Aguilera, Javier  

Chemistry and Biochemistry

0.20/4.00

59 evaluations


CHEM 124


Sophomore
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Dec 2015
Not only was Dr. Aguilera a bad professor but he was also a bad person. His typical answer to a question is "google it" and he often seemed as if he didn't know what he was talking about. He would ridicule his students if they made a mistake in lab or asked a question on how to do things. His tests and quizzes did not reflect the lecture material. If it wasn't for the TA I would have had to rely 100% on the textbook for information. Avoid at all costs.


Sophomore
B
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Jan 2016
Firstly I would recommend avoiding Aguilera if at all possible. If you can't there are a few things you should know going in. He is very unhelpful. When going over old quizzes he would have students come to the board to put up answers. However, if students werent sure about an answer and asked him if it was correct, he always replied "I don't know is it?". Obviously if the whole class is asking no one knows the answer but he still wouldn't help. Anytime the class can't answer a one of his questions its because we need to do the reading. Also his midterms are hard as shit. The class average on the first one was a 59 and he didn't curve it. There was also a question that only two people in the entire class got right, but it was our fault because we should have learned it in lab. He also put a question on a quiz with material he told us we didn't have to know, the class did terribly so he made us taking it again without telling us. When someone asked if we had to know the material because he said we didn't have to, he told us that it was on two quizzes to we should know it now. Overall a very frustrating class that I'm still not sure how I got a B in


Freshman
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Apr 2016
Javy is the most incompetent piece of scum that i've ever encountered. He wears a fedora 24-7 to cover up his balding head of matted hair. If you ask him a question, he gets extremely confused and tells you to google it and snapchat the answer. If this guy has a PhD, then my high school ap chem teacher should too. I learned way more in one hour of high school chem than I have all quarter from Javy. Cal poly, please fire this piece of trash and hire someone who can give students the education experience they're paying for.


Freshman
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Apr 2016
Fails to explain everything. I have never had a worse teacher. When people ask him a question the class ends up more confused than before. On top of him horrible teaching that everyone else has mentioned, his class is so poorly organized and due dates and assignments are unclear. He also regularly tells the class that his lecture is not a time for learning but only for review. I don't know how he is still employed.


Freshman
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Apr 2016
He posts stuff last minute sometimes (prelabs), so you really have to check his polylearn every day. When I ask him questions, sometimes he helps, and other times he just asks me a question back. I asked because I didn't know it... please just answer the question. I feel like he also expects you to know a lot of the material before coming to class considering he glazes over the powerpoint and I ends up learning next to nothing. I understand reading material before class, but there is no point of me really coming if I am better off just reading the book. The only reason I go to his class is for graded assignments, not for learning anything. He isn't really clear with lab directions either.


Freshman
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May 2016
This dumb piece of shit has the written communication skills of a third grader. Come on, if you're going to be a chemistry prof. at the college level you need to be able to write test questions. Also he can't explain jack shit in lecture, because he himself has no idea. Constantly contradicts himself during lab. I wish I could give negative ratings to him. I'm literally paying a dude to tell me to google my questions. What a fucking disgrace to the intelligent world. Go back to the stone age javi, you look like you belong there. Finally, his matted hair is nasty AF.


Freshman
F
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May 2016
WORST PROFESSOR EVER! HOW DOES THIS UNIVERSITY LET HIM TEACH HERE? DISGRACE.


Freshman
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May 2016
The most disgusting, terrible, ill-hearted, horrible, arrogant, douchey, impure, immoral, incompetent, overcompensating, fat, obese, fake, unreasonable, retarded, close-minded, inconsistent, unworthy, money wasting, egocentric prick of a "DR." What a joke. How did the jave master GET A FUCKING PHD without learning to write at a proficient level? DID THIS GUY NEVER TAKE COMS? "Draw the Lewis Structure of PF3 and assign correct VSEPR geometry and draw it" WHAT THE FUCK I WROTE A BETTER SENTENCE THAN THAT WHEN I WAS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. It still blows my mind how much of a retard he is. Every time he walks by my lab table I have to hold back my anger. He doesn't help students he simply ridicules them and tells them to study more. I can only study 8 hours a week for this class, It's only 4 units. I can't read the entire textbook 3 times in a quarter. When asked a question he just asks the same question back, or tells you to google it. Why am I in the class in the first place if google has the answer? The reason I'm asking you is BECAUSE THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN WHAT YOU'VE SAID IN LECTURE AND WHAT I FIND ON GOOGLE. His use of exclamation points is tacky and demonstrates how uneducated he is. I don't care if he has a PHD. It doesn't make him any better of a teacher. He not credible whatsoever and clearly should NOT be teaching at Cal Poly.


