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- 9/10 would recommend
- Personally didn't experience any negative interactions with Professor Wassum in discussions/office hours like other reviews have mentioned
- Very clear powerpoint slides, but requires viewing lecture to get full content
- No textbook— all sources are provided (bless up)
- Midterm and final are essays. You are given the prompt ahead of time. Do not be lazy. Do not skimp on details. Better safe than sorry! These exams are not graded loosely— if you do not thoroughly cover everything mentioned in class and provide your own thoughts on the necessary questions, you will NOT get an A (learned this personally on midterm yikes)
- 3 research summaries/twitter threads. Given ~20 paper options. Some of the papers are definitely harder/longer to read, so choose carefully. These are graded less strictly than the exams
- Participation in discussion is mandatory. One free absence. You can do a short write-up to opt-out of discussion if you can't make it.
- Professor Wassum was very clear in lectures/office hours
- Content itself is rather interesting
- Discussions require you to do reading/lectures ahead of time . Otherwise you will be lost and not be able to contribute.
- Workload is on the lighter side
- Only downside to the class is pacing— there's quite a bit of downtime during discussions while breaking off into groups
I thoroughly enjoyed this class with Dr. Wassum. I think the material is very interesting, so that was a bonus. Dr. Wassum is VERY clear in her slides, but the material does have a lot of details and intricacies that could trip people up. She does require some amount of participation in class, which is not easy for everyone, but I found it very doable and I get very anxious speaking in front of classmates. As I mentioned before, the material is deceptively tricky, but definitely doable. You will learn about past theories and deconstruct issues with them. I think people may struggle with this class if they oversimplify the material and don't consider the detail to which Dr. Wassum is lecturing and is on her slide.
tldr; I would definitely take this class again. I learned a lot and I didn't spend a ton of time outside of class studying, just reviewing my notes from the week each week. She gives the test prompts in advance so you have plenty of time to prepare and show your knowledge. Would definitely recommend the class if you are interested in the neuroscience/psychology of learning.
This class is pure hell. DO NOT TAKE IT WITH WASSUM. I repeat, do not take it with Wassum. You have been warned.
I'll never forget going to one of the TA's office hours and being surrounded by other people who had studied so hard like me, yet were averaging C's on the exam.
Her class isn't based necessarily on what you know, it is based on whether you can decipher her answer choices that are designed to trick you!
This is my first C+, I actually have never received anything lower than a B in a class and usually get B+/A- in all my classes and yet, I am really thankful for this C+. I honestly thought I was not going to pass.
I was honestly terrified to take this class after reading the reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised with how this class turned out. Professor Wassum is one of the most amazing professors I have ever had. She genuinely cares about student learning, and would often be found answering student's questions on the BruinLearn discussion board into the early hours of the morning. However, there are a couple of things I wish I knew at the beginning of this class:
1. You don't need the textbook. I didn't read it beyond the first week of class. I found her lecture slides & lectures to be perfectly comprehensive.
2. Take very, very detailed notes. Dr. Wassum talks superrrr fast. She knows her stuff. With that being said, I'd often leave in-person lectures feeling pretty confused at times, but I'd go home & re-watch the lecture video about a day later & take notes to fill in any gaps I may have had. This often took a very long time, since I would pretty much pause the video every few minutes to write anything important down, but this process was soooo essential to my ability to understand & retain the information. On my first exam, I didn't perform very well, but was able to get 100% on my last 2 exams simply because I started to re-watch lecture videos & take more detailed notes.
3. Make a study guide for exams. For my first exam, I kinda just winged it. I studied a little bit, but I relied a little too hard on just knowing the exam was open book. For the second and third exams, I made study guides that focused on understanding the experiments/concepts she presented during lecture. The exams focus heavily on your understanding of the concepts in an experimental/real-world context, so explaining each experiment (what it was testing, what happened, what the results were, what it told us about learning, etc.) helped me soooo much on the tests. My study guides literally consisted of just pages and pages of each experiment explained, and I referred to this often during exams.
Overall, Dr. Wassum is a great professor who cares about her students and wants us to succeed. I would take this class again.
Kate Wassum is an incredible professor. You can really tell she takes time to precisely organize every lecture and slide. I especially benefited from her use of Break & Review slides every 10 -15 minutes, as they really helped me to solidify my knowledge of the material. She seems like a very intelligent person, and she even uses new and unique assignments, such as the option to post a twitter thread summary of a research paper, which I thought was interesting. Also, I found her on Twitter, and her page is pretty fun to read. Overall great professor, and great module!
I would highly urge you to avoid taking a class with Wassum at all costs. She is by far the worst professor I have had at UCLA.
