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I absolutely LOVE Dr. Chorpita.
I commute to UCLA from Pasadena so I have to wake up at 5 am twice a week to get to his 8 am class and guess what? I do it without thinking twice.
His lectures are funny and engaging and the way he teaches makes you remember everything long term.
He guides you through the material for the midterm/final so that you know what to focus on but you obviously still need to study so don't take it lightly.
I was scared of taking Abnormal Psych but honestly, this class has been my favorite so far at UCLA and I recommend it to everyone!!!
Best professor at UCLA hands down. I wish all my professors were like him then my life would be amazing.
You have to come to class since he has unannounced quizzes, so you have to stay on top of material. But it was actually the highlight of my week to go to his classes since you basically laugh the majority of the time! For the exams know EVERYTHING from the review session and if he says some questions are easier to understand if you read the book, read that part of the book for that topic. (rent the book from amazon much cheaper, unless ur super into child psych and want to use it as a reference in future)
But as long as you know the review session you are good.
He makes the class really interesting and I don't really get how people managed to get less than an A in the class in all honesty. You can't have the attitude it is "easy" you still have to study but he makes it easier for you to study since he tells you everything that is going to be on the exam during the review. Some questions can be a little tricky but as long as you remember the key symptoms like for ADHD diagnostics you should be able to rule out certain alternatives.
Many people say 135 with Lieberman is super easy but I actually thought this class was easier than that in that it was more straightforward, and most test questions are pretty obvious answers. whereas 135 has scenario questions that sometimes aren't clear.
Anyway Chorpita made me want to become a child psychologist after taking this class, and it is really useful knowledge to have if you are ever around kids, or plan to be a parent in the future. It does say something about the teacher when I still remember the majority of the things I learned in the class whereas with other classes I forget everything after the exam.
Something EXTREMELY important to keep in mind it is REALLY good to try to score incredibly high on the midterm and quizzes basically 98%, depends on curve, if you do you may have an AWESOME reward in addition to letter of recommendation coupon at the end of quarter, I don't want to reveal what since I don't want him to stop doing it but it was extremely worth it, I got an A+ in the class.
I took 127C with Chorpita. I enjoyed his class very much, he makes it worth coming. He has tons of funny stories for each lesson and most of the time you won't get through all of the slides. He has in class review before the midterm and final, so you know exactly what to study. He offers extra credit and gives you all of the answers for the quizzes during class. You have to take him, he is one of the best & funnest Psych professors at UCLA!
I will put it this way. You can kill yourself with another professor for 127a or you can take Dr. Chorpita's 127c and get an A. I looked forward to class every day. Unlike other professors in psych, this class actually tests your direct knowledge without trying to trip you up maliciously on exams. Dr. Chorpita is exactly what a professor should be. Fascinating, hilarious, engaging and FAIR.
He's a nice guy and he's pretty funny but folks, this class is over-rated. Before the class started, I was pretty excited to take it, considering all the positive reviews below. But the truth is that you don't really learn anything of substance. He mostly just reads of of the slides and doesn't really elaborate. Also, it can get incredibly boring..
The final was by far easier than the midterm. The midterm has some ambiguous questions but the material on the final was exactly what he had on the slides. Don't worry about the book...all the information on the exams are on the lecture slides. Overall a good professor.
I took 127A with Professor Chorpita. Definitely an easy A! Study the slides and do the extra credit and you are destined to get an A. I started studying for each exam the night before just reviewing the slides. And the little mini quizzes he gives in class are a joke! He gives you the answers during lecture,then you can use your notes to answer the questions. Also, its helpful to skim the chapters even though he does not expect you to! Good LUCK!
I completely agree with the post below me. Chorpita is the greatest professor here at UCLA. He is really dedicated to helping us LEARN the material without making it boring. He is seriously hilarious, so you'll never fall asleep in this class, and you won't dread attending lecture. Don't leave UCLA without taking his class! Also, if you study all the information from lecture, you'll do fine on the tests and end up with an A in the class.
This professor is absolutely amazing. He will do anything in his power to help you LEARN and make sure you get the best grade possible. Dr. Chorpita is hilarious, so there's never a dull moment in class and you'll never find yourself NOT wanting to go to class. He is so sweet, caring, kind, and knowledgable and I am SOOO sad that I will no longer have him as a professor. It was his first time teaching this class, so he did a mid-quarter feedback evaluation, and he took all the feedback he received and applied it. Everyone in the class adores him and respects him. Absolutely the best professor ever. If you don't take him, you're missing out on the most amazing class of your UCLA career.