Freshman
B
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May 2016
Think back to the most painful shit you've ever taken. You probably wanted it to end as promptly as possible, but you had to sit through it and endure the pain. That is what I am currently feeling in Dr. Javy's class. This has been one horribly long and painful shit of a quarter thanks to the one and only Javier. His ability to clearly explain basic concepts is nonexistent. He disrespects the students that challenge him and accepts no answer other than his own. Most answers to students' questions involve the words "google" and "it." Save yourself and do not take his class. Please. Think of the children.


Freshman
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May 2016
In earnest, there is only one way to actually succeed in this class. Kiss ass, and kiss ass like you've never before. Pretend he's the goddamn president of the world because in actuality, he's the exact opposite. To extrapolate my point I am going to start with his character and the proceed on to his teaching ability. Character: Pros: Absolutely none that I'm aware of. Cons: I met people more coherent that were on bath salts. Between the jabs at not only his students personal character but also his LA's, this "man" doesn't seem to contribute to society whatsoever. If I had a choice to either have a conversation between "Dr" Javier Aguilera and Pol Pot, I would choose Pol Pot every time. This man puts Trump to shame with the amount of bullshit that comes out of his mouth. I don't think I have ever met a "professor", scratch that "person", that was more disrespectful, rude, coarse and narcissistic. The truly terrifying thing is how much he must kiss the asses of Chem department's administration. As a person, he puts a large dark spot on Calpoly's reputation for openness and mutual respect.He is a disgrace to this university, he is a disgrace to humanity. Teaching Style: Pros: Somewhere inside all the bullshit, there is a mildly intelligent person with a good amount of knowledge regarding very specific o-chem topics. Cons: He lets none of his intelligence through during his lectures. He begins his lecture and 99% of the room's eyes glaze over. Unfortunately a 5-year-old did a better job of explaining concepts then the "Professor" (actually happen, we had a 5-year-old in class one day). Besides prioritizing asinine topics and ignoring important and relevant ones, to actually learn the class material you essentially have to teach yourself. Inconsistent, unfair grading makes test taking the roller-coaster ride it shouldn't be. He recognizes it too. I know several case of cheating that occurred and he essentially ignored them. As a professor he is honestly now better then a mannequin (and the mannequin would be more interesting and lively). If there is a way to convey information in a morning vapid and dull way, Javier will find it. The numerous personal grudges that he carries make surviving his class with a good grade nearly impossible. I'm not saying that he doesn't have the potential to be a ok professor, I'm just saying that he'd probably have to restart school from the second grade. If ever there was a professor that failed his students and job more, he'd've been lynched or thrown in prison and I say this without regret or hyperbole. Dr. Bush, Calpoly Chemistry Department, fire Javier Aguilera immediately. I don't care if I don't get a grade for this class, as surely no grade is better then the F I'm sure to receive as the result of one of the numerous personal vendettas that Javier holds. Unfortunately, the likelihood of my dreams coming true is quite slim, so I say unto you, please save me! My advice to anyone that wants to take chemistry and is thinking about taking Professor Aguilera, don't. Even if it is the last class open, even if you don't have enough units, just don't. It isn't worth it. His class is worse then spending a month on a Judas cradle. Unless you're a major masochist, avoid at all costs.


Freshman
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May 2016
"Dr" Aguilera is a mindless idiot. I could teach the class better than him by simply reading the textbook section prior to lecture. He's narcissistic and really should go eat a fat dick. Fuck you, "Javy", You're a fat piece of shit.


Freshman
C
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May 2016
Avoid this professor at all costs. The entirety of the class was confusing and unclear. From the lectures to the labs to the exams nothing was appropriately explained or conveyed in an easy-to-understand manner. When studying for the midterms and final, I often found conflicting information among the professor's lecture, his notes, and the labs. The professor cannot answer a question or explain a concept for the life of him. Though it seems as though he may know what he is talking about, not one of my questions was been answered clearly. Exams were fair and also graded appropriately; however, expect to go out of your way to teach yourself the material, because 'Javi' will not.


Senior
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Jun 2016
Just trust me on this... don't take him. He will spend all of class talking about advanced topics completely irrelevant to the course, expect you to teach yourself all of the material, and answers all questions with "just google it." Even if you are a CHEM god that knows all there is to know, you will not enjoy this class in any way.


