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Mesfin Alemayehu
Professor in the Chemistry department
at West Los Angeles College, Culver City, CA
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Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
2.8
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
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07/08/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Very helpful, gives substantial extra credit, an A starts at 85%, and he gives generous partial credit on exams. He is sometimes unclear and you have to teach yourself a concept. Go to the library and ask for his old exams to review, they help a lot. Hard class no matter who you take so be prepared to do a ton of practice problems to do well.

05/27/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 60 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Took this class over Winter & absolutely loved the professor. He is clear in his expectations and solves a lot of problems on the board. He also walked around the room to ensure everyone knew how to solve problems. He is a kind, KIND person, and immensely interested in the well-being of his students. I really appreciated him and his teaching style.

04/10/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM 60 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I did great in this class, but not much thanks to Professor Alemayehu. He knows his stuff, but he constantly goes off on rants about the Jungian psychoanalyzation that he believes permeates our society - in other words, there's not as much Chemistry as you'd expect going on. Still, he's pretty friendly and is VERY kind to the eyes ;)

01/02/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Professor Alemayehu is a great help in office hours, but not so great in class. Class average for the 1st exam was 54% & 2nd exam 58%, though I heard he curved at the end. I got an A, but you have to work hard for it and go to office hours! And be prepared for lots of self study. Don't take this unless you have enough time to devote to it!

08/22/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 60 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+

One of the hardest classes i have taken. But I learn so much in his class. great professor willing to help. he give extra credit. But you got to study a lot. read the book and his notes.

06/11/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His class is very hard but he's a very nice teacher. If he see youre trying hard and he will give u the grade that u deserve.

06/03/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Chem 211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher really cares about his students. I don't have any complaints. PSA: Dont blame the proffessor for your failure and lack of comprehension and/or commitment, Chemistry is not for every one. Don't expect to succeed without putting hours outside of the class.

06/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
chem221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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01/02/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

*A* .The class wasn't easy, Ochem never is, but it wasn't unnecessarily hard either. Dr. Alemayehu is a good guy. He was kind enough to even move a midterm date back for us. We were busy, we all voted, and he accepted. The labs are also brand new, with fume hoods for each couple, really top notch. He's there during lab as well for questions. Best.

11/25/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

if you dont mind teaching yourself chemistry and waking up to attend a study hall its a great class but if your looking to learn, find another teacher.if you take this professor youve signed you've signed up for independent study.

06/05/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
chem60 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He?s an okay teacher, the practice tests are sometimes useless because they aren?t like the test. Since it?s a lot of material, my advice is to study everyday especially with the math part of chemistry because you do see a lot of that in the tests and they are worth more points. Good luck!

12/14/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Ochem211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's a nice guy, but a terrible teacher. Don't take the class, unless you want to ruin your GPA. He will only confuse you and all your hard work and sleepless nights reading the book would not help. His lectures are useless. Exams are confusing, and have little to do with lecture or the book. Waste of time.

10/20/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem60 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His speech may not be as clear, but I give him kudos for being very patient, knowledgeable and nice. I hated chemistry, so to get an A in a summer Chem class is such a huge accomplishment. He doesn't really make the exams difficult and he never gave us any surprise quiz. Although, his study guides could be off at times.

10/05/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem060 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

terrible teacher, dont take him unless you're really good at chemistry, if you struggle with this subject, take a better teacher, especially if you have to advance to Chemistry 101, he wont help at all,and he doesnt realize that he teaches so boring to the point that will make you lose interest, makes simple chemistry feel more difficult than it is

08/23/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem60 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

If I can get a passing grade in this class so can you. I never took chem in high school & just recently back in school after 30 years. Professor is straight forward and once you get use to his accent, not difficult to follow in lecture. Take good notes and come to class.

08/07/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
OChem1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Final exam is comprehensive and it came from the old test. He never assigned homework so you don't really need a book. Just use any ochem book you will be fine. He tests came from his lectures 100%. Take good note and if you have good back ground in chemistry, you should be able to get an A. He also gives 50 points extra credit for 4 pages essay

07/18/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
OChem211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

nice and kind; no lecture notes and bad hand writtings; accent is not bad but voice is low; 85% is A and it is possible if you read the book; test is heavy on reactions machanism; most of multiple choice questions are similar to practice tests provided prior to the exams. overall: recomended.

06/10/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
chem60 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a very nice guy, means well, and curves quite a bit. I don't think he is particularly clear however, and his study guides are all over the place/confusing. If you work hard in this class you'll be fine.

12/25/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem60 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took Professor Alemayehu's 8 am Chem 60 class. He was often a little late, but so was half the class. His teaching style was ordinary. He graded fairly, and I earned an A. It wasn't easy, but most people don't consider chemistry as easy. He does NOT allow students to use cellphones in class, and asked my classmate to leave the room for doing so!

12/03/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM51 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

PLEASE do not consider taking this class w/this professor! You will DEFINITELY REGRET IT! This professor has no interest in seeing his students succeed. First, you can barely hear him even if you ask for him to speak up! Secondly, he was absent several times and put us behind schedule! He made our last test a week before the FINAL! Tests R UNFAIR!

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