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Comments:FIN 3310 - I have no idea why Dr. Byoun's ratings are so low. He is one of my favorite professors, and I learned a TON from his course. I knew absolutely nothing about Finance walking in, and although I spent hours each week outside of class and participated fully in class, I finished the course with a great understanding of Finance and an A. There are six categories of grades in this course: reading assignments, Connect quizzes, in-class quizzes, exams, Case Studies, and the final exam. The reading assignments are questions over the chapter in the book. They're very easy, you can do each question until you get them right, and you can get a 100 on each one. Connect quizzes are due the day you finish the chapter in class, and these aren't terrible if you know the material well. They're open book and open note, but you have a time limit. His in-class quizzes are generally the day you finish the chapter as well, and THEY ARE ALWAYS BASED ON THE REVIEW QUESTIONS YOU DO IN CLASS! It took me forever to realize this, even though he put that on the syllabus, and my average quiz grade jumped 15+% once I started studying the Review Questions. His exams are multiple choice and work-out problems, and the work-out problems are ALL REVIEW QUESTIONS. The multiple choice problems are some conceptual (which I thought were sometimes very hard) and some shorter work-out problems. Although the class was a 50-minute class, the exams took me from an hour and 20 minutes to over 2 hours. He let us come as early as we wanted and stay as late as we wanted so we didn't have a time constraint. I don't know if he will start making his tests shorter, but if he doesn't, don't take him if you have a class right before AND right after his class. We had two Case Studies, which took a few hours each. They're basically cumulative projects that cover what you've learned in the class up to that point. Case Study 1 was about ratios, and you had to calculate ratios from Amazon's and Walmart's stocks online. Case Study 2 was estimating the discount rate for Amazon and Walmart. Case Studies are quite a bit of work but not many points; you can also choose groups of up to 3 people or work on your own. The final exam was no surprise. It was very similar to his previous exams, so I knew how to study for it and did well. I averaged an A- the entire semester. The only reason I got an A is because I read the EC book and wrote a 2-page summary on a few of the chapters. DO THIS!!! I learned a lot from the book, and it was a MUCH easier read than I had expected. (Maybe I'm a nerd, but I actually enjoyed the book.) He gives up to 50 EC points for the reading and the summary, and he gave us 10 more EC points for doing the Course Evaluation. Definitely do these, as they bumped my grade up to a solid A. Overall, don't be scared of Byoun. His class was well laid-out and pretty organized. He has a pretty thick accent that I got used to fairly quickly, but it's not really an issue. He is good at meeting up outside of class, and I found him helpful. He's not the best at explaining complicated concepts, but generally I could figure my questions out between his explanations and the book. Pay close attention in class, be able to do every review question on your own before the quizzes and exams, and you should be just fine.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-12-15

Comments:3310 - The course sucks, the teacher doesn't. 3310 overall is hard. Byoun is an incredibly nice guy. While not the best teacher, he makes up for it in his willingness to help students. If you put in dedicated time to work both with him in class and on your own, you will succeed. His accent is there but completely comprehendible; I'm only even mentioning it because so many people on here complain about it. Use your class time, graduate assistant, chegg, and youtube explainer videos and you'll do just fine with Soku Byoun.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-12-19

Comments:3310 - The ratings here are pretty ridiculous. This class is hard but it's not impossible. Pay attention in class and do the homework problems he assigns. If you have questions ask him. The tests are very similar to what you see on the homeworks and in class. The people with really bad grades must have not been trying that hard because the grade is a fair reflection of the effort. This entire class is taught through excel which is very helpful in the workforce. Don't be afraid of this class.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2017-12-10

Comments:FIN 3310 - Many of these ratings are much too harsh. Were the test averages in the 50-60s? Yes. But, there were always multiple grades in the 90s on every test. I was terrified going into this class based on what I'd read on Bubooks, but Dr. Byoun is very nice and knowledgeable about finance. He posts his slides online so you can use them during class. There was weekly homework that wasn't collected so technically you didn't have to do it (which means many people didn't do it). It only took me 1.5 hours max and was only once a week. In addition, there's online quizzes every chapter, but you can use your notes and book, and the questions come straight from the book. In addition, before class, he asks that you read that chapter. If you read the chapter and try to understand it, do the homework before taking the quizzes, and do your best on the quizzes, I am pretty much convinced you can get at least a B (probably better) in this class. Also, you get one study sheet for every exam and the final so make sure to put things down from the powerpoints and the textbook if you want to get an A on the test. As someone else said, in my humble opinion, the reason people failed/got C's in this class, 98% of the time, seemed to be lack for of trying or because finance really didn't make sense to them--not because of Dr. Byoun. All in all, if you're willing to put in the work (maybe 5-6 hours a week) I'd recommend him especially since an A is 93+ while for Wu it's 95+.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-12-09

