Kate Wassum
Department of Psychology
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2.6
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Easiness 2.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
May 26, 2022

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!

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
May 15, 2022

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
March 29, 2022

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 25, 2022

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

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: B-
March 16, 2022

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 11, 2022

Listen, Professor Wassum is a true scientist who knows her materials very very well. If you are serious about research or are just slightly interested in how to train your pets, take her! Whether you want to be a neuroscientist working in a wet lab or a psychologist working in a dry lab, Professor Wassum uses relevant experiments to support the concepts learned in class -- a way to see the experimental effect of psycholology. Professor Wassum's tests are challenging but fun -- as you get to read about Beyonce, Olivia Rodrigo, and Drake in her tests! She also posts weekly discussion boards that clarify confusing concepts and she constantly answers questions on them. And not I mention, the only assignments in class making memes about the class materials, and are weekly summaries that take less than 30 minutes to make!! If you just take the work to show up for class, ask questions to clarify concepts, take the practice exams, you'd totally be fine!!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B
Dec. 10, 2018

I don’t think I would recommend this class to people who don’t have to take it ! The material is dry and Wassum’s lectures consisted of explaining experiments after experiments after experiments. The exams were difficult because required detailed regurgitation of specific experiments that were briefly mentioned in class (half multiple choice, half free response).

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: C+
March 29, 2018

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B
March 28, 2018

This class requires a lot of paying attention in class and rewatching the lectures online. Its not a hard class you just have to put in the work studying, I thought Professor Wassum was a very helpful professor in terms of clarity, she repeats a lot of things and explains them in different ways until her point comes across. Exams are very lecture based.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 9, 2015

Wassum is a very nice and helpful professor. She really tries to help you understand the lectures during office hours and even gives you hints on what to study for during the exam. However, be aware that this class is mainly about rats, dogs and pigeons. I honestly didn't like this class since I had no interest in this topic. The lectures are also podcasted which helped a lot!

Breakdown of class:
20%- weekly quizzes (1 quiz dropped)
-consisted of 4 free response/true false questions (book-based)
80%- 3 midterms (all equally weighted)
- 20 multiple choice and approx. 10 free response + 1 bonus question
-ALL LECTURE BASED

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
May 26, 2022

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!

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
May 15, 2022

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
March 29, 2022

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 25, 2022

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

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: B-
March 16, 2022

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 11, 2022

Listen, Professor Wassum is a true scientist who knows her materials very very well. If you are serious about research or are just slightly interested in how to train your pets, take her! Whether you want to be a neuroscientist working in a wet lab or a psychologist working in a dry lab, Professor Wassum uses relevant experiments to support the concepts learned in class -- a way to see the experimental effect of psycholology. Professor Wassum's tests are challenging but fun -- as you get to read about Beyonce, Olivia Rodrigo, and Drake in her tests! She also posts weekly discussion boards that clarify confusing concepts and she constantly answers questions on them. And not I mention, the only assignments in class making memes about the class materials, and are weekly summaries that take less than 30 minutes to make!! If you just take the work to show up for class, ask questions to clarify concepts, take the practice exams, you'd totally be fine!!

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B
Dec. 10, 2018

I don’t think I would recommend this class to people who don’t have to take it ! The material is dry and Wassum’s lectures consisted of explaining experiments after experiments after experiments. The exams were difficult because required detailed regurgitation of specific experiments that were briefly mentioned in class (half multiple choice, half free response).

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: C+
March 29, 2018

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.

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Quarter: Winter 2018
Grade: B
March 28, 2018

This class requires a lot of paying attention in class and rewatching the lectures online. Its not a hard class you just have to put in the work studying, I thought Professor Wassum was a very helpful professor in terms of clarity, she repeats a lot of things and explains them in different ways until her point comes across. Exams are very lecture based.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 9, 2015

Wassum is a very nice and helpful professor. She really tries to help you understand the lectures during office hours and even gives you hints on what to study for during the exam. However, be aware that this class is mainly about rats, dogs and pigeons. I honestly didn't like this class since I had no interest in this topic. The lectures are also podcasted which helped a lot!

Breakdown of class:
20%- weekly quizzes (1 quiz dropped)
-consisted of 4 free response/true false questions (book-based)
80%- 3 midterms (all equally weighted)
- 20 multiple choice and approx. 10 free response + 1 bonus question
-ALL LECTURE BASED

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2.6
Overall Rating
Based on 22 Users
Easiness 2.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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