All Ratings and Reviews for Miguel Garcia-garibay
He did an okay job. I think he could've gone into the hows and whys more than he did, but it's a lot of material to present in ten weeks. His notes really just serve to focus you on the material that he will cover on his exams. You do have to study a lot on your own, but isn't that the case with any ochem class?
Don't ever fall behind!! Spend time going over the mechanisms yourself. He touches on them, but you really need to organize your own thinking about the material. This is not a class where you'll be spoon-fed the material just to regurgitate it on the exam. His exams aren't bad...and he gives a lot of opportunity for extra credit. I had time to go back over my exams each time. It's a just putting in the work and organizing your own thinking about the material, using his notes to focus you.
Look, this guy grades on an absolute scale, which is good for a few studyaholics who are really good at memorizing.
As for us thinkers, the real intelligent people in the crowd, this class (30B) is extremely difficult for us. Extremely. Honestly, the whole point of the class is memorizing reaction types and reagents. However, there are so many different ways of configuring organic molecules that it is virtually impossible to do well unless you put a ton of studying into it. Come on, I got great grades in all my other chem classes, because they were ***THINKING*** people's classes.
I'm getting screwed in this class, totally fried like a strip of bacon, because this is ***NOT A THINKING PERSON'S CLASS***
Frankly, if you're pre-med, I would find another professor that teaches you how to think analytically. If not, just try to pass this horrible class and move on with your life.
Garcia puts up about 50 reactions up on the board every day and then shows the mechanisms for 1 or 2 of em.
I have a question or two every day, and usually my arm stays up for about 10 minutes while he lectures into his microphone while facing the board.
He is not into the "student learning process" and he cuts favors for people who have time to attend his office hours. He gives lotsa extra credit to people who don't need it, but even when he repeatedly claims that I asked a "GREAT QUESTION" I get none. Did I mention, over 30% of the class gets D's and F's? (no curve) yeah, that's right.
Look to your left and look to your right, ladies and gentlemen, one of you will be FAILING by the end of the quarter.
awesome teacher. he reallyknows his stuff.
I had a chem class- but did not have him as the prof. I sat through my prof's lecture and learned a little. I would then crash his class and learn a lot more. He uses models and pictures really well, and would answer any question in th emiddle of his lecture.
he is extremely to get a hold of outside of OH though.
he grades on an absolute scale and gives extra credit, but this only makes "the rich richer and the poor poorer" as far as points go. if you're doing really well, then you're probably going to be able to ask the questions he wants and get the extra credit. If you're not doing too hot, you probably can only ask the dumb questions and then fail the class. Oh, and he HARDLY EVER EMAILS YOU BACK!!! This just pisses me off, cause how the (#$*#( are you going to get your questions answered if he NEVER WRITES YOU BACK!!!
He makes mistakes everywhere, and his reactions contradict the book, which never helps and you can never resolve, cause he NEVER RESPONDS TO YOUR EMAIL! Basically, if you're one of his pre-med TEACHER's PETS you do well. if not, you've got a LOT OF MEMORIZING to do, cause his class is about MINDLESS MEMORIZING. That, and he always starts class 2minutes BEFORE the hour, which doesn't help if you have to walk accross campus to get to class.
Garibay was a really great professor. He was so enthusiastic about o chem that I never once fell asleep in class because he made it so interesting. Even though the straight scale seems daunting at first, it's actually good because it pushes you to stay on top of things and it actually isn't that bad.
this guy is a godsend compared to the alternative--prof wudl (check his rating on this site!) i took 30B twice, once with prof wudl and once with this guy. i failed it with wudl, i passed with flying colors with this guy--nuff said. and it's not because i took the class twice either, considering how i never did learn jack when i took it the first time around. his midterm and quizzes are very doable, the final is much harder compared to other professors, but he made his TA's write a midterm-length problem set for EACH WEEK of the course. we had 5 TA's so we had about 50 or so problem sets (each ranging from 2-5 pages) throughout the entire course to practice our reactions...compare that to the alternative---prof wudl had NONE, i wasn't even sure if he knew how to use the internet. so even if this guy is so-so on the overall scale, i think he's one of the best professors to teach 30b, and yes, he did answer my emails, even random ones that had nothing to do with the class, for those zombies who just want to memorize and pass the class, take "wood-hole," and you'll see what i mean when u end up retaking the course with this guy
All of Garibay's lectures are the same. He would continuously write reactions on the board so difficult to see that I had to continuously write fast just to catch up. I didn't have time to pay attention to what he's saying. His drawings are really bad and he writes too small, they get really annoying after a week or so. The notes are not bad, I guess, but it's true that his class is nothing but pointless memorization. I had a difficult time in the class even when I put in the most hrs. I don't know how so many people manage to get A's in the class, but I understand why so many people didn't do well in the class. His absolute grade scale is dumb, it just makes the A students A+++ students, and the average students become C- students. I didn't learn anything good in this class because in addition to his bad lecture, his TA Adam was really bad in his discussion. Other than Garibay being a nice guy, everything else in the class is lame. I really wouldn't recommend anyone taking the class with Garibay.
So far, he's been one of the best chem teachers I've had. Although his lectures may seem as though he's speeding through reactions and reagents, it's repeatative; meaning very doable. His grading scale, the fixed curve is not as bad as people make it to be. Even without the fixed curve (70=B-) is not that hard to achieve. I'm not one for memorizing, and if you're not either then I suggest you actually learn all the mechanisms. The class is best designed for students who can memorize well, but if you can't, like me, then learn it. In the long run it will help because once you forget, then you're all ..... well you get the idea.
Garibay takes his chemistry very seriously and you can tell in his lectures that he tries to help his students understand. With his weird sense of humor (c'mon now he's a chem teacher) and his colored chalk, Garibay was a good prof.
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