Stefan Hofmann - Boston University

Professor: Stefan Hofmann
Department: Psychology
College: Boston University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PS371
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very knowledgeable about the subject but makes class a bit dry. Grades based on a few tests and participation/attendance. He and the TA have said conflicting things, which was confusing. He recommends the textbook but not absolutely necessary. Tests are pretty fair but may have small details not mentioned in lecture. Overall, not a bad professor.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PS371
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Easiest class I've ever taken. I got a 100 on two of the exams. He gives practice exams and posts study guides. He literally asked us if we liked the grade breakdown and I said the final should be worth the same as the other exams and he had a vote and we did it. Educated and knows his stuff. Straightforward class, no surprises.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Hofmann's class is very easy. His lectures are very straight forward and outlines things you need to have for the tests. There are only tests throughout the semester and I didn't think it was too tough. Read the textbook that covers everything that is on the test. Also participate in discussion there is a participation grade.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
if you are a psych major DEFINITELY TAKE HIM. you need to work for a good grade but the work you put in to his class will be VERY helpful in the future psych classes you will take. If you're looking for an easy course, he is not the best prof to take. but psych majors do yourself a favor and take him for 101. he is a great lecturer too
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Hofmann is an understanding and easy going guy, but is still a stern professor and tough yet reasonable grader. He has a lot of empathy so reaching out to him for help is a good move if you're struggling with the class.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great professor. One of the best I have had here. I learned a lot and he really knows his stuff. The tests are not easy but pretty fair. I did OK- but had to work for it. If you are interested in psychology, take him. You will actually learn something!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Our grade was only based on 3 tests and attendance/participation, but Professor Hofmann was a very informative professor, and covered all of the semester's topics. He also was very kind with changing the scale for the curve, and also reviewed the test so you knew exactly what was on it.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great professor! He's funny, keeps you engaged, and really knows the material. Test questions can sometimes be tricky but if you pay attention in lecture and look over the textbook you'll be fine. Overall, good class!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Even if his class is one of the hardest PSYCH 101, it is worth it because you really learn. He is extremely prepared and although the exams are hard, he gives many clues about them that help you study. Moreover, he always takes into consideration students' comments.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
As a renowned psychologist published in the DSM-V, Hofmann really knows his stuff. The material isn't that difficult, just pay attention in lecture- he'll cover 99% of it. The book is only necessary if you really can't understand a topic or for learning mental disorders. Know what's going on and you'll do fine on tests. His personality is A+
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • 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:
He gives great lectures. The exams are hard but there are no tricks. questions are clear and you do well if you have studied. By studied I mean actually spent time reading each chapter. He curves it if it is beneficial for everyone. questions are short and to the point.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • 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:
Prof. Hofmann is an engaging lecturer. He throws in anecdotes and really helps students engage with material. The tests are somewhat ambiguously worded at times, but fair if you attend class and read the book. It is an interesting course, but by no means easy. Very good intro to psych. Hofmann is a phenomenal lecturer. Highly recommend.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is an amazing lecturer. You'll learn the most out of any psychology class. Participation matters and attendance is taken, but why would you want to miss any of his lectures? The tests are difficult, but if you study hard you can get a good score. He cares for his students and is available outside class. He's flexible and understanding.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is honestly a great professor but not easy! Don't expect an easy grade. We had two exams and a final and they count as a majority of the grade. SO come to class pay attention to his lectures, do the readings beforehand and you should be set. He is witty, caring and uses humor in his lectures to engage students. Over all it was a fine class.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Hofmann is a really fair professor. The tests were pretty easy as long as you studied and he is really funny. He makes jokes to keep the material interesting. He's really passionate about psych and it shows which helps generate interest. Those who think he is unfair are whiney and need to wake up. This is college
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Good guy.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hofmann's class is very lecture heavy and a lot of material is covered, but he also has a good sense of humor and allows for discussion on more heated topics to occur between students. The test questions themselves aren't too hard either so stressing for the midterms isn't necessary. The TF is also really hot js ;)
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Hofmann is one of my favorite professors ever. He is very nice, and tells great jokes. His grading is almost entirely tests, which aren't very hard as long as you study.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PS100
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Ridiculous, there were questions on the test from things he mentioned in 2 sentences in class. And considering how much he goes off topic each lecture, it's no wonder that almost everyone got these questions wrong. And also considering how he barely curves and gives vague, unspecific questions, he's a terrible teacher.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PS101
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Grade consists of only 2 exams and then the final. Exams have very vague and poorly worded questions, and no one seems to do well - even advisors in the field of psych have taken his exams and gotten some wrong, and the TF's disagree with some of the questions. No matter how much you study, you probably won't do as well as you want to or deserve.
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