Campbell, Tammy  

Chemistry and Biochemistry

2.06/4.00

16 evaluations


CHEM 110


Junior
A
General Ed
Feb 2016
Tammy Campbell: new teacher at Poly and it's easy to tell. I can sum her up in one sentence: she is very decent as a chemistry professor. She lacks patience with the class, especially because a ton of us (including myself) are taking the course only because we have to to graduate. It was a lecture/lab with 50+ students. She flies through her Powerpoints, but if you know how to do everything on the Powerpoints, you'll kill the midterm and final. She does a few quizzes that are weighted pretty heavily on your grade so heads up. She uses Sapling learning (super annoying online homework for grade type thing) for a decent portion of your grade too (~10%?). You'll have at least one lab a week which aren't hard at all, but are 15% of your grade. Stay on top of the material and you will get an A. Pay attention to her lectures despite the rate at which she talks/how boring the material is. I would recommend her


Junior
Credit
General Ed
Mar 2016
Professor Campbell is an OK professor. Coming into this chem class I didn't expect much. Most of the stuff that we went over in class was review (at least for me) of a high school chem class. Campbell is too nice at times. Her lectures are boring. You don't need to show up to class unless there is a lab. You can also teach yourself through the slides and online homework to prepare for quizzes and the midterm. The lab assistants in my opinion knew more than her. Overall if you want an A in the class do good on the lab, which there are about 1-2 a week. Also study for the midterm and final and the 4 quizzes (she drops one). I took this class pass fail which was the best decision I ever made. As a non chem major the class wasn't worth the effort in trying to get an A. I'd say most of the class had a solid B, if you want the A you can just raise your hand and get a boatload of extra credit points for doing problems on the bored. Overall, I would say take her if you are a non chem major and are looking for a pass fail class to take. :D


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
I actually really liked Campbell. She was really sweet and super easy to work with (if you have a problem, she's more than willing to help out.) The quizzes are really easy if you know the material; she sends out practice quizzes and the real quizzes are exact replicas with different numbers, so it's your fault if you don't do well. Same with the exams, but she adds in a few difficult problems which I think screwed some people over (myself included.) I enjoyed sapling-- I thought they helped me learn the material easily and they had easy-to-understand practice problems. Go with Campbell and pay attention in class and you'll do just fine.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Teaching CHEM 110 to a bunch of non-science majors is obviously a difficult thing to do. Dr. Campbell is a graduate from UCLA and CAL TECH. Her area of research/study is biochemistry. She is extremely intelligent in advanced chemistry topics. That said, it is her first quarter and she did a hell of a better job than I expected. Yes she made a few mistakes here and there, but Jesus Christ, IF YOU GO UP TO HER, ASK HER QUESTIONS, whether in class or office hours especially, she fucking knows her shit. She is extremely nice, very approachable, and gives good life advice. I put in about 60% effort and ended up with a B.

CHEM 111


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Mar 2016
It's really difficult to not get up and leave in the middle of lecture, because it feels like you aren't learning anything. She clearly hasn't taught many lower division chemistry classes before, because she dives right into the difficult stuff. If you have little previous chemistry experience, don't expect her to teach the basics to you. I basically taught myself everything by reading the book. She is pretty helpful if you go to office hours and ask specific questions. Her handouts are also helpful in terms of studying for the tests. However, you learn very little during her actual lectures, because she comes pretty unprepared and doesn't explain the concepts clearly.


Junior
B
General Ed
Mar 2016
I think students are quick to give up before giving Professor Campbell a chance. She's extremely approachable and helpful. Sure, she runs into hiccups during class occasionally (as every new professor does, especially when teaching Chemistry to non-100+ STEM majors at once). But the material she presents is not incredibly challenging, and she's happy to go over something if someone is lost--it can be hard for students to convey this in a class of this size, but thats not exactly her fault. I'd say I put in about half-effort and got a solid B with little to know extra studying. If I had one complaint its that she likes to jump into harder examples first rather than slowly work through simple ones. With time, she'll become better at instructing the course. If I could do it all again, I wouldn't change my decision to take Campbell. She was a solid professor, with easy to moderately challenging exams, and moderate-hard quizzes. Not a hard B to attain.


