Daniel Reynolds

School: Binghamton University
Department: Business Law
Location: Binghamton, NY
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I think I got my money's worth because I studied hrs by myself. The class is basically 3 hrs of rambling and has very little regard to the class. Sit close and do as he says (i.e. bring him stuff and bribe him). He is alot older and in bad health. I could spend hrs talking to him and listening to his stories, but the class itself was hard to sit thru and didn't do any good. You WILL pass if you come and try, he could careless about your grade, but if you want to learn about blaw then take someone else.
Exams: This was a night class and they were two huge tests! They weighed 380 pts a piece, along with pts for attendance, participation, and manners. The tests are difficult and only relate to what you studied but you're allowed to use 10 pgs of notes for each study guide within the tests (usually 4 or 5 on each test).
Homework: He occasionally gives you handouts to read but nothing else except reading and writing notes for the tests.
Textbook: You need the book because he talks very little about the subject matter and what is actually on the tests.
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He shares ALL of his life experiences. At first I didn't like him, because of the material I needed to study. As time goes by, I got know more about him and how he function. Yet, one must listen to what he is sharing and don't miss a word. He will state that "YOU" must learn this material. Professor Renyolds is a cool person, but on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. He is a 6 as a teacher and a 10 as a person. I learned more about Business law by MYSELF and some from Dr. Renyolds.
Exams: The test were based on his outlines.
Homework: Homework was just read and study because it was all going to be tested in the final. There was lots of material to discuss.
Textbook: The book was inexpensive because it was the last semester that it's going to be used. The book was very informative, yet boring, because there's just so much to absorb. OH, BUY LOTS OF REDBULL OR any energy drink because he goes on and on.
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He will talk about anything and everything, usually has nothing to do with Law. The few moments he does talk about law take notes then, this is usually the information you cannot find from the book. Show up to class everyday! This is basically the only thing that affects your grade. Show up!
Exams: The test scores come from the highest grade made. i.e. highest grade 88, make a 72, grade is 72/88. !Cannot fail this course!
Homework: The only work period is chapter notes. Start early to finish early and get them out of the way before other classes start piling on. When doing the notes; follow the outline exactly, add nothing more.
Textbook: You can use an old version it does not matter, borrow from a friend. You could possibly just look everything up on the internet and not buy the book.
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I loved this guy. Lots of the other students were not pleased with him, but I absolutely loved him. It was an effort not to burst out in laughter every 30 seconds or so. Go in with a good attitude, be ready to be entertained, know that any legal knowledge you gain will come from researching topics and not from lectures, and be prepared to prepare for bar-like exams. He is a wealth of knowledge but getting him to get to the point and actually share the knowledge is next to impossible.
Exams: Tests are hard - not just hard, impossible. Study if you like but it wont help. My suggestion would be prayer. You do get to take in cheat notes for the exams but you would need a 500 page notebook filled with notes and three days with no sleep in order to actually have a chance to do well on the exams. He curves graciously.
Homework: There is a ton of reading of old cases. Some are intersting but there are so so so so so so so many. At some point you gotta say "enough is enough". I stopped reading them.
Textbook: A better resource would be a good legal dictionary. Follow the study guides and look up terms and concepts on your own. You wont get them explained in class so invest in a decent legal dictionary or prepare yourself to sit in front of the computer and bond with the internet.
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Dr. Reynolds is hysterically funny. He told several stories of how law applied to circumstances in his personal life. While he did at times veer off course, many of the stories were indeed relevant. His arrival time was generally either on time or up to 10 minutes late. He was rather slow in returning graded tests. His lectures were generally enjoyable. He isn't a desirable teacher for those not interested in law. He is, however, an excellent professor for those of us interested in business and business law.
Exams: Significant curve assigned- Your score divided by Mean of highest scoring students (i.e. on a 200 pt exam, if the best scores average 160 and your score is 144, 144/160 = 90%)
Homework: None
Textbook: Helpful for reading case law, some concepts for studying. Never used in class.
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This class will put you to sleep but what ever you do don't!!! You will pay for it with your grade or your pride. This man will start off trying to teach you something but will wander off with some story about his son or his house and then over an hour later tie it all in with what he was supposed to teach you for the day and your sitting there wondering what the hell was that all about!
Exams: Be ready for long tests and for him to show up atleast 15 mins late to every class. If you go into this class hoping to get out early.....forget about it.
Homework: no homework
Textbook: He doesnt use the book but if you want to pass with a good grade be ready to read because you wont learn much from lecture.
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This is absolutely the worst instructor I have ever had. He does not give lectures relevant to business law. He talked about his son, his dog, the magnet holding the door open, and dead bodies pretty much the entire semester. He did not really ever seem prepared to actually teach the class. He is very arrogant, and at times condescending and dismissive to the students in class. His "lectures" are mumbled and rambling. Anyone who makes a decent cheat sheet, comes to class regularly and has common sense will most likely make a decent grade in the class. However he does not really explain his grading procedures, he shows you the number you got right on the tests and then divides by some apparently random numher to get the grade. I would absolutely not recommend this teacher to anyone ever under any circumstances.
