Winter 2023 - **THIS IS A REVIEW FOR PSYCH 118** This is a notoriously hard class, but was tolerable with Professor Trott. The first exam was difficult as in the exam had more of an emphasis on the textbook than people thought. The average was a 32.6/40. The second exam was significantly easier with the average being a 36/40 and the final was similar to the second exam in terms of difficulty with the average being a 35.5/40. My tip for doing well in the class is to definitely do all the textbook readings as I found this more helpful than lectures. Also definitely make sure to do the study guide and known it in and out as this is basically what is on the exam. Professor Trott was a super helpful and kind professor. He literally answered all the questions people had on the study guide. If you're unsure about a concept make sure to ask on the discussion board or in office hours. Besides the 3 noncumalitive exams, there are 2 assignments. The first is a recorded video on a topic of your choice. This could either be a video of you or a slide show with a voice over. The other assingment is to do a flyer or social media post about a researcher in the Comparative psychobiology filed. Both assignments were super easy and people got 100s on them. He also offers extra credit through sona!!
Spring 2023 - Trott is a great professor who clearly explains the content of 100a and is very understanding for any issues that may come up during the quarter. The class's content is not very difficult, and the lectures are very clear and offer all the information needed for the exams. I definitely recommend taking this class with Trott, as he is super friendly, funny, and kind.
Summer 2023 - Trott is a great teacher, his lectures are engaging and he gives good examples to make the lecture content interesting. However, although Trott is a great lecturer, he is not a great professor. As a summer course the material moves extremely fast, and Trott makes it very clear that he does not care for his students’ time. We are given a 2 day period to take tests, neither of which take up a class, and one of which is a Sunday. There are no review classes, and tests are given outside of test time. One of the tests was assigned to Sunday-Monday, the Monday of which was a Holliday so we were forced to take the test on a weekend or a day off. The material is difficult so this makes this more difficult. In addition, Trott’s tests are written horribly. They are as confusing as possible, each question specifically designed to trick us. He also makes sure that all of the questions are outside of the material we have talked about, making sure that he answers no questions outside of the material that could potentially reflect a test question. So, he teaches the basis of the material and refuses to teach anything deeper. Therefore, the test questions are not only extremely confusing and badly written, but they require a deep understanding of the material which he refuses to provide in class. If you care about your GPA do not take this class, if you do not, the material is intense and interesting, but tests make this class extremely stressful and not fun.
Spring 2023 - Professor Trott is a great lecturer. He works hard to make sure his lectures have a narrative-like flow which is really helpful considering we cover so many different experiments. He is very well-spoken and clearly explains each experiment/paradigm without overcomplicating them. All the lectures are also recorded. The class was made up of 80% exams. There were 4 exams throughout the quarter, each being 5 question short answer and noncumulative. Each exam was worth 20% of your grade. The other 20% came from weekly quizzes on Bruin Learn which were multiple choice, had unlimited attempts, and kept your highest score. Your two lowest quiz grades were dropped. He also offered extra credit where your lowest test score would increase by 5% (1% of total class grade) if you attended one of the UCLA neuroscience presentations and wrote a half page summary about it (which he posted the schedule & links to access the talks). This class is super interesting and a great blend of the psychology of learning and neurobiology. You also get to learn a bit of the history of psychology! I strongly recommend taking this class, especially with Professor Trott. It takes work, especially with how frequently you're taking exams, but it is very worth it and doable! Just a heads up, the first unit draws heavily from Psych 110 content (Pavlovian vs Instrumental Learning, S-R vs S-S* associations, etc.) so it may be useful to take this class soon after you take 110, but you can definitely be successful in this class without a strong 110 background.