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TAKE THIS CLASS WITH PROFESSOR QUINLAN! She is so sweet and very understanding of students' needs. Personally, I took Chem 14A with Scerri, and he scarred me for life lol. Taking this class with Quinlan was really refreshing and nice because she actually cares about teaching, and about her students. There are so many opportunities for points, so getting an A shouldn't be too difficult. And she emphasizes that EVERYONE can get an A because there is no curving relative to other students' performance, which I was so happy with. The exams weren't very difficult as long as you study the problem sets and lecture slides. Overall, really good lecturer and professor overall! We love you, Margot <3
Take this class if you want a good grade but aren't willing to learn that much about chem 14B. The tests and assignments are very easy, but we didn't get through like half of the material in the class. Whatever, I'm not complaining I guess
The class was really easy if you put in the time. You really have to carve out time to go through the information from the textbooks, run through practice problems, and study the material conceptually. With this professor, in particular, it was very important to review the information prior to class because she would spend most of the time reviewing the slides rather than actually teaching it. She encourages posting on the discussion forums and likes when students speak up in class but usually shoots students down when they ask questions that may be valid but seem dumb to her. She also gives participation points to those who speak up in class but I don't know how she expected people to get all the participation points when there were like 300 people in the class. The structure of participation points could have been done better. She also went really slow, which was nice because it allowed students to understand the information better but for anyone who was taking 14B and 14BL concurrently it really messed them up. We did not finish all of the information that was given to us on the syllabus so it was a little hard to know what readings to do and which to not do. Overall, I feel like I learned a lot and I would definitely take it again with Professor Quinlan.
This class material is pretty easy and the TA's are good. Lecture does help but Quinlan doesn't really elaborate or specify certain things about content or the class in general. She also confuses herself during lecture. She says she is open to questions but sometimes makes you feel bad for asking something you were genuinely confused about. That, or she'll just tell you to check the syllabus which really does not have everything like she says so. I wouldn't mind taking her again, I just think her inability to expand on concepts or class rules can be unfair to students. Also the fact that she seems less and less approachable throughout the quarter!
Professor Quinlan is a very good lecturer and specifies a lot of “muddiest” and unclear points and tends to review them every lecture. Her tests were relatively fair if you reviewed the lecture slides. Also, considering that this is her first time teaching chem 14B, she was learning as she went and lectured the material well, but the only problem was the fact that people talked a lot during lecture, which isn’t really her fault. ALSO, she gave out extra credit as well hehe which can help if you end up borderline. Other than that, you should take a class with her :) WE LOVE MARGOT!
let me preface this review by saying that i had scerri for 14a the spring quarter before this one in the same exact classroom...i was conditioned to not pay attention in class. i hardly took any notes, and i never looked back at them while i was studying. during discussions, we got a new problem set where we apply the topics we learned that week. i had zili fan, and she made us worksheets that were condensed versions of notes with all the necessary equations. she would also go through how to do every problem. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO DO THESE!! margots exams are basically straight from the problem sets! i kinda put zero effort into this class except the couple of days leading up to the midterm and final but got away with it by studying the problem sets. oh and the ccle quizzes helped too! in retrospect, i probably should have tried more in this class because margot wasnt a bad professor at all, and getting an A is definitely feasible.
however, margot looooves participation points which is kinda annoying because I would forget to do them most of the time. she has us post what we thought was the "muddiest" point in lecture. but most people just wrote random stuff in order to get points, and then in lecture, margot would review the unnecessary material which slowed us down...which i guess isnt the worst if you dont really care about learning chemistry.
theres also extra credit opportunities which i think really helped my grade (:
OH also, dont get the textbook, waste of time...just study the problem sets/quizzes!
Let me start off with saying that Quinlan did a awesome job her first quarter teaching 14B. It's unfair to compare her to professors like Lavelle who have been teaching forever.
The good- She gives you so many practice worksheets and she bruincasts her lectures. I find that re listening to the lectures really helps. She tries to have everyone understand the material and her reviews and "muddiest point" reviews in the beginning of class are really helpful.
The bad- She is too lenient. I feel like many questions asked in class could've been asked in private and her clarifications really take up too much class time. This is why we didn't get through a lot of material. Lavelle literally says "This is a question that could be asked privately" and moves on, which is what she should do. I feel like this problem is also due to her participation point system where part of your grade is how much you talk in class, causing some people to ask questions just for the grade.
Overall- I like her. This class is definitely easier than Lavelles classes, and if you put in the necessary work you definitely can get an A. This is coming from someone who got a B- in 14A too.
Professor Quinlan was a very straightforward teacher and her notes were well organized and posted clearly on CCLE. Her tests followed the materials she gave out in class really closely, and the quizzes/problem sets were a good reflection of what was expected. This class required a lot of self-learning however, as lectures were not really that useful. I only went to get clicker points because the material covered in lecture was REALLY slow. She put a lot of emphasis on participation and so a lot of students would ask questions they already knew the answer to in order to get points, which slowed down our learning pace. We were still on Week 5 material around Week 7 which caused her to speed up near the end and the material got a bit confusing to me. She also writes using her iPad which is then projected onto the screen, and although this isn't her fault, her writing was extremely hard to read anywhere past the 5th-ish row of the lecture hall. Regardless of all that, it's pretty simple to do well in this class as long as you study the material provided and do a LOT of practice questions!
Professor Quinlan tries her best to accommodate students and make sure that they are understanding the material that she is teaching. However, we did not get through all of the material we were supposed to learn for 14B, which is unfortunate. Her midterm was extremely straightforward and the final exam was also easier than other chem classes such as Lavelle. The exams consisted of multiple choice and problem solving free response. She thoroughly summarizes her lectures from the previous class at the beginning of every class. The clicker questions count for correctness not completeness though, so that is something to watch out for! Overall, I can say that her exams were fair and all of the materials were provided to us in order to prepare for the final.