All Ratings and Reviews for Sarah H Tolbert
She does a great job explaining concepts in a way that makes both physical and mathematical sense. The best way I found to learn this material was by thinking hard during the lectures, asking a lot of questions (interacting with the material instead of letting it hit you in the face is much better), and starting the homeworks early.
Tests were pretty time-crunched which made knowing how to get maximal partial credit incredibly important. If you can't get a final NUMBER for an answer, just write something like "the answer to this will be negative because ________ and should be larger than ______ because _______" and do the setup for the problem to show that you know something (presuming that indeed you do...).
I very much enjoyed the lectures and found them extraordinarily applicable to the chosen homework problems.
You'll do well in this course if you have some confidence with algebra and calculus (partial derivatives in particular, but just basic partial derivatives- nothing really crazy) and you take the time to think about the material rather than spending ungodly amounts of time on your equation sheet or memorizing one rote problem solving technique.
I took this course over a year ago and I still knew enough to not study for this portion of the GRE! I think that's a good sign for the professor... ;)
I had Tolbert for the 2nd half of 20BH during Winter 2003. Surprisingly, I actually learned a lot from taking her class. Her lectures are usually interesting and well-organized but her homework and midterms are nightmarish. Half of the homework problems are written by her and these are the one's you MUST KNOW HOW TO DO -- she writes problems that force you to think so it's no longer the simple process of plug and chug. If you can't do these problems, you're screwed -- don't bother showing up for the midterms/final.
Overall, I would still say that Professor Tolbert is a decent professor. You will learn a lot from taking her class, but that may not necessarily be reflected in the grade you receive in her class.
Tolbert was a good professor - just stay kept up in the reading and you'll be chill; nonetheless, she is a much better professor than are a few others in the general chem department.
I am also perplexed as to why Tolbert's ratings are so low. I'm a freshmen who just finished the Chem 20b course. I thought she was an excellent professor who taught the course very well. She was always very enthusiastic and helpful in class and during office hours. Maybe the people who performed badly in the class was asleep during the dozens of times that she reminded the class that she had office hours on that day and would gladly answer any and all questions about anything she taught. I definitely recommend Tolbert if you want to learn chemistry and want a class where your grade accurately reflects the amount of work you put in.
I don't understand why she has low ratings. I thought her lectures were enthusiastic and energetic, and that she made complex concepts fairly easy to grasp. She does move along at a rapid-fire pace, so it's definitely important to have your head in the game. Fortunately, she's very helpful, and will usually be happy to stay after lecture to clarify the more difficult points. The assignments and tests were hard, but the upside to that is a very friendly curve. If you understand the basic points it's not hard to beat the median and get a decent grade. All in all, I'd definitely recommend her.
Take her under NO circumstances!!!!!!!!!!
Take her under no circumstance.
Tolbert was a fair teacher for Thermochemistry. Although lectures were blazingly fast, she covered the topics well. Her homework problems, while extraordinarily difficult at times, truly test your understanding of the knowledge and not just your ability to memorize and repeat. Same goes for her midterms. Although she was consistently late for numerous office hours and other appointments, she was very helpful, taking her time in explaining. Just don't arrive early to an appointment, as she apparently budgets her time very tightly. I would recommend her for anyone interested in taking the honors section of Chem20B...definitely a fun professor, and her lectures were fast and sometimes witty enough to keep you awake...most of the time.
Tolbert's lectures are boring and incomprehensible. I always fall asleep in them, if I go at all. In addition she is quite unfriendly.
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