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Faik Akif Tezcan
Professor in the Chemistry department
at University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
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Overall Quality
3.4
Average Grade
D
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.4
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
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23 Student Ratings
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07/23/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
120A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I would greatly advise you to take avoid taking this professor, take it the next semester if you can. And to the guy below I'm sorry about your grade, especially since you were so close. But D+ aren't offered at UCSD.

06/14/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 120A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: D

Many questions you are tested on, you have never seen anything like it before. Unreliable at office hours. Terrible book. I wanted to learn but the class made it impossible. I got a D when I was 1% away from a C-, not even a D+? But he let 20% of the class to leave with their cell phones during the final. Avoid if you care about learning/grade.

06/03/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem 120A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Should not take this course with this Prof.

04/14/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM 120A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are mostly useless and the TA Was just as bad. His notes on how to do things are not comparable to his quizzes at all. In general try to avoid this teacher.

06/11/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Professor Tezcan is great. He actually enjoys teaching and really cares about his students. Your grade is based on weekly quizzes, homework and a final. If you go to class and do the problem sets you will do fine. I came into this class with no prior knowledge about chem and ended up really loving the subject. Highly recommend Prof Tezcan.

06/09/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Nice professor but difficult class. Weekly quizzes do not reflect material in lectures. Quizzes are basically a midterm and final is most of your grade. The only redeeming thing is that he is an EXTREMELY generous grader.

05/05/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Good professor, relative to the rest of the 'teachers' at UCSD. He loves what he does and is very knowledgeable. The class is a bit frustrating though, there are weekly comprehensive quizzes that don't reflect the material that you have been studying. The questions are very tricky too, nothing is straight forward, and they are very short, time wise

04/29/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor! Clear explanations and interested in his subject.

11/06/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very interested in his subject. Does a good job of explaining basic chemistry especially since many have not taken a chem course for a few years since high school. good lecturer, breaks down material so a complement to the textbook rather than just reading slides. Sarcastic sense of humor. If you show interest great guy but don't piss him off.

06/15/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

i absolutely loved prof tezcan, and he has a wonderful turkish accent. he's really hard and kind of sassy, but as long as you study hard it will be fine. quizzes every week, no midterm. final is 1/3.

12/26/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

There are better teachers that will not confuse you and you will not have to suffer illogical explanations.

08/05/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He lectures well considering the fact he has to teach such a hard subject. Weekly quizzes are fair as long as you pay attention to lectures and keep up with the reading (although not necessary). He is approachable, funny, and an all around great professor who has a legitimate compassion for chemistry and the learning environment for his students.

05/14/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Brutal marking on weekly tests, no marks for attempt no matter what ur methodology unless the answer is exactly right..may as well not ans the question at all-very disheartening. Most of material on tests is taught 2 days before exams. As if that isn't enough time to study, u need 2 know material inside out 2 b able answer trick questions presented

06/02/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
Chem6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He was new. When I had him he used organic structures no one understood and wasn't very clear. His tests weren't that hard. However, the material is hard so it's all relative. I recommend Hoeger, but he is also a harder teacher. You won't learn as much in Tezcan's class.

05/24/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

His lectures are clear and easy to follow. His quizzes are not hard.. It only seems that way because he does not offer partial credit. BUT! He makes this up with extra credit questions on the quiz. His quizzes are representative of the lectures and the book so go to lecture and read the book. Overall excellent professor! I recommend!

05/09/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Pretty hard teacher, but quizzes are mostly do-able. He doesn't give partial credit, but he does offer extra credit.

04/24/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
chem10a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

clear lectures..quiz every week but no midterms. pretty easy if you read the book and go to his lectures..lectures the day b4 the quiz is usually on the quizzes.

02/23/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEMCHEM Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

very clear and easy t follow.

07/18/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem6a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Really interested in making sure his students learn through WebCT. Learned a lot for a new prof. Quizzes every Thurs so you HAD to come to lecture. Kind of had to go Tues lectures since he explains some things not in the book that'll be on the quiz. Usually gets mad over people talking during lecture. But recommend :)

06/21/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM6A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

good teacher

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