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Thomas Zownir
Professor in the Chemistry department
at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
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Overall Quality
2.2
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
1.8
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
2.2
Helpfulness
0
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12/27/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM162 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

I had him for lab. First, he's very long winded. Half of the lab is spent with him talking about the lab in great detail, covering the background topic in great detail. Be careful to follow his lab report format and show all your calculations, or you will receive either a handed back lab to redo, or a poor lab grade.

11/20/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem161 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Zownir is terrible because he doesn't care to change. He uses transparency pages that are cryptic, old, and unhelpful. Often only reviewing something once, he is unhelpful during office hours. He has been unprofessionally rude to several students during class. His exams are significantly more difficult than other professors.

05/22/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 163 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Extremely hard. I've taken dozens of hard college classes but never like this didn't have time to finish the test. He talks so fast non stop telling stories that are supposed to relate you to the topic but end up confusing When asked if he will review for the next test he laughs and says that's up to you! why teach then? just say read the book

10/18/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM163 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Thought I'd give this guy a chance. He is not approachable. Uses very old school methods for teaching & does not really seem to care about his students absorbing the information he throws at them in the form of an 60 page packet. Exams are ludicrous, 9pg open ended and you're expected to finish in ~1 hr. Avoid at ALL COSTS. Had to drop the course.

05/10/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM163 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Lecture involves him teaching from an overhead projector; you follow along with a note packet, page by page. He's very clear with his examples. Makes a lot of puns/jokes. Nice guy. Exams have extra credit worked in. Do not skip lecture or you will fall behind, note packets are worthless without watching him work through them. Book is irrelevant.

05/07/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem162 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Had him for lab, he's a very tough grader and inconsistent. He likes things done his way. He's not approachable, you dont want to ask him questions because he just makes you feel like an idiot for not already knowing the answers. If you take the lab w/o having lecture, you're doomed. Final is all lecture based, not lab related.

02/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem163 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This professor was a way better teacher than the ones I have had at UConn. He gives you a note packet for each chapter, and tells you straight forward do the work and your bound to pass. I've gone up to him with questions, and he has answered them on the spot. If you listen to his stories they definitely do relate to what he is talking about.

01/19/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
chem163 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I'm a B student took lab only with TZ and came out with an A. I hate chem, its boring to me, but he wasn't that bad. Taking Chem 2 lect with him this semseter. He does expect you to not come to class clueless. Read ahead.

12/02/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem163 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This professor is a hard one but you have to skim the lessons before class. Going to class is a must!! He is not too helpful with explaining but there are other profs in the chem department willing to help. He knows what he is talking about and his stories do relate to class(contrary to popular belief). PAY ATTENTION!! Do the homework in the book!

10/20/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM161 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Extremely hard. I've taken dozens of hard college classes but never like this didn't have time to finish the test. He talks so fast non stop telling stories that are supposed to relate you to the topic but end up confusing When asked if he will review for the next test he laughs and says that's up to you! why teach then? just say read the book

12/14/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem162 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Awful professor. You really need to know your stuff in order to pass.

04/20/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem163 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

dont take his class!!! you will fail like me he is rude and thinks hes funny when hes not. hes only good for lab but still that can be difficult with him his tests are stupid and doesnt give you any formulas or anything you pretty much have to memorize everything for his test! DONT TAKE HIM

04/13/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM163 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Whatever you do DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS WITH HIM! YOU WILL FAIL! he hates people! I finished one of his jokes and he got mad at me like a child. Terrible x 1000000. Good Luck if you do take his class. I personally recommend Watton if you have to take chem @ ccsu :)

04/07/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM164 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a terrible teacher. Not only does he never look me in the eye when he talks, he talks to someone entirely different. He cannot explain anything in the prelab and the syllabi that is supposed to instruct his format for lab write ups is not specific to what he really wants.

08/26/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOCHEM Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I dropped the class. I was confused on some lab work, and when I asked him for help he made me feel like an idiot. He's very extroverted/introverted. The first impression i got is "wow" he's good in front of the class. When you finally have to talk to him, it seems like he's miserable and doesn't like dealing with people, especially females.

03/13/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem2 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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11/16/2007
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem161 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He knows what he's talking about, but doesn't like students,try to take anyone else in the chem. department, and if you do have him, be warned if you ask a question you will be laughed at.

03/09/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This guy knows what he's talking about just doesn't know how to teach it. He teaches full time at MCC and compares CCSU to it constantly. Anyone who takes him i wish them luck.

12/11/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CHEM 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

A good prof overall. Not the most approachable, but he definitely knows his stuff and teaches it well. If you care about the class and put forth a real effort, you shouldn't have any problems with him. If you really don't care and just want to slide through, take a different prof.

06/03/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Ok this guy is pompus. I wouldn't dare ask him a question for fear of being laughed at or given a sarcastic sigh. I did horribly in his class and have to retake it partly because of him. In order to do well you have to obsess about your work. I couldn't relate to his lectures at all and would forget everything he "taught" before the next lecture.

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