Norbert Pienta at University of Iowa

Norbert Pienta

  • 4.0Overall Quality
  • 3.9Helpfulness
  • 4.1Clarity
  • 3.3Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
12/2/11

Chem411

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He was very funny at times and likes to give hints to what is on the exams. He is nice and very personable but not a great teacher. I would say he was the best out of the three professors that rotated though. Overall he is good.

10/13/11

CHEM101

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Pienta is one of three professors in my Chem lecture that trade off once a week. Pienta is by far the best of the three. He reads through slides and explains them to a certain degree. It's not necassary that you attend lecture, but he works through problems well that aren't in the slides.

12/15/09

CHEM122

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity4

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

I didn't like his teaching style.

12/15/09

CHEM122

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Pienta seems to teach in a daze, rattling things off of his power point slides, all of which are uninformative and useless. He told us that the exam questions would be like the homework questions, but they are nothing like the homework and the exams are befuddling at best.

12/13/09

OChem122

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Norby has a hard time getting through more than 3 slides per lecture. He just can't do it. I don't find lecture particularly helpful, except for when he gives secret answers that are a question on the exam and the people who weren't there get it wrong.

5/10/09

orgo121

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

He subbed for my Orgo I professor a few times and when he did I actually understood what was going on. I wish he had been my Orgo I professor!

3/10/09

OCHEM2

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I really liked Dr. Pienta. His tests were fair, although some were pretty difficult. The one test that almost everyone really bombed, he right away posted on ICON that there was no need to freak out and that the class average was pretty low. Overall a great professor, he really cares that his students learn the material.

1/1/09

orgo2

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

truly the best chemistry teacher i have ever had. extremely helpful during office hours. not hard to get a good grade!

12/21/08

OCHEM122

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

pienta is a great professor. the class is difficult because of all the mechanisms and reactions you need to memorize. but after looking at the previous exams, i would say the exams get easier each semester

5/9/08

CHEM122

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

One of the best undergrad instructors I've had. Clear, patient, funny, lots of office hours. Material & tests are difficult, but he explains this difficult subject as good as anyone could. Highly recommend.

12/18/04

4:11

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Probably one of the best around. Actually cares that you're learning (you find this out when you e-mail him or go to his office hours), and is funny. Pretty straightforward too, and I'm sure anyone will enjoy being in his class.

11/9/04

2:11

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

One of the best chemistry professors I've had.

8/27/04

Chemistry

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Overall he was a good teacher, it was just a difficult class...especially coming in as a Freshman and not knowing what to expect.

3/8/04

Chemistry

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Looked like Colonel Sanders, but that only boosted his rating in my book.

12/11/03

4:11

Poor Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

I got an A- in this class but I had to basically teach myself everything. Pienta's overheads are a poor way to teach students. His exams were a joke!!

12/11/03

4:11

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Pretty funny.

12/11/03

chem 1

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

this guy was a really easy and helpful teacher. he has a hidden sense of humor that if you're not quick enough, you wont catch the joke.

12/11/03

004:011

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very good teacher. His humor made lectures enjoyable and his slow, yet steady teaching style made it easy to understand what he was talking about. Online notes are a good thing, less time writing = more time listening.

12/8/03

4:11

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

He was so easy.

12/8/03

Chemistry

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a really good teacher. He goes slow enough for you to understand the material while explaining it in a way students can understand. The lecture notes are posted online, but if you still attend lecture it is sometimes worth it.

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