Osvaldo Gutierrez

This professor has taught: CHEM231, CHEM237, CHEM441, CHEM641, CHEM889C, CHEM889D
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Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM237

Anonymous
04/12/2021
overall he is an ok professor. There is poor transition between topics and he doesn't clearly define any one concept. Also the TA will take off major points for the slightest mistake.
Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM237

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
07/28/2020
Gutierrez was a great professor! He did a good job with both in person and online instruction. In class, Gutierrez goes over multiple examples which is really helpful for learning the material. We had weekly clicker questions which could be a bit challenging but overall not too bad. The exams are also very fair and our TA (Robert Martin) provided us with a lot of review examples. As long as you put in the effort the class is not too bad.
Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM231

Expecting an A
Anonymous
02/01/2020
He was an okay professor, but I could tell he is really passionate about his work, so lectures weren't dull. I only passed this class with an A because the TA was extremely good at explaining each topic. Also, it was nice that this course had discussion packets, and the exam contained the exact questions in the packet. So if you do those, then you'll pass this class easily.
Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM231

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
01/25/2020
Obviously you're reading this because you want a good time in 231. I highly recommend taking Gutierrez for Orgo 1. Unlike other professors, he posts semi-challenging clicker questions (on ELMS) beforehand - no surprise CQs. Most of the content he goes over in class is covered in the Lecture Slides (on ELMS). We had 4 midterm exams but they were not as stressful as other professors'. We were given plenty of practice exams and keys (on ELMS). Hints for possible exam questions and bonus questions are mentioned in lecture. The lowest midterm is dropped and replaced with 2nd-highest score. There is a reaction project but you have options, can work with a partner, and is generally a grade booster. There were about 9 BACON modules that counted for extra credit - they relate pop culture to chem. Discussion is a must - our TA (Robert) reviewed what we learned and had packets prepared for every week (on ELMS as well). A lot of the problems in these packets showed up on midterm exams btw. I would read the textbook if I couldn't solve a clicker question but you can generally learn every concept online (masteringorganicchemistry, chemistrysteps, chem.libretexts, youtube). The course is not curved because there are so many opportunities for extra points (BACON + exam bonus + never miss discussion). The average for all midterm exams was 80.6%. Final Exam average was 70.3%. Clicker Questions are as hard (or harder) than exam questions so prepare yourself as soon as they are posted on ELMS. Robert is the best TA I've had so far at UMD so be sure to visit him. Both Gutierrez and Robert understand that this course has a negative reputation so you'll be taught what you need to know. Whereas other professors take pride in low averages, Gutierrez and Robert didn't and they'd hand out As if they could - you just have to earn it :)
Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM231

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/02/2020
Dr. Gutierrez was a great professor! Although at times lecture could get a bit confusing, I think overall he did a very well job teaching the material. He provided us many opportunities to help boost our grade. He doesn't curve, but he replaces your lowest score with your second highest. I enjoyed his class!
Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM231

Expecting an A
terpterp00
12/21/2019
The worst part about Gutierrez is that he doesn't wipe the blackboard well, so he ends up scribbling all over his previous material. A little confusing when writing notes. Other than that, he's a pretty boring lecturer. I don't think I learned much in class, even though I attended all of them. The examples he gives are good to look back on as review though. Honestly, his TA Robert saved the class. His discussions cleaned up all the material in a concise manner. He also provides the weekly discussion packets with tons of practice problems and does review sessions for the practice exam before each exam, which saved me every time. Gutierrez doesn't curve but gives a lot of opportunities to rack up points via BACON, bonus Q's on exams, and dropping the lowest score. Take him if you want a higher average in orgo.
Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM231

Anonymous
12/17/2019
talks about random crap, but robert carries class
Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM231

Anonymous
11/26/2019
I think orgo is a class were a lot of people struggle because its really hard to wrap your head around the concepts. Dr G. explains the concepts fairly well and he often goes off the textbook, so reading the textbook helps too. He gives a lot of opportunity for extra credit which is a huge plus and he has a great TA (Robert) too, which is a plus plus. Lastly the exams are extremely fair, if you do good on the past exam he posts on ELMS then you probably are set for the exam. I feel like not enough people know him because he's kind off new but he really is great professor.
Osvaldo Gutierrez

Expecting a C
Anonymous
11/13/2019
His lecture is very hard to understand, he doesn't transition between topics he just starts a new one, his handwriting is super hard to read and understand, his powerpoints aren't helpful at all, and I learned primarily from the TA (bless his soul). There's also an organic reactions project which doesn't make any sense and isnt explained as to why it is relevant. Also the class is not curved.
Osvaldo Gutierrez
CHEM237

Anonymous
03/25/2019
I thought I was gonna hate organic but he makes it understandable & enjoyable. Thanks Dr. G!