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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
2.6
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
2.1
Helpfulness
0
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123 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
10/01/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Gen Chem 1 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Not as bad as everyone says. Just find a good method for studying and you'll do well.

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.

01/23/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CHEM 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The examples in class were a lot easier than the questions on the exam but with a little studying and regular attendance to recitation, a good grade is possible!

01/19/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Paterno does teach at a basic level, but her class is honestly not that hard. If you actually put some effort into the class, you should be fine. However, her examples,practice problems, and practice exams are not as difficult as her actual exams. I am personally not a fan of her but she isn't the worst professor.

12/23/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Worst Teacher ever, lacks clarity in explanation. she seems very confused about the material. God knows who gave her PhD. Duquesne University should get rid of her.

12/12/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Paterno seems very uninterested in what she is teaching. Paterno treats her students like kindergarteners and shows a great deal of disrespect. The first day she introduced herself as being strict and mean. She gives basic examples during lectures and creates impossible tests. Unfortunately, I will have her again next semester. Best of luck!

12/09/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
GenChem Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Terrible. But to elaborate, her tests are awful. very unrelated to the teaching from lectures. Only thing that saved me was recitation. I'd rather have my TA teach me instead of her. Terrible at explaining. I don't know how she still has her job because she is that bad. Sadly, you have to have her. Best advice, good luck.

12/06/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Paterno does teach at a basic level, but her class is honestly not that hard. If you study her practice exams you will do fine. I do not understand why so many people complain about her. There are way worse professors.

12/05/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Paterno was one of the worst teachers I've ever had. Many other reviews are accurate in saying that she teaches on a much easier level than she tests. She gives an excessive amount of work (between text problems, ALEKS, and lab), and is not personable at all. On the first day she introduced herself as "strict and mean". She's the worst.

12/03/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely horrible teacher. Talks to students as if they were kindergartners. Does not explain anything just reads off a powerpoint. Tests are EXTREMELY HARD. Going to her office is a waste, she just told me to go and study more. Avoid her if you can.

11/13/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
GenChem Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Worst prof ever!!! Do not take her if you can avoid! Went in for help and instead of answering a question told me to study more and to get out of her office

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