Ayako Janet Tomiyama
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TAKE THIS CLASS!!! Prof. Tomiyama is adorable, smart, and super generous when it comes to grades. She basically does everything to ensure you get an A. The tests were super easy and there was no homework (besides some really interesting readings). Also, she doesn't make you buy a textbook and the lecture slides are very informational. Not only will you most likely get an A, the material is really cool! Every lecture was engaging. We learned about pain, the placebo effect, stress, mindfulness, etc. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone.
Dr. Tomiyama is one of the best professor I had at UCLA. She is not only passionate about health psychology, but she really cares about students' well-being, made several accommodations for pandemic and protests, took students' feedback, and so on. The grade was based on the two exams out of three, so lowest test score gets dropped (which means optional final). She was one of the only professor I had in this quarter who allowed exam to be taken in the 24 hour window instead of having to take at specific time which probably benefited many students who moved back to their home or overseas during pandemic. She also takes out question that about 50% of class gets wrong and curve as well. The tests were made open book and I found test to be extremely clear and straightforward. The class average for test grades were around 94% which probably means it is not just my personal opinion. She also decided to award 3% of extra credit as protests were major concern for some of the students. I really appreciated her enthusiasm and giving engaging lectures that helped me to learn during online instruction!
Professor Tomiyama is one of the best professors that I have had at UCLA. She is passionate about health psychology and is always open to helping students. Her main goal is to educate students, instead of trying to trick them into failing. The exams are not difficult if you study the lectures and understand the studies talked about in class. I highly recommend everyone taking this class with Tomiyama if you want to take an interesting and light workload.
First of all, gotta get this out of the way but PROFESSOR TOMIYAMA IS THE MOST AMAZING HUMAN IN UCLA THANKS.
She made health psych so interesting and her articles that she asks us to read are so relevant and applicable to daily life as she often updates them to reflect the most current climates in society.
She's also super helpful as if you're unsure about anything, you can ask on the discussion board or after class on zoom and she will make sure you leave with full understanding.
The tests were best 2 out of 3 tests, 50 questions each. She would give out a poll over zoom to gauge how many % of multiple-choice questions, matching, true/false etc that ya'll prefer and then she'll tailor the tests from there to your liking.
The test is open book open note and is open for a full 24 hours but once started, you'd have to finish it in the allotted 75 minutes. For the first test, she had the option to not let us go back enabled which didn't bother me much but a lot of people found it difficult and stressful so she removed that restriction. She's VERY open to discussions about how to make the whole situation better for anyone and her curve will always help you instead of hurt you in any way.
Just make sure to get a general gist of the articles assigned and listen to the lecture (I like to do it real-time over zoom just because there are fewer distractions) but she podcasts every lecture too.
Anyways, take this class, you won't regret it and you'll get to hear about some of her interesting research at the diSH lab!!
Professor Tomiyama is straightforward and is skilled at structuring and running this class. I would highly recommend this class because the material was pretty interesting and the assignments and readings are very doable. She does require iClickers and has iClicker questions every lecture. The class is structured so that there are three exams and the lowest exam score is dropped, so a good amount of students did well enough on the first two exams and didn't have to stay for the final during finals week.
Made an account just to review this class. I wouldn't listen to the last two reviews; Dr. T didn't even teach Psych 150 Spring '17 so I'm not sure who's posting those reviews. She's a great professor, and health psychology is a super new and interesting field to learn about. I'd highly recommend taking this class. Also, as long as you study the lecture slides before midterms it's not difficult to get an A.
THE TWO REVIEW REGARDING THIS BEING A DIFFICULT CLASS IS WRONG!!!!
Dr. T is the BEST professor I've had at UCLA. It sucks that my schedule literally allowed me to never attend office hours and couldn't schedule anything since my days ended so late.
She makes lectures SUPER engaging and she's so interested and pumped for health psychology that I went in with 0 ambition about it and came out of the class wanting to learn more and wanting to take another class with her. She is super charismatic and very engaging with the students. She uses Piazza and responds super quickly unlike many professors.
She's a VERY reasonable grader:
-Drops the lowest score
-Completely based off lecture which is nice since lectures were bruincasted so you could always return to them.
- VERY fair exams
-No trick questions and no "All of the Above" or "Two of the Above" or "None of the Above" answers - AMAZING!
- As long as you get a total of 75% of the clicker questions (some points for correctness and others for just answering) you basically get 100% in the participation section of the class which allows you to forget your clicker at home or not attend lecture (although I recommend attending since she's a fun lecturer)
-She offered 1%extra credit for Psych Sona
-Offered .5% for doing evaluation!
-Thats like 1.5% extra credit.....
TAKE HEALTH PSYCH WITH DR. T! So good! You won't regret it. She's great and everything she lectures on it super relatable to real life. Seriously, the best professor in the Psychology department and at UCLA>
I highly encourage you to take PSYCH 150 with Dr. T! She is truly an amazing professor!
She gives lectures using Slides/PPT. Her lectures are also recorded on Bruincast. :) This class does not require a textbook. You will primarily read news articles and will be quizzed on them in class by ICLICKER or REEF. There are 3 Exams, however, if you do very well on the first two exams and are happy with your grade then you are not required to take the last Exam. Exams are pretty long (can vary from 50-70 questions), but the questions are very fair! Professor T also drops questions that the majority of the class answers poorly. If you participate in 3 psych studies then you will also earn 1 % of Extra Credit!
I would absolutely take 150 with Tomiyama again! She really loves health psych, you can tell by the way she discuses topics in class.
Class set up: 3 exams but she only counts 2 (70% of grade). Participation (30% of grade) in the form of i>clickers, but you only need 75% to get full credit.
Did really well on the first two exams, got full clicker points, easy A+.