Bonnie Dixon

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Average rating: 4.01




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BCHM463

Expecting a B
Anonymous 08/27/2020
She is the worst possible person to take for this class. At least with orgo the textbook went along with the material so you dont really need a teacher to even learn orgo but with bchm her curriculum does not go with the book at all. she just rapid fires super important information at you and skips around acting like you've already learned it. The only way to do this class is to either have laser focus on her lectures and scribble notes real fast (which most people are not capable of at her speed of teaching) or record lectures (what i did). even when i did record lectures, i spent 2-3x the time of the lecture just to decipher her shitty lecture. The homeworks are difficult but if you work with friends you should be able to get 90+% on all of them. Exams are really hard - by far the the hardest lecture exams ive ever taken. Her exams literally require you to have a high iq or graduate level understanding of the material. In my honest opinion the material wasn't actually that terrible or even that much. Orgo1 was a similar amount of material. it was just spending so much time trying to decipher what she said. Her powerpoints are utter shit. they explain jack shit and if you don't have lecture recordings you definitely wont be able to remember what many of them mean. Without perfect notes, lecture recordings, reliable textbook, reliable powerpoints how can you be sure you're learning the info? OFFICE HOURS She is generally nicer and more helpful in office hours but you gotta go there early in the morning. it gets crowded fast and then she gives half ass answers to your questions. If you're gonna take this class with her record lectures and find a study group because its impossible to get all of the information alone
CHEM231

Anonymous 07/23/2020
I had her for orgo 1 and absolutely loved her, so when I saw she was going to teach CHEM271 I was very quick to add her as my professor. When I started chem 2 i realized that this was not Dixons strength. Her lectures were confusing and unorganized. I would go to her office hours and study for hours and still that wasnt enough to be prepared for the first exam. The first exam was so difficult that we had to receive extra time on it. Multiple TA's also complained about how absurdly hard the exam was. I gave her a 3/5 because she was a 5 for orgo and a 1-2 for Chem271. I ould say take her for orgo. She has been teaching it for years and really has nailed how to properly conduct the class, but if she is ever a professor for Chem271 again stay far away.
CHEM271

Anonymous 04/29/2020
I will be 100% honest, I had dixon for orgo 1 and LOVED her. I understood the concepts really well because she knew what she was doing. She has a good system for chem 231 and I will not take that away from her, HOWEVER she has been awful for Chem 2. Her first exam was way to difficult for no reason. Her lectures in person have been very confusing and she makes it hard for us to connect different equations to the problems we need to know. I will say that since quarantine she has had better lectures prepared, but that still doesn't mean she is an overall good chem 2 professor. I have personally sent her multiple emails throughout the semester asking for help and she has not responded. She finally got back to me after bombarding her with multiple emails regarding something very important and she got mad at me because she felt I did not even need to send her an email in the first place. She is super unreliable online and her "office hours" that she says you have to go to are not effective in an online setting. She has made this class terrible for me. I have liked chemistry until I took her Chem 271 class. Don't talk her for chem 2, ONLY CHEM 231!!! She has a good system for that class but for chem 2 she does not.
CHEM231

tinyterp01 12/18/2019
I’m not really sure why Dixon has such high reviews when she’s well known as one of the HARDEST professors that teach orgo. her lectures were so confusing to follow, and quite frankly she was really rude to students in class. would definitely not recommend to anyone regardless of how good you are at chemistry
CHEM231

Anonymous 05/18/2018
Honestly, Dr. Dixon was the best teacher I've had so far at UMD. She's really nice once you get to know her and can be of a lot of help to you if you (1) go to her office hours and (2) ask specific questions pertaining to what you're confused with. That being said, this class isn't a walk in the park. You HAVE to put in the work if you want to pass this class. Do her practice problems because those will help for exams. Also, always go to lecture! If you absolutely can't make it, ask a friend for their notes because a good amount of content is covered in class and you can't afford to miss it. Finally, when it comes to grading, she's really strict but she does give partial credit to decent amount of answers on the homeworks and the exams. She also curves the class but she doesn't tell you by how much. I ended the semester with a 67 but that was a B-. Overall, it was an awesome class to be in.
CHEM231

Anonymous 04/25/2018
Dr. Dixon is a good lecturer and has a lot of experience explaining orgo concepts to inexperienced students. Her tests are relatively fair; the averages are low because it's just a lot of material to understand. There are extra points built into her tests and extra credit available so good grades are not out of reach when the curve is applied at the end of the semester.
CHEM231

Expecting a D
Anonymous 05/12/2016
Honestly Dixon is a great teacher. She is really passionate and really tries to make lectures exciting and also make sure you learn the material. That being said, this class is extremely, extremely hard. You can not get by just going to lectures and doing the homeworks. Lol, that is what I did and I am most likely going to get a D. But everyone I know who goes the extra mile, goes to office hours and GSS, studies at least a little every day, and does all the practice worksheets does fine. Just be prepared to work extremely, extremely hard if you want to do well, or even ok. But this is orgo so you know that lol
CHEM131

Expecting an A
Anonymous 02/27/2015
Dixon is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Her class is based mostly on 3 exams and a final, with clicker questions and homework as a small part of the grade. Pros: -She is very passionate! -She is funny, and nice! -Her teaching is very very very clear. She will make you know your stuff. -She really cares about students and is very helpful. - You will be well prepared for orgo. Cons: -This class is hard, but it's chemistry so it will always be hard. -She is tough.
CHEM131

Expecting a B
Cpowers 01/30/2015
LOVE Dixon. She's sassy and very honest. She told me straight-up when I went to her office hours (which are 9-5 btw) that as long as I went to lecture I probably didn't ever need to open up the textbook. That being said, the class isn't easy. No chem class will be. But if you have Dixon, you will enjoy lecture and have an insane support system. She's very passionate about helping her students learn, so don't be afraid to visit her!
CHEM131

Expecting an A
Anonymous 01/08/2015
BONNIE IS BAE <3 <3 <3 I was super scared to take her...and I was so nervous coming into the first day of class. But, I am so glad that I took her! She is such a fun and crazy (in the best way possible) teacher, and she made chemistry so interesting. Don't be fooled though. This class isn't a walk in the park. She does go through the material at a fast pace, but just ask questions in class if you are confused and she will stop and answer them! I took AP Chem in high school, and I guess that helped, but Dr. Dixon was such a good and clear teacher that I think I would have been fine if I hadn't taken AP Chem before coming in. ALWAYS TAKE THE EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES!!! She gives a good amount of extra credit (about 30-40 points), but you do have to work for it. She also doesn't do a plus minus system, which is really awesome. If you are borderline and you do all the online assignments, there's a chance you will be bumped up to the next letter grade! so take advantage of that! CLICKER QUESTIONS! She has 40 clicker questions. I don't know if she always does this, but for us, I feel like there were more clicker questions in the beginning of the year than at the end. So in the beginning half of the year, I would recommend just always being ready for her to spring a clicker question or two on you. She doesn't give you a lot of time to answer it. If you don't know what you're doing, you're kinda screwed. I was lucky enough to surround myself with a group of friends and we worked through each one together (which she is fine with). She also does like 5-7 clicker questions before each exam to give you some practice. Those helped a lot and gave me some idea of what topics would be on the exam/what kind of questions to expect. Some clicker questions are meant to trick you. But she goes over them if most of the class doesn't get it right. And hey! Better to get tricked on a 1 point clicker question than to get tricked on a 8 point question on the test! Before each exam and the final, she tells you exactly what she is going to test you on. Personally, I never had a problem with timing on an exam. But that might be because I just write really fast.i dunno. But I always finished with about 20 minutes to spare, which gave me time to check through my work at least 3 times (and usually I made a lot of little stupid mistakes so those 20 minutes gave me time to redo some problems) Make SURE you study for the extra credit pre-test because it is an awesome grade booster. This may not be the case every year, but for me, I thought the first two exams were significantly easier than the third one. BUT! The third exam is still do-able. I studied probably around 3-4 hours for each exam. I just looked through my notes, clicker questions, and old exams (she has a bunch in her office). Her homework is not that bad. I got an A on every single one, but that required a couple hours of work. The homework questions aren't impossible, but I think everyone just wanted to make sure they got that 10/10. She has AMAZING office hours. There are always a bunch of students in her office, either asking her questions, or sitting around working on homework or studying for an exam. I didn't really go to GSS The girls who taught GSS for us were super nice and helpful. I didn't go often because I like to study at my own pace. But if you are a person who likes to have someone teaching you stuff and working through problems with you, then definitely go! OVERALL...TAKE THE CLASS! You will have to put a decent amount of work into it, but hey...challenge yourself. It's worth it.
CHEM231

