Charles Grisham
School:University of Virginia
Department: Chemistry
Location:Charlottesville, VA
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Pros: interesting class, Grisham loves what he teaches
Cons: He talks super fast and the clickers are annoying. Mastering chem can be very tricky. Quizzes were hard!
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Pros: He knows what he's talking about
Cons: Goes off tangent a lot
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Pros: powerpoint slides are very helpful because he lists all the main points and basic concepts
Cons: chemistry in your world is a pain because you have to remember all the names and dates of random people
overall he is a good professor who is definitely willing to help you, but he makes you memorize stuff not really related to actual chemistry
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Pros: Presents material clearly, posts practice exams, powerpoints, and articles on Collab
Cons: Isn't very friendly, tests are hard
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Total Jerk. Pathogic personality.
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Pros: lecture slides
Cons: clicker questions
goes through the slides word for word basically
Students go to class for the clicker questions. Class does not help you learn the material.
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Pros: nice
helpful
knows material
Cons: sooo much extra unimportant stuff on things like uranium, polar bears, and nobel prize winners. scientists are important to know, but I think he goes a little overboard. Masteringchem for Grisham is unnecessarily hard. Other classes have a lot more information to work with = higher test scores
Both chem teachers are good, Grisham just requires a little more effort. If you get him and are having trouble, you can always go to the TA sessions
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He reads off the slides when he lectures, which can be boring. He also adds questions to his quizzes about random topics in other areas, which he presents as reading material. He's very lively about chemistry and makes it interesting enough, but his quizzes are really really hard. Overall, he's a fine professor who knows what he's talking about.
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A good professor overall. He was thorough in his lecture. He liked to give us interesting facts about "Chemistry In Your World". Unfortunately, he puts one of these trivia questions on each of his quizzes. Some will see this as dumb, while others see it as an easy question. I would take his class again because he is a good professor.
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So...Professor Grisham is a nice person and very enthusiastic about the material. He goes on related tangents that can seem random but are slightly entertaining--like the chemistry used in Barbie hair and motor oil. There is always at least one question on the quizzes (15 questions each, multiple choice) related to those tangents that you can only know if you go to class (not posted on the slides). But basically be prepared to teach yourself how to do all the equation crap because he doesn't go through specific examples in class, which could be seen as a good or a bad thing. It sounds so EASY when all you do is listen to lecture and then the quizzes come and you're like CRAP.
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He is about as good as it can get for a teacher who must teach more than 300 students. Go to his lectures because he adds little anecdotes that aren't on the slides but are on the tests.

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