Bruce Torff - Hofstra University

Professor: Bruce Torff
Department: Education
College: Hofstra University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: SED213
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Bruce is awesome. He's clear, keeps the class moving and clarifies the lessons and connects to the texts persistently. He does a good job of keeping everyone awake and engaged and is chock full of wisdom he is eager to share. He is definitely a professor with classes you should take!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: SED102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Incredibly nice person, not the best teacher Ive had but still worth taking this class. Just show him that you read and you will get an A.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: SED102
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Bruce is such a nice guy and very intelligent in his field! He gives you a bump up on your final grade if you attend all of his classes. There is a multiple choice quiz every week on the chapter you are supposed to read. His stories are personal and helpful to any future teacher! Highly reccomend, but careful his classes fill up quickly.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: SED102
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Awesome, informed teacher with a fair grading policy. He will give you challenging assignments, but they're never busy work--they will help you develop the skills you will be using the rest of your career. Truly inspirational; I'm glad he's part of my education at Hofstra. He has an attendance policy that can bump your grade up 1/2 a letter grade.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: SED151
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a great teacher that I will credit for truly inspiring my career. He is amazing at what he does. Make sure to take at least one of his classes.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CT361
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Bruce is an amazing professor and a true genius. If you appreciate high-level thinking and discussion, you're going to love this guy... especially if you like music and comedy. Yes, the jokes are corny and repeated... but they make a late class bearable. Bruce is extremely fair about grading and although his quizzes are hard, they work!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SED213
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great Professor and very humble. Took him for the Summer 2 session and as long as you read then you will be fine for the quizzes. Quizzes are a pain but it forces you to read. He asked 4 questions on the quizzes and usually 1 hard one to separate the men from the boys. Take this guy if you can because I learned a lot from his class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: SED213
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Bruce is the most incredible professor I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He really knows his stuff and really cares about you knowing it too. He is unbelievably understanding and helpful. If you prove to be a good student, he will prove to be a great professor. I 150% recommend this professor. Make a point to take him!!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SED264
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He really knows his stuff and cares about making you into a great teacher. Yes, the quizzes are a pain, but the rest of the class was really useful.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: SED264
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Rubbed me the wrong way from day 1 when he bragged about his multiple degrees from Harvard. Nobody cares about that stuff if you don't practice what you preach, and Torff definitely doesn't. Why bother assigning reading if you're not going to talk about it? The quizzes are pointless and are never referred to again. Arrogant and overbearing.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: SED102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Best professor I've had so far in the education field. Torff's quizzes are a pain in the ass, but the class itself is fun. He wants to make you a teacher, not teach you about teaching. He will do anything in his power to help you succeed, and I really admire him for that.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SED296
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This was the best professor I ever had at Hofstra. Actually made me want to go to class. His humor made the time fly. The readings are pretty demanding but if you show you put the effort in and participate he'll ease up on the grading.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SED213
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
You'll learn from the readings only. He rarely teaches, he makes really stupid jokes. I am an A student and I did not like his class at all.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CT102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This guy really knows his stuff and helps with figuring out all the in's and out's of how children behave. It was a great class to be at, however, the reading and the quizzes were brutal. If you do the observation time and do well on the journal and presentations you'll be fine. I would suggest his class, just do the reading.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: SED213
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He taught me ways on how to be professional, prepare me for interviews, and devise teaching and learning strategies. He provides both real world, common sense advice plus theoretical knowledge for dealing with students and how to teach themthrough student centered learning. Nobody does it better than Torff!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: SED102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
bruce is the best teacher i have ever had, completely understanding and will help with any questions involving the teaching profession. the quizzes are hard but helpful take his sed 151 class if you can
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: SED264
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
SED 264 is wonderful. You will get to practice writing and presenting lessons, and you have Bruce their to guide you and to give you feedback! We have to realize we are lucky for the opportunity to have a really intelligent, experienced, successful teacher help us develop the teachers within ourselves.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SED264
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Bruce is the BEST teacher I have ever had. He is beyond smart, helpful and caring. Its hard to not do well, as long as you try hard and show up for class. I think he is incredible.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: SED102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Torff is a little full of himself, but he really does know what he is talking about. The class is not a lot of work, and he is willing to help you out with anything that you need with education. His quizzes aren't that bad, and the class really isn't that hard.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SED264
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's probably the only reason why I know how to write a lesson plan. Class is hard, but put in the effort and you will be rewarded. Seriously, YOU WILL LEARN in this class and I find my lessons are SO much better after taking 2 classes with Bruce.
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