Expecting an A
Anonymous 01/05/2015
Dr. Dixon is the best organic chemistry professor on this campus. You will have to work hard for a good grade, but it is definitely doable. I got an uncurved A. I did all of her weekly quizzes and handouts that were given out in class. I used a white board to go over and over the practice problems given in class. I started out by using the textbook, but she even said that the textbook would not be very helpful. Organic Chemistry as a Second Language was very helpful in the beginning, but by the second exam I was not using it anymore. Exams are always on Mondays, so reserve literally the entire weekend beforehand for studying. She is also very dedicated to her students. She holds office hours as often as she can, this semester she held them basically from 9-4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for a few hours MWF. If you want to learn organic chemistry, take her.
CHEM131

Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/18/2014
Dr. Dixon is a great teacher. Her class is extremely difficult and her tests are really hard. I took her for gen chem with the mindset that I wouldn't get the best grade but would have a good base for all the other chemistry classes I have to take. GO TO EVERY LECTURE! First of all if you dont, your going to be totally lost. Also she does clicker points. Her homeworks are a giant pain in the ass. They are way to hard. Ask people who have taken her to help you so that you dont end up working on it for 3 hours and only getting a 3/10. I had a mixed expereince with her office hours. Sometimes she was extremely helpful and friendly but other times she was kinda *****y and just told me to go figure it out. Goodluck!
CHEM231

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/17/2014
Bonnie Dixon is the best orgo professor you can find here at UMD! No question about it. She makes learning orgo very intuitive and straightfoward. Yes, she will will push you. A lot. Her exams can be a nightmare. But she provides with every tool necessary to do well on them. Her weekly quizzes and homeworks are your best bet as to knowing what will be tested on. Going to her office hours is A MUST. There's tons of students in there that can help you, and Dixon is always willing to help you over confusions. The grade you put into Dixon's orgo is reflected in your grade. I highly recommend her for anyone who plans on taking Orgo II.
CHEM131

Expecting an AB
sfrail 12/16/2014
Dr. Dixon is legitimately one of the best professors I have ever had. She's a fantastic and fun person (she plays music at the start of class), she knows exactly what she's talking about all the time, she's really helpful and caring, honesty perfect. Probably one of the things I'm the most grateful for is that she tailors her course material directly to what she tests you on. If you do the work, and you study what she says, you won't see anything on the exam that you weren't expecting. She lets you know exactly what she wants, exactly the format to put it in, and exactly what you need to do. The way she grades is also great, a lot of teachers will take off for small arithmetic mistakes and annoying things like that. Dr. Dixon will grade you for getting each step of the problem right, so if you set it up you get some points, if you move on to the next step you get some points, and the final answer is only worth some of the credit, it's great and it makes the class feel really fair. She had fantastic TAs and she communicated with them really well, they were all willing to adjust their schedules and help us out as best they could and even do some extra GSS's. I have no idea how Dr. Dixon manages her time with the amount of stuff she does for us. One time this semester her TA had a medical emergency so she ran almost all the discussion sessions herself, I can imagine any other teacher just canceling them and apologizing but not Dr. D. After all those compliments, legitimately the ONLY downside to this course is that it is extremely difficult. The tests are hard, the homework is hard, even lecture is pretty rigorous (I missed a single lecture and I felt way behind). I devoted the majority of my time and emotional effort this semester to this class in order to keep up. Also, time is a huge issue on exams, she makes them so you can just barely finish in the time given. The thing about Dixon is that she makes you really want to do well in her class. This is the first serious chemistry class I've ever taken and it's made me love chemistry. It's so interesting and the way Dr. Dixon talks about it makes me like it even more. I know I already said this but I just want to emphasize that she is such a fun person, Chemistry is probably one of the only classes I have this year that I actually really enjoy going to. I think I'm going to get an A or a B. After every test Dr. Dixon will check in with how many points you should have to be on track for an A, B, C, etc. Also, word of advice, use the chat page on elms before an exam. People are usually in there working on the practice test and sharing answers and methods, it helped me so much. Unless you're honestly just looking to breeze through a gen chem class (is that even possible?) take Dr. Dixon. You will not regret it.
CHEM231

Expecting an A
Anonymous 06/30/2014
First off; holy god, this class will teach you how to work for what you want. Dr. Dixon is the hardest, but hands-down, the best chemistry professor on campus. If you take Dixon, you will know your shit, but she will force you to LEARN that shit in order to even do DECENTLY in her class. I have never worked as hard in a class as I did in this one, and at the end of the semester, Dixon recognized that and bumped me up from a B+ to an A (she doesn’t do minuses). But let me tell you, I worked for it. I went to GSS consistently, did the weekly quizzes, used Klein’s Orgo as a Second Language book, was in her office hours regularly, went to all the discussions, and studied with friends for homework and before exams. Her class taught me to work my ass off for what I want, and that’s going to be a lesson that I use many more times in life. Orgo with Dixon is A LOT OF WORK though. I took it at the same time as genetics and with 17 credits and barely made it out alive (genetics took most of the hits in terms of grades though, all my other classes turned out fine.) It was definitely my hardest class but the most rewarding. It takes up a lot of time so be careful what classes you take along with it. Dixon is honestly such a nice, funny, and amazing person and professor, but she’s strict and will tell you how it is bluntly, so don’t expect any sympathy. But she really does care about her students- she’s not out to get you- she throws curveballs on tests but her logic is that she warns us about those curveballs ahead of time (truth.) She will present the information in class to you on a surface level basis and will expect you to enhance your understanding through the homework and weekly quizzes. I prefer having people explain things to me, so I took the initiative to enhance my own understanding by doing the crap ton of stuff I did outside of class listed above. If you’re looking for the easy A for orgo, don’t take Dixon. If you want to learn your shit (I recommend her especially for chemistry and biochemistry majors, although I was biology) take Dixon- even if you get like a B- you’ll be shitting on everyone else in Orgo II because you’ll know everything. I made it through with an A, and you can too!!!! (Insert “no ragrats” meme here) (She also really likes memes. If you ever go to her office hours mine is the Hey Arnold one.) I remember hating chemistry in high school and now I’m considering switching my major to biochem because I enjoyed learning orgo so much. The choice is honestly yours when it comes to taking her. I recommend. Also as the review below says, if you're going to professional school after college- take Dixon!!
CHEM241

Expecting an A
Turtle 01/05/2014
Dixon is an excellent professor due to her constant attention to students outside of class. You will never again have a professor that has his or her office hours open every day for up to 5 hours!! Do not be intimidated by her. A friend had to eventually drop the class but she was very supportive of them because she knew that they cared about the course. Personally, I learned more in this course than any other this semester. Her exams are very difficult but if you review the material a little each day and then kill it at Club Mckeldin the weekend before, you will be fine. Your effort will be reflected in your grade. Lots of partial credit on exams so do not leave blank answers! Overall, if you are interested in Medical School or graduate school TAKE HER CLASS. If you are looking for a job after undergraduate years, avoid or take for fun. I walked out happy I took her and I had little background in orgo I before.
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous 01/03/2014
Dixon is truly an amazing teacher! She's on the same page as the students in terms of work. She seems very hard at first with all of the orgo but in the end, you realize you learned a lot more chemistry than kids in other professor's classes. She grades very fairly and as long as you attend every lecture, you'll likely get an A or B.
CHEM241

Expecting a B
Anonymous 11/14/2013
I have had Dr. Dixon for Gen Chem 1, Orgo 1, and now Orgo 2. I would highly highly recommend her. She is tough. But you learn your stuff really well. And if you go to her office hours, she is more than willing to help you. And even if you don't want to talk to her, there is always like 10 other kids in there who also want to help you out and will think through things with you. Orgo 2 is also better than orgo 1- and she goes a little slower in that class it seems. She is one of the only professors at this school who remembers what it was like to be a student, so she really cares about her kids. If you can- take her. If you can't- just go to her office hours- she is a wonderful woman on top of everything else. really someone to be admired
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous 10/02/2013
I took AP Chem in high school and got a 4 on the AP exam (still bitter that doesn't count for credit) so this class was not as hard for me as it is for others. Yeah, as everyone says, its A LOT of work. But I would highly recommend taking her if you have to take future chem classes, especially orgo. She puts a lot of organic chemistry into 135, so when you do take orgo you'll have a base knowledge and be ahead of people who didn't have her. Unfortunately for me, CHEM135 is the only chemistry class I'm required to take so it would've been better and easier for me to take someone else. I must say, she's an amazing teacher and actually teaches, but her tests are super hard.
CHEM135