She constantly belittles you with her vast knowledge in what she teaches and then expects you to learn EVERYTHING.The midterm and final were more or less "write in a blue book everything we have covered the first 5 weeks". Including reciting 30+ lab experimental procedures/key differences and results ... pointless memorization.
THE CLASS SUCKED.
I didn't miss a lecture and ended up with a C+.
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I saw some of these reviews and was worried about taking this class but I found Professor Wassum to be very knowledgeable and willing to help. There's a textbook, but really everything you need to know is in her lectures (I never read from the textbook). The material can be difficult at times, especially since it all builds on each other. Discussions are not required, but very helpful to go to, since the TAs will cut down the lecture to the most important parts, and leave a lot of time for questions. The grade is based on a midterm, a final, and weekly assignments (which very simple and kinda fun because part of it is designing a social media post to represent the information [but don't worry, you don't have to actually post it haha]). The exams are both online during lecture time, and you can drop into Professor Wassum's Zoom room if you need clarification about exactly what a question or answer choice means.
I really enjoyed this class and unexpectedly actually got me really interested in behaviorist psychology as a career. I got a good grade in this class without working super hard either. I would just recommend keeping up with lectures and going to discussion sections.
Review for all the 101C professors during Spring 2022
The legend is real, 101C is SO much better than A and B and makes it all worth it. It will no longer consume your time and I think I ended up with a 99% and this was the module I studied for the least. Everything is bruin cast.
GRADING: 25% for each exam (ALL MULTIPLE CHOICE!! OPEN NOTE!! 30 qestions in 1h15, with 1 or 2 bonus point questions), no mandatory discussion, 20% for research paper summaries which will take you at max 1-2h a week and I got full credit every time (only need to do 7 total and you can drop the rest). 5% for clinical correlation (only one clinical correlation needed as you can drop the second). No seminars this time.
Wassum: My favourite professor of the entire series. Good and complete slides. Talks about addiction and a lot of cool psychology stuff. Watch her lectures and make some additional notes to her slides and you are fine. I could understand everything the 1st time I watched as the concepts are much more psych based. No more memorising random ion channels and electrode potentials and stuff… I loved her module.
Adi: His slides have less text so you end up having to make more complementary notes. 90% of the stuff I got the first time watching, others I had to watch again to clarify it. But once again it’s so much better than A and B. He’s a good and clear lecturer and easy to follow.
Suthana: my least favourite because her slides really have no text and she’s a bit all over the place when teaching some parts. However, still better than any A and B module! Either get old notes form someone or just take a bit more time writing stuff down during her videos. I let all her lectures pile up and then just watched them all in 3-4 days during finals week and got a 97% on her exam (my worst score of the 3 lol). The majority of the stuff is very easy to get, a couple concepts you might need to go back a bit. But again, the contents are so much easier and interesting to follow along than A and B.
Tip: try to get good notes form someone that already took the class. I did this from someone that had really good notes and essentially all I had to do was watch about 6 lectures per professor, read the notes as I went along and add any extra info that might be missing, and I was done. So took me about 12-15h to do this for each module and I was good to go to get an A. Read it all once or twice before the final so you can find stuff quickly during the test, and you’re good. If you don’t have any notes, then it will take you a bit longer to get through each lecture so that you can make notes (exams are open note, so it really is worth having good notes), but again, the class is really easy to follow so you won’t have any trouble doing this!
Overall 101C is SO much better than the rest of the series. The professors are good lecturers for the most part, the concepts are actually cool and interesting and easy to follow. Even if you don’t have a neuro background you can probably follow the majority of the lectures. I really enjoyed the stuff we leant, and it felt so good to not have to put in that much effort into the class to do really well on the exams. Also it’s all multiple choice, and no more quizzes. So can’t get much better than that!
Professor Wassum was a great teacher! Any of the previous negative reviews definetly do not apply to her last quarter. Our grades were soley based on weekly assignments and exams. The weekly assignments were pretty much a guaranteed 100% - it was just a short summary of what we learned that week and you had to create a social media post. Her exams were pretty straightforward, and were online which definetly helped. She also had quite a few exam questions that were identical to the practice exam questions she provided, which really helped to buffer exam grades. She also offered extra credit on all the exams with an optional bonus question - this really helped my grade. Overall I loved this class and Professor Wassum!
After 4 years at UCLA, Wassum is absolutely the worst teacher I have ever had. Every lecture she reads off her slides. And there are around 80 slides per lecture! The way she communicates the information is terrible. The school needs to hire a Wassum translator that stands at the front of the class with her.