Freshman
C
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Jun 2016
DO ANYTHING TO AVOID HIM! If you don't want a D or worst, AVOID HIM! 1. He literally does not teach in class. 2.And even his answer key for midterms are wrong! So even though you get the right answers for the midterm and he will still use the wrong answer key to grade it! 3.there are two sections of this class. The other section had a lot worse grade than the one I am in. So he gave 10 extra credit to that class and 5 to mine. THIS IS NOT FAIR 4.If you see this comment and think you can just self-study, YOU ARE WRONG! He has an online textbook that he suggests us to use. but he never follows the textbook! so even though we want to self-study, we don't know what to study for! 5.JUST REALLY, PLEASE AVOID HIM. 6.Students have reported him before and hopefully he will be fired soon.


Freshman
B
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Jun 2016
The only reason I got a B is because the class got ahold of his old midterms. A newborn puppy could have helped answer questions better than "Javy". What a joke. Cal Poly what the fuck I literally just paid $775 for a prof to tell me to google everything. Avoid him at all costs.


Junior
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
I absolutely LOVED this class! I typically hate science classes but Javi will make you feel awake and ready to learn and keep you engaged for every last minute of the lecture. His insights not only in terms of chemistry but current world events and other scientifically related matters stimulate an unstoppable urge to learn. My mind was like a great steam locomotive through an entire quarter of this class. His grading is so fair, assignments reflect what we talk about in lectures as do midterms and the final. I experienced a little bit of hostility towards Javi from other students in the class - but if they want to waste time being annoyed at a professor rather than taking time to try and connect with him and figure out what he has to say (which is a lot) then that's their problem. Don't just take my word for it, TAKE THIS CLASS.


Sophomore
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Dec 2016
The review above this is so clearly submitted by the professor that I'm posting this review simply to offset the fake rave review. You really have to love a professor to talk about him or her like the "student" above me did, and it's very clear this professor is the exact opposite of everything said in that review. Perhaps Javi should work on improving his teaching style instead of writing fake reviews to offset all the bad ones. Notice that the previous review was the only person to report an A with most students not displaying a grade or not doing well. Also, I find it highly unlikely a Junior took chemistry as a General Ed course as reported on the last review, and if someone's actually done that, they need to reconsider their life choices.

CHEM 125


Junior
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Jan 2016
As a 3rd year taking a course that most people take as a first year, purely due to circumstance after a change of major from a major that did not require Chem 125, I have seen my fair share of professors. By far, Javier is the worst professor I have ever had. He wastes incredible amounts of time, constantly reminds you that he is smarter than you, and has zero structure for lecture. Quizzes do not reflect the lecture, there is no homework to guide learning, and you never know what will be presented in class. Not only is he a bad professor, he is not a pleasant person to be around either. Avoid for your own sake.


Junior
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Jan 2016
If you like to learn in classes and spend time efficiently, then never willingly enroll in this guy's class. I have never had a more arrogant and unqualified professor. The only thing I can say about this man happily is Fuck 'em


Freshman
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Feb 2016
This professor is extremely unhelpful- his lectures consist of practice problems upon practice problems, but if you ask clarifying questions he expects you to already know it. During the labs, if you ask perfectly reasonable questions he says you should already know it, or to read the prelab, making him seem arrogant and unapproachable. His quizzes are weekly and are extremely hard, often he tests on material that he hasn't taught in the class. I heard going to his office hours are a little more helpful than just listening to his lectures. Very difficult to learn chemistry from this dude.


Freshman
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Feb 2016
Quizzes: They happen weekly and don't reflect lectures at all. He takes random graphs directly from the book and then asks you to fill out parts that he has whited out. He also likes to throw "curveball" questions that are badly worded and based on concepts we were supposed to remember from Chem 124. Even when the majority of the class gets the answer wrong, he won't fully explain it or even curve the quiz making the class average on most quizzes 50% or less. Lectures: He always rushes through key concepts and skips over example problems because he says we don't have time. He copy and pastes example problems onto his slides, gives you like 2 minutes to do them, then shows you a copy and pasted answer for .2 seconds. If you ask him to go back he says, "You didn't snap chat it?".... not kidding. I had his class for 3 hour chunks twice a week and we consistently finished 45 min to an hour early, even though we supposedly didn't have time to spend on key concepts and example problems. He is not organized or time efficient. Labs: These are probably the one part of this class he doesn't fuck up. That's probably because labs are standardized throughout the department so he doesn't have a chance to fuck them up. Advice: Don't take him at all costs. If you absolutely have to take him, here's some stuff that could help. Make sure you read the book extremely carefully. Take a picture of the board when he does quiz corrections because they won't be posted online. Go to his office hours and be polite or else he will just answer all your questions with "that was in your book, didn't you read?" or "google it" or tell you that you asked a good question and then walk away. Be best friends with the TAs because they will be a million more times helpful explaining things than he will. Overall, "Javy" as he likes to call himself, is an unorganized, unhelpful, arrogant kind of teacher. I can tell he wants to be liked but he's not doing himself any favors whatsoever. Like I said, try to avoid him!!!!!


