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Thomas Altena
Professor in the Physical Ed department
at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
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Overall Quality
3.3
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.3
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06/11/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
KIN 252 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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

04/10/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
KIN100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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!

12/02/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
KIN 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

07/26/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
KIN100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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.

05/15/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
KIN 252 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

05/14/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
KIN 252 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

01/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
KIN121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

12/27/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
kin252 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

12/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
KIN100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

12/13/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
KIN100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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.

12/09/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
KIN100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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! :(

09/29/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
KIN100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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

08/12/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PED252 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

05/31/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PED100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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.

05/09/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
PED100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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.

02/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
PED252 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

02/21/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
PED100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

02/07/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
PED100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

01/19/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PEd100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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!

12/31/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PED100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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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