All Ratings and Reviews for Karen Givvin


Overall 4.8
Easiness of class 3.7
Workload 3.5
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.7
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.8
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PSYCH 133F, taken Spring 2019 Submitted Nov. 4, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Professor Givvin is easily one of my favorite professors at UCLA. She is an incredible person: funny, engaging, down-to-earth, and just GETS students. Her knowledge of educational psychology shows: she understands how to structure a class effectively to maximize learning while still making it fun, approachable, and interesting. She is just amazing! I will take any and every class she offers. She does not post lecture slides, which forces engagement with the materials in lecture and means that you cannot slack off. Clicker quizzes happen every class, which forces you to keep up with the material, which makes studying for the exams a piece of cake because you have been doing the work all along! Readings are research articles on different topics in educational psychology, which I always find way more interesting and engaging than a textbook. This also means that all the materials are free (besides the clicker). I wish UCLA would offer more education and psychology courses because I think they are just fascinating and so applicable to us as students. Bottom line, Professor Givvin is a wonderful person and I am so glad that people like her get to to teach at UCLA.

PSYCH 133F, taken Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 27, 2017 Grade Received: A+

As someone who took this class for the grade distribution (and not out of interest), I actually found this class pretty interesting. The topics are all relevant and presented in an interesting way. Givvin is funny and has a very upbeat attitude. I would definitely recommend this class.

Grading Breakdown:
40% Midterm (Multiple-choice only)
45% Final (Multiple Choice + Short Answer)
15% Clicker Questions (3 points per class, lowest 2 scores dropped)

Exam Tips:
- She's not big on small details at all. It is mainly overarching questions and conclusions.
- She rarely focuses on method questions. However, know the articles that are only "literature reviews," as opposed to experiments.
- For the final, most of the short answer questions focus on the benefits of the article's topic. A question would be: name 3 benefits of x...
- You don't need to know the names of the authors, but it helps.
- We did not have one definition question all quarter. Again, it's just mainly themes and conclusions.
- Once or twice an exam, you'll get a question that lists words that come straight off the slides. They are easy to identify if you have read the slides enough.

With a little bit of studying (i.e. reading the slides a few times before each exam), you can easily attain an A/A+.

PSYCH 133F, taken Spring 2020 Submitted June 5, 2020 Grade Received: A+

Professor Givvin is a great professor. She really knows what she is doing! She is very approachable and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her as a professor! She makes the class interesting even if you're not that interested in the topic. There are usually 2 studies that you're assigned to read every week which she posts online. I never read them in depth because she goes over everything you need to know in the lectures. Although the lectures are almost completely about the studies you read, she talks about them in a way that helps you understand how the results can be applied in a real classroom.

PSYCH 133F, taken Spring 2019 Submitted June 23, 2019 Grade Received: A

One of the best courses and professors I have taken at UCLA. Take this class if you would like to learn of clinically effective tips to improve academic performance and to clear up misconceptions regarding various educational practices. DO NOT underestimate this class; its easy to look at the grade distribution and think it is a walk in the park. You need to be present in every class lecture to earn participation points and complete the readings that are assigned. Rigorously study the class material and I suggest studying in groups and utilizing the retrieval method. ( google it and you will also learn about the method in class). The test questions are tricky and there is not much room for error as the midterm is approximately 30 questions( the final is longer with short answer questions). Stay on the top of your game, study effectively, and you will earn an A in this class.

PSYCH 134F Submitted Nov. 19, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I took Psych 133 F with professor Givvin and she is very nice professor. You will see what I mean during quizzes. The articles are not too hard to read and if you pay attention to mostly the lecture you should be fine. I mostly skimmed the discussion section of each article before class and reviewed the power points. I got an A- but if I worked a little harder I could have gotten an A. If you can I highly suggest you take this class before it fills up. Its easy and you learn a lot.

PSYCH 134F Submitted March 24, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Real Course: Psych 133F

DON'T LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THIS PROFESSOR!!!! She is amazing, to say the least. As a lecturer she is very organized, clear and passionate about what she teaches. Not to mention, she is VERY attentive to student's concerns. The tests are simple because there are no curve balls. The only trick is that this class focuses on analyzing psychology and education articles and you get tested on the articles at the beginning of class. However, after the quiz (which is simple) she explains the articles in dept and encourages student discussion, experience and questions. YOU HONESTLY DON'T KNOW WHAT A GREAT PROFESSOR IS UNTIL YOU HAVE TAKEN PROFESSOR GIVVIN! (Please don't miss out)

PSYCH 133F Submitted April 14, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

This professor really cares about her students learning and doing well in her class. She gives a lot of power to the students and gives them time to interpret what she said and ask questions for clarification. One of the nicest professors here, take her :) Her class is based on reading scientific articles. You do learn a lot :D

PSYCH 133F Submitted April 15, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Givvin has to be one of my favorite Psych professors. She cares about her students, and the studies you learn about are actually very interesting! Most of them you can even apply to your daily life. I thought this course was very inspiring and I learned a lot. If you want an A, I wouldn't say you have to work too hard for it. Her questions on the midterm and exam come directly out of lectures, and she NEVER asks tricky questions; they are all straight to the point. That being said, she does give you a quiz via the iclicker at the beginning of each class. However, if you just skim the readings or simply read the title & abstract, you will most likely be able to answer all of the quiz questions which are again not meant to trick you. She also drops your two lowest quiz scores. I highly recommend her!

PSYCH 133F, taken Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 3, 2016 Grade Received: B+

Professor Givvin is AMAZING.

I truly loved taking this course and would take more classes with her if I could without a doubt. All reading materials are online. They were daily quizzes! (Just 3 mc questions that are based on the reading used via CLICKERS). Please do not miss your chance taking it with her.

PSYCH 133F, taken Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 5, 2016 Grade Received: A

Karen is very personable and concerned with her students' learning, she has been my favorite Psych professor so far. Psych 133F is a great diversity/major option to take! The material is relevant to everyday life, and the workload is more-than-doable.

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