Reviews for Clover Valley Chemistry courses

Reviews for Chemistry

Mrs. Schwartz is an incredible teacher, she has found her passion and it shows. She fluently describes chemistry in a fun engaging way and I will never forget about Chemistry Mole and Avogadro!

  -Student, Chemistry

Kudos to you for hosting such an amazing class and having such a good connection with the kids. That is hard to do, but you were amazing!! Thank you so much!

  -Student, Chemistry

This class was really great. My daughter loved your class and you as a teacher.  Thank you so much for offering this class. My daughter is going to miss you.

  -Parent, Chemistry

I loved it a lot! It was nice to have an online class and have the teacher around 24/7 if you need help. (Note from Mrs. S for posting in “Reviews”: I don’t know that I’d say I’m available 24/7 🙂 but I do tend to be a night owl and so am at my computer when many teens are doing their work. ;))  Absolutely a fantastic course. Definitely recommend!  Thank you Mrs. Schwartz for being a wonderful teacher! And thank you Chemistry Mole and Avogadro for being my cheerleaders throughout this course! 🙂

  -Student, Chemistry

Great course! Challenging but doable and it made me very interested in chemistry 🙂

  -Student, Chemistry

Well-organized and easy to pace work around a very busy student’s schedule. Excellent teaching of difficult concepts.  Excellent introduction to chem. My student thought she would dislike it, but your course changed her mind. She’ll definitely take another chem course at some point.  Love your enthusiasm and joy for teaching. You were a bright light in my student’s 2019-20 school year. Thanks for sharing your talents with us this year!!

  -Parent, Chemistry

Mrs. Schwartz certainly has a skill for making the most difficult problems clearer. Her responses were in the course of one business day, and she took the time to explain a question in full. I am not a fan of chemistry, but I genuinely enjoyed many aspects of it as a result of her teaching. Thank you for a great year, Mrs. Schwartz!

  -Student, Chemistry

He had zero interest in chemistry (just took it because mom told him it was a requirement to graduate) until he took the class and now he is loving it! The class was enjoyable and he really learned a lot and is interested in taking additional chemistry, maybe biochem.

  -Parent, Chemistry

This course was a great experience overall. We signed up for this on a leap of faith solely based off the comments I read on The Well Trained Mind forum by Connie and by others whose children had taken her course last year. I’d emailed Connie last winter with a long list of questions…all of which she answered completely and in great detail. I was slightly leary of signing up for an online chemistry course (would there be enough instruction? help? how to do labs?) but Connie has absolutely nailed it with this course. I personally did not have a good experience taking chemistry in high school nor college. I don’t have a strong background in chemistry. I had no idea how I was going to teach my son chemistry. This course was the perfect solution. It was rigorous enough that I have full confidence that my son will be able to easily transition into a college chemistry course in a year or so. The feedback was individualized and given on a regular basis. Connie really does care about her students and does a great job of establishing a relationship with them. My son would talk about things he’d learned in her lectures at random times so that tells me it really stuck with him. I am already planning on my youngest son enrolling in this course when he is ready. You do need a good bit of personal discipline to take this course…it is all on the student to be sure to get the schedule and map out how he will get all the work finished.

  -Parent, Chemistry

This course turned out to be great for one of my kids.  He really loved it. It was terrible for the other one, who really struggled with the material for various reasons. Not having a live class was an absolute killer for him. He just could not connect with the material.

  -Parent, Chemistry

Remarkably well put-together, organized, and clear. Balanced workload and curriculum.

  -Student, Chemistry

The format worked really well for my student. I was unsure about asynchronous lectures but having a definite due date for all coursework and stretching it out over 2 weeks worked really well for my kid. She liked the flexibility of her work schedule but she still needs the pressure of a due date. She also liked that she could go back to the lectures and re-watch whenever she needed to review something. Finally, the reference packet your provide is very generous! It allowed students to focus on the concepts without having to worry about all the extra stuff they may/may not remember, like the polyatomic ions and solubility rules.  Great course! I really enjoyed watching my daughter learn chemistry this year. She really enjoyed the class.

