Elizabeth Griffith

This professor has taught: CHEM131, CHEM134, CHEM135, CHEM177, CHEM271, CHEM272, CHEM482
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Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM271

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
05/18/2022
honestly, she really does want her students to succeed and will give outlines of exams. However, they seem easy but they are not. Its all about how you perform as a student, if you are old at conceptual multiple choice questions - this is the right teacher for you. I am personally better at straight forward math and would prefer calculations on an exam. this class makes you work hard, but at least there are clickers and homework to boost your grade!!! PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT SHE SAYS. she hints at her exams while teaching and you do not even realize.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM271

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
05/15/2022
Dr. Griffith was by far my favorite teacher this semester. She is super energetic and encouraging which is fantastic in a chem teacher. She makes this very difficult class feel easier by a little bit making you feel like a kindergartener who just wants a treat for doing school, but like in a good way. Definitely take her if you have the chance.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM177

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
02/04/2022
Very nice lady, but worst class I have ever taken. I spent more time on this 1 credit class than all my other classes combined. Class averages were regularly in the 50s, and nothing was ever curved. Everything depends on your luck with which TA grades your assignment. There is zero standard. Spent 20+ hours on a lab report and got a 53 (class average was a 50). All of the little assignments brought my grade up, but it was miserable to make it to an A.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/12/2022
Dr. Griffith is an excellent professor who listens to the needs of the class and adjusts her lesson plans accordingly. The tests were fair for the most part and she was good about letting us know what to expect before each exam. If you are able to take her, do it!
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
01/12/2022
Dr. Griffith was very accommodating, giving extra credit and pushing back homework assignments. Tests were fair, would give an outline of each test the lecture before. Definitely recommend.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/07/2022
I heard a lot of bad reviews about CHEM135 before going into this class, and was completely surprised when I enjoyed class. TAKE GRIFFITH SHE IS AMAZING (plus the curve was insane). She is very organized, understands the concepts, sometimes jokes around, and adjusts to the needs of the class. If you took ap chem, you will be fine because it will all be review. The hw assignments are mastering chemistry (aka they take a long time and are boring) do yourself a favor and break up the hw into sections and don't do it last minute.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
12/31/2021
My grade really suprised me, very generous curve. Understands that the people who take chem135 do not care about chemistry and just want to pass.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
12/27/2021
I highly recommend Dr. Griffith for CHEM135. She is an amazing person but the class is super hard. She made this awful course somewhat ok.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM177

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/24/2021
My favorite professor for my first semester of college. No one brings the amount of energy and positivity into the classroom setting like Dr. Griffith does. It kinda makes you forget how hard the class actually is lol.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM177

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/23/2021
Dr. Griffith is extremely fun and outgoing. All the TAs for the most part were ready to help--you just have to ask for it. The class requires effort for sure but she did apply a curve at the end and I think it was more than fair. You have to be on top of your shit in this class. Don't wait till the last minute to do your workups and reports bc it will just drain you!!!
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/21/2021
I initially started with Dr. Koppel until she left and Griffith replaced her for the rest of the semester. This was a MIRACLE in disguise because Griffith taught exponentially better than Koppel. She always came to class energetic and ready to teach. She empathizes with her students as many engineers dislike CHEM135 by making the class more bearable, like giving use notecards on the exams. Although her midterms/exams are definitely harder, she goes through many examples during lectures and always gives us a chance to try the question first before she solves it. My tip for the class would be to go through previous midterms and practice them to study. 12/10 would take again
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/21/2021
I highly recommend Dr. Griffith for CHEM135. CHEM135 is a hard class. It goes lightening speed and there is A LOT of material that needs to be covered which can be confusing. I was having a hard time keeping up even though I took AP Chem in high school. Having said all this, I believe Dr. Griffith is the only professor capable of going over this material all while making it comprehensible. She gives AMAZING examples which really help us understand the mountain of information we were presented with. Not to mention the practice problems and discussion worksheets she gives are almost always identical to the problems you will see on exams. So as long as you try your best to understand the practice problems she provides you with, you will do well on her exams. Now lets say you don't do well (which is bound to happen at one point or another), Dr. Griffith provides a very generous curve to the class at the end of the semester. Not an easy A class, but Dr. Griffith makes that A possible. Good luck :)
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/21/2021
Dr.Griffith is definitely the teacher to take for CHEM 135. She always seems excited to teach the material, and her exams test you on your ability to understand the underlying concepts for each topic rather than just memorize them. She also gives plenty of opportunities for her students to meet with her, and is very quick to respond to emails. TLDR; she wants you to do well and I think that's a pretty desirable trait for a professor.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/18/2021
I really enjoyed having professor Griffith for CHEM135. She was energetic and was very flexible with the class and made chemistry as entertaining as chemistry can be.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/10/2021
Literally the best professor I ever had. She made this awful course somewhat ok. If you have to take this course make sure you take it from her. I had Dr. Koppel at begging but for some reason the instructor changed to Dr. Griffith. I thought I was going to fail when I had Dr. Koppel but with Dr. Griffith I am pretty sure I will get an A.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/10/2021
Dr. Griffith is an excellent teacher who did her best to keep us all engaged the entire year. She tries her best to make everyone understand the content, and wants to see people do well. She even openly acknowledged that people wouldn't be as interested in chem, and has this class designed to see people pass. She makes it clear that she wants her students to be engaged, and sometimes class is even fun! She always comes to class full of energy, with a smile on her face, excited to teach a subject that she very clearly enjoys, and successfully makes a huge lecture actually enjoyable, not droning on like other teachers sometimes do. I would very highly recommend Griffith for chem, as she is a superb chemistry teacher.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM177

