Amber Ankowski
Department of Psychology
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Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 21, 2022

They switched the class format so it is easier, The professor and TAs are good at explaining things. Attendance of lectures is not mandatory and the lectures are bruincasted, Labs are not really mandatory but helpful in understanding concepts. The homework/lab assignments are not that bad and are very helpful. It takes like 3 hours to complete them each week. The first midterm was super easy as long as you watched the lectures and do the ALM assignments. The final was slightly harder cause it is cumulative but still not that bad.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A+
June 20, 2022

this class is not at all as difficult as I thought it would be considering previous reviews, but I know that they changed the structure recently. it's really not that bad !!
every week, there's one lecture and one lab. i don't go to either and I got an A on the midterm and an A- on the final (both open note) and have only gotten points off on two of the lab assignments. I take notes on the lecture slides because they're really clear, which I appreciate considering that it's an 8 am lecture. Lab is 2 hours long which is a lot. I review the slides on my own time and can understand them within about 30 minutes. There are weekly lab assignments, half of which are graded for completion and half of which are graded for correctness. These take a little bit more thought and effort, especially with the topics of the later weeks, but overall not too difficult.
Every week, there is also an Active Learning Module where there are a couple of practice questions to apply material and then a worksheet that you have to write out short answers to in order to get credit. They provide a lot of resources with these ALMs, and if you take advantage of all of them , it will take the 2-3 hours that they say it will. I do the bare minimum to learn the material and answer the questions and usually have them done in an hour of less.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A+
June 10, 2022

Ok first of all, TAKE. THIS. CLASS. I took this class on Spring 22 when everything is back in person. I was also hesitant to take this class since it has a pretty bad review. But I urgently needed to complete this class to graduate on time, so I took it. And trust me, I had no regrets. After a long history of bad reviews, the department finally changed the grading of this course. Attendance is not necessary, the curves are no longer there and they took out all the difficult materials out of the syllabus.
Systematically, this class is divided into 3 workloads. The lecture (2 exams, worth 240/400 points), ALMs (40/400), and Labs (120/400). The lecture is amazing and Dr. Ankowski is very thorough in explaining the materials. She is also very kind, understanding, and never look down on any questions. There are readings from the textbook and I think they're helpful but not absolutely necessary. The ALMs are also straightforward and useful in reviewing the materials that were taught during the lectures. For the labs, attendance is also not necessary but I HIGHLY recommend it. The lab session basically goes over the homework so why not come in and get the free answers. Most of the homework are also based on completion and not accuracy so whichever TA you are assigned to doesn't really matter.
You'll learn a lot from Dr. Ankowski. She talks about her kids a lot in class and honestly she treats you like one too (in a good, caring way). The class is also very organized and as long as you stay on top of your lectures, labs, and homework, you'll for sure get an A in this class.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 9, 2022

100B is a 6-unit class for a reason lol. But honestly, as much as people make it seem like a super bad class, I thought that it was doable. Yes, there's a lot of busy work that you have weekly, including labs and ALMs, and it does take up a lot of time, but it really isn't that bad. ALMs are free points that are based on completion, and half the labs are based on completion. I will say though that for labs that are based on accuracy, to make sure to triple check before submitting. I thought my TA was super nitpicky and that she marked me off on super unnecessary things. Make sure that you're following the rubric to the T and are using complete sentences, and you should be fine.

For tests, I definitely thought that the final was A LOT harder than the midterm, especially because it was cumulative, so make sure to at least do good enough on the midterm to where you have enough padding for the final in case you don't do super well on the final. The professor provided tons of study resources, and I only did the practice exams and did fine. Utilize everything she gives you! It's there for a reason.

Ankowski as a professor is really good. I thought that during lectures she explained everything simply so that we were able to understand complex topics. She also Bruincasted lectures for us so we wouldn't have to go in at 8am, and she was pretty fast in answering emails. I really thought she was great.

TLDR: Don't listen to all the reviews on here! I thought Ankowski was great and that she provided a lot of resources for us. Work is tedious, and sometimes difficult, but doable for being a 6-unit class. Exams are doable, just use the resources provided.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 7, 2022

Coming into this class, I was very worried if I had the capacity to do well with the course material, considering the fact that many of my psychology majored friends really struggled with obtaining a good grade. Psychological statistics also is not my specialty, so I was concerned that I would have trouble understanding and retaining the material. I worked very hard in this class, and my hard work paid off, as I was able to get 100% on my first exam and a 95% on the second, which was extremely rewarding for me. I've taken courses in the past where I put a lot of time and effort into learning the material and yet still struggled with comprehending what was taught, but this class was different. Professor's lecture notes were very clear and contained all the necessary information to succeed with the course material, including really helpful lectures that provided me with a lot of clarity when I was confused. The way the class was so structured (ALMs, Labs, notes, etc.) and the agenda and requirements were so clearly laid out really helped me with succeeding in this course!

