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Stephen McCord
Professor (2006 – 2014)
Texas (UT)
Chemistry
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3.5833***+
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Rated by 144 students
2.44
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across 3 classes
Fall 2014 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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CH 301
CH 302
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4****
CH 301 - PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
He's a good teacher, but don't take his class unless you're prepared to listen and expect some reasonably difficult exams. His method of grading does however allow you to make up for some bad grades, by letting you drop an exam or weight midterms/f...
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Pros: Funny guy
Curves reasonably generously
Enthusiastic
Cons: Difficult tests
Occasional questions which try to catch you out
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on 5/1/11
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3***
CH 302 - PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
P.S. I put some of his exams from this year up on Koofers so if you are unfortunate enough to have to take his class, you won't have to suffer as much as I did.
Pros: McCord is a good lecturer, so his class can be interesting. At the end of the semester, he actually curves quite a bit by giving quiz/homework drops and adding points on exams. He lowers his grade breaks a lot too.
Cons: Attendance is taken by daily clicker quizzes. The tests are very, very difficult especially if you are not a fan of chemistry. He says he doesn't make trick questions, but that's a lie, because he does. He oftentimes teaches to the kids that have had his CH 301 class. His tests are much harder than the homework he gives, so it's very difficult to study for them. I spent the entire semester dreading his class and thinking I was going to barely pass but in the end I got a decent grade. In my opinion, though, it's just not worth the stress.
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on 5/20/11
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
3***
Pros: McCord is a good lecturer, so his class can be interesting. At the end of the semester, he actually curves quite a bit by giving quiz/homework drops and adding points on exams. He lowers his grade breaks a lot too.
Cons: Attendance is taken by daily clicker quizzes. The tests are very, very difficult especially if you are not a fan of chemistry. He says he doesn't make trick questions, but that's a lie, because he does. He oftentimes teaches to the kids that have had his CH 301 class. His tests are much harder than the homework he gives, so it's very difficult to study for them. I spent the entire semester dreading his class and thinking I was going to barely pass but in the end I got a decent grade. In my opinion, though, it's just not worth the stress.
P.S. I put some of his exams from this year up on Koofers so if you are unfortunate enough to have to take his class, you won't have to suffer as much as I did.
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on May 20, 2011
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
4****
Pros: Funny guy

Curves reasonably generously

Enthusiastic
Cons: Difficult tests

Occasional questions which try to catch you out
He's a good teacher, but don't take his class unless you're prepared to listen and expect some reasonably difficult exams. His method of grading does however allow you to make up for some bad grades, by letting you drop an exam or weight midterms/final more than the other. I enjoted his classes in general.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on May 1, 2011
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
3***
Pros: very good professor. he knows chemistry well and you will learn with him. i took for both ch301 and 302
Cons: Very hard test. it was hard to pass, and very hard to even get a B. He teaches well and homeworks kind of prepare you but you really have to do a lot of the studying on you own.
Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on May 1, 2011
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
3***
Pros: Good and funny professor. Youlearn most of what you need through the learning modules and he reviews it in class if you have any problems
Cons: Test are way harder than they should be. Rarely any grade curve. Grading scale is also bad for such hard tests.
This is not a laid back class, you can know your stuff and still fail his tests. Be 200% prepared during test time, looking through his old tests here is also helpful because some questions from them might be on the test that weren'ton the homework or module.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on October 10, 2013
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
5*****
Pros: For being a student who dislikes chemistry, Dr. McCord made the class very interesting and enjoyable. He throws in a joke or two (about the subject), which keeps you awake and alert listening.
Cons: Attendance counts because he gives out iClickers, which count for 5% of total grade. You need to go over the stuff on you own and make sure you understand the material otherwise, the exams will seem hard.
Professor rated by: Nutrition Student on May 16, 2010
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
4****
Pros: Enthusiastic lectures! Whatever McCord is talking about, it makes you want to participate. Study the homeworks/ make sure you can do each problem without notes and you should be fine.
Cons: The class is tough, conceptually, but TA sessions help. Don't put off studying or homework. Read the book to connect his lectures to the material. He covers a broader range of topics than the other professors.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on March 1, 2012
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
3***
Cons: daily clicker questions
This is a very difficult class, and you have to put a lot more effort into it than 301. Mccord is a decent teacher, but you have to read to the book and finding problems outside the homework will really help a lot.
Professor rated by: Nutrition Student on April 12, 2011
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CH 304K
CHEMISTRY IN CONTEXT I
3***
Pros: Very Smart profesoor who knows what he's talking about
Cons: Test are really hard
Professor rated by: Communication Student on September 27, 2011
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
5*****
Pros: Knows the material and actually teaches the class. Does not just read powerpoint slides like some teachers do. Very fair in the grading scheme. My friends and I think he is funny.
Cons: If you like formal bulleted lists during lecture, you will not like McCord - he is more freeform - that could easily be a "pro" for many though. He doesn't do as many demos as other teachers.
What a great chemistry teacher. He tries to make the class fun and interesting. If you just keep up with the learning modules and homework you can score big on the exams. His exams are the same as all the other profs in chemistry, so he is NOT harder like so many old reviews here. I would recommend him as a teacher to anyone that wants to learn chemistry. Dr. McCord is awesome.
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on November 21, 2014
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
2**
Pros: He can be entertaining and sometimes has interesting ways to think about concepts.
Cons: His tests are extremely hard and full of exceptions. He doesn't work any kind of examples problems or discuss possible questions in class. He is also openly very critical of students and makes it hard to approach him for help. He has lots of TAs but since the class is huge, their office hours are always busy. The TAs can explain the homework problems but they seem to have very little idea of what will be on the tests or what is important to study.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on October 29, 2011
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
4****
Pros: He is really good at conveying the material to students and keeping ones attention. Great lecturer, keeps you awake even if it's a morning class! Helps you really understand Chemistry.
Cons: His tests are way harder than the homework he posts online, but practicing old exams while keeping up with hw makes the exams easier to pass.
Professor rated by: Nutrition Student on February 9, 2012
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
4****
Pros: Knows what he is talking about.
Cons: Hard as all get out.
He is a good teacher, but his class is really hard, mainly his exams. I wish we have a discussion to go with this class. The good thing about him having hard exams is that it will drill good study habits into you, assuming you took his suggestions into consideration.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on March 27, 2012
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
3***
Pros: Clearly understands the material

