Keith Freeland - University of Waterloo

Professor: Keith Freeland
Department: Mathematics
College: University of Waterloo
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS472
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He uses slides for this course but there are still quite a lot of written notes. His notes are a bit disorganized and his writing is a bit messy, but that's about it. 2 assignments and 2 midterms, both very easy. He's nice and caring and very engaging. He explains the material very well. Would take again
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
midterms are super fair, assignments a bit complicated, but he gives good lectures. he says you may need the textbook but his notes and practice papers are enough
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Don't know why his reviews are so low. He's literally one of the best lecturers I've come across. He actually wants to be here and teach, which is a first. He is also engaging. He's super nice and friendly and gives very very easy midterms almost identical to practice ones. His notes are a bit disorganized, but the material sin't that hard anyways.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I used to avoid Freeland bcoz of boring lecture from second year ACTSC class, however taking MATBUS 470 with him made me change my mind. The course is pretty easy, nothing too theoretical, 2 midterms and 2 assignments are really easy, he gives a lot of examples and walk you through all the theory. it seems that he genuinely care about student
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ACTSC231
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Definitely a dry professor, but he actually is very funny - people just can't tell whether he's making a sarcastic joke or being serious. This class isn't really that hard but people don't do the practice so our midterm averages were super low. Overall he teaches us what we need to know, and pretty good at answering questions if you ask after class
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ACTS231
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took this online, so can't speak too much to teaching style. His organizations and material for the online course were solid. With regards to his reputation of giving brutal exams, I think that is very subjective. My experience (looking at multiple terms of exams) is that he tested very fairly, students just need to put in the work with practice.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Awful lecture. He made interesting materials boring and makes lots of mistakes in his lecture notes. Avoid if possible. Take alternative courses.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Boring and dry. Avoid if possible.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Better to read the textbooks than attending his lecture. I found reading the textbook a lot more helpful.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures are very dry. Lots of hand written notes.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Boring prof, his lecture is always dry. Makes lots of mistakes in his notes..
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Extremely dry lectures. Its better to just read the textbook instead.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lecture are so dry. Very boring..
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS470
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures are very dry. That being said, the course is not difficult (especially if you read the textbook, which is a lot more coherent and easy to follow). My biggest complain is that, having taken courses on derivatives and options, I really enjoyed other classes, but this one just kinda ruined it for me :(
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ACTSCI231
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Strong, reasonable prof. Lectures are a wee bit dry, but understandable and he covers the material thoroughly. I would take another course with him. Tests were reasonable. Not easy, not stupid difficult, just a lot of crunch and grind.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ACTS231
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
thanks for a great term.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ACTSC231
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
very hard examllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all the actsc231 exam is made by him
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ACTSC231
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst prof, test too hard, don't go to his class if u want high mark.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ACTS231
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
terrible prof and terrible academic advisor. avoid at all costs. condescending person and driest lectures ever
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: MATBUS472
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Useless lectures, extremely dry. He uses ppt directly from John Hull's website. Just read Hull's book, much better than his lectures. Shows friendly gestures of offering help, but he doesn't actually mean it. Not worth the tuition. Bad experience learning anything related to finance with this actsc Prof.
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