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Nov. 3, 2021

100B is overall an unpleasant class to take, but if you're gonna take it with anyone it should be Ankowski. Her lectures are pretty straightforward and she uses good examples to make everything clear; the exams aren't that bad. The only heavy and challenging part of the course is the lab and the amount of group work you have to do, but that mostly depends on your TA. She also offers some extra credit and lots of resources to practice course concepts.

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Quarter: Summer 2021
Grade: A
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Aug. 12, 2021

This class really is not as hard as its made out to be. For lab, I would say just stay on top of your assignments and make sure you get ample feedback from you TA. For the lecture, watch all the lectures and do the practice exams. If you do the above, you will be fine!

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Quarter: Summer 2021
Grade: A
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Aug. 10, 2021

I still cannot believe that I got an A finally. You can see how terrible and unreasonable the class structure is from other reviews, but I still wanna say: don't panic when you mess up with one single assignment. I was really frustrated and uneasy when I found that I got a very very low grade for my project proposal--in fact I believe our group got the worst grade in the section. However, I didn't give up and tried my best to do other assignments. I think my participation grade should be high because I contributed to the discussion every time, and my other assignments are fair (even though for the last assignment I scored below the mean). That's why I got an A in the end I think. Also, don't forget that you have the lecture part to boost your grade. The materials are fairly easy to understand, and the professor is a good lecturer. I scored over 97% for my lecture part. In conclusion: don't panic; don't freak out; try to talk to your TA about your grade and what's on your mind when doing the assignment (sometimes they would change your grade if you really persuade them); do well on your lecture.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
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June 18, 2021

this is one of the most useful classes i've taken at ucla so far and im pretty surprised at how well this class went for me bc i was absolutely DREADING it based on what others have said. as you probably already know, your experience in psych 100b will mostly depend on who your TA and who your group members are. the quizzes were about every other week and only consisted of 3 MC questions; they were like a mini version of the exam. the lecture content itself was pretty straightforward and there were only a few concepts i had trouble understanding at first. dr. ankowski is a great lecturer imo. she's so bubbly and presents the material using easy to understand language and examples. i've never gone to her OH but she seems really approachable. in lab, you'll be going over how to write a research paper in addition to reviewing and practicing concepts from class.

tips i have for taking tests and quizzes:
- sounds obvious, but do the practice tests and work on them as if they're the actual exams. give yourself a time limit, annotate the questions.
- look at the question, and try figuring out things like the IV, DV, confounding variables, etc BEFORE looking at the choices. most of the questions are basically formatted like a scenario, and you have to answer questions based on this.
- rewatch lectures if things are still unclear. one useful tip they gave us was when watching lectures, jot down the time stamp of topics so that you can just rewatch that portion if you still don't understand fully
- this depends on your own studying style, but give yourself enough time to study before the exams so that you're not studying last minute. the exams and quizzes were at 8am </3 so definitely get a good night's sleep before
- i didn't have any friends in this class </3 but it might have been helpful to have someone to discuss concepts and test questions with

tips for lab:
- i got really lucky and had an amazing TA and group mates. go to office hours, even if it's just to ask a few clarifying questions. you don't have to be besties, but make the effort to go talk to them
- if you are already a decent writer, the odds are in your favor. but if you're not, you can improve! start on your writing assignments early, and use the writing guides and resources provided. what i did was just outline the day it was assigned, and then worked on it each day leading up to the due date. i found the resources on transition words and research sentence structures really helpful.
- participate. ask questions, answer questions, add on to your classmates' points. but don't be the annoying one that hogs up all the participation opportunities. it was much easier to participate online because people could just type in the chat, so definitely put more effort into this if discussion is in person
- communicate with your group mates. even if you have to pick up the slack, delegate roles. (e.g. _______ is going to turn this in, _______ will write this section, _______ will make these materials). we were assigned our groupmates, and i think it was based off on our individual work styles.
- start on your final paper ASAP. just outline and write as you go.
- have someone read your paper! whether it's your roommate or a student from the writing center. it should be able to be understood by anyone, even if they're not a psych major

i did not use the textbook at all, so there goes my $60 down the drain. don't buy it. just focus on the lecture material itself. i referenced the workbook a few times when writing, but your TA will most likely give you the necessary pages. the workbook was sort of like a guide to writing each section of your research paper.

good luck in this class besties!! you can do it!!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: N/A
March 3, 2021

