Based on 21 Users
Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.
I took this class at 8 a.m. which was the biggest mistake of my life. She is a nice lady but she was very unorganized with her thoughts, though the material was pretty straightforward. To be honest, I stopped going to class because it was just too early and her voice really annoyed me. I think she sounds like Goofy. The class being two hours THAT early and with HER, I just couldn't do it. However, her tests were very easy if you read, a lot of it is biological and definitions.
Lectures aren't super interesting, but the slides and the corresponding lecture she gives are very straightforward. The midterm and final are extremely straightforward also. If you go to class and do the reading from the book (which isn't very heavy or complex), you will do fine and probably even get a B or an A. You will do even better also, if you're a south campus major and have background in the (life) sciences. Not to say you can't do well as a north campus major, but a lot of the material covered on tests regarding physiological aspects were previously covered in my LS2 class.
She is not the most interesting professor, but she really does try. Her midterm and final is very straightforward, and the experiments that you are required to do are actually fun. Overall she is pretty easy, but you will learn more from the book than lecture.
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS AT 8 A.M.! It was soooo hard for me to stay awake, no matter how much coffee I drank before. Read the book-I got so much out of it and enjoyed reading it very much. She provides all her lectures in power point online so I encourage you to read the book according to what her lectures are on. But on the final there were some things not in the book that she must have covered in lecture (I must have been sleeping) so be cautious of that. I owe her a lot though cuz she gave me a way higher grade than I deserved based on the curve; basically the median is a B or B-. Don't take her unless you are seriously going to major in Psychology.
Prof. Woolf is very boring in class and can be hard to follow. She does not explain very well what is on the powerpoint slides and tends to be a bit scatterbrained. However, if you study the textbook and put a lot of emphasis on studying the topics that come up on the power point slides, you should be fine for passing the midterm and final, that is all she gives. However, don't slack off on studying in her class because the midterm and final (both 50 m/c questions) is all you have for your grade, so messing up on one could bring your grade down a lot. Overall, if you can deal with a monotone professor, I recommend Psych 10 with Prof. Woolf.
My god! She's incredibly monotonous, annoying, and a horrible explainer. Read the book once, emphasize your studying on her lecture notes which are posted online and it's one of the easiest classes ever. Psych is mostly common sense or stuff you've learned in high school just with fancier terms to call things. Your entire grade is based on two multiple choice tests, 50 questions each. If that's the case, the questions have to be fairly broad in order to cover all of the chapters each half of the quarter. That's why it's not so important to focus on too many specifics. My theory is you can teach yourself more on your own. You can technically get more work done if you skip class and study in your bed like I do as opposed to waking up, getting dressed, grabbing food, walking to class, sitting for two hours (sleeping), and then making the 30 minute trek back up to your room. Save your precious time. READ THE BOOK. READ HER NOTES (emphasis on notes). Guarantee you'll do well.
I thought Woolf was a good professor. She had enthusiasm despite teaching an 8 AM class twice a week. She tried hard to get our attention so early in the morning. Even though everybody says "don't go to lecture!" I strongly suggest that you do. She explains the material fairly well. The key to getting a good grade would be to make index cards regarding key terms from the book and especially the ones from the book and lecture. Memorize the terms, know their significance, and most importantly, keep up with the readings. At the end you will have pretty much read the entire textbook. The material I must say, is actually quite interesting.
Professor Woolf is an okay professor--she certainly knows her stuff. Many people have a problem with the fact that she does seem to treat the students like little kids, but you'll get used to it. While she seems impersonal, at least her lectures are very straightforward (powerpoint--outline format) and thus very easy to follow. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the info that she throws out at you.
One trick I learned to really get the most out of class was following along in the textbook in class so that I'd know important points to reread in the book later. Reading the book is essential--she often throws things from the book that aren't covered in lecture. Given that she posts her lecture notes online all the time, going to class isn't necessary 100% of the time.
Her exams are tough. It's not enough to memorize every little detail covered in the lecture and the readings--there are some questions that are holistic and thus really test your overall foundation of the material. Since your entire grade is based on just the midterm and the final, don't think you can just cram the day before--I tried doing that for the midterm and got a B. Luckily I was able to make up for it on the final and ended up with an A in the class. At the very least, the curve is low--I got an A with just 83% overall. One more thing--she's a neuroscientist so expect a lot of questions on neuropsychology.
In conclusion, she really isn't all that bad--I guess the word is...she's tolerable. Take her if you must--the material in the class is extremely interesting and anyone, psych major or not, would find it useful in their lives.
Don't take this class if you are thinking it's going to be an easy GE. The work load is high because you will have read the whole book by the end of the quarter, but it is easy to comprehend. I recommend doing the CD rom, going to the website and doing practice quizzes, and GOING to LECTURE. I believe her lecture help b/c they let you know what to focus on when you study. Your grade is based off of a mid-term and a final and it's not commulative, which is great. Also the test is based on a curve where the average grade is a B-. This is a very easy class with a high/ doable work load. I recommend this professor.
Yes, Professor Woolf is boring, and yes, her exams are straight out of the book. Don't go to class and read the book like everyone says.
No one has mentioned the fact that outside of class, Woolf is not "cute." She's very condescending and unwilling to answer questions concerning your interest in psychology. She's a bit cold, actually. She's nice enough during class, but don't go to her office hours unless you want to get belittled by her.