I am soooo frustrated and need some advice.
The regular instructor for Chemistry at the CC where I am doing my pre-reqs is out on maternity leave. They found a replacement to cover from the local State University..... he is not a teacher... he is a lab assistant! We did not know this until after we were into the class.
He does not go by the text we have to study from. So we are all over the place in the text and he gives us tests from the State Ap class. Which are similar, but not worded like what we have been practicing with and frequently included concepts that we have not yet covered. Every test he find a problem or 2 that even he cannot do!
So we have basically been teaching ourselves thru our textbooks and online sites. Now he is teaching us stuff that "is not in the textbooks" but we should know it. He is a horrible lecturer and we are all extremely frsutrated. The last info that was not in the textbook, I took to my chemistry tutor (from my CC) and she had NO IDEA what he was talking about! Now he is too busy to correct our homewoek so he just checks off if we do it or not. Well.... if I do it wrong how will I know????????
We have lost over half the class already, and a large number who remain will probably not pass. Many students have complained to the Dean about this, but they are stuck with him and the only solution is to drop and take the F. I just want to pass!! Currently I have a B.... but I feel it will slip away with his crazy teaching.
We have a test today and I am worried that I will not pass. Basically because we are not even sure what we are being tested on today!!
Okay...... I am open for suggestions...... I am so anxious about this darned class that I do "chemistry" all night in my sleep.... every night!
Thanks so much,
Apr 2, '04
I personally would make some quiet inquiries and tell the department head what is going on. See what they have to say, and if they recommend you going to the dean, or whatever.
But I'd still try to make it through the course as best as I could. I would hate to have to take chemistry all over again with just three weeks to go in the semester.
I had a teacher like that once. Tried to teach us all kinds of stuff like there was a cure for Down's syndrome and outrageous stuff like that. He also tried to sell us stuff. Highly unethical. The class was completely worthless.
Nevertheless, I wanted to get the course done and didn't complain until it was over and grades were in. He was a tenured professor and I was worried word would get back to him. But it doesn't sound like it's the same situation with this guy.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 2, '04