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Laura Pauley
Professor in the Engineering department
at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
are you Laura Pauley?
Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
3.8
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24 Student Ratings
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07/22/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ME 300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She didn't really teach for the first 4 weeks, all she did was critique control volume boundaries for that time when we barely knew anything about them on the first homework. Didn't learn much from her either. Also, if she screws up grading on an exam, she'll tell you she can regrade, but that your grade could go down. Avoid for Thermo.

12/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
M E 320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-

Very organized professor. Gives ample example problems, which makes learning the course material easy. A pleasant person.

04/06/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
ME 410 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you care about the subject material, you probably shouldn't take her because her classes are a joke. However, if you want an easy A (as far as engineering classes are concerned), take her for fluids or heat transfer.

10/17/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ME410 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The BEST professor I had at Penn State! Best professor in the Engineering department. Classes are real easy if you try. Gives past exams that are identical to the exams. If you fail her class, you're simply a loser and don't belong in an engineering major because it gets no easier than Pauley.

04/26/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ME410 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

made a hard class easy. makes past test available with answers. HW is the hardest part of class

04/25/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ME410 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I had two classes with her: Nuc E 309 and ME 410! She's the best engineering professor you will find at Penn State. Her grading is fair. She gives you practice exams and solutions to the test and the exams are just like them! You CANNOT fail her class if you put at least 50% effort.

12/26/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
NUCE309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

All lecture notes are put online. If you only went to class on days with exams, you would still be golden. Really nice lady, and really easy material. Most of it is a review anyways. She would have no problem giving everyone in the class As. Super fair and wants everyone to succeed.

05/02/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ME320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Straightforward and easy class, lots of sample exams to give you an idea of what she expects on the tests.

03/25/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
NUCE309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Best teacher I've had for 309. Always willing to help, all lectures put on Angel.

01/05/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
NucE309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Extremely easy, just do they study guides she provides for every test. Very fair with grading and difficulty. Textbook is completely unnecessary. Only downside, her voice isn't well suited for lectures- but if its too much to handle the notes are always clear and organized online!

12/02/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
NucE309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Greatest Teacher Ever!!! It is so easy to get a good grade in this class. She walks you thorough every type of problem she will ask you. She also gives you the exact exam format with all the exam questions she has ever asked. She makes this class very easy for you if you just pay attention. And don't get the book its no help.

12/02/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
NucE309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

GREAT!!!!!!!! BEST Teacher EVER!!! This class is sooo easy!!!! Laura Pauley you are the greatest!!!

05/05/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ME201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not fit for big class lectures at all. Doesn't know how to communicate quality information. Doesn't engage the class to think, she solves all the practice problems on her own, which doesn't help you in any way. Homeworks are very hard and completely different that what you learn in class.

12/19/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
NUCE309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is a nice lady, and teaches this same class every year. The material is somewhat repetitive, and the homework's are long. The tests were alright. When she says she will bump your grade up if you attend class, go to extra help sessions, and participate during class, just know that she is lying.

12/19/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
NUCE309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT buy the textbook, her handouts (notes) are more than sufficient to do well in the class. Her exams are overall pretty easy, but they can be a disaster if you don't study enough. Not a class with any practical applications, and she pretty much "holds your hand" through the class - therefore it's easy.

03/23/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ME340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

terrible. tells you what she wants after it is due. on quizzes you have to memorize the full answer. and her voice kills my brain cells

07/13/2006
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
NUCE 309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Study Guides helpful for tests, but they still get randomly easy and hard. And if she doesn't understand your question, she gets annoyed at you instead of trying to understand which part you don't get. Best advice: make good equation sheets with all the examples.

08/30/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ME 33 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She has an admin. position as well as a teaching position. She's not that much of a "people person", but she's a great lady and good at what she does.

11/29/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Nuc E 309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Gives examples that make homework easy and her tests are exactly like the study guides she hands out. Overall you can learn a lot and get good grades if you just do the homework and study guides. Also she is always willing to help in either office hours or by email. I think she is a good teacher.

11/08/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
NucE 309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very difficult to understand, but this may just be the nature of the material (Advanced Engineering Math). Many of the homework assignments are ridiculously hard and they are all graded. Better learn your Matlab before this class.

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