Professor Sumner Reviews
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2022
Aug 22, 2022
Professor Sumner can be hard, but she was exactly what I needed to pass. Sure, she gives a little more work (PLAs and ALQs rather than just PLAs and discussion work looks different) but this kind of reinforcement is how I was able to pass this class. Stay on top of your work, ask questions, be involved, and you will succeed
Sumner's PPT slides >>> Harris. She includes extra practice questions and I felt there was generally more information. She does give more work so be prepared for chemistry assignments almost every single day of the semester (PLAs, ALQs, discussion worksheets and quizzes, etc). Bpth SUmner and Harris give a grade worth ~2% of the final grade on iClicker accuracy: sounds like nothing but it can make or break you passing/failing, so I'd pay attention.
I really liked her. Opinions of her vary, but I felt like she gave me all of the tools I needed to succeed. By showing up to class (in person) and participting in the iClicker questions, it helped me learn the material better. She ALWAYS goes over how to do the iClickers and takes the time to go over any questions (queen). I felt that she genuinely cared about how her students did in her class which is why she was hard and calloused at times.
Pay attention, show up to class, do the iClicker, ask questions, do the homeworks, and you will succeed.
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2023
May 20, 2023
Although Sumner gives a lot of work, I believe her resources do help you understand the material. The first few weeks of her class are very daunting, but you will later figure out how to plan ahead and it will get easier.
The class content covers a lot of the general chemistry material which is useful for pre-health majors (I think it's a prerequisite class for most majors though). The first 2 tests are very math-based, but the last one is more conceptual. There is a final for this class as well.
She gives a lot of work and goes very fast during her lectures. Given the flex nature of the class, you mainly have to use the textbook as your way of learning the material.
I would say make sure you fully understand each question she gives you, whether it's on the PLA/ALQ, worksheets, or quizzes. Studying the worksheets and quizzes are very helpful for the test because they contain similar questions.
Sep 1, 2022
Mostly it was just a loooot of work. I cried over it in the first month. Spent at least an hour or two on homework after every lecture. I had this class at 7:25 in the morning and let me tell you never do that to yourself. Participation and attendance were required and it sucked.
There was an assignment before lecture, a long assignment after lecture, and you had to read the textbook. Like, you actually had to because she didn't always cover everything you needed to know in lecture. You had to attend every class even though I felt like her lectures weren't very helpful because of participation questions. The iClickers were also much harder than I've had in other classes. Sumner herself also would make mistakes doing basic arithmetic.
Be prepared to spend HOURS on this class outside of lecture every week.
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2022
Jun 28, 2022
This course is hard af and I found it really difficult to follow her lectures mainly because conceptually wise-- there's a lot thrown at you in an hour class. I could never absorb the content at hand so I just stopped attending lecture and had to hard-grind self study by relearning the math from hw/quizzes and concepts skimming the textbook. However, you SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO HER ICLICKER WALKTHROUGHS/DEMOS because it helps you with hw/quizzes/pla. But dang do they take a load of time to complete.
You're not going to need to know any of this for chem 2. (Nice foundation though)
Dr. Sumner will throw in one exam designed to be extremely difficult/hard. You can manage a good grade in the class even if you bomb one exam--- so don't be too hard on yourself.
Study Edge helps if you struggle with organization. While you can still do well without it, it helps highlight key concepts + has good explanations. Good luck y'all
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2021
Sep 7, 2021
It's definitely a rigorous course, so I would recommend taking Intro to Chem if you haven't taken chem since sophomore year of HS like me, because I would've died without that foundational knowledge. Do tons of practice problems!
Choose Sumner, she gives a lot of homework but it basically forces you to study so when the exam comes around you're already pretty prepared.
Dec 15, 2021
Critical tracking for many majors, but was harder than I expected. Definitely lives up to the "weed-out" class stereotype and had many friends withdraw from Sumner's class.
Cons: lots and lots of homework and assignments each week so be prepared to spend around 10 hours each week for just chem lecture and assignments. Pros: Sumner is actually not a bad teacher and will help you to understand the material through all the assignments and in office hours.
If your other classes aren't as heavy workload or content wise, Sumner is manageable. Otherwise, go with Harris and get Study Edge.