Comments:Fin 3310 - This is the worst teacher at this school. He's a nice guy, but he should stay away from a classroom. There are literally no words to describe how terrible he is other than what other people have said. He doesn't curve his tests where the average is a failing grade. His notes in class do not prepare you for any of his tests. Participation in his class is graded according to how he "feels", and those points add up. I cannot be more serious in how taking his class has stressed me out to the max. If you do chose to take him, may god have mercy on your soul.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2017-12-08

Comments:FIN 3310 - Don't take him. For real. Nice guy, but Dr. Byoun is not a very good communicator and makes the material more difficult than it has to be.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2017-11-28

Comments:Corporate Finance - This class is so dumb because of Soku. I actually really enjoy the material, but the dude is not capable of speaking the English language. Quizzes (every week) are very hard, cases are easy but he gives everyone B's on them, and tests are mediocre. I would take ANY other professor before I took this guy again.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2014-11-07

Comments:3310 - Dr. Byoun is one of the best professors I have had at Baylor. Do not be intimidated by his low ratings on BU books. He gives you notes of the slides that he goes over in class which are very helpful. His class structure is very well organized. He has you learn the material before each class which is helpful because it forces you to stay on track. His tests are very fair. You will never see a problem on the test that he has not gone over in class or has talked about in depth. Sometimes his questions on his tests are the same problems from the homework. Overall, this professor is very helpful and really wants you to learn the material.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2014-03-31

Comments:FIN 3301 - The only good thing about this professor, was on November 6th, he claimed that everyone should go vote because, and I quote, "this is the biggest erection in American history."  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-08-11

Comments:FIN 3310 - Dr. Byoun is a nice guy with average teaching skills. He isn't the most eloquent speaker, but he gets his point across. He does struggle sometimes in explaining a concept. Reading the book helps immensely and will help you know what he's talking about in class. Also, the exam and quiz questions are formatted or taken right from the book, so use the book! There's very little workload involved in the class in terms of homework, so in my humble opinion the ones who struggle in the class are the ones who don't put in the effort and properly prepare for the exams and quizzes. Just look over the book to brush up on the concepts and definitions and work on the problems at the end of each chapter, and you'll be fine.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2013-05-02

Comments:FIN 3310 - Under no circumstances should you take Dr. Byoun for intro to Finance. Class average on the first test = 63% Class average on the second test = 54% Only after the second test did very reluctantly give us an extremely difficult extra credit assignment. Just don't do it.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2013-04-16

Comments:4360 - Nice guy but incompetent teacher, he is unable to explain concepts properly (and that does not have to do with his accent) and he is not well organized in class. Take someone else, you wouldn't want to be in his class at the end of the semester.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2013-01-17

Comments:3310 - Dr. Byoun is not a great professor. He is incredibly uncharismatic and has little skill in regards to lecturing or explaining anything. His accent is not a problem though: he’s quite easy to understand. For the first two-thirds of the class, he was rather average. He went over the material on a powerpoint and gave two tests with 5 quizzes. The tests were somewhat difficult (I scored in the 70s on both). The quizzes were not that bad and really helped the grade. Then, during the last third of the class, he seemed to have not left enough time to go over the material. Byoun did a poor job of covering the last four chapters which made studying for the departmental final more difficult than it should have been. He is not a great prof, but you can do a decent job in the course if you put in the work.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2012-12-15

Comments:4360 - Dr. Byoun is a terrible educator. His inability to explain the material in a helpful manner is ridiculous, the entire structure of the class in not conducive to learning, and his demeanor is very cold and often rude. He is also hard to contact and when you do actually meet with him he is not helpful, cold, and seems uninterested and annoyed. Avoid him at all costs, by far the worst professor I have ever had, regardless of my performance in the class.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2012-12-14

Comments:3310 - Byoun is a nice man but he is the worst teacher on the entire planet. Big heart with lots of knowledge about finance but cannot teach.  - Grade In Class:D

