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Comments:1301 - Dr. Rabbe is a very nice man, but an awful teacher. He is funny and cares about his students, but his teaching ability just isn't there. Its helpful that 20% of your grade is homework, but the homework is extremely time consuming. I spent more that 40 hours this semester just doing homework assignments, not including the time I spent studying for exams. His exams are very similar to his review guide (if not the actual questions copied and pasted). If you put in even minimal effort you can pass.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2018-01-11

Comments:1101 - This was a lab taught by a TA. I thought this was a pretty easy class because no exams and no final. You have to complete worksheets from the virtual labs as homework. You meet every other week so that was really nice. The labs you do are not very hard and you just have to complete the data sheet, questions, pre-lab easy quiz, and pre-lab summary. This class will be easy if you can just put in some work and follow directions.   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-12-18

Comments:1301 - Dr. Rabbe is a guy who knows chemistry but can't really convey that knowledge to other people. Grades in this class are based the OWL homework and then 5 tests. He drops the lowest test and your grade on the final gets entered in as the final and as test #5. He gives out practice tests of old exams and is such a nice old man, but he's not a great lecturer. Take him if you want an easy A, but if your goals are to actually learn chem in general or for the MCAT take someone else.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-12-14

Comments:1301 - Dr Rabbe is very much an Aggie, and friendly. The problem is that he's too smart to explain chemistry to the rest of us. The course has a light workload, with owl homework and four tests. He drops your lowest test grade and gave a 5 point curve on one the entire class failed. However, I struggled to make a B+. I had never had chemistry before (homeschooled) and Dr Rabbe just couldn't teach it. He is so nice, and one on one can explain things, just not in class. I recommend using his practice tests to teach yourself. He gives lots of practice tests and is a genuinely nice guy, just can't teach. If you're already good at chem you should do fine- I had no chem experience and made a B+. I made a 60 on the first test, and made a 93 on the 3 exam and a 89 on the final. It's not impossible, you can do it! :)  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2017-12-13

Comments:CHE 1301 - If you struggle with chemistry, I do not recommend Rabbe for chem lecture. He does not explain concepts well in lectures and the tests are difficult. The online homework helps immensely. I was failing this class half way through the semester after getting help from peers, SI, and tutoring.  - Grade In Class:DROP

Date: 2017-12-12

Comments:CHE 1102 - Dr.Rabbe posts videos on how to do many of the harder lab questions which is very helpful. Your experience totally depends on your TA,but you should be able to easily get an A. the Chem II lab manual is much better than the one used in Chem I lab. Do not stress about this lab.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-05-10

Comments:1301 - Great professor. He posts all of his old exams online and takes a lot of his questions from his old exams. If you want to get an A in chemistry.... this is your guy.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-05-08

Comments:1102 - Class was tought by a TA and your grade will likely depend on who your TA is. Rabbe was helpful though and offered online help for some of the more difficult labs.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-04-26

Comments:CHE 1301 - So honestly, he is one of the nicest guys ever. He will help you out with your grade a lot of the time if you're deserving. However is teaching ability is very lacking. He has a hard time getting things across and his voice doesn't have the normal fluctuations of speaker so his lectures are very boring. However, visit him during his office hours and he teachers better one and one. He will be more than willing to help.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2016-12-17

Comments:1101 - This lab completely depends on your TA. I had Cody Hammrick and he made the class very easy. You only meet every other week, and do a virtual lab (very easy) on the off weeks. The lab manual is written AWFULLY, but if you have a good TA then the experiments are not too hard. The work load and almost nothing, and there are no tests. Should be an easy A  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-12-14

Comments:1105 - This class is great! You'll have a TA,but its not bad at all. If you cannot get an A in this class I would recommend not continuing in your science major. DO NOT copy the virtual labs. They will catch you and by the time they enter the grades you will have already missed the drop date. Seriously do not copy them.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-12-09

Comments:1301 - Loved having Rabbe as a teacher! He's a sweet old guy and definitely wants his students to do well in his class. He gives you his old exams to study and some questions will be exactly the same on the new exams. The final is only questions from previous exams which is awesome! His class is not a lot of work, TAKE HIM.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-12-22

