Hajime Otani - Central Michigan University

Professor: Hajime Otani
Department: Psychology
College: Central Michigan University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PSY383
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This was a harder class for me. Theres very few assignments however so I like this. His classes are interesting and he talks in a way that is easy to follow. I imagine you just need to be able to think comprehensively and have the time to do so, to do well. Papers have to be decent for him to accept them and Im still getting used to university.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PSY383
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I really liked this class. There are 6 papers but all you have to do is read an article (3-5) pages and write a 3-4 page paper just paraphrasing it. Takes about an hour and you either get 1 or 0 on the paper and if you get a 0 you get to redo it. The test questions are mostly taken from the practice quizzes he makes so be sure to take those.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PSY383
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Only graded a few things in class which were credit/no-credit or an exam. Exams were based well on the quizzes without being the same questions. Very personable in class.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Otani is a good guy and super straight forward with grading. He gives exam reviews that directly connect with the test so if you put in effort youll succeed!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are not helpful. He lectures but his lecture is mostly him telling stories, and if there's a topic he doesn't like to teach he just skips over it and tells you to read it later. He assigns 3 page article summaries before every test that are unnecessary. He's so funny and super cute but he is not good at teaching,he'll just tell you to read
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
it is easy class I've ever taken. Dr. Otani like to lecture, but you jest need to pay attention and read the book to get good grade
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Otani is a great guy! If you dont like lectures, however, this class is NOT for you. When you go to class, it is a long lecture every single day except for test days, of which there are 5. No final exam/midterm, about 10 quizzes (1 every week or two that is all on Quizlet) and 4 Article Summaries that are about 3 pages long no textbook
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Otani is a sweet, funny guy. He makes lectures fun and entertaining. If you want to pass, do the quizzes (all on Quizlet), and read the book and you should be fine. The article summaries take a long time, but as long as you do them, you'll get a 1/1. He also gives study guides that are very hard and long.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class is fun to go to. Professor Otani is a very cool, funny guy. Personally I am doing bad in this class but if you actually study for the exams you will be fine. Don't freak out over the article summaries, if you do them you will get a 1/1. The quizzes are all on Quizlet. He gives study guides to the exams, but they are hard.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Mr. Otani is very enthusiastic about this subject. The subject itself might be difficult when it comes to test but thats all. His accent is understandable and he even cracks a few jokes to keep the class alive. This is a lecture hall and lectures are posted on blackboard so you can choose when you want to skip or not.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the easiest classes I've ever taken. Dr. Otani loves to lecture, but if you just pay attention (or read the book), this is a class you can breeze through.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSY383
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Very boring class, prof Otani just reads from the slides the whole time. Very few grades, a few article reviews which are credit/no credit and 4 tests. Posts all lectures on bb. tests are the exact same as the lecture slides
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Five exams, 10 online quizzes (all answers on Quizlet) and five Article Summaries. Thats your grade. Posts lecture notes online, so showing up to class isnt mandatory.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Otani is a funny dude who grew on me as the semester went on. Lots of kids don't come to lecture but he does a good job of explaing things. The class is really just memorization with a few concepts, he does have you write 5 papers throughout the semester which some PSY profs won't make you do. He didn't give us a cumulative final which was nice.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PSY383
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I didn't enjoy this class at all. The exams do not match the study guides at all, and I actually did better on the exams when I didn't look at them. The exams were difficult and I personally didn't think the questions made sense. They are worded very awkwardly. Lecture is very boring and pointless. I would not recommend taking him for this class!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PSY100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hajime was by far my favorite professor this semester. Hes a funny guy and is very passionate about what he talks about. The tests are directly from the lectures, so take notes from the lecture and youll be fine! Also I didnt use my text book once during the semester.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PSY383
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Otani is very passionate about the subject, this is his research field. He knows what he is talking about although sometimes he doesn't communicate it well. There are six or so article summaries that are pretty much pass/no pass. The exams are O.K. Use the study guide to take notes and you'll do fine. A very interesting subject and funny professor.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PSY385
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The semester is split into 2 parts: the 1st is doing experiments and writing sections of APA papers (intro, methods..). The 2nd half is conducting your own experiment. What you put into it, is what you'll get out of it. He sets specific guidelines for what he wants. If I had to take this class again I wouldn't take it with a different professor.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PSY383
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Otani is the best professor I have ever had at CMU! He is incredibly helpful, and makes his lectures interesting. Going into exams I feel fully prepared, as he makes the material easy to remember. He also gives study guides before every exam, and really does want his students to succeed!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PSY383
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He made the material interesting and I retained a lot of the information.
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