Philip Kellman
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Dec. 20, 2012

okay, so the material a little dense/boring/dry. But Kellman makes it pretty interesting. He's funny, and he is a good professor. If you read the text, attend lecture and take notes, and go to discussion, you should be fine. He even offers extra credit. I got B's on both exams, an A on my paper, did all the hw (which is really easy) and went to every discussion and ended up with an A-. I would recommend him. You can't expect this class to be easy, so don't give the professor bad ratings for something that is pretty difficult to begin with.

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Nov. 27, 2012

Ugh...this class. Dry, boring, and I had to entertain myself from falling asleep in class.

I agree with the below post that he really makes things more confusing than they really are.

Doesn't seem to know his own material well, and is not prepared when people asks him questions, and often admits he doesn't know the answer.

Interesting material, professor sucks in terms of teaching. Horrible.

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Feb. 17, 2011

I don't know why the other students gave such bad reviews. Dr. Kellman is a very interesting professor. There were weekly online assignments (that required summarizing online activities) that boosted your grade. There was also a paper assignment, which I got 15.08 out of 15. The grading was highly generous (probably because of the TAs). True, his grading is 93%+ for an A, but he curves, so essentially it's 90 for an A. His tests are straightforward. One of his options for a question was "I couldn't think of a 4th option." I learned so much about Sensation and Perception--one of my favorite teachers at UCLA. He's entertaining to listen to, but he does talk fast. I wrote down everything he said and got As on all his tests. The book is more of a supplement to help with understanding. If you read before class, then you'll comprehend the lectures better. If you don't read, you'll be lost. It is a lot of hard work because it's a difficult subject, but I wasn't even interested in the subject until I took this class.

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Dec. 24, 2010

WOW. So, I began this class with high hopes that I would do well since Professor Kellman received such great reviews in past years. Somehow I think it must have been some kind of prank that he received such good reviews since I cannot understand how anyone could refer to this professor as anything but a negative, grumpy old man. This class was by far the WORST I have ever taken at UCLA and Professor Kellman is by far the WORST professor I have ever had. EVER. I am a very hardworking student and I attended every single one of Kellman's lectures. Not only is he terrible at explaining concepts but he actually finds a way to make them more confusing. I found the textbook to be more helpful than Kellman's lectures. The midterm is very tricky and confusing as well. Kellman told the class that his exams are very straightforward and not designed for students' failure, but I could not have been more surprised when I began the exam and read the first question. After the midterm the material does get easier, but I find the problem is not the material itself but Kellman's teaching and his exams. In other words, the material isn't hard, but this class is. Kellman also believes that nothing less than a 93% should receive an A, so keep that in mind. He is also very rude when people ask questions and he makes a mockery out of students. At the end of the quarter, Kellman sent out a rude e-mail attempting to discourage students from contesting their grades. Kellman says he gives a generous curve, but it does not seem to be the case at the end of the quarter when you get your grade back. Well, I could go on and on about how terrible of a professor Kellman is, but I have better things to do. I hate to waste my time on this professor but I hope this review helps someone. I know some might have to take this class so here are some tips: read the book (it helps), do the mini labs and attend section (easy points you'll need), memorizing the slides won't guarantee you and A since he asks conceptual questions rather than straight definitions, he does throw in a math equation here or there on exams, do the extra credit, and brace yourself! Good luck to all!

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Dec. 16, 2010

Don't take this class unless you're really interested in sensation and perception. I think Professor Kellman has changed his teaching style this quarter because it wasn't as easy as past reviews made it seem. That said, Professor Kellman is passionate about this field and is pretty good at explaining concepts, though at times he can be disorganized and incoherent (it definitely helps to read the book beforehand). You must attend class because he does not podcast, and his slides are basically just illustrations. You also must read the book because about 20& of the midterm was from material found only in the book that he didn't cover in lecture. Getting an A was doable, but it definitely took a lot more studying than I expected, and I generally study pretty hard. Like I said I really would not take this class unless you're really interested in this topic. I had the impression that Professor Kellman got frustrated with people taking this class just for "an easy A", which is probably why he made this class more challenging.