Freshman
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Feb 2016
Do not take this teacher. Dr. Aguilera doesn't give homework problems, doesn't tell us what we should be focusing on when he tells us to read chapters from our textbook (which he haphazardly throws in at the end of his lectures; lots of things we read in the textbook seem to have no significance to class or to tests), never gives definitive answers for quizzes or just questions in general, has consistent mistakes in slide shows, skips over things in his slide shows if he doesn't like our attitude, etc. Half of the things we read in the textbook have nothing to do with tests or quizzes, and half of what is on the tests has nothing to do with what was in the textbook, labs, or learned in lecture. When asked questions, he rarely gives answers and will halt class to get multiple students' opinions instead of just giving a correct answer. He doesn't curve his tests, quizzes, or labs; even if every single person fails a question or a quiz, he says we need to study more instead of looking at himself to see if he facilitated learning on it. He is shameless in the fact that he is an incompetent professor, and he won't accept responsibility for the "failure" of his students, even when we had no way of knowing what to study. His office hours are also very unhelpful. If you come in 20 minutes after office hours started and he already went over a question, he will complain about how he already did it. He acts as though he is doing us a favor by screenshotting problems from the textbook and putting them in the powerpoint for us to do, or by "reviewing" anything at all, even if it was new information. He's lazy, doesn't know what he's doing, and it's kind of surprising that he's still teaching at all.


Freshman
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Feb 2016
Absolutely the worst professor/teacher/person-in-charge i have ever had to interact with. There will be no homework given. When asked about homework his answer will be "find problems on your own and do them". Of the few example problems you do in class, you are rarely given the answer to that problem so you can't even figure out if you did it right. More times than not if you ask him a question, his answer will be "i don't know, will it?" basically he just asks you your same damn question back to your face and walks away. If i hadn't taken AP chemistry already and frequently go to OTHER professors' office hours, this class would be fisting me as its currently fisting about 95% of my class right now. Be prepared to teach yourself, get no help from him, find your own problems to work on, and be talked to condescendingly about everything. Ive suffered through other professors. But this was above and beyond as far as the level of shittiness is concerned.


Sophomore
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Feb 2016
By far the worst professor I've ever had. Avoid him at all costs. I cannot stress how bad of a professor this guy is. His lectures are useless and his quizzes do not reciprocate what he teaches. If you are confused and ask him a question, he will not help you and literally tell you to google it. A student in my class asked him a question that everyone was confused about and he got mad. I don't even know how this guy is still teaching. He is useless when it comes to his labs as well. He provides no structure for his quizzes and midterms. Just hope your TAs know their stuff or you're screwed. This guy is a mess and Cal Poly needs to get rid of him.


Junior
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Feb 2016
It is one thing for a professor to be a bad teacher and another thing to be a bad person. In this class you will witness both at the same time. Lecture consists of listening to this man who never grew out of his teenage angst as he plays Muse's 2nd Law album while he stares wistfully past the confused minds of his pupils. God forbid you have a question on a lab. Not only does he not answer you but he will not hesitate to make fun of you or make condescending remarks in front of the entire class. Oh you wanted to learn in lecture? I suggest you bring your own laptop and download other professor's lectures or take textbook notes since he skips over his slides constantly stating "well this is stuff you guys should know if you have done your reading". As for the slides he does present: we work on problems in class, however, if nobody knows how to do a problem he gets angry and says "well i'm going to skip over this one since clearly none of you have done your homework." Only after appalled reactions from his students did he go back and HAVE A STUDENT work out the problem, neither confirming nor denying the solution presented. If you have any questions you will be met with a sarcastic "why don't you just google it? Google is your best friend." Here are some of my experiences that pushed me over the edge. For a lab in which we had solid CO2 constantly subliming, we were required to get a percent error less than 10% using a cardboard lid (as a closed environment) and a styrofoam cup. Everybody's percent error ranged from 25%-40%. In order to not be marked down, every single person I talked to had changed their data values. Is this really what you want to teach? If an experiment goes wrong, change your data until you reach satisfactory results? On another occasion, I went into his office hour confused as to why I received points off on a quiz question which I got correct. When I compared my quiz to another student, I noticed that other students who did not show any work received full credit. He told me that the reason I got marked down was because I used two negative signs in my equation instead of using a plus sign. When i persisted that two negative signs make a positive, he got very angry and dismissed me from office hours, although I had more questions. This man will never respond to an email you send him and if you get on his bad side he will constantly find ways to call you out in class and make you seem like a fool. He picks his favorite students in class and does not listen to others' voices. During the midterm, he interrupted everyone to tell my lab partner "Hey your scantron is crumpled so don't come crying to me when I can't read your answers." In the middle of a damn test. When the kid responded "A machine reads these answers not you" he simply walked away and made fun of a kid for not bringing a calculator to the exam. "I gave you guys an entire month to scavenge your pennies to buy a freaking calculator. Can you seriously not even do this much?" If by some misfortune you end up taking this man, I highly recommend going into Kiste's office hours to learn the material and voice your concerns. Professor Kiste is a wonderful man and he has helped me understand a weeks worth of chemistry in just a couple of hours.


