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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.
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.
This was the worst class I've ever taken at UCLA. Professor Wassum was not understanding about anything regarding extra help, curving exams, or even acting like a human when it came down to discussing grades. She was unhelpful and too focused on herself to care about her students. Don't take this class, take any other column A class, not 110.
I feel like I know a lot more about Pavlovian and Instrumental Conditioning after this class, but this course doesn’t explore any other concepts in depth. The class should really be called: Pavlovian and Instrumental Conditioning. If you value the breadth of concepts and information presented in a course, this may not be the best class to take. Professor Wassum clearly knows the subject matter very well, but the exams do seem to be very detail-oriented and require that you really take a moment to digest the material and apply it carefully. Overall, it’s not an easy A, but students definitely can get an A when questions on the tests are thoughtfully worded (this wasn’t the case with the first exam) and students put in the necessary work.
class was ok!
only homework is the weekly assignments, which are actually really helpful for understanding and applying the things we learn in lecture. i wouldn't worry too much about reading the textbook since exams are lecture-based but it probably would be useful. no quizzes or projects. lecture is both in person and live/recorded on zoom.
midterm 1 was definitely a wreck for me because of the way the exam itself was structured and how questions were presented (online, not allowed to go back on questions, distracting names). but since a lot of people complained, she changed the difficulty to make questions more conceptual and less based on experiments, which was really helpful. i think the hardest part of this class is understanding each question and differentiating between each answer choice, since a lot of them are similar but have distinct differences that make them right/wrong. i definitely struggled, but she gives practice exams with questions that are repeated in the actual exams plus a bonus extra credit where you explain a topic of your choice.
tldr; not the easiest class, but doable with studying!
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!
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.
I was super worried going into this class because of the reviews, but it turned out to be one of the easiest classes I've taken. Weekly summaries take 10 minutes to write. And the clarity of Wassum's lectures are 9/10 I'd say. The tests were quite straightforward as well. Maybe it was easier for me because the tests were online exams? I highly recommend this class from my experience. Again the disclaimer being the online format.
Alright the reviews here are super dramatic lmao. The exam averages for winter 2022 were in the high B to low A range… people did well lol. Relax
Professor Wassum is clearly knowledgeable on the topic of learning. I just wish this class was easier to understand. For a professor who studies learning you would think she'd be an outstanding teacher. I got straight 100% on all 10 weekly summaries, which should supposedly show my understanding of the class, but her tests are just dreadful. I studied really hard and was able to make improvements, but if I knew this class would be the way it was, I wouldn't have taken it. I only recommend this class for people who really enjoy Pavlovian and Instrumental conditioning and have a good understanding of these topics and experiments. If you don't, then good luck, because this class is ROUGH.