Anonymous 07/15/2013
I took CHEM135 and CHEM231 with Dixon. She is a very tough professor, but she wants you to understand the material. If you have a strong chemistry background in high school, I encourage you to take CHEM 135 with her, because you will gain a new understanding of gen chem. However, I regret taking her for CHEM231. Since I had almost no background of organic chem, she was just insanely tough for organic chem.
BCHM463

Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/14/2013
If you have all the time in the world or are already a biochem expert, then this is the prof for you. If you're a regular full time student with a social life, AVOID THIS PROFESSOR AT ALL COSTS! Biochem is already hard to begin with... Dixon takes it to a new level. Letures: she's not good at introducting new material, she talks as if you already know the material and just further elaborates. I had to learn EVERYTHING from the textbook. Exams: all free response questions and way too long. 50 mins is just not enough time to finish a Dixon exam and the averages are never higher than around 60% Homework: obligatory, difficult, and not even worth enough points. 5pts per assignment, which takes about 2 - 3 hours to complete each... and they are usually only 5 questions. Personality: rigid and a bit unfair. she miscounted my total points on one of the exams. I asked if I can just get back the points I earned and should have gotten, and she flat out said no, simply because I didn't let her know about it earlier. I did email her (but she hardly responds to emails) earlier to let her know about the error, asking if I could hold onto my exam to study from it for the final and just show her my exam later (rather than leaving it in her office to correct). The ONLY redeeming quality is that she is nice in her office hours. Literally answers any question you have and explains stuff for you. But going to office hours shouldn't be obligatory for earning a good grade... BOTTOM LINE: Dont.... just don't.
CHEM135

Expecting a C
herpderpterpterp 05/02/2013
ATTENTION: IF YOU ARE ANYTHING BUT A CHEM MAJOR OR ARE NOT INTERESTED IN CHEM, DO NOT TAKE DIXON! Honestly, she is the biggest mistake a freshman can make when taking chem135 and here is why. Sure she is cares about her students and what not, but her tests are NOT fair. She teaches one thing, and the test is 10x as hard as what she teachers. And the amount of Organic Chem she puts in to GEN CHEM is overwhelming. If you are a chem major, take her, it is great preperation for orgo. BUT, if you are anything but chem major, AVOID HER AT ALL COSTS. You will have to put in hours for a class that is not even a priority. Take another proffessor, get a good grade, and never look back on chem. I promise you, AVOIDING DIXON WILL THE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE.
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous 04/29/2013
I have read a lot about Dixon and how hard she was... All of it was true. Her class is easily the hardest CHEM135 class at UMD. That being said.. she is also the best professor. If you do your work and you pay attention and poor effort into the class and into understanding everything, then you'll be fine. She was very approachable and kind when it came to office hours and helping students. I felt that I definitely earned my A from all the hard work I put into her class. (I also love chemistry, am a Chem Eng major, and got a 4 on the AP chem exam the year before taking her class). Her first two exams are hard (I got a 69% on both); the third is impossible (I got a 49%)... Then I studied for literally 20 hrs for her final, got an 85% on the final, and walked out with an A in the class. Bottom Line.... If you are willing to work very hard and you love chemistry ... TAKE DIXON you might not get the highest grade, but you will walk out of there having learned a ton!
CHEM135

Expecting a C
Brenden2012 03/19/2013
I hate to say this, but she is a great teacher. I hated that class so much. This is a fair warning for everyone: DO NOT TAKE DIXON UNLESS YOU A WILLING TO PUT IN MAXIMUM EFFORT. You will not do well if you do not study and practice for hours every week. I recommend getting the mastering chemistry, if not for the possible booster at the end, for the extra practice. Her class is tougher than steel ox balls. She is a very nice teacher and will give all of her time to helping you understand the concepts. She focuses on Organic Chem. Don't take this class unless you have to take Orgo (i.e. chemical/bio engineers or people on the premed path). I did barely get a C in this class. My average test grade was like a 44%. I laid in bed at night contemplating my schedule for the next semester, wondering if I will have to take this class again. Here is the twist, I tutored my friends in chemistry who had different teachers. You will get a better understanding of chemistry if you take Dixon than with any other teacher. Good luck and you have been warned. Mwuahahahahahah!
CHEM135

Anonymous 01/03/2013
Whilst Dixon is definitely a good teacher and will help you learn chemistry well, the class is definitely hard, and I don't think that it is worth taking Dixon. I would recommend taking an easier teacher for the better GPA. I had a pretty good Chemistry background (4 on the AP) test, and I received a B+ as my final grade. The averages on her tests are consistently in the low 60's, and although she curves the whole class (about a 78 is an A), It is still hard to walk out with that A. The only advantage of taking Dixon is that if you are a Chemical or Bioengineer, she will prepare you very well for orgo, but never the less, your grade will suffer.
CHEM135

Expecting a B
rushiln 12/16/2012
Here's the thing about Dr. Dixon. She's awesome, funny, cool, and easy to talk to, no doubt about that. Her lectures are easy to understand and she's easily the best chemistry lecturer out of all of the CHEM135 teachers. She's also really helpful during her office hours if you can make the time to go to them. However, where my complaints lie about her are in the unnecessary difficulty of her material. While she goes over the same topics as other CHEM135 teachers, she incorporates organic chemistry as a huge component in her material. For someone who likes and understands orgo, this isn't a problem, but I was very confused whenever she'd use orgo as an example for a problem that could have been taught without it. The exams in the class are very fair, albeit difficult, not only because of the difficult material, but also because you almost always run out of time before finishing them. She covers all the material on her exams in class, and they're reinforced in the somewhat-helpful discussion sections. There isn't much homework to do for her class, just 3 assignments due before each of the three tests, but this is just as bad as it is good. The homework assignments themselves are very difficult, and are weighted pretty heavily in your final grade. But if you work together with some friends, they should be manageable. Overall, if you're going into a chemistry-related major like chemical engineering or bioengineering and you'll need to take orgo in the future, take Dr. Dixon. She'll whip you into shape for that. Otherwise, you'll just burden yourself with very difficult material for no reason.
CHEM135

Expecting a B
vwu234 11/30/2012
She is very dedicated to her students. She makes time and holds a lot of office hour time for students. She may be rude sometimes but I have never seen her angry. She makes class decently fun. The topic is hard and you have to make the dedication to practice and do extra work. Definitely try to see her in office hours and you'll do great
CHEM241

Expecting a B
Anonymous 07/10/2012
Dr. Dixon has been one of the most difficult professors I've had at UMD... however, she will most definitely prepare me well for the MCAT. I will say that I worked incredibly hard and found the final exam to be way out of my scope, but theoretically if I did more problems/was more familiar with the material, I could have been well within the A range. Her curve is generous but don't take that as a reason to slack off. If you stick to the motto of spending time in this class every day, going to her office hours, REALLY understanding her homework problems, finding OUTside resources to do problems, there is no reason you shouldn't do well. However, any less and you'll be gambling your chance to get an A. Generally, her rule is if you get more than 50% of the total points in the semester, you will get a C. Some, however, find that hard to do so by not putting in the time. Others will earn that A and prove that it's far from impossible.
CHEM231

Expecting a B
Adinsx 05/17/2012
Take Dixon! It's about all I can say. There's a reason why everybody always attends her lectures and tries especially hard in her class, but she's very encouraging and dedicates a lot of time to her students. For me, she made orgo bearable. I laughed at all my friends who had other orgo teachers.
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/17/2012
Two Words: F***ing Awesome Dr. Dixon can be hated on by all these goons on this website because none of them want to put in any work. If you have to take Orgo, you're most likely in a major where your career path demands you KNOW your stuff. Dr. Dixon gets that done. If you want to go pre-health shes the best prep tool youve got for chemistry. And if you dont want the challenge, then drop premed please, I don't want you operating on me or my child if you didnt want to be challenged with organic chem. I got A+s in gen chem and orgo with her, but I worked for them. I also went to her when I needed to because she loves her students, and wants us to succeed. Im even taking orgo II with her this summer because I love her teaching style so much. As for her testing style, yeah, they suck. Getting the average is something to be proud of (so just hope you know more than those sitting next to you). Its awesome when you are talking to kids with different orgo teachers and they have no clue what youre talking about because thats how much material Dixon manages to teach you. Apart from the learning she is really an awesome person just to go talk to about life. She's funny, personable, and will go out on a limb for you if you truly need someone. Love the woman. Take her
CHEM231

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/15/2012
Is she hard? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely, especially if you plan on taking orgo ii and/or the MCATs. She is an incredible teacher who does push you. She herself is not intense: she'll often go on tangents about her past or her family. And she frequently plays music before starting class. There are also many extra credit opportunities. You'll find this echoed in other review below, but I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to do those problem sets and visit her in her office hours. She strongly encourages students to do both and for good reason. If you're serious about your studies, don't be discouraged by friends who say that she's too hard and it's not worth it. An A is within your grasp (thanks to her generous curve...and hard work!). If I could take her for orgo ii, I would.
CHEM135

