Thomas Ruttledge - Cornell University

Professor: Thomas Ruttledge
Department: Chemistry
College: Cornell University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2510
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Really recommend that you take this along CHEM3580, or after CHEM3580 if you can. He's always behind in lectures. Study the prelab very well and make sure to complete each objective to get the lab notebook points in the end. This course will take so much of your time so if you can take it in the summer I highly advise you to do just that.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Your grade is determined solely by the 3 prelims and the final (no hw grade). Make sure you go to lectures because sometimes he'll throw in reactions he talks about in lecture but isn't talked about in the textbook. He can explain things decently well but like others have said, he wastes a lot of time in lecture telling personal stories.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This had be one of the most challenging courses that I have taken at Cornell. Be prepared to work for your grade every day because if you don't, you'll fall behind. You have to do 2-3 hours of orgo every da, whether that be reviewing your notes and doing practice questions. The textbook was helpful in some cases with explaining topics after learned
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class is incredibly difficult, and this is coming from someone who managed to do well in all other pre-med requirements. Be prepared to WORK. This professor doesn't make the class any easier or enjoyable.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • 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:
The increase in difficulty from 3570 to 3580 is unreasonably dramatic. You have to study at least 2-3 hours of organic chemistry every single day and attend every problem solving session to be successful. You cannot afford to fall behind a single bit. Don't listen to other comments saying this class is doable, prepare to work 1000% to have a chance
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is an extremely intelligent professor and obviously knows what he is talking about, but often lacks sympathy for his students. He spends a lot of time telling stories instead of teaching and then rushes through what he was supposed to cover. Despite this, I did think it was a really cool class. Work as many problems and exams as you can.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This is not a class you take with other rigorous STEM courses. He is too fast, easily distracted, and hard to follow. He can explain things decently, but drawing is essential to this class and his notes are always messy. Do the practice exams and go to problem solving sessions/OH. If you cannot attend, kiss your grade goodbye. Hated this class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Go to lecture! The textbook is useless: frequently has mechanisms contradictory to Tom's, and Tom gives way more than enough practice. So go to every lecture and pay attention and write down even stuff that isn't on the board! He explains mechanisms a lot verbally and those explanations may help you understand the material. Do practice problems!!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2510
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
For 2 credits, 2510 is a lot of work (10 hr/wk), but that means it affects your GPA less. Spends too much time on his life stories. Take 3580 concurrently or before, or the final is impossible. If you can't take 3580, then go to lecture and office hrs (both TA and Tom)! Don't freak about the practical, but prepare. Study a LOT for the final exam.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Ruttledge believes that the Chemistry department has worked hard for students' success. While this might be true in many aspects, he storms toward the opposite direction. For example, he shows little sympathy and respect, such as humiliating a student who scored a "true zero" (actually attempting to take the test and scoring a zero).
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Easily the worst professor at Cornell. Super arrogant and does not care about students. Begins each lecture by bragging about how great he is. Creates tests that he knows students will do poorly on and is energized by seeing students struggling.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM1150
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Loved this professor's class. Really funny, interesting material, and an extremely generous grading curve- it is literally impossible to fail this class. You do need to come to class, since all prelim material is covered in class and there is no textbook. Would recommend for anyone.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
What people say about his lectures are true. I came here to warn you-- don't bother with the textbook. His mechanisms contradict with the textbook's (and every other online source for that matter) and he docks points for drawing alternative (but correct) mechanisms. He basically lives in his own world of chemistry. Good luck with this class.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM1150
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Go to Class! All tests are based entirely on the lecture notes & the class grade entirely off of 2 prelims & a final. Overall I just showed up to class, PAID ATTENTION, studied maybe 1-2hr for each prelim, & got an A- w curve. Professor Ruttledge is super passionate & really really nice. Does his best to make the material less dense. Fav prof. LOVE
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2510
  • 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:
PRAY TO GOD NOT TO GET THIS PROFESSOR EVER AGAIN!!!!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2510
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Makes a 2 credit intro organic chemistry lab course way more work than it needs to be. Felt like lectures were always behind schedule and that there was a huge discontinuity between what was going on during the lab sections and what was going on in class. I don't care what you did in Ghana or Paris, I care about learning the material.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM0000
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Omg i love this professor!!! I wish more professors had his intense personality. For some reason the way he teaches boosted my confidence a lot. He makes things so clear and straightforward and I don't feel dumb. Not at all arrogant. I felt alive and happy in his class. Better experience with him than the other chemistry professors.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2510
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I did not enjoy this class at all. If you're not a solid chem student, Professor Rutledge will make you feel like an idiot. He is very arrogant. I personally did not like his teaching style at all. He can be funny, but he is full of himself. I do not recommend at all.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580AND2510
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
On the first lecture, Tom will have a pep talk on how to do well in the class, office hours. A good amount of people show up to his first few but only a handful end up going regularly. Be one of those few that go consistently, it's a great way to stay on top of the material, and he is the nicest most sincere person who will make sure you learn orgo
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM3580
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I had Tom for CHEM 2510 and CHEM 3580 in the same semester. He teaches the material very clearly, but sometimes digresses to tell you about his latest trip to Paris or tell you a joke about his mom. However, I think he does that to keep your attention. He will test you on conceptual knowledge and not memorization. Overall, he was a great professor.
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