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Despite the issues that came up in this class, Professor Jarrett was a good instructor. She explained difficult concepts in an easy to understand manner and she was very helpful during office hours if you had any questions. Her lectures were straightforward and lecture slides got straight to the point without being confusing. It was obvious that Professor Jarrett had experience teaching and that she knew the material well. There were no problems in terms of her teaching ability.
The biggest downside was the disorganization, I do not know if it was because the TA did not care (which it seemed like he didn’t) or because of the pandemic requiring us to shift to online learning. The TA and Professor would often give out contradicting statements at the beginning of the course. We were told that worksheets were to be submitted individually but then group submission was encouraged. We were then told group submission was required until finally being told group submission was encouraged in the end. In addition, nobody received grades until the very end of the second to last week after a significant proportion of our grade was turned in without any sort of way to evaluate our progress in the class. Thankfully, Professor Jarrett acknowledged this was unfair and provided extra credit. Nonetheless, the exams were very fair and tested knowledge of lecture material and problem-solving. There were not any curveballs in terms of material that we did not cover.
Overall, what you learn is determined by the effort you put into this class. If you put in minimal effort to get the grade you want you will not have a good grasp on the material. However, if you put effort into this class you will come out with a solid introduction to biochemistry.
Review on her Chem153L course Summer Session A
Let me just say, this class felt as if the innocent friend in the group stabbed me in the back. Seeing the syllabus and meeting the class expectations I was not worried about this class at all. Her lectures were pre-recorded (she didn't attend the one lecture that was supposed to be in person) and they usually tended to be 5-20 minutes long (she just read off the slides verbatim). I knew that as long as I put enough effort into the course, I would be able to come out with an A.
This was the case for all of the homework, lab reports, etc. However, then came the midterm and final. At first glance the midterm/final seemed extremely easy and doable. Nevertheless, my grade did not reflect this view when I got points removed from a rubric that the professor seems to have taken out of thin air. Her questions were very simple. The professor was not looking for simple answers. You think you got the answer right? Probably. However, your correct answer will only give you 1 point and you'll get docked off 14 other points from not answering the question "fully". She wants you to add even more detail than what she has taught you (which is difficult as a non-biochem major). I don't know where she got her answers but it sure was not what the question was asking for and it sure was not what we were taught. She hates negative feedback so she'll just end up ignoring your emails (this includes the TA) and nothing will change. You think a regrade will help you? Well, you're wrong cause all the TAs are told to go off the rubric and if your words don't match exactly what the rubric says then you don't get even .5 points back.
If you take my grades from the lab reports, group project, homework, etc., I finished the class off with an A+. If you include my midterm grade and my final grade I get dropped to a B-.
I should've dropped this course when I had a chance. Also, hope you don't get stuck with a crappy TA who doesn't respond to feedback or e-mail you back on ANYTHING *cough cough* Noelle.
I will say that throughout the summer session, Dr. Jarrett tried to be a good professor. She was always willing to help students and made the exams very fair. However, she failed miserably in every other department. It became apparent after the first day that "lecture" consisted of 50 minutes of her reading slides with bullet points that were taken directly from our textbook. In office hours, her explanations only confused me further. Most annoyingly, her organization was horrific. No one had a single grade until the second to last week of classes, and her and the TA told us completely different information about how our weekly worksheets would be graded. Furthermore, we were told of an activity that we had to complete in Week 1 but were not told until the last week of class what it was. The main saving grace of this class was that the exams were a complete joke. They were essentially longer and more convoluted worksheets that we had over three days to complete (three for the midterm, four for the final), and they were all relatively straightforward because the exams were open note. Allowing all students to participate in a four-day scavenger hunt of the entire textbook is not a meaningful exam. In spite of the midterm average being close to 90%, some students still asked for extra credit, which as far as I can tell has not even been factored into our final grades. Why even offer extra credit if you're going to retroactively make it not count?
This class was the perfect disastrous mix of a clueless professorial charlatan and a minority of absurdly entitled pre-meds, and I can say that I walked away from this class feeling thoroughly unprepared for biochemistry topics on the MCAT and in upper division chem courses. If you want to get an easy A in an upper div, take this course with Jarrett. If you want to actually learn the material, find someone else.
Contrary to her 153L reviews, Professor Jarrett was an excellent professor and really cared about her students' learning. She taught concepts really well and always answered questions that are asked in class. Her office hours are super helpful and she was just extremely pleasant to have a professor. Overall, would give this class like a 9.5/10.
This class consisted of two exams worth 100 points each, 6 discussion worksheets worth 90 points each, and a category called Activity worth 10 points for a grand total of 300 points. Earlier in the quarter, she made it possible to receive points for the activity by attending discussion sections, but didn't penalize students who couldn't make it to discussion. She simply weighted the activity worksheet more for those students. The worksheets were not difficult, really driving home what she wanted you to learn. You could either submit them as a group or individually. The worksheets were similar to the exams, but she also gave a practice midterm out. As long as you put effort into learning, the exams were not too difficult. Her exams are primarily based on lecture material and worksheets.
One of the downsides was they took a while to grade the worksheets and it wasn't until week 5 that we had grades back, so some people were upset that they wouldn't have the ability to improve their grade. Professor Jarrett compromised by giving us 15 points back in the form of extra credit. Personally I wasn't too mad about this because we only had 1 TA and he could only really grade so many worksheets at a time, but I understand the frustration. Another downside was their grading on the first exam. The graders were picky with the wording of the answer rather than the conceptual understanding, and some students were upset about that as well. Either way, highly recommend taking this class with her if you can.
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