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For this class, focus on the slides and read (from the book) only concepts that are discussed on the slides. Don't try to memorize every single thing or read every single page. You just need to get the idea from the book and understand the slides from lecture to get an A-. There are a couple of projects that are interesting and not hard to do. They might take you a few hours here and there. Good luck Bruins! The book was pretty relaxing except when it came to reading the Right to Die at least for me but overall I enjoyed reading it considering I don't like reading .
As far as the professor goes. He is a good guy and shows respect for the older population. In our class, we talked about stereotypes on aging, elderly and the social factors affecting them. Pretty good class to know about our own future selves :)
Overall, the content of the class is interesting but the lectures aren't engaging most of the time. Reading the textbook clarifies topics in class that maybe weren't so clear. Tests are doable but require you to memorize small details that aren't important to understanding the important themes of the class content. Take this class if you want to start thinking more about what it means to age and briefly understand ethical/social/political concerning aging. Or if you just want an easy class to fulfill a requirement. The courses that follow this upper div go more in depth, this class is just a quick run down on topics of aging.
I'm honestly surprised that there's hardly any reviews for Professor Hill. This class was probably one of the most interesting and easiest classes I've taken. Professor is straightforward with what he wants in the two projects, and he basically gives you a study guide with what's going to be on the 2 midterms (He calls the final a "second midterm"). Some questions are often tricky, since it requires detailed reading from the book, but just make sure to stay on top of it, or split the readings with friends. Try to take this class if you can!! Thanks for a great quarter Professor!!!
He curves a lot, so you don't have to stress if you get a high C or a B on the midterm. The class is supposed to be 2 hours and 50 minutes, but he will let you go after 1 hour. Sounds great, but I disagree with that! Although he's a great speaker, he rushes and he expects us to complete small readings within the chapters (almost 50 readings in total). Reading is not the problem, but I think he could spend at least 30 more minutes of class going over them. Always read the slides ahead of time, record the class, and skim through the readings (he will include maybe 4 or 5 questions from those extra readings). Skim through the chapters because he included a couple of questions from the book material that wasn't on the slides. I learned a lot from the material, but I didn't like his teaching style.
Literally the EASIEST class I've ever taken, and I'm a Psych major with a 3.1 GPA. I could write an entire essay on how EASY this class is. I studied for maybe 1 hour MAX before each test because I had some really personal issues that quarter, and I somehow ended with an A here. My only A that quarter, and the only class I passed that quarter.
He ONLY tests on broad concepts, like how much should you walk (5,000 steps it's in the slides) and NEVER asks anything specific like years, dates, people, etc. He'll throw out any question if under 50% answer correctly, so my strategy was to think like the majority of students would. Just think logically. If a question says "Alcohol is bad -- even the tiniest amount," obviously you should put True. Don't overthink anything.
More on the exams. Focus on broad concepts. Don't memorize steps, theories (useless to memorize Eriksonian's 10 steps of development), etc. Don't even need to really know biology. It's very humanities-like and common-sense like.
He curved insanely. He won't EVER tell you how much he curves, until the end. I never studied for this class and I day-dreamed during 80% of the lectures. I ended with an 80% and I got an A. He basically wants to give everyone A's.
By the way, the review below is fake. Also, he said himself that the Spring 2015 distribution is wrong; I don't think he even taught in Spring 2015. Bruinwalk, please fix this.
Easiest A. Read the slides once before the exam. Get your A. You'll walk out of the test in 20 minutes.
Known to be an easier class, but don't underestimate it. Two exams (90%) and a paper (10%) constitute your grade.
Lecture presentations are disorganized and sometimes hard to follow. Tests are "easy" but you still have to study and it's hard to feel "safe" (I never scored >93%) despite the reputation. Workload is light, basically just lecture material is tested (readings are studies, optional for success). Don't know how the paper was graded, but from communications with Dr. Hill students should focus heavily on mechanism rather than describing studies and feel free to ask him for advice (I got a 10/10).