Amber Ankowski
Department of Psychology
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3.1
Overall Rating
Based on 50 User s
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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  • Engaging Lectures
  • Has Group Projects

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Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: B+
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Sept. 20, 2020

The professor was nice and had good lecture skills, which the tests weren't extremely bad if you're used to tricky tests and practiced a lot. Otherwise, if you fall below the mean once for lab section, your chances of getting an A are pretty low, since it's super hard to pick it back up. They will try to say that the curve can only "help" your grade, and well that was not the case for me or anyone actually. Some tips I would recommend is just don't slack off in any assignment, and just keep trying to stay above the mean for everything, which is the same as every other review. Good luck all :)

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Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: A+
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Aug. 14, 2020

Psych 100B assignments require creativity, thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and the ability to understand and apply the course material correctly. It is okay if you feel overwhelmed at times. It takes time adjusting to thinking like a researcher, and the professor and TAs know that. I felt like I grew in confidence throughout the session because we continually practiced the material and did assignments that built on one another. I can definitely say that this course was useful for teaching me the skills necessary for conducting research on campus and in graduate school.

I HIGHLY suggest going to office hours for this class even if you feel like you understand everything because it is always nice to get extra practice and know what your TA is looking for in your final paper/assignments. Professor Ankowski does a great job of explaining the material so don't be afraid to ask her questions. I was also lucky to have a TA who was always willing to review concepts and answer any questions.

As for grading logistics, lecture = 40% and lab = 60% during the summer. I thought the lecture material was easy to understand (and we were allowed open notes for the quizzes and final exam during COVID), and we were given four practice exams that were very similar to the questions asked on the final exam. If you feel confident in those and understand your mistakes, you should do well! For lab, a generally high grade is considered one standard deviation above the mean. Work on the assignments early, ask questions, and review the material taught in section thoroughly.

Most importantly, don't lose hope if you get a low grade! Ask for guidance, and utilize that feedback to perform better in the following assignments. This is usually one of the last reqs you need to do before declaring the psych/cog sci/psychobio major -- be proud of yourself for getting through it!

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Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: A-
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Aug. 9, 2020

Just a disclaimer that I took this class during COVID when the whole class was online.

Overall, psych 100B has a very bad rep for being an extremely hard class. This stems from the fact that the class is curved and it is based on how people in your lab section do (about 18-19 other students). You always want to do better than the mean of your section and you want to get a standard deviation above the mean as well. The reason they do the curve is that there really is no standard on how TAs are to grade. One lab might have 88% as an average on an assignment, but the other lab might have 68% average on the same assignment. Don't get discouraged if you feel you're getting low grades because chances are everyone in your class is also getting a similar score and the average is low.

In Summer, the class is different from during the school year as 40% of the class grade is lecture and 60% is Lab grade (during the school year it is the opposite). During the Summer, they just have one exam during week 6, but during the regular quarters, there are two exams. Here's a break down of the scores and how I performed on the assignments if you're looking to get at least an A- or higher:

Lecture
Final Exam (40%): My Score: 32/40 (Average: 30.7 / 40 (did not give standard dev))

Lab
Quizzes (10%):
Quiz #1 - 3.0/3.0 (Average 2.47/3.0, SD - 0.84)
Quiz #2 - 3.0/3.0 (Average 2.95/3.0, SD - 0.23)
Quiz #3 - 3.0/3.0 (Average 2.26/3.0, SD - 0.73)
Quiz #4 - 3.0/3.0 (Average 2.58/3.0, SD - 0.69)

Quiz Total - 12.0/12.0 (Average 10.26/12.0, SD - 1.15)

Participation 20%

Study Strategy Proposal (15%) (Individual Work)
92/100 (Average 88.68/100, SD - 3.87)

Project Proposal (15%) (Group Work)
89/100 (Average 86.32/100, SD - 4.71)

Project Final Write-Up + Materials (30%)
86/100 (Average 80.41/100, SD - 3.19)

Discussion Short-Answer Assignment (10%)
Don't have any results on that one :((

A big factor in this class is the partner that you get for your final project. You might get lucky and have someone who will contribute or might have someone who really just does not wanna do anything.

