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Thomas Leness
Professor in the Mathematics department
at Florida International University, Miami, FL
are you Thomas Leness?
Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.6
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
44 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
11/17/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAC 2311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A
"Would take again" "Lectures are long" "Clear grading criteria"

Leness is a great guy. Lectures are brutal , have to write as fast as possible for the entire length of class. Exam reviews are similar to test but test is way harder. Wiley Plus HW, no quiz's . Calculus is a difficult class for most students. Does curve sometimes. Overall he is a good teacher. Would recommend, and take again.

10/23/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAC 2311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: D
"Tests? Not many" "Tests are tough" "Lectures are long"

Lectures are long and he goes through examples as fast as he can, leaving you only able to write down half of what you need. Gives test review much easier than his tests. Does have a nice curve because the tests are way too hard.

05/02/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAC2313 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

His lectures were very fast and sometimes too fast but he spoke perfect English and actually knew his math (sometimes professor do not know what they are talking about, you don't have to worry about that with this guy). Gives homework that is helpful and curves his test a bit.

04/29/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAC 2313 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

His lectures would not make sense at times. I taught myself for the second half of the class and did better . However, he can give really great curves. No extra credit. Doing the homework and reviews help for midterms and final.

04/21/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAC 2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Great Professor! Unlike other math classes I have taken, the review is just like the test. If you have a hard time understanding math he makes it very easy. Highly recommended.

04/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
MAC 2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+

He is literally the greatest math professor I have ever had the supreme pleasure of getting in my lifetime as a student. So many examples. The curve is so overpowered, (there was literally one with about a 12 point boost) not that I needed it tho since, thanks to his clarity and endless examples I aced just about every exam. You have to take him

12/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAC2313 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Good professor! he's an American born so you don't have to worry about accents! he explains things really well and always does lots of examples! Test are standard, but the reviews he gives are REALLY helpful.. Do all hw and study the review and you'll pass... Always curves the exams!

05/02/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAP 2302 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Teaches way too fast!!! You have too choose between writing down whats on the board or listening. Be prepared to do most of the teaching yourself outside the classroom. Very fair test and quiz giver. Concepts straight out of the homework. I could not keep up with the work, due to the time required to learn everything myself and manage other class.

04/25/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
MAC 2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Quite a difficult subject to begin with but Leness doesnt make it any easier Snarky attitude, not helpful and tests are ridiculous. Hardly any curve. Avoid if possible.

04/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAC 2312 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you dislike having professors with accents, than take him, he is american born so his english is crystal, go to class and take notes, his reviews are helpful and he uses wily plus as well as book problems that he doesn't collect but will go over in the beginning of class if you have questions. His exams are similar to his review. Hes good.

12/05/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Mac2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

It's easier to understand him if you have some background on Calculus, because he explains a lot with theory, although he provides some examples. He's very smart, and wants you to know the "why" behind math. His curves are awesome! It made the difference between a B and an A- . If you took Calculus in high school, you'll be fine taking him.

11/30/2012
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
mac2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Good professor, knows what he is doing, but unless you have a pretty solid background...dont take him, seriously. He loves definitions and you will barely see examples or even numbers on the board. he is really smart but prepare to feel dumb there. he is helpful with HW (if you ask), his tests are fair. 94 is the min for A, so dont expect to end A.

05/31/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAP2302 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is an OK professor. But he is not flexible at all in his grading scale. You need a 73 to pass with a C and a 94 to get an A. He doesn't drop, or curve grades. His tests are average in difficulty. Gives quizzes every week. Honestly, i would get someone else.

01/20/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAP2302 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

PRof. Leness teaches WAY to fast. I only needed one point to get a C and he refused to help!! :(

07/13/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
MAC2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy, even though I highly questioned him in class because their were times when I didnt think he was that sure of what he was teaching. I don't know why he puts so much WORDS on the board when its a math.Was helpful in giving points on tests after looking twice at it.But I was like 2 points away from a C in his class and he did nothin to boost

04/11/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CALCU03 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A nice professor, but he teaches way too erratically. He literally takes 5 minutes to cover a topic and does problems so quickly, you can either listen to him explain what he's doing, or attempt to copy it down and TRY to decipher it yourself at home. If this is your first calculus class, GET EXTRA HELP. You will not do well with his lectures alone

04/09/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
MAC2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Probably one of the only calculus teachers that doesn't have an accent that is impossible to understand. He is a great Calculus professor. Very willing to go over homework problems as long as you ask. If you do not ask questions he will just move on to the next topic. A lot of homework but if you do it it is very helpful for his tests.Made an A+.

12/23/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CAL2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He focuses primarily on theory but he uses examples as well. The online assignments (if you do them) will be very helpful on the exams. Exams can be a bit difficult but he does review before each one and curves graciously. It's very possible to get an A in the class, but you have to work for it and some previous background in Cal would be helpful.

12/16/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
mac2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

i have some cal background and still couldnt understand the material he gave, no exercises given as practice to understand the material, goes very fast thru the lectures and new material in top of the other, he gives practice tests before the actual tests and final is cummulative, very hard tests

10/31/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
MAC2311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

You must have some kind of background in Calculus to understand what goes on in class. He goes through material pretty fast.

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