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 21, 2022

They switched the class format so it is easier, The professor and TAs are good at explaining things. Attendance of lectures is not mandatory and the lectures are bruincasted, Labs are not really mandatory but helpful in understanding concepts. The homework/lab assignments are not that bad and are very helpful. It takes like 3 hours to complete them each week. The first midterm was super easy as long as you watched the lectures and do the ALM assignments. The final was slightly harder cause it is cumulative but still not that bad.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A+
June 20, 2022

this class is not at all as difficult as I thought it would be considering previous reviews, but I know that they changed the structure recently. it's really not that bad !!
every week, there's one lecture and one lab. i don't go to either and I got an A on the midterm and an A- on the final (both open note) and have only gotten points off on two of the lab assignments. I take notes on the lecture slides because they're really clear, which I appreciate considering that it's an 8 am lecture. Lab is 2 hours long which is a lot. I review the slides on my own time and can understand them within about 30 minutes. There are weekly lab assignments, half of which are graded for completion and half of which are graded for correctness. These take a little bit more thought and effort, especially with the topics of the later weeks, but overall not too difficult.
Every week, there is also an Active Learning Module where there are a couple of practice questions to apply material and then a worksheet that you have to write out short answers to in order to get credit. They provide a lot of resources with these ALMs, and if you take advantage of all of them , it will take the 2-3 hours that they say it will. I do the bare minimum to learn the material and answer the questions and usually have them done in an hour of less.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A+
June 10, 2022

Ok first of all, TAKE. THIS. CLASS. I took this class on Spring 22 when everything is back in person. I was also hesitant to take this class since it has a pretty bad review. But I urgently needed to complete this class to graduate on time, so I took it. And trust me, I had no regrets. After a long history of bad reviews, the department finally changed the grading of this course. Attendance is not necessary, the curves are no longer there and they took out all the difficult materials out of the syllabus.
Systematically, this class is divided into 3 workloads. The lecture (2 exams, worth 240/400 points), ALMs (40/400), and Labs (120/400). The lecture is amazing and Dr. Ankowski is very thorough in explaining the materials. She is also very kind, understanding, and never look down on any questions. There are readings from the textbook and I think they're helpful but not absolutely necessary. The ALMs are also straightforward and useful in reviewing the materials that were taught during the lectures. For the labs, attendance is also not necessary but I HIGHLY recommend it. The lab session basically goes over the homework so why not come in and get the free answers. Most of the homework are also based on completion and not accuracy so whichever TA you are assigned to doesn't really matter.
You'll learn a lot from Dr. Ankowski. She talks about her kids a lot in class and honestly she treats you like one too (in a good, caring way). The class is also very organized and as long as you stay on top of your lectures, labs, and homework, you'll for sure get an A in this class.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 9, 2022

100B is a 6-unit class for a reason lol. But honestly, as much as people make it seem like a super bad class, I thought that it was doable. Yes, there's a lot of busy work that you have weekly, including labs and ALMs, and it does take up a lot of time, but it really isn't that bad. ALMs are free points that are based on completion, and half the labs are based on completion. I will say though that for labs that are based on accuracy, to make sure to triple check before submitting. I thought my TA was super nitpicky and that she marked me off on super unnecessary things. Make sure that you're following the rubric to the T and are using complete sentences, and you should be fine.

For tests, I definitely thought that the final was A LOT harder than the midterm, especially because it was cumulative, so make sure to at least do good enough on the midterm to where you have enough padding for the final in case you don't do super well on the final. The professor provided tons of study resources, and I only did the practice exams and did fine. Utilize everything she gives you! It's there for a reason.

Ankowski as a professor is really good. I thought that during lectures she explained everything simply so that we were able to understand complex topics. She also Bruincasted lectures for us so we wouldn't have to go in at 8am, and she was pretty fast in answering emails. I really thought she was great.

TLDR: Don't listen to all the reviews on here! I thought Ankowski was great and that she provided a lot of resources for us. Work is tedious, and sometimes difficult, but doable for being a 6-unit class. Exams are doable, just use the resources provided.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 7, 2022

Coming into this class, I was very worried if I had the capacity to do well with the course material, considering the fact that many of my psychology majored friends really struggled with obtaining a good grade. Psychological statistics also is not my specialty, so I was concerned that I would have trouble understanding and retaining the material. I worked very hard in this class, and my hard work paid off, as I was able to get 100% on my first exam and a 95% on the second, which was extremely rewarding for me. I've taken courses in the past where I put a lot of time and effort into learning the material and yet still struggled with comprehending what was taught, but this class was different. Professor's lecture notes were very clear and contained all the necessary information to succeed with the course material, including really helpful lectures that provided me with a lot of clarity when I was confused. The way the class was so structured (ALMs, Labs, notes, etc.) and the agenda and requirements were so clearly laid out really helped me with succeeding in this course!