  -Parent, Chemistry

This course was really great, and I don’t think I would actually change anything as it worked very well for me and my learning style.  It was a very interesting course that ignited some interest in Chemistry in me. I hope to use it in my future schooling/career.

  -Student, Chemistry

You’re one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, and I absolutely loved your class.

  -Student, Chemistry

Clover Valley Chemistry is wonderful…I can’t recommend it highly enough. My daughter, a motivated homeschooler who’s taken dozens of online classes and can be a tough critic, loves the Chemistry course. Ms. Schwartz is an ideal teacher—personable, professional, enthusiastic, and organized. The readings, coursework, labs and lessons are interesting and effective. Ms. Schwartz is quick to grade and return assignments and is always responsive if my daughter has a question or needs something. She’s obviously a pro who loves what she does. I strongly recommend this class. It’s what all online classes should be.

   -Parent, Chemistry

My student HIGHLY enjoyed this class and Mrs. Schwartz was fabulous – if only she taught every single subject !! Thank you !!

   -Parent, Chemistry

VERY well done, and I would recommend the course enthusiastically!

   -Parent, Chemistry

By far my most enjoyable class this year. Thanks, Mrs. S! And tell Chemistry Mole I’ll miss him.

   -Student, Chemistry

Very well organized course. Thank you for your time and effort in putting together such a great Chemistry course for homeschool students!

   -Parent, Chemistry

A really good course, that had a great teacher that kept things interesting.

   -Student, Chemistry

I’m so glad my daughter was in your class. She learned so much in this positive and supportive online forum. I would recommend this class to others without hesitation. Thanks for being such a patient, caring instructor.

   -Parent, Chemistry

My son is enrolled in the Clover Valley Chemistry regular Chemistry course. This was our first year using an online science course, and it has surpassed all our expectations. Connie Schwartz is gifted at teaching chemistry. She is enthusiastic, encouraging, and makes complex concepts simple and relatable. She is incredibly knowledgeable and just a general pleasure to work with. The course is well organized, with expectations and a course syllabus provided at the onset of the course. Students work independently, but receive as much support as they need to get a complete understanding of the material covered. There are dedicated discussion boards to communicate with one another, office hours once a week for questions, and Mrs Schwartz is very responsive through email. I honestly could not have asked for more in an online class.

   -Parent, Chemistry

“This course has been exactly what we needed. Connie made chemistry interesting and understandable. It was a great introduction to high school science for my 9th grader to experience labs, exams, midterms, and managing time wisely from a friendly and supportive instructor. I would recommend it to anyone.”

   -Parent, Chemistry

Reviews for Honors Chemistry

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This class is a great preparing for AP Chemistry classes, and I learned a lot more than I expected. The video lectures were extremely useful and really helped me understand the concepts taught in the course.

  Student, Honors Chemistry

Chemistry mole is not a mole, chemistry mole is a hedgehog, and this drove me nuts for the entire course.

  -Student, Honors Chemistry         Note from Mrs. S:  The student is correct! 🙂  I do explain about Chemistry “Mole” actually being a hedgehog at the bottom of this website page (the student who gifted him to me was adamant he was a mole (so as to relate him to chemistry :))) but I may have neglected to clarify that to students.  I shall clarify going forward! 😀  But even with his hedgehog beginnings, he’ll still always be Chemistry Mole. 🙂

I was very impressed with how promptly & thoroughly Mrs. Schwartz kept students and parents informed. I really appreciated that she sent out study tips/exam preparation hints to help guide the students for the midterm and final exams. As for the live office hours – these were the highlight for my daughter, and we both believe it was because of these office hour sessions that my daughter was able to succeed in the course. I know she really looked forward to the office hours , and Mrs. Schwartz always helped her wrestle through some confusing point or concept.

