PSYCH 110

Fundamentals of Learning

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Bernard Balleine See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.1 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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I don't really understand what everyone is complaining about. Either Prof. Balleine has changed his methods entirely, or there is some other Balleine masquerading around in the psych department. The tests are not based mostly on the book, rather, most questions come from lecture. Very briefly, I must take issue with the person who complained about Balleine's accent...it is English for God's sake!! He pronounces like 3 words slightly differently from the way we do, and people start having seizures. Balleine recognizes that he is teaching a pretty dry subject, but his droll sense of humor and occasional outbursts of hilarity (Politics of Fruit lecture) made class interesting. In short, I think he did about as much as he could do with the subject at hand.

June 12, 2002
Aaron Blaisdell See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.6

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Like several others, I dreaded 110 due to many warnings. But I was pleasantly surprised. Professor Blaisdell was able to make the lectures quite upbeat with humor and funny slides. I also found his teaching style easy to follow as he makes the subject matter very comprehendible. First exam was very easy. The rest were fair, no real curveballs or anything. I also loved our TA (I forgot her name but she has a cat that plays the drums) - Cynthia? Anyways, she was great too. If you're going to take 110 - take it with Blaisdell!!

Oct. 7, 2012
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Alan Castel See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Read the textbook and pay attention during lecture. I found flashcards (Anki) useful. Exams were not very difficult as concepts are straightforward (I scored >95% on both) and there are "extra credit" questions. Workload is light to reasonable (once a week lecture + discussion, textbook readings) and there are opportunities for SONA extra credit (3 points).

Spring Quarter 2019
Michael Fanselow See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.6 Workload 2.1 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 2.4

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Fanselow, if you're reading this, hi. It's unfortunate that you have tenure because you shouldn't be a professor at UCLA. Do all the research you want, hang out in the lab with rats, but don't teach. It just ain't it.

I had to take this class as a graduating senior so I had no choice but to take it with Fanselow, despite all of the awful reviews that I read.
The class is difficult, tests are tricky, and lectures are dull. Above all, what really didn't sit well with me was the way that he treated his students.

During a GLOBAL PANDEMIC and a CIVIL RIGHTS REVOLUTION (BLM protests), many of us have been struggling in many areas of our lives. There was zero empathy or understanding from his side. After many petitions, he agreed to drop the lowest paper score but that was about it. No other alterations regarding the final exam which was a heavy workload.

In response to emails, he would come off rude and condescending which led me to reach out to the TAs instead. When students requested changes or alterations due to the circumstances, we were faced with rudeness. This is unacceptable at a highly regarded institution like UCLA. Not only do we pay good money for a high level of education but we have also worked incredibly hard to get here.

We don't need your big ego served to us with a side of condescending attitude.

All that said, if you have no choice but to take this class, take it along with easy classes because most of your time will be devoted to 110. Take notes, re-watch lectures, get a tutor, read the book, and give it your all. It is possible to get an A but it won't be easy.

G-O-O-D L-U-C-K

Spring Quarter 2020
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Thomas Minor See Full Profile

Overall 2.1 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.8 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 1.5

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The WORST class I've taken at UCLA so far. There's nothing more to say. Avoid him at all cost.

Dec. 26, 2012
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Vanessa Rodriguez Barrera Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Vanessa Rodriguez Barrera See Full Profile

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Samar Saade Needham See Full Profile

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The professor didn't grade fairly, and I really think she was trying to ruin the students DELIBERATELY! Just look at her grade distribution and compare it with other professors', you know what to do!

Fall Quarter 2017
Melissa Sharpe See Full Profile

Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 2.0 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 1.7

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DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR AND AVOID THIS CLASS, I AM WARNING YOU RIGHT NOW. This so-called professor is the worst and she is very unclear in her lectures. She talked smack about us on Twitter and "apologized" via email but it felt really forced. On top of that, during the COVID-19, she sent out an email and told us that she wouldn't be responding anymore... She clearly doesn't care about us as students and I HOPE SHE NEVER TEACHES AGAIN. UCLA should know that not every researcher is cut out to be a professor.

Winter Quarter 2020
William Stahlman See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.6

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Professor Stahlman is young, upbeat and knowledgeable about the subject material. He's generally nice enough, but also somewhat hotheaded and gets stressed out easily and on those days he can be a jerk and very arrogant.

He explains things really quickly in lecture, so if you're thinking about taking him, I would definitely consider podcasting. You have to be able to diligently keep up with lecture material because everything builds on previous lectures.

His exams are very conceptual and very hard to do well on considering they are only out of 30 points. The means are usually in the low C and D range. Also, he's the kind of professor who will try to trick you based on subtle wording (eg. always, never) even if you actually understand the concepts which is kind of dumb. And then half the questions aren't worded clearly so you don't even know what he's trying to ask. Most of them are hypothetical questions/experiments based on the concepts from the experiments he went over in class.

I think this was probably one of the worst classes I've taken at UCLA because the material is super dry and circular and the theories you learn about are all flawed, so at the end of it you still feel like you didn't learn much. And I don't think Stahlman is funny at all, as hard as he tries to be.

June 8, 2011
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