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Brian Lavelle
Professor in the Classics department
at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL
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Overall Quality
4.1
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Helpfulness
4.1
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
2.8
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05/13/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLST 272-W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

3 books, 3 midterms, 4 out of class writing assignments and 6 in class assignments. Difficult grader but do-able if you do EVERY reading(pop-quiz style in class paragraph writings relevant to readings), go to EVERY class and take notes on EVERYTHING he says. For papers and essays, make sure you have proof from the texts to back up your assertions.

04/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CLST306 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Took Lavelle for Art of Ancient Greece abroad in Greece last summer. He is a very knowledgeable professor who is very passionate about his students obtaining a deeper understanding of the subject at hand. I highly recommend this intersession course if you are lucky enough to be in Rome for a summer term. It was a week long with a midterm and final.

12/21/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CLST383 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This class has been my favorite CLST class EVER. He is an awesome teacher that knows everything about classics and is very helpful and SUPER understanding. Class is conducted through discussions. There is a term paper and a final exam along with an oral demonstration (very informal and fun). We read everything from Homer to the 4th Century BCE.

12/03/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLST271 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Loved him for classical mythology! You can tell he is really an expert in almost every aspect of it. He tells you in class exactly what is going to be on the test pretty much, all you have to do is read most of the time and show up. one paper three exams.

07/01/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CLST309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Amazing lecturer. Reading is essential. We get to do an interesting term paper and he is awesome. He's clear, funny, eloquent, informative, and everything a teacher should be. I learned A LOT in his class. Tests are a bit hard, but he's a fair grader and always available for help. He's the reason I'm a classics major.

05/24/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CLST275 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Lavelle is a very nice guy, but avoid him for this class. He teaches by telling stories- it's hard to follow especially because he talks so fast. Overall pretty boring class, read the book not it big deal to pay attention to lecture because what he lectures over is only one of two exam questions.3 exams- multichoice, fillins, essay, final paper

05/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CLST272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr Lavelle is awesome! Not only does he know a lot, but he is an awesome and eloquent lecturer. He is a bit of a hard grader, but his class is very manageable. We read the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid and those are the only 3 exams (last one is the final, but not cumulative). In order to get an A just keep up with the reading and go to class.

02/28/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLST272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher. Read/sparknotes books is a must. Decent grader. Very interesting lectures. Very helpful. Super nice guy. Passionate about his work. Will read Iliad, Odyssey, & Aeneid in that order. Take class if you wanna learn. NOT a blow off class.

02/10/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLST272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great lectures, class is mandatory for learning the material as well as reading the textbooks. I never mind the hour and 15 minutes with Lavelle, he is so gorgeous.

12/16/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CLST383 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I wouldn't recommend any of Lavelle's classes unless you are a CLST major/minor (or have interest in the subject). I thoroughly enjoyed my class with him though. My class was a capstone course so it was basically just participation, 1 essay, and the final. Readings were long and sometimes difficult. Loved class discussions though.

12/07/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CLST272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is very interested in the topic and full of info TERRIBLE TEACHER... does not teach to examination style, no organization or structure to class lecture and takes of point for not apparent reason. Test format more difficult then class material. Do not take unless you have background in material being taught.

11/24/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CLST272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This prof is passionate about his subject and wants to pass his knowledge onto his students. Tests are very difficult and I don't think anyone in the class god an A. However, it is a very interesting class to take. You get a lot out of it!

07/01/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CLST281 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Brilliant Professor who enjoys teaching and is very enthusiastic. I took "War and War Experience" with him, and the class was very interesting and enjoyable. He is a lenient and fair grader. His lectures were great, and stimulated great discussions. Definitely take him for CLST 281.

05/03/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Clst272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, knows the material extremely well. Makes class interesting and can relate the material to almost anything to help you understand it. He's the type of teacher that strives to make you think about the material you're learning.

04/28/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
clst272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great teacher, knows his stuff backwards and forwards and can relate anything to a different situation to help you understand. he had second books to go along with the Aeneid and the Iliad, yes its extra reading but they HELPED, so if you actually do your homework and go to class, you'll be fine. hard grader but, fore sure take him

04/25/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
clst272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Worst teacher I have ever had... He refuses to help in any way even though his tests are IMPOSSIBLE to pull off an A. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. WORST TEACHER EVER.

04/24/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CLST275 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He seems nice but is not very helpful and his tests are really hard. You need to know the books backwards and forwards to do well on the tests. Classes are really boring and there was no motivation for me to actually attend most of them.

12/14/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CLST275 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I really loved the class. Professor was all right, but he can become sometimes boring. Tests are based on what you hear in lecture... Really enjoyed the films and the comparison project. If you love Greek History.. take the class :):):)

11/18/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CLST275 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Class drags on terribly. I am a Classics major and he made Classical Greece even boring for me. Impossibly hard grader. All multiple choice answers have at least 2 good options so you must choose best. Takes of points in papers and short answers and sometimes doesn't explain why. If you enjoy grey chest hair then he is right for you.

11/13/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
CLST275 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher, very hard tests and just the class in general was hard for me at least to get used to. Good guy, will help you a lot if you're having trouble.

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