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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.
this class is notoriously not a fun one for psych and psychobio majors so i was nervous to take it, but i ended up really enjoying the content a lot more than i thought i would. professor trott is engaging and very intelligent and by all means wants you to do well! the material can be confusing at certain points but he does a great job of incorporating real life examples so it's easier to process. the weekly summaries are very simple (1-1.5 hours MAX) and are very helpful for collecting your thoughts at the end of every week. attending office hours was also very helpful, as well as attending the TA's discussions, although not mandatory, helped a lot too. you definitely have to put in work to get an A but his grading system is very fair, and the exams 100% reflected what was talked about in class. i didn't even mind studying for the class because it was so interesting and i learned so much! if you end up wanting or having to take this course i would definitely recommend to take it with him!
The class was interesting and Prof Trott was very fair. Things changed as the quarter went on since he is a new prof and is trying out new things. I would recommend taking the class but you do need to be on top of the lectures since there is a short weekly summary. The grading system was very fair and there were 2 midterms and a final. overall I would recommend.
Dr. Trott is an awesome lecturer. Taking this course over the summer was very tough for me personally as I was enrolled in other courses while participating in a summer research program and working. We had 3 exams (exam every 2 weeks). However, I believe that if I had taken this during a normal quarter, I could have pulled off a better grade. Trott is very nice, accommodating, and an engaging lecturer. The content is very confusing but Trott gives many real-life examples that really put things into perspective. The average for the first exam was a C and the last 2 exams had an average of around 84-86%. Exams are open note but don't be fooled, the exams are very challenging if you don't keep up with the lectures and really get yourself to understand the material. I think the exam questions can APPEAR to be pretty easy, but they will trip you up if you don't truly understand the material and what the question is really asking you. I was confident about my last exam and still (surprisingly) received a low C for my score. Again, I did have a lot of other things going on during this time so that affected my performance a lot. Also, I personally didn't enjoy this class because this is not my area of psych, but if you love this content or even just find it interesting, you should do just fine. This is his area of psych so he's really passionate about the material as well.
Overall: Trott is the best to take for PSYCH 110 and even PSYCH 115 because he's not trying to trick you with the exams and he's also very accommodating. He oversimplifies a lot of the material too so that you can better understand it and the exams are in line with his way of teaching. I recommend taking this course with lighter classes so you can really focus on understanding the material for this course.
Trott is an amazing lecturer and really made the material easy to understand despite how complex it can seem. He provides a good amount of material for practice that helps set up for the exam and it is very clear that he wants his students to succeed. If you can take this class with him, do it!
if you have to take this class, take it w trott!! he's extremely helpful and understanding, always willing to take questions and explain something until you get it. after our first midterm, a lot of us didn't do as well as we wanted, so he curved it 10%+ and made the rest of the exams easier (imo). while exams are open everything, don't take this for granted. you really need to know the material of the class itself to do well. i think it got easier as the course went on bc the experiments we learned about are pretty similar and repetitive. trott assigns a book, but i never read it so i don't think you need to get it to succeed. as long as you put in the work this class should be fine, like i said the prof is there to help as much as possible so don't be intimidated!
Taking this class with him will be very interesting. Some courses are easy but boring but this one is not. It's challenging but is much more interesting than you think. Memorizing things without critical thinking won't guarantee you good grades. Note taking is very important.
This class honestly wasn’t as bad as i expected but I definitely had a really big learning curve with his exams. I figured that I didn’t need to study too much on the first one because it was open book open note and open internet, but I was very wrong and ended up getting below average. For the second midterm I made sure to type up my notes into a google doc as a review and did much better. For the final, I went through the slides and forced myself to explain everything and if I was confused rewatched the lecture until it made sense. I never went to discussion section or office hours but once I figured out how to study for the tests I got 100% on the final. You don’t need to memorize anything, you just need to have a pretty deep understanding of the experiments gone over in class and honestly have a bit of luck.
Professor Trott has got to be one of the best psych professors out there. I went to his office hours all the time and even if I knew a concept I just sat there and listened to him because he has a great way of captivating people's attention and explaining things.
This class with him was not an easy A-- you definitely have to put in effort to get an A. But if you do make sure you understand the concepts throughout the quarter, then I don't see why you wouldn't get an A. Just make sure you understand the content while he's teaching it and don't cram.
25% homework (~1 page weekly summaries)
25% midterm 1 (30 questions + 1 extra credit free response)
25% midterm 2 (30 questions + 1 extra credit free response)
25% final (30 questions + 1 extra credit free response)
For people who didn't do well in one category, he decreased the % weight of that category and increased the % of the others, regardless of which category it is.
Professor Trott explains things very well, and he answers MANY questions during class. He does care about student learning, so I would definitely recommend him as a prof.
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