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He seems like a super cool dude and has a ton of potential to be an amazing professor! He improved a lot from the first week to the tenth week. There was hardly any reading or assignments, which made the class easy but I feel very unprepared going into 14D. I feel kinda bad for Fulton because he was so nice and you can tell he is really trying, it's just so difficult because everyone in class is pretty harsh on him.
He's a very charismatic, nice person. He's also somehow less organized than I am. Seriously, this man put my procrastination to shame. I think he needs to work on his own schedule and continue with his entrepreneurial endeavors, instead of having 500 students rely on his timing.
Cons: Unorganized! There are resources for the material but he doesn't make that available to students until it's almost too late. Some of his lectures weren't clear/ were repetitive of previous problems instead of introducing other versions of questions. As a result, our TA carried the whole week of lecture in her 50 minute time slot. If you're reading this, Jess, you're a champ! His review sessions weren't constructive because of the Q&A format so I walked out of the first one mid-way, and never attended another one.
PROS: He is a genuinely nice person. He tried his best to tailor the course to help the students. Yes he had "tricky questions on purpose" on tests but they were very generous with grading. The first midterm was very easy, the second one was incredibly tough because again he thought giving us a very strange looking NMR question would be fun. Regardless, we got ALOT of partial credit.
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.
Professor Fulton is an extremely sweet and nice guy. The class was very manageable and I am sure the lectures will be more structured for the next class he teaches as this was the first class he taught. There was one hard midterm, but we had a take-home quiz and another quiz that was very fair if not easy and we were allowed to have the final replace one of the midterms. Overall the few issues that were encountered are totally expected for a new teacher and I am sure he will fix for his next class!
Dr. Fulton is a brand new professor and we understand that he is going through a lot in his personal life right now. He also does indeed seem to be trying to keep everything organized. However, the class is an extreme mess. At a minimum, the professor should not be 10 minutes late to his lecture every day. Additionally, the pacing was extremely rough where the class moved too slowly at the beginning and way too quickly near the end. This is especially aggravating since most of the material at the beginning was review. Class is extremely disorganized. I am in the morning class. We have been taught material INCORRECTLY which was then taught correctly to the next class with no warning or correction from the professor. The professor is extremely unclear during class and teaching material using language that implies information that is incorrect. For example, we were told not to look for a ring structure if there are less than 4 DBE but then proceeded to put a ring structure on the test with 3 DBE. Additionally, readings and review material are extremely sporadically handed out and there was an incident where a practice midterm was sent to the class at 4 am the day of the midterm. This is inexcusably poor planning and teaching.Finally, testing material is extremely poorly written and administered. During the first midterm, based on where you were sitting you lost up to 10 minutes of testing time due to poor planning, waiting for more copies to be printed, and TAs to hand them out. Some people got to start earlier. The second midterm was possibly the worst midterm I've seen with material not yet covered, material that was not explicitly taught or taught incorrectly (example the DBE) and an extremely short time frame. Additionally, there were STILL not enough tests printed. When the average of the first midterm is 90% and the second 60% that is a problem with the test. Reference material that was promised was never given. Different people with nearly identical answers received wildly varying scores. Hopefully, Dr. Fulton learns from this quarter and organizes his classes better along with reviewing the midterm and making sure everything has been covered. If you want a class that is artificially difficult and a professor that just WINS WINS WINS then take it. Otherwise, just wait for a better professor. You're paying a lot in tuition and deserve better.
Edit: I would like to mention a few positives about Dr. Fulton that happened recently. He does seem to be receptive of student criticism and at least tries to work with the students to calibrate the difficulty of the class. He is giving students extra credit for the EC opportunities that never happened. In addition, he is dropping the lowest midterm and replacing it with people's finals if it benefits their grade. The last lecture also started not as late as usual. Hopefully with time he actually becomes a better professor since he actually is starting to show signs of change which is uncommon. Wait for future reviews before making a judgement, however imo still as of now the negatives outweigh the positive improvements.
I understand that organic chemistry is supposed to be tough and difficult; however, it is not supposed to be at the point where I am instructing myself on how to solve particular problems. Khan academy seemed to be my professor for this course.
I don't understand why people are saying such awful things about him. He has some excellent qualities:
1. Excellent at not teaching things he's going to ask in the exam
2. Excellent at not even making his own slides
3. Excellent at teaching things wrong (the few things even even does teach) -- I'm ten weeks in, and I've learnt that HF is more acidic than HI, I've learnt the most incorrect form of arrow pushing (I literally had to redo my entire discussion worksheet because I did it using his methods and ended up getting wrong answers), and I've also learnt that chirality is a term that can be thrown around no matter what atom it is, and no matter what hybridization of carbon it is.
4. Excellent at committing to the Late People's Association™ -- he not only comes to class late, he also sends out worksheets late (so late, he never ends up sending them) and sends out a practice exam at 4am on the day of the exam.
5. Excellent at encouraging people to join Khan Academy (most of us have managed to pass thanks to the gracious courtesy of The Good Lord Sal Khan, our savior).
6. Excellent at not writing his exams right, then pausing them every five minutes, then not giving extra time, then ending up giving three different "correct" answers to the same question (I'm serious, his answer key once showed that the hybridization of oxygen in a molecule could be sp3 or sp2 because both were correct).
