Donald Sytsma - University of Southern Maine

Professor: Donald Sytsma
Department: Psychology
College: University of Southern Maine
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PSY360
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Read into what he is saying, and maybe you'll think a little bit in life.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH350
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Worst Professor. I am beyond upset that USM continues to allow such a professor. He brings down the entire department. There's a reason why people leave the Psychology Department, and this old tenured dinosaur is why. He hasn't even published in years, and he does not keep up on current science. Stuck in the 70's where women belong at home.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Might wanna find another professor if you need this class.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PSY350
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Sytsma is REALLY smart and just has poor interpersonal skills. He DOES want students to engage & ask questions- just don't ask stupid questions. Meet with him outside of class! If you have a nihilistic sense of humor & can commiserate with him about how terribly USM treats the Psych Department, you'll get along- which is half the battle with him.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are too long and have nothing to do with the quizzes at the end of every class. If you do the reading and understand it all without explanation then you'll do great.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Without a doubt, the worst professor I have ever had. Each class, he lectures about historical figures in psychology for an hour and half in a boring monotone. After each lecture, there is a quiz. Nothing on the quiz correlates with his lecture, its all from the textbook. Extremely difficult, unhelpful, unpleasant. Switch professors ASAP.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Wasn't a difficult class. Easy to pass if you read the chapters. All exams and quizzes are multiple choice, and straight from the book. Classes are a waste, but you have to go to take the quizzes at the end. He rambles about irrelevant things, doesn't even touch topics that we're supposed to be learning. Also rude to students.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Completely rude and inconsiderate of student's success. Always whined about something. Lectures did not go along with readings at ALL. Definitely had to depend on teaching yourself. Quiz questions were very specific: like "What did it say in the margin on page 356?" so unless you have a great memory; awful. Ruined psychology. I recom. Stevenson.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly one of the worst professors I have ever had. His lectures were incoherent and did not match up to what the assigned readings were at all. In a whole semester we barely got past the anatomy of the eye, did not learn any psychology. The only good thing I can say about him is that he let our class out over an hour early every time.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSY350
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Sytsma was not very helpful when students asked questions. Be prepared to read the book and pay attention when he says something from his lecture will be on the exam.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PYSCH101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I am a very active participant when it comes to classes. He dissuades you from wanting to do that. The lectures are long, incoherent and have nothing to do with what you are reading. My advice is to read the textbook, study the many quizzes he gives you for the exams and sit in the back and do homework for other classes.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
What he teaches has nothing to do with what he quizzes and tests on but he coerces you into showing by having take home tests and in class quizzes. Yells at students. You should just have to read the book and pass but he makes you show up to his lectures that have nothing to do with anything you need to know.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Quiz every class, all work only based off of the book. If you do not teach yourself you will not pass. His lectures have nothing to do with exams or quizzes, they are pointless. Wish I could give him a zero stars.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: 210
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Not so bad if you go for help after class.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures have little to do with the exams, as long as you study the book closely, you'll get a good grade. Only a few tests but many in-class and take-home quizzes. Very intelligent man, knows what he's talking about but rude when it comes to students asking questions. Limited office hours. Wouldn't advise missing classes.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PSY350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Donald Sytsma was the worst professor I've ever had. His lectures are really incoherent, and his use of the whiteboard doesn't help whatsoever. He writes purely in Mechner notation (hardly explaining what the symbols meant), and he rarely answers questions. When he does answer questions, he is usually rudecondescending. Try to avoid!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: 350
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I thought he was a horrible teacher. The class would ask questions that everyone was confused about and all he would do in return is yell and get frustrated you don't understand everything he puts down. Paying close to a thousand dollars you should feel comfortable asking for help, this is not the case with this teacher
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PSY
  • 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:
I am absolutely astounded by these reviews- speechless. Apparently not, so I will leave you with this: Dr. Sytsma is, as a student below put, a wealth of knowledge. The question is not if this guy is nice or mean; the question is do you care to learn? Perhaps you have to learn to care first- don't waste time if latter.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
By far the worst professor I've ever had. Had no clue what was going on, was downright rude to people telling them that answering questions wasn't part of his job.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I will make this simple: Dr. Sytsma does not like questions. Period. He will become confrontational with students who have questions. his lectures are not tested on therefore are of little academic consequence. I would have enjoyed this course if it were online only as I learned mostly from the book. Avoid him. It's time for retirement.
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