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Lynn Almond
Professor (2010 – 2013)
Virginia Tech (VT)
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3.6000***+
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Rated by 60 students
2.56
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across 3 classes
Spring 2015 Schedule
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5*****
ACIS 2115 - Principles of Accounting
So you have to take accounting... Here's the deal, don't listen to what anyone else says: if you have to take ACIS 2115 Lynn Almond should be your first choice. The class is really hard/boring but if you must take it he is the best option. All test...
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Pros: -Hands-down, one of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.
-HE MAKES THE TESTS FOR ALL OF ACIS 2115!!!!
-Very willing to give extra help, all you have to do is ask (and he is always in his office)
-Will stop as many times and as long as it takes during class when questions are asked
Cons: -This class is one of the 7th most dropped-out-of class at Virginia Tech
-This class will not boost your GPA
-Accounting is not fun...at all
-Homework takes an eternity
Professor rated by: Building Construction Student on 10/12/11
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ACIS 2116 - Principles of Accounting
Since there is no way out of ACIS 2115-16 I would recommend taking it with Almond because if nothing else you will be better prepared for the exams than those who got TAs. He is a funny, likable guy but his class is very difficult and you better not miss too many if you want a B or higher.
Pros: Almond is a really funny guy who knows how to keep things light with his students. He is the one that actually writes the tests so if you have the chance to take 2115 or 2116 with him definitely do it.
Cons: Accounting is one of the hardest subjects in the business school at VT. It is filled with long, confusing processes, math that might make you wanna jump off a bridge, and it overall an extremely challenging class. There is no way out of it, if you are a Pamplin student you will have to endure at least 2 semesters of the hell that is Principles of Accounting. What I am saying is not a reflection of Almond himself, but just a reflection of how hard this class is and the fact that he doesn't mess around or have a big heart when grading. If you know what you are doing you will be lucky to get an 80+, if you slack and do not, don't be surprised if you score lower than 70.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on 4/11/13
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
5*****
Pros: -Hands-down, one of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.

-HE MAKES THE TESTS FOR ALL OF ACIS 2115!!!!

-Very willing to give extra help, all you have to do is ask (and he is always in his office)

-Will stop as many times and as long as it takes during class when questions are asked
Cons: -This class is one of the 7th most dropped-out-of class at Virginia Tech

-This class will not boost your GPA

-Accounting is not fun...at all

-Homework takes an eternity
So you have to take accounting... Here's the deal, don't listen to what anyone else says: if you have to take ACIS 2115 Lynn Almond should be your first choice. The class is really hard/boring but if you must take it he is the best option. All tests are multiple choice with 4 choices per question and 50 questions total...

