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Alicia Paterno
Professor in the Chemistry department
at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Overall Quality
2.6
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.5
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
2.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
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122 Student Ratings
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09/03/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GenChem Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: WD

those who say she is a good teacher are insane. she was by far the worst professor I've ever had. she has completely unrealistic expectations for college freshmen and she's just all around a miserable person.

07/20/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 1 and 2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B-

You won't learn much in lecture once you get into Chem 2. Go to her office hours, read the book, and do the book problems. I was failing halfway through, once I started working on the class my grade shot up.

07/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Paterno's class is tough. Simply, those who did not put in the work didn't do well in Chem II. Study extra hard for the quizzes, the points add up. Exam 2 was very hard and many failed, but she offered a 26 point bonus quiz. She is not out to get anyone and wants her students to succeed. She is helpful if you go to her office hours.

06/28/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Gen Chem Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

condescending, unhelpful, rude. my friends had her, and every single one just about dropped. i havent heard anyone say shes sympathetic to them in asking about grades. avoid taking her if you dont want to retake the class

05/05/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Paterno is a very difficult professor. Honestly the material is not rocket science, but if you do not put in full effort in chem II you will suffer. I am not saying this to scare incoming students, I am just giving a fair warning.

04/22/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Paterno is my favorite professor this semester. I do not understand what everyone's beef is with her. Maybe she does treat the students like children but she gives a fair amount of work. If you do the work she gives you, you will be fine. Her tests are challenging, but definitely fair. Its college, they are supposed to be tough. Good teacher!

04/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Gen Chem Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you took AP chem you will be set if not. You must do all homework problems, attend recitation, do practice exams,start studying early, and do Aleks. If you do what you are supposed to you will do great!

04/02/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awful professor. Useless. The tutors at the chemistry dept may get you through the class, but don't expect anything about a C. Unfortunately you'll probably have to have her. Good luck. You'll need it.

03/20/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Gen Chem Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If I could give her a 0, I would. Prob one of the worst teachers on this campus. Very rude, condesending, and seems very uninterested in students or class. Not sure whats worse, the class or the teacher. Just a horrible person really, not sure what happened in her life to make her such a miserable person. Stay away at all costs, honestly.

03/12/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She teaches on a middle school level and then tests on a graduate level. Her notes vary in helpfulness. She seems very uninterested in her work and is condescending toward her students, especially when they ask questions in class.

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