Thomas Altena at Missouri State University

Thomas Altena

  • 3.3Overall Quality
  • 3.0Helpfulness
  • 3.5Clarity
  • 2.3Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
6/11/14

KIN 252

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you do not study or pay attention in this class, you will fail! This class is one of the toughest classes you will take. He does curve his test because no one can do well on it. He makes his test the day before, so asking people who took the class previously won't be as useful

4/10/14

KIN100

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

I found Professor Altena fairly useful. I got a D on the first exam, the first D I've ever gotten in my life. I found that the book is of no use at all whatsoever, so I started only focusing on lecture material. I got an A on both following exams, including the final. He has a great personality, and tried to stay lighthearted at 7:45 AM!

12/2/13

KIN 100

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Do not take him. He was an awful professor. He is super funny but he isn't helpful at all. I would go into the test thinking I knew everything because he said that all the answers were in the book and I still got D's on every test. This class is awful.

7/26/13

KIN100

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

Could not stand this teacher. Very judge mental. I don't understand why people say don't judge him bc he doesn't like freshman, and that's supposed to make it better? I worked my butt off in that class and still couldn't pass a test. I am beyond glad I never have to see him again.

5/15/13

KIN 252

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a WONDERFUL instructor, I would take him again if I could. Do not judge him based off of the KIN 100. He is not very fond of freshman.. He holds study sessions nearly every day of the week which were extremely helpful. While this course was very difficult, if you really listen and go to the study sessions when you can, you will be fine.

5/14/13

KIN 252

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

It was a rough class but as long as you read ahead of time and pay attention to his lectures, you should do fine. Dr. Altena tries his best to help you understand the material, even if it is hard.

1/14/13

KIN121

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

He talked extreamly fast. He was not accepting of questions during class. He did give us a curve on our tests at the end of the semester, but this class is extreamly hard to get an A in.

12/27/12

kin252

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

DONT judge this teacher based on his 100 level classes. He doesn't have sympathy for freshman who are irresponsible and make excuses. If you take him for an upper level class he is incredibly knowledgable and willing to help. Very nice and easy going the classes are difficult because the material is difficult but he teaches it better than others.

12/21/12

KIN100

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

he is a great teacher, and really cares about the subject. Read the textbook and study the notes! the tests are really hard! but lab grade will help. I personally like the subject so i thought his lectures were interesting.

12/13/12

KIN100

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's a good instructor, it's just a terrible class. It's not his fault the lecture sucks. He's funny and relates a lot of material to college life. The tests use info from both lecture and book, though he just focuses on the lecture. Wants to people to do well. Be interested in taking a different class with him.

12/9/12

KIN100

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

This was by far the worst class I have ever taken. There is no reason why a general education class should be this hard! The teacher is what makes this class difficult. He is a horrible teacher and I would not recommend that anyone ever take this class with him. Tests are very hard and don't follow the lecture powerpoints at all! Worst teacher! :(

9/29/12

KIN100

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a really good teacher and very passionate about this class. This class definitely isn't easy. I would recommend him though.

8/12/12

PED252

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great teacher and very knowledgeable. Not an easy course, but its not supposed to be. If you don't look at the take notes or don't come to class you will not do well.

5/31/12

PED100

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

PED 100 is the worst structured class ever. The tests don't go along with the lectures or the reading at all. They are really difficult. Altena is incredibly into himself. He is very proud of what he has done. He is unapproachable and doesn't make himself available. He says not to email him. He is a very smart guy, though.

5/9/12

PED100

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

First of all PED 100 is a terrible class. That being said, Dr. Altena is a pretty good teacher. He doesn't take any crap, but he will help you with a question if you ask.

2/21/12

PED252

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Brilliant teacher, very knowledgeable. I learned so much in this class and he was always available to aid his students. If you are willing to study and devote time to his class, you will succeed. Despite what previous ratings claim, his goal is not to fail students. However, he does push you. Fantastic course.

2/21/12

PED100

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

The lecture part of this class is going to be hard no matter who you take. He seems nice enough but flat out says not to email him, which was a bit annoying. Hours of studying leads to no better than a C on the tests. The quizzes are difficult, too. Go to all the labs and it can bring a D lecture grade to a B overall.

2/7/12

PED100

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

His lectures were basically important segments that you needed to pay attention to out of the book. His lecture and powerpoints should be second to reading the book because the tests are made by the department.

1/19/12

PEd100

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Hard to follow. His lectures jump around a lot. He flat out told the class not to try and contact him because he wouldn't reply. He does several in-class pop quizzes. The questions on there usually end up on the exams. MUST READ textbook, powerpoints, and take GREAT notes or record lecture! Everything he says IS TESTABLE!

12/31/11

PED100

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

The course overall is a pretty difficult one. Since you only meet once a week the material gets thrown at you quickly. He gets it across fairly well though. In class quiz questions with the nxt card - pay attention, because you lose points if you get questions wrong. Lab brought my grade from a D to a B.. so go to that, and you'll be okay.

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