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William Pietro
Professor in the Chemistry department
at York University, Toronto, ON
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Overall Quality
4.2
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.0
Clarity
4.4
Easiness
2.5
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10/08/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem1000 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Get ready to read" "Tests are tough"

He is a good teacher. Clear and will help if you ask. Nevertheless the good things stop there. -HARD Tests (know your concepts) -Practice, Practice, Practice - READ THE BOOK -HE GOES VERY FAST, PAY ATTENTION. Lastly, if in highschool CHEM was not your thing, drop his class and switch into another, more easy one.

10/02/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 1000 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B+
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader" "Get ready to read"

Worst prof ever. He may be funny at times, but overall he expects you to have a good background in chem. Tests are extremely difficult compared of the other CHEM 100 prof tests. Very very difficult to get an A in his course. Many agreed that his tests were really bad. A LOT of people FAIL his first test. No lecture slides, no repeating of material.

09/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem1000 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Tests are tough" "Amazing lectures"

He is so funny. But his tests are trick. you really need to know your stuffs. focus on theory , understand it. go pass session and peer tutoring ,its help a lot

08/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem 1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr.Pietro is amazing lecturer. First test was the hardest for me, second and third were much easier and therefore the grade was way better. Exam was fair, covered the material from the whole course. An A is achievable, but hard work is required.

07/14/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem 1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is an amazing professor. Teaches things very clearly and with a lot of interest. His tests can be a bit challenging though, meaning studying days or even a week before won't do you any good. Do all the problems at the back of each chapter while you are learning the material, not just before for the test. Overall, amazing prof :)

06/20/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
chem 1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B

He is an amazing prof and is very passionate about chemistry.His enthusiasm about the subject kindda rubs off u lol His tests are hard and tricky BUT all you need to do is to study constantly!! Do not study for a test some days or weeks before.

06/18/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Pietro is one of the best profs I've seen first year at york. I disliked chemistry coming into uni but he totally changed my mindset and made me interested in chemistry again. He makes you really think! His tests can be quite challenging but his lectures are really interesting and I'd recommend him over any other chem prof!

05/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Hes hard but A is achievable

04/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Such a passionate professor! You have to work hard, practise consistently, ask questions, if you want a good grade in his class! Really enjoyed his class very much!

02/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

You'll get Ivy-League level education enrolling in Pietro's class. He's arguably the best professor York has to offer. It's a privilege to attend his classes, I'm seriously contemplating changing my major to Chemistry. His first test is very hard, but the other two and exam are manageable. You learn a lot attending his classes.

02/03/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The way he teaches is perfect, but tests are very very hard. You would have to study really hard.

12/20/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: C

His lecture is a show, he makes it very interesting,BUT he doesn't like dummies. A successful student in Pietro's class is the one who works extremely hard, has a solid background in chemistry and is insanely passionated about the subject, just happily chokes on the new material and loves solving new problems. Take him, if you want to be a chemist!

12/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
NATS 1820 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This prof is super cool and i loved going to every class. His passion towards chem makes the class very interesting. I recommend taking this class, he is fair and the tests are easy if you study well. Overall a great guy and is super funny.

12/10/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a great lecturer and his tests were difficult, but they were all based on concepts that you should've already known. Make sure you understand the fundamentals, keep on top of your work, and ask for clarification if you need it. Don't let the rumours of how hard chem1000 is psyche you out and never skip! :)

12/10/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chemistry 1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is very passionate about chemistry & respects it. Therefore he's not gonna let some Schmo walk out with an A if they didn't deserve it. You need to study every day, not before the tests. Do not read the Txt before attempting the chapter questions. Try the questions first then reference the section. This will help you understand the fundamentals.

12/10/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Do not take him.He does not teach properly and what he spends forever on is not on the tests.His tests are impossible no matter how much you study the questions are very unpredictable.He does not help prepare you for the exam as some things he didn't teach were on it. He expects way too much and the lessons are useless and I went to class everyday

12/10/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE PIETRO!! His tests are impossible. No matter how hard you study you'll never end up with a good grade. He's not a good lecturer. He hardly does examples and no hints towards tests. Rude when you ask a question and his course did not prepare me for the exam bc he didn't teach some stuff on it. Choose another prof if u want a better grade

12/07/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Don't take chem with him!!! I heard he was better than the other profs at teaching but his tests are brutall!!! Clearly if we're all failing his class he's not that good....

12/06/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM1000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a good prof, but his tests are hard. Do not study a week before, you're only gonna get a minimum of 60. He always stresses that we need to "understand the fundamentals" so basically you need to read through the textbook before you attempt any practice questions. This will take time but if you have the motivation to study then you'll be fine :)

11/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
NATS 1820 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Fair professor, very passionate about the course.. love how he tries to make the most boring subject interesting

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