All Ratings and Reviews for Juli F Feigon
In the belief that 153B was going to be alot like LS3 (molecular bio) I came into this class utterly dreading it. But Prof Feigon did an amazing job of not only conveying complex ideas in simple ways, she gets you excited about the material. She incorporates current research (as well as basic research techniques) that gives the student an appreciation of where the field of biochemistry is heading.
Her tests are fair. She gives weekly homework questions that are essentially old exam questions + 2 past exams. You defintely have a feel for the type of questions she'll ask after practicing the hmwk.
Clearly, she is a very knowledgeable professor. As is often the case with brilliant research professors, there are times when the material is unclear. But she is also extremely accessible to clear up any confusion. She provides numerous office hours before exams (2 days, 1 day before, and day of) and holds weekly OH. In regards to OH, she can seem standoffish at times, but I believe this only happens when the student seems like they have not prepared for her class (gone to lecture or read the book). It really, just stems from her high (but reasonable) expectations of her students.
I would highly recommend her.
I decided to take 153B with Feigon instead of the other professor because everyone wrote great reviews about her, and so I walked into class with high expectations. Not only is she extremely rude at office hours, but she is a horrible lecturer who stutters so much that it makes me doubt the material that she is teaching. I only attended one of her office hours and stopped going because she was extremely rude to me even though I made sure to be prepared beforehand by reading the material and studying the lecture notes. I've been going to the TAs' office hours, and they're the ones who have been teaching me the material so far, not her. The average of the first midterm was a 52 out of 100. I highly suggest that you NOT take 153B with this professor, and take it with Corey instead.
I thought 153B was the hardest of all the biochem courses, but Dr. Feigon is a really great professor. She made the material easier to understand by providing models and clear/concise pictures on her powerpoint lectures. She was always available for office hours, and even made LOTS of extra office hours before an exam. Her exams are fair with a few harder questions, but you should be able to do well, if you go to all the lectures. The first 4 weeks of the course is where all the hardest material is at, so make sure to pay attention. After the first midterm, a lot of the class is like LS3, so it is much easier. I also agree that Craig, her TA, was GREAT. He was always very helpful, and he knew his stuff well! I highly suggest taking this class with Dr. Feigon !!
Prof. Feigon really is awesome. I picked her class because it only had 20 people, but it ended being such a great decision! She's very organized, very clear, and really teaches from the perspective of the student, ie trying to learn something complicated for the first time. I think the thing that got me sold was the first day, she said she wanted to know everyone's name, and I'm pretty sure she has done that. She's so friendly--it made me feel very comfortable with her (she offered us cake in office hours). She is very excited about the material; I don't think I would have enjoyed the class otherwise, since I found 153C more interesting, but I have developed an appreciation and respect for the material and for science in general. Her tests are very reasonable. If you miss a question, you KNOW where in her lecture slides it was, and she DOES have "thinking questions," but I think the homework prepares you for it, and if you put in your work studying, you should do above average. Her TA's are great too! (Craig) She had quizzes and homework as part of the grade too, 2 midterms, and then a final exam.
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