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Bruv this class SLAPS. No honestly one of the most underrated Life Science GEs a UCLA student can take. The grading scheme was equally divided into 20% for all of the following: Participation, Self-monitoring (I'll explain below), Midterm, Final, Final Paper.
This is a class that teaches you to become a better person, whether more productive, more mindful, more appreciative, the list goes on. Every week Professor Korb gives you these "interventions", and you complete them on your own time and then evaluate how you feel on a Google Form. This constitutes the "self-monitoring" grade. Then, at the end of each week, you write up a 1-page log. At the end of the quarter, you'll have a 6-10 page double-spaced paper which is actually not too hard.
As for the lectures, go to them and do the readings! Now, for non-LS majors, neuroscience may sound difficult but the material is actually quite easy and stripped down so don't worry!
I am selling all my comprehensive notes (with each lecture and reading) for $15. My notes contain bolded keywords and concepts and detailed drawings, and they definitely helped me get an A+. Text me at 7149870551 if you're interested.
I took this class during the 2020 pandemic and it was online.
That being said, Dr. Korb is an excellent lecturer (really engaging and entertaining), and the material of this class is very interesting. I definitely recommend this class to anyone, but you'll definitely get something extra out of it if you're going through a hard time (like I was).
Grading is super fair. Distributed between 20% for participation, midterm, final, a paper, and then weekly logs (basically short papers) you turn in.
My only issues with this class are...
A) The tests seem to be much more difficult and precise than the Prof. lets on the lectures. In the lectures, Dr. Korb will use fun examples to demonstrate neuroscience concepts while some of the questions on the tests were ridiculously confusing and technical compared to the material he presented. I got a 70% on the midterm... I legitimately don't remember the last time I got a grade that low on a test (I take easy classes so its not a flex), but I ended up with an A in the class so its all good (study for the final!!!) However this discrepancy could've been an intentional adjustment due to the class being online.
B) While the workload isn't super serious, it isn't particularly light. Remembering to record your "wellbeing" data on a semi-daily basis (effects participation grade) sounds easy but is super easy to forget. Start slipping up and your grade will hurt. Same goes for the weekly "logs" (usually will have to be about a page and half and well thought out). Also this class requires you to constantly change small aspects of your lifestyle (working out, meditating, writing letters to other people etc.), and while you can BS it and just say you did the interventions in your logs even though you didn't, the papers (and the class) go smoother if you actually take the time to do them.
This class is definitely interesting and worthwhile, and probably one of the easier science GE's. As a North Campus major I'd recommend it for sure.
Such a great class! its an easy A, I was just being a bad student at the time lol. weekly homework consists of readings and then little experiments you do with yourself and then you write up an analysis of it. you learn about all the positive effects of physical and mental exercises and pretty much most of what you learn you can apply to your real life. I recommend this class to everyone! You do not have to be a science person whatsoever. Dr Korb is also hilarious and a great lecturer; we use the book he wrote for the class.
I enjoyed this class with Professor Korb. His lectures are straightforward and recorded. I didn't enjoy going to discussion section, but I did have a very nice TA who was helpful. The tests for this class aren't hard especially with the open notes. Every week you have to submit a log about your intervention for the week. These are easy points. There is also a final paper, but it's all information from your previous weeks' logs so it isn't very hard. I didn't read the actual textbook, and I did just fine going to lecture. I would recommend this class as a nice GE to learn about neuroscience.
I really enjoyed this class and the content. My only complaint is that the discussion sections were pretty useless and did not involve discussing the concepts in class. Most of the discussion sections involved learning how to write a hypothesis or other very easy stuff that we learned how to do in middle school. I would have loved it if it involved actual discussion and everyone sharing their thoughts. The discussion groups were way too big as well but there is probably not much they can do about that. The actual lectures were incredibly interesting and Korb is great.
Absolutely loved this class. My favorite GE at UCLA so far. This class teaches skills for well-being and productivity that are applicable to everyone, no matter what major you are. I feel like this class is one of the only classes that I see as having a truly significant positive impact on my life. Professor Korb is funny and gives practical advice backed up by neuroscience. It's a great, evidence-based class. I recommend to all!
Great GE to take to fulfill science requirements, especially for someone like me who doesn't enjoy science and math. Lectures are clear and straightforward and Professor Korb is passionate about what he is teaching. This class really helped me to understand MENTAL HEALTH which has been huge in my college career so far.
- One of the most practical, useful classes at UCLA
- Straightforward multiple choice midterm and final
- Weekly log assignments can sometimes be a pain
- Textbooks are easy to read (more like self-help books) and have helped me to change the way I deal with my own mental health
Textbooks are not necessary to do well in the class, but I would read them because they give great life tips and advice.
This is one of my favorite G.Es here at UCLA. The material you learn really helps you understand mental health and Dr. Korb teaches you skills you can apply to your very life!!! His exams are harder than he makes it out to be though. He says his exams are very straight forward, however, I would have to disagree. You definitely need to study his lecture slides closely and make sure you understand the neuroscience (like what neurotransmitter/region of the brain does what). Thinking that the exam would be easy, I didn't study too hard for the first midterm and I got a C+. However, this class is very fair and the exam is only worth 20% of your grade. Everything else like participation, final paper, and final exam are weighted into your grade so bombing one exam doesn't mean you can't get an A. I studied much harder on the final (and did well) , participated a lot and did well on final paper so I ended up with an A. Overall, this is a GREAT class and I would highly recommend this class to everyone! It can truly make a difference in your life if you take it seriously enough. Btw, he assigns his own book as the textbook for the class. He only makes you read a portion of it, but the book is so good that I read it all! It is also cheap too (about $12). TAKE THIS CLASS!!! You won't regret it!
Pretty straightforward and easy class about the psychology of personal wellness and your daily routine. The final grade is comprised of (20% each): section participation, midterm, final, final paper, and weekly write-ups of experiments you do.
The experiments involve doing one activity a few days a week (e.g. yoga or meditating) and at the end of the week you write about how it affected you each day. The final paper covers the way that a few of your experiments affected you and the rest of the class, and how this is backed up by scientific research.
Prof Korb posts all of his slides so attendance isn't mandatory, and most of the assigned readings are covered in lecture/section (I didn't buy any of the books). The midterm and final were based on the slides and to a lesser extent the readings, and the final wasn't cumulative. Overall an interesting and low-stress class, I'm glad I took it.