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Dec. 13, 2010

Although Professor Kellman has received some pretty decent reviews regarding his teaching style and this class, I have to say that I found this to be one of the most interesting classes I ever hated. Professor Kellman is mildly entertaining in class, however the subject material is hard and he seems to have a lot of trouble using his powerpoints effectively. The class is called sensation and perception but 99% of what you will be learning in this class is related to the visual system.

The class is hard and many of my friends, who are straight A students, struggled in this class and received B's or worse. The tests are much trickier than you expect and because almost half your grade is based on the first midterm, you have to do well on it or you have no hope for an A in the class. Don't be fooled by promises of a generously curved class because it pretty much turns out to be a straight percentage scale. I'd definitely suggest doing the extra credit because you will most likely need it.

The average on the first midterm was a C (37/50) and the final was a B- 41/50. So if you take this class, just realize that you are more than likely going to score in this range, with the difference being HOPEFULLY made up with extra credit and 100% on participation in sections and doing 100% of the busywork minilabs you'll have every week.

This class is NOT an easy A and I caution anyone looking at fulfilling their psychology column A course requirements to consider taking 120a or 115 if they can. Unfortunately class availability in this area is awful so we are forced to take horrible classes like these. Overall, while some of the perception ideas are entertaining to learn about, this was one of my least favorite classes at UCLA. Professor Kellman is getting tenure soon and it really shows in his attitude towards students. Don't say you haven't been warned.

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Dec. 13, 2006

I also have a crush on Professor Kellman, but I have no idea why. I also loved the sense of humor he tried to inject into the class, because it is a fairly difficult class. He is an expert -even evented a concept!- in the field of vision and we got into great detail there, so we only covered two senses: visual and auditory. Though I love the man, I must admit that he found the most convoluded and difficult ways of trying to explain things to us in class. He thought they were good examples, but no, sorry. He is very available after class, loves to sit down and explain everything to you during office hours, and there were at least four people at his office hours every time. BUT again he can't really make it easy to understand. However, your TAs will do that. All three TAs understood the concepts and were very good at explaining things and clarifying. Also make sure you go to discussion section, they choose the most important ideas and they go over them for you, so it is not just question and answer or busy work. This is a core class, and I would reccomend it, if you study and you do those stupid mini labs, you will get it. Also, he's the greatest professor I have had in the psych field so far, his personality is cool and it is so funny when he points the laser pointer and takes 15 minutes trying to find where it is on the board. One last thing, he grades on a curve (midterm, final, one paper) , his tests are based on lecture. You have to know the terms he uses in lecture and the concepts he goes over, because some of them are not in the book and what he says is more important. Read the book to fill in the flesh of the course, but know what is on the lecture slides. Good luck!

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Feb. 24, 2006

Excellent teacher, on eof the best I've had in teh psych dept. He cracks some jokes here and there, makes the class very interesting. Definitly recommend him

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Jan. 9, 2006

Dr. Kellman is wonderful! I do not know what that student who gave him a bad review was talking about... he was anything but 'incoherent', and didn't talk too fast at all (by the way, it's "endure", not "undure"). He's by far one of the very few professors who's actually enthusiastic about teaching that I've encountered at UCLA. He's got a great sense of humor, which makes for great lectures. His tests are very fair, and there are no surprises. I especially loved how there were 2 non-cumulative tests and no cumulative final exam... really made my finals week a lot more bearable. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kellman to all psychology majors.

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Dec. 22, 2005

Professor Kellman is really nice. I thought the material was interesting for the most part but he does have a tendency to complicate concepts in lecture. (Fortunately, I had a really good TA [Valerie Carr] who explains things quite well.)

However, he is really enthusiastic about the material and tries to get everyone else excited about it too, which is endearing. Kellman cares about his students; he always answers every question--in class or on the online discussion board--to make sure we understand the material.

Also, he is pretty easy (I got an A and I didn't study as much as I should have). His tests (1 midterm and final, 35% each) are 50 multiple choice questions in 1 hr. 15 min. All questions come from the textbook or lecture. They are very straightforward and very fair. He also posts study questions from the book to help you focus what to study for the exam which is really helpful. The other portion of your grade comes from a 5 page paper and weekly homework assignments called minilabs, 15% each. His grade distribution is very generous too. I think almost 70% of the class got As or Bs. He also offers extra credit if you participate in experimetrix.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Kellman. I thought the material was pretty interesting, and he's really nice. It is not hard to get an A.