Going into this class, the most important thing to realize is that your grade consists of FOUR 100 point grades. One of the 100 point grades is for homework. Homework takes forever, but it is done online and you can submit it when it is right. So, if you aren't sharpest person in the world but you work hard, the great news is that this class is designed for you to succeed. The reason this is the case is because your remaining three 100 point assignments are exams. If you accumulate 280 points out of 400 points for the class, you will at the very least receive a C-. This means you can get a 100 on the homework for the year, get three 60%s on your three tests, and you get a C! (Likewise a 100 in homework and three 73.33%s will guarantee you a B-). Lastly, depending on how the class does, how often you attend, how often you go to office hours (and sit in the front) he reserves the right to bump up your grade if he sees fit.
Professor rated by: Building Construction Student on October 12, 2011
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ACIS 3115
Intermediate Financial Acct
4****
All the rumors about this class you heard are true. It is hard. I feel like the grading statistics on this class are misleading because he told our class only one or two people per class usually come out with A's. That aside, Lynn is an extremely nice guy, and he is more than willing to help you with anything. He's in his office a lot, and he always welcomes you in even if it's not during his official office hours. He has lots of experience in the accounting world that he can relate to what you're doing and I think he's overall a fantastic teacher. Now on to the bad part. You're grade is made up of 3 tests (including the final which is cumulative) and a homework grade (each making up 25% of your grade). He's an easy grader when it comes to homework, and he gives you more than enough points to make the full 25%. The tests are a different story. They were usually made up of about 25-30 multiple choice questions and 5 free response. Make sure to read over the multiple choice a few times. Many are designed to trick you. On the free response, messing up a little bit will result in you losing lots of points (even just forgetting to put a date on a journal entry). And to top it off, he doesn't believe in curving grades. It's hard and it sucks, but you have to go through it, and Lynn will help you through it.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on May 29, 2011
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ACIS 2116
Principles of Accounting
3***
Pros: Almond is a really funny guy who knows how to keep things light with his students. He is the one that actually writes the tests so if you have the chance to take 2115 or 2116 with him definitely do it.
Cons: Accounting is one of the hardest subjects in the business school at VT. It is filled with long, confusing processes, math that might make you wanna jump off a bridge, and it overall an extremely challenging class. There is no way out of it, if you are a Pamplin student you will have to endure at least 2 semesters of the hell that is Principles of Accounting. What I am saying is not a reflection of Almond himself, but just a reflection of how hard this class is and the fact that he doesn't mess around or have a big heart when grading. If you know what you are doing you will be lucky to get an 80+, if you slack and do not, don't be surprised if you score lower than 70.
Since there is no way out of ACIS 2115-16 I would recommend taking it with Almond because if nothing else you will be better prepared for the exams than those who got TAs. He is a funny, likable guy but his class is very difficult and you better not miss too many if you want a B or higher.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on April 11, 2013
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ACIS 2116
Principles of Accounting
2**
Pros: I had a good TA, the homeworks are guaranteed As if you take the time to completely do them.
Cons: This class is just terrible. This semester Almond added quizzes which lowers your overall grade.
Unless you're an Accounting major you're probably going to hate this class, no different than ACIS 2115. However, this year Almond for some reason decided to cut our (basically guaranteed) A homework grade to 50 points of our grade instead of 100 points and added 10 quizzes. Granted, 3 were dropped but it definitely dropped by grade. If they had kept it like it was last year my grade would have definitely been a letter grade higher.



More than likely you are not going to have Almond as a professor, you'll get a TA. My TA was Saucedo and he was extremely helpful, nice, and knowledgeable. I think he's moving to Seattle in Fall 2014 but I would recommend him. However, since you can't rate TAs I had to rate Almond for making the class all the more difficult with those quizzes.
Professor rated by: Hospitality and Tourism Management Student on December 21, 2013
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
5*****
Pros: He gives you a breakdown of every exam question by question. This helps you prepare and do well on the exams. Almond wants you to pass the class and will do anything in his power to help you. He covers what needs to be covered and nothing else. Almond is the one that makes up the exams so he knows what you need to study. Some of the TAs give mis-leading information from what i've heard. Almond is the professor YOU WANT if you are taking ACIS 2115.
Cons: None. Just do some studying before the exams by going over the examples in the textbook and you will do fine. If you slack off and don't come to class and do the homework, you are gonna have a hard time with this class.
Lynn is a great guy! He always comes to class cheerful and ready to teach! His exams are MODERATE.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 13, 2011
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Pros: -Small chucks of material expected to know on exams (2 chapters instead of 4 every test)

-Willing to answer questions in class

-Pleasant guy that has a lot of accounting knowledge
Cons: -Exams are difficult

-Online homework takes a long time to do, and class materials are very expensive

-Really have to make this class a priority to do well

Since they've restructured this class as of Fall 2014, I think the learning curve will be a little more in students favor. Instead of TAs Almond teaches 2 big lecture classes and then you have a recitation about the material on Fridays with a TA. Although this would seem to be effective, beware that the concept of accounting is still new and therefore, HARD
Professor rated by: Hospitality and Tourism Management Student on November 29, 2014
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
5*****
Pros: It all depends on your TA. My TA was great.

Cons: You can't slack off or get behind in the readings. Don't cheat on the Connect because it's the only way you're going to get to understanding and remembering the process for doing the problems.
What I did for this class:

Read the week's chapter the weekend before, took notes.

