Tamara Lakins - Allegheny College

Professor: Tamara Lakins
Department: Mathematics
College: Allegheny College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: FS101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This professor should not be allowed to advise freshmen, her sense of apathy along with dry, boring class on symmetry is the reason why I almost transferred and why a few classmates of mine did transfer. She is passive aggressive and makes class completely miserable. It is to the point where all of the students discuss how bad she is after class
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MATH170
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Good at explaining concepts and a genuinely nice teacher, helpful during office hours. Only major complaints are that she didn't give us that clear of instructions for our only graded written homework of the semester so a lot of us didn't get that high of grades on it and she sometimes throws curveball questions on tests and especially the final.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATH205
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
MATH 205 is a burden that all Computer Science students have to endure. But when half the class is comp sci majors who are retaking the class because they didnt get a high enough grade in the first place and are still failing, that says something. If you don't write English in the EXACT manner she does, she punishes you for it.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATH160
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is amazing. So nice and always really excited about what she's teaching. Expects you to know your stuff. Office hours are always crowded, but I definitely think she takes it into consideration that you go.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CALC157
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She's wonderful in Office Hours. The class isn't my favorite and I tend to count down the minutes until it's over. However, some students do great and some don't, depends on your math ability.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: MATH205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Lakins is a really good teacher. She has a great interest in Math but when it comes to asking homework questions during office hours she is the least helpful. She just gives hints. Her exams are fair game. The questions are from in-class examples and from her book. She did not give any quizzes, just homework and exams.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATH160
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I can't praise Prof. Lakins and her big box of colored chalk enough! She has a fantastic system for color-coding confusing processes, and her lecture notes are crystal clear, even when the book isn't. She always encourages questions/office hours, and is even good about accommodating outside them.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATH160
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Lakins is a really nice/thoughtful professor who really wants students to learn and understand the fundamentals of calculus in her 160 class. Her hour exams were pretty difficult because you could not use notes or calculators and had a very limited time. Supposedly, some students prefer Prof. LeBello, but I never had this professor.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATH160
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Lakins is the best. For those who have not taken calc before, she may be very confusing, but she is always willing to help and even set up problems for you. She asks for questions every class and will slow down if you need help. She goes pretty fast but she tries to make everything clear.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MATH160
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
okay teacher. you learn quite a bit but she tends to make you feel a little stupid if you answer a question wrong. do the hw! test problems are very similar. not always helpful in office hours if she thinks you should know the material that you're asking about. go to every class & take notes! she writes EVERYTHING on the board, which is handy.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: CALC170
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very helpful. tests arent the easiest, but lectures are clear and interesting. homework is helpful. do it. see's worth taking math for.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATH205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best teachers I've ever had in my life. I've never been pushed harder and she is always willing to help and work intensely in getting the material into your head, if you bend backwards as well. She doesn't tolerate BS and apathy, though her patience is galactic if you try. There needs to be more educators in this world like her!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MATH110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lakins refused to slow down for a class full of students merely trying to meet graduation requirements in the REMEDIAL math course. A good teacher has the ability to adapt and adjust to the skill level of the students in the class. Lakins seemed offended that we were not picking up the material easily. This is the mark of a poor teacher.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATH205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She isn't as bad as everyone may think. She is extremely helpful when you see her during office hours, and from my experience, she admits when she has made a test too long. She provides sufficient examples to complete the homework, she does not belittle students in class, and it seems like she honestly cares about her students. She is underrated
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MATH170
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Her office hours were always crowded because her teaching was never sufficient to understand the material during class. Failed most people on one test and then took no responsibility for the fact that her test was too long to finish and too abstract to understand, basically told people if they didn't like it to get out of her class. Ridiculous.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: MTH151CALC
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
i have to say she is a really good professot but a very hard professor. Her exams are very hard and getting by with a C is a normal thing in her class. She is very dedicated and she always wants to help but unless ur ready for lots of hard work and endless nights of not sleeping do not take her class.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MATH315
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Tamera grades work based on what grade she wants to give you. I was doing better than she wanted and was quickly accused of cheating.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MATH160
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Definately the best math teacher i've had. knew her stuff, and was very good at explaining. Was always available for office hours, and made math enjoyable. If you don't really like math, but just have to take Math 160, make sure u're in Tamara's class. you would not regret!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MATH160
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Does not teach to the average student. Considers a high score of 87 a great test. Explanations are abstract. Chooses favorites and doesn't hide it. You're doing good if you have a D. I will give her that she is always at office hours, but I haven't gained anything monumental from them.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CALC160
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
good teacher and hard grader, but only ake class if u want to stay over for about 5 minutes every day. Does not understand the concept of a 50 minute class, more lke 55 to her.
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