Jacob Fisher - University of Waterloo

Professor: Jacob Fisher
Department: Chemistry
College: University of Waterloo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Not accommodating to online
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM250L
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Very caring Instructor. He put great care into developing the CHEM 250L laboratory manual. It provides clear grading criteria. Make sure, you read the precise instructions for each experiment, before performing them. I am sad that I wont have him for any future courses.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
great prof, super easy course and useful too
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This course and Professor Fisher isn't as bad as everyone says. If you take this as a upper-year student it is easy. You can get perfect on all the assignments if you prepare ahead of time. His exams are only hard if you don't actually understand the content/can't do the work without help. Fisher is tough, but also helpful and knowledgeable.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This is a genuine review as I noticed some are filled with anger. At first the class was seemingly easy and manageable, I had no problems. But once the midterm hit us, I pretty much gave up, the average was well below 50. I hope to see a change or perhaps no exams in this course would be much better!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I wish I was making this up; you essentially can't study for the course. There are no take-home-practice problems, you can't redo the questions from class because the data provided becomes inaccessible after the class, and the course notes -- while somewhat useful -- can't save you, because the course is largely problem solving based. Hard marker.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Gives us a midterm that is essentially made for us to fail, got every question right and still got a 42% because my titles were too long, my excel spreadsheet wasn't what he wanted, ect. Genuinely a horrible prof that only cares about making you fail and gloats about it before the midterm.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140L
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Your mark in the course is entirely controlled by your TA, either by their subjectiveness, or by how many answers you can squeeze out of them during the class itself. What a joke on both accounts since you lose marks if your spreadsheet doesn't look exactly the same as their marking key even if the answers are correct. Loosen up and get real.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Takes a simple excel course and takes it way too seriously and gossips with the TAs during the lab. Subjective marking
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The prelab quizzes are made to make your grade go down. Even if you understand the exercise and session completely, it's almost impossible to get them right, which forfeits a percentage of your grade every week. You will not do well in this class if you have no previous experience using Excel.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Fisher is an AMAZING professor. He made CHEM 140 a blast! He is a very fair marker and he will gladly help you when you do need help. His class was soooo much fun. I actually learned real life skills! Final is extremely easy given that the practice final is similar. Don't be the free rider, prepare for class, and you should be set!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He needs to pick better TAs - they are so condescending and some of them dont even know the functions in mathcad. They all sat at the front of the class and gossiped during the sessions , so unprofessional. Hes helpful so ask him for help during the sessions, NOT THE TAs!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His "participation quizzes" are stupid! You need to get 100% on the participation quiz and enter the word of the day to get 1% per week. He sounds rude when answering questions. He'll asks if you have any questions and then if you do he gets all annoyed. The course itself isn't hard but he tries to drop everyone's grade with the final. Good luck
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I appreciated that he went through the week's material before the assignments. Although the exam was a little tricky, it is not that hard.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice guy
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
not helpful, does not wear a mic during the lecture, reams everybody on the final even if you get the right answer. an all around terrible professor
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140L
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class seems easy at first but the lecture part goes by too fast, the examples go by at gis speed and it's very inconsiderate for the students. Also being in class and missing the word of the day loses you a whole participation mark.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM228
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
TERRIBLE. Worst prof I've ever had. I've taken CHEM 140 as well and both classes were extremely boring and unbearable to endure. Half the class is failing and he seems to do nothing about it. Switching my major after this. Nuff said.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM228
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He made the lecture portion of this course hell. First 2 midterm avg was 51 and 54. His midterms are A LOT harder than examples he gives, and he only gives 7 example PER CHAPTER. Last time this course is being offered in Waterloo, I guess he just wants to make a label for himself of being a "tough prof"
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM140
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great professor, prepare for sessions the night prior and you'll ace the course. As many others have said, do your assignments independently... a very good grade is achievable if put in a LITTLE bit of effort. Great guy, take the course - very practical.
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