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William Michaely
Professor in the Chemistry department
at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
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Overall Quality
2.4
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.7
Clarity
2.2
Easiness
1.6
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05/10/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

he teaches at CCC too. He is ridiculously HARD! DO NOT TAKE!

12/16/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is very kind, gave me as much time as I needed in office hours, was polite. His handwriting was clear to me but organization on board was slightly unclear. HW was almost insignficant to grade, but really helped study for exams. Quizzes did too. He set the learning bar high and that really made me learn. Then the grading at the end was easier.

12/15/2005
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem. 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Michaely teaches very quickly, so it is hard to keep up. I only passed because of the lab and chemistry workshops. He doesn't answer questions very clearly in class either. Read the book before going to class, otherwise you will be totally lost.

12/14/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I would agree with everyone else the class is out of sync with the labs. Its hard to do good when you miss class because his lectures are not always as what the syllabus says and he has those random quizzes. I say take Vanneli cuz everyone says hes good but if you really need chem just take Michealy but get tutoring or ask him.

11/15/2005
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He provides plenty of examples, explains concepts, and his lectures are not boring.However the class is disorganized, with the lab being completely out of synch with lectures.Labs are not explained and we don't know what's expected.However tests and concepts are not hard.Several people got perfect scores, which is impossible in most other chemclass

11/10/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are very disorganized and he really depends on you having read the book. But he's extremely helpful one-on-one and is really a nice and encouraging guy. You have to be prepared to do a lot of work on your own, but it's not a bad experience. The tests are sometimes unneccessarily tricky but generally fair.

11/10/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

he's a pretty nice guy. he makes the lectures somewhat enjoyable with his humor. he does curve his grades but not that much. tough class and alot of work.

10/03/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The exams are the same for all classes, but his class does not focus on the correct material until the day before the exam. He rambles about random chemistry nonsense having little or nothing to do with the exams or book.

09/14/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

this teacher is the worst thing that could happen to chemstry!! he is very unclear in his lectures and he goes too fast all the time!! his handwritting is HORRIBLE!!!! if you dont read ahead and attend every class and all the office hours, YOU WILL GET LOST!!!!!! i dont reccommend this guy to anyone!!! if you need to take a chem 115 class take it with Vannelli cause he doesnt make you feel dumb if you dont get something. TAKING MICHAELY IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE ANYONE COULD MAKE!!!!

09/01/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem333 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Bill has an intresing sense of humor, He likes to show HOW MUCH HE KNOWS , very arrogant! His grading of exams unfair his questions and exam format unfair as well. His monotone voice is annoying, avoid Michaley if possible

08/24/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chemistry 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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08/24/2005
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 333 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Don't take Ochem with Michaely, whatever you do. His Chem 115 was hard but nothing compared to Chem 333 during the summer. My GPA suffered a lot from that class. He is not clear at all when explaining and it feels as if he WANTS you to be confused. Just find another professor.

06/09/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
SCI 140 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

avoid if you can, he's kinda random and makes random science jokes....

06/06/2005
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

It is hard to read his writing. He doesn't explain well. He doesn't give many examples. He goes slow in the beginning and too fast in the end. He drops 2 lowest quizzes. He gives extra credit on the tests. He clears his throat a lot.

06/06/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

ugh! His writing is SO SMALLY, you need Magnificaning glass to see what he writes! And when he tries to explain a question asked, he doesn't do it very well. His tests are made so that half the class will FAIL...

05/21/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem. 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's VERY, VERY hard to understand & his handwriting is beyond unlegible, but he does seem like a pretty nice guy. Chemistry is just a very BORING & USELESS subject, & if you take this class, you won't learn anything (shouldn't be a big surprise), but if he grades like he did when I took him, you probably won't need too high a score to pass.

05/21/2005
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not a good teacher for a beginning Chem class. His explanations are confusing if you don't already have previous knowledge of chemistry. As for his quizzes, he tells you to study one thing then quizzes you on something else. His exams are pretty involved so if you don't know the material well, his exams will be really difficult.

05/04/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lots of quizes...lots of homework...not enough credit for the amount of time u put into your lab..only 25% of your grade. Lecture dull...dry...he doesnt use any kind of modern technology for lectures i.e. power point, handouts,etc.. His handwriting sucks!

12/21/2004
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 115 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class at first was really easy, the quizzes were a cinch. But when it came to the tests, my goodness. His teaching style like what previous students said, if you do not put a LOT of effort into the class, you WILL get lost. For those who are not science majors, good luck, you'll need it.

12/21/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chemistry Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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