Alice Mignerey

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Average rating: 2.86




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HONR238G

Expecting an A
tomorrow 05/11/2018
A fine professor for HONR238G that was enthusiastic on the topic. Really bad with technology but she admits to it and I can't fault her for that. Did not have her for any CHEM classes so I can't comment on it.
CHEM271

jandrade 05/02/2016
Unapproachable, constantly messes up on her powerpoint slides. Exams super unfair. TA messes up just as much in discussion. She's going to need to put a huge curve on this class to make up for all the bad grades her students are receiving.
CHEM131

Anonymous 12/17/2015
Mignerey is a difficult teacher to get an A in. Don't follow the book religiously but more as a small supplement since her powerpoints are better. Her exams are a lot like the practice ones so be sure to do them. As a professor, she's not very good. Her answers aren't always clear and her explanations aren't always clear as well. I'll be following her explanation and then suddenly she makes some drastic jump that leaves everyone confused and wondering how to do the problem. She also does tend to get a little flustered when students keep asking questions. Don't rely on Mignerey for learning, go find a good study group or GSS session.
CHEM131

Expecting a C-
Anonymous 11/13/2015
Honestly, she is a very nice lady outside of class, and I actually have never ever written a review about a professor before. But I warn you, please please please don't take her as your professor. Every class she screws up at least one or two problems therefore making it incredibly hard for anybody to follow what she is saying, because if she is screwing it up how does she expect us to understand it? If you try to ask a question she gets incredibly sassy and doesn't understand why you don't get what she is saying..probably because she doesn't even understand what she is saying. If you want to actually learn concepts and understand the material and you HAVE to take her, don't go to class and just use the book. But I would encourage all reading this that honestly, every class theres about 8 hands raised in the air and people are always looking around trying to see if anyone understands and what is going on, and the averages on the tests are embarrassingly low. Don't take her. Ever.
CHEM131

indoleEntheogen 06/10/2015
eh... her lectures are a little difficult to follow and annoying. there is a decent curve at the end of the semester but the final exam was unreasonably long an therefore difficult to finish in the 2 hour time frame. she does masteringchemistry which is helpful but other than that Id consider another professor for Genchem 1 if I were you. I get the feeling she's a much better professor for more advanced courses, genchem 1 just isnt her thing
CHEM131

Anonymous 05/06/2015
Mignerey is an interesting teacher to say the least. While you do not want to miss any lecture you also have to read in order to keep up. She blew past material really fast and also covers material that will not be on exams because she finds it interesting. In all seriousness, she is a very intelligent woman, but you have to have an interest in science in order to do well in her class.
CHEM131

Anonymous 05/18/2014
She's a fair teacher. Mignerey is not a bad teacher but she could have been better with her lectures. I didn't do good on the final. Con: Her TA, I think he replaced Mara. His name is Paul Diss and he is a snob! He's impatient and has an attitude that could throw anyone off.You will find it hard seeking help from him. Don't ever deal with him but only if you don't got a choice
CHEM131

Blinded.Institution 04/16/2014
To start in all fairness - this professor is smart in her own right. She studies nuclear chemistry which is quite advanced compared to the introductory Chem 131. So i can't review how she teaches other chem courses. However! Even the smartest people can be the worst of teachers. Mignerey is one poor professor. Her lectures are read off of less than descriptive power points. Her shinannagins in class result from her inability to demostrate concepts correctly. Furthermore, asking questions to her in the middle of class is a joke. She gets mad so easily and instead of elaborating on a concept she just says "it's like this right?...see right." She assumes the student knows the very questioned they asked about, which is silly because then why would they ask. The most frustrating part! In her minimal effort to explain things she uses her stupid catch phrase "boot strap ourselves through it." This is a cop out as a professor who is basically is using a poor analogy to explain a concept in chemistry. She also has some ghoulish henceboy named Paul Diss who has inhereted Mignerey's inability to teach effectively, not to mention her snotty attitude. These two combined really make the class an uncomfortable learning environment because they are always looking down their noses at students. It's sad they functionally exist in a teaching capacity. Testing: The tests are probably equivalent to other chem131 courses in terms of difficulty, but the professor does little to provide fundamental information in a coherent manner. Her class averages are depressingly low. The results you see on this website are most likely used after <50% of the class drops the course. The TA's are the saving grace of Mignerey's career. Without them the class wouldn't do so well(minus the top percentile of students who just accel at any class they take) I wouldn't trust anyone who thinks this professor is good. Chances are they have a passion or understanding of chemistry already and rely little on the professor. Thy are basing their judgments off of the tests which is not a true reflection of the professor's teaching abilities. If you are a Chem major or interested in nuclear chemistry or anything close to that then this might be the professor for you. If you are a student who needs to take Chem with a relatively different major and hope to be enlightened with coherent knowledge of the subject then you might want to take a different professor #Mignereysucks
CHEM271

Expecting a B+
erika_14 12/24/2012
The good: -Her TA Mara is amazing and so helpful -She posts practice exams and formula sheets which are helpful before exams -No conceptss - just problems The bad: -Always makes mistakes.. -Is a bad lecturer -Semi bad at explaining -Can get angry easily Don't waste your money on a textbook, you won't need it. Or just buy the $1 old edition
CHEM271

Expecting a B
Anonymous 08/16/2012
Exams are fair and proportional to the material taught in class. She has an open door policy with office hours and is extremely helpful. Like any chemistry course at UMD, expect to keep with the course and study! If you have a choice between her and Kahn, take Mignery.
CHEM271

