Chemistry Class

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  • Specializes in 10yrs previous EMT experience, currently CNA..

Hey everyone!

I am needing to take Chemistry and the last one I took, I dropped it because it was absolutely horrible. The Instructor was not good at teaching it at all.

Anyone had the Chemistry Course that was good learning experience and was easier to understand. I would hate to run into another bad Instructor like the one I had. She had alot of drops from her class, it was that bad.

I am in Riverside, California and may be relocating back home to Sacramento in the next couple of months.

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You may want to check on ratemyprofessor.com to see if you can find any chem instructor reviews on that site. If you end up with what you feel like is a bad teacher, try getting free tutoring from the school in chem. Good luck!

ocean.baby

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I took a few classes during the summer and at night. Most of those instructors are picking up extra money. They seem to understand that many of the students taking the evening/summer classes are taking chemistry as a required class, not as a career. They teach you what you need to know, but do not teach you as if you are trying to be a chemist.

Jeff G

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Specializes in Chemistry/Physics Teacher at a community college..

As a Chemistry instructor at a community college, I agree that ratemyprofessor.com can be a reasonable indicator, but I would not trust it 100%. For example, I have taught thousands of students, but only have 2 student ratings (at present).

Please do fully utilize resources such as the tutoring center. Your tuition dollars are used to support that center, so use it! That is what I tell my students.

Specializes in 10yrs previous EMT experience, currently CNA..
12 minutes ago, Jeff G said:

As a Chemistry instructor at a community college, I agree that ratemyprofessor.com can be a reasonable indicator, but I would not trust it 100%. For example, I have taught thousands of students, but only have 2 student ratings (at present).

Please do fully utilize resources such as the tutoring center. Your tuition dollars are used to support that center, so use it! That is what I tell my students.

Well then it was myself and quite a few other students dropped her class because she lacked the ability to teach and had a language barrier as well. Her teaching style of talking then telling use we will be tested without using our notes and we had to remember everything she was showing and talking about. After all the confusion and having a tutor who was even more confusing was not a great exeprience. I never had a science class where we could not take notes and asking questions to get an understanding would Irritate her and she was not a nice person to begin with. That is a good experience at all. I think a few of the younger students whose brain retained everything stayed. LOL.

I will be looking in the near future again when I am ready to return to school. Definitely not there.

Jeff G

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Specializes in Chemistry/Physics Teacher at a community college..
6 minutes ago, SAjala16 said:

Well then it was myself and quite a few other students dropped her class because she lacked the ability to teach and had a language barrier as well. Her teaching style of talking then telling use we will be tested without using our notes and we had to remember everything she was showing and talking about. After all the confusion and having a tutor who was even more confusing was not a great exeprience. I never had a science class where we could not take notes and asking questions to get an understanding would Irritate her and she was not a nice person to begin with. That is a good experience at all. I think a few of the younger students whose brain retained everything stayed. LOL.

I will be looking in the near future again when I am ready to return to school. Definitely not there.

I have had my fair share of incompetent teachers during my student years. The situation you describe seems to be the signature of an "adjunct instructor" and is common in higher education.

Personally, I do things differently than most. All of my tests are open book, open notes, and students are encouraged to work with others. My lecture notes on posted on the learning management system and I encourage interaction in class.

Specializes in 10yrs previous EMT experience, currently CNA..
1 hour ago, Jeff G said:

I have had my fair share of incompetent teachers during my student years. The situation you describe seems to be the signature of an "adjunct instructor" and is common in higher education.

Personally, I do things differently than most. All of my tests are open book, open notes, and students are encouraged to work with others. My lecture notes on posted on the learning management system and I encourage interaction in class.

I wish you were in So Cal. Thats my learning style and am use to that teaching style. Being able to colab with other students, use notes and textbook as a reference. I know I will need to get back to taking it again soon. I will be looking at the Community College in Riverside closer to me. I was living in LA County at that time.

I truly appreciate professors like you.

Thank you so much.

Jeff G

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Specializes in Chemistry/Physics Teacher at a community college..
51 minutes ago, SAjala16 said:

I wish you were in So Cal. Thats my learning style and am use to that teaching style. Being able to colab with other students, use notes and textbook as a reference. I know I will need to get back to taking it again soon. I will be looking at the Community College in Riverside closer to me. I was living in LA County at that time.

I truly appreciate professors like you.

Thank you so much.

Thank you! I do offer all of my courses online and I have students across the country. I will say that online courses are popular and probably will get even more popular due to the coronavirus.

Specializes in 10yrs previous EMT experience, currently CNA..
2 hours ago, Jeff G said:

Thank you! I do offer all of my courses online and I have students across the country. I will say that online courses are popular and probably will get even more popular due to the coronavirus.

Really? Nice I always thought that you had to do Chemistry in person due when applying to nursing school. I thought it would be hard to learn without having class time. Thats nice. Which school? I might need to look at that option.

In California, that virus is all over the place. I'm scared to go outside. I have been on Convalescent leave for 4 weeks and due to duty on Monday. I'm kind of scared to go to work. I'm in the military so we are always around each other.

Jeff G

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Specializes in Chemistry/Physics Teacher at a community college..
3 minutes ago, SAjala16 said:

Really? Nice I always thought that you had to do Chemistry in person due when applying to nursing school. I thought it would be hard to learn without having class time. Thats nice. Which school? I might need to look at that option.

In California, that virus is all over the place. I'm scared to go outside. I have been on Convalescent leave for 4 weeks and due to duty on Monday. I'm kind of scared to go to work. I'm in the military so we are always around each other.

I teach at North Central Missouri College. I offer all courses (intro chem, gen chem, organic chem, physics, physical science) each term and I have flexible start dates.

The transcripts from our school appear the same whether the course is taken face-to-face, online, or hybrid (a mix of online and face-to-face).

I can assure you that my face-to-face courses and online courses are the same. We cover the same material, do the same labs, and take the same tests. Both versions of my courses are accredited by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, the accrediting arm of the Department of Education).

We are a Military Friendly school and I have several students currently serving our country.

Specializes in 10yrs previous EMT experience, currently CNA..
16 minutes ago, Jeff G said:

I teach at North Central Missouri College. I offer all courses (intro chem, gen chem, organic chem, physics, physical science) each term and I have flexible start dates.

The transcripts from our school appear the same whether the course is taken face-to-face, online, or hybrid (a mix of online and face-to-face).

I can assure you that my face-to-face courses and online courses are the same. We cover the same material, do the same labs, and take the same tests. Both versions of my courses are accredited by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, the accrediting arm of the Department of Education).

We are a Military Friendly school and I have several students currently serving our country.

That is great. I will look into it. I definitely want to learn it. I know Chemistry can be quite rough to learn if not in the right environment.

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