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Dennis Stynes
Professor in the Chemistry department
at York University, Toronto, ON
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Overall Quality
2.8
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
1.9
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48 Student Ratings
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09/06/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This prof has no chill. Hated every minute of this class , the man put me straight to sleep. The tests had too many m/c and the exam was based heavily on one subject. I recommend taking 1001 with a different prof

07/29/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem 1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A+

He is incredibly smart, but soooooooo boring puts you to sleep every time. I would advise taking a different prof if you can.

07/25/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Read the textbook and attempt practice problems before class. Stynes jumps right into the hardest questions you'll see on exams from day one. Attend class. Take notes and re-write all problems he does in class afterwards (these will be on the exam). Exams are nearly identical from near to year, make sure you can solve all previous years problems.

07/09/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM 3030 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The brightest and most experienced professor in the entire chemistry department. Whoever sais otherwise did not do their homework or did not read the textbook. His lectures are very interesting and insightful and he teaches at a proper pace. I learned a lot from taking his class and it was a pleasure to listen to his lectures.

06/11/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
chem 1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's a good guy but, WOW is his lectures boring. He reads off the slides and puts you to sleep. However he does a lot of practice problems which does helps students.

09/24/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM 3030 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

very intellectual and knowledgeable professor. Top expert in his field.

01/09/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem3030 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A lot of work. But it's not too hard. He expects a lot from his students. Tests are not bad but know ideas behind everything. Know why. Don't memorize.

08/16/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I always find it impressive when he doesn't use a calculator to solve a complex problem. Do the practice problems in the textbook prior to class. Go to all tutorials and don't worry so much about lectures. Tests are easy if you do his previous ones. I missed 85% of lectures and slept during the 15% I attended and managed to get an A.

08/04/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This was my second time taking CHEM 1001, and Dr. Stynes' expectations are much higher than other prof's. Pay very close attention to what he reviews during lecture, and make sure you understand the principles he introduces. His practice quizzes/exams are great for practise. Work hard, and you'll be fine! Don't miss class!

07/25/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

he might be a good person but his lectures are useless he just reads of the slides and his test are BRUTAL i studied so much and used to be good at chem you have to put alotta effort if you take this course with him he does give like makeup opportunities cause he even knows how hard his tests are its first year chem RELAX

06/24/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This has got to be the worst prof for CHEM1001. DONT ASK HIM A QUESTION DURING LECTURE! HE WILL DEFINITELY MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT IN FRONT OF EVERYONE! His first and second Quizzes are terrible! He basically reads off the slides and can't solve a simple question from the textbook properly. Highly NOT recommended

12/02/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
CHEM3030 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Stynes is an inspiration if you have a love of chemistry. It's a shame I had to wait for 4 years before having him as a professor. He is really easy because he tells you everything you need to know! Too many people write everything down and don't LISTEN. It's really that simple. This course is the only A+ I will receive in Uni.

08/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CHEM1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He goes through the material very quickly, but uses all of the extra time he's made to review and do more practice questions as a class. He provides practice exams and quizes that he takes up in the tutorial two weeks prior to the test. These are almost exactly like the real quizes and exams and are extremely helpful. A wonderful teacher.

07/17/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem3030 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This prof has a very good personality. Everyone thinks that other profs who laugh on your face but... are good but since prof Stynes is not laughing and is hard prof everyone thinks that he is not that perfect. He is one the best profs that chemistry department has. I wish always luck for him.

12/20/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM3030 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is an old fashioned professor who expects a lot of dedication out of his students. He can be very quick in lecture but is helpful if you go to his office. If you take the course seriously and use all the resources provided to you then you can do well.

02/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM3030 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

THIS PROF RULZ! VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND HELPFUL ALTHOUGH VERY SARCASTIC OF STUDENTS. THE COURSE IS HARD AND HE EXPECTS MORE FROM YOU. DO ALL PROBLEM SETS AND ASSIGNED QUESTIONS TRY WRITING EVERYTHING HE SAYS IN LECTURE AND UNDERSTAND THE ARTICLES HE TALKS ABOUT IN CLASS. ATTEND ALL UNOFFICIAL 8:30 TUTORIALS. THE COURSE WILL EAT YOUR TIME!

02/04/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem3030 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This prof has character, he's very knowledgable. Beware! you'll have to work smart and hard in order to understand the level he wants you to be at!

09/14/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Works harder on his tan than on his tests. Seriously, you are an idiot to take this course with this man. Don't try to convince yourself that you will be different. You won't. There is no hope.

09/01/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is by far the worst prof I have ever had. His tests are Ridiculous, and so is the exam, this year it was tremendously HARD. Basically you dont know what to study for, he always rushes through material, not very helpful at all. Our class average on the 1st test was below 50, therefor he had to belcurve it. I do not recomment him AT ALL!

07/25/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM1001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

never take this course in the summer.. always take it in the winter term. his quizes are not even quizes they are like long test. class avg on 1st quiz just a bit over 50%. more than a quarter of ppl dropped out including me.

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