Laure Brooks
School:University of Maryland
Department: Criminal Justice
Location:College Park, MD
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Pros: One of the best teachers I've had in Maryland. So organized, the research projects and exams are all so easy as along as you come to class everyday and take good notes and read the textbook. Easy A
Cons: No Con
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Pros: She is the best professor I've had at Maryland. Very nice, and knows everything there is to know about what she is teaching. She is SO organized, and makes sure that you understand the material and get the notes down. She writes on the board as she talks about what she is writing, so you have time to write and you don't feel frazzled because you're trying to write some powerpoint info down or something super fast while the teacher talks about something different. That's what I love about her. Totally different from that and in a really good, helpful way. She is also ALWAYS available for help. She gets your projects and exams back to you super fast, a lot of the time within the same day. You will learn a LOT in this class, and even if you don't think you'll find the material interesting, Professor Brooks makes it interesting. ALSO, she gives a BUNCH of open note extra credit quizzes all throughout the semester, each worth one point.
Cons: The only cons I can think of is that there are 4 computer assignments that you have to complete on your own time, but they aren't hard, and she explains everything down to the very last command so there's no reason you shouldn't get a 100% on all of them.
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Pros: Great Lecturer
Guests Speakers
Great professor! Very interested in the topic and makes you want to pay attention. Guest speakers frequently.
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Pros: Easy class. There is an open notes quiz everyday over the notes you get that day. All the questions are straight from the notes.
Cons: No cons
Awesome guest speakers!
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Pros: extra credit ride along
all multiple choice exams
Cons: daily quizzes that are really easy
need to read textbook
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Pros: --Great professor/ presents material in a very easy way to understand
--uses blackboard instead of powerpoints
--6 total guest speakers
--repeats important information
--gives out a book study guide
Cons: --sometimes the book readings can get dense
If you get all of the class notes and actually read the chapters and take notes, the exams are a breaze. Also, the guest speakers were an awesome part of the class. I'm thinking about TAing for this class so I can be there for the guest speakers. She has daily quizzes at the end of each lecture, but they are really easy if you took notes during class (they are open note).
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Pros: she is a great professor
hard but in a good way
great outline for her notes
Cons: subject matter isn't the most interesting
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Pros: Great teacher, who knows her stuff
Extra credit quizzes throughout semester
Cons: Usually meets in the (early) morning
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Pros: She is the head of the Criminal Justice department at the University. She knows what she is talking about in class and is very knowledgeable of the career field in general. During the semester, she invites guest lectures who are very interesting.
Cons: In such a large class, it is difficult to get to know Professor Brooks on a one on one basis.
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Pros: Easy course load
Very organized
only quizzes are extra credit and from notes that day
Cons: Tests are tricky
Really nice teacher
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Pros: Willing to help anyone who asked for it
Cons: Tests were sometimes a bit challenging to figure out
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Pros: There are many options for extra credit
Cons: You have to come to every class
Shes a good teacher and she gives great study guides and makes it so you know whats going on in class
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Pros: Awesome Professor
Outline-Style Lectures
Easy Exams
Gives Extra Credit Quizzes
Cons: Requires you to be in class some days
I love Prof. Brooks! I would definitely recommend her classes.
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Pros: Awesome Professor
Outline-Style Lectures
Easy Exams
Extra Credit Quizzes
Cons: Daily Quizzes
I love Dr. Brooks! I would definitely recommend her classes.
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Pros: Great professor, cares about the subject, quizzes daily but open note and prepares you for the exam
Cons: None!
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Pros: Knows what she is talking about, makes it easy to follow the course and provides a good amount of extra credit
Cons: n/a
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Pros: she has a lot of knowledge and passion for the subject and she gives you quizzes sporadically throughout the semester but they are open note from the lecture that she just gave so they are super easy.
she does not use powerpoint.
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Best teacher for CCJS at UMD. Would recommend her to anyone looking for a good professor.
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This class is made much more difficult than it needs to be. You basically have to go to class everyday because she gives a quiz. But I think if it was not at 10 am i would have enjoyed it more. For exams you must read the book.
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Dr. Brooks is one of the best professors I've had at Maryland. Her lectures are very interesting, as are the numerous guest speakers she invites during the semester. She is always in her office and always willing to help. There's plenty of extra credit, so it's hard to do poorly. She's not kidding when she tells you to read the book though...there's lots of questions from the book on the exams. Also, take notes during the guest speakers, questions from them will be on exams.

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