With a Desire to Learn

Well, I am a psychology major with a concentration in clinical neuroscience. Since I strongly desire to go to graduate school for neuroscience, a thorough understanding of math and science is very important to me.

Unfortunately, most math and science courses come off as very abstract to me. This is a common occurrence for psychology students. Even scientists in the lab where I volunteer have told me they had to indirectly study neuroscience through a degree in psychology, because they did not do well in math and sciences. I feel that it is very difficult for those who have not studied primarily math and science to grasp these concepts, especially when they are taught by professors who only specialize in these fields. They come off as very abstract to the rest of us. I believe this is a very sad occurrence in the teaching world today, because many brilliant minds are slipping through the cracks simply because they are not being taught the math and sciences in a way that reaches them.

After taking your class, I realized that chemistry is not as difficult as I had originally perceived. It is just usually taught in a manner that I could not easily understand. You have an amazing teaching style, and I have noticed that you apply the principles of chemistry to things that students like myself already know. For example, in Chem. 2A you used the illustration of 12 balls to represent a quantity of things that we could use in the same manner as the mole to determine the mass of the things (balls). I think this type of teaching style is the key to reaching students who ordinarily would have trouble grasping the difficult concepts in chemistry.