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Marlow Lemons
Professor (2007 – 2014)
Virginia Tech (VT)
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4.0368****
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Rated by 163 students
3.38
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across 12 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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4****
STAT 2004 - Introductory Statistics
1. Go to class. 2. Do not talk before class, he will give quizzes. 3. Study before each class. He likes to do "sponge activities" these are little games/quizzes that he does before class that cover the material from the previous class...
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Professor rated by: Veterinary Medicine Student on 3/15/10
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2**
STAT 2004 - Introductory Statistics
I thoroughly disliked Professor Lemons for many reasons. For one, I am not disrespectful, but it is hard to respect a professor who walks into class every day wearing a tshirt and jeans.

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Pros: - huge curve
- opportunities to take the tests home
Cons: - sponge activities
- disrespectful towards students
- easily angered
- incredibly strict
- asks unfair things of students
Professor rated by: Animal and Poultry Sciences Student on 5/5/13
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
2**
Pros: - huge curve

- opportunities to take the tests home
Cons: - sponge activities

- disrespectful towards students

- easily angered

- incredibly strict

- asks unfair things of students
I thoroughly disliked Professor Lemons for many reasons. For one, I am not disrespectful, but it is hard to respect a professor who walks into class every day wearing a tshirt and jeans.



Two, he is easily angered and demands ridiculous things from his students. We are not allowed to talk before class even if he's not even in the room. We also can't be on Facebook or use our phones during class, or else we'll get a quiz, which is extremely difficult and he says he purposely makes them more difficult than even the tests. I am not a student who does those things in class but to punish the whole class for one person doing it is ridiculous. I understand the desire to have people pay attention during class, but it is perfectly within a student's rights to not do so if he desirse. We have paid to be there so if we are not a disruption we can do whatever we want. The time before class does not belong to him. He is not teaching during that time so there's no reason why we shouldn't be allowed to talk. This is especially true because he puts so much emphasis on our learning to "network". How am I supposed to network if I can't make friends with the person sitting next to me?



Three, he doesn't teach all the things he wants us to know. About every other lecture he would say "okay go print out this reading assignment and teach it to yourself because it'll be on the exam" and then you'd be stuck having to teach yourself all these formulas with variables you didn't know.



Four, while I appreciated having the opportunity to get out of taking quizzes or taking tests home by doing sponge activities, he would purposely pick out the people that he knows aren't really paying attention. He says he's trying to get a "statistically significant sample" but seeing as it isn't random, it is obviously biased toward people who won't know the answers. And the sponge activities that you would do to take tests home would have 5 people come up and answer a statistics question, and if they got it right they would get the opportunity to guess at a non-statistics-related question that is designed for you to have to guess, because you WILL NOT know the answer. Things like "From where I'm standing, which is farthest away: Santa Monica, Sacramento, San Jose, San Diego, or San Francisco?" or "what is the name for a group of squirrels?" If only one person got the original question right and they guess wrong on the second question (a high likelihood), you fail the sponge activity and have to take the test in class.



If you have people in your class who are pretty studious and obedient, you will probably be fine even if you hate the class. However unfortunately in our class there were idiots who would not shut up before class and get off their phone during class, so we had a lot of quizzes that ruined a lot of people's grades. Then there were two sorority girls who cheated on a sponge activity and a guy told Lemons, so he took EVERYBODY'S ability to attempt to be able to take home the final, not just the cheaters.



He told us that he couldn't wait for the class to be over. The feeling is mutual.
Professor rated by: Animal and Poultry Sciences Student on May 5, 2013
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
4****
1. Go to class. 2. Do not talk before class, he will give quizzes. 3. Study before each class. He likes to do "sponge activities" these are little games/quizzes that he does before class that cover the material from the previous class. The class participates as a group, he'll call a few people up, and if you fail the activity you'll have a quiz next class. They aren't usually that difficult, but they can be tricky. You can also get certain "prizes" from the activities, like extra credit or help on a test.
Professor rated by: Veterinary Medicine Student on March 15, 2010
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
1*
Pros: If you have a good/ smart class... It is an easy A
Cons: If you have a talkative/ stupid class, your grade will suffer. You could be the best student ever and it WILL NOT MATTER.
Professor Lemons is without a doubt the most immature professor I have ever had the displeasure of having. If you don't have a class that readily studies, just go ahead and drop the course. If he doesn't like your class or if you have a TA who is a jerk, you're going to get screwed with your grade. If you talk before or during class, you get a pop quiz. If you fail his stupid "sponge activities" you have a quiz. Try your best to avoid the class.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on May 4, 2013
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STAT 3615
Biological Statistics
1*
Pros: He was very interested in the topic and answered any and all questions given to him during class.