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/08/2021
Dr. Griffith is a great lecturer and you can tell she loves teaching. She is a bubbly person and that makes going to lecture fun. Now the class is not a fun class however that is not Dr. Griffith's fault. The course is a lot of writing and the grading tends to be harsh. This class is extremely time consuming. I highly recommend going to office hours since you figure out things that are needed in the report that she may not explicitly say in lecture. I do not recommend taking Monday labs since you learn what you need to put in your report in the Friday lecture and then only have the weekend to write the report. Overall she is a great professor but this is a bad class. This was my worst course during the semester.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/07/2021
This class (CHEM135) is definitely a hard class regardless of what teacher you have, but taking Griffith is such a blessing. The difference between her and other teachers is that she actually wants you to succeed in the class and gives you multiple opportunities to do so (has a decent amount of extra credit opportunities, hold exam review sessions, gives previous exams, gives fair curves, etc.). Although her lectures can hold a lot of information, she tries to make sure that the class understands the material before moving on, creating different ways to explain a topic, or simply writing out how to do different processes rather than most teachers who just read off slides. She is the best teacher I've had at UMD so far, and would highly recommend taking her for this course.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/06/2021
AMAZING PROF you have to go to class!!!!!!! you have to study in class notes to do good on exams exams are 8-10 easier multiple choice or write ins then 1-2 problems that are CHALLENGING and require knowledge and work discussion worksheets are optional practice to do with your TA, i personally have an A- before finals and have never done one discussion worksheet.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a B-
Anonymous
11/22/2021
I started off with Dr. Koppel and the beginning of the semester but for some reason she stopped teaching and our class now has Griffith. Her teaching style is a million times better than Koppel. She reminds me of a high school teacher in that even in a lecture with 200+ students she tries her best to engage students, answer all questions, and make sure students are following along. She has a great sense of humor and makes the class itself tolerable. Her online lecture videos are almost better than in person because you can pause the videos and go at your own speed. It's difficult to be a good professor for such a difficult and unfair class as CHEM135 but Griffith does a very good job. I'd highly recommend.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/18/2021
She is a really good teacher! You can tell that she really loves her job and that is seen in her teaching. She explains things really well and wants everyone to have a good understanding of the material. Her lectures are very clear and she does a lot of examples and a lot of them are similar to what will be seen on the exams. She even let us have a notecard that we can write stuff on for each exam. She also provides a lot of previous exams to practice with which a very very similar to what your exam will be like. SO I really recommended on studying with them. She also host review sessions before each exam which are really helpful and she brings the answer keys to all her previous exams. So overall if you can take her for CHEM take her. It is a hard class but she makes it a little easier and she curves it really well. This is coming from someone that didn't take AP chem in high school.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A+
belowocean
11/01/2021
Dr. Griffith explains things very simply and eloquently. The content in class generally lacks depth, but it is sufficient for an introductory course and the exams. The pacing is relatively fast, but not unmanageably so. I think some of the topics are covered too quickly, which makes it difficult to do problems without supplementing your knowledge with a textbook or online sources (e.g. hybridization). Exam average this year is a low-to-mid C, which isn't as disastrous as previous years, and better than most of my other classes. I heard the curve is relatively generous, and Dr. Griffith wants people to be as successful as possible. Exam formats are handed out before exam day, and exam difficulty is very similar to previous years and pretty straightforward. Discussions are good for practicing problems.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
10/12/2021
First, and foremost let me be clear that CHEM 135 is ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL no matter who you get. This class is so poorly designed and structured to set people up to fail and the order of topics covered makes no sense at all. If you have never taken AP Chem or if you have not taken chem recently (or not taken chem at all) then this class can become a nightmare. However, she did a great job at explaining things and trying to accommodate students. She rushes through the majority of the work however that is the fault of the pace of the class, not hers. Attendance is necessary. She gave students 1 index card of notes during exams. To make up for the difficulty of the class she does a pretty generous curve at the end of the year, somewhere around 15%. Assuming you do all your classwork attendance participation and homework and score around a 50 or 60 on all your exams you can pass because of said curve despite those horrible test scores.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM177

