David Leonard - Grand Valley State University

Professor: David Leonard
Department: Science
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Leonard made you really work for your grade, but he is understanding and nice. Don't need textbook, he provides notes and lectures and makes his own hw. Exams are tough, you need to study hard and LOTS of memorization involved. HW are essentially unlimited attempts and he provides few practice problems and practice exam. Final is not cumulative.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly one of the best professors I have had at GVSU. Cares a lot about his students & wants them to succeed. He is very understanding & knows his content can be challenging at times but he is always willing to help with any confusion. I looked forward to attending his class b/c his kept it interesting & simple. Do yourself a favor & take him!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • 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:
I was very nervous about having to take biochem online this semester but Im so glad I got Professor Leonard. This class was easier to me than Organic Chemistry, and thats because he is clear of what to study for exams If you like chemistry and if you put a few hours in to study for exams the day or two before youll do just fine!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: CHM461
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He claims that attendance isn't mandatory but takes attendance every class. He's a very hard grader and is very picky. No partial credit is usually given. His homework and tests are pretty difficult but he does skeleton notes and tells you what he wants you to know, which is helpful. Homework doesn't come from the textbook but he recommends reading
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Leonard is a solid choice if you aren't good at chem. This class is hard, so no matter who you take, you have to put in a lot of effort. He gives unlimited attempts on homework and gives practice exams. There are 5 exams that are about every 3 weeks so be prepared to be tested on info you just learned. Exams are half multiple choice/half drawing
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Leonard is the freaking bomb. Biochem is difficult, but he is by far one of my favorite profs!!! Super caring and encouraging - he acts kind of like a dad :) Visit his office hours! He is more than willing to give advice about class material, as well as life in general. Homework & optional questions are GREAT ways to study + practice exams!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CHM461
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Prof Leonard is a must for Biochemistry/Pre-meds. He is one of the best Professors I have ever had, and it has everything to do with teaching style! He breaks down complex biological mechanisms and uses cleverly handy analogies that make it very clear. By no means is this an easy class, and you're going to have to work for the grade, but doable!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BMS461
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is one of the best professors and there to help you anytime you need. Go to his office hours and do the homework, and should be an easy class. I studied the homework and read some text for more retention, but amazing teacher! Good luck!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Best biochem professor, although I believe he's retiring soon. The homework he gives you has unlimited attempts to get 100% and lets you go back and do it for practice before exams. Gives you practice exams and awesome lecture notes. This isn't an easy class, but he's your best shot at getting an A.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CHM461
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Without a doubt, and being in college for upwards of 5years, he is the best prof. Ive ever had without dumbing down the course content just so student get an A. He is a very understanding professor and contributes to further thought provoking ideas in biomedical scenarios. If going to med school, I highly recommend
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I loved professor Leonard!!! The class is set up very well. Homework, when assigned, is concise (only a few questions) and helps master skills gone over in lecture. His tests are difficult but his homework and practice tests prepare you well for the exam. He's excellent!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I LOVED prof Leonard! This class is hard, but he makes Bio chem interesting & fun! He is a sweetheart , and willing to work with you! His lectures & notes are essential and really helpful. He is hands down the best Biochem prof at GV.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Leonard was the best professor I have had at Grand Valley. He had organized notes, explained topics in a very understandable way, incorporated plenty of time into class and discussion to practice problems like the test, and had reasonable workload expectations. Definitely take him!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I loved prof leonard! He teaches biochem exceptionally well and is very knowledgable on the subject. Most importantly for me he relates what you learn to things that you will actually need to know for a career in the healthcare field. Can't say enough good things about him. Really does want you to do well and an A can be absolutely obtained!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Loved this prof! He explains the material incredibly well. I would also recommend going to his office hours, because of the difficulty of the course. He curves his tests and gives a lot of easy online homework to help your grade. Discussions are helpful. Leonard is a great guy all around and a very helpful professor!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Made chemistry fun! Hard class but set up excellently! 10/10 recommend!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Leonard was the best professor I have ever had. Biochem can be a difficult subject and he clearly knows a lot about what he is saying. He doesn't talk like he is much smarter then his students though, he simplifies it to a level that is easy to understand. Exams are curved, and online homework is due before every class but it is easy.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I love him. BEST chemistry teacher I have ever had. He is SO knowledgable and really knows how to explain the topics in an easy-to-understand way. His notes are PERFECT. He teaches you exactly what you need to know, starts off simple, and builds from it. Homework via BB after every class was EXTREMELY helpful too. I would 100% recommend.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CHM461
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Leonard is wonderful. I took his 461 class last winter and spent a lot of time outside class in his office, where he was very helpful. Biochemistry is not easy to understand, but he made it interesting with lots of applications. Tests are difficult, so study hard.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CHM232
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great professor. His lectures are helpful. There are four tests, easy hw, and group quizzes so there is a lot of clangesto get your grade up. I never opened my textbook and get an A-
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