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Ray Otto
Professor in the Biology department
at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
are you Ray Otto?
105 Student Ratings
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12/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Genetics 311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+
"Lectures are long" "Respected by students" "There for you"

He is the sweetest guy ever, the class had so much information. 18 chapters, 3 exams. You better study early.... The info isn't particularly hard but lectures can be boring. you do need to go though because there are iclickers. The lab SUCKS study for the final its hard, possibly harder than the lecture exam in my opinion.

12/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Respected by students" "Inspirational"

AWESOME PROFESSOR! Very bright guy who really knows what he is talking about. His exams are long, but they are fair. He cares about students and is always willing to help them. LOVE OTTO

12/16/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

He does explain everything in detail but it gets so boring that it's easy to fall asleep in his class. I wish someone had told me how hard he grades. I think his grading and the way he decides how much a question should be worth is overall unfair.

12/16/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL 124 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B+
"Amazing lectures" "Inspirational" "Respected by students"

The most wonderful professor in the world! Take him. He is the greatest. So much passion and such a respectable person. I wish every professor was a mirror image of him. He is AMAZING! Three hour lectures are boring, right? Well, not with him! They are interesting! Helpful and Clear. Also, he is ranked #9 among best professors in the U.S. LOVE OTTO

12/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Biol 311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Amazing lectures" "Respected by students"

Best science professor at Mason. His lectures are great and he explains difficult concepts clearly. Exams are tough, but he does not try to trick you. Homework problems are important. Very nice guy.

12/14/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: D-
"Pop quiz master" "Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

Tough grader, exams are VERY hard. Doesn't give partial credit. PLUS, he said in the beginning of the class that he only gives two A+'s in the entire class. Only for TWO people. Not fair if you tried hard and actually earned those grades.

12/13/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL124 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: C
"Lectures are long" "Amazing lectures" "Respected by students"

He knows his stuff, and he genuinely wants everyone to do well in his class. He asks straightforward questions on his exams, no tricks. It's either you know it or you don't. You must put hours into studying, you need to work for that grade, Otto just makes it as painless as possible.

12/13/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"There for you" "Tests are tough" "Would take again"

Dr. Otto is a great professor. He respects his students, and takes his time answering any questions. Do his optional homework assignments, they are representative of the exams, and some questions are taken directly from the homework.

12/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Biol 311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Respected by students" "There for you" "Would take again"

Dr. Otto is a great professor. He loves genetics. If you have any questions, approach him and ask. He really takes his time explaining things to you, and never makes you feel like less. His exams are not easy, but he doesn't try to trick you. The homework really helps, although it is optional. Great professor.

11/24/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIOL124 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria"

The reviews speak for themselves. I bought the textbook sadly. It is never used once. The lab manualy is used a lot though.

11/14/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Tests are tough" "Respected by students"

Dr. Otto is incredibly knowledgable. He is a great teacher and explains concepts very clearly. Exams are tough and he doesn't give partial credit. Very nice man.

11/12/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B
"Tough Grader" "Tests are tough" "Respected by students"

I had him for Genetics and did not anticipate how challenging and specific it is. His expectations and lectures are 100% clear so you cannot fault him for grading harshly or having tough exams. All of the necessary info is on the slides and the first 12 of this class is mathy. Do the recommended homework problems each week and you'll be fine.

11/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 124 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Respected by students" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Gives good feedback"

Dr. Otto is a WONDERFUL professor. He really cares about his students and really wants to get to know them. When you go to his office hours, he is extra helpful and makes sure you walk about understandinglearning something new. TAKE HIM FOR THIS COURSE! GO TO CLASS, IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL NOT PASS.

11/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL 124 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Respected by students" "There for you"

Best professor I've ever had. He knows the material and his lectures are really clear. He also does reviews that help you understand the material.

11/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria" "Hilarious" "Respected by students"

Dr. Otto is very clear when he lectures. He cares about you and wants you to pass. As long as you study, you'll ace it. His exams are average, not too hard but not easy. You need to study the material to do well. He does give I-clicker quizzes! He's also very quirky! So lecture isn't incredibly unbearable. I recommend him 100%!

07/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO 124 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr.Otto is a awesome. If you make the dedication to get up at 7:30 to attend his lecture you will do well. Study a week before the exam. Review all the powerpoints and skim the questions on mastering a&p and the textbook, but mostly the powerpoints. Dr. Otto is by far the best biology professor at mason.

06/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 124 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+

Prof Otto is such an incredible teacher. His lectures are concise. His extra powerpoint reviews show you the same material from a different perspective so you REALLY get it. Attend class, record it. Review the recordings again with the notes and power points in front of you. IF you don't get an A then you didn't do the work. (but it's a LOT)

05/15/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Excellent professor, notes are great, very active. Must take the time to study and review information. Doing good in lab will definitely help your grade.

05/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+

Dr. Otto is the most humble professor at Mason. His teaching is exciting, and he makes things easier to understand. But the best thing I enjoyed about his class was his character...he really just cares about the students, nothing else! He's not in it for the game, or to look good in front of faculty, he's just interested in being a good professor.

05/10/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very smart guy who explains material well. You have to work hard to get an A, but Dr. Otto is super nice and always willing to help students.

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