Harvey Nikkel - Grand Valley State University

Professor: Harvey Nikkel
Department: Science
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I'm not sure why Nikkel is getting so many bad ratings here. He's super kind and it's clear he knows his stuff very well. Yes, the exams are tough, but that is to be expected. He provides so many resources to help study: learning objectives, practice exams, worksheets, etc. He even allows test corrections. I would recommend him for sure.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Worst Professor at GVSU! I did well in all my prior science classes and spent a lot of time studying in this class and still failed every exam. Lectures and notes are not helpful. Take this class with another professor, or be prepared to teach everything yourslef.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Nikkel is so nice and smart. But when it comes to teaching the information you need to learn for this class at a lower level, he isn't the best at it. He is available for office hours, has an altered grading scale and allows for bonus points after exams, which helps. But you need to put in a lot of work in order to pass this class.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I really don't mind Harvey as a professor. This is a hard class and I think it would be just as hard with any other prof. He allows you to do test correction for bonus points which is nice. The only annoying this is the class average was always SOOO low and he would never curve exams
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Nikkel was awful. I worked so hard in his class, studied over 15 hours for each exam and still got 60% or below. His class averages are horrible because he's not good at lecturing. His OWL homework are ridiculous and a waste of time. I've done well in all my other chemistry classes except for his. Take another professor if you can.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class is super hard because of Professor Nikkel. He is not good at teaching. I did horrible on the first 2 exams. 3rd&4th exams I spent an insane amount of time teaching myself. Read the book/teach yourself and you'll get >60%. His notes aren't helpful. If you take this class with him, get a tutor or be prepared to teach yourself everything.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Rate my professor says to refrain from using swear words, so Ill just let you put 2 and 2 together. Hes terrible. Probably could use adderall.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Nikkel doesnt really know how to teach. Goes on tangents all the time and is just hard to follow in general. Do not take him if you can help it. His teaching style is just not effective and his exams are the hardest Ive taken in college.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Extremely difficult exams even if you're regularly studying. Always starts lecture a minute early and goes at least two minutes past the time allotted. Once made a mistake on his exam and went back to regrade a week later and took points away from several students, penalizing students for his mistake. Would recommend a different prof.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is really passionate about Biochem so that is nice. He wasn't the greatest professor but I managed to do fine. I would probably try to take someone else but he is still an okay professor if you absolutely have to take his class.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Test averages were almost always below a 50%. However, professor Nikkel really isnt that bad. If I could go back in time Id recommend recording and listening to every lecture the day of and going back through your notes. GET A TUTOR RIGHT AWAY! Make sure you know broad concepts because those come into play for lengthy questions on exams.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I have mixed feelings after having Nikkel for Biochem. His exams were extremely hard, due to the 5-6 chapters that they covered. You have to FULLY understand all the material to be successful on exams. He is very knowlegable, and fair by replacing lowest with final and curving several exams, but he is very bad at teaching. GET A TUTOR!!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about biochem, but his class was extremely hard. The exams were challenging, and a lot of material was covered over the course of the semester in short amounts of time. He knows what he's talking about but I find his methods of teaching to be ineffective. It was hard to follow him during lecture.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst prof. He is a smart guy, however, his tests are near impossible. Class average for the first exam was below 50% with test corrections. I study hard and his exams are extremely difficult.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst professor. Great subject but he didn't teach it well, so it made the class super difficult. Even with a tutor and going the CSC, I was still struggling. Don't take this class with this professor. His tests are nitpicky and ridiculously hard.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really great professor, just a hard subject. First test had a bad average as no one knew what to expect, after that class did well. Just study hard for the first one and you will be set for the semester. Tests are multiple choice (25Q) with 1 page written. Final is cumulative, but all multiple choice, all are curved. DONT BUY BOOK!!!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Nikkel is very passionate about Biochem which makes the lectures interesting. His tests can be tough but thats to be expected with a difficult subject. He adds bonus points to all of his tests to help out as well. There is rarely any homework, overall great course. I would take it again!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great professor! I was so scared going into the class because of all the terrible things I had heard. Worked extremely hard but got the grade I wanted. He is so nice and extremely helpful and really cares about his students. I loved him!!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Nikkel was overall a good professor. Gave out a lot of material to study from and was a nice person. But, that being said, his class and tests were extremely hard. I would recommend seeing him for office hours at the beginning of the semester and signing up for the SLA course accompanied with his class. Long lectures. Great professor, hard class.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM109
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I had Prof Nikkel for chem 109 lab and he was always very willing to help! He always skimmed over the lab and clarified and explained the key ideas we needed to know. He's very enthusiastic about what he teaches and I would recommend taking him for lab!
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