Abel, Christina  

Chemistry and Biochemistry

3.40/4.00

35 evaluations


CHEM 111


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2015
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CHEM 124


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2008
I had Dr. Abel a year ago as a freshman, but PolyRatings did not have her listed yet. I'm happy they updated their professor list so I could share how legit she is at teaching chem. To start off, Chem 124 is the "weeder" class for incoming freshmen, and I was absolutely terrible at chem in high school. Therefore, I was dreading taking a college level chem course. As a great suprise, Dr. Abel changed my attitude towards chem for the better with her concise lectures and friendly personality. I understood chem much better with her as a teacher, and she goes out of the way to make sure you understand the course material. She provides many supplemental handouts for practice, plenty of office hours, and even gives an extra assignment towards the end of the quarter to help your grade out (I don't know any other chem professor that does this). In addition, she's a very fair grader and curves the final grades nicely. Suffice it to say, Chem 124/125 is a difficult class to conquer. However, with substantial effort and help from Dr. Abel I was able to not just survive, but get a good grade. I had Dr. Zumwalt for 125 and quickly missed having Dr. Abel for chem. Take her at all costs, even at 8AM.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2008
Good prof, really nice. Helpful during office hours, and very fair. Take her!


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2008
Christina was a pretty good teacher and I enjoyed her class. she is kind of an awkward person in how she presents things and makes attempts to humor the class and most of the time will miss, but when she hits it, its pretty funny. There is no homework in the class, just suggested problems that I NEVER did which is probably why I got a C+, that and I suck at Chem. I only went to her office once b/c I missed a class and she was pretty helpful.... overall, I would suggest taking her.


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2008
She acts nervous, and like the comment before said, she makes quite a few "miss" jokes. However, she definitely knows her stuff and helps a lot in office hours. The tests, labs, and in-class assignments are straightforward and pretty friggin' easy - I slacked off a little towards the end and got myself a B+, but there's no reason to not get an easy A.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2008
Dr. Abel is a great chem prof. I would recommend her to anyone. I had her for lab and lecture in the chem studio. She provides clear, well written notes and prepares worksheets. Dr. Abel is super nice and is wiling to help you with anything. My only issue with her was that she didn't force us to do the worksheets, and i found that i didn't always do them. I would recommend doing all of the work she gives as "optional".


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2008
Abel is amazing. She is really good at realizing when students need help. Do all the worksheets! That's where most of her test questions come from. Considering how hard everyone made 124 out to be, she definintely made the class pretty easy to understand.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Nov 2008
an amazing professor. her worksheets really help on the exams, and is approachable. Pay attention in class and read the chapters in the book, and the material doesn't seem too hard...and also quite a hottie.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Dec 2008
Dr. Abel is extremely helpful at recognizing student difficulties, and working with the students. She was always helpful and respectful (unlike some other CHEM professors)in office hours. In her lectures she uses multiple teaching styles, she doesn't just focus on the math, but uses (Pictures, Diagrams, Explainations, and other techniques) to explain the concepts clearly, so that anyone with any learning style could understand them. She is the best teacher to take if you really want to learn the material.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2008
Dr. Abel is a fantastic teacher. She presents concepts very clearly in class, is happy to help people in her office, and provides comprehensive handouts which really help you work with the material. I would almost say that the worksheets she gives you are redundant, but if you're having difficulty with any particular topic, that redundancy is a godsend. I was frightened walking into this class because I heard it was "the most failed freshman class." Looking back, it was a tricky class, but nothing I couldn't handle. Dr. Abel was certainly a big factor in my success. Thank you!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2009
Abel is an amazing teacher. I think anyone should take her if they really want to understand and enjoy chemistry. kinda cute too.


Senior
A
General Ed
Feb 2009
good


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2009
She's a great teacher, I found the 3 midterms and the Final to be challenging eventhough i studied, but she is good when it comes to helping students. The midterms were based on the notes or handouts she gave.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2009
To do well in Abel's class, the key is practicing and understanding the handouts and workbook packets. Her midterms and quizzes are just like her handouts and workbook problems. No surprises. This is the most efficient way to get a good grade. She talked exhaustively fast sometimes, but just make an effort to listen in lecture. In lab, you have to pay attention to detail (graph titling, sig figs, etc) and if not you'll lose a few points every time until you learn. The final felt very standardized and unlike the material she usually gives, but this is out of her control. Study hard. Take good notes. Read the book to familiarize yourself with concepts and bolded words. You're fine. I took her for chem 125 as well.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2009
Talks nonstop for 3/4 of the class period and writes notes very fast, so be sure not to doze off during her lectures. Gives a decent amount of work in the form of worksheets/packets. Tests and quizzes aren't too hard as long as you study. Labs are usually fun after an hour and half of nonstop lecturing. lab reports are assigned weekly, some parts of the report can be bs'ed like the conclusion. When studying for tests, make yourself a cheatsheet of all the formulas/equations/concepts covered prior to the test, this will help you a lot and save you the hassle of flipping through 50 pages of worksheets/packets/notes.

