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The City University of New York City College

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Professor Steinberg
City University of New York City College
Overall F
1 ratings,  [AVG: 69 min, 45 sec]
Workload: Responsible Grading: -

Enjoys Teaching C Arrogance: Extreme
Speaks & Writes Clearly F Respect for Students: None
Sensible Lectures D Appreciates Creativity: Hates it
Organized course F Student Feedback is: Ignored
Instructor Effort C-
Entirely Useless
Grading System:
Course Requirements:
Unclear or random
Assignment Instructions
Exam Design:
Exam Coverage:
Grades Reflect:
Nothing; no meaning at all
Final Grade Verification:
Allows some "fudge factor"
Gets class involved F
Competent with material A
Friendly/Sociable F
Adds to content F
This instructor is:
Strongly Disliked



Overall: F
You won't learn anything.  Anecdotal evidence suggests high performing students in the class learned absolutely nothing from the class and, more importantly, if tested on the spot, would fail miserably because they have long since forgotten what they memorized. 

As such, is this class useless in its current format? 

Yes and no.

NO, it is not useless:

-Good preparation for pre-medical students who need to learn how to take notes at a lightning fast pace.

YES, it is useless:

-If you are expecting to learn anything and get a better appreciation for biochemistry, you won't because there simply isn't enough time to really dig deeply into the material.

-More importantly, you are not tested on your ability to analyze and solve problems.  Again, ROTE MEMORIZATION IS ALL THAT IS REQUIRED TO DO WELL IN THIS CLASS.

Bottom line:

Post-baccs, take the class elsewhere.  You might learn something. 

Should do to do well...
The class is taught and tested in such a way to benefit only pre-medical students.  It is two semesters of biochemistry crammed into one.  If you are a post-bacc, and in particular have no real science background (i.e.  you have earned a B.A. vs a B.S.), you can do very well in this class because you are tested on your rote memorization skills.  The questions come directly from the Test Bank, so acquiring this book and memorizing the format of the question and the material will help you immensely.  For example, understanding how chemical interactions of the side chains in amino acids affects the tertiary structure of the protein won't be nearly as useful as completely memorizing every product, reactant and enzyme used in the citric acid cycle.  You won't even be tested on why the citric acid cycle is relevant, just on what goes in and comes out of step five, for example.

Biochemistry majors, take cellular molecular biology before taking this class.  Everything you learn there will be regurgitated for this class.

To sum up:

Do not try to understand the material, just memorize it all.  You are tested on your memorization skills, that's all. 

Should know...
Again, a student does well in this course through pure memorization.  You are not tested on your analytical skills, nor on chemical or biological concepts, as non-science majors are able to take this class and pass by rote memorization of the Test Bank.  Memorize every step of every metabolic pathway mentioned by the professor and you will pass. 

Student Competency: Average
Student's Grade: F
Liked Instructor?: Strongly Disliked
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