Stephen Lee - Cornell University

Professor: Stephen Lee
Department: Science
College: Cornell University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
the content is hard, but prof built so much support into the class (ex office hours, peerled, pre and post lec quizzes) that with hard work in the right direction, one could definitely do well. lectures took me a bit to get use to, but it's obvious that prof truly cares about the students' learning and curriculum. my brain grew exponentially! :)
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Lee cares about his students. His lectures always have snippets of stories from his father , childhood, and his life in general. He has many resources for you to practice and improve. The TA's are helpful and there's tons of them. This class is hard, but if you're willing to use the resources given, no reason to fail.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Lee often comes off as very aggressive during office hours or lecture but I think he really wants students to succeed. He creates so many resources for students but you have to take advantage of them. Go to lecture, office hours, peer led, and maybe take the support course (CHEM 1007) and you will find this course much more bearable.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Did by far the worst job adjusting to online classes of all my professors. Tested us in prelims on things we never learned. Extremely rude, he is well know for singling people out for minor errors. Avoid his class if it is not required.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
chem 2070 is really hard (from a freshman perspective), but sets you up to do well in later STEM classes. so many resources to help you too, big contrast to no help in 2080. Dr. Lee is the only professor I've seen so far who puts this much work into helping us succeed/improve.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Didnt handle pandemic well. Tests were hard last year, and this year is even harder. Were tested on things we didnt learn . I can say I learned a lot but what I learned isnt tested very fairly in the online. Try to take this class when its available in person, it will save your life
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class was so hard and Stephen Lee did not teach it well. The exams were extremely hard and didn't test on things that were taught in lecture. Do not take if you don't have to.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM1070
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took 1070 and have been a TA for 2070. He is by far the most caring professor I have ever had in college. It is not particularly prestigious to teach freshmen, but he chooses to because he wants to keep students from dropping out of STEM/pre-med. Material can be hard, but showing that you're trying will get you far in this class. I cried too lol
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Be prepared to use Khan Academy because youll learn very little otherwise. Learned more physics than chem tbh. He yelled at students for bad wifi or working (takes away from chem work time) in a pandemic. Told someone they should quit STEM bc he didnt like how they learned. Made ppl cry, too, and was shirtless on one occasion. 2070 is a wild ride
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the most chaotic classes I have ever taken. The professor does not care about the students whatsoever. He makes the students feel dumb if they answer a question wrong in class, and he never responds to his email. I had a personal issue where the professor essentially said too bad. Extremely rude and unprofessional.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Lee is a very caring professor, but can at times be scary. Don't be surprised if you or people around you start crying in the first few lectures, because the level of difficulty might take you off guard. You really need to pay attention to lectures in order to get an A in this class. This class was the worst grade I got first semester.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I had Stephen Lee his first time teaching 2080. I liked his style of bringing in a lot of practice problems, but the TA to student ratio made these extra sessions not very effective. Doctor Lee is very intense and honest, and made many students cry, most likely without meaning to. He did bring grades up though, so his methods do work.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I went from being so scared of chem in high school to actually being good at it now. If you genuinely get to know him, you'll realize that you'll never have a professor who cares for his students as much as Prof. Lee. All his TAs also work really hard to help you succeed and put in so much extra work in so you can get a good grade.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Stephen Lee is an amazing professor who truly cares about his students. Although he offers a ton of resources to succeed in this class, you must put in a lot of work to succeed. Curved to a B-.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lots of work: lectures, pre/post-lecture HW, mandatory discussion, lab, "optional" 2-hour peer-led that's not really optional because lab quizzes and exams are based on it. AP chem doesn't help since Lee teaches stuff like physics/MO theory/particle-wave duality. Never used textbook. Fun demos in class. Can seem harsh at times but he truly cares!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is an okay lecturer but not nearly all the material on the prelim is covered in lecture. There is no textbook reading so it can be hard to catch up if you don't understand something. He can be harsh in peer-led - tells people to erase their entire whiteboard or that they are gonna get a C on the prelim. He does care though I think. (Chem 2070)
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great teacher - so many resources to do well. He goes a little fast In lectures but OH clears up a good amount of the confusion. The textbook is useless - don't buy
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM2070
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
When he taught my chem 2070 class, we didn't even touch the textbook once. And the lessons he gave were really weird. Let me tell you, I learned so much physics. Yes, physics in a chem class. He taught the right hand rule, the details of the photoelectric effect and particle wave duality and many more. He's a great teacher but follows his own ways.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM1070
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Wasn't sure if I'd like him from the first few weeks of chem lots of yelling but after sticking it out, I have grown to love him. He genuinely cares about his students and is willing to do whatever for them to succeed. Dr. Lee has a very specific way he wants his students to do things but if you put in the effort to learn, it's worth it.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM1070
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Took 1070 & 1080 with him and he is genuinely my favorite professor here. Listen to him, he knows what he is talking about and he knows how to bridge high school thinking and college learning. It wont be easy and you will need a GROWTH MINDSET but take 2070 with him you will thank yourself later.
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