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Dominic McGrath
Professor in the Chemistry department
at University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
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Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
1.6
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51 Student Ratings
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05/13/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 241B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very good professor, ochem is hard no matter who you take. Go to class, take his notes. PRACTICE EXAMS and study guides are EXACTLY like actual exams. He comes off as kind of rude but all he is doing is preparing you. B is very attainable.

05/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 241 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Tests are hard but he prepares you well for them with practice exams/problem sets. He is really entertaining in lectures so I wouldn't say he is rude or boring at all. Ochem is a hard class in general and, with that in mind, I think he teaches it really well. You'll learn a lot and an A or B is definitely attainable in his class if you put work in.

04/05/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 241B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

Agreed that he is condescending and dismissive of students. Really quite rude in a toxic way. Not great for the learning environment.

03/27/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM 241A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: B

His lectures are very organized and he explains things very well. A very smart guy who is willing to help you if you put in the work. Probably the best O-Chem professor at this university.

12/31/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem 241A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

Dr. McGrath is a funny guy, and made OChem more enjoyable. The class is hard, regardless of teacher, and while the exams were difficult, I felt that McGrath did a good job of explaining concepts and pointing out important information. Make sure you go to class, lowest exam dropped, decent curve at end of class, and STUDY!

12/24/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem241a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

For those of you wondering what his curve is like, this is the curve for fall 2013 first semester ochem as posted by mcgrath on d2l. The grades were calculated as follows: A --> 86% (430/500) B --> 74.5% (372.5/500) C --> 58% (290/500) D --> 41.6% (208/500)

12/19/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 241A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Avoid him if you can. This guy is on a major ego trip. His exams are impossible and they do not reflect what he goes over in class. He does not care about students-- maybe he has forgotten that our tuition helps feed him. Even if you study all the time, this class is sure to ruin your GPA. AVOID!

12/18/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 241A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Honestly O Chem sucks and it's not a class anyone wants to take BUT McGrath made it a little better. Being able to drop 1 of your 4 exams definitely helps and the way he lectures (talks as he writes on the large white boards) is a great method. He is helpful most of the time and is a funny guy (if you have a sarcastic sense of humor). Take him.

12/16/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 241A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

While ochem is a difficult class, Dr. McGrath makes it worse. He actually said "Don't worry about orbitals, I don't even understand them." I basically taught myself everything using online resources. Read the (confusing) book, do all the homework, and know every mechanism forwards and backwards. Switch if possible.

12/16/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
241A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+

Avoid if possible, He is brilliant but he honestly doesn't care whether you pass or fail. Practice Worksheets are riddled with errors, as they do more harm than good. Tests very high, as he expects you to learn many things on your own. Very condescending, and somewhat abrasive. Unless you want to purposely challenge yourself take another professor.

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