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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
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63 Student Ratings
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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.

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