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Dr. Ramachandran and my TA Nick were the best duo for Chem 14B. Dr. Roro genuinely cared if we understood the material, and spent countless hours meeting with all of us to make sure we knew what we were doing right/wrong. There is no extra credit offered, however there are easy points such as graded discussion worksheets, and easy quizzes. This class was seriously doable if you put in the time to study, balanced equations, and listened to what Dr. Roro suggested you do. 10/10 would recommend for any class. Love you Roro & Nick
I would 100% take this class with Prof. Ramachandran again.
Most of the class did badly on the first midterm by forgetting to balance equations even though she reminded us to, so at the end she weighted everyone's worse midterm at 15% and the better one at 25% unlike original 20-20. Final was 40% and everything else 20% for a total 400 points. But there was SOOO much extra credit it could save some bad quiz grades, graded discussion points, and missed iclickers. Clicker questions are crucial easy points and mostly in the first 15 minutes of class, don't miss them.
After the first midterm she dedicated all her time for an entire week to have office hours with any student who felt worried over their grade and wanted help figuring out how to do better. She gives practice exams for all midterms and tests and grades all free response herself.
I took Professor Ramachandran's CHEM 14B Class Spring 2018, and received an A.
The grading scale is slightly curved (90%-higher = A, 88-89% = A-, etc.).
The grading distribution is:
40% Midterms (2, lower midterm is 15%, higher midterm is 25%),
40% Final (cumulative), and
20% Quizzes/Homework/Clicker participation.
Professor Ramachandran genuinely cares about her students (multiple office hours, one-on-one appointments, feedback/evaluation surveys) and has multiple resources (LA worksheets, practice tests) to help her students succeed. She is very skilled in the field of chemistry, and lectures well in class. Her lectures are Bruincasted, and she holds Facebook Live review sessions before exams. Her exams are definitely more challenging than the materials covered during lecture, but students can prepare for her tests by doing practice problems in the LA worksheets or past tests. The LA worksheets could use more revision, since there were multiple errors on about 20% of the worksheets in the entire course. TA's are okay, and they get through grading exams extremely quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed the class, and she made an effort to get to know each student personally during her office hours. If she does decide to teach CHEM 14B again, I recommend taking Professor Ramachandran.
It was my fault that I got a C and there is nothing wrong with this professor, but tbh she doesn't live up to the hype. She kinda just "moms" you and nags at the class when they do poorly, but she really does care about her students. The slides that she posts are oversimplified compared to what is tested, but overall an okay teacher.
Dr. Ramachandran and 14B are the best combinations you could hear. I failed this class due to my sheer incompetence. Only issue I believe is that LA worksheets often had errors so you really had to talk to the T.A a lot just to make sure. Ramachandran herself though is often very busy so she had LAs lead her office hours which could be a hit or miss since her LAs do need improvement (they aren't totally bad. just be patient with them). I believe she will no longer be teaching 14B though? But if she does, take her.
Tips to succeed in this class where I failed:
-Ask for help. Don't be a whimp.
-Do the LA Worksheets
-Make sure you do the Discussion worksheets and completely understand them.
-Make sure you understand her lecture slides.
-Have all the material you learned that week mastered by the beginning of the following week.
Dr. Ramachandran was a great teacher for 14B! Her TAs weren't very competent but the LAs definitely knew what they were doing. I recommend going to discussion sections, even though they aren't mandatory, just to get that extra practice. Her midterms and quizzes were fair, but the final really caught us off guard. It was more difficult than any of her past assessments and unlike the past midterms, she did not create a practice final. There aren't a lot of grades that go into the total grade so a bad final can definitely break your grade so watch out! I got As on both midterms and ended up bombing the final because I simply didn't expect the high difficulty level. She definitely cares a lot about her students and is very approachable. She does go over ochem material in the last two weeks but trust me it will come in handy for 14C. In the end, just give her the respect you would give any other professor in the department because she definitely deserves it.
Dr. Ramachandran is one of the nicest and most caring professors I've had. I think she's a much better lecturer than Scerri and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the class. The discussions are just worksheets that are extremely useful for the exams and there are clicker points which is a nice litter grade boost. The tests were fair and pretty easy and you get the grade you deserve with her. I wish she taught another chem course so I could take her again!
ramachandran is a great lecturer and really cares about her students. I think she relies on her TAs too much though and my TA was incompetent. I didnt do well on the final but I dont feel like it was extremely difficult. she just throws a lot of curve balls and so if you dont read the test carefully youll do poorly. but overall I think shes great. (a little lazy in some aspects but still wonderful) just do the hw and pay attention to detail when u take the test because im p sure thats what fucked everyone over
Dr. Ramachandran was a super engaging lecturer and kind professor. As mentioned in other reviews, she really seems to care about the success of her students during the class. The material was presented in a way that was easily understandable and I actually enjoyed the O-chem part of the class, it wasn't too bad. I felt as I had grasped the 14B material relatively well through her preparation. There was also a lot of practice provided to do well on quizzes and midterms. The workload wasn't vigorous but there really was a false sense of security of your grade before the final. After doing well on both midterms, even scoring a 95% on one, and getting almost 100s on all the quizzes, I still ended up with a lower grade than expected in the class because her final was extremely difficult in comparison to her other tests, which were all very fair. The final literally dropped me letter grades down. Therefore, take Ramachandran if you want an easy going quarter but be very wary of being surprised by the difficulty of her final.
Honestly, I take back every good thing I said about Ramachandran. Her midterms and quizzes are EASY and do not prepare you well enough for the final. She spent the last two weeks rushing through what seemed to be A LOT of organic chemistry instead of reviewing questions she's never covered before in thermodynamics and kinetics. I didn't feel prepared for the final (there was no proper study guide or review session other than a lecture covering organic chemistry. I think the class would've been more properly weighted and we would've been more prepared for the final had the midterms and quizzes somewhat matched the difficulty of the final - so our grades wouldn't be so completely dependent on a final we weren't being prepared for.
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