  -Parent, Honors Chemistry

This course really challenged my student. In the end, it made them realize they were capable of doing very complex things and that is a valuable lesson.  This course is not just for anyone. It requires loads of discipline, sound math skills, and acute attention to detail.  My student took several online classes this year. The one thing they repeatedly told me throughout the school year was how nice Mrs. Schwartz was as a teacher. That alone kept my student from giving up. The material was so very hard, but your lectures and constant encouragement made my student stick with it. As parents, we are exceedingly proud of that effort and are most grateful to you for being “that kind” of teacher.
Thank you!❤

  -Parent, Honors Chemistry

I found the lectures to be very useful as they went into great depth on the topic and made the subject much clearer than the textbook.  I found labs to not be very useful.  I would have liked to be able to submit assignments on Canvas rather than through emails. With emails, it takes longer to submit assignments and I have to be careful that everything goes through and that all of the files are in the right emails. If I could submit through Canvas, I could see exactly what was and was not done and also would spend less time trying to find an old homework assignment.  I really loved this course.  Thank you so very much!

  -Student, Honors Chemistry

Thanks for such a great course. My student enrolled because I told her she had to take SOME chem, and this week was excited to signup for AP Chem.

  -Parent, Honors Chemistry

This course matches its title. It was quite challenging for me, I also learned many new things from this course. So overall, I believe students who wants to take up a challenge, go for this.

  -Student, Honors Chemistry

This course taught me so many things it’s hard to even explain! I knew nothing about chemistry. Now I feel like I’m more connected with my world. Last week I saw a bottle containing some sort of industrial alcohol, and so I sat on the floor and properly named it in my head using the IUPAC system. What used to be meaningless hieroglyphics is comprehensible now! It’s a great feeling.  I felt like I learned a lot, and was encouraged to take a broad interest in chemistry. Mrs. S is very passionate about chemistry, and organic chemistry in particular, and her passion for it is not only visible, but inspirational as well.

  -Student, Honors Chemistry

The office hours were PARTICULARLY helpful. They really helped me understand the chem concepts better. Thank you!  This was an excellent course! I’m so grateful I took this course and I know that my understanding of chemistry has vastly improved.  You’re an amazing teacher – of course I would recommend the course!

  -Student, Honors Chemistry

One of the probably most time consuming but most helpful aspects of this class is how responsive you are. We have had teachers take longer to respond and to grade papers/tests, and find that when it takes longer to get feedback, the learning is really decreased. The student moves on, forgets what the problem was, or it just becomes less relevant to them and then the moment is lost, it seems. We REALLY appreciate how timely you are!  The workload was a real challenge. I can’t imagine a student taking a full load of classes along with this class unless they really were great at time management! However my student is on the young side so we were still able to adjust the schedule to take fewer and more challenging classes.  This has been an amazing course and I have watched my kid grow so much because of it. You are truly a gifted teacher!

  -Parent, Honors Chemistry

Thank you! It is always appreciated when students get a high quality teacher as well as an organized and well-structured course especially with such a challenging and intricate subject as chemistry.

  -Parent, Honors Chemistry

Chapter block checklists were extremely helpful for my daughter to pave and organize her work. It made for a smooth learning experience free of cramming. She will use this as a template moving forward and it is a skill she can carry into college.
Excellent and thorough high school chemistry. I would recommend that students take this class to be prepared for AP chemistry, organic chemistry, and college chemistry in STEM fields. My daughter really got to know Connie and felt supported all the way through this class (and so did I). She was warm and engaging, and her love of chemistry was passed on through her interactions with my daughter.

   -Parent, Honors Chemistry

Teacher response time was the best. I never felt that I was a burden to her. She really knows how to convey to us that she is there for us. This was a challenging course but the teacher was always there for me. I hope all my other teachers are that responsive and caring.

