Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Dr. Curtiss is a very entertaining teacher. He has long office hours because he cares that each of his students is able come if they want to. His exams contain extra points giving one leeway on grades. He is very understanding and wants his students to do well.
I have learned that reading the textbook before attending lectures will reinforce the high points in each chapter and give you a better understanding of the topics covered in the textbook. Time management was a key part of reading and finishing homework assignments. I have learned that using the extra problems he posts on Canvas are worth looking at especially when you think you understand all the material.
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Advice for students:
If you have already taken AP Chemistry, this class will be a breeze for you. There are a few new topics but overall, Dr. Curtiss just goes into a little more detail on each topic you have already learned. Just because you had a good grade in chemistry in high school, does not mean you should not study for this class. Pay attention in class, especially when you hear him say “potential exam question.” Often, the examples he gives in class are similar to those on the test. Even though attending lectures is optional, go to class every day and read the textbook before attending lectures. Check his Canvas page for brief outlines on what you should know from each chapter and do the problems he suggests you do from those chapters in the book. If you ever have any questions, his door is wide open. He’ll even offer you tea during office hours.