If you're looking for a TA I highly recommend Peter Nooteboom. Great guy.
Goodluck!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Aug. 3, 2020

This class was online because of corona, and despite the gnarly reviews for PSYCH 100B, this was my easiest class in spring 2020 quarter. The exams were easy, open note and everything, and if you understand the practice exams and questions you should do well. I got a great TA (Kashia) who made all of the expectations clear and was so knowledgeable and helpful. Honestly if you just follow directions, follow rubrics, and put in effort you should do well.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A-
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July 2, 2020

I took this class Spring 2020 (remotely) so my perspective of this class likely differs from most. The class was weighed 40% lecture (midterm and final) and 60% lab (participation, quizzes, group lab report, final paper, and other small assignments). The lecture portion, in my opinion, was fairly easy. The exams were timed and you couldn't go back to questions once you had answered them, but it was open note and i thought that the practice exams were VERY helpful in understanding how to answer these questions, and some test questions mimicked the sample exams almost verbatim. The lab portion is a huge toss up, since the curve is against the people in your discussion which sucks. I scored 1 SD below the mean on my first group assignment and thought it was impossible to get an A in the class based on these other bruinwalk reviews, but I still ended up with an A-. The quizzes were completion only, which boosts your lab grade, and due to the protests, our last assignment was also graded for completion. This class is so time consuming and will make you very stressed for at least weeks 7-10, but know that if you screw up on one assignment like I did, not all hope is lost for a decent grade.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: N/A
Dec. 28, 2019

If you're reading this then you probably have to take this class. Psych 100B is an awful class and is designed to weed people out so the tests are very tricky and assignments are graded extremely harshly. Also everything is based on a curve so the only thing that matters is how well you perform against your classmates which honestly sucks. Only take this class when you have the time to put into it otherwise it will be straight up torture.
The professor is actually very nice and explains the concepts pretty well and is also approachable but due to the nature of the course it is what it is :)

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: C
Aug. 13, 2019

Exams and lecture material were not difficult as long as you read the textbook!

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

professor A is a great lecturer, but this class honestly sucks. The material is pretty basic and easy but the TAs are instructed to grade so harshly on labs and the tests are super confusing

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 23, 2019

The class was a ton of work, but the curve helps a lot.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 1, 2019

The teacher and TA was fine— the actual material covered in the class, though, was not at all useful. Grading rubrics for papers are arbitrary and the midterms cover memorized concepts. She was a good professor though and explained the material clearly.

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Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: B+
Sept. 20, 2020

The professor was nice and had good lecture skills, which the tests weren't extremely bad if you're used to tricky tests and practiced a lot. Otherwise, if you fall below the mean once for lab section, your chances of getting an A are pretty low, since it's super hard to pick it back up. They will try to say that the curve can only "help" your grade, and well that was not the case for me or anyone actually. Some tips I would recommend is just don't slack off in any assignment, and just keep trying to stay above the mean for everything, which is the same as every other review. Good luck all :)

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Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: A+
Aug. 14, 2020

Psych 100B assignments require creativity, thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and the ability to understand and apply the course material correctly. It is okay if you feel overwhelmed at times. It takes time adjusting to thinking like a researcher, and the professor and TAs know that. I felt like I grew in confidence throughout the session because we continually practiced the material and did assignments that built on one another. I can definitely say that this course was useful for teaching me the skills necessary for conducting research on campus and in graduate school.

I HIGHLY suggest going to office hours for this class even if you feel like you understand everything because it is always nice to get extra practice and know what your TA is looking for in your final paper/assignments. Professor Ankowski does a great job of explaining the material so don't be afraid to ask her questions. I was also lucky to have a TA who was always willing to review concepts and answer any questions.

As for grading logistics, lecture = 40% and lab = 60% during the summer. I thought the lecture material was easy to understand (and we were allowed open notes for the quizzes and final exam during COVID), and we were given four practice exams that were very similar to the questions asked on the final exam. If you feel confident in those and understand your mistakes, you should do well! For lab, a generally high grade is considered one standard deviation above the mean. Work on the assignments early, ask questions, and review the material taught in section thoroughly.

Most importantly, don't lose hope if you get a low grade! Ask for guidance, and utilize that feedback to perform better in the following assignments. This is usually one of the last reqs you need to do before declaring the psych/cog sci/psychobio major -- be proud of yourself for getting through it!

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Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: A-
Aug. 9, 2020

Just a disclaimer that I took this class during COVID when the whole class was online.