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
Nov. 3, 2021

100B is overall an unpleasant class to take, but if you're gonna take it with anyone it should be Ankowski. Her lectures are pretty straightforward and she uses good examples to make everything clear; the exams aren't that bad. The only heavy and challenging part of the course is the lab and the amount of group work you have to do, but that mostly depends on your TA. She also offers some extra credit and lots of resources to practice course concepts.

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Quarter: Summer 2021
Grade: A
Aug. 12, 2021

This class really is not as hard as its made out to be. For lab, I would say just stay on top of your assignments and make sure you get ample feedback from you TA. For the lecture, watch all the lectures and do the practice exams. If you do the above, you will be fine!

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Quarter: Summer 2021
Grade: A
Aug. 10, 2021

I still cannot believe that I got an A finally. You can see how terrible and unreasonable the class structure is from other reviews, but I still wanna say: don't panic when you mess up with one single assignment. I was really frustrated and uneasy when I found that I got a very very low grade for my project proposal--in fact I believe our group got the worst grade in the section. However, I didn't give up and tried my best to do other assignments. I think my participation grade should be high because I contributed to the discussion every time, and my other assignments are fair (even though for the last assignment I scored below the mean). That's why I got an A in the end I think. Also, don't forget that you have the lecture part to boost your grade. The materials are fairly easy to understand, and the professor is a good lecturer. I scored over 97% for my lecture part. In conclusion: don't panic; don't freak out; try to talk to your TA about your grade and what's on your mind when doing the assignment (sometimes they would change your grade if you really persuade them); do well on your lecture.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A-
June 18, 2021

this is one of the most useful classes i've taken at ucla so far and im pretty surprised at how well this class went for me bc i was absolutely DREADING it based on what others have said. as you probably already know, your experience in psych 100b will mostly depend on who your TA and who your group members are. the quizzes were about every other week and only consisted of 3 MC questions; they were like a mini version of the exam. the lecture content itself was pretty straightforward and there were only a few concepts i had trouble understanding at first. dr. ankowski is a great lecturer imo. she's so bubbly and presents the material using easy to understand language and examples. i've never gone to her OH but she seems really approachable. in lab, you'll be going over how to write a research paper in addition to reviewing and practicing concepts from class.

tips i have for taking tests and quizzes:
- sounds obvious, but do the practice tests and work on them as if they're the actual exams. give yourself a time limit, annotate the questions.
- look at the question, and try figuring out things like the IV, DV, confounding variables, etc BEFORE looking at the choices. most of the questions are basically formatted like a scenario, and you have to answer questions based on this.
- rewatch lectures if things are still unclear. one useful tip they gave us was when watching lectures, jot down the time stamp of topics so that you can just rewatch that portion if you still don't understand fully
- this depends on your own studying style, but give yourself enough time to study before the exams so that you're not studying last minute. the exams and quizzes were at 8am </3 so definitely get a good night's sleep before
- i didn't have any friends in this class </3 but it might have been helpful to have someone to discuss concepts and test questions with

tips for lab:
- i got really lucky and had an amazing TA and group mates. go to office hours, even if it's just to ask a few clarifying questions. you don't have to be besties, but make the effort to go talk to them
- if you are already a decent writer, the odds are in your favor. but if you're not, you can improve! start on your writing assignments early, and use the writing guides and resources provided. what i did was just outline the day it was assigned, and then worked on it each day leading up to the due date. i found the resources on transition words and research sentence structures really helpful.
- participate. ask questions, answer questions, add on to your classmates' points. but don't be the annoying one that hogs up all the participation opportunities. it was much easier to participate online because people could just type in the chat, so definitely put more effort into this if discussion is in person
- communicate with your group mates. even if you have to pick up the slack, delegate roles. (e.g. _______ is going to turn this in, _______ will write this section, _______ will make these materials). we were assigned our groupmates, and i think it was based off on our individual work styles.
- start on your final paper ASAP. just outline and write as you go.
- have someone read your paper! whether it's your roommate or a student from the writing center. it should be able to be understood by anyone, even if they're not a psych major

i did not use the textbook at all, so there goes my $60 down the drain. don't buy it. just focus on the lecture material itself. i referenced the workbook a few times when writing, but your TA will most likely give you the necessary pages. the workbook was sort of like a guide to writing each section of your research paper.

good luck in this class besties!! you can do it!!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: N/A
March 3, 2021

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Overall Rating
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Easiness 2.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 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.

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