Comments:1101 - Dr. Rabbe does not teach the class; you will have a TA. Overall, this class was not so bad. You meet every other week which I appreciated. Also, you will have to do virtual labs on the weeks when you dont meet. Just a word of advice, do not copy the answers from the online key. A lot of ppl did this and ended up getting 0s for these virtual labs. These virtual labs are not that hard to do; just put in the time to do them. Also, he will drop your lowest lab grade (either in-class or virtual) and the lowest quiz grade (that you take on canvas for every in class experiment).  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-12-17

Comments:CHE 1301 - Dr. Rabbe is honestly very bad at explaining the subject. He is very difficult to understand and has trouble getting his point across. I would not recommend him as a professor. That being said, if you want a pretty easy A, I would consider taking him. The class is easy but his tests are somewhat difficult, except for his final, which is just 10 exact questions from each test. If you understand how to solve the problems and have a good conceptual knowledge of the material, this class is easy. However, the content is some what difficult. I would recommend going to SI and doing practice problems in the book. Also, do all of the practice tests he gives you. Sometimes his answers are wrong, but they reflect very well what you'll see on a test. Mastering is required, but it is not necessary to read the book, but it can be useful. Dr. Rabbe is a very nice man and cares about you doing well; he just is not good at teaching the information. He will be there to help you, but the real question is whether or not you can understand what he is trying to say.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-12-16

Comments:1101 - You see him on day one and then never again as the entire class is taught by a TA. Generally the TAs are easy graders so it's pretty easy to make an A in the class. However DO NOT rely on the answer key for the virtual labs as he WILL give you a zero which will screw your grade. Nearly my entire class got zeros for half of the labs because he realized that everyone was using the key. All in all the class is pretty simple, so just don't be stupid an y'all will do fine.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2015-12-10

Comments:Chem 1 - Rabbe seems like a really nice but his teaching skills are not good. He is hard to hear and understand in class and doesn't explain the material well at all. The class is hard to follow and all of your learning will have to take place out of class or in SI. I wouldn't recommend taking him if you can avoid it.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2015-11-17

Comments:CHE 1301 - Not the best prof for chem 1... Really great guy, but his teaching skills are terrible. The tests weren't horrible, and if you read the chapter and do the exercises you can do alright, mainly because there is bonus marks. All multiple choice questions. His lecture is quite literally the most useless thing in the world. All in all, it is not that hard to get a good mark, but it is no thanks to his teaching, so be prepared to teach yourself. As for homework, not a whole lot of it, but he weights it pretty high. Final exam is ten questions from each of the tests, so its not bad.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-11-04

Comments:1101 - His labs are pretty good and the class is super easy. You are able to understand the general concepts without undergoing a whole bunch of stress. For 1101 lab is every other week with a virtual lab inbetween each lab. They're easy. You can wait until the last minute but it's pointless to stress about something like that so just get it done over the weekend. He's a really nice guy and he's in his office a lot so just go in and talk to him if you have any questions.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-04-16

Comments:1101 - I have met Dr. Rabbe a total of two times, but what I have gathered from those meetings and his experiments (which he puts together) is that he is a very intelligent and laid back professor, but no expert at relaying to his students the information. I loved the class and I love chemistry, and so I enjoyed all of the labs, but be advised, while some can be done in under an hour others can take up two and a half, easily. He is very friendly and very old, and a Texas A&M graduate through and through. His directions can be very confusing but you'll get it (hint: even sections meet one week for lab and the odd sections meet the other week, alternating; the virtual lab is due the day of your actual lab). It is not a difficult course and as long as you put forth an effort and get everything in on time, you will do well.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2014-12-03

Comments:1101 - I actually really enjoyed this class. The almost-3-hours go by pretty quickly, and there is very little work you have to do for this class. It's only once every 2 weeks, and for each lab you'll have to complete a virtual lab and a pre-lab summary (both of which take an hour usually) before you come to class. There's also a pre-lab quiz, but it's 5 questions and literally takes about a minute. The labs don't always take the full time, some will, but they're enjoyable, and you might actually learn a little bit of chemistry. I think I only saw Dr. Rabbe twice the whole semester as the TAs are the ones who teach the class, but my TA, Zach, was funny, laid back, and helpful with our labs. Everything in this class is graded leniently, so as long as you show up for labs and complete the work you are assigned, it will be an easy A.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2014-11-23

Comments:1101 - Great teacher! very helpful and understanding, i didn't have a lab book for the first few labs and he let me just come in and print them off with out using my paw prints! He's very engaging when in the labs and loves what he does TAKE HIS LABS!  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2013-11-19

