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Edward Blinder
Professor in the Finance department
at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
are you Edward Blinder?
Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
D-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
2.8
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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Easiness
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12/09/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
FIN 300 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious"

Not the best prof for finance! You have to be willing to teach yourself the whole course and be reliant on the textbook. He doesn't even talk about the calc so be prepared to learn that on your own! He's a funny prof but he doesn't teach finance in the simplest and understandable ways to students. His powerpoint slides are almost close to useless!

11/29/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
FIN 300 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C-
"Hilarious" "Tests are tough" "Lectures are long"

Dr. Blinder is really funny and a great man but he doesn't teach finance in the simplest way; he often makes things more difficult. The midterm was extremely difficult. The online homework will save your life if you take the time to do it well.

10/22/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
fin300 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough"

hard test

10/21/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
FIN300 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Worst professor I have ever had. Just wrote his midterm and my god it was awful. Hardly anything that he taught was on it. And what he did teach that was on36 it was impossible. His lectures are useless and on top of that his tests are the worse. This is coming from someone with a 3.67 GPA and who has read all the chapters and slides.

06/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FIN501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best prof ever, teaches real life finance that we will actually need on the field.

06/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FIN 501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Awesome Prof! Makes you want to attend his lectures. Never a dull moment in his class. Like any other finance class, you need to practise questions for his midterm and exam however, more than half the q's on his midterms are def'n and giveaways. Highly Recommend this prof!

04/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
FIN401 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

Absolutely brilliant prof, one goofy character. As long as you can teach yourself, you'll be fine. His midterm and final were fairly easy compared to other finance profs. RECOMMENDED for an easy A

04/24/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
FIN 501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Honestly, he is a funny guy and he tells a lot of jokes. However, do not go to the class if you expect him to teach you the material. He will literally just read from the book while you sit there so as long as you teach yourself you will be alright.

04/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
FIN 401 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Prof Blinder is awesome. He really knows how to handle a class of younger students. Don't expect him to give a blow-by-blow breakdown of how to solve each aspect of the chapter. His classes are a higher level of the topic with some great and interesting stories. Absolutely the best FIN prof. Do your grades a favour and take him.

12/26/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FIN 501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's a great professor probably one of the best I've had in Ryerson. Extremely interesting and funny makes coming to class a lot of fun. However he tends to go off tangents which wont necessarily be on the test but are a blast to listen to. Midterm and final were much easier than expected and the textbook was more than enough to prepare me.

12/16/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
CFIN 501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

tells a lot more stories in class than teaches content, oddly enough a lot of the things he did on the board in class were not on the midterm, midterm was fairly easy, the final you must know a lot about theory and some calculations, definitely an upgrade over yuce though, final is 17 chapters so make sure you give yourself lots of time to study

09/07/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FIN501 601 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

The best in Fin! Show that you want to know and not just looking to get a pass and he will go out of his way-he is very passionate and knowledgable about finance and examples are very helpful to put it all in perspective. HIGHLY recommend!

09/06/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
fin-300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

funny that he don't teach calculator, and don't solve problems on board, he just read slides off . if this is called teaching finance, then I can be a prof too. I feel like telling him ,y r u bothering to come to class we will read off the slides and manage to send your pay stub home:)I m really hunger but want to rate him b4 eatin to save students

06/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
CACC501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Excellent prof. What you get out of his class is directly proportional to the effort you put in. His stories are relevant, add value and make the material interesting. Will go out of the way to explain concepts, but you have to want to learn and ask. If you take this class for more than just earning the credit you would benefit from his experience

05/13/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
FIN501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Relatively easy tests. Marking scheme on the project is ambiguous. Content isn't hard but he tests about 17 chapters on the exam! He doesn't teach much during lectures and usually tells stories. There was actually a single thing he mentioned in a lecture that was on the exam that wasn't in textbook. Recommended over Yuce (who is undeniably boring)!

04/23/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
fin501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

very rare, very based, chooses the no-textbook approach and talks about his life and skills. he is very smart but doesn't teach anything. seriously, he doesn't teach anything LOL but he's a funny guy to listen to.

03/02/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
FIN501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

You dont need to attend any of his classes and you can learn everything from the book. In class however he talks alot about his personal life and tells alot of stories. Very smart guy, sometimes funny, sometimes weird. Midterm was easy (FIN501, investments). I would recommend him if you want to accually learn about things that apply to real life.

08/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
FIN501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Explains well, midterm easy, final is tougher. A funny guy, some jokes are good. Overall- knows his stuff inside out, a good prof. Beware, hates ANY noise during class.

05/14/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
Fin501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is knowledgeable, easy on marking. Tests are also easy. Quick response. Cons: 30-40% of tests are about theory. Lectures are totally useless. U learn nothing except his personal life and experience. He has no particular requirement for the assignment (which is worth 20%). Stay home, read the book and cram theory as much as you can. Goodluck

05/10/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
FIN501 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He lacks teaching skills, talks about his personal experience all the time without explaining the concepts from the book. Going to class is a waste of time. The material is not difficult so better stay at home and read the text yourself.

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