Estrada, Aaron  

Psychology and Human Development

2.18/4.00

28 evaluations


PSY 252


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2014
BY FAR MY FAVORITE CLASS I HAVE TAKEN AT CAL POLY. i wish Dr. Estrada could teach all my psy classes. he does a great job at explaining everything and he really goes into detail. you will get into some great discussions in this class.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2016
Ugh, I hate this guy. Not the worst lecturer I had; and he certainly comes across as open minded and thought-provoking--but he TRIES so hard to be this "cool, laid back professor" type. He shows his true colors every once in a while if you ever question his theories or just pay close attention. He's full of sh*t is what I'm trying to say. But since he teaches a lot of mandatory classes for Psych majors, just take him if you have to (it'll be an easy A; his classes/tests are very formulaic and not really mentally stimulating beyond a pseudo-awe-inspiring quote he'll drop every once in a while to come across as deep to his predominately female class [I even heard him rip off a joke I heard Trevor Noah say on the Daily Show and he tried to present it as his original idea, like he thought of it on the spot]; this guy is just gross and intellectually dishonest).


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2016
I really don't understand why people like this guy. I can't even give an explanation other than he rubs me the wrong way. Not even a bad lecturer/professor per se, but is boring and I left both classes I had with him feeling I gained zero practical knowledge of anything. There was just a haze of jumbled, useless psych trivia leftover that was committed to memory an hour or so before his bullshit multiple choice exams

PSY 305


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2014
Very good instructor- facilitated class discussion in an interesting way and tried to make material relevant to us as students. The tests are not an easy A, however. Not all material is covered in lecture- reading text is a must. Online study guides through the text help, as well as seeing him during office hours. 3 tests, one paper, one slightly cumulative final, and several extra credit opportunities (research and give a speech on a relative topic).


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
May 2014
Estrada is an amazing Professor and I would HIGHLY recommend taking him! I was super intimidated going into his personality class as a freshman but I have never regretted the decision. His tests are very straight forward and he gives you lots of chances to succeed via extra credit. He is so knowledgable about the subject and is extremely open to ideas, questions, and classroom discussions. Overall great guy!


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2014
Dr. Estrada is great. He knows how to balance fun with work, and his use of class discussion gives a chance to further your understanding and expand upon the content he is sharing. The class isn't difficult as long as you read and go to class.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2014
Such a bro! He is one of the top teachers in the Psych department. He is kind, encouraging, supportive, just an incredible person. I talk to him about something in office hours, and he emails me about it and asks me in class if I understand better now or how the issue is progressing. Honestly I would want to hang out with him. I am going to use him for any advice I ever need in the future, and any classes I can take with him.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2015
TAKE THIS CLASS! Estrada is an amazing professor! He explains the material clearly and is super friendly if you have any questions! Estrada is probably my favorite PSY professor!


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2015
Estrada is one of the 3 best Psych professors. Any chance to take a class with him, take it. He does have a hatred of phones, but as long as you don't touch it, and join in class discussions, he will be friendly and helpful to a fault. One of the most intelligent and important people you need to meet.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2015
Excellent professor, interesting lecture, fair exams (written or scantron, your choice) he does want you in class physically and mentally (don't be on your phone, he'll call you out).


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2016
Dr. Estrada is so awesome!! Highly recommend him. I have test anxiety and all his tests you can do either multiple choice or essay which is so great because it allows you to write thoroughly and show him everything you DO know compared to multiple choice which doesn't give you a chance. He is very straight forward and responds over email, and office hours are helpful if you need them!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
I thought Dr. Estrada was a really cool professor. He made lecture interesting and was very approachable. The class was 3 tests and a slightly cumulative final, an online article with a quiz, one study guide, and a 3 page paper. Overall a good class!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
May 2016
Take Estrada for the easy class and occasionally interesting class conversations. Be weary of him for what some other ppl have commented on below--this guy gives me an off feeling. Not a bad professor, but he does seem a bit, as someone said below, "two faced". He acts super nice and sensitive and then one day someone was on there phone like a minute before class was dismissed and he FREAKED OUT. IT was weird; I understand his policy and I try to respect it--but after seeing his over-the-top reaction I think I see what others were getting at. I really liked him for most of the quarter, but now he kind of gives me the creeps. Maybe he's got some personal stuff going on that's bothering him(?); either way, I'm just going to try to avoid him best I can for the rest of my time here at poly. But if you're in a situation where you need the class and he's the only professor left available teaching it that quarter, don't sweat it, his tests were always a breeze. Just don't even think about touching your phone during class, other wise you could trigger this dude's inevitable mental breakdown.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
May 2016
I had Estrada for personality and HR, he's an alright professor and his tests are all real straightforward. Definitely more interesting in 305 but also had a lot to offer in 323 since he does a lot of counseling work on his own. I liked the classes but I feel kind of sorry for him personally; he has this kind of 'put-on' persona in class and then I see him walking around campus, looking down at the ground, with his hands in his pockets. Seems like a lonely, sad, little man.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
Dr. Estrada is a really nice guy. His lectures are fun and informative. I can tell he really enjoys teaching. His tests are really straight forward, he doesn't pull any tricks. I really like him as a person and a professor. I took him in the Spring and Personality became one of my favorite classes. I will take more classes with him if I am able to in the future