Comments:CHE 1101 and 1102 - Having seen Dr. Rabbe less times than I can count on one hand during two semesters of chem lab, I must say this rating is not the most accurate. However, this is the case for everyone in Chem 1101 and 1102. He comes in about once or twice a semester to tell you not to spill a chemical on yourself and dispose of it properly. Your Lab Assistant is really the one who proctors the class and grades your lab write-ups. Rabbe typically chooses easy LAs though, and they understand no one really cares about chem lab, so they grade pretty easily. Just take these classes because you have to, do the work, and you'll get an A. Who knows, you might even learn a little about chemistry along the way.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-05-20

Comments:1101/1102 - Waste of time, honestly. But you have to take it. 10 labs, about 11 prelab quizzes. Easy A..so go to lab, take your quizzes and you are bound to get an A. If not, drop pre-med.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-04-08

Comments:1101 - If you don't get an A in this, life is not for you. But no, seriously, please get an A. Or drop pre-med if you don't, because it gets much worse from here.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-02-03

Comments:1101 (Chem Lab I) - Chem Lab is a extremely fun class to take. You really don't see much of the class teacher Rabbe since he works with other classes and setting up lab stations at the same time. He is a nice guy, and you ask him a question and he'll answer it. The class didn't take up much of my time at all. Just make sure you turn everything in and you will get the grade you need. (As long as it is pretty good work) Chem Lab can be stressful, especially when other classes get harder. Overall great class and the expierments are fun.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-12-13

Comments:CHE 1102 (Chem Lab 2) - Rabbe has the reddest neck of any redneck ever in the history of rednecks. He's really nice and helpful, but wastes a lot of time lecturing before lab about everything you already know from your pre-lab. He drops 1 lab and 1 prelab quiz. Most of the labs are easy, with a couple randomly really difficult ones, and you actually have to show up to all of these unlike 1101. If you get to have Aaron for one of your TAs you're for a treat. He's not as big of a douche in his grading as he is in real life. Show up and turn everything in and you'll get an A.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-08-14

Comments:1316 - First off, I freaking love this guy. He is a great person and easy to get along with. His lectures are a bit dull, meaning, I never listened--ipod does wonders, but in lab is where you will see him shine. lol. Make a plan before you go into lab--write it out like a recipe, don't be anal about everything--especially the titration that looks like milk. Don't rush when you are measuring out your unknown samples for each trial, accuracy and precision are very important here. Your less than awesome results are of your own doing. Tests are odd, look at the problems in the book and try to find someone who has taken the class before--they may be able to help you. The grade is on a points system so, that helps a lot. Do well in lab, and you can fail tests. I failed with a 42 on test 2 and did well in the lab, for the final all I needed to do was show up and make a 10. You can do it.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-07-31

Comments:1316 - Dr. Rabbe is redneck. He is very nice and helpful if you go see him in his office. He is patient and willing to work with students on a whole set of problems. The labs are tedious, but not too bad. I managed to make A's on the exams, and a few A's on the experiment, and ended up making an A. The quizzes are pretty easy. Just study the procedures when you're writing your summaries. Do the PRACTICE problems they are very similar to the exam questions. Take notes on the random pictures and comics he post on his powerpoints. He always ask something random on the exams about them!   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2010-12-16

Comments:1316 - The class is just stupid. It's graded purely on accuracy which is kinda difficult. Dr. Rabbe isn't that bad. The lecture is a waste of time. He just reads off the powerpoint which is available online. Almost all of the material is taught in 1302 so you should have already learned it before. If you do have questions go to his office. He's actually helpful if you have questions. He's usually in his office and his door is always open if you need help. If I could, I would have rather not take him, but it's not like you can avoid him if you're pre-med or chem major. You'll probably have to take some intro lab with him.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2010-11-12

Comments:1316 - Rabbe is super nice. His test are his old tests. All you need to do is get an old test from someone and memorize the way the problems are done. Go to lecture...not to listen to his notes but to listen when he talks abou this dog Bullett or his pet pig or something like that. He usually shows a pic os something and asks on the test "Last week in lecture Dr. Rabbe showed this: "...multiple choice...usually he aks who took a pic he showed in lecture (prob his daughter or someone) and other random stuff. Its like 2-3 questions on the test!...the lab itself is easy. Just make sure you follow directions and you will be fine!!...and make sure to clean everything before you start your experiment. But overall Rabbe is a great guy who is very helpful.   - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2009-07-10

