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Bruno Rubio
Professor in the Chemistry department
at Boston University, Boston, MA
are you Bruno Rubio?
Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.2
Clarity
4.5
Easiness
3.2
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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92 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/20/2014
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH 203 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

Just be careful that you are not struggling. If you get help, show no weakness. Always be prepared because he is very judgmental. He has no patience. It's better you don't take an exam than to get a lousy grade. The class is a competition. He is arrogant and does not respond to emails. He already knows your faith after exam III.

12/13/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH203 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-
"Lectures are long" "Clear grading criteria" "Tests are tough"

This class is tough, but if you stay committed and do the practice problems Rubio prescribes in his lecture notes, the problems on the exams are very doable. I didn't open the textbook once because Rubio's own notes were clear and a better reference for studying. The curve is very generous; most students will leave the class with an 85% average.

12/11/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH 203 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Tests are tough" "Hilarious"

Extremely challenging. His tests are unnecessarily tricky and involve exceptionally confusing questions instead of testing your general understanding of the topic. He doesn't offer any help on how to study and do well. You will spend hours studying, think you understand, and fail every test and walk out with a C, if you are lucky. Take Loy instead.

12/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
203 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious" "Amazing lectures" "Clear grading criteria"

Rubio is great. Yes, he can be intimidating, but he is an awesome professor. Attend his lectures, READ AND DO ALL THE PRACTICE PROBLEMS in his lecture notes. If you want A you need to practice A LOT, but this rules work for any organic chem class, not only Rubio's. Exams are relatively hard, but they are absolutely fair

02/23/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Phenomenal professor. He has a way of making the material in organic chemistry manageable yet fun. He has a really unique way of presenting the material which I still remember to this day. I never opened my textbook because his lecture notes were such a phenomenal resource. This is however a lecture based class. Very visual, invest in a model kit.

01/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CH 203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Rubio was the best professor I have had so far. I never opened the textbook and did really well in his class. He explained things very clearly and his lecture notes were very thorough and understandable. I would study his lecture notes, my notes from class, the practice exams he posted and faired well on his exams. Awesome professor.

11/25/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CH131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Rubio is the only reason I had a hope at passing chemistry. His discussions are the only helpful part of the course - if anything, go to discussion! He is not particularly friendly and very intimidating, but he is a really great teacher and I learned a lot from him.

11/15/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CAS 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Rubio is a great professor. His discussions are understandable, helpful, and were the only things that prepared me for the Chem tests. Definitely go to every one of his discussions.

05/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH204 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This man is a game changer. He makes organic chemistry worth studying. Take his course and you'll appreciate chemistry.

04/08/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CH131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Rubio is an amazing professor. He was my discussion leader, pre-lab and lab instructor. His explanation is very clear and. He tries to simplify everything so that students understand easily. He teaches what you need to ace the exams. I recommend him so much. I personally don't like chemistry, but if you do taking the class with him is a big plus.

11/18/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CH131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is an interesting person. He is funny, not friendly though. He is my discussion leader and my lab instructor, I feel that I learned a lot more from his explanation than from the lecture professor. I would really recommend him.

11/17/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Rubio was a fun teacher to have! I personally hate chemistry and he made the discussions and labs bearable because he is such a character. Yes, he is quite intimidating and at times condescending but he is always helpful when people ask questions. Would highly recommend him, I feel I learned a lot from him.

06/25/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
orgoA1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

hes a good teacher but is VERY intimidating. kinda scary actually and it keeps you from wanting to ask questions cause he makes you feel dumb. also, kinda biased towards his students.

05/14/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
OChemAB Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The best Organic teacher at BU. His lectures are great, he is a funny guy, his class average is a B, and he has very helpful notes on his website. He made me love organic Chem!

05/11/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CH203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Definitely a great lecturer. Good or not, a strong personality. Textbook is unnecessary because he posts notes online. He is fair in the sense that everything on the notes will be covered in some form or another on the exams. Thus, his exams are much more a matter of time-management than difficulty.

03/05/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very clear and easy to understand, but very rude in person and over email. Curve is great; average becomes about a B- or a B. Exams are pretty fair.

12/17/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ch203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

orgo isn't easy. that's not his fault, but it went the best way it could have gone. definitely made me feel like I have a chance at doing well in a chem class at BU.

11/13/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

His online notes are way more useful than the textbook and the exam is based on them solely. Do the study guide, go to class and you'll understand organic chemistry well. His exams are harder than other teachers, but you will learn this stuff and in the long run (CH204), this will be helpful. He does not do makeup exams but usually one is dropped.

10/17/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Rubio is an amazing professor who knows how to lecture. His lectures are perfectly paced and he pauses at perfect moments for jokes to keep the class from getting bored. His online lecture notes as much better then the book and his exams are tough. You will learn alot in his class (more so then other orgo classes) but it's well worth it.

07/28/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's funny and will definitely keep your attention in class. He is a little condescending though and not the nicest outside of the classroom. His exams are hard but what else can you expect with organic chemistry. Notes are extremely helpful.

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