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Adriana Galvan

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3.8
Overall Ratings
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Easiness 3.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Workload 3.5 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Clarity 4.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Helpfulness 3.7 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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March 24, 2018
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A

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!

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Dec. 1, 2011
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

Psych161

SWEETHEART!

-she really cares about her students and isn't condescending like some professors.
-fair exams
-funny
-overall, fun class.

advice: take her honors section.

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Feb. 26, 2014
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

HANDS DOWN best class I took at UCLA as a senior. Galvan is incredibly knowledgable and beautiful, too. The concepts are incredibly entertaining and this class made me realize what I want to study post-grad. Take this class and you won't regret it. The tests are very, very doable.

***This review is for 161

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Nov. 23, 2014
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

161

She literally just reads off of her slides. The class isn't too bad and you can probably get a B without going to lecture. The midterms are short so every question is worth a hefty chunk of points so you have to be pretty careful on the 3 tests. But seriously..she just reads directly off of her slides for 50 minutes, 3x a week.

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March 27, 2012
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

She is the one of the BEST professors at UCLA hands down!!!!!!!!!
She is very funny and good looking too (I'm a guy lol). I had to take this class as an elective but, it made me want to take more of her classes.
The exams were very easy in my opinion if you have done all the required readings (3 exams, no extra credit assignments). If you are looking for an easy elective class, then take her!!!!!!
Final grade: A+

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Nov. 23, 2014
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

161

She literally just reads off of her slides. The class isn't too bad and you can probably get a B without going to lecture. The midterms are short so every question is worth a hefty chunk of points so you have to be pretty careful on the 3 tests. But seriously..she just reads directly off of her slides for 50 minutes, 3x a week.

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June 8, 2013
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

Psych 161

Take this class. It is interesting and not difficult at all. No need to read the articles that she assigns. Study the slides, go to class and memorize the findings of the studies and the important bullet point conclusions. She gives essay questions on the exam and if you don't memorize the summery at the end of lectures, you won't be able to answer them. Very doable class.

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Dec. 16, 2014
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

For Psych 161:

For a Psychobiology major, this class was super interesting and very manageable. Some of the topics included the stages of brain development, media's effect on the brain, social cognition, etc. All I did for this class was study the outline I made out of her powerpoints. I got an A :) But you have to be careful on the tests because there aren't very many questions, so messing up can cost you a lot of points.

Dr. Galvan is hands-down one of my favorite professors at UCLA! I went to her office hours a few times during the quarter and she is always open to answering any questions I had/expanding more on the ideas in the powerpoints. Honestly, I would recommend that anyone take this class!!!

P.S: I'd like to affirm that she's pretty. (I'm a girl)

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June 19, 2014
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

**161**

Galvan is very nice, but it sounds like people writing these reviews had time to do LS2-level review of the lectures and notes. Seriously. I think the only way to get an A in 161 is to take two other GE's with this class and just listen to each lecture 2-3 times. There are 3 exams, all with 2 essay portions that require you to have memorized every single study she went over. This sucks because there's no time to do this for a standard student with other obligations. 3 tests in 10 weeks - you're going to have midterms overlap and it's going to cost you. The midterms are all weighted evenly which can be good/bad, but the worst part is the class is entirely based on the exams. Good class, but beware because the time commitment is pretty high.

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Feb. 11, 2015
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A

Took 161 with her last quarter. As a psychobio major, this class was nothing compared to the science classes we have to take in the pre-recs. Her lectures are structured well, even though she does just read off the slides. The material is interesting though, and she does try to make it as enjoyable as possible. I got a A mostly just studying her slides and relistening to lectures. There really isn't any need to read the assigned readings unless you're interested in the stuff in more detail. I skimmed them, but she goes over them in lecture in the amount of detail necessary. For the short answers, just memorize the summary lecture slides word for word. The MC was pretty easy, just be careful as always. Also, she seemed like a really cool person. One time her mic wouldn't work so she just canceled class haha. She's also really pretty. I was already sold just looking at her but the material was interesting too. Man I wish I could take more classes with her...why can't science professors be this good looking

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PSYCH 161
Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: A
March 24, 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!

