Introductory Psychology

Paul R Abramson

Introductory Psychology

Psychology department

Paul R Abramson

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Fall 2014
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Fall 2012
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 24, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Grade composition:
Midterm
Final (non-cumulative)

Abramson was a pretty cool professor. Very into what he was teaching, and the subject matter was pretty interesting. It was a very easy class with him. Unfortunately, he won't be teaching Psych 10 anymore, but this review can serve to give insight on his teaching style.

He always emails the class outlines of his lectures before he actually teaches them. These were pretty thorough and you could do okay in the class by just going over his outlines and not going to lecture. However, there are a lot of holes in his outlines that he fills in in class, so I recommend actually attending. What I thought was useful was transcribing his outlines into my own notebook on my laptop. This helped me absorb the material (and also helped counter his grammatical errors in the outlines). Lecture was fairly interesting. The content was good. Honestly though, my IB Psych class in my senior year of high school was a lot more difficult and more in depth than this course. But it was still worth it because of the other content he provided.

There were two "required" readings that were two autobiographies by famous people with mental disorders. It is not necessary to read them. Though they were interesting, he goes over everything you need to know about them in class.

He also shows various movies and videos in class. You can watch them on your own time, or more conveniently, in class. Again, he for the most part goes over everything you need to know about them in class.

I had two TAs, Timothy Williamson and Todd Brown. They both were really nice and helpful. They taught their own lectures one day in class and their presentations were really thorough. They also sent in outlines before their lectures. The each held their own review sessions for the midterm and were more than willing to help answer questions in office hours and over email.

Overall, this class was really easy, There's no discussion and it's pretty straight forward. The midterm and final are both multiple choice, 103 questions each. The final only covered material taught after the midterm, so that was nice. You shouldn't have a problem acing, no less passing, a class with Abramson. (Check out his band Crying 4 Kafka).

My midterm grade: 95/103 92%
Class average: 88.6/103 86%
My final grade: 90/103 87%
Class average: 91.8/103 88%

Overall grade: A

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 17, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

I recommend this class. Professor Abramson is a good teacher and he really made sure that we understood the material. All of his lectures are put online, he sends outlines of his lectures with the important points, and there is no textbook. You only have to read two novels, both of which are very interesting and give insight into the minds of those suffering from mental illness. Grades are based on two multiple choice tests, a mid-term and a final. It sounds a bit scary, but if you listen to the lectures, take notes, read the lecture outlines and study guides, read the books, you should be fine. Professor Abramson does not give minuses, so if you earn a B-, he gives you a B. I did all of the above, hardly went to lecture, and ended up with an A+.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 24, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Let me start by saying I got a B+ but I really enjoyed the class. I got an A first midterm but got a B on the final so I kind of messed up. Great guy though, topics are super interesting!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 23, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Psych 10 with any other professor is impossibly hard. This class was straightforward & easy. While studying, my friend asked why I was going to bed before midnight, I said my Psych class is easy & she said hers was terrible & hard & she barely got a B. Abramson curves the test grades so that 50% of the class gets an A. Theres a midterm & a final, but the final is non-cumulative!!!! SUPER EASY.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 20, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Psych 10 with Professor Abramson was fun and easy. Topics he covered in lecture were interesting, including the movies and books for the course. I would highly suggest taking Psych 10 with Abramson.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 15, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I will never forget Abramson because he is just such a cool guy. I found his class to be very interesting and lots of fun. Yes, you have to read two books, but in my opinion, those are two of the best books I've ever read. And yes, an A is very doable.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 28, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Abramson's Psych 10 is one of the easiest classes you can take.

Abramson himself is a very distinguished psychologist in the field; you will sometimes stumble on studies done by him. He has real-world experiences that he often shares with the class.

He told us at the beginning that he wanted to teach the class in an unorthodox way. Whereas the other lecture's professor was teaching out of a standard Psychology textbook, Abramson decided he would teach us out of novels, videos, and experiences. So what does this mean?:

1.) We had absolutely no homework at all, except read the novels.
2.) If you're looking to take a comprehensive intro to Psychology class, this isn't it. It's easy, but it means you won't learn as much as the other class using a textbook.

With all of that said... I would still recommend Abramson's Psych 10, if only for an easy A. He emails the outlines before every lecture, and the midterm/final will literally come straight off the outlines. He'll also provide examples in class, and those examples will more than likely be on the exams, so be attentive. He does provide study guides. The TAs will hold review sessions, where you can ask anything on the study guides and they'll give you all the answers. (By the way, all lectures and review sessions are podcasted online--but it's still best to attend lecture). Be sure to make some friends and have study groups with them!

THERE IS NO CURVE, so the raw scores you earn on the midterm and final will determine your grade (which is the only scary part about it), and the average of the two will be your final grade. I earned an A on both, and ended with an A.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 21, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

If you are taking Psych 10, you are doing yourself a disservice if you do not take this class with Abramson. The only outside work for the class is reading a couple of books, which are quite interesting. Your grade will consist of two multiple choice exams, the midterm and the final which are both 50% of your grade. But they are fairly straightforward tests, and Abramson does not do minuses, so an A- becomes an A, and a B- becomes a B and so on. You also get study guides, which prepare you very well for the exams. We watched some amazing films that gave a keen insight into psychological disorders, and lectures for the most part were fun with specific examples of prominent experiments rather than a boring summary of general psychology.

To sum it up, pay attention in lecture (or listen to the podcasts), read the books, know the study guides, and this class is an easy A.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 13, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

This was one of the easiest classes I have taken at UCLA. All you basically have to do is take some notes during lecture and when the study guide comes out before the midterm and final, look through your notes, go to the review sessions, and re-listen to podcast to fill it out.

Just fill out the study guide, study it, and you should have no problem getting an A. He curves the class by getting rid of -, so an A- is an A and a B- is a B. You don't need a book and he shows several movies during the class. He sometimes goes off tangent during lecture and has an open discussion where everyone is basically giving their opinion, so just focus on the study guide.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 15, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Professor: The lectures can be quite interesting, and he seems pretty chill and nice.
Course load: Almost nonexistent, since there is no homework. Just study for the midterm and final.
Exams: Both midterm and final were multiple choice. You're going to have to go over your notes well and really pay attention during lecture and the films he shows you, as well as a good general idea of the readings because there are some specific detail questions on the test that you could easily miss.
Grading: Since the only grades you get are from the exams, what you get is completely dependent on you and your studying. Shouldn't be very hard to get a B or above. Plus, he drops the minuses on grades, so if you get a B-, you'll get a B, and so on.
Overall: A very enjoyable and interesting class. A must take for Psych 10.

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