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John Straub
Professor in the Science department
at Boston University, Boston, MA
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Overall Quality
4.5
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.6
Clarity
4.4
Easiness
2.8
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
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08/06/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ch111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

john straub doesn't answer questions directly, he will circuitously ask another question...irritating. however, he is clear in lecture and uses many colors of chalk and underlines important concepts.helpful in office hours and the TA does most of the actual helping, plus teaches 1/3 of the classes. Overall, great class and recomm. but VERY HARD!!

01/13/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Straub has got to be one of the best professors I've ever had. He is an amazing teacher who knows chemistry extremely well, is very friendly, and is helpful outside of class with any matter (confusions about subject matter, test scores/problems, etc). The course is tough but you will learn A LOT. I highly recommend this course! He's great

12/18/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

the class is REALLY hard - be prepared to be faced with types of problems you have never ever seen before on tests. he's SUCH a nice guy though and you can do well if you go to office hours and make sure you understand the lecture material - he is super helpful. TAKE CH 109 IF YOU'RE PREMED THOUGH!!

12/18/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The best professor ever!

11/01/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He was a really awesome professor. Honestly speaking, he is the best professor I have ever had at BU and made me really love chemistry! I highly recommend taking this class!

12/25/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH181 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Class was relatively hard..but if you study the concept quizzes and lecture notes, you should be fine. If you still need help, he is very very helpful - go to office hours! All in all, his class was probably one of the best lower level chemistry classes at BU.

11/18/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Amazing professor. His passion for chemistry and teaching really shows. He's also a very caring and thoughtful person. A+!

11/09/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ch111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Straub is an awesome professor. He explains the material very well. If you still don't understand you can go to his office hours, and he'll gladly help you in anyway he can. It's good to review the material before lecture, and if it is still confusing, going to his office hours will help tremendously. The course is difficult, but Straub makes it fu

01/20/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Straub is the man. This is a difficult course. You have to study, and you have to study well. It's not about just reading the book or just going to class, you have to do it all and more. Seek out help when you need it, even if you don't need it. If you're doing poorly, talk to straub or murphy. They'll help you figure out how to study better.

11/09/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ch111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Excellent professor; knows his subject thoroughly and his teaching is very effective. His tests might be difficult if you don't have a thorough understanding of the material though. He has a subtle (sometimes sarcastic!) sense of humor, he switches between colored chalk like no-one I have ever seen :-P !

09/20/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Straub is an awesome teacher. His class is not easy though, but he makes the effort in class and in office hours to explain it to you. I gave a 4 on clarity because he goes very indepth into the subjects he teaches so at times he can be clear and sometimes it's just over your head.

04/09/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sometimes lectures are easy to follow, sometimes not.

03/13/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH111/112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

An excellent professor is one who deeply understands the subject and has an innate feeling for the matter....Straub fits that perfectly. Clear as sky, and one of the most helpful professors, take him no matter what.

01/23/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH111 & not 112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

straub is freakin' awesome but this course is tremendously hard. i quit after first semester because of all the work (you go to 8 hours of class a week plus hw) and that i didn't need the credit. my advice is don't take this class unless you love chemistry, need the credit, or just want a challenge.

01/02/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The man is not very helpful or very clear. He answers simple questions with 10 minute explanations of concepts completely irrelevant and confusing. Instead of telling us what is important to know, he tells us EVERYTHING(which could be good but in intro to chem it just causes more confusion). Straub is overrated and there are much better profs.

12/20/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH 111/112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

THIS DAWG IZ DA****!

12/16/2005
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH111/181 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sometimes does not explain concepts entirely

11/19/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Ch 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Excellent

10/09/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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05/20/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH111/112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great professor, his enthusiasm and love of the subject matter made freshman chemistry interesting. he is a "theoretical statistician" or something, which gives him a unique perspetive during lecture. if you think having taken AP chem will help you in CH111/122, you are wrong. only take this course if you are very interested in chemistry!

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