Amanda Souna

This professor has taught: CHEM134, CHEM482, CHEM483, CHEM484
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Amanda Souna
CHEM483

Expecting an A
florm
12/24/2022
The way 483 is structured was a lot better than any other labs I'd taken previously. There are only 3 different labs, each broken down into several weeks. Data reports were due every week, and major reports were due at the end of the first and third labs. These reports made up 80% of the overall grade, so they're really important to spend a lot of time on. Souna provides extremely clear guidelines for all the tables and figures you need to include in the results section of your reports, but she doesn't make it as clear what you need to write about in your discussion. She'll often mention random concepts or equations in lecture and say "this is worth writing about" so you have to pay attention for things like that. But she also brings up a bunch of useless and overly complicated theories and equations that aren't necessary, so you have to learn how to make judgment calls on what's actually important. Souna can also be pretty nitpicky about formatting and phrasing in reports, but her and the TAs weren't too harsh grading them. The labs themselves were not difficult to perform or understand conceptually (except for getting Matlab to work). Souna often came into lab to check how we were doing and answer questions, which a lot of chem professors rarely do. At the end of the semester, you have to turn in your lab notebook for her to go through and grade. I was expecting an easy hundred from it but she actually checks them thoroughly and was pretty harsh, but it was only 5% of my grade so it didn't really matter. The final exam was also only 5% of the grade so even though it was pretty tough and required a ton of explaining, it had a small overall effect. In general, I'd say Souna ran a surprisingly efficient and well-put together lab that wasn't too difficult, but required a lot of work. She and her TAs always did a good job answering our questions.
Amanda Souna
CHEM484

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/18/2022
For those who have already taken 483, 484 is definitely more manageable since you already have report writing experiences.
Amanda Souna
CHEM483

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
05/12/2022
Like other students said. No rubrics given or and very little guidance given for reports which she expects very specific things for.
Amanda Souna
CHEM483

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/19/2021
Just go to her office hours
Amanda Souna
CHEM483

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/09/2021
class was all over the place and there was no guidance to students OR TAs regarding grading. She didn't respond to any of these student concerns, only offered regrades - which would only make her life harder because her rubrics for data reports were so vague that she would have to regrade an entire section's worth of data reports every week. she's not cut out to be a professor, she's quite smart, but she has no connection to students, no care for our questions or concerns, and she certainly doesn't understand how we aren't as smart as her as only undergraduate students. seriously, if you don't have to take this class, don't. if it's required, bother souna about any questions you have or you're going to be putting in hours of work every week to get C's and D's from one TA and A's and B's from souna.
Amanda Souna
CHEM483

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/08/2021
class expectations were never clear because TA's grade on a separate rubric even for just the weekly data reports that is not given to students. Class basically had no curve and you can see that less than 5% of students got A's in the distribution. Kind of ridiculous for a class that is conceptually easy. I don't know why she thinks not having any sort of curve or scale is reasonable. She seems to have bizarre ideas of "fairness" that don't really align with reality. I asked for an extension on an assignment about a week due to my circumstances before it was due and she said no due to "fairness." She ought to realize that people have personal circumstances that get rid of her fanciful idea of "fairness"
Amanda Souna
CHEM483

Expecting an A
Anonymous
04/08/2021
Awesome lecturer, awesome person. Super helpful and responsive. She made CHEM 483 so much manageable. Clear rubrics for the lab reports. Exams were tough though-average was around 50's so she curved a lot.