   -Student, Honors Chemistry

Connie Schwartz was incredibly responsive and invested in her students. Probably one of the best online teachers I’ve had. This was the first class I felt alright not getting an A in because I learned so much regardless both about the subject itself and learning scientific material effectively.

   -Student, Honors Chemistry

Ms. Schwartz was awesome 🙂 I did like the course and I think it was good, but it was VERY challenging compared to other ‘honor’ level courses. I would warn others to know what they’re getting in to.

   -Student, Honors Chemistry

Honors Chemistry course has challenged my son to work hard unlike any other course he has taken maybe with the exception of Art of Problem Solving Math. The course certainly teaches beyond what typical honors courses in public high schools offer. Honors Chem is exceptionally well organized, but the greatest asset at Clover Valley is the teacher. Connie answers all question very promptly in addition to providing live office hours. Those live meetings have made a tremendous difference, allowing my son to make true connection with the teacher and get needed help on difficult material.

   -Parent, Honors Chemistry

“Fabulous learning experience! Ms. Schwartz was always involved with my daughter’s progress. She communicated often with me and my daughter, which helped a lot since my daughter was taking a subject that was challenging for her. Through Ms. Schwartz’ mentoring my daughter learned more than just advanced high school chemistry! The course at an academic level is amazing and taught very well through the materials, labs, and online live sessions. My daughter would definitely retake a course with Ms. Schwartz – definitely a growing experience for my daughter!”

   -Parent, Honors Chemistry

“I am a 9th grader about to complete Mrs. Schwartz’s Honors Chemistry class. I honestly believe that there is no other chemistry class out there that is as rigorous as Mrs. Schwartz’s. For anyone interested in this class, you will need to carefully plan your work out because you won’t make it if you leave it sit on your desk until the last minute. However, for anyone seriously interested in building a strong foundation in this subject, this is without a doubt the class to take. Mrs. Schwartz’s high expectations and encouragement along the way will only make you better prepared for more advanced chemistry classes. I am planning to take Mrs. Schwartz’s Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry class, and am looking forward to it already.”

   -Student, Honors Chemistry

Our 9th grade science-loving son is currently completing Mrs. Schwartz’s Honors Chemistry class. Both class and teacher have been a perfect fit for him. The weekly live-component has been particularly helpful in getting assistance with some of the more challenging course material. Mrs. Schwartz’s rigorous curriculum has not only significantly increased his knowledge in chemistry but her high, yet fair, expectations have also made of him a much more detail-oriented student. We couldn’t have been happier with the quality of Mrs. Schwartz’s class as well as with the encouragement and support she has so generously provided to our son over the past year. He is now planning and looking forward to taking Mrs. Schwartz’s Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry class.

   -Parent, Honors Chemistry

I am very reluctant to outsource and rarely do. When I do, I have high expectations or I will completely regret the decision and end up withdrawing them from the class and doing it at home myself. That said, Clover Valley honors chemistry course receives high marks from both me and my daughter. The course is well-organized and covers the material extremely well. It is one of only a handful of outsourced courses that in my 25 yrs of homeschooling has not only met but also exceeded my expectations.
On the rare occasion that I do seek an outsourced course, my goal is to have it be solely responsible in providing my student with all necessary skills and content. Clover Valley honors chemistry meets that objective. I have been completely hands-off and my student is excelling.
Highly recommend based on our experience.