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
Estrada is a really cool guy and an interesting lecturer. Plus I'd recommend his classes for anyone needing a GPA boost; all the tests were super straightforward. I never even had to read from the book the entire quarter. Just take good notes, maybe review them once, and then just pick whatever answer sounds right or the most politically correct--his material is very simple and he never tries to trick his students


Sophomore
A
Elective
Jun 2016
Estrada's psy 305 is my favorite class Ive taken in college so far. A mixture of incredibly interesting material and Estrada's ability to communicate about the subject made lectures awesome. The exams are moderately easy and the final wasn't cumulative. Also offered two extra credit opportunities throughout the quarter. Can't recommend taking this class with him enough.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
Professor Estrada is an ok guy. Doesn't give credit to Other oPinions tHough. I Like the class, Even if he is a fake person


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2016
This guy is a creep. I thought he was off and then one day in his office hours he behaved VERY inappropriate towards me. Ugh I can't stand that most psych majors like him cuz I swear I see right through him. He is FAKE as F**K. Two-faced. He puts on a cool, friendly, thought-provoking kind of vibe in class but this guy is just a two-faced little creep. You should avoid him, I might even be reporting him to UPD

PSY 323


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2014
Very professional yet I didn't like the professor. He is very type A and a pain in the ass about everything. I feel as if he is not genuine.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2014
Dr. Estrada is incredibly helpful...assuming you actually use his office hours. This class requires a lot of effort, but you get a lot out of it in the long run. I definitely recommend him.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2015
Can't stand this teacher. Do not trust this man. I would never take him for anything. This class relied on student volunteers to be used as participants, and if you happen to get a volunteer who doesn't take their responsibility seriously, this teacher will totally pin it on you and offer no help. He actually blamed a class member for his volunteer's flakiness. He has major anger issues, and about blew a fuse when a class member was checking the time on their phone...mistaken for texting. Dude needs a major chill pill.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
He is very insightful and dedicated to his work. If you want to go into counseling, he is a very helpful person to talk to. Go to his office hours for help on the papers, read the book to get a good grade on tests.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jul 2016
Estrada was a great Professor when I took him for Helping Relationship this past year. Insightful lecturer and he gives fair tests. I really recommend taking him for this class, his expertise is in psychiatry and it really shows. very interesting class that you'll get a greater experience out of if you take it with Estrada; couldn't recommend him enough!

PSY 372


Junior
B
Required (Major)
May 2016
Estrada is a joke. Sure the classes are easy and you can get a B without ever studying (literally never glancing in the textbook) but him an educator is laughable. First, as a few other have mentioned, this guy just seems very disingenuous. He's fake. He tries to talk all cool, sensitive, and profound but frankly I never heard an original idea come out of his mouth. Also, if you disagree with him on certain issues prepare to have him slight you and say little bits of condescension as he pretends to act mature about it. This guy is a creep. Seriously; h kind of guy that friend-zones a woman and then molests her when she's had a few too many to drink. And BTW, I'm not bitter about my grade (I never studied once and got a B-); I just don't respect this professor as a man, plain and simple. So sure take the class if you don't care and just want the easy grade but don't expect anything but bullshit spewing from this douchebags mouth. As a psych major I would tell anyone outside of the department to NOT take a class with him as it's embarrassing to the major: take a class with Williams, even Dr Caldwell--say what you want about her, at least she's not intellectually dishonest like this clown


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2016
A white, cis-gendered, straight-male teaching MULTICULTURAL psychology(!?) Yea... cuz that makes sense....

PSY 555


Graduate Student
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2015
Professor is two-faced. He pretends to care about the students and portrays himself as helpful, but when you talk to him individually he doesn't want to hear your thoughts if they differ from his nor is he open to hearing feedback. He claims to students in class if they have difficulties to keep him apprised, but once you do, he becomes immature, defensive, and hostile. He is extremely passive-aggressive when emailing you, which is vastly different than when you talk to him in person. He had two reactive situations with my class in one quarter and believed we were out to get him (told the class the first time). I wish I could say that he will be a good professor as he teaches more since he is a newer one, but his lack of awareness of himself and others astounds me. He had some redeeming moments throughout the quarter, but they in no way overshadow his negative behaviors. This class was required and he was the only one who taught it. The tests were fair (straight from the book) and the structure of class was fine. It was just his behavior that is inexcusable. He should not be teaching graduate students. He is not mentally prepared for students to disagree and handle it objectively.

BUS 686


5th Year Senior
B
Elective
Nov 2016
This is the first C I have recieved in my entire life. I hope that says something to all of you out there watching their GPA. Do not take him--this class was a nightmare!