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Dr. Garlick is an excellent professor who has a refreshing take on the scientific study of human behavior. I highly recommend his classes.
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First, I would like to mention that the whole reason why I am writing this is because some of the reviews on here (if not most) are not a representative sample. And if you took psych 101 with Professor McAuliffe you would know why. So I made it a point (since I really didn't plan on it) to do this class and you (potential enrollees) justice by giving you, both, objective and subjective views. Do with them as you may.
1. Lectures are organized with slides (available a head of time)
2. Online study guide helps A LOT with exam (I wish all classes had that)
3. Quizzes are not so hard and he drops lowest grade
4. NO RESEARCH PAPER!! (That was a big one for me)
5. No text book (only course reader cost $10 - you could also just look up articles instead of buying it)
6. Offers extra credit (up to 1% increase)
7. One lab is completely devoted to presentation help
8. Exams not cumulative
9. Available to answer questions both in class and office hours
10. Tries to keep students engaged in lectures (does demonstration of material)
1. Exam & quizzes are short answers (doesn't believe in multiple choice)
2. Missing lecture could mean missing on important information not on slides
3. Quizzes are on the first 10 min. Of class - don't be late
4. Can be picky about wordings for a few questions - pay attention in class
5. Talks a bit fast, can be hard on note taking sometimes (I recorded a couple of lectures
2 exams (33% each)
5 quizzes (12% drops lowest grade)
1 presentation (20% + 2% presentation attendance)
Roughly every lecture/lab a different area in psychology is discussed
My own personal opinion (as you can see some may not agree)
I really enjoyed this class! I thought lectures were super interesting. He discussed a little bit of everything, but it also felt like he picked subjects that are interesting and cool to know about. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying it's an easy A because it's not, but getting an A is doable if you put in the effort (I have a newborn at home that sucks out all my time and I still managed an A with putting a little effort). You just need to want to. Plus, I think he really does care and tries to give all resources possible to help student get good grades (which, unfortunately, I cannot say about all professors ) so utilize his office hours! It seems to me like he is passionate about his job which may be perceived by others as arrogance. But even if that were true, WHO CARES? Focus on things that matter.
Lastly I would like to comment back on some unfair claims:
* "McAuliffe is absolutely awful. His tests are dumb -- he literally copies questions off his study guide, and the rest of the questions are on obscure details that have no relevance to the overall meaning of the topic."
This makes no sense to me! He literally gives his students the to key to succeeding in his class. That makes him AWSOME in my book! And, if you call class material obscure details, then yeah, sure...
* "seriously mcauliffe's condescending attitude and overall lack of self-control makes it unbearable"
What are you talking about??? I have no idea what you even mean. It just sounds like you are mad you have to show up for class...tough luck, this is a university...are you aware of that?
* "On the last day of lecture, he brought his guitar and sang to the class. Is this really the way that professors at one of the top universities in the country should be teaching? "
He didn't do this in my quarter and I'm kind disappointed. I hope it wasn't because of all your mean and unfair comments. I heard that was a learning tool he used to help students remember class material. This is outside of the box thinking. It means he took time to come up with a song for this class to help his students do better on his exams. How is that a bad thing???
My Tip: When you read reviews try to weed out all the angry sounding comments (people can be unjustly mean) or even general positive comments that don't tell you much except that that person liked the class. Look for concrete information. And, most importantly try not to be biased in your own reviews.