Went to class, did Connect assignment during the week.

Made a study guide for each test.

KEPT the study guides for the final.

Repeat.



The Connect website has other useful tools to help you figure out what you're doing, as well as an e-book.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on December 18, 2012
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
Pros: Unlimited homework submissions for 100%.
Cons: The tests are designed to trick you, not to help you.



Your TA could be good or bad (mine was awesome).
This class is known as one of the hardest at the University; however, contrary to what people will tell you, it is possible to get an A in this class. You have to be fairly dedicated and willing to work hard to do so, but it is definitely possible to do well. Since the homework can be submitted an unlimited number of times, you can get 100% on all of the homework assignments (a quarter of the grade), which means the tests are that much less stressful. The homework isn't always clear and it's finicky (online), but it isn't as painful as some people make it out to be if you actually read the book before it. Almost no one reads the book, but the people who do usually do well. My strategy was to read the book and then do the homework before going to the lectures on the given chapter. Even though the homework isn't due until after the lectures, having the knowledge from it, even if incomplete, made the lectures make a lot more sense and helped me to understand accounting.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on May 1, 2013
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Pros: He's a nice guy, tries to add humor to class.
Cons: The tests are hard. Unless you really understand the concepts, its a tough class to grasp especially at the beginning of the semester.
I studied for weeks before the final for this class, broke down my schedule in a reasonable manner, and made sure I understood most, if not all, the material in each chapter. Somehow I ended up with a D+ on the exam. Therefore, I'm under the impression that even if you think you completely understand this subject and think the final was actually tolerable, there is the possibility of you still getting a pretty shitty grade. I walked in and out of the exam with the same confidence as my friends whose grades span the scale.
Professor rated by: International Studies Student on January 3, 2015
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
Pros: Almond is hands down as awesome guy and professor. I enjoyed his lectures and he's approachable and ready to help.



His tests are straight forward, just study WileyPlus homework problems and "how to solve" rather than general concepts.

Cons: I'm pretty sure he's the only ACIS 2115 professor right now, so you're kind stuck with him. he's a good guy/professor!



but Accounting sucks, make sure you actually do the homework and understand it. Give it your time and effort and you should be straight for the exam.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 17, 2014
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
I had Negangard as a TA and he ROCKED. If you can take it with him, I'd strongly advise doing so. He's really good at explaining and reinforcing the material. The class is hard, but if you have a good TA and do all of the homework's/readings it shouldn't be too difficult.
Professor rated by: Management Student on January 22, 2014
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
4****
Pros: Down to earth grad students teach the class
Cons: What you learn in class doesn't fully cover the tests Mr. Almond creates
He isn't the teacher...this class is run by TA's but they're very reasonable and knowledgable. I had Pzoyha and the class is interesting.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on July 1, 2012
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Pros: Once you get accounting, you really get it
Cons: the tests are hard and there are questions designed to trick you
overall if you put the work in, you will do well.... plus the class got way easier since Fall 2014
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on December 20, 2014
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ACIS 2116
Principles of Accounting
4****
Pros: Very smart and TA who often teaches is just as good.
Cons: Exams are tricky, and he is not flexible whatsoever on grades or curves.
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on February 12, 2013
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
2**
Pros: Based on a point system.
Cons: EVERYTHING.
This is by far the hardest class I have taken at VT. You'll definitely learn about accounting, but you'll hate yourself while doing it. The homework takes hours to do. I literally would spend entire days doing the homework. This year they also added quizzes to the class which in turn makes the class harder. The homework used to be the same point value as a test. But now its split with the quizzes.



The tests were impossible. The final was even harder than the other tests. The two tests taken during the semester are common time exams, which is necessary because you'll definitely need the two hours that they give you.



Also I never even met Almond. My class was taught by a TA, who was a very nice guy, but not the best teacher. However he was always helpful if you needed to ask questions about the homework. And he would also go over homework and quizzes after they were due. The only problem with TAs is that they have no idea what is going to be on the tests until it's time to take them. So you can't fully blame them if you didn't learn something that you needed to, because they have no idea what the test will be focused on.