7. Excellent at increasing CAPS attendance -- thanks to panic attacks at 4am, last minute everything, extremely pointless lectures and extremely difficult exams, I've ended up crying before the exam and I've ended up feeling anxious and miserable, and I've ended up going to CAPS over and over. I am not one to blame professors for their shortcomings, but I also know that I worked day and night watching Khan Academy videos, I went to office hours and I went to discussions, I attended lectures and made extensive notes; I genuinely cared so much about doing well in this class because GODDAMN I love(d) organic chemistry, and here I am today, a day before the final, crying, writing this review because there is nothing else I can do, and I only have Brantly Fulton to thank for this.
Honestly, I came into this quarter excited to learn Organic Chemistry. I have left this quarter feeling only frustration. I wanted to like Fulton as he seems like a very nice guy, but the level of frustration and hopelessness I felt throughout this course was just insane.
Pretty much everything he said he would do was either late or never happened. A few examples:
-said he would give practice problems for the midterm, sent them out at 4 am the day of the midterm
-said he would give us an IR reference table for the test, gave us a simplified graphic that did not contain all of the information we needed
-constantly sent out materials late
-posted online quiz late
and I'm sure the list goes on!
I taught myself solely from Khan Academy and Organic Chemistry tutor, as the lectures were unclear or not helpful. Sometimes, he would even give just straight up incorrect material during the lectures and never corrected himself.
The tests were the worst part. None of us knew what would be on the tests because he would never send out practice material or actually teach anything in lecture. We were left guessing pretty much constantly. We studied all that we could but oftentimes were tested on material that either wasn't covered in lecture or was not taught at the depth necessary for us to get the answers. The amount of stress that we were all under as a result of his negligence was unprecedented and honestly, unreasonable.
If I were to describe this class as a general mood it would be: "he *has* to do ___. There's no way he wouldn't!" and then him not doing it. Like thinking he was ever going to send out material. Or thinking he would possibly curve the class. Anything that would be generally reasonable, he would never do.
Overall, I really wish Fulton the best. I think he could be a talented professor if he was more attentive with his material (like testing on things that he's actually taught), and more together overall. I think a lot of the problems of this quarter were because of his lack of preparation, and that he really could improve in the future. But that does nothing for us, who suffered so much during this quarter.
I'm generally one who does their best to be understanding of circumstances and situations and try my best to be optimistic about all the individuals I meet. However, no matter how you spin it, the multitude of problems and issues that have arisen in the class as a result of the professor cannot be simply dismissed with a simple "he's a new professor, so he'll obviously be inexperienced with teaching." Let's start with the positives. Dr. Fulton is a very laid back professor and his teaching style is one that has a great foundation, where it would produce a low-stress environment where students can have fun and crack jokes while learning if executed correctly. Dr. Fulton does not shy away from questions and is more than happy to answer them during the lecture. Finally, there is an apparent effort being shown from him toward trying to enable students to learn and succeed in this course. However, many of these positives aspects, as well as his efforts, are negated by the weaknesses. Settle down, grab some hot chocolate, and get comfortable because you're in for a long list. First of all, the class is incredibly disorganized. Students are often left wondering what they're expected to know on the exam because the instructions are vague and it seems like all the instructors are on different pages. Our information comes from compiling what different students hear from different TAs and instructors at office hours or discussions. This is apparent even on the exams, where TAs and Dr. Fulton seem to be on different pages in terms of their understanding of what has and hasn't been covered in-depth and what had been told to us that we were expected to know. Moreover, Dr. Fulton seems very lackadaisical when it comes to promptness and respecting our time, showing up 5-10 minutes late on a consistent basis to lecture, and a whopping 30mins late to a 2-hour review session that was supposed to be led by him. It is incredibly infuriating to be promised that a quiz would open, a practice midterm to be sent, or results to be released at a certain time, only for him to send them days later, or not at all. It is absolutely unacceptable that exam resources were sent at 4 am on the day of the midterm. Finally, the lectures themselves were generally unhelpful. Whether he would try explaining Dr. Pham's slides unsuccessfully or tell us the completely wrong information, such as HF being more acidic than HI, I felt like I was learning more in my 50-minute discussion than in a week's worth of lectures. Altogether, while I believe that his lecturing ability can only improve with experience, some aspects such as being prompt, giving false promises, and the lack of organization to a certain extent are faults that go beyond inexperience and require a re-evaluation of effort and priorities to fix.
This class taught me how willing UCLA premera are to let someone walk over them and then nip and complain like a annoying chihuahua about others standing up when they're getting pushed around. Yeah, a letter was written. You want to know why? We were constantly just forgotten about. This is your job. If you're new to a job and you keep messing up you get punished, welcome to the real world! As a student with disabilities I was not informed of my quiz accommodations until hours before a quiz (which I have NEVER been able to be accommodated for). Sure, we got a take home quiz, but the second midterm was so poorly administered that to this day I dont know what I got on it. I assume I did well, because I got an A in the class. But who knows!
Claimjng pre meds are entitled when individuals like myself were just walked over is ridiculous. You're new, but you're an adult and this is your job. It doesn't matter how new you are if you mess up so badly that multiple students never receive the scores for a significant portion of their grade, that is unacceptable. And people mention the extra credit. You want to know why we got that? On the last day of the quarter me and several other pre meds went to stated our case to the professor. This wasn't out of the kindness of his heart. In fact, up until that moment we were out of luck! It really shows how many pushovers we have in this school when students upset over a professors bad behavior-which some pay tens of thousands of dollars to receive- are called entitled.