All Ratings and Reviews for Gavin Lawrence


Overall 3.4
Easiness of class 2.0
Workload 2.1
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.3
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.4
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PHILOS 22 Submitted April 2, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

I got a B+ but I didn't expect it since I got a B- on my essay which was 40 percent. So, it is worth it to study hard for the final. For the final, I listened to his lectures on the podcast while walking at the park. Good times lol! I thought the lectures were pretty interesting but sometimes missing one word or getting distracted in one instance will get you lost in what he is saying. I listened to the podcast for each lecture twice because i never went to discussion so that helped me. However, If you need an elaboration on what Lawrence says, then you should go to discussion. Also, use sparknotes.

PHILOS 22 Submitted March 22, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

He is disorganized and hard to follow.. You will learn most lecture materials from TA and handouts that professor posts online.

PHILOS 22 Submitted July 1, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

I'm not really sure if I can truly be an authority on Lawrence as a professor, mostly because, even though I took his course, he wasn't my professor. SparkNotes was. And Pink Monkey. And Barron's Book Notes.
Admittedly, I attended maybe two lectures. This was due to the fact that his lectures were ridiculous and not beneficial at all. I was much more educated by the online sources on the 4 books he assigned. Oh, the books...they're not that cheap. You buy them, then he assigns about 30 pages of 300. That sucked.
I did get a B+ in his class. Which seemed messed up to me. I got an A on the midterm (40% 5 page paper), and spent a good amount of time preparing for the final(60% blue book, 3 essay questions). But whatever, I guess a B+ is pretty good when your instructor is the World Wide Web.
To sum it up, Lawrence is not much of a professor. More of a name assigned to the course that SparkNotes teaches. If you do end up in his class, well, have fun with Professor Internet.

PHILOS 151A Submitted May 21, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Overrated. His lectures are incredibly boring and disorganized. His handwriting is about as illegible as a five year old's. His handouts are just as incomprehensible as his lectures.

Don't take this guy's class. The people who gave him high ratings are probably just really happy with the grades they received. The truth is that most of my classmates have no idea what he's talking about in lecture.

But if you do end up taking his class, no need to go to lecture. You're better off just reading the book and attending section.

Course not listed Submitted July 1, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

Gavin's a really good and quirky professor. I would definitely say he's been one of the better philosophy professors that I've had at UCLA.

He's very passionate about what he teaches, to the extent of being blindly passionate. Basically kiss his ass when you write your essays and you'll do fine. If you deviate from anything he says he'll ... do not so nice things.

That was my experience with this professor. And just a little advice to do well. K, thanks, bye.

PHILOS 22 Submitted April 3, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Lawrence cares genuinely about his students. He is a very kind professor who is extremely passionate about philosophy. I am definitely not interested in philosophy, but he describes things in such a way that anyone can understand. The reading and material may be intimidating and Phil 22 is not the class to take to "fulfill a GE". However, if you apply yourself, this class is easy to pass (I got an A-). The reading is actually short and easy to understand. The TAs in this class are very understanding, and the discussions are not mandatory. There is a 40% midterm paper and a 60% final in-class essay (the prompts are given in advance). He also gave a couple of reviews at the end that were really helpful. His handouts and lectures address the exams 100%. Overall, he is a very caring, intelligent teacher. Still, I would not recommend this class to non-philosophy majors ... just because it is harder than Phil 2 or 7 ... and it isn't known to be "as interesting."

PHILOS 22 Submitted June 26, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Lawrence is a passionate professor and was interesting to listen to during lecture. His class was not bad at all, the class consisted of two essays one 40% and one 60% overall the grading depends on your TA so take this class it's not too bad you'll get something out of it.

Course not listed Submitted June 14, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Lawrence is a great professor in all aspects. He is an ethical genius who practices what he teaches in that he is a very kind, just and good man, as well as a professor. He's enthusiastic and very encouraging of his students in that he treats you as an equal, his humility is inspires just as much as his words, if not more.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 11, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Gavin is a very nice man and really cares about his students. I'm not too big on philosophy, and I found the class to be boring at times. I personally could not pay attention in his class, but his TA's were good (I don't know if they always will be)and they helped me through the material. Gavin is very approachable and he answers people's questions during lectures. I don't know if I'd take the class again, but I did learn and it was not too difficult. I would recomend Gavin, even though I would not recomend philosophy (but that's just my opinion of the subject).

PHILOS 22W Submitted April 11, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

This was the one of most boring classes I have ever taken. Few attended lecture and those who did easily fell asleep. Lectures were disorganized.
Many of the reviews tend to praise Lawrence, so perhaps in other classes he is more interesting? I know he mentioned this was his first time teaching the Writing II variant of Philosophy 22.
Also, TAs graded the essays rather strictly, but without going through HOW to write a philosophical analysis.
Not the class to take for a GE.

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