Michael Saunders - James Madison University

Professor: Michael Saunders
Department: Physical Ed
College: James Madison University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: KIN302
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Saunders is the best kinesiology professor I've ever had. His lectures go into much more depth and are very helpful. He wants to make sure you're understanding the material, and he is always happy to answer any question. I took him for 202 as well and he is consistently great.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
professor saunders is the best! definitely take him. he has a lot of athletic background and his lectures are pretty cool. also he is super helpful! he gives lecture outlines to bring to class, so it is not hard to follow. just go to class and you'll be good!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: KIN302
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a BEAST. Man is very passionate and extremely good at relating concepts to real life applications making it easy to learn and understand. I have now taken him for 2 classes and will continue to take his classes if I ever have the opportunity.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Saunders' class can drag on forever most of the time but some classes are super interesting and keep you engaged. Uses a lot of examples but can overexplain the same point for like 20 minutes and then not have time to go in depth in something else. Must attend class for a grade but also because his lectures help clarify some thick material in ppts
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Saunders is a really passionate professor, and it's clear he loves kin. However, I'd suggest bringing a pillow to class. Super lecture heavy and not interactive at all. Also you can't use your laptop for notes which is LAME because he talks way too fast to write everything down and the ppts don't have all of the content that's covered.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: KIN302
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Saunders is one of my favorite professors at JMU. This class is 85% lecture, 4 tests, and 15% lab so doing well in lab helps. His tests are straight from the powerpoints BUT you have to go to class and take notes, his explanations help understand the concepts better. I struggled at first and he was very accessible outside of class to help me.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: KIN411
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great professor! Makes classes very interesting and is very knowledgeable. Will definitely work with you and meet outside of class. The only bad part of the class is that your grade is primarily composed of 4 relatively short tests, so getting an A is challenging.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr Saunders has been awesome! He explains each topic very well and also gives you a sport or exercise related example to refer to. Very few grades in this class but his tests are not difficult. Only down side is that his exams are only about 17 questions, so you can't get more than a couple wrong before your grade is really hurt.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: KIN200
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Grade is based on four tests, but if you take good notes, they are fairly straight forward. Great lectures and he makes sure material is explained thoroughly. Gives lots of good examples.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Saunders is an amazing professor. You can tell he's very passionate about kinesiology and knows what he's talking about. He wants his students to do well and relates a lot back to personal examples. No homework, and 3 exams and a non-cumulative final. Wouldn't suggest if you're not a great test taker. Definitely recommend taking Saunders!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Saunders is such a smart man. He really knows what he is talking about and he really cares about his students. Sometimes his knowledge of the subject is his clutch because sometimes he doesn't know how to simplify something. Overall though he is a great professor would 100% take again.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: KIN428
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Saunders is a great guy a super passionate about endurance exercise. A lot of what he teaches he relates back to his own life so that you can understand it better. He also knows quite a bit about exercise physiology and is willing to go over it in office hours. You have 3 paper assignments, one of which is a partner paper. You also have 3 tests.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: KIN428
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Saunders is very passionate about exercise physiology and cares about his students. He is really interested in the lecture material and gives good applicable examples but can talk forever. Three assignments (1 long paper) and 3 tests with one counting as the non-cumulative final. Also includes an awesome field trip!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Saunders is the man! He is a great professor and is so passionate about kinesiology. He relates a lot of the material back to his personal cycling stories to make it interesting, he is also very helpful. His class can really drag on for a while and get boring. 4 tests, no homework. If you aren't a good test taker I would avoid.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: KIN428
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Great guy
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: KIN302
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Going to class and showing how much work you put in will really help in the end. I got a the worst grade I have ever received on the first test but worked really hard to bring it back up as the semester progressed and I believe that it showed when he was submitting final grades.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: KIN199
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Doctor Saunders is the greatest professor to eer grace this planet. Take this man regardless of your major. He is life changing.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Saunders is great! He takes concepts and processes that should be complicated and simplifies them so they are very clear and easy to understand. He also relates everything to sports and exercise which is great for Kin majors. His tests are pretty easy if you go to class and pay attention which isn't hard if you're interested in kinesiology.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome teacher! He makes class interesting, and ties everything into cycling. This class is so easy. I got 100's on every test.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: KIN202
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Saunders is a very smart man. He knows what he is talking about and knows what he is teaching. Gives great examples and has a great relationship with his students. Helpful and willing to work with any problems you have. three tests that go from medium to hard to medium. very interesting class if you are a KIN major. Take Dr. Saunders!
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