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PSYCH 242C
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 1, 2011

Psych161

SWEETHEART!

-she really cares about her students and isn't condescending like some professors.
-fair exams
-funny
-overall, fun class.

advice: take her honors section.

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PSYCH 160
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Feb. 26, 2014

HANDS DOWN best class I took at UCLA as a senior. Galvan is incredibly knowledgable and beautiful, too. The concepts are incredibly entertaining and this class made me realize what I want to study post-grad. Take this class and you won't regret it. The tests are very, very doable.

***This review is for 161

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PSYCH 160
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Nov. 23, 2014

161

She literally just reads off of her slides. The class isn't too bad and you can probably get a B without going to lecture. The midterms are short so every question is worth a hefty chunk of points so you have to be pretty careful on the 3 tests. But seriously..she just reads directly off of her slides for 50 minutes, 3x a week.

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PSYCH 160
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
March 27, 2012

She is the one of the BEST professors at UCLA hands down!!!!!!!!!
She is very funny and good looking too (I'm a guy lol). I had to take this class as an elective but, it made me want to take more of her classes.
The exams were very easy in my opinion if you have done all the required readings (3 exams, no extra credit assignments). If you are looking for an easy elective class, then take her!!!!!!
Final grade: A+

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PSYCH 160
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Nov. 23, 2014

161

She literally just reads off of her slides. The class isn't too bad and you can probably get a B without going to lecture. The midterms are short so every question is worth a hefty chunk of points so you have to be pretty careful on the 3 tests. But seriously..she just reads directly off of her slides for 50 minutes, 3x a week.

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PSYCH 160
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 8, 2013

Psych 161

Take this class. It is interesting and not difficult at all. No need to read the articles that she assigns. Study the slides, go to class and memorize the findings of the studies and the important bullet point conclusions. She gives essay questions on the exam and if you don't memorize the summery at the end of lectures, you won't be able to answer them. Very doable class.

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PSYCH 160
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 16, 2014

For Psych 161:

For a Psychobiology major, this class was super interesting and very manageable. Some of the topics included the stages of brain development, media's effect on the brain, social cognition, etc. All I did for this class was study the outline I made out of her powerpoints. I got an A :) But you have to be careful on the tests because there aren't very many questions, so messing up can cost you a lot of points.

Dr. Galvan is hands-down one of my favorite professors at UCLA! I went to her office hours a few times during the quarter and she is always open to answering any questions I had/expanding more on the ideas in the powerpoints. Honestly, I would recommend that anyone take this class!!!

P.S: I'd like to affirm that she's pretty. (I'm a girl)

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PSYCH 160
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 19, 2014

**161**

Galvan is very nice, but it sounds like people writing these reviews had time to do LS2-level review of the lectures and notes. Seriously. I think the only way to get an A in 161 is to take two other GE's with this class and just listen to each lecture 2-3 times. There are 3 exams, all with 2 essay portions that require you to have memorized every single study she went over. This sucks because there's no time to do this for a standard student with other obligations. 3 tests in 10 weeks - you're going to have midterms overlap and it's going to cost you. The midterms are all weighted evenly which can be good/bad, but the worst part is the class is entirely based on the exams. Good class, but beware because the time commitment is pretty high.

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PSYCH 596
Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Feb. 11, 2015

Took 161 with her last quarter. As a psychobio major, this class was nothing compared to the science classes we have to take in the pre-recs. Her lectures are structured well, even though she does just read off the slides. The material is interesting though, and she does try to make it as enjoyable as possible. I got a A mostly just studying her slides and relistening to lectures. There really isn't any need to read the assigned readings unless you're interested in the stuff in more detail. I skimmed them, but she goes over them in lecture in the amount of detail necessary. For the short answers, just memorize the summary lecture slides word for word. The MC was pretty easy, just be careful as always. Also, she seemed like a really cool person. One time her mic wouldn't work so she just canceled class haha. She's also really pretty. I was already sold just looking at her but the material was interesting too. Man I wish I could take more classes with her...why can't science professors be this good looking

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