All Ratings and Reviews for Lawrence T Feldman
I never took a class taught by this professor, but I did have the unfortunate experience of having to help him at the library. He's quite possibly the rudest, most arrogant person I've ever met. He needed a new library card because he apparently gave his old one to someone and that person lost it, so I had to ask for his ID and have him fill out a library info card (standard procedure). He continually rolled his eyes, sighed and shook his head. He also frequently effectively asked me to hurry up in a condescending tone. I can't comment on his teaching abilities, but he's terrible person. And judging by his ratings, he isn't the best lecturer either.
feldman is actually a good teacher and you will do well if you try to understand slides instead of merely memorizing them. i actually liked him better than dasgupta.
In general, microbiology has a terrible teaching staff but Feldman is the worst. He writes horrible test questions that concentrate on minutia. I would say avoid him but then you would get an equally bad professor anyway.
Totally agree with the previous review. He does not CARE about the students unless you worship him. Very hard to talk to, but I have to say his lecture was great. The material he taught really got me inspired.
feldman is a horrible lecturer, and even worse in OH's. but his test questions make up for all that. they are straighforward and relatively easy. you really have to learn on your own, but if you know you're material (the material isn't all that challenging), the test questions are not bad.
Horrible. One of the most arrogant teachers I have come accross in my 4 years at UCLA. He mentioned how he taught med students on a daily basis, like we are supposed to be impressed with his teaching prowess. Dagusputa was great and he ACTUALLY cared about what we learning. Wish I could say the same about Feldman. Tests were hard, even if you studied well. Unfortunately, theres no way to avoid this guy.
Dr. Feldman is definitely extremely introverted. He has troubles engaging in conversations. Overall, his tests weren't bad, just understand the slides and use the reader as a guide. I wouldn't really rely on going to office hours with him. The test weren't too bad, having Dr. Dasgupta teach the class with him was definitely helpful as he is a polar opposite of Feldman. Overall, he's not a bad professor, just kind of poorly organized at times and very shy and introverted, always bragging about teaching medical students, as if we're all dying to go to med school or something.
He has the biggest ego I have ever seen. He wants to be known as a difficult teacher but the only thing that makes his exams difficult is how poorly there written. He prides himself daily that he teaches med students. He constantly talks about non class material so that we can awe at his intellect. We need teachers who like to teach not teachers who need a power trip. He is difficult to talk too and bounces around constantly during lectures. Bad organization.
His test questions are very experiment-based (Describe the expt, design an expt, and explain the rationale behind the expt, etc.) I don't find him to be a particularly good lecturer, and many of his test questions sound very awkward to me--I have to read them a couple times before I understand what is going on. The focus on essay type test questions and the fact that some TAs do just skim through your answers and look for keywords mean that you have to know what you're answering--don't mention all the irrelevant stuff. I think his course reader is OK and most of the stuff are self-explanatory. I know someone who is working in his lab and he likes him; for me, he's not the worst teacher around, but I have certainly seen better ones even in the MIMG dept.
His test questions are pretty straightforward. To be fair to the man, he lectures well. He speaks clearly and explains topics well. However, be afraid to talk to him. I've never been treated more rudely by a person in my life. He is very condescending, sarcastic, and does not take students seriously. Hopefully you'll never have to go talk to him about anything.
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