Anonymous 05/22/2012
Dr. Mignerey is a pretty good professor. I found the material very interesting and you can tell she is really enthusiastic about what she does. She was pretty accessible and if you asked her intelligent questions she would answer you clearly. Her exams are kind of challenging. Averages for 2/3 of them were low and because of that there was a decent curve. The final was pretty hard so make sure you come prepared. The exams really do test how prepared you are and if you are not, your grade will pay. Final is 40% of your grade so make sure you take it seriously. You have to go to lecture because she has in-class quizzes that are an easy way to get points. The TA, Mara, is phenomenal. She is very helpful in discussions.
CHEM271

Anonymous 05/12/2012
All i know is after dropping chem with kahn this class is a breeze!! Seriously her exams are almost identical to the practice exams she puts up!!! Going to class is a must because there are "quizzes" which are 1 pt daily problems on notecards that you can work on with others.
CHEM131

Expecting a B+
Anonymous 12/22/2011
Make sure you understand the material when you come into lecture. She'll point out all the little things you need to know but you have to go back to the book and read up on it, thankfully the book is really easy to understand. Her tests are basically what she gives you on the practice exams, understand the concepts, memorize the equations and you'll do well on the tests. Be wary she's not to approachable. Yes she does want you to do well but it's best to understand when she raises her voice at you it's not because she's mad. I could have gotten an A in this class. In fact I got an A on the final. I wish she had a policy like Dixon's where if you get an A on the final you get an A in the class.
CHEM131

Anonymous 12/22/2011
Guys don't take her. Take Eichorn. I would suggest this. Go to two of her lectures, and go to two of Eichorn's, you will figure out four yourself. I knida' did it, but I did too later to drop Mignerey's class and go to Eichorn's. So, yea. Trust me. Take Eichorn. A better professor from every angle. >Mignerey doesn't teach you concepts, Eichorn does. >Mignerey puts everything in the powerpoint and everything is organized so she goes really fast over the material and loses a lot of her students in the middle. So, after she does every question, there would be 10 hands up by the students asking what she did. >Eichorn puts questions up, doesn't put steps up. Does on the board. So goes slowly. You get the concepts and understand how to approach the problem, and solve it slowly. >Mignerey faces board and powerpoint while teaching. Eichorn faces you. >Mignerey doesn't tell you the conceptual background of the question. Eichorn does. >Eichorn, in general, just gets more student's attention because he is animated. Makes stuff interesting. Mignerey, not any of that. Etc.. Eichorn > Mignerey
CHEM131

Expecting a C-
Raikou-Neko 12/14/2011
While I'll admit I failed the course, I don't feel like it's Mignerey's fault. I'm just really bad at the math in the course. She tries her best to convey the material and is probably one of the better teachers in the course. She seems to try her hardest to get people to pass the course, which is typically used as a drop course. Do the homework and the quizzes - she gives you extra credit for it. I MIGHT be able to scrape a D from the EC, despite getting really low exam grades. ---Edit--- I ended up with a C- due to the massive curve. Lucky me.
CHEM131

Expecting a B
Anonymous 06/20/2011
Mignerey was not a bad teacher at all. Her exams were very straight forward. The only thing is that, I wouldn't go to her for office hours because she spoke to me with a condescending tone. But her TAs really wanted us to do well so I went to them often. The class wasn't hard but do not ever wait until the last minute to do your mastering chem. But for chem131, I recommend her
CHEM131

aplane 05/14/2011
Dr. Mignerey is a very nice and interesting person. I just could really get interested or engaged in that class. She knows her material very well, but conveying it to the general public is not her strong suit and is very hard to follow along with when she gets lost in her own thoughts. Her exams are interesting. She posts a practice exam along with an answer key, but when the actual exam comes, there are several questions that were talked about for one lecture slide. Things like that make the averages of the exam around a 55. I think that in this case, either you lover her or you hate her.
CHEM146

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/17/2010
Dr. Mignerey is a really nice lady and she really cares about her students. She gave us plenty of opportunities for extra credit and has office hours all day the day before the exam. Her quizzes are usually not too difficult and you can make up for any low grades with extra credit from the homework. In class she gives plenty of examples to help you understand the material. Her exams are generally not too difficult if you do your part which means doing the "optional" homework and completing her practice exams. Before every exam she gives us a practice test which depicts EXACTLY what will be on the exam. She doesn't expect us to memorize a lot of things so if you understand the material, you'll do well on the exam.
CHEM271

Expecting an A+
aznnick91 05/04/2010
GREAT Professor! One of the few in the Chemistry department who WANT you to succeed and do well. She is always open for office hours, and her powerpoints-style of lecturing is amazing. If you miss a class it's fine, but better even that she highlights the MAIN concepts, and gives straight examples, so you know what the test will be like (exactly like the study guides). Compared to Dr. Khan, whose averages hover around 50%, and he does concepts, Mignerey teaches by example, and if you attend every class, do the homework, and study hard the night before, and can memorize a few equations and use your brain to manipulate them on an easy 80 point exam, then TAKE Dr. Mignerey!
CHEM131

Anonymous 04/07/2008
This class has been terrible for me! The online homework took hours to complete, but wasn't worth many points. The practice tests weren't always accurate depictions of the actual test. I am doing poorly, and have to drop the course! Do not ignore these reviews. Some people don't mind her, but she didn't work for me. Be cautious when choosing this professor!
CHEM131

Expecting a B
kbe12478 11/14/2007
A very sweet lady, but unless you really need or love to take chemistry, do not take this class. Mignerey did not know how to work the equipment in the room, and after wasting ten minutes of each 50 minute class, she presented bare-bones powerpoint slides that she just read off of the whole time. Also, you had to show up at the beginning of class to answer questions with your clicker, and many people just left immediatewly afterwards (which disrupted the class even further). Three tests and a final. And the accompanying lab is awful (Chem 132).