Introductory Psychology

Courtney Clark

Introductory Psychology

Psychology department

Courtney Clark

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Overall 4.0
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Easiness of class 3.8
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Workload 3.8
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Clarity of professor 4.1
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Has Group Projects
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Spring 2019
18.5%
15.5%
12.4%
9.3%
6.2%
3.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
23.0%
19.2%
15.3%
11.5%
7.7%
3.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2018
21.8%
18.1%
14.5%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
0.0%
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
16.6%
13.8%
11.1%
8.3%
5.5%
2.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted June 20, 2020 Grade Received: A+

I love Professor Clark! A lot of reviews say that she talks as if her students were babies, but I didn't feel that at all. I think she broke down the material into processable pieces, especially for introductory psychology students. This was my first time taking a psych class (ever), and it honestly made me more interested in the field.
She uses clickers for participation, meaning you have to attend lecture. Most of her clicker questions are based solely on participation, but there are a couple that are based on correctness. She does drop the 3 (or 4, I can't remember) lowest clicker scores, which is nice!
I found her midterm really easy. I made flashcards on all the key terms and studied them a couple days in advance, and I think I only missed one question. She had 30 multiple choice questions and two short response questions, but I found them quite fair. There is a significant emphasis on the studies/articles she assigns, so I would read those over before the tests. I also attended the review session, and that was a really nice refresher on all the general information that was going to be on the test.
Clark also uses Piazza to communicate with her students (other than email). I had never used Piazza before, so I found it a little tedious to use, but she did answer any questions that came up on that interface. I didn't use Piazza at all and attended TA office hours instead, which were super helpful. I would usually just go when a lab/article analysis was due, and the TAs would help check my answers and make sure that I hit all the gradable points.

Professor Clark is honestly so amazing and sweet. She talks about her dog (who is super cute) and always answered my questions. I would definitely take this class again!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 17, 2020
Grade Received: A

Very easy teacher that transitioned well online. She had a very organized grading scale with clear instructions and due dates. A good amount of work but none of it was difficult, just time consuming. The group projects over Zoom were more fun and easy than you would think. I overall really enjoyed her class and her concise Powerpoints and outlines. The lectures are mandatory, but you have until Sunday to complete them and they are super easy. She does a really good job making you feel like you have academic support at all times.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted July 4, 2020
Grade Received: A

TAKE PSYCH 10 WITH CLARK!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted April 17, 2020 Grade Received: A

I had already taken this class as an AP in high school and had AP credit but because of dental school preferences I had to take it in college. For this reason I found the material pretty easy because it was the exact same as in my AP class. Professor Clark was a clear and organized lecturer and I liked her. The class was pretty reasonable and you have to stay on top of assignments and study because there's a lot of memorization but overall everything was pretty fair. Be smart about the SONA requirement and get it done early in the quarter when studies are available and you have time.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted April 7, 2020 Grade Received: A

This class is interesting and an easy A. A lot of people I know got 100% on the midterm and high A's on the final. You're with your lab group for the whole quarter, so try to choose good people. Clark was super helpful and tried to make lectures engaging, so I'd definitely recommend!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 31, 2020 Grade Received: A-

First of all - don't waste your time reading the textbook, Clark covers everything you need to know for exams. Honestly my main complaint about the class is that 2 hours is way too long for this lecture, but Professor Clark did a really good job keeping the class engaging. As a person, she's incredibly sweet, before class always mingling and trying to get to know students, you can easily see she really cares about what she's doing. It is true she can sometimes speak to you like you're 5, but I'd rather have that than her talk to us like we're PHD students in an intro to psych course. You have to attend class because of clicker points but you get 3 free skips which is nice. Labs are SO straightforward as long as you pay attention and ask questions you should get an 100 on every single one. Biggest pain in the ass about this class is the 6 hours of research you have to participate in but whatever. Personally, I'm not overly interested in psych but I still had a good time. Glad I had a friend for my lab group, made it much more fun. TAs are helpful at review sessions and such, but no discussion which is also nice.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 29, 2020 Grade Received: A-

I took Psych 10 for no reason other than it's interesting to me and I wanted to learn more. This class was great to fulfill that purpose! Prof Clark is sweet and engaging, and often incorporates videos into her slides to illustrate the concepts. I looked forward to going every week.
Labs are also part of this class, and happen during the lecture. You could take it with friends but it honestly doesn't matter. I probably spent like 1-2 hours max outside of lecture working on this class. Slides are posted and are really all you need to know for the midterm/final. (Final became optional because of corona, so I didn't take it anyway).
Overall if you're interested in the topic I would recommend it!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 28, 2019 Grade Received: A-

I really enjoyed this class! Clark was always very bubbly and her lectures were always so interesting and fun. The tests are not too hard, just as long as you can apply knowledge of the material to real life situations. She gives little homework, just occasional lab reports and quizzes on CCLE. The one thing that I didn't like about the class was the fact that we had to work in lab groups a few times. That might just be a personal thing though since I prefer to work alone unless I know the people I'm working with, but if you don't enjoy group work then that might be annoying for you too. Also, be prepared for people not paying attention and asking the same question five different ways either in class or on Piazza, but these grievances have nothing to do with the class or Clark, but rather with the people who were in Psych 10. Other than that though, the class was pretty low stress and I'd highly recommend taking it.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 21, 2019 Grade Received: A

Eh, the pacing of this class isn’t great, and the tests aren’t the best. Clark is extremely average

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted Oct. 15, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Professor Clark's main area of study is improving the proficiency of learning. It is clear that she is studying children because she talks to the class like they are 8 year olds. She uses the work "nosh" to describe eating ?
This is not to say I did not enjoy her lectures, I often sat in the front row for lectures. She also tries to make tests "easier" or maybe fun to do, and I found that this actually can make it more difficult. She would relate synapses to a phone charging cord as an example.
This class is not hard, it can get confusing sometimes but Clark has good intentions for everyone in the class. The final was kinda hard

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Has Group Projects
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Participation Matters
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
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