Doremus, Jacqueline  

Economics

1.58/4.00

24 evaluations


ECON 121


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
This teacher is the worst teacher I have ever had. I went to class for four weeks then gave up on her and only read the textbook and did the practice problems. Not only does she present material in the most confusing manner possible, she answers questions in the same exact way. (Also, you have to pay 100$ to get the online textbook and homework?) For example, I did ok on the midterm and final and got 90%+ but I knew the material back to front, the only reason I missed questions was because there were two ways to interpret the way she worded the question and I did it in the "wrong" way. Again, I'm not writing this as a vendetta review I did fine, I'm writing this to let you know that if Doremus is your only option, avoid this shit at all costs, save yourself that 100$, and punt this class until you can get a semi decent teacher instead of this poor excuse of a professor.

ARCH 140


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
During this entire quarter all I could think about was how this professor reminded me of that small little dog that runs through the back of scene 23 in The Incredibles by Pixar. Seriously, if you look it up you will only be able to see it...

ECON 221


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
*I would not recommend her as a professor for “Microeconomics.” However, keep in mind she is a new to teaching to Cal Poly. Her class consisted of Participation (5%), Online Aplia Homework Assignments (15%), One Midterm (35%), and a Final Exam (45%). Though she comes to class prepared with her lecture notes and motivated to teach, her lectures are difficult to follow. Her lectures are very surface level and though in theory they are there to supplement the online homework assignments and reading, the two are not suffice for preparing you for the Midterm and Final Exam. Her class requires you to do a fair amount of self teaching. Nonetheless, just like any class, if you are willing to put the work in you’ll do fine in this class.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
I would NOT recommend her. while she is a nice lady, her lectures are awful and hard to follow. The online and homework and lectures do not prepare you in any way for her tests. She lectures on something completely different than the homework. There is on midterm and a cumulative final that basically make up your grade. However, she did curve the class in the end, which I think saved a lot of people from failing. Better off learning from textbook than going to her class.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
DO NOT TAKE THIS WOMAN. She is smart and knows that she is talking about, but she has difficulty overlaying the curriculum to her students. She has a hard time figuring out what our difficulties are and tends to speed through her lectures. She ends up curving the class, since the average grades on midterms and finals were super low, but would still not recommend taking this woman. She also kind of has a stick up her ass.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
She is a new professor, and her lectures showed that, but overall she was pretty good. She is clearly smart and knows what she is talking about. Sometimes it was hard to follow, but if you actually do the homework (not just copy the answers from friends which most people did) and go to office hours you will learn a lot and do well. I got the impression from friends that not very many A's were given out, which sucks. If you show up to this class expecting an easy A, you will be in for a surprise. I think the others complaining about this class thought it would be super easy, since its a freshmen econ class and then got upset that it wasn't. Bummer for you, sometimes school is hard go cry somewhere else. If you take this class just ask questions, actually do the work and go to office hours (she will take her time to help you understand a lot). Do that and you will get a decent grade and maybe accidentally learn something.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
She was not very helpful in class, often confused herself by her own notes. This in turn confused the students. She only had office hours one day a week for 2 hours, sometimes it would be impossible to even get chance to ask her the questions that I was confused on from the last lecture.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Doremus is very enthusiastic about what she teaches, however, she is a very average professor. She IS new so keep that in mind. She is a very nice person, but she has difficulty explaining concepts to students. Takes her lectures right off of the textbook with the same examples but with a slight twist. Oftentimes she would confuse herself and skip a whole concept. This class is a lot of self-studying. I skipped class several times and I feel like I never missed anything that important that I would have taught myself anyway.


Sophomore
C
Elective
May 2016
Jacqueline Doremus is not a very good professor. She's extremely smart (undergraduate degree from Stanford and PHD from Michigan), and she has done some incredible research in the Congo. That being said, she has no idea how to teach an intro level micro class. First of all, she makes you buy an Aplia account which is over $100. There's online homework due every Friday at 5pm. You get three attempts for each problem, but she takes the average of the three instead of the highest score. I found that it was pretty difficult to get above a B on the homeworks (which was frustrating because it would've been nice to get some freebie points to balance out the midterm and final). The homework was pretty tedious and didn't even really relate to the material on the midterm and final. I usually had to dedicate about 5 hours every Friday to completing it. Also, it didn't really relate to what she talked about in class. The final grade consists of (roughly- I didn't remember exactly)- 5% participation for online experiments (sometimes she would hold these experiments instead of class which was nice because we could tune in from anywhere, but on the other hand they were completely pointless and unhelpful), 15% Aplia homework, 35% midterm (multiple choice) and 45% final (also multiple choice). The tests literally didn't relate to the lectures or homeworks, and I didn't do well on them. They were NOT easy. Luckily, she curves the class a lot at the end. I'm guessing she got some negative feedback about this class, because everyone I sat around felt the same way. She seemed like the kind of person who would be really receptive to feedback, so hopefully she'll only get better from here. I think she's one of those teachers who is too smart to be teaching such a basic class- she doesn't understand that most people need to spend time on "simple" concepts. If she works out the kinks of the curriculum and relates her lectures to the tests more, she could be a really valuable teacher! But for now, steer clear.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
May 2016
Contrary to the other reviews, I enjoyed Dorms as a professor. She is a very nice person and will do anything to make sure you understand the material! I was very active in class and asked a lot of questions and it was very helpful. She wants to see you succeed, I recommend taking Doremus. Be prepared to put in time to study, bring questions to class and talk to her in office hours.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
May 2016
Even though she really sucks at teaching and explaining anything, take this course! Honestly go a C- on the only midterm. But studied my ass off using Aplia (she makes you buy it for $100) and got an A on the final and an A- in the class. Really not sure how, but if you put the effort in on your own, you can do well. Plus she gives practice tests. Just don't rely on her lectures. It's really all self-taught, but she is very sweet and wants you to succeed.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Jul 2016
I actually liked Doremus. She's a pretty spunky lady and knows her stuff. I didn't have a hard time in this class, and found it more or less pretty easy stuff. I did take AP Macroecon in high school so I'm not sure if that makes a difference. I hear if you take Econ 222 first (Macro) it makes this class a LOT easier. Do the Aplia online HW, pay attention in class, and do the practice midterm and you should be fine. She is a fair grader and does an overall pretty good job teaching.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
Jackie sucks. She can't explain literally anything easily and when you ask a question, she calls you out for being dumb. All the homework was online and what was in the book and on practice problems was not at all what she explained in class. Don't take if you don't have to


