Keith Yearwood

This professor has taught: GEOG100, GEOG140, GEOG201, GEOG211, GEOG212, GEOG298C, GEOG340, GEOG345, GEOG384, GEOG384H, GEOG385, GEOG385H, GEOG398H, GEOG441, GEOG788T, GEOG792, HONR219W
Information Review
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
01/08/2023
Interesting lectures, but all slides and necessary materials are uploaded to elms along with study guides for each of the exams so as long as you study the exact information you need to know from the guides for the tests it is super easy to get an A without much effort and is not a big deal if you miss lectures. your entire grade is 3 tests and a project that are each 25% of your grade, but they are all pretty simple so apart from being a little bit stressful they are only a little bit stressful because they're easy.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/21/2022
Funny and cares about his students. As long as you study using the study guide he gives you and do the one project exactly as he tells you to, it is almost impossible not to get an A. you do not have to attend his lectures but it helps and he is a good lecturer. Even gave everyone an extra 0.7 points at the end for no reason.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/20/2022
Dr. Yearwood is one of the most engaging lecturers I’ve ever had. Despite what some people may say, I would highly recommend going to class because he’s really funny and tells you exactly what you need to know for the exams. I also appreciated that there was no homework except for a single project. Overall I’d definitely recommend his class; any negative reviews on here are from the rough patch when classes went virtual.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
jackmanch
12/13/2022
Insanely easy class. Do not need to show up, just do the exam review. Also a fun lecturer who is funny
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/13/2022
Pretty fun and probably the easiest class I've taken. There are 3 exams (including the non-cumulative final), and he sends out a study guide stating exactly what's on the exam. The exams don't cover that much content, and he tells you in class what you need to write down and what you should just listen to. I found the content interesting plus Yearwood is funny and entertaining, and we'd get let out of lecture early pretty consistently. Some lectures we'd just watch a documentary. There is no homework in the class besides a pretty easy project that took a few hours to complete, and a couple required documentary viewings (only like 3 or 4). Each exam is 25% of our grade plus 25% for the project. Even if you struggle with exams/memorization you'll probably still be fine, the study guides are super detailed and there's not a ton of content on each exam. Fun class, easy I-Series/gened.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/31/2022
To be honest, I think this wasn't too bad of a class compared to what others have been saying. There is no homework, exams are worth 75%, and there is no final cumulative exam. He also did boost everyone's grade by around 3% which I did appreciate. I would say that it is pretty easy to attain an A in this class without attending a single lecture. However, there are a couple of caveats. He will post an exam review for the topics and sample questions that he may ask so you need to go through each of those. It is also important to take notes through every slide packet he puts on the elms website, and lastly, if he tells you to watch a video and answer some questions make sure to watch the documentaries and answer the questions because they will 100% be on the exam. Those questions are super free, so don't miss the opportunity, and the documentaries (3 required this semester) range from 30-90 minutes. Another problem with the exams is that there may be questions that may not be covered on the slide packets and exam review, so this is where it's helpful to go to lecture as he draws diagrams or specifically says things that may show up on the exams. These questions only make up about 10% of the exam though, and if you are solid at MC exams, then you don't have to worry about this. Yearwood lets us go early sometimes and is a chill professor at the end of the day.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/21/2022
This class is an easy class. If you are good at memorization, then this class should be a breeze. If you are not good at memorization, I would not take this class. Exams and discussions are all weighted 25% which I really hate. He gives out study guide questions that we should know before taking the exam. We had three in class presentations in our discussions that we had to present. They were really easy. I also had a good TA. I heard discussions are getting removed in this class, but I am not too sure about that. Our class average is around a (83-84). The professor also curved our grade. Also, his exam questions were not coherent. Lecture can get very boring at times, but he knows how to make jokes. I honestly skipped class a lot since this class isn't a priority for me and I still did well. He doesn't give homework.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/05/2022
Great teacher kept his discussions interesting and was funny. Geog140 is a very easy class if you show up to class or put a little bit of effort in before the exams. Almost all of the hate he gets is from when he was teaching online so if you have him in person he's great.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting a B
Anonymous
04/11/2022
Don't take this class with Dr. Yearwood. I took this class for an easy A and it is nothing like that because the exams are hard and annoying and they make up 75% your grade. He claims to be straightforward and not trick you on the exam, but then puts random information you haven't learned on it which makes it difficult. I regret taking this class. The exams are no notes, in person, and contain information that we just didn't go over. His exams are also horribly designed; he loves to make every option choice extremely similar and uses a lot of all of the above. His exams are tricky and if you don't put down exactly the answer he wants then you are wrong. His lectures are useless because he goes off on random tangents all the time and his slides most of the time are either pictures or lots of words. You definitely can pass this class, but it is just annoying and if you can avoid then please do in my opinion.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
01/25/2022
Dr. Yearwood was my favorite professor last semester. He knew his lecture could get boring at times so he often made hilarious remarks to keep us engaged. The curriculum was not difficult and he told us the questions he was going to ask on the all multiple choice exams. He assigned 0 hw and only gave us 3 non-cumulative exams throughout the entire semester. If you study what he tells you will be on the test you should get an A/A+
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/22/2022
I took this class because of Reddit but I'm pretty sure there are easier classes you could take for GenEds. Dr. Yearwood's lectures are pretty boring but he tries to make them funny by telling jokes or going on tangents. 3 EXAMS MAKE UP 75% OF YOUR GRADE and the other 25% is participation from attending discussion. If you are a terrible test taker, DO NOT take this class because if you don't do well on the exams, there aren't any other assignments to boost your grade. That being said, the exams aren't bad because they're all multiple choice and he gives you a very thorough list of what you need to know. If you memorize all the answers to the exam review and know most of the slides, you can definitely pass.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Anonymous
12/21/2021
I liked Dr. Yearwood. His lectures were a little boring, but he made them more entertaining by his random tangents he would sometimes go on. There was like 0 homework which was nice, and he tells you exactly what's gonna be on the test (all MC). Pretty easy class. I took it for my major, but it'd be a good gen ed credit too.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Anonymous
12/20/2021
Dr. Yearwood isnt a bad teacher, but he also isnt a good teacher. His lectures were funny and I liked that the class itself wasnt really stressful, since we had basically no assignments or work outside of class. Depending on the TA, you might have some work but still nothing too unmanageable. Of course that brings us to the exams. It's pretty ridiculous that 3 exams make up 75% of our grade, and the exams are so short that if you get like 3 or 4 questions wrong, you're already at a B. On top of that, the questions in the exam are horribly designed - you could pick an answer that is technically correct but he will mark you wrong because its not the EXACT definition he said in class. Its almost worse when he adds more questions to the exam though, because the more questions he adds, the more random and ambiguous and weird the questions become. I would recommend going to lecture and just waiting for him to tell you when to write things down because that's what you will need to study. Also thoroughly study the exam reviews because his exams are entirely based on those questions. Honestly, I wouldnt take this class again, but it wasnt the worst thing ever, at least not in person.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
12/21/2020
Do NOT take a class with this professor. Not sure about in-person classes with him, but online was an absolute nightmare. No matter how much studying you do, you won't get full points on exams. Then, students complained to him and he got angry and sent passive-aggressive announcements to us saying that none of us study or retain any info from the slides. (He also added that regardless of the pandemic, we all have to cope, so that felt like a "basically, get over it") We complained to department heads about his grading and stuff and they said it was taken care of... but did my grade change? no. I am in my 3rd year of college. I have had many iffy professors, but nothing like this guy. I wish him the best, but please do not take his class.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
11/04/2020
god awful. harsh grader, doesnt do any form of lecture just sends out slides. The gpa for this class is fat but this guy is just not the teacher you want.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting a P
Anonymous
09/26/2020
After the course went online, our exams went from simple multiple choice to essay responses. He graded them super harshly––if you didn't put exactly what he was looking for, you'd get like no points.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
09/13/2020
After the semester was moved online, the exams were changed to open response questions. A lot of students agreed that he graded the exams too strictly. He got angry with the class for writing detailed responses and sent out a passive-aggressive ELMS announcement.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
05/19/2020
After the switch to online classes, the online exams are 4-5 short question open responses but he grades them super strictly. He shows absolutely no leniency.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG140