Overall, if you're in the college of business, good luck in this class. You'll get through it. Don't go into this class expecting a GPA booster. This class will kill your GPA. If you're not a business student, DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on January 6, 2014
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Pros: Unlimited attempts on homework

Dropped 3 quiz grades

Cons: 10 quizzes online throughout the semester

Time consuming

You might not get a TA who can teach the concepts well

Final was very difficult
I had one of the TAs for this class but I still did just as well or better than the students who had Almond. Almond is the one who creates the tests though so he knows what is on them, but the TAs don't know what's actually on the tests beforehand.

My TA structured the class so we watched short lecture videos and read the book outside of class and did the homework together in class. I really liked this because it helped me understand how the solve the problems better and saved a ton of time. If you have to do all of the homework outside of class, it takes forever! I didn't really watch the lecture videos, so all I had to do outside of class was read the book and put the homework answers into the online system.

This is the type of class where it is hard for most people to understand the concepts easily and be able to apply them. Especially since it can get pretty boring. You just have to read through the chapters a lot until you really understand them then do a lot of the practice problems in the back of each chapter. It's a hard class, but if you put in the time you should be fine.



Professor rated by: Management Student on December 14, 2013
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Pros: Can redo homework till you get a 100.

Homework counts as an exam grade.

Cons: Taught by a TA, who doesn't make the test.

Brutal Cumulative Final

My class was taught by a TA, who was average at best. My advice to do well in this class is to read the book before each lecture, and maybe start a few of the homework problems. This will help you understand the material better. Be sure to go to lecture too, sometimes things are covered that were not really clear in the book. For each Exam, I recommend you look at the lecture slides, and go back through the homework. Also looking at some of the problems at the end of each chapter is beneficial. Doing this I manage to get an A on both exams.



The final for this class was really hard, it's more so on new material, but worded to trick you. It was definitely ten times harder than the other two exams, so for the final make sure you know the last chapters material inside and out. (I heard a rumor that Almond made the final harder this semester on purpose to lower the overall GPA for the class - NOT FAIR >:( )



I got a solid A, but barely. It's a challenging class, but doable if you work hard.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on May 24, 2013
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
2**
Pros: You could get a cool TA. Prof. Almond is a nice guy from what I hear, but you'll never see him. You actually do learn something useful from this class.
Cons: Just taught by TA's. Almond makes the exams way way way too hard.The homeworks start easy and eventually turn into all day affairs. Only offered on MWF. Final exam is the hardest test I have ever taken.
This is a class that you will learn a lot of useful stuff in, but you will be miserable in doing so. To get a 100 on a test, you would genuinely need to know ever single aspect of accounting that had been gone over in class. Good luck if you are unfortunate enough to have to take this class.
Professor rated by: Management Student on September 10, 2013
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
1*
Pros: Nice guy

Puts class videos online
Cons: His tests are frequent and hard. He teaches very basic principles. Makes you pay a lot of money for 1 homework assignment on Helios.
If you look at the average GPA for this class over the years, you can see that it is declining. Once you are done studying for one test, immediately start studying for the other. This class is impossible if you go to class. All time must be spent studying for the tests. His classes are a waste of time so do yourself a favor and just read all the information out of the textbook. You can also look at Koofers and read his powerpoint slides.
Professor rated by: Management Student on October 17, 2014
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ACIS 2115
Principles of Accounting
3***
Pros: Such a nice man and is willing to help you if you go to his office hours. Definitely has experience and knows a lot about accounting
Cons: Class is not structured.. rarely uses powerpoints and sometimes just writes things on a projector. Not great at explaining things.. Gives answers to homework problems occasionally but does not explain how to get the answers
There are a few TAs for this class that are definitely better than Almond.. if you get stuck with a bad TA I would recommend going to a different one... Everyone takes the exact same exams and has the same homework and quizzes
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on December 5, 2013
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