All Ratings and Reviews for Carolyn Parkinson
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She's a great professor. The class wasn't too difficult nor was it too easy; just right. She provides slides before class even starts and also offers extra credit (SONA). The textbook is necessary because she would occasionally test material from the text that isn't taught in lecture. Honestly if you just read the text and not go to class you'll do fine. Overall a good professor, no BS like other professors out there (looking at you Firstenberg).
Since students achieved good grade will recommend her class and those got bad grade would choose to say nothing. I tried to write this evaluation as fair as possible.
I took this class and I thought it would be an easy class since I had previously taken a social psych course and the reviews said it was, but it really wasn't. Professor was really nice and knowledgable, but she's new and her lecture was kind of confusing even though she tried to give interesting examples. Powerpoint were provided. Take notes! Tests were difficult, and some questions were tricky. Materials were quite a lot.
If you were good at reading and memorizing things, this class was suitable for you. Otherwise, DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS. You will be struggled in tests. It's not an easy A class. Good luck.
I heard from one of my friends said her teaching is clear and easy A as long as you work on it, so I take this class. BUT IT IS NOT EASY!!!! She is young and new to teaching, with kind of confusing. Her tests are difficult and you need to put much time on reviewing all the materials. She is nice, but not a good "lecturer".
Sooooo easy. Do not go to lecture. 3 tests, non-cumulative & partially taken in groups. Very, very easy to get an A. All you need to do is study her lecture slides, all the questions come directly off of there. There are some small assignments you do for discussion but those are literally nothing. She also gives extra credit and is a really nice woman
This class was chill!
Interesting topics which are covered in lecture obviously make studying not a bother and sometimes enjoyable, just bc its fascinating!
The txt book for this class was probably the best textbook I ever read (and probably the only one I ever read) because it explained the material in a relatable way like I was reading Buzz Feed articles not lecture textbook lol.
The teacher is super sweet, young, as are the TA! Such role models. Her lecturing is not the greatest but her slides are good, and she tried to incorporate videos into the slides which thank GD for those bc it snapped me back when I felt like I was falling asleep a couple times.
3 exams non of them cumulative and she does this cool thing where after you take the exam, you pair into groups of 3 and take it again in a group and she adds the points from that to your exam.
Honestly, you do need to study and read though but if you pay attention in class it will help you out a ton!
This class was easy, and the material was engaging! Parkinson can be a little confusing with her lecture slides, but honestly, she posts all of them on ccle so if you miss anything it is not difficult to go back and ask the TA or look it up in the textbook. I would highly recommend taking this class because social psychology is incredibly interesting, Parkinson uses engaging lecture dynamics with videos and examples, and it is fairly easy. Best of luck!
The topics in this class are incredibly interesting. I was going through a rough time when I was taking this class, and so I ended up with a B - which I will forever be mad at myself until I graduate. You can easily get an A in this class, and here is how you do it - MEMORIZE EVERY DEFINITION. Seriously. That is 99% of what it's about. Make flashcards before the exams and make sure you memorize them. I didn't do that and of course, I mixed the terms up - that's how people do badly because it can be tricky for the exams. She has you get into groups for the exam which boosts your score up. The grading for this class is kind of annoying because each question is worth like 2.5 points and there are only like 25 or 28 questions or so, and it only gets counted out of 22, I believe because of the group exam thing. Regarding the professor, I honestly found her to be the least engaging professor I have ever encountered in the psych department at UCLA. She's really quiet and it's hard to hear her if you don't sit close to the front. She doesn't really try and get class discussions going, the class feels hurried because she seems like she just wants to get through the slides. Again, the concepts in this class are interesting - but I would take it with another professor who makes the class better like Lieberman. The final was a little tricky, she shows this movie at the end regarding the military and the question on there basically cost me a B+ in this class - make sure you pay careful attention to that. Also, the book is annoying and long, but you have to read it. Don't rely on the lecture slides!! The discussion is kind of boring and not really that helpful for the exams in my opinion. I also would recommend going to class as boring as it can seem at times. Again - super easy to get an A, but you have to put the time in beforehand!!
I expected this to be a great class but I HATED this class. The material was interesting but it was presented in a way that made me hate social psychology. I did my best to have a good attitude all quarter but it was a struggle.
It's NOT all definitions: its also applying definitions to situations. I saw that review here and followed the advice of pure memorization and it didn't suit me well on the first exam.
you do have to read the textbook, and participation in discussion is required.
overall i'd take it with someone else.
Parkinson is very quirky. She will literally stare at the clock and start the class right at 2 PM. She repeats herself way too often, and honestly I only came to class because I had friends in it.
That being said, the material in this class is AWESOME. If you've taken any sort of sociology/psych class before, you will know a good amount of the material. I didn't touch the textbook, which was totally fine for the first 2 exams but she annoyingly added a good amount of textbook questions on the final which really tripped everyone up. HER/THE TAs NEVER REMIND YOU ABOUT THE 4 POINT REFLECTION PAPERS- DO THEM AHEAD OF TIME/KEEP UP WITH THE SYLLABUS I forgot about 1 of them so I got 1/4 points which is a big deal in a class where exams are out of 25.
The 2 stage exams are cool but also if you're a quick test taker you have to sit there for a while waiting for everyone. You also find out what you missed very quickly which can be stressful.
Overall, great class, but they try to get you with small things. Attend discussion, do the reflection papers early (they're stupid easy as long as you do them on time), know the definitions, and you'll get an A.
The class was graded on three exams (each noncumulative), three reflection papers, and discussion participation. As long as you put in the time to review lecture slides and read through the textbook, there's really no reason why you wouldn't get an A. All the concepts are intuitive, and she explains concepts pretty clearly. Exams are broken up into an individual section and a group section; for the group section you just redo the exam with three other people, and it only helps your grade. Overall, a really reasonable class and definitely recommend!
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