Jt Ptacek - Bucknell University

Professor: Jt Ptacek
Department: Psychology
College: Bucknell University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC216
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is very caring, funny and he cares a lot about his students and is willing to work with you in any way he can. However, if you plan on taking this class be prepared to spend a lot of time outside of class. He is very disorganized half of the lectures consist of him telling stories and it's very easy to get behind. Don't take him if need credit
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC215
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
GREAT Guy! He really cares about his students. Extremely personable and loves to tell stories! His test questions can be unclear but I never found this class too stressful by any means. Plus, not much homework AT ALL! I WILL be taking another one of his classes in the future.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH215
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class is hard. You need to be able to read the textbook and use office hours to pass. He is an amazing guy though, super funny and always a great conversationalist. His class just requires work.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC228
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I WORKED FOR THIS A. Although I like Ptacek as a person, his lectures can be unclear and he fails to emphasize the importance of what turn out to be major topics. Exams require A LOT of preparation but if you do the work, the exams are straightforward and memorization-based. He is always willing to meet and answer questions and is very friendly.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC228
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Doc P is very personable and approachable if you need help outside of class. He is always willing to help those that want to be successful. However, his exams are very unfair. He asks essay questions on things that were talked about for 1 second in class and won't test on big ideas which makes no sense. So hard to study for this course.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC215
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Ptacek is one of the best professors I've had at Bucknell. He (somehow) made statistics fun and easy to understand, and included lots of real-world examples in his lectures. Extremely caring and wants the best for every one of his students. Is very approachable and if you demonstrate effort he will have your back 100%. Very cool guy.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC228
  • 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:
He is an extremely engaging, funny lecturer and it is no secret how much he cares about both his passion for psychology along with his students. I loved being in this class and was always excited to go.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC228
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
There were only 4 grades in this class: a midterm, a final, a small percentage for homework, and a big paper. You definitely to meet with him often. The midterm was difficult because the questions he asked are really random and there's so much content to cover. Even though he's a cool guy, I wouldn't take it if you don't have to.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC215
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Definitely has mellowed out over his years here. Genuine guy, but doesn't tolerate slackers. Do your work. Don't understand something? He's more than welcome to help you out. Wants everyone to do well, as long as they're putting forth effort.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC234
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He seemed like a nice guy in class, but several office visits revealed that this was just an act. In private conversations, I thought I was opening up to a fair minded, mature and level headed psych professor, but in fact he was a bully. His attitude was mean, rude & insulting. Do yourself a favor and skip this clown-take anyone else but him!!!!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC215
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Yeah, the worst statistic professor ever. He tests on stuff he does not even teach. Worked my ass off and went to office hours but only got a C. Take anyone but him for stats.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC215
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I had Prof Ptacek for Psych 100 and he was good. As a stats Prof though, he was not good. He tested on stuff he did not teach and the stuff he did teach was fuzzy. Only him take if you had stats before and are comfortable. Office visits result in more confusion because he is NOT a math teacher. Avoid.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH325
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Discussion heavy class so do the reading.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC325
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's the worst professor I've had at Bucknell! Your grade is derived from papers the and the tests are essays, but no reason/feedback is ever given as to why you get the grade he assigns. You just have to accept it. He gives out few A's and lots of B's and C's. I took this clown one time but I will never take hi again. Avoid this professor!!!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC215
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
My favorite Professor at Bucknell. His courses aren't the easiest and require a good amount of work, but he is the most caring professor I have ever had. I go out of my way to choose classes taught by him (unfortunately there aren't many!). If you have the chance to take his class, do it! He is so funny and always keeps things interesting
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: 215
  • 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:
One of the best professors in the psychology department. He is there for and willing to help any student. Cannot speak highly enough of this professor. Outstanding lecturer, wants his students to do well, funny, and clear.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH215
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great professor, but psych stats is a tough class. He does not go easy on the students, but offers help if you need. His tests are difficult.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH215
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Definitely go in for help, and if you miss class get notes from other students because he basically discussed what we went over, but didn't teach it to me. His tests are fair. Half open book (math section) half closed book (multiple choice). Some multiple choice can be quite tricky.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH100
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Absolutely loved this class. He made things really interesting and is very friendly. Tests are not hard at all. Highly recommend him.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC100
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Ptacek is amazing. He is so funny and strives to make sure everyone understands what is going on during every class. Tests are difficult if you do not study but just review the textbook and lecture notes and you should do fine. Amazing person and professor, very personable, highly recommend!
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