Expecting an A
MintermMaxterm 02/20/2012
This class is literally a joke. When you read bad freshman reviews on here, don't pay them any attention. The main problem is that these freshman come in expecting to do no work. My chem professor in high school was so bad that I basically came in with zero chem experience, and I still came this close to getting an A+. Dixon is nice and shes pretty good at teaching. Dos: THE MASTERING CHEMISTRY ALL THE EXTRA CREDIT PROBLEMS USE HER STUDY GUIDES USE THE GSS STUDY GUIDES GO TO OFFICE HOURS Don't: Piss her off Whine Get below a 50% on the exams(auto fail if you do this)
CHEM135

Expecting an A
FreshMeat 12/26/2011
Dr. Dixon is one of those feisty professors that people love and hate. She expects a lot from her students but also makes class fun. She was definitely a babe back in the day btw. If you have bad study habits you will die in this class. But if you study, you will do well and will be rewarded. As others have said, if you like chemistry you will love it with Dr. Dixon. But you will most certainly hate the class if you can't relate to chemistry. She gives quizzes every two weeks, the occasional clicker questions, three "midterm" exams, and one final exam. If you do the optional mastering chemistry you can earn extra credit. She also gives an extra credit question every week that you work on out of class and e-mail her the answer before midnight. Although the exams are tough (because it is hard to predict the questions asked) Dr. Dixon has a large curve for the overall class. So overall, if you put work in, you will surely get an A or B. If you challenge her teaching methods in class, prepare to be humiliated. If you joke with her or dress up, she will always play along and so will the 300 other people in the lecture hall. She is a nice person that truly wants her students to learn and will help the most she can. Just take her for the experience.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/22/2011
What can be said about Dr. Dixon that has not been said? Excellent lecturer and cares tremendously about your grade if you care about it. The class is not easy by any measure but it is very doable if you put in the time that Dr. Dixon expects. Other CHEM135 classes will be easier but they will not prepare you nearly as well for Orgo. Dixon is in her office hours more than any other chem teacher and is helpful if you go to her although she may seem intimidating at first.
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Expecting an A+
Anonymous 12/05/2011
Dr. Dixon is a very good lecturer for chemistry. You will definitely learn a lot from her class. At the same time, though, you have to work hard. I recommend taking her if you have some prior experience with chemistry because she does assume you have some knowledge of chemistry going in. Exams can be stressful because of the limited amount of time to do them, but they are certainly doable if you study hard. Tips to do well in her class: -Memorize ALL of the ions early on. She does not directly test you on how well you know your ions, but she refers to them a lot on clicker questions and exams. -Know your organic nomenclature early. Yes, she is organically inclined and will constantly test you on organic nomenclature throughout the course. I found that I only used the book to review organic nomenclature; she pretty much gives you notes on other material you need to know. -Study Hard! Practice exams are available in some fraternity, but they are a pain to access. The practice exams are a great study tool, but bear in mind her curriculum changes from semester to semester. Also go to the guided study sessions near exam time; they help A LOT. -Go to her office hours! While she is quirky in lecture, she is far more relaxed in her office, so go there if you need to ask a question or get clarification.
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 10/17/2011
Dr. Dixon assumes you have a decent knowledge of chemistry from High School, if you don't, then I suggest you take another professor. I'm not sure of the difficulty of the other professors teaching this course but it always seemed as though Dixons class was the hardest. Her tests aren't that awful, if you study your notes then you should be fine, she only tests concepts that she goes over in lecture which is nice. She is a good teacher but a hard grader and expects you to learn way more (including organic chemistry) than you would in any other general chemistry course. Basically, if you want to LEARN chemistry, take Dixon. If you want a good grade without too much effort, take another professor!
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Expecting an A+
TerpGuy 10/06/2011
Dr. Dixon is definitely one of the better chem135 professors. She actually teaches really well but holds us to a high standard. Therefore, this class is not an easy A. You have to work hard. Her exams can be difficult but if you take good notes and go to her office hours you should do well. She has the most office hours of all professors. During lecture she can come off as a quirky and sometimes strict professor, but she is actually really nice and so DO NOT be intimidated to go to her office hours. She is there helping students almost everyday of the week. Also, she has tons of extra credit points which are easy if you spend a little bit of time on those. Do them all and it will help you in the long run. She curves the entire course. I think 75% and higher is an A. But she is really fast during lectures and sometimes the taught material might just go right over your head but she answers questions in class during lectures. Ask questions if you don't grasp the materials. But one major drawback is that she expects us to have a decent grasp of basic chem coming into this class. Sometimes I felt like she was referring to AP Chem because the things she said I should have known from high school chem, I didn't know and sadly I never took AP Chem but still I ended up doing well in the class. So, she tends gloss over stuff sometimes. But be warned that Dr. Dixon teaches organic chem in a gen chem class. Organic chem can be overwhelming but if you study its not bad. The engineering school apparently wants student to have seen some basic orgo chem stuff, thats why she taught it. If you are a CHEMICAL OR BIO ENGINEERING student, I would recommend taking her because she gives an overview of some organic chem concept which should help us with organic chem courses that we have to take after chem135. If you aren't that interested in Chem, don't take her. If you love Chem, take her. She'll make you love Chemistry more. She is awesome.
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 07/17/2011
If you have a solid background in chemistry, then definitely take Dixon (because you will probably love her). If you DO NOT have a solid high school background in chemistry, then DO NOT take Dixon. Although there are no prerequisites for the course, she assumes that everyone understands chemistry coming in, and builds off this general knowledge that everybody [should] have... which meant I had to outline each of the textbook chapters, just to have some sort of context for understanding the notes we took in class. She does curve significantly (if you get at least a 50% in the course, you should finish with at least a C). If you receive a grade on the final higher than the grade you had in the class before the final, then she will bump your grade up (i.e. if you started with a C, an A or B on the final will but you up to a B for the semester.) If you have an A before the final then she will just figure the final into your grade, as it would be for any other class. My issue with this policy is that she refused to tell students the total points they needed on the final to get a specific letter grade (even after it was over), and she wouldn't tell students the total points they needed to get a specific grade in the class (even after all assignments had been handed in and graded). Is that even legal? I put significantly more effort into this course than my other classes, and still only received a B. If you take her, definitely go over your tests to check for grading mistakes.
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Expecting a B
Oriolesboy22 07/12/2011
Dr. Dixon is one of the better teachers I have had at Maryland, however she will make you work your ass off so if you better be willing to put in a lot of time to understand the material. Also, go to her office hours if you dont understand something. She literally is in there everyday helping students so get stuff clarified the first time you dont understand it, otherwise it will compound and the following exams all build on the previous ones. And definately form a study group, it was one of the best ways to further understanding.
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Expecting an A
specter55 07/10/2011
I just finished Orgo II this summer and everything you have heard about this woman is true. She can easily be the best and worst teacher you have ever had. One thing is for certain, she is by far the busiest professor I have ever seen at UMD. She constantly has students in her office, meetings to go to, calls to answer, letters of recommendation to write, etc. That being said she is very willing to help you IF you have legitimate questions about the material you have already prepared. Nothing angers this woman more than to go to her office and say "I don't understand this, how do I do this, how can I pass". Grading: Her tests are absurdly difficult and require complete understanding and memorization of every reaction and mechanism. Even knowing that you aren't guaranteed to do well on her tests. The average for my class on each of the 3 exams and the final was between 50-60% for each one. That being said there is obviously a curve which only really depends on your classmates. She has no set numbers and you are truly at the mercy of how well your classmates are doing in the class. One really good thing about Dixon is that she factors how well you do on the final into your grade and you may be able to move up an entire letter grade depending on how well you do on the final (which is also ridiculously hard). Overall I would definitely recommend Dixon for Orgo II. You will learn more from this woman than nearly any other professor at UMD. However, if you are not willing to put in at least 15-20 hours or work a week outside of class DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. You will fail. No questions about it, unless you are some kind of chemistry genius. If you want to skate by with a C with minimal amount of work take a different professor. Earning a C in Dixon's class is a victory in itself. But she will prepare you the best for the MCATS, DATS, and PCATS if that is what you are looking for.
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terp999 07/05/2011
Dr. Dixon is THE BEST chemistry teacher there is at UMD. Her class is going to be TONS of work and you'll have to put in a lot of time, so don't go in expecting it to be a walk in the park. That being said, this woman is one of the nicest professors I've ever had. At her office hours, she'll give you a bit of tough love and push you to make you figure things out on your own, but you'll always leave feeling a thousand times better and completely understanding the material. Her tests and quizzes are pretty difficult, but there is a curve because of it. I would definitely recommend Dixon to anyone who has to take chem131, chem135, or the orgos. You'll learn so much! Also, if your TA is Lenea Stocker, GO TO HER! She'll help you out a great deal as well.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/28/2011
