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Laurie Thompson
Professor in the Computer Science department
at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX
are you Laurie Thompson?
Overall Quality
3.1
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
2.2
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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01/21/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I took this professor almost 2 years ago. Laurie Thompson, you will not easily be forgotten.

06/21/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very notorious teacher. She has strict guidelines which have to be followed to get points. She says attendance isn't mandatory, but gives surprise quizzes which have a lot of weight on your grade. Tests are quite hard, and you have to write entire programs and several methods. Assignments were quite interesting, though. Wouldn't take her again.

04/11/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS 1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I personally liked this professor and found her very helpful. However, this professor seemed to be notoriously known among all students. Even non cs/ non engineering majors knew about her in a negative light. The course was very difficult, but with hard work you would have been grateful at the end. Now I feel very strong in C++ due to her.

03/01/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Read straight off the slides during lectures with only some additional commentary. Was very discouraging and impatient during her office hours. Her excuse for grading assignments based off of some criteria not provided on the assignment sheet was, "I mentioned it during a lecture." Yet lecture attendance was "not required, but recommended."

01/30/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The people who complain are those who don't care enough to deeply understand CS. Must read the book, attend class, and do the hw assignments to get an A- or A. Many times she pulled major questions (worth 20+ points) straight from a major problem in the book. Hence, you needed to use Mrs. Thompson only as an additional tool to the book and notes.

01/10/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
cs1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Thompson is an excellent professor. Tests and quizzes are challenging but doable. I have to admit she does grade strictly but overall I think she is great and recommend you take her.

01/08/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CS1336 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Laurie Thompson was an excellent lecturer and if at any point you get lost she is immeasurably helpful in office hours. My favorite professor at UTD.

01/02/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I went from a D to a B in this class. I failed my first exam, but got 95+ on the last 2 exams. This was only possible with the help of the professor. Always remember, the professor is only a supplement to the course material. In my opinion, Mrs. Thompson exceeded her duties as a lecturer. Read the book, ask questions.

12/18/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

A nice woman. The professor is good, but not great. She needs to change her approach to lecturing, grading, and communication. Other than that, she serves as an ideal example of a computer scientist who can't effectively communicate nor respect her fellow students. If Mrs. Thompson refuses to respect her students, how can we respect her?

12/18/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I am incredibly disappointed after taking this course. I thought I would be able to learn a lot of material and discuss it with the professor. I enjoy learning computer science. This professor doesn't seem to enjoy teaching this course. I suggest another professor. Don't expect a good relationship with this teacher. She picks a fight with everyone.

12/18/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Classes are boring. Stuff stated in the syllabus is not fully covered. Tests and pop-up quiz are unreasonably hard

12/18/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor is not fit for an academic environment. She told our class once that her husband had to help her finish grading the work. Thompson will eventually get into trouble by the associate dean. If she has her husband grade my code, can I have my mom write my programs? Laurie Thompson is purposely digging her own grave.

12/17/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Thompson lacks the skills to teach at the University level. She discourages questions during class, based on the excuse that she has too much material to cover. She finished semester by covering 13 out of 17 chapters as identified in syllabus. Ch.14 and 15 were taught in a matter of minutes. Her lack of success is too frequently pushed to students.

12/14/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Please don't take her, she's the coldest person on the planet. I honestly feel like she hates students and fully do not understand why she teaches at a university. Every time she answers a question it's like it hurts her to do it. Plus, you could be in the hospital with cancer and she would still tell you to have your homework in by thursday...

12/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The professor is highly helpful and nice. However, this is only if you go to her during her office hours. During the lectures, she may come off as mean. Tests are incredibly difficult, and the lecture style is irritating. It is a one size fits all lecture. Essentially, the professor reads the entire time from a powerpoint. DONT TAKE THOMPSON!

11/15/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
cs1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dont Take her. She doesn't know how to teach. The worst part is her exams , assignments and quizzes are tough and the way she talks in class tells everyone that she wants to fail you. The only students who like her class are the ones who know stuff already.

11/14/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dont take her class. She hates answering student's question. She will most likely ignore you, if you ask question more that once Her tests are hard.

11/13/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CE1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Everyone knows you are going to have some bad and some good instructors during your college career. Mrs. Thompson falls in the category of bad teachers. She doesn't seem to enjoy her job very well since she gets aggravated about stopping in the middle of lecture to answer a question or two. I would recommend taking someone else....

11/13/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CE1337 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I felt after taking her 1337 course this fall that I had an obligation to warn other students out there to NOT take her course. Her tests are EXTREMELY hard, she is very unapproachable, and she made me feel very uneasy when I wanted to ask a question in class because of the frustrated look she would have on her face. Take someone else!!!

08/22/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CS1336 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

She just reads the slide and it is really hard to keep awake in her class.

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