Overall, psych 100B has a very bad rep for being an extremely hard class. This stems from the fact that the class is curved and it is based on how people in your lab section do (about 18-19 other students). You always want to do better than the mean of your section and you want to get a standard deviation above the mean as well. The reason they do the curve is that there really is no standard on how TAs are to grade. One lab might have 88% as an average on an assignment, but the other lab might have 68% average on the same assignment. Don't get discouraged if you feel you're getting low grades because chances are everyone in your class is also getting a similar score and the average is low.

In Summer, the class is different from during the school year as 40% of the class grade is lecture and 60% is Lab grade (during the school year it is the opposite). During the Summer, they just have one exam during week 6, but during the regular quarters, there are two exams. Here's a break down of the scores and how I performed on the assignments if you're looking to get at least an A- or higher:

Lecture
Final Exam (40%): My Score: 32/40 (Average: 30.7 / 40 (did not give standard dev))

Lab
Quizzes (10%):
Quiz #1 - 3.0/3.0 (Average 2.47/3.0, SD - 0.84)
Quiz #2 - 3.0/3.0 (Average 2.95/3.0, SD - 0.23)
Quiz #3 - 3.0/3.0 (Average 2.26/3.0, SD - 0.73)
Quiz #4 - 3.0/3.0 (Average 2.58/3.0, SD - 0.69)

Quiz Total - 12.0/12.0 (Average 10.26/12.0, SD - 1.15)

Participation 20%

Study Strategy Proposal (15%) (Individual Work)
92/100 (Average 88.68/100, SD - 3.87)

Project Proposal (15%) (Group Work)
89/100 (Average 86.32/100, SD - 4.71)

Project Final Write-Up + Materials (30%)
86/100 (Average 80.41/100, SD - 3.19)

Discussion Short-Answer Assignment (10%)
Don't have any results on that one :((

A big factor in this class is the partner that you get for your final project. You might get lucky and have someone who will contribute or might have someone who really just does not wanna do anything.

If you're looking for a TA I highly recommend Peter Nooteboom. Great guy.
Goodluck!

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
Aug. 3, 2020

This class was online because of corona, and despite the gnarly reviews for PSYCH 100B, this was my easiest class in spring 2020 quarter. The exams were easy, open note and everything, and if you understand the practice exams and questions you should do well. I got a great TA (Kashia) who made all of the expectations clear and was so knowledgeable and helpful. Honestly if you just follow directions, follow rubrics, and put in effort you should do well.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A-
July 2, 2020

I took this class Spring 2020 (remotely) so my perspective of this class likely differs from most. The class was weighed 40% lecture (midterm and final) and 60% lab (participation, quizzes, group lab report, final paper, and other small assignments). The lecture portion, in my opinion, was fairly easy. The exams were timed and you couldn't go back to questions once you had answered them, but it was open note and i thought that the practice exams were VERY helpful in understanding how to answer these questions, and some test questions mimicked the sample exams almost verbatim. The lab portion is a huge toss up, since the curve is against the people in your discussion which sucks. I scored 1 SD below the mean on my first group assignment and thought it was impossible to get an A in the class based on these other bruinwalk reviews, but I still ended up with an A-. The quizzes were completion only, which boosts your lab grade, and due to the protests, our last assignment was also graded for completion. This class is so time consuming and will make you very stressed for at least weeks 7-10, but know that if you screw up on one assignment like I did, not all hope is lost for a decent grade.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: N/A
Dec. 28, 2019

If you're reading this then you probably have to take this class. Psych 100B is an awful class and is designed to weed people out so the tests are very tricky and assignments are graded extremely harshly. Also everything is based on a curve so the only thing that matters is how well you perform against your classmates which honestly sucks. Only take this class when you have the time to put into it otherwise it will be straight up torture.
The professor is actually very nice and explains the concepts pretty well and is also approachable but due to the nature of the course it is what it is :)

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: C
Aug. 13, 2019

Exams and lecture material were not difficult as long as you read the textbook!

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

professor A is a great lecturer, but this class honestly sucks. The material is pretty basic and easy but the TAs are instructed to grade so harshly on labs and the tests are super confusing

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 23, 2019

The class was a ton of work, but the curve helps a lot.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 1, 2019

The teacher and TA was fine— the actual material covered in the class, though, was not at all useful. Grading rubrics for papers are arbitrary and the midterms cover memorized concepts. She was a good professor though and explained the material clearly.

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3 of 5
3.1
Overall Rating
Based on 50 Users
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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