CHEM 125


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2007
She is an excellent professor. She really presents the information well. Also, on her website, she posts study guides for all her quizzes and tests along with very helpful lab procedures for all her labs. I would definately reccomend her to everyone who has to take a class that she teaches.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2007
Everything for this class was straightforward. Everything you need to know was covered in lecture (book wasn't helpful) and everything gets posted online with study guides and workbook solutions. It takes alot of studying to get through this class with a good grade, and a good lab partner helps alot, I would definately recommend taking this class with someone you know. As far as Abel, she's a very nice person, understanding for difficult situations. She makes some mistakes in presenting the lecture, but she always admits them and is quick to make corrections. Extremely helpful one-on-one after class or in office hours, you can tell she knows her stuff. Fair grader, class material is all presented in lecture plus online, what more do you want? Take Abel! PS. I had Dr. Neff for 124 and would highly recommend her for 124 or 125 as well.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2008
SMOKING HOT. Great teacher too. No Hw. Just handouts that are exactly like the test.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Dec 2008
Professor Abel is an amazing teacher. She knows her stuff, and presents her lectures in a clear way that allows you to easily learn the material (or at least enough to pass the class). I could have put a lot more effort into this class... but I will probably never use this material anyways. Christina is also one of the cutest professors, so even if the material is boring, there is still some eyecandy to be seen.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2008
Excellent.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2009
Foxy.


Senior
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2009
Dr. Abel, is very helpful and approachable in her office hours and outside of the classroom. She's able to tell who is working hard and who could care less. Although this class was at the ungodly hour of 7 AM, it was worth it just to have a great teacher who is excellent at explaining concepts, and presenting new material clearly and thouroughly (so that almost anyone could understand it). I totally recommend this teacher for CHEM to anyone who has to take it.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2009
Abel is a pretty good chem teacher. Her notes are extremely well organized so it's really easy to go back and study before exams. Unfortunately her class was at 7AM which may be why I found it boring. Really nice, and super helpful. Her tests are challenging but not impossible and you can get an A if you study for them. DO THE WORKBOOKS, a lot of the problems and questions on her exams come straight out of the workbooks. Also, she likes to give our a lot of supplemental handouts to go with her notes, STAPLE them to the corresponding page in your notes. They are really helpful for your labs and quizzes but they are also really easy to lose or get mixed up.

CHEM 127


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Feb 2008
Abel is amazing! Presents the material clearly with helpful lecture notes and worksheets. Anyone who fears chemistry should take Abel because she will help you overcome it. I enjoyed this class very much! I recommend her to everyone for an introduction to Chemistry.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Feb 2008
Abel's class is doable but very tedious. Her tests are challenging and difficult to complete in the time alotted. She is very nervous when lecturing but provides very clear and outlined notes - which the test material directly comes from.Plus she gives out study guides for all the tests = very helpful. I've def had worse. As long as you are willing to put time into studying and ask questions I think anyone is capable of getting an A.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2008
great. and very nice. very approachable


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
May 2008
Abel is ok. She makes some mistakes during lecture, which confused and frustrated me, and wasn't very interesting to listen to. she isn't enthusiastic about the material, but knows what she's talking about. I don't like her nor do I dislike her.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Aug 2008
she is amazing. i nv have appreciated a teacher after the course was over!!! lectures are straight forward...no slides just organized notes and demonstrations; if you study and perhaps even read the book you should ace the class. I never did any of it and pulled a 75. I regret not taking advantage of the material taught to me!! Take her if you need this class!!! i took 128 with a different teacher who used slides and was unorganized and all over the place...u will nv appreciate a teacher like Dr. Abel!!!


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2008
I took Professor Abel my first quarter as a freshman for Chem 127 and she is such a sweet teacher. She hardly ever used slides, or if there were any slides, she would pass out a worksheet to go with it and explain it more on the board. Her handwriting was very legible and once she took up the entire board and needed more space, she would wait to make sure everyone had all the information. There were three midterms and a final, all of them were simple as long as you studied. And even if you did worse than you expected, you can go into her office hours and discuss where things went wrong. She's very helpful in her office hours and wants her students to pass. I would definitely recommend her for anyone taking Chem.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Nov 2008
She's a great teacher, seems real nervous at first but as long as you do her handouts and go to lectures your golden. She hands out suggested problems from the book, dont do them because her tests are exactly like her handouts making an A manageable to anyone. It was not as challenging as i thought it would be and an overall good teacher to take it with cause there are other professors out there who suck!


Freshman
D
Required (Support)
Jan 2009
I could've done better in this class but I just didn't. She's very very very good though!


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2009
Great professor! I learned a lot in her class. The tests are simple as long as you do the handouts. She is quite attractive as well


Sophomore
B
Elective
Sep 2016
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CD 214


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
Missed the first day, went to the second day. Went to the midterm. Went to the Final. Three days of class total. I got a B, easy. This kind of shit gives our school a bad name.

SOC 670


Graduate Student
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
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