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/31/2020
The class is hard and a lot of writing, but I think Dr. Griffith does her best with what the class is. The class is curved a little at the end which was really good and she says she rarely gives - grades.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM134

Expecting a B
rrex
12/18/2020
Dr. Griffith is an excellent lecturer and is very effective at communicating content from the course. She took over CHEM134 at the middle of the semester, so adapting to her expectations was a bit difficult, especially when it came to the final. Because of the switch, it was significantly different from most of what we did in class, although it was still manageable to a very well-prepared student.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM177

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/16/2020
Dr. Griffith was nice but not very understanding, and the way that she structured chem177 this semester was pretty terrible. The labs were in person, but we didn't get lab partners which made things very tough and time-consuming. She made no changes to the labs themselves to make them more manageable for one person to do. It was very easy to mess things up in the lab, and with no partner you had no one to check you. For each lab you write a lab report which make up the bulk of your grade, and they can be graded quite harshly. Dr. Griffith left many comments on them, and could sometimes be pretty passive aggressive. As for the lectures, they were kinda dull and most of the time was spent in breakout rooms working on a worksheet with your group. The worksheets did help prepare us for writing lab reports, though. The midterm exam wasn't too difficult, but the amount of time you had was insanely low. Most people barely finished within 50 minutes, and there was no time to check anything. One major problem with the class was how Dr. Griffith expected us to read and understand some very complicated scientific papers. Each week we were assigned a paper to read and answer questions about. And for the final, we had to write a paper summarizing 3 of the articles published by a faculty member. It was bit extreme of her to expect us to understand and explain all these technical papers that went way beyond us.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a B
Anonymous
11/02/2020
Dr. Griffith is a fantastic professor and really cares about your learning. She takes her job as an instructor very seriously, and is willing to work hard for you as long as you show up and are respectful. I was super nervous taking chem135 because I was always so bad at chem in general, but she really helped me out in office hours and was very approachable. She expects a lot of her students, and her class is tough, but completely worth it for the quality of learning she facilitates.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a C
Anonymous
09/02/2020
CHEM135 is already hard, but Griffith tries her hardest to make it manageable. If you are feeling stuck like I was, go to her office hours! Shes honestly really approachable and wants to help you and wants to see you learn. Only reason I didn't do better is because I waited until it was too late.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
08/10/2020
if you can get Dr. G for CHEM135, do it. She is one of those rare professors who clearly are here because they love to teach. The class is tough but the curve is generous and there are lots of bonus points
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
04/02/2020
Dr. Griffith is a really great professor! The class is challenging but she is very straightforward about what to expect on tests and teaches exactly what you need to know. And she does curve the class.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM177

Expecting a D+
Anonymous
12/15/2019
This professor is great at her job. But her TAs are horrible. You'll be lucky to scrape by with a B. She often has her TAs grade her assignments, if not all of them. It's obvious that they are not doing their job when it comes to grading based on the rubric and instead they grade based on whether or not they like the student. I was expected an A or A- in this class until the TA-graded assignments rolled in...
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM131

Expecting a C
Anonymous
11/10/2019
She is an excellent professor who is very knowledgable and seem pretty excited whenever she teaches, and she is super sweet. However, her exams are tough, and she does in-class clicker questions so make sure you pay attention during lectures. The good thing is that she curves the class by 10 %. Also, everyone that I knew got a B or lower in this course.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A+
StardustGogeta
06/09/2019
Dr. Griffith is a great teacher who seems to know the content very well and is very good at managing the course. Her class is difficult, but there are no curve balls or tricks on the exams, and she will even explain the topic distribution of each test ahead of time. (On the final exam, we were given whole questions ahead of time!) Attendance is mandatory, and there are graded in-class participation questions, but they are not very hard.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Anonymous
05/16/2019
She's nice but I highly recommend looking at the grade data for her. If you think you'll excel with her teaching style, then go for her. However, you'll see in the grade data she curves so majority of the students get C's
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/29/2019
She is one of my favorite professors at UMD. Hilarious, straightforward, clear, and concise. She states her expectations, gives hints during lectures, and provides useful problems during both lecture and discussion. Her exams might be harder, but that only means that the curve is higher. Get her if you can because her teaching helped me so much. For course difficulty, I would give CHEM 135 4/5, since its a very difficult class.
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/19/2018
absolutely the best professor for chem135
Elizabeth Griffith
CHEM135

Expecting an A-
Anonymous
12/18/2018
Griffiths taught the material pretty well and kept it interesting enough that I rarely wished I wasn't there even if I wasn't engaged. Hefty curve and reasonable exams, and from what I hear of other professors is that Griffiths is a lesser of a few evils for 135