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Professor Walker is by far one of the best professors I have encountered at UCLA. She is well prepared and very willing to clarify any material. She often will answer students questions after class which was nice. The slides follow along with the book very well, but they aren't exact replicas. Her slides contain additional information that is fair game for the exams. Overall, she is a very entertaining and polished professor. I would recommend Walker 100%.
There was one midterm and one final, which was not cumulative. The material covered by Walker was everything after the midterm (she was the professor for the first half of the quarter). The final was multiple choice and counts towards 45% of your entire grade, however it was fairly easy. As long as you stay on track with the lectures and study the material on your own time, it's more than passable. It is a lot of material, so you can't afford to get behind or cram everything in the night before the final.
The grading scheme for Decker and Walker's psych 10 class was: Midterm 45%, Final 45%, and Essay 10%. You have the entire quarter to do the essay. Also there is a mandatory research requirement that is not graded, but you won't be given credit for the class without it. It's six hours of research, or an equivalent of three summaries of peer reviewed articles. Again, you have all quarter to complete this.
Professor Walker is amazing. She is a very warm and kind person, she truly cares about every one! She is very approachable and addresses every question and concern seriously. She is often funny and always engaging. You won't be bored in her lectures. Workload isn't bad at all, the class only had a midterm, final, and a short paper. If you read the slides, go to her lectures, and read the textbook you'll be more than fine. She is a great human being! It was a pleasure learning from her. Highly recommended.
Midterm - 45%
Final - 45%
Final Paper - 10%
Research articles(3) - Not part of grade but mandatory in order to receive grade. If you don't want to write then you can participate in research studies instead to receive credit.
Professor Walker is a great professor, it is easy to tell how much she loves what she talks about. She provides lecture slides that are very detailed where it isn't necessary to read the textbook. However, her class does not require your attendance so if you're just lazy and don't want to go to class, then definitely buy the textbook! Her classes are later on in the day and even though her lectures were never boring, I tended not to go because lecture was so late compared to my other classes. Her lectures slides are posted to CCLE but she does not podcast. I just looked through the lecture slides and read the chapters she assigned and got A's on both the midterm and final (not cumulative).
I received a 92% on the midterm, 97% on the final, and an 89% on the research final paper and got an A in the class. 10/10 would recommend
Professor Walker is awesome. The class is pretty straightforward, except for the midterm which (at least for me) was deceivingly hard. The midterm and final were 45% each, with a small paper being 10% of your grade. The final was a lot easier than the midterm (A- versus B-), and she offered an amazing extra credit opportunity that added 10% on to your final grade about a movie, Perks of Being a Wallflower, that took a maximum of ten minutes and really helped my grade. I went to every lecture, and as long as you do that you're more than fine. She never assigned readings from the textbook that we had to get, but it probably would have helped my grade a little if I had read some of the chapters. Overall, a really chill class and Walker was very helpful and super funny.
Do not buy the book for this class, I never touched it. Prof. Walker is super engaging and funny but can go overboard sometimes but I guess that's better than the alternative. Just go to class and review the posted slides before exams and it's a pretty easy A.
The concepts are very straightforward and her lectures are pure regurgitation of the readings. For our quarter she was absent quite a bit for medical/personal reasons so she gave us 10 points possible extra credit for the final, which I'm not sure if she usually does that but it was helpful. She gives very straightforward study guides for the midterm and final and posts slides for all of the lectures that almost always answer the study guides chronologically. She's pretty casual and tells personal stories and shows youtube videos of examples of studies. You also have to participate in 6 hours of psych studies, or write additional research papers about studies. Overall tests were really easy and counted for 45% of our grade each
Between Walker's slides (which are posted on CCLE) and her lectures, you shouldn't ever need to open the textbook, if you take decent notes. Her lectures are funny, she shows videos throughout to keep students engaged. She readily acknowledges the "boring" nature of some of the topics she has to cover, and tries to keep those sections brief and to the point. The cute anecdotes she tells help make the 2 hour lectures bearable, although you should probably have some coffee just to be safe. Her tests come straight from her lectures, so there are no surprises. This class should be a fun and easy A.