James Hoffman - University of Delaware

Professor: James Hoffman
Department: Psychology
College: University of Delaware
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: NSCI433
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His class is either super interesting or awful never in between and he fluctuates daily. He was difficult to reach outside of class and rarely stuck to his own words. One student couldn't make up a quiz because of an excused absence but others could. Not even favoritism just arbitrary. Class is easy prof is terrible. Just do the work and easy A
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: NSCI433
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Hoffman is a fantastic professor that knows a lot about cognitive neuroscience. He wants you to succeed in his class, but to do so you need to put in some effort. There are reading check quizzes, but if you do the readings you should get a 10/10. I would take this class again if I could.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC433
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's an incredibly smart man but lacking in the teaching department. He's unclear & class content was VERY heavy. His slides aren't very clear or made available until after lecture, he just talks. SOO many scientific articles. You never know what to expect from him. Overall, I don't recommend. Nice guy, not so nice teacher.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This has been the worst class in my college career ever. He is terrible at teaching information. And I swear he lives to make our lives miserable. Never has time for students when they want to ask him a question. And I swear he has some OCD the weirdest things. Don't ever take him unless you want to fail.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hoffman is very smart and sometimes funny but his lectures are tough to sit through, he doesn't provide slides with clear cut information so pay attention! readings about once a week with clicker quizzes which aren't horrible if you just skim the readings. Exams are 3 essay questions, gives you a study guide but be prepared for curve balls
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very smart guy, who cant convey what he knows. i had to teach myself all the material for the essay exams. but he is helpful if you go talk to him.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
very nice guy, made me change the way i perceive the world and appreciate things we take for granted. tries to keep class interesting but exams were ridiculously lengthy and hard. clicker quizzes on textbook readings that i had trouble with even after doing the reading, and not many opportunities to bring up your grade. Absences affect grade
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC433
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice nice nice guy. But, so so so boring. The class wasn't very engaging.. which made it fairly hard. I ended up with a B+, which I have NO idea how. But idk the class has potetial to be interesting but I just couldn't. Don't necessarily avoid the class or avoid this teacher, but avoid both if you have classes youre more engaged in.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Actually one of the hardest classes I've ever taken in my entire life. H is nice but he doesnt speak very loudly. His material is confusing as possible and his slides are not very helpful unless you know whats going on. Daily Clickerquizzes on reading. 3 Tests. Final is a retake of one test. Idk if i would say avoid H but i would avoid psyc310
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This was the his first time teaching the class and hopefully the last. Well to start off this is a hard class so I would avoid it. Second attendance doesn't help you at all because he just goes over silly slides that don't have anything to do with the book. AVOID!!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC209
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I got lost the first day of class and came in late, and Professor Hoffman was really mean to me ever since. His lectures were helpful and he explained things clearly, but tests were really hard. You will have to rely heavily on your textbook and do a ton of practice problems before the tests. I think that's the only way to do well in this class.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC209
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very difficult class... I took this class over Winter and it consumed my time. We did about a chapter a day, and we had to learn it on our own. After we read the chapter we had about 4-5 homework problems and no help. If you didnt understand the material, well that was too bad for you and your grade. No help at all- difficult exams boring labs.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC209
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class felt like a punishment. The homework and labs used computers and you didn't have to do anything by hand, but on the exams all you had to help you was a graphing calculator. Basically, you're getting testing on doing problems in ways they've never taught you. Hoffman is okay, but the structure of the class was ridiculous.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC209
  • 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:
Although I thought Dr. Hoffman was a nice and funny guy...he was just an absolutely TERRIBLE teacher...this class was just very very bad...and i would avoid it if possible...the homework took hours to complete...the tests were just impossible...the clicker questions were annoying...and the labs were boring...overall worst class ever...dont take it!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH209
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He was extremely rude and insensitive to the needs of the students. I've never had an instructor as passive aggressive as this professor. Indirect insults were constantly made during office hours for help. Tests were not like the homework problems and caused many students' grades to suffer.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC209
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
..seriously, why is he teaching. oh wait, he doesn't teach. he has a dream job because all he does is put everyone in groups and make them go to town on the textbook. i really have never seen him do anything significant in class. he actually said "i dont know why YOU ALL did bad on this test, it should have been easy." hmmm..
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH0209
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I dont even know where to begin with this one, other than do NOT i repeat DO NOT take this class with this teacher unless u absoutly have to!!! it requires a lot of time and work more than u will ever imagine!! like 2-3 hwk asgn. that takes 5hrs he is not helpful, not flexable on office hrs.doesnt even grade his own papers u r just another# to him.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC209
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
this teacher sucks.he doesn't respond to your emails and he's never any help when you don't understand something.makes you do TWO group projects which are extremelly time consuming on top of the insanley difficult material.the tests are over material that wasn't taught by the text, which he expects you to know magically on your own.he can suck it.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC209
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Reminds me of Kip from Napoleon Dynamite by how he talks. AVOID taking him at all costs, he confused everyone even more if you asked a question and he won't answer questions through e-mail. You do ALL the work alone in a group, he sits in front of the room doing absolutely nothing while you struggle through the material, no joke he doesn't lecture
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC209
  • 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:
expect a math class, not a psych class. very dissorganized format and hoffman is not helpful at all. class sucks.
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