Freshman
B
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Feb 2016
"Professor, can I ask you a question about the material?" PROF: "Google it." (SMH) Pretty much all I learned in this class was how to Google the answers.


Junior
B
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Feb 2016
I can't even begin to describe how pathetic Javier and the Chem department are. After weeks of complaints from nearly every student in his classes, they refuse to reevaluate his standing as a lecturer. The other descriptions below fit the bill for Javier, he is a terrible lecturer and an asshole in class to say the least. Its one thing to be a poor professor, but he is a poor person as well. Avoid him and hope they remove him from our prestegious campus soon.


Freshman
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Feb 2016
Please someone just take these damn ratings to Dr. Bush or Dr. Immoos. How has this guy lasted this long here? The other reviews here are spot on, and it's exhausting to keep expressing how much of a deadbeat prof he is. Seriously, if he doesn't get fired, don't go anywhere near this guy. Avoid at all costs. He's seriously such a disgrace to the Chem department.


Freshman
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Feb 2016
If you like feeling so frustrated you want to explode, take this guy. If you like being blatantly ignored, take this guy. Alternatively, if you like to have someone call you out and treat you like an idiot, take this guy. If you like the overwhelming feeling that you are going to fail this course and have to retake it, potentially compromising your major standing, take this guy. If you like being shit on, shut down, and fought, take this guy. If you like taking a class for 6 hours a week for 10 weeks and learning absolutely nothing, take this guy. If you like paying thousands of dollars to have your time wasted and being told to just "Google it", take this guy. If you hate yourself, take this guy.


Junior
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Elective
Feb 2016
Has absolutely no clue what he is talking about. there have been instances where the class will correct him on something that he says as we reference the book, he'll look at the book which word for word will say that he is 100 % wrong and he'll still argue that the book is wrong and he is right except he gives no reason why he is right. I went to see him during his office hours after getting D on the midterm. I told him I didn't know how to approach a few problems and he told me that I have to resolve that issue before I come see him again. so basically I'm supposed to go learn how to do the problem without any help and then go to your office hours? if you ask him any questions during lecture he'll either tell you to google it or he'll google it for you with the projector on with no shame. I'm just wondering who gave this guy a Ph.D. Horrible professor. Horrible person as he's very condescending and rude. avoid at all cost. even the TA's in this class ridicule his teaching methods. 100% of the time the TA's know more about the subject matter than he does


Freshman
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Feb 2016
Read all the comments below. They cover all the bullshit of Javy. If you haven't concluded this yet, AVOID AT ALL COSTS.


Freshman
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Feb 2016
Javier Aguilera is both the worst person I have ever met and the worst instructor I have ever heard of. Not only does he refuse to answer any sort of question but he also doesn't seem to have any knowledge of the subject matter however he will take every opportunity to insist that he is right even when what he is saying is blatantly refuted by the textbook, TAs, other professors. How this man got a PhD is beyond me. He spends the majority of lecture time telling the class all the ways that we are bad students, and never ceases with condescending remarks. He acts as if he is doing the world a favor by copy and pasting problems from the book onto slides for us to do but god forbid he actually go over a problem. It is not worth it to take this professor. Even if this is the only section you can get into. Even if not taking this class would push back your graduation date. For the love of god, do not take this professor.