Sponge activities were interesting.
Cons: Rude and disrespectful to students. Loved to single people out for the most minimal reasons, which was terrible to watch happen at least once a week. The entire class got a quiz after one person would do anything he didn't like-even one person half-dosing off meant they got lectured about it for at least 5 minutes of class and then everyone got a quiz next time. He was very strict about absences and tardies, even though he actually forgot to come in to teach our class before. He is not understanding or polite at all. He refused to let me do homework I missed after an excused absence and told me I was lying about it being excused, though he got an email from the dean saying it was excused. Before I was even able to explain myself to him he told me next time I planned on being gone (this was not a planned absence), I had to let him know beforehand and there was absolutely nothing I could do about everything I missed under any circumstances.
You may be able to do very well assuming you go to class and do all your work and study for sponge activities, but if any extenuating circumstances do occur (say you work all day and get tired in class or you get sick for a prolonged period of time or there's an unexpected tragedy or someone dies or you struggle with some other really difficult circumstances) do not expect him to do anything to help you at all or care about you.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on April 30, 2014
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STAT 3604
Stat Social Sciences
5*****
One of the best professors I've had so far. But be ready because he is not like your normal professor. He's like a football coach...he'll cuss and scream at the class to get his point across. He does "sponge activities" about once a week where 3-4 people get called up to do problems in front of everybody. This makes sure that you study before every class and you really know the material. Take his class.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on May 6, 2009
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STAT 3604
Stat Social Sciences
5*****
I won't be the first to admit Stat social Science can be a hard class and that Prof. Lemons runs a tight ship, but in spite of his rather difficult tests and quizzes, he is a fair man, and rewards hard work. He WILL call you out if you're asleep, playing games, or on facebook and not miss a beat in his lecture. He tends to enjoy singling Cadets out for his pop quizes, which are done in a game show type fashion.
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on December 7, 2009
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STAT 4524
Sample Survey Methods
2**
Pros: He is available for office hours frequently.
Cons: He grades according to how he feels like he should grade and will randomly take points off if he does not like you. Professor Lemons also completely degrades his students and would rather try and show his students how he is "smarter" than them, than to teach them well. He also has no idea how to explain anything to his students.
Professor Lemons was BY FAR the worst professor I have ever had. I would strongly recommend any student to avoid taking a class taught by him because he has no respect for his students at all.
Professor rated by: Management Student on December 18, 2011
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STAT 3005
Statistical Methods
5*****
He is hilarious and will boost your grade if he can tell you are putting out the effort. He can get pissed off so don't fall asleep or anything to distract the class. But you will love him if you don't piss him off. He offers lots of extra credit and DO IT because his class is not easy if you suck at math like I did. I should have gotten a D+, but he knew I came to class EVERYday so he gave me a C+. Also go to his tutoring sessions on the projects or minitab assignments because he gives you the answers!!!
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on February 4, 2008
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STAT 4714
Prob & Stat for EE
4****
Where to start with Lemons. He's ex military, completely jacked, and I'd peg him at under 30. He's a hard ass who doesn't care about publicly humiliating you by making you do a problem in front of 250 people. Fortunately I never had to do this. Every week or so you have a 'Sponge Activity' which is a crazy game show style quiz which one to three people take on the overhead. Bonuses for getting the activity correct range from not having to take a quiz to getting ~10 percentage points on your final grade (i kid you not). Failing the activity means something bad is going to happen.



You start the class with 0 points and you accumulate points based on your performance. You can get a 120% in the class if you did everything and got it all right, but its pretty tough. Homeworks are graded for extreme accuracy.