Sophomore
Credit
General Ed
Mar 2016
Oh boy. Do yourself a favor and don't take this class. At least not with Campbell. She is by far the worst professor I've had at Poly thus far. She's new to the campus and it shows. She does not know what she's doing. Sitting in two hours of lecture twice a week was a waste because I pretty much learned nothing from her. She would try to do problems on the board and would make a mistake without fail every single time. I had to basically teach myself the material, with the help of my lab instructor. Hated every second of this class and am glad it's over.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Apr 2016
Lots of students don't like Tammy, but honestly she is a good teacher. They felt she wasn't able to teach well so they always left in the middle of her class. She sometimes has difficulty with organization and getting her idea to the students, but she covers all the material we need to learn. She was very nice and helpful to me whenever I went up to her and asked her a question privately. Everything she covers is on her exams. I went to her study review sessions and they helped me a lot and I passed with an A, so I recommend going to those.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
May 2016
Tammy is a really shitty teacher, but a really nice person. I had personal issues all quarter long and she was very accommodating with me missing tests/quizzes and making them up in her free time. She even offered to talk to my lab instructor after I missed a lab and was worried about my grade going down. But as a teacher, yeah not good. I skipped class for 6 weeks straight (only coming to take a quiz then leave immediately after). I taught myself using the book and did perfectly fine without her lectures. She made mistakes daily and had to be corrected by students. She didn't explain topics clearly. There were multiple times that someone would ask a question to clarify and her explanation made absolutely no sense and I considered going to that student and explaining it myself. She was very scatter brained and her lectures never actually taught, they were more of a review. She does give extra credit though with zero to no effort and her tests and quizzes are very manageable. I would say only take her class if you are already fairly good at chemistry and can teach yourself using the book.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
She could not present the material clearly and often has to rework the problems she wrote on the board. Inconsistent on lecture style with occasional note packets or quickly going through a slide show. She is a nice professor just not that good at teaching the material.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Dec 2016
Oh Tammy... She breaks my heart a little bit because she REALLY cares about her students and clearly knows what she's talking about. However, she had a really difficult job presenting material clearly. Also, the class was pretty boring. A lot of kids ended up bailing half-way through the class. But honestly, she cares so much and is really willing to work with students outside of class. She even gives back a bunch of points on my midterm when I went in to see her. I dunno. I wasn't thrilled with her, but she's really nice. Maybe give her a chance, I hope her class will get better.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
Professor Campbell was a nice lady, but horrible as a lecturer. The class was fairly simple so it wasn't a big deal that she was so bad. My friend and I would count how many times she messed up when demonstrating problems on the board and it ended up averaging about 3 times each 2 hour lecture (she usually only did 5-8 problems a class if that tells you anything). If you already know Chem, or won't go to any of the lectures anyways, take Campbell. She's friendly and fairly forgiving in the grade book. But if you need actual instruction on chemistry, find someone else.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
Professor Campbell was sometimes flustered while presenting some of the material to the class which is confusing. Many people that took the class were often rude and just got up and left. However, she truly cares how well you do in her class. After the first midterm, she required everyone to meet with her about their midterm score. Although this might seem like a pain to many people, it just showed me how truly dedicated she is to teaching the material. She also gave back points for things you could explain why you answered a certain way or if you learned how to do it. Taking the SWS workshop with this class was very helpful and I would highly recommend.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Jan 2017
I haven't even finished her class yet but I'm going to write a review since I've already seen how she grades and how she teaches. Chemistry is not particularly hard for me and I took it in high school so I expect to pass with a low A/high B. For all those reviews who love Professor Campbell, I can see where they're coming from. She is genuinely a nice person and even though I haven't spoken to her directly I think she would be very accommodating. Anyways, her presentation of the material is the worst. She knows the material, but her scatter-brained personality hurts her presentation. She understands chemistry but not people. Her explanations generally don't make sense and she makes mistakes every lecture without fail. The only reason I'm still in this class is that the 110 class is full, and I understand the material. 90% of what we have covered is all review for me but even I get lost in what she's saying sometimes. Her class is like the skeleton of a regular class: the objective of teaching and learning are somewhere in there but never completely make sense. She manages to say a lot of chemistry things and show you these things without her actually teaching it to you. I hope that eventually she will learn to teach well because I want to like her but the fundamental failure on her part to perform essential job functions (aka teach) doesn't allow me to do so and just leaves me frustrated. TL;DR: If you don't mind a boring lecture and are good at chemistry, take this class. If you are mildly unsure about your chemistry skills, either take the workshop and grind out a grade or wait for a teacher who can actually teach.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Feb 2017
Tammy literally gave us a test without teaching us all the material on it. Take this class and you find yourself supplementing every topic with the book. How he still has a job baffles me.

POLS 639


Junior
B
Elective
Nov 2016
BOYCOTT!!!