Winter 2018 - Like previous reviews stated, you really DO need to read the entire textbook to get an A in the class. However, the reading is not difficult, it's actually pretty pleasurable to read Bradbury's textbook. It's fun but also time consuming. I actually started reading the book the week before the midterm, and then again the week before the final, and I pulled off an A-. Maybe if I actually studied systematically I'd get an A. You will get a practice exam before the midterm, which is pretty helpful. For the final exam, you'll get a study guide. The study guide consists of terms taken straight of the final exam, so as long as you study everything concerning those terms, you'll be good. There were some questions on the final that were not on the study guide, but as long as you do the readings, you'll be fine. Make sure to study the graphs from lecture because there are questions on the midterm that ask about the outcome of the studies illustrated by those graphs. Also take notes when you're watching a movie in class because there are questions on the exam that ask what the point of showing the movie in class was. When it comes to the paper, start writing it early and show it to the TA. I did the opposite and got 31/35 which I was pretty bummed about cause there is NO CURVE in the class so every single point matters. Overall, the class is very interesting and I feel like I learned SO MUCH about relationships-I definitely recommend it. Just make sure not to slack off!
Professor Gable was a decent professor, but her lectures were all based on slide presentations and she never got creative except for showing a clip from a movie every now and then. The good thing about that is you dont have to take notes (or go to class really) cuz all her slides are online, but at some point you will probably get bored out of your mind. Also, her tests are really easy, just the read the book. But, she seems like a really great person, even if her class is very standard.
Just took his course this last Spring Quarter of 2015. And all I have to say is... God damn. Okay, well let me just get started on his grading and how it works for people who are -potentially- interested in taking this course. You have two "midterms", the second one is weighted slightly more heavily than the first one to account for "getting used to how he writes his exams"... yeah. They are both 50 questions, multiple choice, and the second one is non-cumulative. And you have to write a short paper that out of 30 points. So long as you follow the guidelines for the paper and hit all those key concepts, you can easily get the 30/30. As for the multiple choice... yeesh. So I know people are saying that if reading takes time away from reviewing, then choose reviewing lectures first... but I say, if you want a great grade in the course, you need to read the ENTIRE book and have good notes for them + have good notes for lecture and know every single one of em. Yes, that's right. You can literally only miss 10 points in this class to get an A. It's ridiculous, but it isn't impossible. You just need to stay on track. That being said, if you're planning to take this course as an "easy" course you can sort of half ass your way through, then DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT take this course. That being said, Karney is an amazing professor. He is very approachable, outgoing, and makes lecture a fun thing to go to. He podcasts every single lecture (be wary, because sometimes his mic gives out). And he constantly reminds you about deadlines and test dates to keep you informed. He's very honest and will tell how you it is. No bullshit. This course will definitely inform you a lot about how relationships work. But as Karney told us, fixing relationships is still a very tricky thing to accomplish.
137G Just took the final, and it was hard as fuck. Basically, this guy just goes over 100 studies over the course of a quarter and tests you on the specifics of each study when they all sound the same. I wouldn't recommend this class since there are easier upper division classes out there. Yeah 2 tests (midterm and final) with each worth 50 percent of your grade, midterm had 45 questions and final had 47 questions, class uncurved. And every single fucking question was like a paragraph long with answer choices that sound similar to make sure you know the study by heart. He's funny, but don't expect a good grade.