All Ratings and Reviews for Laurence Lavelle
Lavelle isn't the best professor but he provides a ton of resources. His Ta's and Ua's have around 40 hours of office hours open every week for students. In addition, chemistry community is really helpful. His tests are reasonable and there's usually only 1 or 2 questions that are slightly harder. Nothing on his test is out of the blue, just make sure to look at his course outline and go to Lyndon's review session! A very doable class, however you do have to try to get an A.
Live, Love, Lavelle.
All the bad reviews of Dr. Lavelle are people who did not take advantage of all the resources that he provides. He would constantly give us reminders of different ways/places to seek help if you were struggling, and provided countless different learning mechanisms. His class is very straight forward. One piece of advice I would give is that he will often times ask for answers in different units than the ones provided in the question so always be on the look out for what unit your answer should be in. Overall, Lavelle was a quality teacher who I would gladly take again!
Chemistry 14B can be challenging but Dr. Lavelle is very clear and extremely helpful. He truly cares about the success of his students and is an extremely passionate professor. You definitely get what you put into it. Dr. Lavelle provides you with every possible thing to help you be successful....tons of office hours, TA/LA workshops, chemistry community, and much much more. Even his assigned homework problems are super helpful and follow his lectures; you just have to discipline yourself to do it. Dr. Lavelle is extremely clear about what is going to be on the test. He also provides a ton of review sessions before midterms and tests. I wish he taught 14C and 14D too! Tate Reuter is an awesome TA! He is very clear and knowledgable with the material. He clearly outlines lecture material and provides very helpful worksheets. Lyndon Bui, a UA, is awesome. He voluntarily puts in a lot of time in order for us to be successful. His practice midterm and final are super helpful and his review sessions are even more helpful. Lyndon is very good at outlining EVERYTHING we need to know and telling us how to solve things in a very direct way. He is also very funny.
The material is a bit hard, but you can't ask for a better teacher. Definitely recommend taking Lavelle.
Definitely take this class. You'll actually learn a lot. Prof Lavelle has tons of review sessions and stuff.
Dr. Lavelle is one the most caring professors I have ever met. The subject he teaches is difficult, but he provides all the resources necessary to get an A. Basically if you put in the work, you will get an A. He really wants his students to succeed and makes that possible. He puts in a lot of extra energy he doesn't need to be expending to provide chem help.
He's also tries to make his class more fun. He has poetry time and presents chem jokes.
Overall, Dr. Lavelle creates a positive and helpful learning environment.
Prof. Lavelle has been teaching this for many many years so he is by far the best and most experienced professor you can get for gen chem. He provides so many extra resources that you can use to help you succeed, like extra review sessions, office hours, etc. You do have to put in effort to learn, but if you use the resources, you definitely can get an A. He cares a lot about helping all his students succeed. I definitely recommend taking Lavelle and shout out to Lyndon for his super helpful UA sessions.
14b was hard. That being said, it is substantially easier than it was a few years ago. Thermochemistry and thermodynamics are fairly easy to get, but electrochemistry is where it gets tough. Study those hard and do all of the questions. All of them. Even when you get to the number where you're thinking "No way, he wont ask us this", he honestly might. Make sure you understand each question too. Chemistry community is essential, make sure you use that and don't be afraid to ask "dumb" questions, because so many people want to ask the same things but can't. Also attend Lyndon's review session. He's the og and super super helpful. Some good TA's to look for are Anton and Joe Mazzeti. Lavelle himself is a super sweet guy and his lectures are exactly how you would expect a chem lecture to be. Not extremely engaging, but not mind-numbing.
Chemistry 14B has a lot of difficult material and is definitely a lot more challenging than 14A. With that being said, Dr. Lavelle lectures in a way that a lot of these topics seem much simpler than expected. You will definitely need to put in work in order to be successful in this class, but it is very doable. Dr. Lavelle is extremely clear about what is going to be on the test. If you go to lecture you will know what to expect and will not see many surprises. There are many resources for help including UA sessions, TA office hours, Dr. Lavelle's office hours, and chemistry community. I highly recommend utilizing all of the resources that Dr. Lavelle provides. If you seek help when you need it then you will be successful in this course. Additionally, 10000% be sure to go to Lyndon Bui's office hours if he is still a UA for the upcoming quarters. Lyndon's sections provided a lot of clarity for me during confusing sections. He explains things in a simple manner and provides excellent practice worksheets.
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