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C Zaleski
(Chemistry)


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Subject: Not bad  (Jan 11 2011, 04:14PM)
Student: L (Chemistry)
Class:chem bonding (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He's an interesting professor, but he can get a bit monotonous with his lectures. He is a fair grader when it comes to tests and such, but doesn't give much for the homework. If you don't do the homework he gets mad even if you do very well on his tests >.> So do the work, ask questions and you'll do well. He's a good prof and is a better choice for chem, than lacy hands down.
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Subject: Very effective professor  (Oct 01 2010, 10:14AM)
Student: Anonymous (Chemistry)
Class:Chemistry lab 123 (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He's actually a really good Professor and unlike most professors I don't mind spending 3 hours in lab with him as the instructor. Do you want an A? Follow each and every one of his directions and you will have no problem. Normally you can find him somewhere in the chem dept. One of his pet peeves is that he doesn't want you to ask other lab students for help, he'd rather you come to him. Other than that the rules/guidelines he has you go by do help you improve on a lot when it comes to chem labs.
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Subject: great professor!  (Oct 17 2009, 01:12AM)
Student: Anonymous (Chemistry)
Class:Chem Bonding Lab (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 After reading through all the negative comments, I'd like to remind everyone that we are in COLLEGE now and are actually expected to do work. That being said, Dr. z is an awesome professor and really knows his stuff. The course is very fast paced, but if you pay attention in class and actually read and do the assigned homework, you will be fine. You have to put in the work to get the grade. He really enjoys teaching you chemistry and has a great sense of humor which makes the class go by faster. He's also always around the dept. if you are having trouble, have questions, or just to talk about random things. He's also very helpful if you are interested in research. You'll have a quiz every week on friday which are pretty challenging if you don't understand the material, but he didn't give us a lab final which was great!! Dr. z is an all around great guy and I would recommend him to anyone for any class!
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Subject: Hard class  (Dec 31 2007, 12:54PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Chem Bonding (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I think Dr. Zaleski was a good professor. This was a difficult course, 11 chapters had to be covered in the semester in order to progress to Chem Dynamics. This was a hard course because of the amount of information that you are expected to remember. If you study for the 3 tests you should be fine.
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Subject: Tough but Fair  (Jan 16 2007, 07:13PM)
Student: Anonymous (Geoenvironmental)
Class:Chem Bonding (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Zaleski is just as hard as any other Chem professor. The class was easy if you read the book and did the homework, which is the only way to excel in chem. If students are having as many problems as they say, then they need to reconsider their majors. This is college, not high school. These types of courses separate the students who should be there from the students who shouldn't be there. I would definitely take Dr. Zaleski again because I have remembered everything he has taught me, unlike many other "easier" professors. Whether everybody likes it or not, this guy has a lasting impression on his students because he makes them know their stuff.
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Subject: If you like chem take him  (Nov 01 2006, 07:17PM)
Student: Anonymous (Bio/ Pre med)
Class:Chem Bonding and Lab (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Zaleski is a new teacher and he is alittle awkard in his teaching. But if you like chem and read your book and do your homework all of the lectures make sense and the quizes all come from the homework. He only has 3 exams and a final and a quiz every week(2 questions). I have found him to be a lot of help outside the class room too. He is always in his office and always answers emails very quickly. Give him a chance, if you like chem you will have as good of a time as you can in a class
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Subject: Great Professor  (Oct 27 2006, 12:49PM)
Student: Anonymous (Bio)
Class:Chem Bonding (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Zaleski is a great professor. He does try to put a lot of material in the classes, but he explains it well and the curriculum is a little insane for the expectations for what we need to know. Like most chem courses you MUST put the required time in to get through the homework or no, you will not understand the lecture. If you actually read the thing he assigns before class then you understand exactly what he's talking about. You are to come prepared, not hear it for the first time in lecture. Dr. Zaleski is a great professor, WHEN YOU ARE WORKING TO GET YOUR GRADE. And his exams, he grades of the mean score, so if the average was a 50 and you got a 67 then you have a solid B. He's fair and teaches well. But you must be prepared and read the assigned chunk of the chapter in your chem book.
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Subject: Think Twice  (Jan 11 2009, 07:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (Bio)
Class:Chem Bonding (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I had Zaleski Fall 08. I don't recommend him unless you are a fast learner. He rushes through the material and you leave lecture class with your head spinning. Its up to the Profs discretion on what needs to be covered, so I don't believe you need to cram 11 Chapters into a semester.
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Subject: Pass  (Dec 14 2006, 06:46PM)
Student: Anonymous (Accounting)
Class:Chem: Cultural Approach (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I took this guy for Cultural Approach because I need one more Gen Ed in this category, and I heard the Cul. approach was an easy A. Apparently nobody told this guy that this class was a Gen Ed and no one in the class wants to be there or cares about chemistry. A quiz every Wednesday worth 10 points. One question is from the past weeks homework, the other question, well I'm not sure were he gets the other question. 3 tests- 10 T/F the rest short answer, but unless you had it answered exactly as he wanted you were wrong. You think the 75 class average in this Gen Ed class would have given him a clue, but no he just kept on covering topics that were way over our heads. The best is the cumulative final he is giving us, a 100 level Gen Ed class, and this guy is giving a cumulative final on Friday of finals week. Bottom line, find someone else if your looking for a decent grade for your Gen ed or if you HAVE to take him take his class pass/fail, but even that's not a guarantee.
