Reviews for Vitali TugarinovAverage Rating:
Grade Expected: A
December 21, 2012, 5:06 am
|Yes lectures are boring.. Its 1.5 hours of slides, however, Dr. Tugarinov is really smart and knows the subject matter. He goes hard on tests. Questions are not directly derived from lectures like other professors. His are more application based and needs you to know the material in and out and not just be able regurgitate what he teaches. If you already have your hands full with hard courses, think twice about registering for this course, but if you like challenges,, be my guest. Its 2 exams and the final, no open notes, Averages for the first 2 are around 66. The average for our final was 63. anything greater than 76 was an A. And there were people below the average who got B's from around 59 overall. The TA is pretty cool.|
Grade Expected: C
December 11, 2012, 4:35 pm
|worst teacher ever. but he recycles exam questions so try to get a copy of other years.|
June 1, 2012, 7:56 am
|Dr. Tugarinov is honestly one of the worst professors I've ever had in college.|
He's an awful lecturer - he just reads from his slides, no notes or example problems on the board - and his exams do NOT parallel his lectures or his practice problems at ALL. In fact, he just takes problems from other professors' exams sometimes, even though he hasn't necessarily emphasized the same topics or gone over the same problems.
Also, his class is NO LONGER OPEN NOTES. I took it Spring 2012, and the whole class was closed notes and mandatory midterms. His final exam was unbelievably difficult, even having studied for one week from both lecture slides and the textbook.
That being said, his curve was extremely generous. But definitely not worth the headache or stress. If you can take another professor, do it. Avoid taking his class.
Grade Expected: A
May 19, 2012, 9:58 am
|This guy is terrible. Teachers off powerpoints that he probably didn't even make, for a 75 minute class it was rediculously boring. Most of the material on the first exam is just review of gen chem 2 (buffers , pH, etc..). He doesn't use ELMS so you'll never know what your grades are on exams before you get them back or what you're grade on the final was unless you go to the viewing. He's an asshole if you try to talk to him outside of class or go to his office hours. I remember in a review session someone asked him something and he said , "It's in your book, you need to open up the book" and didn't answer the question. He's clearly just here for research and is forced to teach.. The class is 400 pts, the only grades being 2 midterms (100 pts each) and the final (200 pts). Midterms were do-able, final was impossible. Averages usually in the 50-60 pt range. He recycles alot of questions from other professors BCHM461 exams so study old exams and you'll get all the same questions. He told us that the top 20% get an A this semester, and that turned out to be a final grade of anything greater than 72%. Also, this was the first semester that he didnt do open note exams and he plans to keep it that way.|
Grade Expected: A
February 20, 2011, 10:52 pm
|his class was fun in the sense that you don't ever have to go except for exams. do his practice problems he puts up online and look at old exams, etc and you're golden. bring everything to the exams with you - yes, you are allowed to! i didn't learn very much in the class - a lot of it was just recapping things from gen chem 2 etc., but i never really tried to learn the material in the class - only cram whatever was needed for the exams. you will need to definitely learn how to do problems quickly or you will suffer during his exams. his final was a bit better - definitely try to get your hands on old exams and you will be much better off!|
and don't take this class if you are required to take biochem 2 or you will regret it..you will be severely unprepared.
Grade Expected: A
December 21, 2010, 8:26 pm
|Absolutely HORRIBLE teacher. You can tell that he is not interested in teaching at all. He teaches straight from his slides (which by the way count for a very small percent of the exams) so there is no reason to go to class. He is very impatient and rude to students when they ask questions. By the end of the semester the entire class was silent during lectures. |
There are 2 midterms and a final. The exams are all open note but very long and still require you to know how to do the problem. They are almost identical to the practice problems he puts online so make sure you look at those!
I believe in our class a 75% was curved up to an A
December 9, 2010, 12:41 pm
|This was undoubtedly THE MOST BORING AND POINTLESS CLASS I HAVE TAKEN AS A CELL BIOLOGY MAJOR! This guy does not give two shits about anything. When I look back and think about the beginning of the semester, I wish I had never showed up to class except for the few sessions he devoteD to problem solving. I regret waking up in the morning and attending lecture. NOBODY PARTICIPATED THROUGOUT THE ENTIRE SEMESTER!!! crazy right? BELIEVE ME I AM STILL IN SHOCK! You think students didnt care? No...he didn't care either!|
The class has 2 exams nearly impossible to finish but the questions are VERY similar to the practice questions (sometimes he just changes the numbers).
IT IS OPEN NOTES!! so you dont have to memorize jack! All you have to do is focus on problems.
BUT, if you do well on the final, he will give you a decent grade I guess (I will find out soon).
Anyways, you won't learn jack in this class and as a Biochemistry major, please do yourself a favor and take it with someone else cause you might lose interest in Biochemistry and switch to something else.
By the way, he's a short-tempered DUSH!
May 17, 2010, 9:58 am
|OPEN NOTE EXAMS.|
midterms are optional. the final exam is the only grade that counts. though if you do well on the midterms and horribly on the final, he will consider your dedication to the class and give you a good grade. the exam questions for the midterms and final are very similar to the practice problems he assigns. make sure you know how to do the quick though, you can easily run out of time flipping through your notes.
you have to work for your A, but its doable. don't take the open note exams for granted though, you still need to spend a substantial amount of time doing practice problems and memorizing.
Grade Expected: A+
April 29, 2010, 9:54 am
|Dr. Tugarinov is a very sincere professor. He wants to teach you the material, and if you don't understand what he says the first time, he is happy to repeat it. His exams are straightforward, but very, very long. You have pace yourself in order to do well in them. The actual class itself is actually quite enjoyable, and made me add a Biochemistry major. The final is supposedly quite hard, but if you study enough you should be fine.|