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Dorian Canelas
Professor in the Chemistry department
at Duke University, Durham, NC
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Overall Quality
4.2
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.2
Clarity
4.2
Easiness
3.0
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05/02/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Canelas was a pretty easy professor compared to other professors, in my opinion. This year she had a flipped classroom setting in which we worked on worksheets in groups each class, which I originally didn't like because we didn't have any lectures. Overall though, her tests are straightforward and predictable.

04/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Canelas was a great teacher. She kept lectures exciting and fun. The flipped classroom did work well for organic chemistry...just don't fall behind on reading the textbook and you'll get an A.

04/19/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I have to disagree with the other comment left for Dr C this semester. I've HATED the group work-- its fostered a lot of mis-education IMO, I wanted to learn from our prof, NOT my peers. I found myself trying to relearn concepts frequently. Did appreciate all the materials though. I bet she would be a great teach if SHE taught us.

04/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+

She gives you a lot of resources to help you with, and really wants you to do well in the class. Her class has a pre-set curve, and so she encourages you to work together with the other students in the class. I would highly recommend her for organic chemistry~she has a flipped classroom model, but it actually really works well.

12/25/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 99 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Canelas is a decent professor. She's funny and her lectures are interesting, but I found her rude/unhelpful outside of class. That being said, she gives resources and her tests/homework follow the material. Recitation is mandatory and helpful; lecture is beneficial. Book, her notes, and problems will help you on the exams, which are mostly math.

05/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 201L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pay attention to what she actually teaches in lecture and do all her practice exams and you should be fine. She was a really fair teacher, and if you keep up with her, then you can definitely do well. I would highly recommend Dr. Canelas!

05/06/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Orgo 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Canelas is a good lecturer, but she does go very fast, and tends to write down mechanisms that you don't need to know. Her tests can be tricky, but are straight forward. She is funny and easy to talk to.

04/15/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Canelas is the best possible professor for Orgo you could have. Incredibly clear, funny and witty, and is really interested in the subject. Her TA's grade kinda harshly, but she herself is wonderful. A+ 10/10 would recommend.

04/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Canelas is a very clear lecturer. She writes really quickly but will pause for people to copy reactions down, etc. She moves quickly sometimes.

04/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Orgo 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She is so understanding and will help when you ask. Also, she is very responsive to email. She will provide you will tons of resources, which leaves her students personally responsible for their grade.

03/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Canelas is fantastic. Her lectures are clear (and worth attending!), she's helpful and very approachable, and her tests are relatively straightforward (i.e. over material covered in lecture.) I recommend her highly for Orgo 1!

12/27/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM99 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Canelas is funny in her own way and always available through email and outside class. She cares about you, although Chem 99 it is a 100+ student lecture. She gives lots of extra resources to study and understand the topic. Also, try to go to lecture (it really does help!)

12/17/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM99D Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher! Funny, helpful, and approachable! Loved her class!

12/16/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ChemMWF Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is humorous and approachable.

08/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Canelas is a good teacher on the whole. It is clear she enjoys teaching chemistry and her tests correspond to her lectures. She does well in pointing out what she will be requiring of each student before the test. Organic chemistry is generally time consuming but Dr. Canelas does well in highlighting the important ideas for the next semester.

05/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Canelas does everything that you would expect an orgo prof to do, and she does it well. She will not be one of those professors who will blow your mind away and absolutely inspire you. However, she will try her best to ensure that you comprehend the material. She seems like a really nice person and is welcoming and approachable.

05/07/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I was warned about taken Canelas's class but I was pleasantly surprised. Canelas cares a lot about her students and I learned a lot from her lectures. She has a great attitude about the class which offsets the intensity of a lot of the pre-meds. She was also really funny which kept the lectures interesting.

03/31/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM20D Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I love Dr. Canelas. She does powerpoint lectures, is terrific at explaining concepts and really, really cares about her students. She's approachable and really funny. Taking Chem 20D is wonderful choice for someone who doesn't have a lot of chem background; taking this class will make chem 31 so much easier. Be aware this class will challenge you!

03/30/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Wonderful teacher!!!! Made Orgo fun! Very fair/clear tests/amount of material expected to know. Harsh grading, but this is done mainly by T.A's. Doesn't try to trick you on tests. She is a great teacher, some people complain about her using powerpoints, but they are very helpful and she uses the blackboard to complement her powerpoints. She's great

12/18/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem20D Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Canelas is really nice. Her lectures are effective and she is always making jokes to keep the room alive. She is also available outside of class. Read the chapters, look over recitation materials (post included), and put in the hours and you will get an A.

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