The class is HARD, but if you do everything she tells you, keep randomly practicing mechanisms and go to her review and her office hours, and A is definately achievable. Its something that just requires a lot of time and if thats something you don't have, don't take the class. However if you're not a book learner and you need someone to teach you, she is the teacher for you
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Expecting a C
rose11 05/20/2011
Bottom line: Don't take Dixon for organic chem. She is a nice woman and very helpful, but her exams are downright impossible. I studied for weeks in advance for every exam and still would do horribly on them. Yeah, she knows her stuff, but it's not worth the semester of suffering.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/20/2011
She is really a fantastic teacher. She makes sure that you know organic chemistry, and there is no way pass her class without learning it. At one point she mentioned that her grade distribution was very bimodal. A lot of students were passing but a lot of students were also failing. The reviews here seem to reflect that a bit. If you need to take this class just to get through it don't take Dixon, otherwise take her she is great.
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Expecting an A
Pochacco 05/19/2011
Dr. Dixon is really nice and approachable. However, she makes the class unnecessarily difficult. Organic chemistry is her baby so she incorporates a lot of that into Gen Chem, that she also unfortunately tests on. She likes to write exam questions about exceptions to general chemistry rules, so watch out for that. Dixon also offers a lot of extra credit. Homework is not mandatory for her class, and I never did any. However, if you complete most of the online homework assignments, you get bonus points at the end. She also assigns extra credit assignments randomly throughout the semester, worth anything from like 2-10 points. She gave the option of a 10 extra credit point assignment just to tell her whether Duracel or Energizer made better batteries. No sources, no explanation, nothing else required. Just which one is better. Dixon doesn't use the book to teach. She's a great lecturer. She also periodically sends out homework questions for practice that she writes herself. If you take her, you don't need the book unless you think you'll really do the extra reading or practice problems (besides the problems that she sends out, or is on Mastering Chemistry your usual online homework) In addition to all the extra credit, she also has a big curve at the end (about 20%). Having taken AP Chemistry and Chem131, I had no trouble in this class, but my general impression is that most people struggled a lot with Dr. Dixon. Her exam averages are usually low (50-60). However, if you want to learn a lot of chemistry, take her.
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Expecting a C
Anonymous 05/11/2011
All of the five star ratings are there for a reason. She really is the best. Her class is much harder, and you will learn a lot more than other orgo classes. She's a great teacher though. She seems really intimidating, but just go to her office hours. If you don't have any questions, just sit there and work. She'll chat with you and make you problems from the top of her head that are pretty much exam problems. When it gets close to exams, other students will be in there and you can learn from them too. She'll answer any question if you have a specific question, and she's in her office all the time. Go there and learn from her and you'll start actually enjoying orgo, if that's even possible.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/08/2011
I took this class spring '10 and I absolutely loved Dixon. She is the best teacher for organic chemistry ever. She teaches the material in a way you will always remember it, and her office doors are always open to those who need help. Actually, her office is always crowded. She truly prepares her students or organic chem 2. She is, by far, my favorite professor at Maryland.
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Expecting an F
Anonymous 05/04/2011
I am dedicating my OUR UMD account to Dr. Dixon. She is possibly the worst teacher i have ever had. She expects you to know organic chemistry till your brain is dead...and does not do anything from the book. Shes just terrible.
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Expecting an A
Professor Eats Puppies 04/07/2011
DO NOT TAKE DIXON unless you are amazing at organic chemistry (Yes I am aware this was supposed to be a general chemistry class) and even then you'll want to die like the puppies she eats She has a vendetta against engineering students. She refers to them as "you people" and has said "You guys are the stupidest engineering class I've ever seen." In our half a semester, we have covered more than those who have taken general chemistry I and orgo I. I asked a friend in Orgo II for help and his response was "I've never seen a problem like this before in my life." It is unfortunate that ourumd requires a rating of at least one star as she hasn't even earned that. She constantly complains that the Chemistry Department is not allowing her to teach Orgo next semester and seems to be taking it out on us. In her office hours, there were ten students from CHEM135 and two from CHEM231. She spent her entire time with us sitting directly next to the students in Orgo, leaving the CHEM135 students to fend for themselves, like her children in the back of the lecture hall. If anyone reads this, please help me. I'm DIENE... chem joke, if you don't get it, don't take her. If you do get it, don't take her. You will probably consider to be one of the worst decisions in your life thus far... If you survive.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 02/01/2011
Take her!! If you really want to learn, that is. Dr. Dixon is a fantastic teacher! I really wish she taught Orgo II as well. She is extremely dedicated to helping her students and really makes herself available to students. Granted, her exams are hard, but they aren't impossible. If you go to her office hours, study hard and really try to learn the material (rather than rote memorization), you'll be able to get an A. Also, she grades ridiculously fast; our grades were always up within 8 hours of taking it. Some people say you have to practice Orgo everyday to get an A, but that's not true. When you do study for Orgo, put all your effort into it and you'll be fine. There are tons of extra credit. On the last quiz and on our final, there were more points than what she made the final grade out of; our last quiz had 85 points, but she counted it as out of 75. Plus, the curve is always enormous. If you try to always get at least a raw C, you'll probably end up with an A.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 01/16/2011
Some days I loved Ms Dixon, but most days I hated her. She made exams very stressful by yelling random things in the middle of the test like "I have written the names of the people who I have no quiz 6 grade for." She taught too quickly. She gave clicker questions but never gave enough time to answer. I would have had trouble if I had not taken AP chemistry.
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/22/2010
Dr. Dixon is a great professor who stimulates the class. Like everyone else here, I agree that she makes you legit learn organic chem. I also agree that this is one of the hardest classes that I ever took. It is not so much the material as it is the amount. There is so much stuff Dr. Dixon wants you to learn that only the most dedicated of students can master everything in time for the exam. An A is very difficult because it necessitate constant studying to keep up with the material. Sadly, I just didn't have that kind of time. Had I been a better and more focused student, it would have been no problem. So be warn, you'll learn a lot. But prepare to work like you've never worked before.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/17/2010
I had a low B but I got an A on the final and she gave me an A for the course. Her tests can be tricky, but she has a fair curve to compensate for them. She is able to control the class quite well too. She also grades extremely fast. Overall she puts in so much extra work to help you, which is uncommon for an intro class.
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 12/16/2010
Dr. Dixon knows her material very well. I think she could a couple more examples when teaching, but I understnad that she is stressed for time. She wants her students to understand, but they need to come to her for help. I would strongly recommed her if you have taken AP Chem in High School. She sometimes teaches and than mentions that what she is currently teaching is something that should just be review from high school and that she's not going to go into it. AP Chem was not offered at my High School, and a lot of the material was new to me, so I was lost through out a lot of the lessons. The tests and quizzes are pretty straight forward, though hard. She curves a lot at the end, and extra credit is available in the form of questions she gives during class to be completed and emailed to her at night.
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Expecting an A
Scott Douglas 12/12/2010
she is probably one of the hardest teachers out there. but she balances it out because she is an excellent teacher. i will admit after one of her lectures it feels like your brain is about to explode. the tests and quizzes are very hard and she usually puts in at least one problem never covered to make you really think. all of that said we were doubling the amount of material learned in any other orgo class and she really tries extremely hard to help everyone as much as possible. office hours, workshops, and she tries to get a good TA (which she did for our semester). she is a great teacher and explains the material very well. take her if you can and get ready to work.
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Expecting an A
mreese 11/19/2010
Bonnie Dixon is a fantastic teacher, and if you put half the effort into her class that she does, you will learn a lot and be very prepared for orgo 2. Lecture notes are useful and well organized, and this crazy lady held an extra hour of discussion every week to review the material for those who wanted it. Office hours are extremely helpful, and she really, really cares about her students succeeding. There isn't much that is easy in this course, but Dixon offers everything you need to do very well. She's also probably the nicest and most approachable professor here. I still go to her office just to say hi. Take her course if you are serious about learning.
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Expecting a B-
butler92 10/31/2010
the hard facts are... nice lady, funny quirky very hard exams and decently hard quizzes need to go to all lectures discussion is useless form the most part
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Kevin Weeks 08/31/2010
While Dixon is definitely, shall we say, quirky, she really is a good professor. She moves quickly, but she knows exactly how to efficiently use the blackboard- which makes it really easy to take notes. Her exams and quizzes are not easy, by any means, but they are definitely fair. She also curves a tremendous amount- if you get 50% uncurved, you can expect to walk away from the class with a C.
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Expecting an A
zhangsta 07/20/2010
