Fall 2022 - This review is going to sound exactly like every other review. Kavner is an amazing person, and I'm sure for any topic that she knew the content she would be a great professor. However, there's a reason Epsi teachers teach Epsi and not Chemistry. You don't learn much in lectures or in class at all, but it's very easy to still get an A without knowing any Chemistry. You're paying for the degree so take this class to boost your GPA, but learn the content on your own because you're most likely not learning it in class.
Fall 2023 - 20AH with Kavner is a pretty easy A as there aren't any quizzes or tests except for a final that doesn't hold much weight. All the grading comes from the homework and an easy project at the end of the quarter, and you can correct the main homework if you mess it up the first time around. However, if you're interesting in taking this class to learn, you'll get some out but not much more than you would get from reading a textbook. Kavner is really nice and enthusiastic but it doesn't really feel like you're learning much because she gets sidetracked easily and there's a big discrepancy sometimes between what you do on the homework and read in the textbook vs. what is actually taught in class.
Fall 2020 - I love Professor Kavner, she is the sweetest and really cares about her students! However, this was such an unclear and confusing class. She graded none of our work before she submitted our final grades, which was A LOT of work, and then arbitrarily assigned 95% of the class B's with 1 or 2 A's and C's. I did a lot of hard work for this class so I was very disappointed to never receive any feedback and then get a poor grade.
I took plate tectonics with Kavner. She's great! It was her first time teaching the class so many of the concepts were simplified but we still learned a lot. She is extremely willing to help with the homework and really wants everyone to understand the concepts and get a good grade. The textbooks didn't really help too much but there were some concepts in them that showed up on the exams. The midterm and final weren't tricky as long as you went to all of the lectures. The final paper and presentation wasn't difficult at all- just make sure you pick something that interests you.