Abnormal Psychology

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Paul Abramson See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.3 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.7

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Professor Abramson is a really good professor. This class was really interesting and the material was so engaging that it wasn't like going to class but like watching tv for an hour and a half. The tests were really easy and the books were interesting. He doesn't give minus grades like A- or B- so if you get an A-, you get an A for the course. If you need a psych elective you should really try to take this class. It's a very popular class and when I took it there was a huge waiting list and I'm pretty sure he let everyone on the waiting list on.

Oct. 16, 2008
Bruce Baker See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 3.3

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Professor Baker is an amazing! If you go to lecture you will have all the information needed for the exams and guide you on what information you really need from the reading, which is the material he lectures on. He is extremely knowledgable on abnormal psychology and has lots of personal experience to offer. Classes are very organized and easy to follow. He organized a meeting for students to answer questions about graduate schools in psychology, and was very knowledgeable in that area too. The exams are very fair and he gives out the long essay questions before the exam and the short answer questions are usually based on the long essays he doesn't use for the midterm. I highly recommend him for abnormal psych.

March 14, 2003
Tyrone Cannon See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 2.1

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He is not only boring, he also doesn't care about his students. I got a 60% on the first midterm, so I studied hard for the second and I got a 60% again. I only learned later that I was well above the class average. When I talked to him about my grade in the class, he told me I was "arrogant and maladaptive" for even bringing up the subject. I wanted to be a psychology major, but taking Cannon changed my mind.

Feb. 19, 2002
Bruce Chorpita See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.9 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 3.8

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I absolutely LOVE Dr. Chorpita.
I commute to UCLA from Pasadena so I have to wake up at 5 am twice a week to get to his 8 am class and guess what? I do it without thinking twice.
His lectures are funny and engaging and the way he teaches makes you remember everything long term.
He guides you through the material for the midterm/final so that you know what to focus on but you obviously still need to study so don't take it lightly.
I was scared of taking Abnormal Psych but honestly, this class has been my favorite so far at UCLA and I recommend it to everyone!!!

Spring Quarter 2018
Andrew Christensen See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.4

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Professor Christensen is the most helpful professor in UCLA! He has great knowledge and the lecture is interesting. Most important of all, he's super nice and he concerns about students a lot! GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS! He's very very helpful and patient! It's not an easy A class but you won't regret taking psych 127 with prof Christensen!

Jan. 7, 2009
John Garcia See Full Profile

Overall 2.1 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.3 Clarity 1.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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I do agree with the previous comment about him. There were a couple of ambiguous questions (that could have more than one correct answers) on the midterm, but instead of being fair and taking it out completely like most professors would, he just gave points to those that got it right, which bumped up the average significantly.
There was only one midterm and one final, 50% each. Since the midterm and final are weighted the same, there is little room for improvement if you mess up on the midterm.
Overall, he's a nice professor, but I don't think he knows much about the topic. All he does is read the slides and whenever a student asked a question, his response most of the time was "i'm not sure, go read the book." He never has a direct answer to the questions and 99% of the time uses "sorta kinda" with his incomplete responses. Also, his test overall is okay, better than what I've heard from other students about their abnormal psych prof.

March 19, 2005
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Steve Lee See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Prof. Lee is awesome. The workload is nonexistent because he doesn't assign any work besides the reading. The class is made of 3 equally weighted non cumulative 40 question multiple choice exams with a few extra credit points on each and 10 participation points, 2 from each of the 5 sections (they are not weekly). Review sessions are held by TAs the day before the exam and are only useful if you submit questions to it. Prof. Lee is very straightforward and will often say "you need to know this for the test" or "this will be in multiple questions" so you have a clear idea of what you need to study. To get an A in this class you must read the relevant textbook chapters and be able to apply knowledge, not just control f in the PDF because that will not help you. Abnormal psych itself is a cool topic and this one is specifically CHILD-CENTERED and covers conduct, oppositional defiant, borderline personality, obsessive compulsive, autism spectrum, major depressive, bipolar, anxiety, and antisocial personality disorders in addition to substance abuse, anorexia, bulimia, treatment and course of disease. Recommend for a psych major with interest if you are sure you'll do the readings.

Winter Quarter 2021
Steve Lopez See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.9

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Prof. Lopez's 127 class is great if interested in the field of abnormal psychology. I was taking this class to satisfy a major elective requirement for a life-science major.

The GOOD: He hands out lecture notes prior to the class which REALLY helps with note-taking. He is always available during his office hours (except after tests) to help the student. Dr. Lopez also asked students if they wanted him to show up to class a 1/2 hour before it was to begin to help those who had questions (since the lecture hall was empty before our class). He is a decent grader when it came to tests (3 tests, final is NOT cumulative, 45 or so questions, mult-choice scantron). BTW, I earned a "mid-B" at 82%, the cutoffs for A = Top 20%, B = Next 30%, C = Next 40%.
Also, there were some questions that just were not fair or the answer could have been 2 of the choices... so he did not count the unfair questions and added points to those questions where there could have been 2 right answers... how many profs would do that???

The BAD: He doesn't usually finish what his in-class lecture notes cover because he gets so caught up in a particular area that he spends a lot of class time on it, and leaves the rest to be desired. His exams are quite detailed, so you must attend ALL his lectures and read the book carefully since questions come from both sources.

The UGLY: nothing really

Overall... great prof. Would take again, but this time read the book more than once!

Dec. 20, 2001
Vickie Mays See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 2.5

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I didn't listen to the flurry of bad reviews listed below because this class fit into my schedule, and it was the biggest mistake of my college career. If you value quality education that consists of a well structure class with a thoughtful, engaging and detailed professor who cares about your success... then do not take this course.

Her lectures are very loosely structured with no thoughtful connection to the exams. She basically shows up and blurts out everything that comes off the top of her head about each chapter, and then tests you with random information directly out of the book (most of which she never mentions in lecture), which basically means if you want an A you have to memorize every single detail on this EXTREMELY dense and complex subject matter. This is a lazy and, quite frankly, sadistic method of teaching. I have a 3.7 and have studied harder for this class then I ever have, and have never done so poorly.

Learn from my mistake and avoid this nightmare course at all costs.

June 10, 2011
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