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Comments:EGR 1301 - DO NOT TAKE KELLEY!! He is a very nice man but does not seem to grade anything for a long time and he does not really teach anything very clearly. The only reason I got a B in the class is that I did well on the projects but I got Cs on all of the tests because I was teaching myself everything all semester long. If you do end up taking him, make sure to over study for the tests.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2018-12-13

Comments:1301 - DO NOT TAKE DR. KELLY!!!! He treats all students like children. I'm currently writing this on the final day of class and he has still yet to put in over HALF of our grades. His lectures are the simplest problems regarding topics and all of the homework and exams are drastically more advanced than the examples he gives. (This is especially prevalent in the mechanical unit) He also doesn't correct his mistakes he makes regarding students. He has counted me absent for more days than I have been absent, and it is going to potentially restrict me from passing the class. I genuinely can not say a single positive thing about him. Top 5 worst teacher I have ever had, ever.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2018-12-03

Comments:1301 - Dr. Kelley has no idea what he's talking about most of the time, and if you get outside of simple physics another teacher has to come into class in order to help teach the material. Treats you like a child and never answers questions straight up probably because he doesn't know the answer. The only reason I didn't get an A is because 65% of his tests are vocabulary... on an Engineering test. Not the worst, Not the Best.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2018-11-14

Comments:ME 2321 - Dr. Kelley should not be teaching this class anymore, or probably any class for that matter. He routinely messed up problems when working them on the board and seemed offended when we corrected him. He treated us like children, even bringing in his kid\'s toy truck and blocks to use as demonstrations of translation and rotation(two words anyone who has taken him can never hear again without having flashbacks). He could not explain the material clearly, and would skip the slides that actually talked about what each equation meant and go straight to examples that he then messed up. His exams were not challenging because every problem was one he covered in class, but they were mostly multiple choice with no partial credit given for wrong answers. Each exam also had one free response problem which gave partial credit, but he would take off points if your formatting did not match or exceed his expectations. For people who are struggling to finish at the end, the formatting is less clear, causing them to lose points for the correct answer. However, all of this would have been endurable if he did not physically use students as demonstrations without their consent. Routinely, he would shove students into their chairs to demonstrate forces and moments, and he would grab students hands for other demonstrations and make things generally uncomfortable quite often. While I don\'t think he ever bruised anyone, he did hit them with quite a bit of force without their consent, making everyone dread going to his class. If you are unlucky enough to be stuck in one of his classes, do not sit in the front row, as you are highly likely to be hit/pushed around each class.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-07-06

Comments:Dynamics - I am paying too much money to attend Baylor to have incompetent, tenured professors like Dr. Kelley teaching. It seems he is too incompetent to work through the problems without constantly looking down at his solution sheet printed off Chegg on egr paper, and still Dr. Kelley stumbles through in-class examples and makes several fundamental mistakes on example problems EVERY SINGLE CLASS. This is unacceptable in a field where precision is valued, and errors can be fatal for others. His lecturing is also very confusing as he jumps from topic to topic without notice.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-04-27

Comments:1301 - Do not take Kelley. He never responded to my emails all semester, doesn't have office hours, did not teach us, and he couldn't even do the problems himself. Avoid!!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-01-04

Comments:Strengths - Dr Kelley is a joke of a professor. He is incompetent and cant teach to save his life. He spends all of his time recapping what you have already done over the semester. When he does eventually get to relevant information he will take the entire class period to do the most basic problem from the book. He takes so much time explaining that he makes it all confusing and I honestly don't believe he knows how to do any of the problems himself. His tests are floating around all over so that is the only reason I was able to do well on his BS vocab sections. His homework is online and he sets it up to where it gives you the answer after 3 attempts so you don't even have to do it. The class is set up to where you can do absolutely no work and get a B easily. He never actually factors in a homework grade and just gives you what he thinks you deserve for that portion of your grade. You will fall asleep during his class, he is exceptionally boring and treats you like a 5 year old in a bad way. Do not take his class ever. I got placed in his class after the first one overflowed. If I had a choice I would not have taken him. Avoid him at all costs.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-12-11

