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Thomas Bradbury See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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This class was simply an amazing experience. Professor Bradbury is adorable and never failed to cheer me up. Although this class can be boiled down to a few sentences on how to maintain a thriving relationship, the class goes into detail on many relevant topics pertaining to intimate relationships. Here's the breakdown of the class with him.

Midterm: 25%: Class average was an 84%, I got a 92%. 50 multiple choice questions, will probably take place week 6 in class.
Essay: 35%: Class average was 33.5%. Usually 3 pages of applying class concepts to some real world application. As long as you follow the rubric to a t (it is strict on regulations) you'll easily get full points. Due end of 6th week, right after the midterm.
Final: 40% 50 multiple choice questions. Occurs in class, Thursday of week 10.

This is what makes his class much easier than Karney's. The essay, which is free points, is worth more, and the final, which is really the same intensity as the midterm but slightly easier material, is 15% more. I got a 92% on the midterm and a 98% on the final, which was enough to get me an A+ in the class.

One thing that really helped me in this class is that after every class I took the ccle quiz on the chapter (which are not offered for Karney's class) and took notes. I did cram half of the material that would be covered on both the midterm and final the night before the test, but I was lucky in that regard. You will need to read almost all of the book, because about 15% of the test is testing on really obscure stuff from the book. More important, though, is going to lecture and understanding not just the vocab, but also the significance of why a topic was covered or talked about in a specific way for a specific chapter. This class is both about the specific studies and the bigger picture.

This class is not necessarily easy, but this is how I know it was 100% worth it; one year after having taken it, I still find that it's changed my way of thinking about relationships and people. Bradbury is a 10/10 professor. Don't miss it.

Winter Quarter 2017
Shelly Gable See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.6

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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.

Dec. 14, 2001
Benjamin Karney See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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This class is LIFECHANGING! Karney has more charisma than any professor I have ever known, and he deeply cares about understanding relationships. His lectures provide clarity, advice, and introspection for anyone who is in/will enter an intimate relationship!! I've read that people think his exams are very tough, but honestly, the book is an easy read and as long as you read it once -- you will be more than fine! There will be a link in the syllabus which provides textbook summary/quizzes for each chapter and they are HUGELY helpful (seriously, do them). The paper is really easy too, nearly everyone gets full credit. I highly recommend this class :)

Spring Quarter 2018
Matthew Lieberman See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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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.

June 6, 2014
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