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Campbell is a nice person, but is pretty mediocre at teaching. The tests are relatively straightforward as long as you memorize EVERY single detail on the lecture slides and podcasts. His curve is also pretty generous; I got a B on the first midterm, but scored A's on the two other exams and ended up getting an A+.
A lot of material, watch videocast and take very detailed notes.
Format and difficulty of the tests:
First midterm: 90 true/false, 1 point each. Pretty straightforward and easy.
Second: 63 T/F (1 point each), 34 (A,B,C,D) MC, each MC worth 2 points. Harder, much harder, but still everything was from the notes.
Final: ~40 T/F (1 point each), ~40 MC (still worth 2 points each), 4 short answers (worth 16 points total). Not cumulative. The final was easy as well. However, this could be because I didn't do too great on the second midterm so I killed myself studying for this one. Really straightforward, no tricks.
He gave a few practice questions for exams. Understand them because they show up on the exam in some form.
He saves a class day on the Friday before the Monday exam just for review. Go, make sure not to ignore it. A bunch of questions come from the reviews. Makes sense, he already made the final so he knows what to review. A good number of answers came from the reviews.
He's really nice, go to his office hours if you have questions, he takes plenty of time to make sure you understand it there. He accepts questions during class too, but this gets really annoying especially during reviews where he's basically handing out answers and people take up his time and we don't finish.
His lectures weren't the most entertaining, so videocasts will take some effort to get through. It wasn't really him, it's the material. And there's a lot of material. Plan for 2 hours of videocasts for each 50 minute class.
Overall - great guy, easy midterm 1, hard midterm 2, easy final. Non-cumulative exams. Generous curve at the end.
Very average, nothing special about him.
I NEVER attended lecture (except the 1st one), I just watched podcast and took very good notes. I only read the book if I couldn't understand his lecture note. I did not read anything that isn't covered. I ended up with an A. Final was actually easier than midterm 3.
Midterm 1 & 2 = T/F + MC
Final = T/F + MC + short question(quite easy)
This course requires A LOT of memorization. I have NEVER in my 3 years of college life spent that much time on just 1 single subject. The amount of stuff he covered was just too much! But at any rate, everything's quite self-explanatory, it just takes time to memorize all those stupid shit. Make sure to do his practice exams and also get the past exams from Student activity center! Very similar problems.
I took LS3 with Campbell.
1. He is very boring. Thank goodness his lectures were podcasted.
2. His notes aren't the most organized notes.
3. He is nice. His curve was generous.
LS3 is a boring class. Campbell didn't help that.
I took LS3 with Dr. Campbell. I hate to say this because he is genuinely a nice guy, but I CANNOT stay awake in his class if my life depended on it. His style of lecturing made it difficult to take notes for me. However, the best thing about his class is that he webcasts all his lectures. That means you can rewatch his lectures over and over to pick up certain things you missed during lecture; or just watch it and not attend class.
His tests were average. I hate his multiple choice questions, which were worth a big chunk of your points (9 MC, 5 points each, 130 points total for MT, 160 points total for final). I guess if you're good at answering multiple choices, then his tests will be easy for you. Also, his free responses are very vague, and I always wonder what he's asking. I just write everything I know and hope I wrote down something he wanted. Good luck with that, but I would take him over other professors.
I took LS3 with Dr. Campbell. He is a great person and has a good heart. His tests are very fair and cover his slides accurately. While some elements in the course could be better organized, he is by no means a bad professor. You can't hold it against someone to take pauses while speaking. The material is dense in and of itself; you just need to put the time in to study it.