All Ratings and Reviews for Lewis P Felton
Don't like him at all ... his homework problems were very difficult and I didn't think he helped prepare us for the midterm/final. Hope you get a good TA, is all I can say. Unfortunately, my TA wasn't all that great either.
Also, his book sucks. Get a nice suppliment book so you can actually understand the material. I used my CEE 108 book ... a lot!
The material in 135B is difficult, so spend some time going over the handouts Prof. Felton gives you. Prof. Felton's tests are difficult, and if you do not study enough, you will end up being too dependent on the handouts to do well on the test. The seating arrangement is permanent after the first day of class, which I think is quite grade-schoolish.
homework doesn't affect your grade.
do good on the final and you're set.
-Tough grader at the end. Of the couple of dozen students that took 135A with me, I believe about 5 people received an A.
-Lets TA grade midterms
-Do not fall asleep in class. Will affect your grade if you're on the borderline.
-Make sure you don't ask questions before the midterm or final that involve nuances to the topics covered. I say this because when I took 135A, right before the midterm someone asked a questsion about what if one of the supports to some beam is a spring or a torsional spring. He went on to include that in the first question of the midterm. Although that particular problem was not that difficult, it is just worth noting the type of stuff he does. This was also the case in 130, where student concerns about Fourier series that he did not cover well turned into a finals question.
-Not much to study for (135A) in terms of theories and concepts. It's all about knowing how to deal with different types of problems.
-He's good at teaching structural analysis, but not so much with others (i.e. 130)
-Permanent Seats after first day
-Cumbersome, average quantity
-Go to Office Hours, he'll pretty much tell you what the answers are if you ask. He acts nicer during OH.
-I did not enjoy taking his courses because he had a lousy teaching attitude that made me feel very uncomfortable the entire time. But because 135A's required for everyone, you should just make the best of it.
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dont mess with Lewy P. he's one that gets ya if he catches ya snoozing during class. hes as dry as silty sand and then some but thats structures for ya. exam wise, he likes to use examples from previous exams so try to get a hold of those although he'll always throw a curve in there where he modifies the picture by a little bit and WHAMO!!! it makes it 10 times harder.
tips: dont do well on the midterm, whatever you do dont do well on the midterm, do horrible.
do REALLY well on the final. thats all that matters to felto. he wants to see improvement in the class as a result of him.
myth: that you have to come to class everyday because of the attendance thing. personally i skipped some lectures and i didnt see it affecting my grade. just be sure not to ditch during break or come in late. if you cant be the perfect student for two hours then dont come at all.
like all other teachers, you wanna learn the material ---> beg your TA for help.
hint: he dont care if you turn in your homework on time. you get points on it but in my personal opinion all Lewy does is give ya a check for doing it, an X for not.
bottom line: you wanna get an A, act like you LOVE the material and wanna learn more and make sure you improve on your final a lot more than you did on your midterm!!!
felton is actually a pretty nice prof., despite what other people say. The material itself is pretty dry. he explains well.
He is the best...you should be so dumb person to not do well on his exams....all he lectures is virtual work all the way...he can give out as many A's he wants...so take his class and get your A.trust me;)
Whoever said this guy and his classes were hard are wrong. His classes may be kind of boring but he is a pretty good teacher in a chill, laid-back sort of way, and if you went to class and listened to what he said you learned a good amount. His homeworks weren't that hard either, just really long, tedious, and involve a lot of matrix algebra. Fortunately, they're worth nothing anyways. Do well on his tests however, they're not really that hard if you just take the time to learn the material and make the cheat sheets for the test. The best thing to do is go to section. Both of my TA's were great and taught us well. Like they guy said earlie, he can give out as many A's as he wants, since all he looks for is improvement on exams, so there's no sweat if you know how to do the problems.
Felton's a very good professor. He is a genuinely nice person, so although the material may get dry at times, he is always positive and very receptive to questions and classroom participation. He is also a very good teacher, hes been teaching 135A and 135B for around 30 years. He co-authored the book, so he knows his examples very well and all of the concepts inside and out.
As said earlier, focus on tests. What gets you in this class is making a small mistake on a problem that is worth 30 pts on a 100 pt exam, and then that mistake persists throughout the rest of the test question. If you are careful when you take his tests and you should do fine. Overall, the concepts are not very difficult; there are only a few equations for the entire class. All you need to do is practice their different applications before exams and focus during, and it is very possible to get a B/A.
at first i didn't like prof felton too much. he seems very uninterested in getting to know students, and very unapproachable. but if you break through your initial fear of him and go to OHs, you'll realize he's not so mean and is very willing to help you out on assignments.
if you're going into structures, i highly recommend 135L. i think it could be my favorite class so far, and felton shows lots of interest. he sat down and helped to debug our program several times throughout the quarter.
he's only available in the early mornings, so sleep early if u plan on going to his OHs.
beware of 130. he doesn't seem to like this subject at all, and tends to teach a lot of things that you aren't responsible for. yet, tests are pretty hard.
if you do well on the midterm, you better do well on the final, else you won't get higher than a B+.
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