one of the best professors in the school. if your going to take orgo, make sure you take it with Dixon because you'll actually learn the material. if you really want an A, be prepared to work your ass off for it. exams tended to test understanding of the material.
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Expecting an A+
Anonymous 07/10/2010
She makes lecture at least a little fun, and is always very sparky and preppy. As students, you can mess with her and she'll go with it. She teaches very fast, which was probaly my biggest complaint, and not really by the book at all, although before tests it may help to find the corresponding chapters in the book to review. However, what she teaches is what you need to know. Go to lecture and take good notes. Don't go to discussion; I found it a complete waste of time after going the first time and didn't go again except to pick up tests and quizes. She gives mad extra credit and weekly quizes (non graded) that are good study material for the actual in-class quizzes, which aren't bad and shouldn't affect your total grade too much. The tests are the main part of the grade. Also, she had a HUGE curve. I think a 73 % was considered and A, and she had a policy that said as long as you earned half the points in the class, you would pass, so basically a 50% was a C.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 07/08/2010
DIXON IS AMAZING TAKE HER! I was in her summer semester because I dropped it in the spring with another professor. This class is ALL about practice and she's the only organic I teacher I know about that writes weekly quizes and problems for her students to review and practice with. People warned me not to take her, telling me how hard her class was, but if you do all of the problems she gives you, you will learn ochem and get an A. This term she had a bunch of extra credit as well which helped.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 06/12/2010
If I could give Dr. Dixon 100 stars, I would do it. A few things that made her great were 1. The book SUCKED, and she taught in her own way following the chapters and did a grand job 2. She actually cared about our understanding of the material. She gave homework assignments and workshops that helped explain steriochemistry. Honestly that was probably the only way I was going to learn it. 3. She had 4 times established for office ours AND said that if she was in her office we could ask her questions. Not only was I able to get help outside of class, but we also chatted about life as well. 4. She is the best professor that G-d has ever created and I will miss her dearly next semester.
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Expecting a B+
Anonymous 06/03/2010
Originally took CHEM231 with Dr. Lee Friedman and got a C- (I probably deserved an F though). Took CHEM231 again in the summer, but this time with Dr. Dixon. Bottomline: She is AMAZING. Dr. Dixon LOVES chemistry and knows how to teach it so others can enjoy it (yes, even if you hate chemistry). I think she has a masters in education, and it definitely shows in her teaching! She's very helpful and does plenty of practice problems. HIGHLY recommend her!
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/22/2010
When I signed up to take this class, a lot of my older friends advised me against it, telling me to take the easier professors to save my GPA. Suffice it to say that I was pretty scared for my grade going into the class. That being said, Dr. Dixon has been one of my favorite professors so far in college. Never have I met someone who does more to help her students succeed. I'm fairly certain she literally lives in her office waiting for students to come by and get help on the email problems or on old test questions that they don't understand, and what she said at the beginning of the semester is true: organic chemistry is like a part-time job. She doesn't really go by the textbook at all - it was useful to go over nomenclature and basic information for the first quiz, but after that, I barely used it at all. If you go to her weekly reviews, go to her office hours, and do the weekly "quizzes" that she emails out, you will be as prepared as you possibly can be for her exams. She focuses on helping you actually UNDERSTAND the way reactions work, not just memorize them. So yes, her exams are tough and yes, the averages are dismally low (usually around 50 percent), but hey, that means that if you can manage to get half the questions right on a test, you got a B! I had a solid B average all semester (I scored right around the average on both quizzes and one exam, and did significantly better than the average on one exam), and as she promised, I got an A on the final and an A in the class. But it's not a 90% A - it's an A, as in one standard deviation above the average. People will tell you that she is difficult and that her class is work, and both are true, but if you want a solid foundation in organic chemistry, and a professor who is so willing to help you with anything and everything you want to ask her about, then Dr. Dixon is definitely the right choice. I haven't once regretted my decision.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/20/2010
Love Dixon! She's a good teacher, she'll always answer your questions. Go to lecture, they're worth going to. She'll make lecture fun too. She ocasionally do clicker questions, so watch out for that.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/15/2010
Orgo is a difficult class no matter who you take it with. Might as well take it with someone who teaches it well and makes the course...dare I say it...fun. She clearly has a lot of enthusiasm for the subject and for teaching, and this made her lectures very engaging. Not a lecture will go by where she doesn't crack a hilarious joke or make you smile! She does move quickly in lecture, so try to study the material before you come to class so you can keep up. Must attend class. You need those clicker points. You do have to work hard for a good grade. There are numerous "tricks" in OChem and lots of rules you need to string together--significantly moreso than in Gen Chem--and Dr. Dixon will make sure you learn these. DO NOT BUY THE TEXTBOOK. I learned more from Orgo CliffsNotes for free online. I did much better in class once I tucked away the book and relied on her practice Qs and office hours (my exam grades went from E on the first quiz to an A on the final--very real difference). The trick to this class is practice, practice, practice--you CANNOT learn everything you need from the textbook, and Dixon sends out plenty of practice problems that cover all the info you need to know. They cover a lot of material, so if you're confused about something (and you will be) go to her office hours. She'll help you out. Workshops (3, during discussion), homework assignments (3), and weekly reviews are also essential prep for exams. Remember, there is a curve. It's a hard class, but you're graded on how you do relative to everyone else. And I guarantee you, everyone else is crapping their pants during exams too. Just do around average or better on exams (not too hard since class averages around usually Ds or Es), and you'll get at least a B.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/15/2010
Second time taking Orgo 1.First time I took it with Ammon cuz I didn't know any better...I was an ignorant little freshman...sigh...silly freshman...smh. Anyways, Dixon's great. She does practically live in her office to help you, and she has other work for points besides exams, like homeworks, workshops, clickers(although i didn't like this cuz I usually didnt feel like going to class, and i'd miss clicker points), quizzes and extra credit to help keep your grade afloat. Okay, look. This is a research university. Most professors here only really care about their research and the whole teaching thing is kinda just part of the deal between them and the school. They probably don't even wanna teach, but they have to. They could care less about their students. I always wondered why the hell someone with a Ph.D is all of a sudden qualified to teach. Ya I get it they're really smart, but shit that doesn't mean they know how to teach that information to students effectively! Dixon is here to teach. She uses great learning techniques and breaks things down to really help you understand the material, instead of just flying through a damn powerpoint. Take her, and if you work hard it will pay off. Some classes you work hard and still fail, this class is different. MY BEST ADVICE for ORGANIC I regardless of the teacher is: 1. Go to google.com 2. Type in "Carey" + "Organic" 3. Click the first link. Its a great website that summarizes organic chemistry in a simple an easy-to-understand way :)
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Expecting a B?
Anonymous 05/15/2010
Here's the deal: There are two types of students in this world: those who go to class and those who don't. Some students who don't go to class manage to still pull off good grades. But in this class, if you don't go to lecture you WILL regret it. Forget buying the textbook. I don't think I opened it once this semester...she e-mails loads of crap to you that basically acts as a substitute. Anyway...TAKE ADVANTAGE of the extra credit opps. Seriously, that's what I regret the most about this class. I blew off most of that stuff (and didn't go to lectures so I missed clicker points) assuming that I would do well on the quizzes and exams..Boy, was I wrong! *shrugs* she teaches pretty well, and has weekly review sessions and pre-exam review sessions.....I dunno I guess take her, but just know that whatever teacher you take for organic chem its not gonna be easy AT ALL, and you need to mentally prepare for hard work BEFORE you dig yourself into a whole by the end of the semester. Good luck
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 04/06/2010
Dr. Dixon is a great teacher. She's definitely challenging, but she knows how to prepare students for Organic, which is really important. Be prepared to work and study. You may get low percentages, but don't forget she does curve a little. Go to every lecture to get clicker points. If you need help, go to her office hours because she really wants to help you. TA was also great
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Anonymous 01/18/2010
Let me preface by saying that my preferred learning style is visual, not auditory. I need to be able to read something several times over so I can process that. However, Dixon is really geared towards auditory learners. You HAVE to listen during lecture to get the class. She has also worked very hard to develop a curriculum that she feels is best, which means she doesn't really stick to the order of conventional textbooks. She's really a great teacher, I won't deny that, but if you are someone who likes to take the time to sit down and process things on your own, you're going to be out of luck here because she doesn't provide many resources for learning the concepts outside of the class. She certainly provides a lot of practice work to hone your skills, but if you didn't pick up the methodology or conceptual bit in class, you're out of luck. The textbook we're asked to buy makes a great doorstop. She told my class that she basically doesn't use it, except for a list of practice problems from the book she gives out. However, those problems aren't generally in the style she uses in her own problems and on tests, so they aren't much good. Ask yourself if you want to pay $100+ for some okay practice problems. You're better off buying Organic Chemistry as a Second Language, which is how I learned most of the concepts. I would recommend getting a jump on everyone else and just make a habit of going to her office hours from the beginning. No seriously, just write it into your schedule like it's another discussion section for the class. You really need to have her there, answering questions about little technicalities, before they come back to haunt you on a test. She loves throwing in problems with them. Overall: 5 stars for auditory learners, 2 stars for visual/textbook-based learners. This is the class to take if you want to go to medical school. If you're majoring in something else that just has this class a requirement and you won't be using ochem much/taking the mcats, take another easier professor.