Although how he runs his class is kind of weird, you cant say he isn't knowledgeable. He is available if you need help and I think deep down hes a pretty nice guy (one on one anyway). I did not do well in this class and I withdrew because I was uncertain if I could get a good grade in the class. I took the class later with Megan Lutz and got a solid B.
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on August 18, 2008
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STAT 3005
Statistical Methods
5*****
Great teacher!! Will help students in any way possible. Make sure he gets to know who you are, go to his office hours. Makes everything very understandable. He posts the lecture notes on blackboard but only the " student" version so you have to go to class to see the full version. Gives a lot of bonus points throughout the semester. HIGHLY recommended!
Professor rated by: Student on November 29, 2007
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
5*****
I LOVE this professor!! He doesn't take any crap, and I wish all my professors were like him. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I actually want to be here to learn something, not sit in class and socialize, then get a A for doing nothing. You can not talk in his class or play on your laptop, and if you do the entire class will be given a quiz. I thought that after the first quiz people would learn to shut up, but of course that didn't happen. So if you have a lot of loud mouths in your class, good luck!! As far as teaching the material goes, he's great at explaining the concepts and relating them to real-life situations. He wants to make sure everyone understands and will answer every question you ask until you get it. He curves the final grades IF you don't have absences (attendance checks are done at random, so you could miss class and get lucky). For our last exam he held 4 2-hour review sessions to try to help us out, 3 of them were over the weekend. Not many professors would take that much of their own free time out to help students. I don't think the exams were that hard, as long as you go to class and pay attention.
Professor rated by: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Student on December 21, 2010
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STAT 3604
Stat Social Sciences
5*****
Pros: HUGE curve if you attend all classes, really fun attitude, great atmosphere for learning, review sessions, super nice guy, great in office hours
Cons: Pretty difficult material, tests are really hard
Professor Lemons is by far one of the most challenging teachers I have had at Virginia Tech. His teaching style is intimidating to say the least. His tests--and the material they cover--are difficult to understand and master. But despite all this, I have never miss a single class of his, nor do I plan to. Professor Lemons truly cares about every single student sitting in each and every one of his classes. His methods--quite classroom, sponge activities, etc--truly show how desperately he wants us to not only succeed, but reach our full potential. His class has been ridiculously hard (the first test literally had me on the phone crying to my mommy) but the inner strength and self-value I have gained because I took this course were worth it. Professor Lemons is one of the best teachers at Virginia Tech and I wouldn't be the same person having not been his student.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on April 25, 2011
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
3***
Pros: -Curves grades at the end of course

-Sponge activities given for the opportunity to take tests home or with a partner

-Plenty of office hours
Cons: -Doesn't let students talk before class or use phones during class

-SASSY

-Pop quizzes/sponge activities

-Punishes the whole class for small groups of people that misbehave

-Recitation
I didn't like Lemons from day 1 and one of my TAs was an ass about everything. My class lost sponge activities because a small group of people complained about unfair advantages. We had random quizzes every week and were required to print out the 30 page slideshows for each lecture. He is a nice person outside of class but not my favorite professor.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on March 30, 2014
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
4****
Lemons is a good professor. He is really intense but in the long run that helped me. Sometimes it can be irritating because you feel like he isn't being fair or understanding. But he is. His class is just a class you need to study and be prepared in. And come to every class. It will all work out in the end. The curve is splendid! And the recitation is like having points given to you as long as you go.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on March 14, 2010
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
1*
Pros: None
Cons: He is rude, disrespectful, easy to anger, has high expectations, and HE GOT FIRED from my class halfway through the semester because he was so horrible to my class. He would punish us, yell at us, use obscene language, and tell us how horrible we all were just because a student or two would be on their phone, talking, or complaining.
Avoid taking his class if possible.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on January 3, 2015
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
5*****
Pros: Awesome teacher- I will remember him and his class forever. He has an awesome curve so that if you never have to take a quiz you get those points free in your grade. He takes time out of his life to hold study sessions- he had 4 for this most recent test alone. Funny, and lots of fun to be in class.
Cons: Some of the in class activities were difficult.
Loved Prof. Lemons.
Professor rated by: Animal and Poultry Sciences Student on December 7, 2010
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
4****
Pros: he gives you a chance to get out of taking exams, get extra credit, take home exams, or see the exam before taking it. he also posts his notes before class.
Cons: sponge activities are no fun, he randomly selects students to do problems in front of the class and if you do not pass you have a quiz.
fun class, fair and good teacher, kept me entertained
Professor rated by: Communication Student on December 6, 2010
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STAT 3094
SAS Programming
4****
Pros: He can be a dick

But he loves all his students

He has a weird way of showing it

But he is nice overall

Just do your work and pay attention during the lecture
Cons: Don't ever sleep he will flip out

Lemons allows you 1 week after receiving an assignment to re-submit it to recover the pts he took off. Take advantage of this.
Professor rated by: Statistics Student on July 5, 2011
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STAT 3604
Stat Social Sciences
5*****
Pros: great curve at the end. awesome teacher. really wants you to learn the material and awesome during his office hours
Cons: it is a hard class and a lot of work/studying
study after every lecture and go to his office hours or call him if you need help. he is really nice if you talk to him and extremely helpful
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on April 17, 2011
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STAT 2004
Introductory Statistics
5*****
He can be intimidating sometimes, but he knows his stuff. He has sponge activity right after he completes one power point notes, they help you to study and they are fun too! His quizes are alot harder than they exams but if you pass the sponge activity he won't give you any quizes.
Professor rated by: Animal and Poultry Sciences Student on March 18, 2009
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