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Susan Oatis
Professor in the Chemistry department
at Stony Brook University (SUNY), Stony Brook, NY
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Overall Quality
2.9
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
1.6
Helpfulness
0
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0
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08/20/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Extremely dull, doesn't care at all how you are doing. Tests all multiple choice, and way harder than her practice problems. Class averages were low, the TAs teach you everything

08/19/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE 132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Took this in the summer. The test averages were 65(expected with the first test), 47, 54, and 48. If you can manage to get half the test right you get a C+. Typical Stony Brook course; no help with understanding material, more like here it is, go learn it. If it's too much, "youre the one that signed up for the class" according to Oatis

08/14/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Took her for both summer session 1 & 2. CHE 131 & 132. I had no other choice. She is not the most helpful professor. I mean im not the type to stop by during office hours but during lecture she would always end early. She couldve been more considerate into asking us if we needed more of anything. TA's teach everything! she is VERY tricky. very hard

08/13/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Che132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Tests are harder than examples in class. All multiple choice, very tricky. Go to class and do the practice exams. The lecture slides dont really help, nor does the textbook, just listen to her explanations. The TA's teach most of it.

08/03/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 132 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 a really helpful professor who is great at explaining the material. She really is a good teacher. This class is hard as is ALL gen chem classes at ALL colleges. Those who are premed, you will be prepared for the MCAT chemistry section after taking her class.

07/19/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is very dull. She always makes exams way harder than they need to be. The TAs pretty much teach the students everything. Also, not only only is she a poor teacher, she's also not very nice of a person. I heard that she made a student cry right before the final. The curve is the only way people pass in this course! AVOID AT ALL COSTS!

07/16/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE 131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I worked sooo hard, did everything what is required, I even forget to register with gpnc because I was so focused on studyng for chem. Got only B-. Class average was about 56. Don't be fooled with first midterm, it is the easiest one. Exam is much harder than homework. Prof is dull. She just read lecture but she don't try to teach you to pass exam

01/23/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE132 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She was soo helpful!! Although the class was tough, she was very helpful when i went to her office hours. I would take her again without a doubt. I learned so much.

07/15/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Don't be afraid to question her. Test answers and explanations are often wrong. Study the book if you really want to know the material. Her lectures are elementary overviews.

07/13/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHE131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Oatis was great. Honestly she made everything clear and if you had a question she would gladly answer it. Her choice of TA's were great except for one. Besides that, the tests were a bit harder than they needed to be. However if you put in the work you will get a good grade. Will gladly take her for another class!!

07/01/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are pointless reiterations of slides clearly made by the manufacturer of the book, which is itself, convoluted and endlessly wordy. Chemistry is much easier than the teacher and tests make it out to be. Advice: seriously consider taking 133 with different teacher, especially during the summer session.

12/23/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE303 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

two-faced

07/21/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHE385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Sometimes she could be mean. Just remember not toh piss her off.

05/29/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
che385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I hate this class. All my hard work just for a C. She never gave us any feedback about our work. It was all peer review and all the kids knew about the same as you.

05/10/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHE385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class was useless, and on top of that, she hardly explains anything that you need to do. "Oh, there's a paper due. go do it", and won't explain what it's really on. VERY dull - doesn't make lectures interesting, and put even the most hard-core students into a dull slumber (or at least looking like they've gone through shock therapy).

04/01/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

A lot of writing for a one credit course. And she has a habit of making all her papers due the same week CHE326 or CHE384 has an exam. Read my lips..nightmare..

01/28/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
che385 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Alot of writing just for a one credit course.

08/19/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHE131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Decent professor, but she makes a habit of making tests far too hard. She'll put esoteric exceptions in the beginning that you would only know after completing the course. Still, everything works out okay with the curve, though. She doesn't ever answer e-mail.

07/09/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Teaches decently but her test are so much harder then all of the homework. No partial credit multiple choice test. Doesn't give fair test.

06/19/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHE131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She doesn't respond to e-mails and is nowhere to be found during her office hours, you'll do better to read the book than try and learn anything from her.

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