Comments:Dynamics - This dude is not a good teacher at all. He's extremely incompetent, so much so that you might think its all an act. Of all of the quizzes i took in his class, I got a 100 on most of them, mainly because he put the answers on the quiz, he put the WRONG answers on the quiz, or somehow messed up to where he had to give credit to people who didn't get the right answer. Other than that, the homework is fairly average (I'm assuming, compared to other dynamics teachers), the tests were pretty simple, and I got to catch up on my sleep during his class. Don't be stupid, take Dr. Jack or someone, but if you get stuck with him, bring something to keep you entertained.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-11-10

Comments:Dynamics - Dr. Kelley teaches like he is teaching a first grade class. And that doesn't mean that he dumbs things down enough so that everyone can understand them, that means that his lectures are so basic and vague that they are completely worthless. He spends the first 15-30 minutes of each lecture period recapping what we have already gone over (he uses the same slides for about 3 weeks in a row) and when we do finally get to new stuff, we are already out of time and barely get started on an example. This of course leaves you completely on your own to do the homework. The homework load is about what you could expect from any engineering course. We had about 8 problems due on Connect each week with one written or typed problem due the period after the homework. It would have been fine, but the problem was none of us had been taught about the subject and so we were starting completely from scratch. This led to the homework taking longer than it should have. His tests were multiple choice with only one problem that had partial credit. The partial credit problem was usually worth 25-35% of the whole test grade, and he would take off a good amount of points for no apparent reason (I got deducted for not stating that I was using the law of sines, for instance). Fortunately the tests were mostly made up of homework problems, so you knew what to study. His office hours were pretty fair, no complaint there. But he was of little to no help so it didn't matter. If you can, don't take a class with Dr. Kelley. You won't learn anything and it will just frustrate you for a whole semester.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2015-06-11

Comments:EGR 1301 - Dr. Kelley was entertaining as a professor, but as previous comments have stated, the class would have been better served with more examples. There is a bit of a learning curve to the first test, as the format is a bit odd, but he is fairly generous with making up for this by adding an actual curve. The homework can sometimes be difficult but it is a good preparation for what you will experience throughout your undergraduate experience as an engineer. Some struggle, but I did not find Dr. Kelley's class to be particularly challenging. If you put in the effort, you'll be fine.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-05-10

Comments:1301 - Heed my words, many students would say "yea I love Dr. Kelley, he is such a great guy", Thats all they say. Truth be told Dr. Kelley is an outstanding individual with corny jokes and lots of interaction with the students. But the man can't teach! He reads off the power point. What student in college wants to be taught off a power point. WE ARE IN ENGINEERING! WE NEED EXAMPLES. This is what Dr. Kelley lacked. Needless to say his teaching skill were terrible leaving you to the seemingly horrific and gruesome homework that shouldn't be assigned to first semester freshmen students. Along side the homework the test are about average. Thats if you work your butt off to teach the material to yourself. And yes... There may be trick questions on the test. Answers that you have to put down that are nowhere to be found on the exam. Much of the students in this class are struggling to pass and when talking to other students, it is their easiest class. Nugget of wisdom, choose someone else. If you are stuck with Kelley, brace yourself.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2014-12-12

Comments:1301 - If you can learn from impromptu PowerPoint lectures and do well on poorly constructed “multiple or none or more than once” matching tests whipped up the day before they are administered, you will do well in this class. Having minimal statics and circuits experience, I did not. Dr. Kelly is enthusiastic and extremely helpful outside of class, but I did 90% of my learning on my own or at his office hours. We worked less than five example engineering problems out on the board, and three of those were worked the day he was being covered by the TA. Homework grading is harsh: simple mistakes are heavily weighted even if you're work was correct, and the reading comprehension quizzes are poorly-worded pass/fail questions. On multiple occasions we were assigned junior level problems to work in our homework, spending hours struggling to comprehend brand-new material only to find out the question was worth one bonus point upon turning it in. TL;DR: Dr. Kelly is an awesome guy to learn from individually and talk with, but his class was a joke.   - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2014-11-16

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