Cons: Unorganized

Tricky Tests (not straighforward)
It is possible to get an A, you just have to work very hard, attend every class and try to find old exams to get an idea of how he tests.
Professor rated by: Geological Sciences Student on December 7, 2010
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
5*****
I really loved this professor. His lectures are entertaining since he is humorous, and are also helpful. The tests can be hard, but as long as you do the homeworks and do the learning modules, you should be fine!
Professor rated by: Biology Student on May 8, 2013
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
5*****
Pros: Knows chemistry like its the back of his hand. Knows how to teach. Makes chemistry simple.
Professor rated by: Chemical Engineering Student on May 6, 2013
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CH 302
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II
5*****
Pros: Everyday he will go over announcements, that way you never forget if there are learning modules, homework, or tests coming up with due dates.

He sets the exam schedule before the semester so you always know when one will be coming up (all 5 dates were posted the first day of class).

No textbook required
Cons: Standard Chemistry class that uses Quest for homeworks and tests.
McCord has been one of the best teachers I have had here at the University of Texas. He keeps his lectures interesting and will always try to get a laugh out of students when possible. The class is just what I expected considering the workload and difficulty. I haven't taken a chemistry class in over 3 years, and I have still been able to stay in the A and high B range on most of the homeworks and tests. You do not need a textbook for this class, as everything he expects you to learn will be on his ebook/website; however, he will periodically tell you throughout the semester that having the book could help.
Professor rated by: Kinesiology Student on May 4, 2013
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
4****
Pros: very visual lectures that he does on photo shop. The lectures help clarify the learning exercises done on canvas and the photo shop style of lectures makes the class more interesting. His test are definitely manageable if you rework homework problems and find old exams. Old exams are extremely helpful some questions will even get repeated.

All multiple choice tests.

The lecture before the test he will do helpful reviews and if you pay attention he will give hints toward test questions

Don't need to buy a textbook
Cons: You definitely have to put in a lot of effort and study time to do well in the class especially if you did not take AP chem in HS. He expects you to already know the fundamentals you would've learned in HS and does not go over any of that. The learning exercises and homework on canvas are helpful but very time consuming. The exams definitely test your conceptual understanding of the material.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on October 19, 2016
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
4****
Pros: - Really active, funny professor

- No surprises in assessment structure or exams.

- Multiple choice exams

- One drop test allowed

Cons: - Can get boring

- No extra credit
I liked this class because i always knew what was expected of me. There are homeworks and learning modules every week with iClicker questions in every class (they don't monitor this too heavily though so if you need them to someone can do your for you and the TA's don't seem to mind). Then there is one exam for every Unit (although these are just like homeworks and in class questions so no massive surprises) and a comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. McCord lets you drop one of your Unit exams.
Professor rated by: Undergraduate Studies Student on December 2, 2013
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
5*****
Pros: First year class so the professor goes at a nice pace and will even spend a good part of a class reviewing for a test the day before.

Professor is also very funny - reminds me of Louis CK but more... science-y?
Cons: Just paying attention in lecture isn't enough. You need to put in the effort to do the learning exercises on Canvas.

Tests are easy but since so many people get 100s, curves are nonexistant.
I took AP Chem in HS so this class was just a big review for me. But most of the students in CH301 have never taken upper level chemistry so the expected course load is manageable.
Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on October 5, 2016
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CH 301
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
2**
Interesting lecturer but that doesn't mean it's a good lecture. His notes are scattered with arrows leading to more arrows. I suggest taking notes on the LE's and going to class already knowing what he will lecture (which makes lecture pointless). The only reason I go to lecture is to get iClicker points but other than that the lecture isn't needed because he lectures off the textbook just in a confusing way. His tests are difficult because they are all conceptual.
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on November 16, 2017
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