Don Coltart at Duke University

Don Coltart

  • 3.4Overall Quality
  • 3.0Helpfulness
  • 3.7Clarity
  • 2.4Easiness

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Class
Rating
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4/19/11

CHEM152

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Yes, Dr. Coltart has an abrasive personality, but he's a brilliant man who can really teach orgo. He lays down the fundamentals and makes sure to explain how the complex topics are based on the simplest of ideas. His test ARE pretty tricky though (due to point value weight).

12/21/10

Chem152

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This is where this site is misleading. The poor reviews are from those mad at doing poorly. If you understand the basics in chemistry, Coltart will take your knowledge to the next level. He's not going to gift wrap you an A. He is extremely clear in lecture. However, I can't speak for his personality because I never went to office hours.

7/21/10

CHEM152

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I had Coltart 2 years ago, back in Spring 2008, and liked him a lot, but I'd strongly recommend avoiding him this year. Word around the chem department is that he will not get tenure, and since he's going into his last year before evaluation, he won't care about teaching at all. Avoid him at all costs in the Spring 2011 semester for Chem 152.

17437709
5/12/10

Chem152

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I'm going to put it out there that I don't like Coltart, and he probably couldn't care less about what I, or anybody else in class, thinks about him. But to be fair, he is an amazing lecturer, who put an huge emphasis on the basics. Sure, he's never in class half the time, but his tests are predictable. I hate to admit this, but the guy can teach.

5/11/10

CHEM152

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you actually have any interest in orgo or science or actually learning concepts, never take a class with him. Tests are complete bullspit and do not test understanding whatsoever. Worst professor in the chemistry department by far. He is outright rude to many of his students and does not care about the class at all. A monkey could teach better.

5/10/10

Chem152L

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

To Coltart's credit, he is very good at teaching difficult materials and concepts. However, good teaching skills do not make a quality professor. And Coltart is one of the worst professors at Duke. There isn't enough space on here for me to list all the reasons.

5/10/10

CHEM152

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Possibly the WORST professor in the entire world. Has extended response questions worth 4pts and multiple choice 'circle the answer' questions worth 15. O did I mention he is S**T at chemistry and his tests are littered with mistakes. My ass could write better midterms.

4/7/10

Chem152

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Didn't teach half of the classes, even when right before a test. Very tricky multiple choice but otherwise tests are fair. A good lecturer when he actually gives it. I would take the other professor if I could though

7/23/09

chem152

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Good Professor. Class worthwhile to take with him.

5/6/09

CHEM152L

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

An incredible teacher. He drills the fundamentals into you from the start and teaches you how to apply them to more advanced concepts. His exams are difficult but fair, although I never liked them. However, he was not a very approachable guy. But if you work hard enough and can appreciate the fundamentals, you'll do fine in his class.

5/25/08

CHEM152

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

What a great teacher. Incredible. Do not listen to reviews from last year. He goes out of his way to help you by making very helpful handouts etc. Just a great teacher who beats the basics to death so you are guaranteed to understand. And understanding is key to orgo.

3/25/08

CHEM152

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Good professor. People who complain about him are just dumb .

1/13/08

Chem151

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Honestly, I felt so bad for him when I read that he got bad reviews on this site. People, he is not a bad professor ... I actually enjoyed his lectures because they are quite straightforward, and you don't even need to look at the textbook, and if you just focus on resonant stabilization you can get through any problem. (This last point is key!!)

11/9/07

Chem152L

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I don't understand why ratings for Dr. Coltart are so bad. You will truly understand organic chemistry if you learn it with him (not about memorization). His tests are also quite easy and straitforward. Easy to get an A.

10/23/07

Chem152L

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

I think Coltart is outstanding. People whine about his grading being unfair, but the grading is the same for everyone. Coltart wants students to understand the fundamental concepts of the material. I did poorly initially until I began to grasp the central concepts and how to apply them. Students who try to use note cards in this class are morons.

8/3/07

Chem152L

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Terrible professor. Only class where you can get a question almost right and still get 0/30.

5/20/07

CHEM152

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Coltart is probably the worst professor I've had at Duke. He skipped class on a regular basis (once he skipped his own review session). His grading policy is very unfair and awards almost no partial credit on exams. Overall a very frustrating experience. Try to get Baldwin or Sebehar if you can.

13190816
5/20/07

CHEM152L

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Remember: It's an easy class IF you take the time to study He's the sorta guy that tests not only what you learn but also how you apply the knowledge, but you get used to his style. Many complain about his personality in class, but it's only because he has to teach 300 students in a short amt of time. He's very nice and open when you approach hi

5/2/07

CHEM152

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Coltart is so full of himself. He speeds through lectures and seems to hate lecturing every morning. Tests were fairly straightfoward and easy if you read the textbook and understand his 3 basic concepts that answer all his 'harder' questions. Not very approachable and makes you feel dumb. Lectures straight from the book.

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3/13/07

CHEM152L

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Coltart is the man. Teaches very well and doesn't mess around. He may come off as a little harsh to some people who can't take it, but overall he's a great professor. Highly recommended. Tip: take his old exams, since the ones he gives are typically very similar to the previous year's

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