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Ray Otto
Professor in the Biology department
at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
are you Ray Otto?
Overall Quality
4.8
Average Grade
C
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.8
Clarity
4.8
Easiness
2.7
Helpfulness
0
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96 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
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
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader" "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
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader" "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
"Gives good feedback" "Respected by students" "Skip class? You won't pass."

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
"There for you" "Respected by students"

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" "Respected by students" "Hilarious"

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.

05/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bio 123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Fantastic teacher! Excellent at explaining topics, posts superb notes, and a very nice guy. I have nothing bad to say, except I wish he taught accounting!

03/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Bio 124 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Best teacher at Mason by far! He is very thorough and so helpful! love his teaching style. definitely recommend!

03/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr.Otto is the best professor u can ever ask for. His lectures and expectations are clear. He doesnt give partial credits in test, but his tests are not that hard. Study and do the problems in his study guide and ull be fine.

02/10/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The ratings are pointless, her really isn't a great professor. His lab TAs were the worst! If you can get Peggy for Lab she's one of the best. Otto doesn't give partial credit!

12/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio 124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor. Although his lecture is at 7:30 in the morning, it is much more doable than the other Anatomy professors lectures. He really makes the subject interesting and he is pleasant to talk to. Tests were hard, but passable. If you use the book/ the review questions you should be okay.

12/20/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is an amazing professor, loved his class. Take his class and you will learn a lot. His ppts are good and easy to understand but his exams are VERY VERY HARD. Study way hard if u want good grades. The lab is ewww, not interesting. Hated flies, u can definitely fake the data, POINTLESS.

12/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Otto is a great professor. He knows the material and explains it very clearly. He is also one of the nicest people I have ever met. Exams are not easy, but A is possible if you know what you are doing.

12/16/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO 311 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Nicest and most helpful professor. Really cares for this students. Tests are tricky but if you know the material they are completely doable. Fun class overall.

12/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
bio124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is a really helpful professor. His power-points are all you need to get a B in his class without any problems. So, getting an A is not impossible :D

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