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It's Beren. Chances are, you gotta choose between Beren and Baugh. I don't even have to write anything else. Choose Beren.
Amazing Human Being
GO FOR IT ....DON'T FALL IN THE "BAUGH" PIT and just take beren ... He is the best you would get and man's an absolute genius . He will take you on lab trips and will host A LOT of Office hours . Regrade requests are always entertained .
Beren is an amazing human but there are tricks and tips to ace this class. The material is quite easy to understand in this class but you need to know exactly what to do to ace this class ( I didn't know until after I had already dug myself too deep into a hole). Things to know: 1) Kudu is a waste of time and money. He tells you to get it at the begging of the quarter but you never use it and everything you need is on cycle. 2) His problem sets are impossible unless you go to office hours (they are also graded on completion so you dont have to know how to do them when they are due but you MUST KNOW THEM FOR THE EXAMS!!!!!! 3) His office hours are key! they aren't necessarily necessary but he goes over the entire problem set throughout them and clarifies his kind of confusing lectures 4) A good TA is a lifesaver (specifically Jesus the man is a GOD and will pretty much teach you everything you need to know in a quick rundown at the beginning of each discussion and in review) 5) His tests are pretty much copy and pastes of his problem sets and his review so for the love of God know how to do them. 6) Most importantly value this man! he tries so hard to help everyone and is an amazing professor who does get the love and credit he deserves. Coming from a student who almost failed I take 100% responsibility for my grade and it is not at all his fault because he really cares and wants you to succeed. I wish you luck and work harder than I did because it only gets harder from here and you could have ended up in Baugh who is awful! (not a bad person just not a great teacher)
Beren is super friendly and a clear lecturer
Beren is a really good teacher and in general a pretty chill guy. I don't think you're gonna do any better for Chem classes. HW closely resembled exams and the exams were pretty reasonable. Only thing I'll say is the second midterm was way harder than the other tests. Don't underestimate it. If you're confused, go to office hours, it's very helpful.
Go to office hours and if Jesus is your TA, go to his section and his review sessions. Beren cares about his students and wants you to do well. Take him!! He's super sweet, is very passionate about what he teaches and I loved having him for 20A and 20B. Do the discussion worksheets and the homeworks and take notes, as long as you stay on track with that plus a littel studying, you will do great in this class. I only took HP Chem in high school and I was able to well and I know I could've done better but I made stupid mistakes on the midterm and final (which were both very fair).
Beren is the best teacher I have ever had. I may have not done well in this class, but that's my own fault. He does everything he can possibly to do make class easier for his students. He pretty much does all of the homework during office hours, so always go. And the tests are mostly problems we have already seen (and sometimes one hard one).
Beren was a great guy and a great guy. For this class, I highly recommend you stay on top of the work, and make sure you don't fall behind. There are problem sets assigned weekly, and these tend to be pretty hard. My advice is to start these pretty early in the week, when they are first assigned. Then, as you work through these problems, go to his office hours and get help on the ones you don't understand. These problem sets are extremely important, as most of the problems on the midterm are different variations on the problem sets. Also, even though the lectures are bruincasted, and there is no way to track class attendance, I recommend going to each and every lecture. This will ensure you don't fall behind in the class, and will help you understand the material more. Overall, the class is really cool, though it might get tricky at times, especially during the stuff on quantum. However, Beren is a great guy who tries his absolute hardest to help students understand the material. I did not do so hot in this class, but I take sole responsibility for that.
I had no AP Chem experience, and my high school honors chem course was honestly a joke compared to the stuff we have to do for this class (we basically just mixed chemicals and did fun experiments). Having very little background in this stuff, I began losing track of the material so early on that I was behind on everything for the whole quarter. It was difficult for me to conceptualize such abstract topics like quantum stuff, I just didn't fully understand anything for the most part. Because of this, I thought midterms were gonna be bad each time I took them, but it turns out that as long as you write stuff down you're bound to get partial credit... I got mid-high 70s for each midterm. I got a C overall, probably because I studied almost nothing for the final (big mistake), luckily a passing grade though. Christian is a great teacher, I'm sure, as the other students seem to love him so much (and he's the only choice other than Baugh), but I just don't understand nor enjoy the subject.
Beren is a definitely a super cool guy and a good teacher, but his tests can be a bit tricky. The most frustrating thing I remember was that the problem sets he assigns for homework are nothing like the test. Definitely need to go to office hours if you want to understand what he's going to test you on. He makes the tests much much harder than the homework and the discussion worksheets in order to get a variety of test scores.
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