Benjamin Hafensteiner at University of Rochester

Benjamin Hafensteiner

  • 4.1Overall Quality
  • 4.4Helpfulness
  • 3.8Clarity
  • 3.0Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
7/24/14

CHM 132

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. H is the best professor at UR. He is hilarious and cares about his students like no other. He has many office hours to attend and I've never left feeling like my questions weren't answered. Chemistry is my weak point, but if you work hard, he will notice and you'll get the grade you deserve.

7/15/14

chm 131

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's a very nice guy and very willing to help students, but his lectures are not organized in the best way. One can tell he has yet to figure out the best way to explain some conceps. I'd hesitantly reccomend another prof (except schroeder). You won't get the same super-sunny disposition, but you'll get a more experienced teacher and explainer.

5/18/14

CHM 208

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

Still new and learning to be an effective lecturer. Goes off on tangents in lecture which makes it longer than necessary and confusing. Does do a good job clarifying some poorly worded portions of the lab manual (and often makes verbal changes to it in lecture). Very nice and genuinely cares about his students. Really helpful when he comes into lab

4/30/14

CHM132

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. H is an extremely nice person and he cares a lot about his students. However, lectures are a disorganized regurgitation of the textbook. I would recommend primarily using the textbook and using lectures as a supplement.

3/25/14

CHM 32

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedB

Difficult class but awesome professor who is always willing to help!!

12/31/13

CHM 207

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedA

Dr. H is a great guy. Really cares about his students. The lab manual is sort of poorly written, but he does a decent job of covering the important stuff in lab lecture. Sometimes a bit disorganized and tends to go off on tangents. The lab write-ups are obnoxiuos but not too tough and he covers all the info you need in lab lecture

12/17/13

CHM 207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Nice guy, helpful in office hours. You can tell he's not super experienced at teaching because some of his lectures are a somewhat convoluted and disorganized. Overall average + and after a few years should be very good.

11/21/13

CHM 207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. H runs a really great organic chemistry lab. His lab lectures are (mostly) clear and helpful, and he is very helpful and friendly in person. Also a pretty entertaining guy. He's definitely better at explaining organic chemistry than gen chem.

11/7/13

CHM131

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is the best professor that i meet so far. You probably won't fall asleep in class.

10/27/13

CHM 207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. H is fantastic. He's very open to meeting and discussing with students and understands that we're not all professionals in Chemistry. He also really respects all the TAs

10/27/13

CHM 132

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's a very cool guy. Funny, humorous lectures and he really cares about his students. Held a long review session the weekend before the final. You can tell he's not a seasoned lecturer though, because he hasn't quite figured out the best ways to teach some topics. But very approachable and tries to be helpful. Reading the book helps a lot.

10/27/13

CHM 131

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. H is a decent professor. He's very eager and willing to help, but it's clear he's new to teaching (which he is). Sometimes h gets stuck trying to some trickier concepts and gives very confusing explanations, but he sure tries his darndest. He really cares about his students and is always looking for input on how to improve.

10/4/13

CHM 131

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Over-rated. Don't bother with lectures. Workshop and textbook are your best friend for this class. Nice guy and cares about students, needs more experience lecturing.

8/30/13

CHM 132

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

After hearing so many great things about Dr. H, the low quality of the course surprised me. The course webpage was often updated late, and lectures were disorganized. The poor lectures resulted in packed office hours. He lets the class get loud and out of hand. While Dr. H is kind and funny, he should make an effort to improve as a professor.

5/25/13

CHM132

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. H is a dedicated professor who clearly cares about his students. His lectures are slightly unorganized. The best way to study for this class is to read the book, do workshop problems, and do the practice tests. If you stick to this method, the class is pretty easy. I think Dr. H needs more experience, but in time he will be an excellent prof.

5/16/13

CHM 131-132

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. H is the best! He is funny, smart, and he truly cares whether you do well or not. His exams are a little difficult, but definitely doable if you go to workshop and do the practice exams. His office hours are extremely helpful too! Also, he doesn't expect you to memorize information like the periodic table or equations. Def my fav professor! :)

5/15/13

CHM 132

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. H got a lot of hype as being the best prof in the chem department, and I was disappointed with him. Lectures were really disorganized, and he didn't do a good job keeping the course website updated. Workshops were really helpful - exam questions look alot like workshop questions. He's a nice guy, and really eager...needs more experience.

2/26/13

CHM 207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Hafenbro is the BEST! Definitely take his classes whenever you can. I learn more orgo in 10 minutes of lab lecture than I do in a whole semester of class.

1/13/13

CHM207

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

I have taken classes with this professor 3 times(131,132 and 207) and plan to take him for 208 as well. He is very clear in lecture and helpful in and outside of class/lab. He keeps classes entertaining and fun, while at the same time efficiently teaching the class. Tests are not the easiest, but that is to be expected of the material being taught.

12/26/12

CHM131

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Hafensteiner is a great teacher and makes his lectures really fun so that you don't mind going to class as much. His tests are somewhat difficult so doing practice questions and the practice test he posts will help a lot. He made me like chemistry a lot more and was my favorite teacher this year and is supposedly the best chemistry teacher.

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