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Dewey McCafferty
Professor in the Chemistry department
at Duke University, Durham, NC
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Overall Quality
2.9
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
2.9
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24 Student Ratings
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02/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
chem 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

McCafferty's a nice guy, but this class involves a lot of self-teaching

06/11/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He does everything he can to make the class as easy as possible. In class you will learn absolutely nothing so just read the textbook religiously and you will be fine. His tests are not hard just read and do his practice tests and you'll be golden. I recommend him even though the class is "teach yourself" because his exams are so easy.

05/03/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

While maybe not a great lecturer, he cared about his students and did assignments, such as the review sheets, to prepare us. The other professor kind of left her kids to take care of everything.

04/26/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM201DL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great guy, terrible teacher. One of the most confusing lecturers I've ever had. Kept talking about his research, his wife, and his life. Normally this would be fine, except nobody was understanding the chemistry he was teaching, and it was frustrating.

04/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He's a really nice guy but his teaching could use a bit more work. He's been doing a lot to help all the students pass and get good grades. The final this spring semester is going to be multiple choice so yeah.

04/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pf. McCafferty really tries hard so that the students can succeed. He doesn't try to trick the students. He is a nice guy. However, oftentimes it's hard to get the core concept of the materials because he talks about other things in lecture that students can't understand.

01/01/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Easiest Orgo professor at Duke , if you think he's the worst and most difficult Orgo professor reconsider your career path. He's a nice guy and he is very involved in other things outside teaching. TA's were extremely helpful. Exams were very fair and he didn't try to trick you.

12/26/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM151L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. McCafferty really cared for his students and wanted us to succeed. He even tried to create a more collaborative atmosphere, especially since pre-med classes at any college can get cutthroat. He was a very funny lecturer and an all-around nice guy. However, I wish he made the material more accessible to us... he wasn't the best teacher per say.

12/10/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM151L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dewey is absolutely hilarious. His anecdotes and jokes make a class that would otherwise be very dull very funny. He is an incredible guy and really wants to see you succeed. He knows how tough orgo can be and is not trying to kill anyone. Don't be fooled by the other comments. Dewey is a great teacher to have. Very enjoyable class!

11/22/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

extremely helpful professor. Always going out of his way to make the subject easier for the class

02/12/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Orgo151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

WORST PROFESSOR I HAVE EVER HAD. second semester orgo is so much better compared to orgo I with McCafferty.

01/25/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

not helpful or accessible at all; rarely responded to emails. honestly, the worst professor i have had at duke. STAY AWAY IF YOU WANT TO ACTUALLY LEARN ORGO

01/13/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
chem151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoyed having Dewey. Lectures were convoluted at times, but he makes up for it by being so accessible and helpful. Took problems directly from recitation and put them on exams. A bunch of students whined that he didn't help, but that's because they didn't work hard. Read the book and go to recitation and you'll be fine. Hilarious guy.

12/24/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Professor McCafferty seems like a nice guy during lectures; but he's not very approachable and rarely responds to emails. His off topic lectures are completely useless and he does not follow the textbook at all; expect to be teaching yourself organic chemistry all semester. Oh, and he curves it to a standard C+/B- now. This was not a fun semester.

12/14/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor McCafferty is a cool guy, but orgo's a tough subject to learn without putting in adequate time and energy, so be ready to work. His lectures vary: some are very informative and well organized, others less so, others amusing. You will need to use the lectures and the book to study. You'll do fine if you read and do recitation problems.

12/03/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The worst professor I have ever had at Duke. Lectures are useless.

12/21/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

awesome, awesome guy, genuinely wants you to do really well...lectures were not that helpful sometimes, but he'll give a lot of hints as to whats on the exams, and if you read the book and do practice problems you should be totally fine. orgo wasnt NEAR as bad as everyone said with dewey teaching it. one of my fav professors at duke!

12/05/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

go to class and read the back and do the problem sets... and you will do more than fine.. he wants you to do well and you don't **** around, you'll do great

08/09/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dewey is the man! I got my best grade at duke in this class. his curve is amazing, and it is easy to do well!

02/11/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM152L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Have fun teaching orgo to yourself!!

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