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Anonymous 01/04/2010
I think Dr. Dixon is an excellent teacher. First off, organic chemistry is going to be hard no matter who you take it with. The reason I learned so well from Dr. Dixon is because her format of teaching was a very logical approach rather than fooling around with molecule model sets and picturing stuff in thin air. I appreciated her step by step, fool proof methods of tackling these problems. On a side note, if you are more of a visual learner then maybe a teacher who uses molecule model sets would be best for you. If you like the step by step, logical approach then she's your best bet. I will admit, she is very tough but if you want to take the MCAT or if you know you will be moving on to ORGO 2 then I think you will be most prepared if you take Dixon. If you're pre-med then I definitely recommend her. If you're just looking for the easiest way out of this course then I would question your motivation toward being pre-med to begin with. Dr. Dixon is such a good teacher that not only did I get an B in her class, but I never once opened my text book. She gives TONS, and I mean, TONS of study guides, outside help, answer keys to practice quizzes. I never once needed the text book. I would have had an A if I hadn't bombed the final. With that being said I feel that the final was very fairly written, I was just retarded from lack of sleep. And I'm not one of those freakishly wierd genius kids either. As a matter of fact, I failed G chem! My advice if you take her: 1. GO TO LECTURE. If you miss lecture, consider yourself done. You cannot expect anything better than a C if you don't go to lecture. Her exams are ripped straight out of lecture. 2. Do all of her practice quizzes and study guides that she emails to you. They help so much, especially if you try to work through them yourself before you peek at the answer key. 3. GO to office hours! The woman practically lives in her office to help you, you should take advantage! If you have any doubt or question on one of those practice quizzes then go straight to her. You can guarantee it will be on the exam.
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Expecting a C
Anonymous 12/30/2009
Take another professor. Very nice lady. But if you care about getting an A or B, not the person you want to take. Class is challenging.. but too challenging unless you want to be a chemist. Take it if you are passionate about chemistry. If not take another professor. I also had her Organic Chemistry 1, it was awful as she moved way too fast so I did not absorb much. Phil DeShong is a much better professor and actually teaches much more concisely and gives examples, which she does not do enough of.
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Expecting a B+
Anonymous 12/27/2009
I will attempt to be as objective as possible. Dr. Dixon knows her stuff and forces you to do so as well. By the end of the course, you will feel like you can teach general chemistry. Her real trick is to intimidate you and force you to understand chemistry. She gives very difficult exams which require you to apply what you know. To do this you must review her lectures daily and really devote time to the class. Thus by giving such hard tests she is pushing her students to study a lot in order to understand the material. I spent a lot of time for this class and ended up with a B+. If you are up for the challenge then take her. Yes she is very tough but it all works out in the end. If you put in the effort you will get the grade. That being said, I do believe that she can stand to move a little slower and not try and scare her students so much. I along with many other freshman, felt that she demanded too much of her students who were not used to thinking the way she wanted us to. Additionally, her pace/exams can discourage many people. Overall, it's tough to rate this professor because I'm glad that I understand chemistry at the level that I do, but I know I would've received an A with another professor. Therefore, I am still trying to figure out how I truly felt about the course. I don't know if I want to challenge myself again and take her for organic.
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Expecting a B
tero4life 12/23/2009
Effective teacher.. but too much information and extra info that it was hard to keep up. For sure I would take someone else. Her exams discourage you because the questions are so warped and time consuming!
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Anonymous 12/22/2009
Damn, listened to you guys down below saying how great she was, wtf?! She goes so damn fast in the damn class like a damn car. "Grades will not reflect what you learn"....that's all everyone cares about, the grades!!!!!!!!!!! my gpa got killed, and I'm not even from america damn this country, how unlucky this semester i have dixon and gold at the same time
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/20/2009
Dixon is amazing. First of all, you cannot complain about it being hard because many people want to be doctors and you have to knows your stuff if you want to be a doctor and she knows everything! go to office hours...get to know her. she will remember your name and it pays off. Go to every lecture and take great notes and study study study. you will get a good grade if you do those things. no way around it. I run circles around my other organic friends who have different teachers because I know so much more than them from dixon. take her and go to office hours, discussion, review sessions and you will be fine. dont slack off for a second. it will all pay off. there is no way around it.
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Expecting an A
aralchen 12/19/2009
First of all, she is HARD. There's no way to get around it except studying quite hard and long before each exam. Go to her office hours frequently and DO NOT wait if you have questions. Material builds on itself quickly. The good: 1. Covers more information than all other Orgo teachers, which greatly prepares you for future chemistry classes. 2. She makes herself very available to students in her ample office hours. Sometimes I think she spends the night there... 3. She makes class fun and engaging, so you hardly ever lose concentration. She cares about her students and really pushes them to do well. The Bad: 1. She's terribly disorganized. Her notes are all over the five boards and don't seem to follow any logical pattern. 2. Her lecturing pace is incredibly fast. She often forgets that Orgo I was design as an intorductory course for students who have never been exposed to the material before. This leaves the class lost and confused. 3. She presents numerous concepts without giving many examples. This also leaves students lost and confused. 4. She is always busy, so even if you make it to office hours you're likely to not get much of her time (DO go, though! Others WILL help you). 5. Most people will do poorly on the exams with the exception of the few who'd get legitimate A's. It's quite demoralizing, but don't despair - SHE GIVES GODLY CURVES. Overall, she's a rather effective teacher but I'd recommend someone else if possible.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/19/2009
She is the best CHEM131 teacher. She truly cares a lot about her students and wants everyone to do well. She is engaging and teaches the material in a good way (unlike some other teachers, she does not use just the examples from the book-she makes up her own so you can understand the subject better). There are three exams and a final in this class. You do have to put effort in this class if you want a good grade. If you do your homework assignments, do the readings, and take notes in class, you will do fine. Just study effectively. Dr. Dixon is also there to help you during her office hours. Also, go to the discussions because the TA really helps clear some concepts up. There are also many, many opportunities for extra credit, so you can easily raise your grade if you do not do that well on the exams. She also takes the extra credit problems created by students and makes it into a packet for students to complete if they need extra help. Also, the curve isn this class is insanely high (this semester, a 70-75% was an A)
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/19/2009
She is very knowledgeable and is a really good teacher! But her tests are impossible to finish in the time period given and are difficult. The averages on the tests were usually in the 50-60% but since the class was heavily curved overall, it helped out a lot! If you had 75% of the total points by the end of the semester, you got an A in the class!
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Expecting a D
made4tv09 12/18/2009
This class was extremely difficult. Dr. Dixon is an awesome professor. She's very engaging and entertaining and she knows her stuff. On the other hand her exams were very difficult. If it had not been for the curve I would have failed this class. If you have to take Dr. Dixon I recommend attending her office hours as many times as you possibly can. She loves to help her students and offer extra problems. Good luck...
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Anonymous 12/16/2009
This class is entirely what you make of it. I personally thought it was the hardest class I ever took in my entire life and failed every midterm with about a 45% and got a 60% on the final. However you WILL learn more than you would with any other Chemistry professor at this university. Bonnie Dixon is quite possibly one of the best professors, period! Though the exams ARE hard she does provide lots and lots of review. In my class we had two guided study sessions (reviews) a week and then holds a review before each exam. She holds office hours througout the week and if you catch her in her office outside of office hours she will be more than happy to talk to you then. She also gives extra credit throughout the semester which are very helpful. She also does clicker questions worth 40 points so go to class. As for the curve, she said that this semester around 50% is a C and then about 65% is a B and 80% is an A. To top that off if you're failing and get a C on the final it is an automatic C in the class. I would highly recommend her because as long as you study and put alittle effort into it, you will at least get a C.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/15/2009
