Fall 2022 - The class was relatively easy and stuck to the same routine all quarter, which I liked. I came in which no prior knowledge of Psychology but if you took AP Psych, this class is perfect for you. I enjoyed Ankwoski because attendance was not mandatory, she provided a free pdf textbook which I never read and ALL the tested information is given on the slides. I will say GO TO CLASS! A majority of the content on the midterm and final was based on class lectures, and labs which is why I ended with a B because I never attended lectures and bombed the final. Overall, this class is easy as long as you apply yourself.
Spring 2020 - I took this class as P/NP and I highly recommend this for everyone! I messed up on one assignment and scored one SD below the section's mean and that's when I knew I wouldn't get any A. This class is so ridiculously competitive; weighting your grade based on the scores of others in your class is extremely unfair. You have to beat all of your classmates by a significant margin in every single section assignment as well as kill your final paper to have a chance at an A. I messed up on one and even though the rest went really well, I knew I wouldn't get an A. There are lab participation points, which is basically answering questions during lab. This is where people get strangely competitive... The lecture portion is fairly straightforward. It was recorded ahead of time and the prof chose to make them even longer than class time usually was, they were often around the 2 hour mark. If you do the practice exams (all of them!!) and FaceTime a friend, you can expect a mid 90s grade. Prof adjusted the class for pandemic by weighing the lecture portion of the class as 40% and section as 60%, and based on protests by making the lecture exam portion the higher of your two exam grades. Another assignment that was due at the end of the week was graded due to completion only.
Winter 2016 - Seriously love Professor Ankowski. She is a great lecturer and really makes this class interesting. It's an interesting topic to begin with, but you really do learn a lot about children, which I find important to keep in mind as we move forward and start thinking about having a family. Off point. She is actually funny and really well-versed in her field of work, but if you're taking this class, take it with Professor Ankowski!
Winter 2021 - Pretty easy lab. I like how everything was weighted equally, for ex: assignments 25%, paper 25%, participation 25......etc. It took a lot of weight off my shoulders. I was able to get an A pretty easily by always attending lecture and completing every assignment (received full points). I got a 93 on both my paper and poster. 8 page maximum, but I only did 6 and still got an A. I recommend this lab with Ankowski, however; she's a bit intimidating. I always went to the TA's office hours because of that. She doesn't seem welcoming but when you talk to her, she's pretty cool and helpful
Winter 2020 - This was my 3rd time taking her, she was my professor for Research Methods and Language Development, however, I would never take her again after taking her Cognitive Development course. She messed up my GPA by giving us a tricky online final that consisted of 100 T/F questions that were supposedly "simplified." She could've had more compassion for students that were going through things because the COVID-19 is very stressful for everybody. Professors were even given the choice to make changes to their final exams and she didn't do anything.
Winter 2021 - This class has a very similar format to Psych 133B so if you've taken that with Ankowski, there is a LOT of overlap in how it works. The grade breakdown is pretty simple. For participation, you need 5 points. You can get a point every time you go to an office hour with her or a TA, or when you make a post to the forums about something related to the lecture of that week. You also have 4 possible homework assignments based on lectures or videos, but usually they're also graded leniently and only your highest 3 scores count, so if you score perfect on the first 3 you don't need to do the 4th. There's also 5 quizzes with the lowest graded one dropped. 10 questions each that relate to either lecture material or the book, but the majority comes from lecture. All of it is open notes and very easy. The final is set up the same way with 50 M/C or T/F questions and is also relatively easy as well as open-notes. My only gripe with this class is that sometimes the lectures were recorded poorly and the audio got distorted, and that there was too much of the lectures to watch every week. We also were assigned to read chapters of the textbook corresponding to each week's lecture to prepare, but I never did that and instead just used CTRL + F for keywords on my quizzes and exams. You can find the textbook online somewhere; it's still important for the quizzes and final in this class. All in all, the content in this class and the way it is setup is really easy. Most students ended up with an easy A this quarter.