It is with great disdain that I write this review. You don't really have a choice about taking this class. So, the issue is how best to cope.
Issues with the course:
Too many topics covered in very little depth
Insane problem sets with hundreds of problems summing up each unit (not necessarily helpful)
Powerpoint lectures with many mistakes in them, and contain tons of extraneous information
No formula sheets for exams. The final therefore means memorizing hundreds of formulas and being able to "free-recall" on command.
Issues with the professor:
Charnick is rude and condescending. Naturally, that makes her unapproachable. I cannot emphasize this enough.
She assigned a problem set due the Monday of finals.
Makes her exams way too long for a 50 minute period. Absolutely no time to check over work. You will most definitely run out of time taking one of her exams. Sorry.
Very poor handwriting and talks in monotone...very poor note delivery on the board.
Can't explain the material properly!
The point: yes, you will have to teach this course to yourself. It's unfortunate, but what can you do. The BC chemistry sequence, which I think is wonderful, (Rojas and Magyar were great) leaves a lot to be desired with this course.