Disregard everyone/anyone who says that Dr. Dixon does not care about her students. Pros: 1) she's not here for research, she's here to teach, and she does a good damn job of it. 2) Her curve is immaculate. 3) She holds numerous review sessions; a weekly one, one before each exam, and multiple office hours. 4) She is personable. She called those students who actually came to class and went to her for help by their name. Cons: she is a VERY popular lady and sometimes its hard to get one-on-one time, but only because she is willing to help everyone. If you expected for some strange reason that Orgo II would not be hard or a lot of work, then you are in for a surprise, b/c it is, but this is true for every teacher. Dixon wants everyone to pass and makes it easy to do so if you care the slightest bit. I, personally, have a difficult time studying on my own time and learning from the book, but with Dixon, you learn anything you need from lecture and review sessions, and then just practice practice practice for the exams. If you want to learn organic chemistry and retain some of the information for the MCAT, take Dixon. If you are afraid of orgo, want easier test, etc, take Khachik. But remember, the easier the test, the less the curve, and their will always be geniuses in the class, so go for the better teacher if that's how you learn best. Grading: clickers (minimal) extra credit (minimal) 3 exams and a final final grade: 50% to pass, 80% is an automatic A but the curve usually is even more, like a 70-75% = A. **in my class, she promised anyone who got a A on the final an A in the class, period. best of luck!
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/14/2009
Dr. Dixon is amazing! She is an awesome professor and will do her best to help you succeed!
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Expecting an A
ljohanne 08/25/2009
Best teacher ever! She is amazingly enthusiastic and has a passion that is truly inspiring! More over she managed to make entirely obscure and difficult concepts understandable. Her tests can be rather difficult, but if you go to lecture and pay attention you should do fine. More over, she is very nice, so if you really don't understand something, she is more than willing to explain during office hours. She is the best!
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Expecting an A
deoaro 08/24/2009
Dixon is a great professor. Her class is rarely ever boring and she has great presence. That being said, her tests are unnecessarily tricky and difficult. You learn alot in her class but knowing the material does not guarantee you a good grade. The top 20% of her class automatically gets an A so if you think you're up for it then I would recommend dixon
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Anonymous 07/23/2009
Dr. Dixon has a great presence and a passion for Orgo, but she's unnecessarily difficult when it comes to tests. It's hard to do well in this class unless you study all the time, go to her office hours, attend the review sessions, etc. There are always a lot of people at office hours, so you're lucky if you get your questions answered. Honestly, if you don't have a passion for Chemistry and you're not a Chem major, do not take Dixon because it won't be worth it.
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Expecting an A
stuykid89 07/09/2009
Dixon is by far the best teacher I have ever had. She makes concepts in Orgo much simpler, and easy to learn. As stated before, as long as you put in the effort to do well, such as going to office hours and/or review sessions, you should be able to pull off at least a B in this class. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Dixon for anyone who wants to actually learn Orgo while getting a decent grade in it.
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 07/07/2009
What I am about to say is very repetitive of other ppl's comments about her. She is a FANTASTIC teacher, you will learn so much and understand it all if u take her. that was the good news. The bad news... her exams are impossible... the averages are lower than everyone's spirit after they take an exam. if you decide to take her as a professor, just take a look at everyone's faces during exams and see for yourself... anyways. she is a fantastic teacher... difficult grader/exam writer HIGHLY recommended for pre-meds who have to suffer through the MCAT... at least you'll get the orgo questions right. just prepare to take a hit on your grades and transcript.
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Expecting a C
aberk 06/17/2009
Awesome professor. She actually teaches you and makes you learn the material. Downside is that her exams are veryy hard. You definitely will need to start studying a few days in advance - all nighters normally dont work so well. However, the curve is very large and there are lots of extra credit opportunities along with clicker questions. I would definitely recommend her for orgo1 - best prof out there.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 06/11/2009
Dr. Dixon is a great teacher if you PUT THE EFFORT INTO HER CLASS. I read my lecture notes before class and made sure I understood them before I aksed her questions, and I got well above the average for each exam. People give her a hard time for being such a difficult professor, but honestly in comparison to other chemistry professors, I actually learned a LOT in her class. You honestly have to put in a lot of effort to do well, but you should expect to do that since it is Organic Chemistry. The people who don't do well are the ones that wait until 2 days before the exam to study and ask her a plethora of questions. She also makes 50% the cutoff for a C, and 1 standard deviation above the avg the cutoff for B, 2 std dev for an A. Entirely doable course, but again, effort and time are the keys to success.
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Anonymous 06/05/2009
Dixon is, by far, the best organic chemistry professor. I can attest to this because I went to Khachik, Ammon, and Friedman's lectures, and none of them compared to Dixon. The other professors lack the passion and upbeat personality that Dixon embodies, and Dixon is overall, a lot more clear. She does cover more material than the other professors, but it will help you out in lab and for the MCATs. She holds office hours everyday, as well as a review session once a week. Definitely attend the review sessions because they are very helpful. Also, do not fall behind. Organic chemistry is a difficult subject, and since Dixon moves pretty quickly, it will be very easy to fall behind. Rewrite your notes, do practice problems (especially the weekly "quizzes" on blackboard), and go to her office hours! I don't think her curve is very generous because I had a 68% in the class and ended up with a C. However, I do know that Friedman gives monster curves- my friend who had a 65% got an A in his class.
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/26/2009
Throughout my college experience, Dr. Dixon has been my least favorite professor. She makes it very difficult to get a good grade in her class unless you regularly attend her office hours. Also, if you ever confront her about a test question, she will respond very rudely and make personal attacks on you in a very unprofessional manner. I would definately NOT reccomend her to anybody for any class.
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/23/2009
Dixon is probably the hardest teacher in this course, simply because she certainly covers the most material. The class moves very quickly, but I certainly have a very good grasp of organic chemistry. Her goal is to pass you if she believes you can handle orgo 2. Tests are all relatively hard, but they're doable if you put in the time to study and understand the concepts. She's a very energetic teacher and explains the concepts well. You'll just have to go back and study on your own, to make sure you understand it.
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Expecting a C
Anonymous 05/21/2009
This professor makes hard exams and is very difficult. Unless you have the time to attend all of the extra review sessions and spend huge amounts of time a week you will end up will not do well.
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Expecting a C
jwong89 04/20/2009
Dixon is one of those professors that you will learn a lot from, but your grade will not necessarily reflect how much you learn. Exams were pretty difficult and clicker questions were a significant enough portion of you grade that your grade would suffer if you did not do well on the clickers. The only good thing is that the curve for her class was better than most others with an A-75% and B-50%. If you're looking to learn a lot about organic chemistry take Dixon. If you're just looking to get through organic chemistry with your grade intact, take another professor.
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Expecting a C
Anonymous 04/14/2009
You will learn a lot about General Chemistry with Dixon, but you probably won't get the grade you want. In the beginning of the semester she boasts a huge curve but by the end that curve is much smaller than she originally said so be careful.
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Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/16/2008
Hands down--THE best Chem professor on campus. She always starts off class with an oldies song from her Itunes! But in all seriousness, you have to go to lecture and ask questions. She will tell you what's on the exam and will do one of those last-minute day before reviews IN CLASS where she will tell you what to expect. Also, although her exams are not as straightforward as other professors, you are here to learn and think....so go ahead and take her, get your money's worth, you will have a good time working with her. She's funny and energetic and can definitely keep you awake. The curve is very very very generous. I believe a 72% or higher is an A!! Good luck!
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 11/05/2008
She was an awesome professor. Explained concepts well and very open to students. However, her exams were quite difficult, but still manageable if you put enough time to study for it.
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Expecting an A
gundamwing4132 05/01/2008
Hard course made easy. Very energetic teacher. Fair exams.
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Expecting a B
Anonymous 04/22/2008
She does an adequate job of presenting the material but sometimes seems to focus more energy on less important and easier topics while not going into much depth on more challenging ones. Also, the way her review sessions are set up so that they are on the same time tue. and thurs. means that I am unable to attend any of them because I have the same class on both days at that time.
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Expecting an A
jjberman 04/03/2008
Dixon's great. She gives a great lecture, and is always receptive to questions and helpful during her ample office hours.
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Expecting a B
vdawg 12/12/2007
Entertaining, but all over the place in terms of her teaching. Even her boardwork is scattered all over the room. It really doesn't seem like she cares whether students do well in her class.
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Expecting an A
potato 10/30/2007
OMGzz she is so hawt and so awasome!!! seiously. I luv her a lot and she is like the best thing to ever happen to me! she openeed my eyes to orgasmic chemistry, and i have never looked back! thank you bonnie! but seriously, shes a pretty good teacher who explains things well. Her tests are kind of hard, but the class is fairly manageable with the right studying.
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erupe 10/28/2007
I am in love with Bonnie L. Dixon. She is the best teacher ever, if you don't take her you will regret it.


Expecting an A
MATxr14 10/24/2007
Great teacher, makes herself very available for help. Really cares about her students. Makes CHEM as interesting as it can be.