Fall 2015 - The class could be more interesting, however the professors are really dry so I end up falling asleep or spacing out. The tests are pretty hard if you don't study. GO TO ALL THE LECTURES AND DISCUSSION. The more you skip the harder it is to get back up and all the tests are based on lectures more than the slides.
Fall 2017 - Professor LLS is constantly late to class. She often has other professors lecture for her. Her slides are very outdated, and she borrows material heavily from her GE Cluster course. The textbook is dry and redundant to the lectures. Exams are part comprehension and part opinion. You have to remember her remarks from lectures to make sure that you have her opinion for all questions. Overall, for classwork, there are too many assignments. Reading assignments could be updated to be more modern and reflect current issues in healthcare. For projects and essays, there is a lot of busy work. You are assigned 2 short essays and 1 long interview/essay. Additionally, there are debates in week 8 and week 9. I would not recommend this class or the professor.
I took the Gerontology/Policy Frontiers in Aging class with Levy-Storms. Overall, I find her to be very lazy. Most of her lectures are guest lectures. She does not write some of her own lecture material, and she uses the test bank instead of writing her own test questions. Furthermore, her grading scheme is really arbitrary and I found that most people are assigned a B+ or so. (What kind of grading scheme gives 80% of the class a B+ grade??) She is really vague on her guidelines of what she wants in her assignments, except for nit picky things like timing of speeches, where you can't even go over 5 seconds of your allotted time. Lastly, I could put up with all of this if she was interesting. SHE'S NOT. She is incredibly boring. I'm quite interested in the material outside of class, and I work in the field, so I thought I would like this class. well, I didn't. Don't take this for an easy A -- too many papers and projects that aren't easy to get A grades on.
Winter 2020 - Professor Levy-Storms is well meaning but I would not recommend taking this class. Lectures are not very helpful or engaging, and the slides she makes are not very helpful for the exam (she verbally tells us important definitions instead of including them on lecture slides). The exams were the worst part of the course. Questions were not straightforward ("Is the following statement untrue/not false?") Wtf? Very specific- you'll have to review every word she or a guest speaker said to answer some of the questions. Weight for assignments is not appropriately distributed: midterm/final count for 50% (they are tricky) of your grade but you will also have to write two mini papers, a long (10 paged) paper, and have an in class debate which each count for a mere 10-15% of your grade. Overall, if you're interested in gerontology, great! But don't take this class. You'll be bored for 90% of it and have to study harder than you expected.