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Thomas Lapen
Professor in the Geology department
at University of Houston, Houston, TX
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Overall Quality
3.7
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.6
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
2.5
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11/14/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL 3370 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Lectures are long" "Tests are tough"

I didn't care for the class itself, but he is what kept me going to class. He's a very good professor and is funny at times. He does care about his students, and is more than willing to answer any questions that students have. Tests are fairly tough, but he will curve them if the average is low enough. I would definitely take him again.

11/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL 3370 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: Not sure yet

Go to class, pay attention, read the book, and you'll be fine. The only complaint that I had was that there seemed to be a disconnect with the material covered in lab and in class. The lab assignments were difficult in my opinion.

04/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEO1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He made this subject really fun to learn about. I paid attention to him in lectures and got A's on all my tests. one of the best professors I've had at UH. wears the same three outfits the entire semester.

09/27/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
GEOL3370 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very smart guy. Laid back and friendly. He helped me get into the class even though it was overfilled. Teaches well and loves the subject. It is a tough but enjoyable class

05/30/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I hated his class. He is passionate about geology maybe too much. His test were so hard I could never make an A and I studied the notes and the book. Some stuff on the test wasn't even in the book. I am a straight A student and this was my first B-. I would not recommend him unless you are really interested in geology

05/10/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL3370 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. Really makes the subject interesting. e made my interest in Geology grow to a different level. Your grade is based off of three exams, and your labs(SO DONT MISS LAB). He does random pop quizzes for attendance, but they're really easy. Overall great professor....oh, and is soooooo Hot!!! :)

05/06/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Geol 1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class was easy if you attended, but the class was boring. He didn't care about the class, but he was very interested in Geology. You could tell he was passionate, but cared more for geology than his students. Only 3 tests and an optional make up exam, so you don't get much room to make errors. I wouldn't take him again personally.

05/05/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL 1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are boring, tests are over powerpoints, don't bother buying the books or attending the class. Would not recommend this teacher or this subject. Better chance of getting an A in chem with Bott.

05/21/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Geol1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great prof! Knows his stuff. Class was interesting if you like geology. Always willing to answer questions. Kept class funny and entertaining. Good professor over all. Grades based on 3 tests, optional final. Study power points for the tests well. Tests not bad at all if you study. Taking him for a dif geo class next year and looking forward to it.

03/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Geol3373 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very good professor

01/30/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOL1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very passionate about the subject, and knows his stuff. Also, super hot.

07/19/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
GEOL3370 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Mineralogy. Relatively easy. Just do as he says and attend lectures. Ask questions, he likes that. DO ALL LABS. Tests come directly from slides. Read to understand the slides better. Get the book by Klein, not the one by Dyar, regardless of what he asks. You will learn a lot about crystal chemistry but only a very few minerals.

05/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
geol1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Makes the class seem easy...then you get the test which is actually really hard.

12/25/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOL3370 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Good teacher. 4 tests, lab grades, easy term project, and 1 pg paper. Tests come from lectures. He likes people to ask questions and wants to make sure everyone understands the material. Labs help you understand the concepts covered in class. Willing to explain what you don't understand outside of class. I recommend taking him.

11/26/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
GEOL3370 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Maybe it's cause he changed test formats the year I took him, but I didn't find Lapen all that bad. I can see where people might have difficulty learning from him since he teaches from slides but if you do the labs and work with other students you'll do fine. He curved every test we had so that the top test score was 100%. Tests weren't hard.

10/04/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEO3352 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I have him for mineralogy. So far so good, he seems to be a very good professor who genuinely cares for his students and that they are learning the material he is presenting. I have yet to take an exam but I am confident that I will do well. Overall he seems to be a great professor and I would recommend him. The material is slightly challenging

04/13/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Geol1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This guy takes pride in making his tests hard and in his students doing poorly on them. He does not give reviews and does not teach the material very well. He tries to punish the students who think its a blow off class but he is really punishng the students who come to class. The test avg is below a 60. plus he is boring

05/08/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
geol1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

do not take this guy. he does not know how to teach. he rushes through his lectures like nothing leaving the students clueless of what to to study for.no reviews or anything. exams are extremely difficult. class average was about a 55. BAD TEACHER

05/07/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
GEOL1330 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Speaking as a non-geology major, this class is not for you if you are looking for an easy natural science credit. He does not know how to teach intro. Information does not pertain to curriculum.

01/16/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
geol3370 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

cool guy. very helpful. wants you to ask questions. hard to get a hold of him outside of class sometimes. he's honest and fair. will tell you how it's going to be. highly recommended for a prof.

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