All Ratings and Reviews for Laurence Lavelle
I ended up with a "B" in this class. I studied extremely hard for the Final Exam and last two quizzes and I did relatively well. I barely studied for the Midterm or first quiz and I did poorly. Thus, my overall grade of a "B" could have been an "A" potentially, but it was my own fault for not putting in the time at the beginning of the quarter. What this all means...Lavelle is a tough professor. He writes difficult exams. But, if you put the time in studying, going to lecture and section, and DOING THE HOMEWORK PROBLEMS IN A TIMELY MANNER, you will be fine.
Professor Lavelle is a nice guy but not really a good professor. I had him for 14 A and 14 B and I got an A- in both. in order to do good on quizzes you must do all the problems assigned in the book. to succeed on the midterm and final, just do all the practice tests in the course reader. You gotta study A LOT but as long as you are about 10% above average you should be able to get an A-. Lectures are very very boring so for me it was just nap time. If you have time i suggest you go to as many discussion sections as possible. ask around to see who are the good TA's and go to their discussions (jennifer casey and xiaming and janie and rob tobolowsky are awesome TA's) and go their office hours if you have questions about any concepts or problems in the book. Not too bad. I didn't take AP chem in high school and I did good so there is no need to be scared just be prepared to work
I took 14A with Scerri and got an A
I took 14B with Lavelle and got a B
OKAY... To ALL of you people who ALWAYS say "omg Scerri is sooo much easier than Lavelle!!!! blah blah blah..." think of it this way:
When you apply to a graduate school/medical school, they don't look at your professor for elementary chemistry, they look at your GPA. So if you can take Scerri and get the better grade, take him.
Not only that, Scerri better prepares you for the MCAT because he is far more conceptual than Lavelle.
So you are choosing between a workload-intensive class (LAVELLE) that will bore the heck out of you and only prepare you to do hours of tedious studying and book problems
OR, you can take the conceptual route with Scerri. It's easier to get the A and you don't have to waste money on a huge textbook..
Ya, you can get an A in Lavelle if you go to every lecture (or at least watch every lecture) and do all of the book problems and study A LOT...
But you can get an A a lot easier in Scerri's class.
It's your choice!
He was very clear in his lecture and doesn't mind taking the time to address every student's question. Yes, even dumb questions and repetitive questions. And he's always around on VOH, which I don't think people take advantage of enough. and he provides a ridiculous amount of review hours. And the course reader is a good study guide. Tests are very fair. I did all the homework problems, some of which are much harder than his test questions, and I did have a decent AP Chem teacher in high school. I look forward to taking him again for 14B. Hopefully this helps.
I took Lavelle for chem 14A, and i thought he did a pretty good job. He was a VOH site where u can post questions and he usually answers them pretty quickly, which is very helpful. I thot his tests were fair. As of now, hes the only chem 14a professor, so u kind of dont have a choice of whether u wanna take another professor unless u take the 20 series. Otherwise, i thought he did a fairly good job w/ the class.
I would not reccommend taking it with this guy at all. The quiz's are extremely difficult, even if you study well for them. Unless you did well on AP chem in High School, do not take the course with him. For his tests, go over all the practice problems (because one of them is guaranteed to be on there) and review his lecture notes because usually the lower valued questions are extracted directly from them.
Each lecture served as naptime for half of the class. It's hard to stay attentive because Professor Lavelle reads straight off of the overhead. But then again, how else do you teach chemistry without confusing the students too much? Professor Lavelle is very organized, outlining what we need to know before he begins a new chapter. He may be a dry lecturer, but he knows his stuff and he's a really nice guy. If you have any questions, ask him on VOH and he'll answer back very quickly. His midterms and final aren't too bad; you just need to know the material well. I never did any of the homework and studied the day before the exams and ended up with a B-. If you keep up and do the problems, you should get an A.
I really liked Lavelle! He's so cute! His lectures were really easy to follow, and the tests and quizzes were EXTREMELY fair! Go to Lecture and take the notes, and do some homework problems if you have time. A good TA helps, too!
If he actually did problems during lecture that were on the test, the class would be easy. But, he spends his time explaining the same, easy concepts over and over that everybody understands and will never be on the midterm or final. Plus, he's really boring. The final probably made some people cry.
Professor Lavelle is an exremely organized and articulate lecturer. He prepares his lectures in such a way that I find it quite easy to follow along, or at least pinpoint where I'm confused. Many people complain that he's too hard, but this just makes it all the more rewarding when you do well in his class. His class takes a lot of work, but it's definitely possible to do well - if you don't get behind. And by the way, his accent is absolutely not a problem. Those of you complaining about it, just step into a couple of econ lectures at this school, and that should keep you quiet.
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