Comments:1316 - Rabbe is a nice guy, but he will bore you to death during lecture. Lab grades are in the air. He grades by ppm so one little error can drop your grade a lot. Do the homework problem, they are similar to the test questions, but if you can find an old test, use it.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2009-05-31

Comments:1316 - Not going to say this class was easy because it wasnt. The class is extremely boring and I thought about sleeping a lot. For the test, find someone with previous test because although they are not exact, they are very similar. For the labs, I hated them but I found out very late in the class that the key to making great grades was to wash everything with deionized water  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2009-05-09

Comments:1316 - The experiments are based on luck, the exams are based on lecture notes. Dr. Rabbe's exams aren't difficult if you read over the lecture notes a few times and work on the problems he assigns. Some of the problems on the exam are copied exactly as they are from the problems he assigned. Make sure to attend the lectures, even though they are dreadfully boring, because at least 2 of the questions on the exam will be over random information he mentioned during the lectures (i.e., what is the name of his dog?). The experiments are hit and miss, you either luck out or don't. He lets your drop either one experiment or one exam, even the final. I would take something else to study/read during lectures though because Dr. Rabbe is quite boring.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2009-01-07

Comments:1316 - At first, I thought this class was a real pain... and later on, i still thought it was a pain. The labs were kind of easy, except the precipitation one. That one was bad. The grading for the class is fair, so even if you bomb all the written tests, as long as you do well in labs, it will be kind of alright in the end. Dr. Rabbe's lectures can be a little on the boring side, but what else do you expect from chemistry? But lectures aside, he is a really funny teacher and it is well advised to visit his office sometime to ask questions or talk about grades. It was an entertaining class for me, not so much for some others...   - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2008-12-24

Comments:1316 - Alright, I'll be honest and admit that Dr. Rabbe's lectures aren't the most exciting, as he usually just jogs through his powerpoints and explains a few different concepts. However, it's important that you go (it's only once a week anyway), as there is usually one test question that you won't know unless you attend (such as, "I showed you a picture of _______ in class" or "My dog Bullet did ______, _______, and _______"), and getting it right is worth 3 points. The lab itself isn't too difficult, but getting a good grade can be. Of the six labs, my grades ranged from a C to an A+. You don't really get graded on any kind of lab write-up; you just have to fill out this very simple results sheet and you're graded on how close your data is to the actual data. Rabbe holds review sessions the night before each of the four tests, where he'll go over all the math-type problems from the section. He never assigns homework that has to be turned in, just suggested hw to prepare you for the test, and if you ever need help you won't be let down after visiting him in his office. He is very nice and helpful, and he drops one major grade (lab or test).  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2008-12-23

Comments:1316 - Dr. Rabbe lecture real slow and he can bore u to death...he will have about one question on each test about himself so listen in lecture for example his dogs name is BULLET...u have to be very patient in lab and understand what kinda answers u need and work with others that was a huge part of my success..use the TA's to your advantage..do all the problems he assigned they are the same on the tests with numbers changed...i recommend going over the slides...getting a group together and get all the problems done...even if u dont understand how to do a problem just memorize how to do it and u will be fine...most tests are 50%slides 50% questions...be very careful on labs and just take ur time...USE UR FRIENDS, TA, and ask Dr. Rabbe questions if u dont get something he is very helpful  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-07-17

Comments:1316 - The tests were the hardest part of this class. If you can follow directions and have extreme patience, the labs aren't so bad. It helps if you have an awesome T.A. Dr. Rabbe can be kinda boring in lectures, but he's pretty helpful and a lot of the problems he would assign are like ones he gives on the test.   - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2007-07-08

Comments:1316 - I love Dr. Rabbe, he is a great professor, just do your homwork an DO NOT miss lecture, because he gives clues over the exams. I loved this class, most ppl hated 1316, but i took it over the summer where time is limited and Aced all my labs.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2007-07-05

Comments:CHE 1316 - He was super helpful in the lab, and I really like him alot. He is this random farmer sort of guy, but he is super smart, and he really will help you out in the lab.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-05-14

Comments:1316 - currently taking the class in the summer.. looking for feedback on students that may have taken him in spring 06  - Grade In Class:DROP

Date: 2006-06-12
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