Freshman
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Mar 2016
AVOID AT ALL COSTS. he is by far the worst professor I've ever taken. He answers none of your questions, puts random material on quizzes, and doesn't admit when he's wrong.


Sophomore
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Elective
Mar 2016
youll be shooting yourself in the leg by signing up for this guy. save yourself.


Freshman
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Mar 2016
DO NOT TAKE CHEM 125 IF HE IS YOUR ONLY OPTION. All of these ratings only give a taste of how awful Aguilera is as an instructor or a human being.


Freshman
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Mar 2016
Honestly, unless you don't give a flying fuck and/or you're a chem god, don't take this teacher. I would quite literally rather lie down on a highway than spend time in Aguilera's lecture trying to understand any of the words coming out of his mouth, while at the same time being called out in front of the whole class for being confused. I swear to the lord above if he asks me one more time to "snapchat the answer", or tells me that this is "easy, easy stuff" I will eat my own arm off of my body. 10 out of 10, would avoid at all costs. seriously wait a quarter and take a different prof if this is your only option because at this point I have lost all hope of passing and its pointless to try anymore.


Sophomore
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Mar 2016
There is never any homework problems assigned, instead we are told to “find some problems online or in the book to do” which I don’t believe is quite the best way to practice as we have no idea what kind of questions to look for and there are so many different kinds of problems that we might be able to choose from. Example problems are very rare in his class and the few times they do appear they are often skipped over because of a lack of time, or skimmed over in a manner that does no one any help and ultimately leaves us with more questions than answers. It is incredibly hard to get a clear answer to any of his examples. There are errors in his powerpoint more times than not and they are always very confusing and hard to follow, looking around the room you can usually tell that no one is ever writing any notes besides the few equations that are given. His quizzes also contain errors and problems that make no sense. There was a problem that had two completely right answers which were something along the lines of “supersaturated solutions are very unstable” and “not all ionic substances increase in solubility with an increase in temperature”. Discussing the quiz after taking it a few students got into an actual argument with him over the quiz and it finally took the LA to show him that the problem was contradictory and ultimately he answered “well you just have to pick the MOST correct answer” Later that day we got our lab reports back and again there were errors on that which students asked him about and he replied with something along the line of “I’m right and you’re wrong”, again, the LAs had to show him where his error was. Class gets so bad and there was so much tension in the class that at least 5 students got up and left periodically throughout the 3 hour class. It was chaos. We spent easily over an hour looking at the molecular structure of the hemoglobin protein online which served no purpose at all besides to drill into us the point that hemoglobin has both hydrophobic and philic parts to it. The lack of class time is completely his fault. I stand by my assertion that I have learned nearly everything this quarter from other professors, the LAs, Khan Academy, my AP Chemistry notes from last year, the chem book and my friends in other 125/128 classes. I feel that his classes (besides labs) are a complete waste of time and I can confidently say that most of my peers feel the same way. He is also confrontational, and will pull kids out of class or after class to basically tell them that he doesn’t like their questions and that they are being rude/disruptive. This just makes everyone ask even fewer questions, leaving more in the unknown. I know that poly ratings isn’t exactly a “professional” or objective way of rating a professor but these entries are dead on accurate from what I’ve experienced in class. My last point about the class is his use of google. You would be appalled to see how many times we are told to google our questions. I feel extremely worried that I will struggle in 126 because of my shaky knowledge from this quarter.


Sophomore
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Mar 2016
This professor is a very smart professor, and knows his chemistry. That being said, he probably should not be teaching. He is extremely unhelpful and condescending. Any time he is asked a question he responds the same way. He looks over the ppt. slide/lab handout/quiz and tells you that you should have read. Not one time have I seen him answer a question in lab of in lecture. Also, his grading scheme is very vague. His syllabus is clear, but he always tinkers with the percentages for the 2 midterms. He is not a very approachable person and by the end of the quarter, all the students in my class would rather get a bad grade on a lab or do the lab incorrectly rather than ask him a question. Overall, I would take this teacher only if I knew the other chemistry teachers were worse.


Sophomore
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Mar 2016
Dont takwe this guy unless you already know everything about 125 because he sure as hell wont spend any time teaching you anything. Other than that the information below basically covers everything about javy.