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Dec. 20, 2012

okay, so the material a little dense/boring/dry. But Kellman makes it pretty interesting. He's funny, and he is a good professor. If you read the text, attend lecture and take notes, and go to discussion, you should be fine. He even offers extra credit. I got B's on both exams, an A on my paper, did all the hw (which is really easy) and went to every discussion and ended up with an A-. I would recommend him. You can't expect this class to be easy, so don't give the professor bad ratings for something that is pretty difficult to begin with.

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Nov. 27, 2012

Ugh...this class. Dry, boring, and I had to entertain myself from falling asleep in class.

I agree with the below post that he really makes things more confusing than they really are.

Doesn't seem to know his own material well, and is not prepared when people asks him questions, and often admits he doesn't know the answer.

Interesting material, professor sucks in terms of teaching. Horrible.

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Feb. 17, 2011

I don't know why the other students gave such bad reviews. Dr. Kellman is a very interesting professor. There were weekly online assignments (that required summarizing online activities) that boosted your grade. There was also a paper assignment, which I got 15.08 out of 15. The grading was highly generous (probably because of the TAs). True, his grading is 93%+ for an A, but he curves, so essentially it's 90 for an A. His tests are straightforward. One of his options for a question was "I couldn't think of a 4th option." I learned so much about Sensation and Perception--one of my favorite teachers at UCLA. He's entertaining to listen to, but he does talk fast. I wrote down everything he said and got As on all his tests. The book is more of a supplement to help with understanding. If you read before class, then you'll comprehend the lectures better. If you don't read, you'll be lost. It is a lot of hard work because it's a difficult subject, but I wasn't even interested in the subject until I took this class.

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Dec. 24, 2010

WOW. So, I began this class with high hopes that I would do well since Professor Kellman received such great reviews in past years. Somehow I think it must have been some kind of prank that he received such good reviews since I cannot understand how anyone could refer to this professor as anything but a negative, grumpy old man. This class was by far the WORST I have ever taken at UCLA and Professor Kellman is by far the WORST professor I have ever had. EVER. I am a very hardworking student and I attended every single one of Kellman's lectures. Not only is he terrible at explaining concepts but he actually finds a way to make them more confusing. I found the textbook to be more helpful than Kellman's lectures. The midterm is very tricky and confusing as well. Kellman told the class that his exams are very straightforward and not designed for students' failure, but I could not have been more surprised when I began the exam and read the first question. After the midterm the material does get easier, but I find the problem is not the material itself but Kellman's teaching and his exams. In other words, the material isn't hard, but this class is. Kellman also believes that nothing less than a 93% should receive an A, so keep that in mind. He is also very rude when people ask questions and he makes a mockery out of students. At the end of the quarter, Kellman sent out a rude e-mail attempting to discourage students from contesting their grades. Kellman says he gives a generous curve, but it does not seem to be the case at the end of the quarter when you get your grade back. Well, I could go on and on about how terrible of a professor Kellman is, but I have better things to do. I hate to waste my time on this professor but I hope this review helps someone. I know some might have to take this class so here are some tips: read the book (it helps), do the mini labs and attend section (easy points you'll need), memorizing the slides won't guarantee you and A since he asks conceptual questions rather than straight definitions, he does throw in a math equation here or there on exams, do the extra credit, and brace yourself! Good luck to all!

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Dec. 16, 2010

Don't take this class unless you're really interested in sensation and perception. I think Professor Kellman has changed his teaching style this quarter because it wasn't as easy as past reviews made it seem. That said, Professor Kellman is passionate about this field and is pretty good at explaining concepts, though at times he can be disorganized and incoherent (it definitely helps to read the book beforehand). You must attend class because he does not podcast, and his slides are basically just illustrations. You also must read the book because about 20& of the midterm was from material found only in the book that he didn't cover in lecture. Getting an A was doable, but it definitely took a lot more studying than I expected, and I generally study pretty hard. Like I said I really would not take this class unless you're really interested in this topic. I had the impression that Professor Kellman got frustrated with people taking this class just for "an easy A", which is probably why he made this class more challenging.

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Dec. 13, 2010

Although Professor Kellman has received some pretty decent reviews regarding his teaching style and this class, I have to say that I found this to be one of the most interesting classes I ever hated. Professor Kellman is mildly entertaining in class, however the subject material is hard and he seems to have a lot of trouble using his powerpoints effectively. The class is called sensation and perception but 99% of what you will be learning in this class is related to the visual system.

