PSYCH 120A

Cognitive Psychology

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Alan Castel See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 3.9

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In this class, I got the lowest grade in my life. His class was easy, but the exams were terrible. The questions were ambiguous.

Spring Quarter 2019
Courtney Clark See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.9 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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//Professor//
-Professor Clarke is kind and very helpful if you approach her with any questions, both during office hours and after class. I never hesitated to ask her any questions at the time.

//Grading//
5% Clicker participation: so attendance is mandatory but questions are graded on completion and not on correctness.
10% Weekly assignments: There are 6-8 assignments (it varies) and you can opt not to do 1 of them. Each assignment is about 1 page and asks questions on the lecture or a supplemental research paper. They are generally pretty easy and if you've listened to the lectures/read the research paper you should be able to get full credit.
10% Discussion section activities: These were done in small groups during discussion section (so discussion section is mandatory) and were very easy. Essentially, the worksheet would require you to come up with an alteration of a study mentioned in previous lecture(s) and plot the hypothetical results. Several potential answers were given at the end of discussion and grading of the worksheets were based on effort and not correctness (after all, there were infinite correct answers).
15% Paper: A five page paper where compare a news article and the corresponding research paper on which the article was written and explain its relevance to the class and provide suggestions for a hypothetical follow-up study. This paper is decently challenging as it can be difficult to come up with a hypothetical follow-up study but if you run your idea by your TAs a few days before the assignment, you will be fine! Writing the rest of the paper is fairly easy.
25% Midterm exam and 35% Cumulative final exam: The exams were generally fair and focused on the main topics of the course. The exams were mostly multiple choice but there was a brief free response section (which was roughly 15-20% of the exam's value). To be honest, the TAs graded the free response questions fairly generously, so as long as you have a grasp of general ideas, you probably are fine. Free responses are graded blind to reduce bias.

//Material//
- I really hate cognitive psychology; I find it dull, boring, and completely uninteresting; but everyone will have different perspectives on the material. Despite this hatred, I still did well so if you're in the same boat, don't fret.
- Class is BruinCasted.
- The professor posts slides but they're generally very bare-bones so you have to take notes while listening.

//Overall// Kind/helpful professor and fair exams make-up for the short-fall of boring content. The "extra" components of the course like the discussion sections, paper, etc., while annoying and tedious, create a decent cushion for exam grades.

Fall Quarter 2019
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David Clewett See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.8 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I really enjoyed taking this class. If you have the option to take Psych 120A with Professor Clewett you totally should! Although the tests were somewhat hard, if you put in the work you should be able to get a B or A on them. Lectures are podcasted (as of this quarter) and you have a weekly quiz most weeks as well as a small assignment and discussion section with a completion attendance question. 2 Exams. Textbook not really necessary. Would take another one of his classes in the future!

Spring Quarter 2021
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J.A. Danan See Full Profile

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Stephen Engel See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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Engel is a really good teacher, and his lectures are pretty entertaining. You will learn alot in this class, and the MT's are pretty easy. Overall this is an easy class to get an A in, but you will have to attend all the lectures if you want to get an A.

March 8, 2002
Gennady Erlikhman See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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This professor is the best! He is so great at explaining the material and really testing students on what they learned. The lectures were podcasted which is great and if you go over the notes and slides and take great notes, then the exams should be pretty easy! I received an A in the class by following this method. I am selling all my notes and study guides if anyone is interested. My email is [email protected]

Fall Quarter 2016
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Iris Firstenberg See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness 3.9

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Selling my notes for $20 Text me at 9496103544

Fall Quarter 2019
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Keith Holyoak See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.2

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The material isn't all that interesting but I definitely recommend this professor for 120A! This class was co-taught by Prof Liu (first half) and Prof Holyoak (second half). Prof Liu did his best to explain the complicated information but his accent was terrible so it was hard to follow. I preferred the second half with Prof Holyoak. Unlike many psych tests, Prof Holyoak's were straightforward. Do the reading and study his lecture notes. He explains the material very well so attend lecture.

June 28, 2005
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