Karen Givvin
Department of Psychology
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4.8
Overall Rating
Based on 34 Users
Easiness 4.0 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.8 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.8 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.8 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS
39.5%
32.9%
26.3%
19.8%
13.2%
6.6%
0.0%
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D
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F

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

45.2%
37.6%
30.1%
22.6%
15.1%
7.5%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

29.1%
24.2%
19.4%
14.5%
9.7%
4.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

35.7%
29.7%
23.8%
17.8%
11.9%
5.9%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25.1%
20.9%
16.7%
12.6%
8.4%
4.2%
0.0%
A+
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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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
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Dec. 22, 2020

Professor Givvin genuinely cares about her students and is passionate about her field of study. The lectures are engaging and the assigned articles are extremely applicable to life. Her exams were always straightforward and taken straight from the lecture or clicker questions. As long as you take good notes and review clicker questions before an exam, you will do well. I learned so much in this class. I would definitely take her class again.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A+
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Dec. 19, 2020

As one of my friends commented earlier this year, isn't it interesting how the teachers who teach about education end up being the best educators?

Professor Givvin is no different. I don't think she could have been more clear in her delivery of class content. There really isn't much I can complain about. Participation in the class requires an iClicker Reef account, which she uses to assess attendance via quiz questions (not graded on accuracy). There is no homework except for readings that need to be completed before the beginning of each class. Exams are clearly not trying to trick you; if you attend lectures, you will get an A. Slides aren't posted, so either watching the lectures live or reviewing them on BruinCast is important.

She has a cool dog, too.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: B+
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Dec. 9, 2020

I loved Professor Givvin! She is so knowledgeable and so sweet. I will say that she mentions she won't try to trick you on the midterms... but there have been many times where that's not true. She assigns articles to read before each class and participation is only answering clicker questions. Overall, I think if she made her exams a little less tricky and more straightforward I would 100% recommend her. But, she is a great professor and genuinely wants her students to do well. I found the articles we read very applicable and interesting as well. If you are debating taking her, take her!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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July 6, 2020

Professor Givvin was amazing, I'm so very glad that I ended up taking this course. I loved that it wasn't an overly difficult course and that her explanations were so clear and she was so helpful in case you still didn't understand. I think in general she is just a very kind and compassionate teacher and academic professional. She's certainly well informed and passionate about the material, and she tries her best to impart the same to her students. She was always cognizant of our opinion and genuinely wanted to give us the best experience possible in an active way, which I think is rare for the department. I really liked that the class focused on learning through direct studies, which I think is a much more effective way of teaching an upper div, none of that route memorization of bullet points and definitions. She also took the utmost care and respect to be accomodating given the quarantine and the riots which some professors were not, I so appreciate her! The readings are manageable and I liked that there weren’t a bunch of assignments that were busy work, or an expensive textbook. There aren't any homework assignments beyond the readings or graded material beyond the exams. While I think doing some sort of mini-paper or assignment might have been interesting, its nice to not have to worry about so much in a core course. Gia was an excellent TA, she knows her stuff and her guest lecture was really well put together and interesting. How all upper divs should be!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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June 7, 2020

Professor Givvin is life, I repeat LIFE. I have never had a professor who cares so much about her students. Her lectures were extremely helpful and it helped me understand the studies that were assigned every week. There is no textbook for this class, and you study the weekly research articles. The articles are on average 5-10 pages long so they do not take a lot of time. Totally doable. Her midterm is not tricky at all, if you actively re-read your lecture notes, you should be totally fine. It is very doable to score a good grade on the midterms. Go to her office hours if you have any doubts or if you would like to have a productive conversation. Initially, I wasn't interested in the content of the class but Professor Givvin changed that I would actually anticipate lectures.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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June 5, 2020

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.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 23, 2019

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: A
Dec. 16, 2017

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!!

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
Dec. 22, 2020

Professor Givvin genuinely cares about her students and is passionate about her field of study. The lectures are engaging and the assigned articles are extremely applicable to life. Her exams were always straightforward and taken straight from the lecture or clicker questions. As long as you take good notes and review clicker questions before an exam, you will do well. I learned so much in this class. I would definitely take her class again.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A+
Dec. 19, 2020

As one of my friends commented earlier this year, isn't it interesting how the teachers who teach about education end up being the best educators?

Professor Givvin is no different. I don't think she could have been more clear in her delivery of class content. There really isn't much I can complain about. Participation in the class requires an iClicker Reef account, which she uses to assess attendance via quiz questions (not graded on accuracy). There is no homework except for readings that need to be completed before the beginning of each class. Exams are clearly not trying to trick you; if you attend lectures, you will get an A. Slides aren't posted, so either watching the lectures live or reviewing them on BruinCast is important.

She has a cool dog, too.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: B+
Dec. 9, 2020

I loved Professor Givvin! She is so knowledgeable and so sweet. I will say that she mentions she won't try to trick you on the midterms... but there have been many times where that's not true. She assigns articles to read before each class and participation is only answering clicker questions. Overall, I think if she made her exams a little less tricky and more straightforward I would 100% recommend her. But, she is a great professor and genuinely wants her students to do well. I found the articles we read very applicable and interesting as well. If you are debating taking her, take her!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
July 6, 2020

Professor Givvin was amazing, I'm so very glad that I ended up taking this course. I loved that it wasn't an overly difficult course and that her explanations were so clear and she was so helpful in case you still didn't understand. I think in general she is just a very kind and compassionate teacher and academic professional. She's certainly well informed and passionate about the material, and she tries her best to impart the same to her students. She was always cognizant of our opinion and genuinely wanted to give us the best experience possible in an active way, which I think is rare for the department. I really liked that the class focused on learning through direct studies, which I think is a much more effective way of teaching an upper div, none of that route memorization of bullet points and definitions. She also took the utmost care and respect to be accomodating given the quarantine and the riots which some professors were not, I so appreciate her! The readings are manageable and I liked that there weren’t a bunch of assignments that were busy work, or an expensive textbook. There aren't any homework assignments beyond the readings or graded material beyond the exams. While I think doing some sort of mini-paper or assignment might have been interesting, its nice to not have to worry about so much in a core course. Gia was an excellent TA, she knows her stuff and her guest lecture was really well put together and interesting. How all upper divs should be!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
June 7, 2020

Professor Givvin is life, I repeat LIFE. I have never had a professor who cares so much about her students. Her lectures were extremely helpful and it helped me understand the studies that were assigned every week. There is no textbook for this class, and you study the weekly research articles. The articles are on average 5-10 pages long so they do not take a lot of time. Totally doable. Her midterm is not tricky at all, if you actively re-read your lecture notes, you should be totally fine. It is very doable to score a good grade on the midterms. Go to her office hours if you have any doubts or if you would like to have a productive conversation. Initially, I wasn't interested in the content of the class but Professor Givvin changed that I would actually anticipate lectures.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
June 5, 2020

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.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
June 23, 2019

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: A
Dec. 16, 2017

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!!

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4.8
Overall Rating
Based on 34 Users
Easiness 4.0 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.8 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.8 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.8 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
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  • Engaging Lectures
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  • Often Funny
    (12)
  • Would Take Again
    (17)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (10)
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