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James McNamara
Professor in the Chemistry department
at Hunter College, New York, NY
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
3.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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05/13/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 224 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: C-

He was the WORST professor ever. Some other students said he has an semi-annual drinking get together with his preferred students in which he buys them alcohol. Which I find very disturbing for someone in his position to be doing. There was also talks about him discussing other students grade with these students.

12/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM 223RC Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I mostly went to Dr. Mcnamara's office hours. He doesn't even teach orgo lecture but the amount of help he provides is amazing. Mcnamara ALWAYS made time when I needed help with orgo, and he was super fast with emails. He even stayed late to help students prepare for our orgo final. He's amazing, so knowledgeable and so willing to help.

10/30/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 223RC Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Go to his office hours! I don't have him for lecture, but I wish I did. Extremely helpful. Very fast with email. Makes sure you understand and uses great examples. Sort of eccentric, but that grows on you over time.

09/17/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 223RC Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

So far, so good. More detailed than my lecture professor. Careful to point out what will be important in the future. Nice guy, but a little intimidating. First few weeks have passed so we're more familiar with him, but still when he speaks, no body does. You could hear a pin drop.

06/05/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 224 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 a very nice guy and he helps his students do well. Lectures wont give you much if you don't read the book. His tests aren't hard if you know the material in the book and his lectures. I loved this class.

01/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Chem222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Mcnamara is extremely helpful and friendly. Read the textbook and review his lecture slides (which are also based on the textbook) and you should do fine.

12/25/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Ochem1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Reallly really great guy and I highly recommend him. He grades fairly and legitimately wants to see his students do well. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PROF!!!

11/28/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Amazing professor! Engages students and is willing to help outside of class. Extremely fair! Would take him again.

10/04/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is by far the most helpful and caring professor. Orgo is a hard class but he is willing to help. Hes an amazing person, I would recommend taking this class with him. Exams are fairly easy compared to the other professor.

08/28/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM224 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

BEST PROFESSOR IN HUNTER COLLEGE!!!!! I hated chem my whole life and he truly made me reconsider that. He makes such a hard class tolerable and is very fair with the material he puts on tests. Questions he gives to do as optional practice are usually used on tests. 4 tests that are 25% each and he drops one. He is AWESOME! TAKE HIM !!!!

06/04/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ORGO2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

i paid hunter to teach me stuffs but he just reads off the slides. does evt from home, (u can do it) nd shows no mechanism. can't ans any question if asked says idk or can any one ans it. class met 1:50 min each twice per week but he finishes in one hr. even if u go to his office, he can't draw the mechanism but show u by sign language...

05/18/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Ogro225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The best professor I have ever had!!! He is easy and lets you make up exams without a hassel. A very nice professor and very caring!

05/10/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Orgo1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Love this professor. His lectures and slides were based 100% on the book, but how exciting and creative can you really get with organic chemistry? He is very involved, very responsive (literally replies to emails within 2-4 hours), and will go out of his way to help. I had him a semester ago, and he still remembers my name and keeps in touch.

05/04/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ORGO2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

cares for students a lot. wrote a recommendation letter for me in one day. he also let me do the make up last year b/c my other school final overlapped with orgo 1. was an organic chemist, so knows the stuffs. come to his office hour, u ll love him b/c he makes suers that u get the material.

04/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very considerate professor.

01/21/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Prof. McNamara is very new at this so his lectures definitely are lacking. However, he takes the time to remember everyone's name and will spend time with you during office hours to make sure you get the material, even if you don't during lecture.

01/20/2012
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
orgo1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

he just reads off the slides no improvisation. hardly response to any question in the class but good in office hours. his TA patrick leonard was the worst i ever had, just walks around in the class w/o helping students. new teacher exams have hard and easy question with disproportional point system. u have to study ur own to pass the class.

01/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

New Professor, although he uses slides directly from the text he is very clear about what you should learn from them. He is very helpful, very accesible and wants students to do well. Out of all the Orgo prof's I'd take his class every time.

01/06/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Amazingly helpful face to face in office hours and always makes time for you if you ask. Yes, his lectures are generic, but he speaks clearly, emphasizes what you need to know, and knows his stuff. Anyone who thinks they can "learn" orgo from listening to lecture is fooling themselves anyway. You must do problems on your own time.

01/04/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
orgo222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

dunno why he just reads off the slides which came with the txt book, not even his own. solves problem b4 comes to the class and read it to the students. orgo should be explained by showing mechanism step by step but he just reads the slides. have him for orgo 2 dunno what will happen. didn't tell us his grading policy until he submitted grades

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