   -Parent, Honors Chemistry

I honestly cannot say enough good things about Mrs. Schwartz’ class and about her as a teacher. Her videos are thorough, extremely well-done, and actually quite enjoyable; her enthusiasm for chemistry is obvious and pervasive (and probably contagious), as is her empathy for the students as they face tough topics. I’m no expert, but it appears that the content is rigorous, and it seems there are very few things that are in the textbook that she is skipping over. The homework and suggested review problems seem to be appropriate preparation for the tests, and everything correlates well with the textbook. She grades assignments quickly (including helpful feedback on items that are incorrect), and she responds to questions quickly, thoroughly, and helpfully. For a beta run on a class of this magnitude, there have been surprisingly few errors or oversights, which I think says a lot about her thoroughness and attention to detail.
As a parent, I think the thing that impresses me most about her is that she clearly communicates that she has high standards and little tolerance for not taking things like deadlines seriously, but on the flip side she is incredibly supportive and encouraging, and accommodating when it is appropriate; it comes through very clearly that her highest priority is helping students to succeed in learning chemistry. I think this incredible mix was most clearly on display by her assignment to write a “formal” lab; this was a hugely difficult task, and way beyond anything I’m sure anyone had been exposed to (and probably way beyond typical high school expectations – she pointed out that her motivation was to give them a first taste of a college-level lab report), *but* she encouraged the students to submit multiple iterations and get feedback (which she gave quickly, constructively, and very extensively), and she only gave a grade when the students had gotten it to a level they were comfortable with.
The only thing that I could think of that I would be anything less than overwhelmingly positive about would be the labs; however, I know that with kids working in kitchens without teachers, there is only so much you can do. I guess I was expecting a few more labs on basic techniques (e.g., distillation of coffee), but maybe more of those are coming. I feel like the depth, breadth, and rigor of Mrs. Schwartz’s content probably exceeds that of the honors chem classes in our local high school, but I would guess that the lab experience would probably be more substantial in a science classroom. But since the local science classroom isn’t an option, I am fine with what Mrs. Schwartz has put together in terms of labs.
I think her class has been an outstanding introduction to chemistry (both in rigor and in cultivating interest), and I am optimistic that it will be a great foundation for AP Chemistry next year.

   -Parent, Honors Chemistry

The best part of honors chemistry is the support a student receives from Connie. As this is an honors class, a student is bound to have questions and follow-up questions. Connie is always prompt even when we least expect it. This has been a challenging class for my daughter yet it has instilled a sense of accomplishment and helped with her time management skills. Connie is not only generous with her time in answering questions over email, but she also offers two live office sessions with easy access to recordings and is always in communication with students and parents. She has put so much effort into her videos which are essential to the course; her videos expand on concepts taught in the book and make it easier to digest the information. Her class is rigorous, but if a student works through the videos and homework on a consistent basis, it is manageable, especially since Connie is very accessible. We are planning to take the next class in a couple of years.

   -Parent, Honors Chemistry

Reviews for Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCBC)

I really enjoyed Mrs. Schwartz’s lectures, as they really helped me to grasp and solidify new concepts. Mrs. Schwartz explained everything in full detail in her video lectures, and I found the practice problems that Mrs. Schwartz worked through in her lectures to be especially helpful.
Also, Mrs. Schwartz’s homework was challenging and fair and helped me to practice what I had learned up to that point. Whenever I had a question, I could email Mrs. Schwartz and she would promptly respond. It was really easy to ask her any question I had, and she would give a great explanation.
The labs were also very fun and helpful in applying all the new information that I had learned!
I really enjoyed this course! It greatly enhanced my interest in Organic Chemistry particularly, and Mrs. Schwartz was so helpful and has set up an amazing course that ensures that every student will succeed. I highly recommend this course to anyone who has some previous chemistry experience. This really is a superb class!

  -Student, IOCBC

Great course. Mr. Peter Moskaluk referred this course to us and it has exceeded our expectations. This course lays an excellent foundation for anyone interested in pursuing medicine in University or hoping to Major in Chemistry.

  -Parent, IOCBC

I enjoyed some of it, but I disliked most of it. It seems to be more memorization than application of prior chemistry knowledge. For some people, it might be enjoyable. For me, it was not. Regardless, you are a good teacher and I can see that you spend a lot of time for your students. 

  -Student, IOCBC

Engaging lectures and live office hours. Very satisfied. I recommend your courses frequently. My student and I were very happy with the organization of the course and the content. It is clear you are knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. You are an inspiring instructor, and we are so grateful we found your courses.

  -Parent, IOCBC