The class is hard and many of my friends, who are straight A students, struggled in this class and received B's or worse. The tests are much trickier than you expect and because almost half your grade is based on the first midterm, you have to do well on it or you have no hope for an A in the class. Don't be fooled by promises of a generously curved class because it pretty much turns out to be a straight percentage scale. I'd definitely suggest doing the extra credit because you will most likely need it.

The average on the first midterm was a C (37/50) and the final was a B- 41/50. So if you take this class, just realize that you are more than likely going to score in this range, with the difference being HOPEFULLY made up with extra credit and 100% on participation in sections and doing 100% of the busywork minilabs you'll have every week.

This class is NOT an easy A and I caution anyone looking at fulfilling their psychology column A course requirements to consider taking 120a or 115 if they can. Unfortunately class availability in this area is awful so we are forced to take horrible classes like these. Overall, while some of the perception ideas are entertaining to learn about, this was one of my least favorite classes at UCLA. Professor Kellman is getting tenure soon and it really shows in his attitude towards students. Don't say you haven't been warned.

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Dec. 13, 2006

I also have a crush on Professor Kellman, but I have no idea why. I also loved the sense of humor he tried to inject into the class, because it is a fairly difficult class. He is an expert -even evented a concept!- in the field of vision and we got into great detail there, so we only covered two senses: visual and auditory. Though I love the man, I must admit that he found the most convoluded and difficult ways of trying to explain things to us in class. He thought they were good examples, but no, sorry. He is very available after class, loves to sit down and explain everything to you during office hours, and there were at least four people at his office hours every time. BUT again he can't really make it easy to understand. However, your TAs will do that. All three TAs understood the concepts and were very good at explaining things and clarifying. Also make sure you go to discussion section, they choose the most important ideas and they go over them for you, so it is not just question and answer or busy work. This is a core class, and I would reccomend it, if you study and you do those stupid mini labs, you will get it. Also, he's the greatest professor I have had in the psych field so far, his personality is cool and it is so funny when he points the laser pointer and takes 15 minutes trying to find where it is on the board. One last thing, he grades on a curve (midterm, final, one paper) , his tests are based on lecture. You have to know the terms he uses in lecture and the concepts he goes over, because some of them are not in the book and what he says is more important. Read the book to fill in the flesh of the course, but know what is on the lecture slides. Good luck!

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Feb. 24, 2006

Excellent teacher, on eof the best I've had in teh psych dept. He cracks some jokes here and there, makes the class very interesting. Definitly recommend him

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Jan. 9, 2006

Dr. Kellman is wonderful! I do not know what that student who gave him a bad review was talking about... he was anything but 'incoherent', and didn't talk too fast at all (by the way, it's "endure", not "undure"). He's by far one of the very few professors who's actually enthusiastic about teaching that I've encountered at UCLA. He's got a great sense of humor, which makes for great lectures. His tests are very fair, and there are no surprises. I especially loved how there were 2 non-cumulative tests and no cumulative final exam... really made my finals week a lot more bearable. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kellman to all psychology majors.

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Dec. 22, 2005

Professor Kellman is really nice. I thought the material was interesting for the most part but he does have a tendency to complicate concepts in lecture. (Fortunately, I had a really good TA [Valerie Carr] who explains things quite well.)

However, he is really enthusiastic about the material and tries to get everyone else excited about it too, which is endearing. Kellman cares about his students; he always answers every question--in class or on the online discussion board--to make sure we understand the material.

Also, he is pretty easy (I got an A and I didn't study as much as I should have). His tests (1 midterm and final, 35% each) are 50 multiple choice questions in 1 hr. 15 min. All questions come from the textbook or lecture. They are very straightforward and very fair. He also posts study questions from the book to help you focus what to study for the exam which is really helpful. The other portion of your grade comes from a 5 page paper and weekly homework assignments called minilabs, 15% each. His grade distribution is very generous too. I think almost 70% of the class got As or Bs. He also offers extra credit if you participate in experimetrix.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Kellman. I thought the material was pretty interesting, and he's really nice. It is not hard to get an A.

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Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.4 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.7 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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