All Ratings and Reviews for Barnett A Schlinger
WOW! Quite possible the laziest test-writer in the world! I did extremely well on his test, but give me a break! This guy wrote a midterm with 80% of the points on two questions:
1) Tell me everything you know about what estrogen does in the development of the male rat from conception to death.
2) Rehash every possible experiment in the world to prove sexual dimorphism via hormones in a bird.
I never saw the answer key to the test, but people were pissed because I guess you had to have everything perfectly to get the points. For instance, on question two, if you forget or neglected to describe one of the earlier experiments, you lost half of the test points or something ridiculous like that.
I never went to his OH's, but he made a some people cry when they either went to discuss their grades or tried to get his signature to drop the class.
At least his material is not boring, right? I think everyone liked him up until test day.
He's a great lecturer. Its easy to take notes because he goes slowly, has good communication skills, and writes everything on the board.
Then I took his midterm... He's an awful test writer. He asks you to write everything you know about a specific word and gives you 3 sentences to do it in. Not to mention that most of the words he picks are those that he spent maybe 1 minute talking about (or even 1 he put on the test was something he talked about in class as a side note and didn't write anything about on the board).
The grading of his exam is very harsh, its all based on keywords. You could write exactly what the definition is, yet if you don't mention the key words, you don't get the points. It seems as if the graders didn't even read the answers, rather they just looked for key words and assigned points that way.
You do learn a lot from him, but in the end he makes you feel like you didn't learn anything by the way the tests are graded.
Barney Schlinger is a intersting professor in that his teaching style seems to emphasize the "big picture." There are many reoccuring themes in his module including motivation, releasers, lordosis, male and female sex differences in brain, hormones... However, all of this is very misleading in that his exams test the most trivial facts that contribute minimally to the core of what he taught. A good example is the 30pt question asking us to regurgitate the blowfly feeding mechanism (he talked about it on the first lecture for five min). He did not however test us on the lordosis behavior in female rats (a topic we spent at least two or more lectures on). Be ready for a poorly thought out, lazily written, seemingly futile attempt to test understanding. Neglect the important stuff, and memorize as many insignificant facts as possible and you should do great!
His material was interesting, and he's a good lecturer. That being said, I thought his exam was too focused; the majority of the points coming from only two questions is fairly ridiculous (and I'm not simply being bitter, I actually did pretty well). And he didn't seem to care about students. At all.
I think his lectures were very clear and to the point. His exam was fair and not tricky, and overall he seemed like a nice guy.
the worst at ucla
I really liked Dr. Schlinger's half of 111C. It was really interesting, and he presents it well. However, it's not easy and there's a LOT of material so don't fall asleep or wait until the end of the material to cram. Review it often and ask questions of the TA and Dr. Schlinger. I had Helen and she was great.
His final was hard . He wants you to write everything you know , so you run out of time .
Professor Schlinger is a great lecturer and does a good job of tying everything together. My only complaint is that his tests are very picky. They are made of a page of strict definitions and a few essay questions. Essay questions will be easy if you understand the "big picture"--how everything ties together. As for the definitions, I would recommend making a list of terms for his lectures, then defining each term completely: what is it, where does it come from, where does it go, what inhibits it, what comes from it, etc.
I really liked Prof. Schlinger. He goes slow enough in class enabling you to catch all the info (as long as you pay attention) and he writes stuff on the board so there are no slides to copy. He pauses to let you get everything in, which I really appreciated. His tests basically give you three pages of problems, and each problem gives you a single word, and you are forced to regurgitate everything, even the most minute details, that you ever learned about that word. If you miss any detail, even something that seems totally trivial, you will miss a point. Basically I recommend studying for this class by making flash cards and going over them again and again until everything (AND I MEAN EVERYTHING) has been memorized. His class is really interesting though, and he adds cool tidbits, so I would definitely recommend him!!
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