sooooo many resources. What you get out of this class is a direct result of what you put in, and Dr. Reilly is incredible at helping you out and making sure everything is clear. She pretty much lives on Campuswire (she answers questions within seconds!!) and she posts video solutions to all homework and practice problems. Take with Reilly!!
Her exams are extremely difficult, our class average was below passing for our first midterm and our final. Professor Riley is a good lecturer and explains the material very well, but she makes the tests so much harder than what we're taught in lecture or in the discussion worksheets. However, she does offer a bit of extra credit which helped raise my grade.
Professor Reilly is such an amazing teacher and person! She's very sweet and understanding, has a devoted love to her greyhound Kacey, and is super approachable for questions and help. BUT her tests are extremely difficult (for my quarter the mean and medians for the first midterm and final were both in the 62 range). it's definitely a passable class, but very difficult to get an A. She does offer extra credit opportunities, but the exams don't always give partial credit in the way that you think? For many problems she doesn't ask you to show work, so for those you don't get partial credit because they don't look at your work only your answer.
This class is by no means easy, and I definitely struggled despite putting in a lot of effort, but I still enjoyed the course, and I absolutely adore this woman and HER DOG KACEY, who plays a huge role in this class :)
Problem Sets: 100 points
Discussion Participation: 50 points
BACON quizzes: 50 points
Midterm 1: 100 points
Midterm 2: 100 Points
Final Exam: 100 points
Total: 500 Points
Lectures: Reilly's lectures are super clear and detailed - she does go pretty fast but you'll get used to it **note: about halfway through the quarter she switched the Zoom chat settings so that you can only message her and the TAs, so if someone asks a question in the chat and she answers it, you don't know what the question is - it can be a bit frustrating sometimes but if you ask her to clarify she will! She also uploads all of her lecture notes both pre- and post-annotation, as well as lecture recordings for each lecture time/section
Discussion: discussion attendance is part of the participation grade, you work in the same breakout room groups all quarter and there's a discussion worksheet every week - you work at your own pace and you usually don't have to submit them for grading, but sometimes she'll have you submit one of the discussion worksheets as a problem set -- TAs and LAs were super helpful during discussion
Workload: not really difficult or time consuming -- 5 problem sets & a few online quizzes on a platform called BACON -- most of the time she released the answer keys for the problem sets before the due date and graded them on completion, but it wasn't stated as such on the syllabus so it's definitely subject to change
Communication: She's very clear about expectations, due dates, etc, and sends out a bunch of email announcements, so the course structure is very clear -- as someone else mentioned, she's pretty hard to get in touch with over email, but she's VERY active on campuswire, so if you have a general content or logistical question, she'll answer it within a few hours (sometimes minutes), and if it's something more personal/specific, direct messaging her on campuswire should yield a response!
Resources: She gives a lot of practice problems and resources from other websites and platforms for you to get some practice in with the topics, and posts optional homework problems from the textbook; for the first midterm she also made a practice exam -- she makes video answer keys for almost every discussion worksheet/exam/problem set, which is SUPER helpful because she walks through the reasoning for the answer rather than just writing the answer on a pdf
Exams: These were the real grade killers unfortunately - I always started studying about a week in advance for each midterm and the final, I did every single practice problem, re-did every single worksheet, re-watched every single lecture, and went into the exam feeling really confident about the course material, and I still scored below average on the first midterm and only a few points above average on the second midterm and final -- the general consensus seemed to be that the exam questions were often harder than the practice problems we had worked on, and unfortunately there's no really getting around that, so I would recommend doing ALL of the practice problems and then some -- it takes a lot of effort to score well on these -- HOWEVER she makes both midterms and the final all worth the same amount of points, so they all carry the same weight
Extra Credit: Reilly does offer a few points of extra credit for things like course evaluations, LA feedback, and a few surveys, and at the end of the quarter she offers extra credit for drawing her dog Kacey, which is a nice change of pace from the misery of week 10 and finals
TLDR: Overall, Reilly is a really great professor and teaches really well, she's really engaging and understanding, and just a really nice person overall, she gives a lot of resources, example problems for practice, and a few extra credit opportunities, but her exams are unfortunately still really difficult -- ochem is a tough class, but it's not impossible, and even though I didn't do as well as I wished I had grade-wise, I do feel like I came out of the class with a decent understanding of the concepts and it was worth it
Reilly's extremely good at explaining things, passionate about the material, and overall a super hard-working professor. However, Ochem is by no means easy, and it's true that her exams are sometimes more difficult than the practice questions. I recommend knowing the concepts 100%, because knowing any less will give you significant amount of difficulty. I'm not sure how other professors are, but Reilly definitely made 14C concepts easy to understand. Lectures are fast-paced, but that keeps things interesting in my opinion. Good luck!