Dr. Elizabeth Griffith 135

Quick Reference Guide

Professor Griffith has been teaching at University of Maryland College Park since Fall 2014. I've been a full time tutor since 2010, and below is my personal guide to his teaching style that I have observed since 2014.

POINTS BREAKDOWN:
25% Non-Exam (170 points), 75% Exams & Final (500 points)
Estimated Curve: This class IS CURVED.
A/B cutoff = Top 25% of class. B/C cutoff = Class average. C/D cutoff = ~55%

Clickers (TopHat System): In class and pre-class questions, 90 points. 1 point each: 0.5/accuracy, 0.5/participation.
Clicker Homework: None.
Bonus Points: 2 - 4 points each exam.
Mastering Chemistry Online Homework: ONLY 3 attempts allowed/1 problem. 8 homeworks total. 80 points. Graded on ACCURACY, not completion.
NOTE on Attempts: 3 attempts per homework problem is strict. It's very easy to enter the incorrect answer due to rounding error, or entering incorrectly. Some professors offer UNLIMITED attempts for every problem, but not Dr. Griffith.


EXAM STYLE:
- Medium Difficulty - Mix between short answer and long questions that involve multiple concepts. For multi part questions that are greater than 15 points, you'll likely bomb the question if you make a math mistake in part a), which affects your numerical answer in parts b) c) and d).
- >50% of exam questions are purposely TRICKY.
- 1 long question per test is real world application based.
- 3 Exams per semester @ 100 points each.
- 8-17 questions per exam, and 2-26 points each.
- Griffith's style is consistent and asks the same set of topics
- Students who tutor with me will learn exam strategies curated from 6 semester's worth of Dr. Griffith's CHEM 131 & 135 exams.


HOW TO STUDY FOR DR. GRIFFITH'S FINAL EXAM:
- Contact me for tutoring if you're interested in study strategies for Griffith's final !

Download CHEM 135 Syllabus (Most Recent Fall 2017)