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Dr. Lavelle is an amazing professor and mentor. Working directly with him exposed me to how hard he works to ensure that students have adequate resources to succeed. He works incredibly meticulously to ensure that everyone has access to the support they need, whether a student is advanced or struggling, is a commuter or on-campus resident, took AP Chemistry or hasn't seen a chemistry textbook in years. He sets up MANY professor office hours, TA office hours, UA workshops, TA/UA review sessions, etc -- more than I have ever seen. Incredible professor. Pleasure working directly with him.
I really enjoyed taking Chem 14A and 14B with Dr. Lavelle, and big part of that was the plethora of resources he offers his students, from an online chemistry forum to the undergraduate assistant (UA) program, where students can go to experienced undergraduates for help and guidance. While his lectures are huge, the resources he provides give students, regardless of their chemistry backgrounds, all the help they need to succeed in the courses. It has been an amazing experience being a UA for him through 192C. As a UA, I host weekly peer learning sessions where I get the chance to closely work with students and directly address their weaknesses. Working with Dr. Lavelle has been an enjoyable experience, as he is extremely approachable and dedicated to helping his students succeed.
Having four years of experience as an Undergraduate Assistant (UA), I have nothing but great things to say. I have taken Chemistry 14A and 14B with Dr. Lavelle and then working with him for four additional years, I have come to understand what goes on behind the scenes with the teaching process. As a UA, I hold weekly office hours and review sessions for the midterm and final. Being able to help the students and work one-on-one with them is really nice. Getting this teaching opportunity similar to a TA, but as an undergraduate has been an amazing experience. Working with Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Laurence Lavelle is incredible. With over 18,000 anonymous student evaluations, he scores an 8.11 out of 9, as can be viewed on his website https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/teaching/. With a score that strong, it is a real pleasure to have the opportunity to work with a professor of this high caliber.
Bruinwalk reviews are really so inaccurate, as often students who did really poorly feel the need to condemn the professor, whereas those who did well don't take the time to write reviews. Be weary when you read these reviews to choose professors for your classes.
That said, Dr. Lavelle is one of the most thoughtful professors at UCLA, offering more resources than any other professor I've encountered. He is extremely clear during lectures and lays everything out step-by-step from the beginning for students who haven't had much chemistry exposure.
Working with him in a smaller setting through 192C only reaffirmed what I thought when I took his 300+ student chem 14A/B classes.
He takes pride in his many resources and he's truly so kind, not only to his students but also to his TAs and UAs. I appreciate being able to work with such a great professor here at UCLA, and hope everyone gets the chance to experience his classes and what he has to offer!