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
This professor was so boring. She would get confused by her OWN notes, and when asked a question she would never actually answer your question. I hardly went to class (it was in the bus silo which had too many people to focus). She got mad at us for doing poor on the midterm but shouldn't that be a sign her teaching isn't the best? Plus she uses a textbook online which just wasn't a good fit for me personally.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
Lecture can be hard to follow and definitely boring at times but Doremus gives you everything you need to succeed. She sets up homework, readings, and additional practice problems for you and is super helpful during her office hours. She is not the best lecturer but she gives you the resources you need to do well. She even gives you 2 full practice midterms and finals to help you prepare- and her tests are almost an exact copy of the practice ones she makes available before.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2017
At the beginning of this course, this teacher said to ignore these ratings because it is mostly students trying to rip on her. I will do my best to not do that, but instead give a respectful evaluation. If I could ask this teacher any question, it would be: "Why would you use a CHALKBOARD in a classroom of over 100 students?!" It is the 21st century and every teacher I have ever had (besides in math classes) use PowerPoint to present information. On top of that, this teacher has sub par handwriting, which causes students to be confused with what words she is writing on the board rather than trying to understand different concepts and theories. For this reason, students fall behind and get lost in her explanations. Then, a student will ask a question and she will openly embarrass the student by saying something like: "I just explained that!" However, this teacher is very smart and knows what she is talking about. She can just be intimidating towards students, which is why I never raised my hand personally. This class is manageable and you will do fine in it, but all the ratings are pretty much true.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
Doremus is a terrible professor. There's not much else to say.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Doremus initially comes across as being extremely knowledgeable about Econ. However, as the quarter progresses you soon begin to realize that she has little ability to answer questions that aren't written directly on her notes, and when a student asks a very basic question that she isn't able to explain she'll find a way to dodge it completely to save face. The first midterm is basically review of Marco Econ, and then the final is a huge test worth 45% of your grade and covers nearly all of micro Econ. Unless you spend a ton of time studying on top of assigned work you will not do well in this class, and she definitely won't make an effort to reach out and help you. Additionally, she makes you buy an Aplia account, a website which provides all your homework, grades, practice tests, etc (basically, she doesn't have to do any work, just has students pay for a site that does it all for her). On top of that, unlike other micro Econ teachers, she does not allow a notecard cheat sheet on the final, which puts you at quite a disadvantage compared to other students taking the same course with a different professor. Finally, she always mentions a "curve" but never tells you how much it's worth, and with a final worth almost half of your grade you never have any sense of what your grade is going to be until it's over. The poly ratings don't lie.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Apr 2017
This class is honestly just annoying as hell. I had the giant lecture so no attendance was mandatory and definitely not necessary to do well in the class. The whole book and all the assignments are online. She does not present material clearly and is just an annoying person in general. I went to class literally 4 times and got a B so if you've taken macro and did okay you'll probably be fine for this class too. Wouldn't recommend taking her but if you're already stuck in her class just read the book and retake the assignments until you get an A on them and you'll be fine.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2017
Do not take her. Final exam was nothing she went over.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2017
I did do well in this class, but only do to the curve. She does not prevent information clearly and sometimes even makes things more confusing. She is super intelligent but does not understand how to teach entry level stuff like this. Make sure you read the book and do the homework.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Jun 2017
DONT TAKE DOREMUS. Overall she's an intelligent nice women, but her lectures are all over the place and she would sometimes have to completely reteach a concept because she messed up the first time. You will leave class more confused than before. She started the quarter by using the white board for extremely unorganized notes, then transitioned into posting half of her power point slides online, then posted all her slides online for two lectures which helped, but then went back to the unorganized whiteboard. Her online homework assignments were tedious and if you didn't realize what the question was asking you would have to redo the problem three times. You end up having to read the book and teach yourself most of the material. THIS PROFESSOR SUCKS.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2017
Idk why you all are hating on Prof. Doremus I actually really enjoyed her as a teacher. If you show up to class and pay attention (keep in mind she lets you out 45 minutes early of a 2 hour class) you won't have to study all that much for the midterm/final and you will get at least a 75%. There's only one midterm and one final (no paper or anything). PLUS if you do better on the final than the midterm she REPLACES the test score. I would say take her 50 student lecture class because then people ask questions more frequently and you don't look like a dumbass when you ask a question. Overall I thought she was a great professor, who very clearly explained the material with real world examples.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2017
Doremus tests on everything that she lectures on and that you're assigned online. Study using the practice midterm/ final because even though the questions may be different, the concepts are similar. Doremus is nice, fair, but you might need coffee to get through her class.