Dr. Galvan's Psych 161 is an interesting class encompassing many aspects of the human brain's development. Definitely worth taking it as your elective. Her lectures are very engaging, definitely not boring. The exams are very fair. She is not out to trick her students. She doesn't assign a textbook, because she wants to save us students some money. Instead, her exams rely heavily on lecture both what she says and on the slides themselves. Do not underestimate even the smallest detail in the slides. Instead of the textbook she posts/assigns research articles which she find relevant to her lecture material. Definitely read those too. Study efficiently and nothing should come as a surprise on her exams. She is a great professor simply wanting her students to learn and do well.
Winter 2018 - I'm not exactly sure why there're a few reviews saying that it's not an easy A... It's definitely one of the easiest psych classes I've ever taken (I'm a Senior ) In my opinion, as long as you've taken a few psych classes in UCLA, you would agree with me that it's an easy class. The material are pretty interesting and very very straightforward, but the lectures can be a bit dry from time to time( I think). I studied the exams by simply going through the slides and the main takeaway points from the readings. I got 42/45 for midterm, and 60/60 for the final. Yeah, I agree that there were one or two tricky questions in each exam, but overall, the exams are extremely fair!!!! Guys, I would definitely recommend taking this class!
Winter 2020 - Some of the reviews for other classes Dr. Galvan teaches like 160 and 161 have pretty negative reviews. However, this was by far my favorite class I have taken at UCLA (I'm a senior). Dr. Galvan is super approachable, transparent, and passionate about the subject. She is also funny and makes coming to class enjoyable. Her tests are extremely fair if you simply put in the work to study for them; she is not out to trick you. You also DO NOT have to read the articles she provides because she only tests on lecture material. She goes over the important aspects of the articles during class. There are quizzes at the beginning of every class but they are only graded on completion. We also go over the quizzes right after we take them. Dr. Galvan was nice enough to make the final optional during the coronavirus outbreak which made classes go virtual. Overall, if you have the opportunity to take a class with Dr. Galvan, do it! I am bummed I didn't take a class with her earlier, but I am glad I was able to before graduating.
* This is for Psych 164 (Puberty and Sleep) Dr. Galvan's class was so enjoyable. I had relatively little interest in the subject matter, but by the end...loved it. Her class is presented in a clear, concise manner. There are 3 midterms (each about 30% of your grade and NOT cummulative) and 10% for participation. I found that the best way to tackle this class was to rewrite my lecture notes, go to office hours and frankly, I didn't read the assigned readings (she covers what you need to know on her slides in lecture). She's very approachable and does really want to help you and answer questions. She also grades VERY fairly. If you put in the work, stay up on the slides, and ask good questions, you'll be just fine. And probably end up having a great time in class!