Sophomore
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Required (Major)
Mar 2016
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Junior
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
I would have rather not taken Chem this quarter and fallen behind than taken Javier. I'm a 3rd year and put off taking Chem but I needed as a prerequisite for a class I'm taking in spring for my major and I still feel that way. You should trust all these other reviews because we were all in the same class. We even had a group me with over 50 people just to make fun of him during class. We scheduled a meeting with the heads of the Chem department to try to get him fired. Like seriously just wait a quarter because there's almost a 50% chance your gonna fail, waste your money, fall behind, and have to retake the class anyway


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Dr. Aguliera is the worst professor I have ever had. None of the other polyratings are exaggerated. He fails at teaching the most basic Chemistry at Cal Poly. The fact that an entire class of 50 bonded over this failed professor and got over 20 students to talk to the department chair of chemistry to complain about him proves that he is such a poor professor people take the time to try to get him removed from Cal Poly. He doesn't deserve to teach and should not have any credentials to do so.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
I have never contemplated suicide before taking this course. Now I do on a daily basis, because of this guy I'm going to be so far behind and unable to progress in my major. I'm a chemistry major. I'm fucked.


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
This guy needs to work on his teaching skills. He's not good at conveying his point and helping people out. Good luck if you have to take this course.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Javy sucks. He expects you to know everything before you get to class. If you don't know it he tells you its because you haven't learned it and if you haven't learned it its because you haven't studied it. However he doesn't actually tell you what you need to know in the first place so when you study you have to try to cover LITERALLY EVERYTHING. The lectures, labs, reading assigned, and literally ANY information on google is fair game. When you have a question he tells you that you dont know because you havent learned and you havent learned because you havent studied. Then he tells you to google it because he doesnt have time. This would be a good response if he was a random guy in the street however he is a teacher payed by Cal Poly to teach and I am a student paying to get taught. If I should just google it why the F8ck do I need to take a class on it. Especially since alot of the times when i asked questions i would have already googled my question and wanted clarification on if what i was doing was correct. He has tiny man syndrome. A Javi Yo se que no hablas nada espanol. Eres un burro gordo que chupa lo que la burra le gusta. Te odio. Eso es todo.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
STAY AWAY FROM JAVY. Everyone in the class hates him. He's not even a nice guy. Sometimes he seems nice but he's totally condescending and a total asshole. At the beginning of the year I thought to myself "how bad can it be?" Well it can be pretty bad. I feel like I'm making stories up about him when I tell people about him but I'm not. LITERALLY THE WORST PROFESSOR OR TEACHER I HAVE EVER HAD.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Literally the worst teacher I have ever had. Knows nothing about the subject, or how to teach, or what his students need. So incredibly incapable that students have walked out and left during lecture. Doesn't teach the material on the quizzes before he gives them, same with the midterms. Leaves the classroom randomly without notice, doesn't clean up broken lab glass in class. Does not provide scantrons for any major tests, argues with students for asking questions, insults students for asking questions that are too in depth, consistently unprepared for everything, does not know how to assign homework, lecture slides are impossible to take notes off of. Overall, this professor not only needs to be fired, but also should have his degree taken away, as he clearly does not know even the elementary level material required for this course.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
The polyratings are 100% accurate and not at all exaggerated. Cannot teach for shit. Lectures are useless. He's a condescending asshole that tells students to "google it" when they have questions, and makes you feel like a complete idiot afterwards. Constantly tells us in lecture this is "easy easy stuff" and gives example problems without even teaching how to do it. Pulls random worksheets from who knows where and puts them on polylearn but won't give you the answers. Is obsessed with "snapchatting". Only reason I got an A is because I took AP chemistry in high school and already knew the information. Just don't take him. Ever.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
"Javy" (notice I'm not calling this dumb piece of shit a doctor) should seriously leave Cal Poly. Cal Poly what the fuck I'm literally paying a lot of money to get a quality education and this piece of shit chem professor fucking tells me to "google it" when I have questions. ARE YOU FUCKING ME RIGHT NOW. I obviously googled it before I asked you... I don't even go to office hours anymore because seeing him just pisses me off. The one time I went to his office hours he told me not to read the textbook (wtf?!) and only to read the summaries. HOWEVER, JAVY PUTS A VERY SPECIFIC TEXTBOOK GRAPH ON THE QUIZES AND TELLS US WE DIDN'T ATTEMPT THE TEXTBOOK PROBLEMS ENOUGH! Someone hold me back holy shit... How did he even get his teaching credentials... Cal Poly get your shit together and fire this "professor". tl;dr AVOID JAVY 0/10 WOULD NOT RECOMMEND


