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Fatma Selampinar
Professor in the Chemistry department
at University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
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Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
2.2
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08/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 1127Q Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Selampinar is a little difficult to understand but you get used to it after the first few weeks. I always attended lecture and found them to be extremley useful. That combined with her review sessions before the exams helped solidify my knowledge on the material. Definely do the problemsets for practice problems and study for lab quizes.

05/14/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 1127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

Both 1127 and 1128 are taught by terrible teachers, and the Chem department has no idea what it's doing. But if you had to pick one, Selampinar is the only professor worth going to lectures of (people skip their own teacher's sections to go to hers) and that's saying something. Basically avoid gen chem if you can.

03/27/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM1128 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Nice lady, bad teacher. She doesn't explain well. Gives handouts and then just does them on the projector without explaining her steps or thinking. I take thorough notes from the book to help me understand and OWLs actually help you understand better, too.

01/26/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM 1127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Best professor I had all semester, she does a great job of explaining examples and making sure you fully understand before moving on. Gives plenty of review for exams as well. Highly recommend.

12/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Chemistry 1127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Selampinar is outstanding. She gives great eamples during lectures and is more than willing to help if you see her during office hours. Tests are difficult but if you review her notes, read the textbook, and do the review sheets you will be fine

12/15/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
1127Q Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Switched halfway through the year into Selampinar's lectures. She is by far the best professor/lecturer of all the 1127 professors. She also holds alot of power and knows alot of information as she is head of the department

12/05/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM1127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

All she does in lecture are examples from her own notes that she neither explains or elaborates on. You must assume where she is working from, it is very unclear. Then she puts problems on her exams that we have never seen before. It is no surprise she is on academic probation for failing too many students.

11/03/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
1127Q Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She uses a projector while she lectures to write notes and examples. I didn't like this because she moved quickly through the examples without explaining the steps she took to get the answer. The exams are much harder than the examples shared in class. I ended up teaching myself everything using the textbook, which was very time consuming.

10/22/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
CHEM 1128 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

nice lady, easy class. didn't buy the book and got an A easily just by attending lecture and doing practice exams.

09/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 1127Q 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 was a great professor. She genuinely cares about her students and is always available to help. The course isn't necessarily a breeze, but if you put in the necessary work, its really not too tough.

07/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem 1128 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She's a decent professor, especially in a hard course like chem. You will have to study a lot to see good results however. Went into the class thinking she would be horrible, but she taught well.

07/11/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem 1128 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Despite what some people say about her, Prof. Selampinar is actually the best chemistry teacher I have ever had. Her style of teaching worked for me. I hated chemistry to begin with and now I'm declaring it as my major. Give her a chance and you won't regret it.

06/11/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 1128 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 is an absolutely wonderful professor and person. She really cares about the students and she wants you to understand chemistry. Chemistry is hard, and it's not any easier with anyone else. Best chem prof I have had so far, she teaches you everything you need to know for the exams. She's always really helpful and emails back SUPER fast.

06/11/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem 1128 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Selampinar is the best chem teacher I have had, and I have had Morey and have gone to Oppenheim's lecture. She is a nice lady who is very approachable and helpful. She teaches you what you need to know for the exams. I mean come on, you can't expect a weed out college course to just hand you an A. If you put in the time an A is doable.

06/04/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem1128Q Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I am a Chemistry major and I personally didn't like the way she taught. Though she does know her material she quickly gets off topic, preferring to make jokes with the people sitting in the front row. Do all of the problem sets and if your TA is not helping you go to her office hours, but be warned she will consistently call on you in lecture.

05/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM1128Q Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Such a good professor. I loved her teaching style. I took both chem1127 and 1128 with her and she is the best. She is hysterical in class as well as extremely helpful during her office hours. By far my favoriate professor at Uconn. Definitely take gen chem with her.

04/04/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 1127Q Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Gen Chem is a weed out course, tests will be extremely thorough. Know your material and be able to do it fast. That said Dr. S is a fantastic teacher. She is very thorough in explaining material is very approachable and provides good extra study materials. I strongly recommend her to anyone taking gen chem.

03/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 1128Q Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took in Spring 2011. horrible teacher. Doesn't know how to connect to students in lecture. BUT a great help during office hours. Knowing how 2 work the practice tests is not enough at all. Listen, gen chem is a weed out course. Hundreds of kids will get C's and D's & nothing will change. You gotta work hard for a high B or A. Plain and simple.

03/13/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem1127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She is a really sweet and funny lady. The concepts are easy to understand in class but they are nothing like the exams. You really have to put a lot of effort into this class. I really liked her as a lecturer but her examples weren't that helpful when it came time for the exams.

01/23/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM1127 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Does not teach well. Uses overhead projector and writes notes (which you often can't read). It's easy to understand her accent, but she's so dry and boring. Nice lady who is willing to stay after to help you study, but very unclear in the lectures.

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