All Ratings and Reviews for Stuart J Cantrill
Cantrill is a very difficult, but very fair professor. His course is hard, but the material lends itself to be hard. He is a very considerate professor, answering emails promptly and putting up reading assignments and problems for both editions of the textbook. Unfortunately, had I known that he would have done this, I wouldn't have dished out the $200 for the brand new 4th edition textbook which was his required reading. I emailed him earlier about this, but he wasn't sure at the time. It kind of irked me, but I guess it will be a good reference book and I will be able to sell it again in the future. The problems he assigns in the books are largely just busy work because his actual test problems are much more difficult and have different formats, entirely. Thankfully, he puts all his past course tests on his well-organized website so you can get a taste of his formatting and problems. Don't think that what you see from the past will be the extent of the difficulty. He tends to up the stakes with each test, so it'd be wise to know all the tests through and through. There are also other Chem 30A materials which are from another professor on O-Chem theory with a few (unrelated to Cantrill) practice problems. If you have a lot of time to burn, it'd be good to use MyUCLA to look these up. Cantrill is also very good about his exams. They are always fairly run and fairly graded. I did not receive a test in which I had to have regraded, I deserved every grade reported. The TAs do the best that they can with the material and the Professor's pace, but it's best not to rely on just discussions. This course requires TONS of self-study with your good friend the textbook and his past exams. The lectures are VERY entertaining with his interjections and comments, but go at a furious pace. Make sure to attend them, too. His lectures condense the information in the textbook to something easier to learn. The homework questions he assigns throughout lectures I can't say will help too much on exam performance, it's more to make sure your foundation is steady. Cantrill is a great professor and is definitely recommended, but be prepared to study your butt off if you wish to get a good grade.
Dr. Cantrill was a great professor. His lectures were very well-organized and he seemed genuinely concerned about each individual student. My only gripe is that his cute british accent was a bit distracting :-)
One of the few professors in UCLA who takes his lectures seriously: no wry jokes, adequate material in each lecture, fluent, organized. He does bombard students with a lot of information per lecture, but all is clearly explained. Gives much extra credit to the class (though i never earn them) Exams are challenging though, but doable as long as you really really really really understand the material (btw an exam is supposed to distinguish able students from others rite). I got an A- and thinks the hard work required worthy...when you turn around after the intriguing final you'll find you've digested 70% of the textbook, and that's a great achievement...
If you really want to learn Org Chem take him
Those who take the class just for getting a good grade without much understanding better avoid him.
He's one of the most concerned and approachable professors I've had so far. Even though the material was difficult in itself, he did a good job of teaching it. I would highly recommend him.
badd ass professor who knows it all, he's the best professor I've had, he knows everything, his tests are sometimes a little tricky, but that's the incentive to actually...here's the kicker....KNOW CHEMISTRY. people complain too much, if u like chemistry, u'll love cantrill. if you are consumed in partying and drinking, u might not like cantrill. if you want to become smarter, and not simply memorize useless equations without understanding theory, u will not like cantrill. But my opinion, best professor ever, I will search for him in upper grad classes. fo sho.
I didn't find Cantrill's style of teaching effective. He talked way too fast and merely outlined the book. Each class is a trying effort to copy down his notes on the board. Understanding the material was left for the students to review later. His tests were pretty tough, tougher than Hardinger's. The first midterm's average was 45/100 and second was 50/100 (even with some extra credit questions the averages were still very low). Best advice, study everything in his notes...even something he talked about for 1 minute (trust me...that man is evil).
If you want an A in his class be prepared to study so hard your brain oozes from your head and your room is filled with papers with molecular structures. Our first midterm average was 45. The second one was 50. Our final was like 15 pages long and it had so much synthesis on it. It was awful. Never take this teacher. I studied so hard and I still couldn't figure anything out on his damn final. Everyone walked out and started crying and said @#$%^ Dr. Cantrill!!!! He always posted things three later when you don't need it anymore. He is a nice guy though. He bought us candy on Halloween and Christmas!! So even though he is this nice guy his finals and midterms are so yucky I recommend you don't take him unless he is your only choice. Go look at VOH and you can see how his midterms are. Good Luck.
Best Professor I ever had!! He has very tough and demanding, his exams were very long and difficult but really, the curve helped.He knows his stuff and the the material believe it or not will stay in your head. You really need to both memorize details and understand mechanisms!!!!He loves deuterium for mechanisms!!!!Overall it was hard work but I loved his class>
Contrary to the ratings, hes not an obscenely difficult teacher. He asks what every teacher should ask- that you know the material.His exams aren't tricky and he even offers extra credit. Taking good notes saves you from reading the book but do the homework he suggests.He's easily approachable and available for help.
Amazing professor but hard at the same time. Be expected to memorize over 100 reactions and know the mechanisms for about half of them and plus know NMR.
Here's the deal with the exams:
Midterm 1: Average 50/100
Midterm 2: Average 38/100
3 Quizzes: Averages around 21/30
So expect low averages, but if you study and go to lecture (where he gives out hints for the exam), you'll be fine and manage and A- or even an A. He even has 15 points extra credit on each exam and 5 points on each quiz, and 30 points on the final! That's a s*** load of extra credit. If you keep up with the material and study, you'll manage a good grade and get out of class knowing O-chem and NMR like the back of your hand. Highly recommended teacher!
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