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Best Professor First Year Classes

begoodpersonbegoodperson Registered User Posts: 302 Member
edited June 2011 in Emory University
I think it'd be helpful if some current student could list professors they thought were good. I honestly don't mind tough professors as long as I'm learning.
Some classes that come to mind are, Bio, Chem, Calc, English, any of the Humanities, maybe even P.E. Feel free to tell us about any other professor you enjoy beyond freshman year.
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Replies to: Best Professor First Year Classes

  • herpderp2herpderp2 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    For biology, Spell is normally considered the best and Morkin and Weinschenk for general chemistry and organic chemistry, respectively. Calculus is taught by graduate students and post-docs, so you probably won't find anyone who teaches consistently enough to be considered "good." For English, there are so many good professors that it's difficult to recommend a few. If you're looking for a challenge, maybe Rambuss. If you're looking for someone who's easier, but is still fun and intellectually stimulating, then Rusche.
  • emory12emory12 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Bio: Corces is also a great professor (i think once in a while he teaches 141/142)

    Calc: I had Duffus first semester of calc, and Giorda the second. i got a whole letter grade higher in Giorda's class, just because he was so much more chill about everything and he gave more assignments than quizzes (assignments were easier to get 100%, and without as many quizzes you don't really have to go to the extra "lab" for calc). :)

    PE: "Stress Reduction and Flexibility" (Carl peck) and "Conditioning Swimming" (chris marshall) were my favorites. really nice professors and fun classes.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    But don't people generally find Duffus to be the better teacher/lecturer? I mean neither are regarded as but so hard (though most will admit Duffus is tougher which is to be expected since he invented the lifesciences calc. sequence.). Also, I think they essentially booted (as in ganged up on and pressured him not to teach it) Corces from 141/142 because of his grade inflation. He taught Developmental last semester, and people liked it. However, it was taught at the appropriate level and wasn't particularly easy compared to the way he did 142 (he only does 142). Many of my friends struggled a little to get the grade they wanted.
  • emory12emory12 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    yeah i guess people do think duffus is the better professor in some ways. but for me i liked how personable giorda was, and he trusted you more to learn it on your own, whereas duffus gave quizzes every week and i hated it haha.
  • ilikepizzailikepizza Registered User Posts: 507 Member
    if you got a 4 or 5 on AP clac AB do you still need to take calc 141/142 or a math class?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    It's 111/112. And you'd still need to take 112 or 116 if you are a science major. AB credit only gives credit to 111/115.
  • emory12emory12 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    what about that calc class that is like 115z or something? i've heard of it and thought maybe it's for the AP calc AB people, but never really found out
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    112-Z is for AB people and is offered every semester. I heard it's pretty good. ilikepizza should consider it.
    Kind of weird how intro. math classes, which are significantly smaller and have much less demand are offered both semesters, which sciences aren't. I guess there are a surplus of TAs and profs. willing to do intro. math. Whether most of them do it well is another story.
  • doryphorusdoryphorus Registered User Posts: 174 Junior Member
    If you've already taken BC Calc, you should take multivariable with Brussel :)
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    I really wanna take Brussel this upcoming semester, but he's closed. I heard he's really tough, but you learn a lot. And apparently his grading indicates that he values/incorporates effort (at least my friend who took him told me that).
  • emoryguy980emoryguy980 Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    Who is the best pyschology teacher? Also spanish is full so I most likely will take psych. Out of these professors who is the best for calc 1: Qing chu, hernando bermudez, megan cream, Klymko, kevin Wingfield.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    I don't know any of those folks. Generally the calc. profs are grad. students or profs. that "rotate" (don't teach each year). Normally they aren't that good. If lucky perhaps someone here will know at least one of them, and if very lucky, one of them will be good (not only easy, most 111 classes are easy). Edwards is easily the best psychology professor, but take him w/extreme caution (kind of tough, but the grading scale is generous at the middle). As you said, you did really well in Psyche 111 (AP psyche) material, so you should fare well. However, it'll be some new material.
  • emoryguy980emoryguy980 Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    Thanks, and my psych teacher was like that except he never gave extra credit and stayed difficult. So take Psych 111 with Edwards? Was he hard for you? I want an A+ in Psych 111 and I would rather have a teacher where I could learn (not like my teacheer who tested out of the book and not his lectures so I had to read the book to start getting A's on tests). Also what are the new material so I can self prep this summer? Right now I am prepping for gen chem, I am using sparknotes, is that a credible site to prep from? Thanks!
  • emoryguy980emoryguy980 Registered User Posts: 157 Junior Member
    also is psych 100 offerred?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    There is no psyche 100. Psyche 110 and 111 serves the purpose of the intro. sequence. Emory hardly ever designates the intro. sequence as "100". Edwards is Psyche 110, if you did 111, you're exempt and you take 110. 111 would be boring for you since you took AP. He was tough, you have to stay on top of it. Also, there is no A+ at Emory, you get an A. Edwards is the one you take if you want to learn, but it's not easy. There is no book associated with the class, it is purely his lectures. His lectures are based upon various case studies and research done on psychobiology. You need to make sure you write down everything he says or perhaps record the lectures. He also uses Socratic method pretty intensely, so you may want to prepare/study before coming to class because he will keep you on your toes and randomly call names (he eventually learns them all, and he isn't the only prof. in a larger lecture to be successful with this. He does indeed call on people who don't volunteer). Trust me, this is good for you as you constantly study (as in every day or at least the day before class) if you want to be engaged in class discussion. There is no workload associated with the lecture. The only HW is informal and results from a "lead up" question regarding a case to be covered (or continued) the next lecture. You should actually attempt to figure it out as there is always a chance you will be called on (even though the class is like 100+). However, both(110/111) intro psyche classes (I don't know about upperlevels) have the research participation requirement. If I remember, you need like 6 hours of credit. You essentially become a research subject for various studies (of your choice among those that are open to your participation as most are) occurring in the Psyche dept.

    The class was awesome, I highly recommend it if you think you can handle that structure and the exams (multiple multiple choice, no partial credit, only 25 questions. When I say mm choice, I mean "mark all answers that apply" no credit at all if you circle a wrong answer or circle to little or too much. You have to really know your stuff going into them)
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