Date: 2012-11-30

Comments:3310 - WARNING: He is so rude and his tests are incredibly hard! He is the worst teacher...I guarantee anyone in the class could teach better than Byoun. DO NOT TAKE BYOUN.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:3310 - These most recent ratings are dead on! Do not take Byoun! He is the worst teacher I have ever had, his tests are way harder than any other professors, and he does not prepare you in any way for the final, his tests, or other classes in the business school. He should not be teaching at Baylor.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:3310 - I have never been so unimpressed by a professor. He reads straight off the powerpoints (just definitions that you read in the book), does not work out problems (when he does, he messes them up and then makes sure you know that HE knows how to do it), and has incredibly hard tests that he does not prepare you for. Incredibly unhelpful. I am thinking about retaking the class so that I will actually learn the stuff.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:fin 3310 - Whoever is posting the ratings about Byoun from earlier, listen to them. He really is a horrible teacher. I don't know why Baylor his him teaching here. Most of his students do miserably.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:3310 - Dr. Byoun is the most untalented teacher I have ever had. I literally had to teach myself everything in this class. And his tests are hard and he does nothing to prepare you for them. Take Ancira or Potts or Coldwell. Really, I guarantee you will learn much more and do much better if you don't take Byoun. Miserable teacher and very unhelpful.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:3310 - Awful! Do not take Byoun! I guarantee that any other professor, not matter how bad their ratings, are better than Byoun. I had several friends who were in the classes with professors on this site that don't have good ratings, and they did SO much better in their classes and learned SO much more. You will not be prepared for any other finance classes if you take Byoun and you will not do well. By far the worst decision I have made in college by taking Byoun for finance 3310.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:3310 - Byoun is a miserable teacher. I am a finance and entrepreneurship major and have done extremely well up until this class (3.85 cumulative GPA). My friends who are in different finance classes and have worked hard are making B's and B+'s, and I have spent triple the time studying for Byoun's class and have done awful. He is not helpful- oftentimes he will mess up an example in class and then spend around 10 minutes letting you know that he knows how to do it. He does not care if you learn the material well. He is more concerned with letting you know that he knows the material well. He is not a bad guy, but he is by far the worst professor I have had at Baylor. Even though I passed, I didn't learn a thing, so I am planning on retaking the class with another teacher just so that I will learn the material. Horrible teacher, do not take him. I promise any other professor would be better.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:FIN 3310 - Byoun is a smart man, but he is the absolute worst teacher I have ever had. He reads off his shorthand notes and definitions from bullet points on a powerpoint, and that is literally all you do in class. He reads the powerpoints out loud that you could easily read yourself. He messes up problems all the time and is MUCH more concerned with letting you know that HE knows how to do it, as opposed to making sure that YOU know how to do it. Not a bad guy, but not very nice and a horrible teacher. Don't take him, I guarantee you will do better with another teacher. FInance is hard, but if you take Byoun, I promise you will teach yourself the whole thing and then barely get through the final.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:FIN 3310 - Honestly, the worst professor I have ever had. He speaks broken english, messes up at least one example on the board each class, and is BY FAR the worst teacher in the finance department. Take someone else, you will do so much better, I promise.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2012-11-27

Comments:4331 - This class was so unnecessrily difficult! He stands up in front of the class and just incorrectly works problems. The book is hard to understand and the problems are confusing. he gives quizzes and tests with problems that are way to tough to finish within the time limit. Also, he leaves the s off of points when he wites that "each question is worth 4 point". I understand that he is from another country, but he has a phd. There is no reason why this course should hurt so many people, but he makes it that way. He even made us take the final a day earl because he did not want to give it on the day Baylor scheduled it! He should not be able to "teach" here because we are not paying a fortune to get jerked around. If you have registered for his class drop out now and save yourself. I wish Ethridge was teaching it.   - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2009-01-07

Comments:4331 - WARNING: If you know anyone who has taken Byoun for International Finance prior to Fall 2008, do NOT trust what they say about the class, because he has dramatially changed his tests. The class is very interesting, but Byoun is terrible at explaining problems as well as making tests. I attended every class, worked every example, read every chapter, and studied for ever test for days, and I was still stumped by his stupid questions. His tests are a terrible assessment of your knowledge and understanding. This is an elective you should steer clear of.   - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2008-12-18

Comments:4331 - Dr. Byoun makes International Finance very easy. He does have a heavy accent and he tends to make many arithmetic errors when drawing examples but he more than makes up for it. His tests and quizzes are fairly easy, and he always gives extra credit. The numerous assignments get annoying (4-5 pages of easy problems each week or two), particularly since he never posts the solutions. He also gives an attendance bonus. Overall, a solid professor.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-05-09

Comments:4331 - Good teacher. However, his accent and poor grammar makes it hard to understand him. He will help you with any problems you have in the class and the homework preps you for the exams. Such a nice guy.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2007-04-26

Comments:FIN - 5331 - Very Enthusiastic. Very Helpful. Will never say no. Will try to explain as many times till you understand.   - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2006-11-29

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