Exams: The tests cover several chapters and are graded on a massive curve. You are allowed to make a handwritten cheat sheet to use on the test.
Homework: The only homework was to read the Lexis Nexis cases on the internet. This is pretty much a waste of time, only one question on the first test came from one of the cases. They didn't make much sense to me and were very boring, but I am also not a law major.
Textbook: You must have a textbook for this class. You print study guides from the s drive for the tests and you have to look up everything in the index of your textbook. The study guides are from old versions of the book so it is sometimes difficult to find the information.
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At first Dr. Reynolds was intimidating and I was afraid of his test and I questioned the relevance of class lectures. This was before I took the first test. After the first test I realized the the class lectures were in fact relevant just in a indirect way. After I understood this, I really enjoyed the lectures and enjoyed coming to class. I learned alot and I have retained a large majority of the information I learned in this coarse, which I cannot say for most classes. Law is a very important part of business, no matter how much money you make it is worthless if you do something wrong and you loose all of it in a lawsuit. So if you are a serious business student take DR. REYNOLDS and you will learn alot of what you need to know to conduct business. As a person, Dr. Reynolds is a great man with alot of knowledge and ackompishments in the business world, he cares about his students and he is absolutley halarious, with a great sense of humor.
Exams: Test are very difficult but so are law interpretations in the real world. Test are graded on a substantial curve due to there level of difficulty. If you study and understand the material in the book and in lectures, after the curve you will have a good grade.
Textbook: Text book is well written and easy to understand.
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I've spent about 12 hours (really) studying for this final but I doubt I will pass. Hopefully he will give a huge curve as usual. I wouldn't recommend this guy. I always felt like he was fighting us rather than instructing us. He could be rude and boorish but also funny. He got lazy near the end of the term and started showing us crappy movies rather than actually teaching us. As much material as he assigned, he didn't explain much of it. Find a better professor.
Exams: He told us his tests were killer, and he wasn't kidding. Even after several hours of study and a notebook page (front and back) of terms and cases, I still got D's and C's. He curves them extremely, and that's good.
Homework: Hours of study; in the book and on the Internet trying to find the random Acts and Supreme court cases.
He assigns Lexis-Nexis reading, but those legal texts are impossible. Find a website designed for non-lawyers to get a useful explanation.
Textbook: The textbook was good. It must be read to receive a decent grade. Although his tests supposedly covered only 4 or 5 chapters at a time, the information is all over the book, so get ready to use that index.
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DO NOT TAKE THIS MAN! The only thing that kept me from going insane in that class was the fact that he let us watch three different movies so we wouldn't have to listen to him.
Exams: He pulled the test questions out of the air. They had nothing to do with what he talked about during class. However, the only things that he did talk about during class was his son, being a Methodist, going to hell, chickens or whatever else he was thinking in that weird little head of his. His tests are so incredibly hard and he gives you study guides, but half of the study guide information is not on the test. It's absolutely insane. I am glad I am out.
Homework: None, just the study sheets for the test.
Textbook: The text book is a hard read. It makes no sense and it is very very boring.
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Reynolds is not as bad as people make him out to be. Yes his tests are hard, and even though you make a study sheet you'll get a 75, but he curves the tests and your final grade so there is no good reason to fail. Besides, his irrelevant stories are hillarious.
Exams: If you failed one of his test then you must have tried to because he lets you make a 8x11 cheat sheet so if you outline the study guides on this it is a cakewalk.
Homework: None
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I prefer Prof. Reynolds method of teaching. I do not like to read the text at home and then have my instructor read it back to me. I believe that he provides insight beyond what you read. Some students believe that this information is irrelevant simply because it is not on the test. I pay my tuition to learn, not to take tests. If you actually read what is asked of you, you should do fine in his class. If you need the test handed to you on a platter before it is given, your better off going elsewhere.
Exams: Graded on a massive curve.
Homework: Actually required you to read some on your own.
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He is hard to understand. Kept talking this and that but nothing was about business law. Money is not worth it, there is nothing that i learn from this class which i actually need for my future work.
Exams: First test was 100 questions. The second test was 95 questions. He said 3 tests on the first day and on his syllabus, but he got confused, so we only had 2 tests.
Homework: No homework
Textbook: Read the book to pass this class. He didn't really explain anything about law in class.
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Dr. Reynolds is, by far, one of the worst professors I have ever had. {Irrelevant Info Omitted - MTSU Review} he is not doing what we are paying him to do: teach us about Business Law. Anyone with a shred of decency would be offended by his {Info omitted - MTSU Review} antics, as well as the lack of learning that goes on in his class. If you want to learn about business law, take the course from someone else.
