All Ratings and Reviews for Sarah H Tolbert
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 took 20BH with her and she explained the material pretty clearly and her lectures are organized. I just thought her tests were a little tough.
Helpful, but one of the hardest chem classes I've taken so far.
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.
Take her under no circumstance.
First off, I learnt so much chemistry from her lectures comparing to the horrible 20A class I took. She makes Chemistry interesting. Even though her tests are difficult they are not impossible. The first midterm was manageable the second one was a lot harder and the final, true to a lot of reviews, was downright difficult. Each midterm composes of 4 cumulative questions with smaller parts. They pretty much put all the knowledge together into one big problem solving question. DO NOT let yourself get stuck on ONE problem and try to be careful of the one that you can do. Whoever grades the test like to take off points on ridiculous details. The cheatsheet helps but the key to study well in her class is pay attention to the OWL type of homework and don't do them mindlessly. Also, study in a group and do the back of the book problems. They are really similar to what she gives on the test. Last and not least, find exams online with the same format and try to do them. For me, those exams help a lot.
i only attended a few lectures but she explained concepts very clearly in the lectures that i did attend. Sometimes there is alot of hw but as long as you dont fall behind you should be ok. The written hw is straight out annoying. Her midterms are rushed for time and they're pretty difficult. Studying old midterms helps. The final was long and difficult but time wasnt an issue. Overall, if you read the book, do the homework, and go to lecture, you should do fine.
The class was well structured and organized. I found her lectures interesting and covering a broad spectrum of topics. I enjoyed taking the class and doing the labs. The introductions given during the lectures were more than enough to write the lab reports. She also very understanding and lets you turn it in a few days late. (just don't abuse this) Very understanding professor and made office hours for us around the time lab reports were due. She is a great professor to take for this class and I highly recommend her.
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.
Professor Tolbert is a pretty good teacher. She likes to explain more than just what's on the test. Though she goes over derivation of equations that may be confusing, don't worry because she doesn't test on memorization. That's probably the best part about her. She wants to make her students think and not just memorize. The midterms and final was hard but it was definitely fair. Grades on a curve like all south campus classes. Every midterm you get a notecard to write all the formulas and trust me, you want to write all of them that you used in class because though some are used more often, she will test on some uncommon ones. Make sure you are good at thinking on your feet because that's how her midterms are, you can't spend all the time in the world on one problem. She's pretty difficult, but is fair. Lecture wise, they are worth going to because that's the only way that you will get notes. She writes big and clearly and does not have an accent! (Oh my goshh, like NOOO WAY!) She's also very helpful at office hours so go to those as well. All in all, I recommend her if you are willing to think beyond the formulas and is willing to be tested on your critical thinking and not memorization. Oh yeah, reading doesn't really help cause, well, she doesn't like testing on memorization. :)
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