All Ratings and Reviews for R. Edward Geiselman
I took 187a and 187b, handsdown he is one of the easiest professors I have taken at UCLA. Sure you have to memorize alot but that's pretty easy compared to other psych classes. Definately take both classes, the information is really interesting too! I got an A in both classes and I'm not even that smart. You wont regret it. :)
Took this class because I needed UD units, got an A. It was extremely interesting. If you want an A, just pay attention and take somewhat detailed notes. If you take his tests, you'll notice that he'll ask a lot of statistic questions for some weird reason. Know the important numbers on the handouts he gives you. He asks some statistic questions based on the textbook as well. You'll either know it or you won't (most likely not). Just be like everyone else in the class, and guess. The class is curved, thank goodness. The final was really easy for me compared to the midterm because I learned from my mistakes and understood what kind of a test-writer Geiselman is.
I LOVE professor Geiselman. I took both 187A & 187B and I wish there was 187C. He's an intriguing lecturer and his guest speakers make a good class that much better. His exams have more material on the book for 187A but for both 187A & 187B take really good lecture notes in class. 90-95% of the test is on his lectures. It's helpful if you record and re-listen to his lectures because he tends to speak quickly. Pay attention to all of his stories as information that can seem trivial at the time can be on the exams. The grad student TA is awful and doesn't know anything about the course. If you have a question, it's best to ask one of the undergrad TA's since they've taken the class before and know what's on the exams. Overall, a fantastic teacher!
my final grade: A+
I took both 187A and 187B and got As in both. Taking his classes has been one of the best choices I made at UCLA. It was very interesting to listen to the guest lecturers (you still have to pay attention to guest lectures b/c 2 or 3 questions per guest lecturer will be on each exam). His exams are primarily based on the lectures but, you got to do the readings to get an A. He is very clear and straight forward in terms of lecturing and writing exam questions. If you are interested in the world of forensic psychology and law enforcement, then these classes will be the most worthwhile investments you will ever make!!! Take him, you will never regret your decisions!!!!!!
Class was great. I am selling the required reader book for a cheaper price than the UCLA store. Email me if you are interested!
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After having taken this class i seriously cannot understand why people complain about it so much. This was one of the easiest classes i've taken at UCLA. Professor Geiselman is very nice and pleasant, and the coursework is minimal in my opinion. The final was super easy too. As i psychobiology major, this class required a lot less work than any of my other classes. Maybe for psych majors, this is a different case? I don't know. But seriously, take 100b with Geiselman if you can. 6 units of A :) with less than 10 hours of work put into the class the entire session. Also, Curtis is a great TA!
Sort of a hard class if you want to get an A. The readings are long and tedious. Lectures are great, but Geiselman tends to drone on and on - wish he allowed more time for questions
Many of the questions on the test are tricky. There are a lot of true/false questions that were dependent on one word or phrase, so read carefully! Know your basics and study the midterm review sheet. There were a lot of questions on the midterm that asked very basic questions that he didn't cover in lecture
I took 100B over the summer. Its supposed to be easier over the summer since there are no quizes and the professor does not cover as much material. Professor Geiselman explains the material clearly. However, he does not go over much material, and the material that he does go over is in itself easy. His test (one final exam) was easy. However, some of the questions were poorly worded and when confronted about this he would not admit his mistake. To me, he did not seem to really care to help the students. The class itself is instensive, but not difficult. If you want to do well in the class you have to put a lot of effort into your work. Your grade is composed of lab assignments and your research paper. It helps if you get a good TA, because your TA is the person who essentially gives you your grade. Your research paper is graded by your TA and the professor will not help you on it. Take advantage of your TA. My TA, Grace Chang, was really nice and was willing to help edit and go over my paper. As long as your paper is clear and detailed (and I mean detailed!) you should do well in the class. The reason people tell you this class is hard is because they don't put much effort into their paper. The TAs are really nit picky when it comes to grading. A lot of people lose points for not correctly following APA guidelines. I got an A+ in the class.
Excellent professor. I visited him consistently for office hours and we was very welcoming and actually listened to what I had to say. He answered my questions after class every time and was very open. The only thing I would change in his class is the number of questions he takes. Once he gets talking, he keeps going. He is a very intelligent man and he surely knows what he's teaching. However, sometimes I had my hand raised for a long time without being addressed.
the 187b was very difficult. the reading load was much less than 187a. nevertheless, the concepts discuseed in the class are very hard to grasp. but i really enjoy Geiselman's ability to teach, he can be redundant in his lectures, but that's more of a praise than a complaint.
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