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Subject: Take Some Advice  (Oct 30 2006, 10:42AM)
Student: Anonymous (Education)
Class:Chem Bonding (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I was reading through the comments already posted on the negative section of this page and just wanted to back them up. I find myself reading the comments on shipunderground and often feel as though the comments are based on the grade that the student got in the class. This is definitely not the case with this teacher. I'm taking him for chem bonding this semester and I will agree with everything already posted on this page. There are some students in my class that actually have very good grades, but I think that that's because they already know the material from previous classes. However, I'm sure that the majority of the students in his class are having a lot of trouble. I can say this with confidence based on the grades from the first test this semester. The average in the class was a 48.5 out of 100 and the low score was 22!!! You would almost assume that these results would open the professors eyes and make him change his teaching strategies, but it hasn't! He just goes on teaching in the same ways. He goes through the material extremely fast and often messes up while doing it. He's available during his office hours and he says by appointment. However, when I've made appointments with him that weren't during his office hours, it always seems like he's trying to rush me out of his office. Basically, if you don't know someone who's good at chemistry to help you out outside of class and you don't already know the material, learning in this class is very difficult. I went into this semester with a 3.7GPA and I'm terrified to see what it's going to be after taking this man's class. All I can say is that if you're like me and like a challenge and don't really take the comments on this site seriously, then GOOD LUCK!!! You're going to need it.
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Subject: Pass on This One  (Oct 06 2006, 01:16PM)
Student: Anonymous (Other)
Class:Chem a Cultural Approach (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I have nothing against this guy personally, BUT he is a really bad professor. He runs through things that are important really fast, then repeats obvious things 4 or 5 times. He grades ridiculously hard as well--if he doesn't like your answer on a test or quiz he'll give you ZERO points, no credit at all, or he'll just cut points in half (in denominations of 5,10 etc. no 7,8--he doesn't seem to like those numbers). I noticed that everybody else's quizzes seem to have a lot of either blank spaces (because the question was totally irrevelant to what was covered in class) or returned with a lot of red ink on them...And this is the scenario in a lower level Chem class. I could see it being justified maybe if we were all Chem seniors, but we're not! *Your GPA will pretty much be screwed if you take a class with him.* I hope the university takes those review sheets at the end of the semester seriously, because I have the feeling that this guy is going to get mostly bad feedback. One time he went on for nearly half the class period drawing on the chalkboard, then said to the class, "Is there anything you don't understand? I'm seeing some dazed looks." Well, he's going to have plenty of F's at the end of this semester to match our looks at the rate he's going. Pass on this one!
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Subject: Stay Away  (Sep 26 2006, 03:43PM)
Student: Anonymous (Geo-environmental Studies)
Class:Chem Bonding (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I had McCann (recommended) for Intro to Chem last year and I ended up getting a B, which I was extremely happy with. Now, in Chem Bonding with Zaleski, we're going over mainly the same stuff as in Intro, and its like I'm seeing it again for the first time. He doesn't explain things before he expects you to know them and goes extremely fast in class, trying to jam in as much material as possible before the time runs out. The next class period, he expects everyone to know what he briefly skimmed over the previous day. On top of that, he messes up all the time and has to redo problems or re-explain things because he gives you the wrong information before he realizes it's wrong. So, now, a day before the test, I find myself using McCann's notes to help TRY to explain Zaleski's bulls**t. Just do yourself a favor and take someone else.
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Subject: PICK SOMEONE ELSE!  (Sep 22 2006, 02:45PM)
Student: Anonymous (Biology)
Class:Chemical Bonding (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Ok... so this guy is nice and pretty young, so you'd think he'd be great, but ur wrong! I have a 3.9 rite now, but after I get my grade in this class, thats surely gonna change! Its only the 4th week of class and I already dont understand a single thing! Its not just that the material is completely new and very difficult, its because he doesnt teach! He tries and messes up on everything and goes way too fast and teaches like 6 things in each 50 minute class... it sux! Worst class ever
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Subject: Good, but gotta work for it!  (Jan 01 2013, 07:06PM)
Student: Anonymous (Biology)
Class:Chem Bonding (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Zaleski is a fairly good professor. There are 3 exams throughout the year, and one final. Also, there is a quiz every friday on that week's material. On the first exam, the average exam grade was a 45%. The following two exams had averages of 45% and 37%. Chem bonding is a difficult class to begin with, but if you do the homework, go to office hours, and study like hell, you can do well.
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Subject: Good luck  (Apr 28 2008, 04:16PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Bonding Lab 1A (D)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He is very tough. Follow all directions. You must follow directions and formats or you can kiss your grade good bye and that is what happened to me.
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