All Ratings and Reviews for Miguel Garcia-garibay
he is not a chem teacher. this is the first time i feel like i am taking a history class rather than a science class. science courses should be more like understanding and thinking classes. however, u don't need to think in this class, all u need to do is to MEMORIZE. to tell the truth, i don't know what i learnt in this class. all i know is that there are a bunch of reagents giving a bunch of products. he writes TONNES of reagents and products on the board and only gives a couple few mechanisms. i have to try to write out ALL the mecahnisms myself at home in order to understand what is going on. i think that understanding is the most important part in learning, he only makes u confused and doesn't help u to understand. so if u wanna learn chemistry, don't take his class.
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.
I'm surprised when I read someone said that he lacks the basic knowledge, because I found him to be very knowledgeable in terms of basic and advanced concepts, as one would expect from any ucla professors. I do realize that, while he does a good job explaining lecture materials and chemistry concepts, he does tend to explain them in a way that undergraduates who have little or no organic chemistry knowledge will be confused. On the other hand, those at the graduate level can benefit from his explanation. Unlike the previous reviewers, I feel that he does a better job teaching GRADUATE courses. He does have to work on organization though.
Miguel-Garcia-Garibay is a horrible teacher. He himself is too confused to teach students. He often teaches wrong, more importantly, sometimes unknowingly. I mean, he lacks in basics. He should not be allowed to teach any graduate courses. You cannot expect to learn right things from him, try to avoid his courses. He usually does not reply to stutents emails, that's bad. His lecture is also unorganized and confusing most of the times. Don't ask him any good question, he won't be able to give you the right answer.
He's pure evil. He made the class mean a C/C- but told us at the beginning that it would be a B-/C+ so everyone's grade turned out to be a lot lower.
Very nice man, wanted everybody to learn
Garibay was my first o-chem teacher and he made the basics so confusing. Although he seems like a nice guy and had lots of office hours, his exams were pretty challenging. You need to spend a lot of time studying.
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