Psychology and Education

Karen Givvin

Psychology and Education

Psychology department

Karen Givvin

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Overall 4.8
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Easiness of class 3.7
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Workload 3.6
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Clarity of professor 4.7
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Helpfulness of professor 4.7
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Snazzy Dresser

Grades

Fall 2017
35.7%
29.7%
23.8%
17.8%
11.9%
5.9%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
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D+
D
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F

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

Fall 2016
29.3%
24.4%
19.5%
14.6%
9.8%
4.9%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2015
49.1%
40.9%
32.7%
24.6%
16.4%
8.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
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C+
C
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D+
D
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F

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

Winter 2014
50.2%
41.9%
33.5%
25.1%
16.7%
8.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2013
25.1%
20.9%
16.7%
12.6%
8.4%
4.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

Quarter 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.

Quarter 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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 18, 2018 Grade Received: A-

Very helpful professor. Clicker quiz every class meeting. Many of the topics she taught about were applicable to the students. Tests were definitely harder than the clicker quiz questions. Test questions were often tricky.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 2, 2018 Grade Received: A-

The word on the street was this is the "easy" psych class to take. Maybe being my first quarter at UCLA and coming from community college, my idea of easy meant literally no work at all and I underestimated the fact that it is still UCLA and will be easy compared to other rigorous classes. It wasn't a difficult class and part of why that is so I think is because the subject is interesting and you can see that most students are genuinely attentive and interested. Also, she uses as slide show however she doesn't post them so you pretty much have just the notes you were able to take during class along with the 2 research article readings you need to do for each class (and there is a clicker-quiz on the readings every class) I would say there are a total of about 30 research articles you will analyze and read for the whole quarter. Just take good notes ad study in advance because its very easy to underestimate this class since during lectures and while reading it all seems fairly easy- but the midterm and final are tricky and can be easy to overthink- would say this is the reason for the A- and not the A as there are also no other assignments just the clicker quizzes, midterm and final.

Quarter 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+.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 16, 2017 Grade Received: A

AMAZING LECTURES and a wonderful class!! I genuinely learned a lot about cognitive development, pedagogy, and ways to improve as a student through this course. The research is intriguing, the quizzes are rarely too difficult, the exams are fair, and I was interested in each lecture. The only unfortunate part is that her slides are not posted, so in verbatim laptop typing is a good chunk of the course. Getting an A is doable 1000%; attendance is mandatory (on time too because clicker quizzes begin at the start of class on the dot) but people typically get them all right (and she drops the lowest score), TAKE HER CLASS!!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 20, 2016 Grade Received: A

This class is easy, but at the same time, it's hard to get an A. You literally have to make zero mistakes because each exam is like 30 multiple choice that's worth 45% of your overall grade!! That means if you miss just ONE question, you're already down to a 98.5%. On the final, she made each multiple choice 2% of our overall grade. So even if you got a 100% on the midterm, you could only miss 3 multiple choice to get a solid A in the class. As you can see, there is zero room for error in this class.
The best thing about this class is there is NO TEXTBOOK and literally no homework aside from a weekly 5 page article you have to read. This class has had the lightest workload out of ALL my courses at UCLA.
As for the professor, Dr. Givvin, she's AWESOME. She's super nice and funny and pretty good-looking for a 50+ year old! One of my favorite professors at UCLA!

Quarter 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.

Quarter 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.

Quarter Taken: N/A 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!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Snazzy Dresser
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