Alan D Castel
Department of Psychology
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3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 25 Users
Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.9 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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36.9%
29.5%
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14.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

35.0%
29.2%
23.3%
17.5%
11.7%
5.8%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

21.4%
17.8%
14.3%
10.7%
7.1%
3.6%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

16.7%
13.9%
11.1%
8.3%
5.6%
2.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

20.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

18.7%
15.6%
12.5%
9.4%
6.2%
3.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: D-
June 23, 2019

In this class, I got the lowest grade in my life. His class was easy, but the exams were terrible. The questions were ambiguous.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: B+
June 20, 2019

I've heard it from here and from my own TA as well, take it with Castel. His lectures are engaging and interesting. There are only 2 exams, second exam being non-cumulative. The textbook is well written, probably the best textbook I've ever read. Castel tests from lecture as well as some things from the text which he didn't go over in class, so it is important to read. It's doable as well, 2 chapters in a week.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A+
June 18, 2019

Heres the Breakdown
-two MC tests worth 40% each (based off of the slides AND readings)
-10% Discussion attendance
-10% on two easy papers

he gives 3 bonus points for sona studies and the tests are slightly curved a few points

He covers a lot of material but its manageable
Overall solid class and doable to get an A

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 15, 2019

Overall, pretty easy. The 3 hour lectures on Friday sucked, but they were audiocasted so I only went to a few. Castel is a decent lecturer, and the material is somewhat interesting.

There’s two written assignments, super easy if you just fill the two pages. Midterm and final were super doable and fair, all multiple choice. I’d recommend.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 14, 2019

Lectures are the majority of the test questions, and textbook questions will be taken from the little bubbles and asides so skimming and being able to do well is pretty easy.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 12, 2019

-bruincasted!!!!!!
-but section attendance is required :(
-read the textbook
-3 pts SONA + slight curve on both exams
-2 papers (easy)

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: N/A
May 9, 2019

Take this class with Castel! Although the lectures were 3 hours, they were podcasted so you didn't have to stay for the whole time or even show up at all (I went to 2 total). Discussion is mandatory but actually helpful because you get practice quizzes (only count for participation, not for your grade). Kudos to Castel because he has to lecture for three hours but somehow isn't monotonous or even boring. He throws a few jokes in here and there and genuinely does seem really interested in his teaching. A lot of the studies talked about in this class were actually conducted by him so that's pretty cool. As for the tests, they are NOT memorization based, you have to know how to learn/apply the concepts that are taught to scenarios. In addition, you often find yourself choosing between two answers that both seem very correct. Trust your gut! Overall, definitely take this class with Castel. As for the textbook, it's not very necessary. Maybe a few things came directly from there, but all the ideas were covered in class so you're totally fine if you don't read it or even purchase it. Before the exam, just re-listen to parts of the lecture you missed or are unclear about, and go over the concepts/terms thoroughly and you'll be good!

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: N/A
April 9, 2019

Selling a PDF for:

Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind (SEVENTH Edition)
Very cheap price. text me at 858-997-6248 for details

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
Dec. 10, 2018

This class was pretty good! Castel is a kind and knowledgeable man with a Canadian accent. The quarter I took it, lecture was once a week for 3 hours on a Friday afternoon; once Castel got through housekeeping announcements at the beginning of class, it was pretty easy to zone out because his voice is a bit monotone and the class was so big. The material was very interesting with intriguing demonstrations that related to our everyday lives, and I took a lot away from the class personally. Section was just a summary of lecture material and attendance was mandatory (with one grace section). I had to study well for the exams which were a little tricky. Would recommend this class with Castel!

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
July 31, 2018

Selling the textbook Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind (Sixth Edition) , price is negotiable . Text me at (818) 297-8010

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: D-
June 23, 2019

In this class, I got the lowest grade in my life. His class was easy, but the exams were terrible. The questions were ambiguous.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: B+
June 20, 2019

I've heard it from here and from my own TA as well, take it with Castel. His lectures are engaging and interesting. There are only 2 exams, second exam being non-cumulative. The textbook is well written, probably the best textbook I've ever read. Castel tests from lecture as well as some things from the text which he didn't go over in class, so it is important to read. It's doable as well, 2 chapters in a week.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A+
June 18, 2019

Heres the Breakdown
-two MC tests worth 40% each (based off of the slides AND readings)
-10% Discussion attendance
-10% on two easy papers

he gives 3 bonus points for sona studies and the tests are slightly curved a few points

He covers a lot of material but its manageable
Overall solid class and doable to get an A

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 15, 2019

Overall, pretty easy. The 3 hour lectures on Friday sucked, but they were audiocasted so I only went to a few. Castel is a decent lecturer, and the material is somewhat interesting.

There’s two written assignments, super easy if you just fill the two pages. Midterm and final were super doable and fair, all multiple choice. I’d recommend.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 14, 2019

Lectures are the majority of the test questions, and textbook questions will be taken from the little bubbles and asides so skimming and being able to do well is pretty easy.

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0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 12, 2019

-bruincasted!!!!!!
-but section attendance is required :(
-read the textbook
-3 pts SONA + slight curve on both exams
-2 papers (easy)

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0 1 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: N/A
May 9, 2019

Take this class with Castel! Although the lectures were 3 hours, they were podcasted so you didn't have to stay for the whole time or even show up at all (I went to 2 total). Discussion is mandatory but actually helpful because you get practice quizzes (only count for participation, not for your grade). Kudos to Castel because he has to lecture for three hours but somehow isn't monotonous or even boring. He throws a few jokes in here and there and genuinely does seem really interested in his teaching. A lot of the studies talked about in this class were actually conducted by him so that's pretty cool. As for the tests, they are NOT memorization based, you have to know how to learn/apply the concepts that are taught to scenarios. In addition, you often find yourself choosing between two answers that both seem very correct. Trust your gut! Overall, definitely take this class with Castel. As for the textbook, it's not very necessary. Maybe a few things came directly from there, but all the ideas were covered in class so you're totally fine if you don't read it or even purchase it. Before the exam, just re-listen to parts of the lecture you missed or are unclear about, and go over the concepts/terms thoroughly and you'll be good!

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: N/A
April 9, 2019

Selling a PDF for:

Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind (SEVENTH Edition)
Very cheap price. text me at 858-997-6248 for details

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
Dec. 10, 2018

This class was pretty good! Castel is a kind and knowledgeable man with a Canadian accent. The quarter I took it, lecture was once a week for 3 hours on a Friday afternoon; once Castel got through housekeeping announcements at the beginning of class, it was pretty easy to zone out because his voice is a bit monotone and the class was so big. The material was very interesting with intriguing demonstrations that related to our everyday lives, and I took a lot away from the class personally. Section was just a summary of lecture material and attendance was mandatory (with one grace section). I had to study well for the exams which were a little tricky. Would recommend this class with Castel!

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
July 31, 2018

Selling the textbook Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind (Sixth Edition) , price is negotiable . Text me at (818) 297-8010

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3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 25 Users
Easiness 2.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.9 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (5)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (6)
  • Needs Textbook
    (5)
  • Is Podcasted
    (5)
  • Often Funny
    (4)
  • Gives Extra Credit
    (4)
  • Would Take Again
    (5)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (4)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (4)
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