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
ITS. FINALLY. OVER. I cannot explain to you the amount of relief i felt when walking out of that god forsaken class for the last time. I had taken my last test with the worst instructor I've ever had. And I'm SURE i will never have another nearly as bad as "Javy". Every time he walked past me it was like i was being thrown through the cologne department of a Nordstrom. The guy bathes in the stuff. He interrupts your tests/quizzes every 5 or so minutes to point out an error in his exam, and to give you information that you need in order to do the question. Never again will i walk behind him to see him googling a question a student asks. Absolutely everything he does or says makes my blood boil. I pity the fool who has to attempt to learn from this inconsiderate, unintelligent, sorry excuse for a professor. He must've gotten his PhD from "Trump University". Absolute Garbage.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
"Dr." Aguilera is the biggest joke of a professor I have ever come across. He is completely unable to teach anything. He speeds through his power points and just reads the text off of each slide. When asked any question he either tells you to google it or to read the textbook. Javy, if you actually have your PHD in chemistry, why the hell do you not know shit about chemistry? Cal Poly needs to fire him ASAP. Avoid at all costs.


Freshman
C
Required (Major)
May 2016
Javy is the worst teacher to ever grace this earth. PLEASE FIRE HIM CAL POLY. My grade did NOT properly represent how well I understood the material (by spending countless hours teaching myself). His weekly quizzes did not reflect the material covered in his lecture, which were a joke and when people asked questions he would never give an answer. Like, are you fucking kidding??? I'm paying for an education, not for some guy who gets off on failing people to tell me to "google it." Nice.


Junior
B
Required (Support)
May 2016
Imagine the most beautiful piece of white chocolate you've ever had. Now imagine the complete opposite of it. Javy was the most despicable, foul teacher I have ever had the unfortunate opportunity to work with. His labs were basically crying steel darts out of your anus. If you had a question, he would tell you to google it like the rotten piece of mold he is. Don't take this guy.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
May 2016
Okay so by reading the reviews below, you should know that javy is a terrible professor. He does not present material clearly, he is unorganized, and he skips over valuable information in his powerpoints. Some advice for success: Read the book, do the examples in his power points, try to stay on his good side (aka. keep you head down and don't contradict him), go to another gen chem professor's office hours to learn the material, get to know the people in your class so you can all roll your eyes at him from across the room, and read over the labs before hand so you know what to do. Its going to be unbearable, but you can get through this.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2016
As with a lot of teachers in the Chemistry/Biochemistry department, Javier was not helpful in the least. Whenever I would ask him a question in office hours regarding material from homework, practice problems, etc.; Javier would only ask me "Why do you think this is?" and questions similar to that. That isn't helpful at all. I'm not even sure how Javier is allowed to teach at this school.

CHEM 220


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2016
WHO THE FUCK GAVE THIS GUY A PHD. He does not know shit about organic chemistry. Not only is he a HORRIBLE teacher, but he is also HORRENDOUS person! If you ask him a question, he will literally ask you the same question back to you. And if you ask for a more detailed answer, he will vehemently argue with you and then tell you to go google it. WTF DUDE... this is an ochem lab, AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME TO GOOGLE EVERYTHING. His lab quizzes are EXTREMELY hard and he never gives you enough time to finish it. He grades your lab reports like they're actual research papers about to be published. He has NO IDEA how to work the HNMR and IR machines, so good luck trying to figure out those during the first week of lab. TLDR; AVOID AT ALL COSTS. THIS GUY WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE.

BOT 272


Junior
C
Elective
Nov 2016
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CHEM 312


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Nov 2015
Try not to take him. He is very unclear in lecture(what there is of a lecture during lab), accusatory, and expects way too much for students taking a survey class who haven't learned the concepts he is teaching fully in lecture yet. His quizzes don't really happen but when they do they are very specific to the reading and his lecture, and don't reflect what was on the lab write up. He is very helpful in office hours, going over everything on the lab to basically ensure 100 on your lab. However he is a bit of a struggle during class. He expects you read the lab so you will have 0 questions on how to do things, so don't ask questions during lab or he'll assume you didn't read the lab/threaten to take away technique points. We were sort of the Guinea pig class for him but he didn't acknowledge this fact so we felt the burn. Overall not a bad person if you go to office hours, but his class is a struggle to get through on a weekly basis no matter how much you go to office hours or how much he likes you.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Apr 2016
This lab was like putting my dick into a meat grinder. Absolutely no help whatsoever if I ever had a question. In lab, he would just dodge the question. In his office hours, he would immaturely mock my question and tell me to google it. After this he would dismiss me from office hours though he didn't answer my first question and didn't give me a chance to ask any others. He is an absolute abomination. One has to wonder how long it will take Cal Poly to take notice and get rid of him.