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Matthew Peterson
Professor in the Psychology department
at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
are you Matthew Peterson?
Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
2.8
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05/12/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
psych 309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: B

Horrible professor; Does not explain concepts clearly. Exam questions do not relate to terms on the study guide. Boring and mundane subject. Does not apply these concepts to careers in psychology or life.

12/23/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psyc309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

What a disappointing professor. First, his class is very monotone and boring. The notes rarely correspond with the textbook, and his tests are extremely poorly worded and contain some mistakes. The worst part about this professor was his unwillingness to work with the students on any occasion, and lack of desire for wanting students to do well.

12/19/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psy309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I was a straight A student and busted my butt studying in his class and attended every lab and lecture. I took notes and studied hours and days for his exams. No matter how much I understood and knew the material I could not ace his exams. Maximum Bs on his exams. HARD EXAMS! Asked for help, still didn't help w. exams.

06/18/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psyc317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Guys take this class with any professors BUT HIM !!! Although he is a nice man but sometimes rude and disrespectful towards the students e.g if is any thing related to exam or paper. The text book was very easy and i but he made itconfusing with his lectures, he does not have clear explaination if you ask him a question. VERY HARD EXAMS

05/12/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Super nice guy, and he really wants you to do well in class. The material was not terribly exciting, but he used various exercises to help us understand the concepts. Tests were challenging--he gives PowerPoints, but you need to go to class anyway just so you don't miss something important.

05/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
psy317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Takes for ever to grade the paper! Tests can be worded tricky but straight from his lectures. Uses his own knowledge and doesn't go from the book.PP are not exactaly what was discussed in class so take notes.

05/10/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a good teacher, but you have to go to class. He tends to look poorly on those who do not ocme, even though attendence is not required. He is strict on the paper (no quoting, no paraphrasing, etc) but the tests aren't bad.

05/07/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great teacher and pressure-free class. One paper, and 4 tests with the lowest dropped. He offers study guides and review sessions, so overall if you put effort into the class, you can come out with a good grade. He's very nice and respectful. I enjoyed his class.

08/24/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
psyc317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

It took me a while to get used to his method but once I did he is awsome!!

01/24/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSY317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Although the topic can be boring Dr. P does his best to make it interesting. Use his study guides and review the handouts and you will pass without much effort. Don't by the book - not worth it unless you have not background in Cognition.

12/30/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He's a really nice guy and great professor, but the class is so boring.

12/26/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych892 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class was challenging for someone without any background in experimental programming, but he took the time to make sure all concepts were understood.

12/26/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych530 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Fantastic teacher! And you are correct--he does not grade on effort, he grades on work quality. Which, if you ever actually make it to the real world, is how you will be graded. The only people still graded for their 'effort' are little children in elementary school. By the way, you might want to check out how to spell!

12/21/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a good teacher, but the class is very boring! I wish I would've taken the learning/memory instead. This just isn't what I'm interested in. His exams are good if you study. The lab was horrible b/c it was taught by a grad stud. and she contradicted herself a lot a was VERY unfair with grading the papers. I only took the class b/c I had to.

12/14/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSY309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Do NOT take unless u have to! I've never been so stressed with school: I attended every lab and every class, took notes, read the book, studied and still had to pull teeths to have a B for the class. He is not understanding at all will tell u that " u r not graded based on ur effort"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/13/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
psyc309 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very clear in his lectures and tests are fair. I only used the book if I really didn't understand a point in lecture. Earned a B in the class. Drops lowest test score, so if you do well on the first three you don't have to take the final (or at least we didn't).

05/23/2006
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC 317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class was so horrible.It was boring to sit for an hour and 15 minutes and listen to him. The tests are not easy, difficult to follow along with lectures.

04/20/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
psyc 317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

good guy. lectures are posted on internet. didnt attend class and got a B

01/11/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psyc Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

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01/05/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psy 317 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Peterson lectures off the PowerPoint, which he posts on his web site. His lectures are kind of boring too. I never read the book - just went to class & studied the notes.. got an A in the class. There are 4 exams (mult. choice & short answer) & 1 essay.

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