I wish I had!
Exams: It is hard to say whether the assignments or tests were graded fairly. Papers were due daily. Yet, when we asked if we could see our grades, he replied "Never." One has no idea how he/she is doing in that class until the final grade comes out. Honestly, he probably does not even look at the papers (you get that feeling from his class) so my advice is to just put anything down and don't worry about it.
Homework: Each day a written assignment over one of his God-awful lectures (which, by the way, have NO relevance to Business Law as a whole) or a movie.
Textbook: DO NOT BUY THE TEXTBOOK! You won't need it.
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Why is this guy teaching at MTSU or teaching period? You spend the whole semester wasting precious time listening to the ramblings of a bitter old man. He is insulting to your intelligence. He doesn't teach the course. He never answers questions, instead, he chooses to spend 45 minutes rambling and not really giving you an answer. You are alone in this class, with nobody to really guide you. Lectures, if thats what you call them, usually do not consist of relevant course material and if they do, it is only vague. All the time he was talking i could only think of how i could be at home looking up all the definitions he gives us off the s-drive. But since he takes attendance and counts it against you to be an ass, you are forced to show up. Reynolds is obnoxious and very unfair. Most tests he gave you would only pass if you went to law school. Do i suggest this instructor? No i do not. Avoid at all costs.
Exams: Tests consisted of 100 multiple choice questions over information you have probably never seen or have any knowledge of. Grades have a huge curve because otherwise, most would fail this course. He got so far behind, he crammed the tests with too much information. If this was your only class for the semester, you might be able to spend time at the library or with the text every single night to cover the course material. You could maybe even seek legal advice from a professional because you need all the help you can get for these tests.
Homework: Teaching yourself, looking up definitions.
Textbook: It is helpful for some things found on his s-drive outlines. Since Reynolds doesn't really teach his BLAW class, this textbook is your only hope of passing his course.
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I think he is hilarious. He is always cracking jokes. You never know what you will talk about in class, but most of the time, I can bet you that it will not be law. He is really funny and he curves really good. I have made a 68 on a test before and by the time he was finished with the curve, I made a 90. Some people get offended by his remarks, but I don't get offended very easily therefore, he doesn't bother me. HINT: He tells you the first day of class if you sit on the front row and participate in his lectures, you will gt an A. Also, be prepared to look terms off of the study guides up somewhere besides your book. I usually look them up on a website. He lets you have a one page, cheat sheet on every test, even the final. I think he is a fair teacher, if you need a A or B in this class without putting hours and hours into it, Reynolds is your man!!!!
Exams: Tests were 100 random questions. Some of it was on the study guides that you can get off of the S:Drive. Other questions were just pulled from somewhere.
Homework: NO HOMEWORK
Textbook: You need the text book to look up the terms, etc. off of the study guides. It is helpful to read the chapters before tests.
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If you like to be offended by Reynolds opinions, have your class time totally wasted, take tests designed for law school graduates, spend hours digging in the text book and the library for simple information that could have been covered in the lecture, and listen to him blab for ten minutes when someone asks a question without answering it, than Reynolds is your man. He gets a kick out of being a pain. He's no fun.
Exams: No one can gain enough knowledge about business law in a four month introductory course to do well on his tests. That's why he has to curve them.
Homework: Study outlines are passed out with lists of terms. You have to look up the terms; however, he doesn't tell you that some of them aren't in the text. You have to discover on your own to look them up in law dictionaries in the library. He just skims over the terms in his lectures so that you are forced to dig the information out of the text and law dictionaries.
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Do not take this professor if you have a choice. He constantly gives out his offensive opinions. He doesn't lecture on what he tests on. He's totally obnoxious.
Exams: The tests were in such depth that he had to curve the grades or else everyone would have failed.
Homework: Lists of terms on study outlines had to be looked up. Some of them aren't in the book, so you'll have to use a law dictionary in the library. He doesn't bother to tell you that.
Textbook: You will be teaching yourself the material from the text. He doesn't teach you anything.
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I did not learn a single thing from him in that class. If you have to take him for some reason, sit in the back and sleep during class so you can learn it on your own at home.
Exams: The tests are extremely hard considering the amount you actually learn in class, NOTHING!!!
Homework: You have to teach yourself at home.
Textbook: Notes are on S-drive, but class material is completely irrelavent, so I would say get the book.
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His thoughts are scattered in lecture, and by no circumstances will he talk about business law. Reynolds, if you read this, which I pray you do....use power point, use the boards to write on, do anything to help YOUR students learn, Just stop being so random.
Exams: A Harvard Law student would have to read through his wordy and irrelevant questions two or three times before understanding it
Homework: Homework, I dont respect the man enough to do waste my time on his course out of class(besides he does not care enough to give any), the only reason I wasted my time in class was because he keep an attendance policy
Textbook: Its the only way you could pull off a d- (well, the text and his rediculous curve that is)

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