Expecting an A
Anonymous
04/08/2020
great teacher to have
Keith Yearwood
GEOG201

Expecting a C
Anonymous
05/28/2019
Please avoid him at ALL COST!!! There are only 3 exams that account for 85% of your total grade (the rest are from reading assignments online) and if you screw one up, you are doomed. The material itself is really not that hard, but his exams are extremely confusing because of the way he worded certain questions and answer. Definitely study his study guide before the exams AND the details about the topics he specifically mentioned because they will show up on them for sure. Also, go to his lectures because he gives out questions he might ask on the exams or answers to specific questions. Although he sometimes complains about students' absences and/or how easy and straightforward his exams are(which is not true), just hang on there. Just a final note, sit closer to the front on the day of exams so you can get the test paper earlier (He hands them out ONE BY ONE and still missed some of us...)
Keith Yearwood
GEOG201

Anonymous
01/17/2019
There were only three exams and several online assignments. The online assignments were spaced out oddly, as sometimes we would have 2-3 quizzes due on Monday and Wednesday and other weeks we wouldn't have anything due. This threw me off quite often: he doesn't give late credit so if you miss one assignment, you get a zero and it will hurt your grade a ton. I also didn't like how he taught the course. The lectures would be anywhere from 60-300+ slides long, with some pictures and walls of text. It almost looked as if he copied and pasted information from an essay or a textbook and put them in bullet points. Usually, professors try to cover the important information - not every little tiny tiny detail. A 300+ slide long lecture is way too long. The textbook is useless and I would advise to not waste your money on it. You will still have to buy an access code for the online exercises. His exam reviews were helpful and fair. Most of the information in the exam reviews wound up being on the exams, although he occasionally put bizarre questions on the exams anyways. Also as a warning, it seems that Dr. Yearwood didn't know how to enter grade weights into ELMS, meaning that people's grades appeared to be inflated for the entire semester. He had several months to fix this issue and kept refusing to fix the grade weights (or does not know how to), as he kept telling students to just calculate the grades themselves. I admit that I should've noticed earlier, but considering that all my other professors always enter the grade weights correctly at the beginning of the year, I wrongly assumed that he would do the same.
Keith Yearwood
GEOG201

Expecting a C+
Anonymous
12/22/2018
Boring professor. Will test you on little details that he barely covers in class. Class is not organized
Keith Yearwood
GEOG201

Anonymous
05/22/2018
The class is easy but he is the worst professor possible. Really hated how he taught the class. Exams questions are so confusing. Multiple choice questions will have more than one choice, and because of this a lot of people fail the exams. He makes a lot of mistakes when he grades the exams.