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This was the worst professor I have ever had. She was so rude to all her students and extremely condescending. I once asked for clarity and she ridiculed me. The tests are very hard because she picks something mentioned once in the book and its very unfair if you don't have the best memory. The only good thing about this class is that she drops the lowest test score but other than that, your entire grade is based on the test and every question is 1% of your grade. Don't take it with this professor if you are not good at memorizing an entire book.
I absolutely enjoyed this class with Dr. Repetti! She is an excellent speaker and delivers great lectures! The textbook is a MUST because half of the exam questions are based on textbook material. She is also very informative and helpful during office hours. I appreciated that she allows you to see your exams and where you messed up. She then asks you how she can help to better prepare you for the next exam, something many professors don't do. Also, there are a total of 3 exams, which she drops your lowest score. Overall, I strongly recommend this class with Dr. Repetti. She is amazing!
She is a very bad lecturer, and I would recommend to stay away from this class (course in general) and maybe take 127B or 127C instead.
Many of the questions directed towards her were responded with a "maybe YOU can do a study on that" (her attempt to make us all researchers) or were completely skipped over.
Yes, you do have to read everything in the book, "even the stuff in the boxes". For the first and second exam, theres about 120-130 pages worth of reading (each). The final is cumulative and incorporates an extra chapter you'll go over the week prior.. about 15 pages?
The pros is that this class is podcasted (audio only) and she drops your lowest exam score. I found most of the TAs helpful. No discussion participation... so i.e. it's not mandatory to attend. I feel that it was helpful for me.
The con is that if you procrastinate, you will be drowning in reading. She will test you on readings from the book, even things you might think are insignificant to abnormal psychology or the DSM (Thats why people say to read even this stuff in the boxes). If you have a heavy course schedule, this isn't going to be a fun class.
Pros: Clear lectures. Easy to follow power point presentation. Optional final if you're satisfied with your first 2 exam scores.
Cons: Heavy workload. Exams cover approx. 120 pages of text + lecture material + case studies. Some exam questions test on minute detail covered by 1 sentence in the text. Office hours were not particularly helpful as she often addressed a question by asking you a question (you're better off asking a TA). No points for discussion.
Conclusion: Earning an A is possible, but not easy. (Class average: Exam 1 mean score: 81%. Exam 2 mean score: 82%). Lots of memorization is required for the exams. Overall, a hard-working class that will test your time management skills. Procrastinate? Prepare for less sleep and a minimal social existence. A class with the potential to bury you quickly if you struggle to keep up.
Professor Repetti is a crap lecturer. That said, the class is a profoundly useful learning experience.
- You do not need to attend her lectures because they are audio casted and she doesn’t really interact with you in class. If you want to get to know her, go to office hours.
- Listen to her lectures while having the slides open on your computer and make lots of notes about everything is she saying. You dont really need a video recording of her lecture to make sense of what she’s saying because she talks at a really comfortable pace and its easy to tell when she moved to the next slide.
- After you’ve heard her lectures and made notes about everything she said, read the chapter in the book. I want to say two things here 1) IDK why professors ask us to read before lecture because all that does is confuses us and scares us about the vastness of the material which begins to feel much more manageable after lecture and 2) the textbook is fkn expensive and the library has very few copies so check out UCLA’s facebook groups for online pdfs of the book.
- Even if you can’t find the “newest” edition of the book, its fine. Basically the only changes are DSM-IV to DSM-5 and she anyway covers all of that in lecture. Jut be careful not to memorize the DSM-IV stuff from the book and instead ask the TAs about what the current DSM version says.
- She gives 2 non-cumulative midterms and 1 cumulative final and drops your lowest score of the three. All exams are 50 questions so that means the whole grade depends on your answer to 100 questions. So each question is a percent of your grade.
- In the exam, all the easy questions will be from her lecture and all the randomly peculiar or tough questions will basically test you on obscure facts from the book so be careful about that.
- The discussion sections are useless- Professor Repetti tries very hard to give you incentive to attend the discussion by have you do two case studies in the quarter. But those take one discussion section each so discussion gets cancelled often.
The course material and the learning outcomes are terrific, you should definitely take this class and read the book. This class will teach you a lot about people and help you in more ways than you can image.
BUT, do not expect anything out of the professor and the TAs.
Professor Repetti couldn’t be less bothered about teaching this class. Her body language, the way she shoots down questions from students mid-lecture and the way she has this fake, forced smile on her face the whole time- all are testimony to how stuck she feels with this course.
I personally never went to her office hours because she seems so disinterested during lecture- and I go to most professors’ office hours to chat with them. What I disliked the most was how she was not interested in answering many of the questions the students had about the course material while she was lecture. Basically, she doesn’t want to be interrupted at all. I dont think thats fair because we come to class to learn, we are curious and we have a question, we have full right to ask that question in the middle of the lecture when it is relevant to the topic of conversation. I dont think Professor Repetti is empathetic of the fact that abnormal behavior is something we all witness and sometimes go through in our lives and thus its a subject we are not only very curious about, but also very invested in. It should, therefore, be her job as a professor and psychologist to be open to all sorts of questions instead of being worried about being slowed down. She feels rushed to finish her slides for the day but 1) she is repetitive in her sentences and 2) she is verbose. Instead, she could become more concise yet detailed in her lecturing study and then freely take questions. This is what I hated the most about her lecture.
Professor Repetti’s lectures slides are well made and she speaks slowly and clearly- both of which make it great to take notes in her lecture. Its easy to keep up. The slides, however, are in no way sufficient for studying for her exams. She makes the slides mostly as guiding bullet points for herself so that she can lecture on everything that she had wanted to. It is what she actually SAYS during lecture that you need to note down and memorize. In addition, you also need to spend a lot of time with the book. Read every paragraph, box, question, everything. She will test you on the most obscure stuff. I would say dont just read the book, actually memorize peculiar stuff from the book that you didnt find in her slide or her lecture- thats the stuff that will be on the exam.
Wouldn't recommend this class. She requires you to read the entire textbook, the boxes, everything. The workload is unreasonably heavy. She would go over one disease and the book would go over 10 more. You get to take 3 exams and drop the lowest. The third and final exam is cumulative. The final exam also covers additional chapters, so if you don't get A's in the first two exams, you're screwed. I was exactly three exam questions away from getting an A. No extra credits were given.
Again, wouldn't recommend taking this class with her.
Her exams are compromised of 25 lecture questions and 25 textbook questions.
For the textbook questions: literally make sure when you are reading the chapters and studying READ EVERYTHING!!! In the textbook there are many side notes and colored boxes of things you would think are irrelevant but are put on the exam! So when you are reading the chapters and studying, READ EVERY SINGLE WORD ON THE PAGE. If I had known this I would have had a better score on exam 1 (76%) after learning that her textbook questions focused on the smallest irrelevant details I got a 92% on exam 2. Her exams can get a little tricky regardless. I still enjoyed the class and felt like I learned a lot!
take this class. i just took it (W15) and i thought it was pretty easy. professor repetti is super nice, and the tests are not very hard... (the average for the second midterm was 88% and i think the average for the first midterm was 82%). best part of the class is the format. the whole class is out of 100 points, and you have 3 tests ( 2 midterms and a final) to determine your grade. each test is 50 questions and she drops your test lowest score. so if you do well on your first 2 midterms and are happy with your grade you dont even have to take the final. the class is not super tricky if you just go to class and listen to her. if you dont wanna go to class, its audiocasted so you dont even have to go, just try listen to her lectures and you'll get all the questions based on the lecture right. however the one bad part of the class is that about 50% of the test is straight out of the textbook which you must read if you want to do well. just rent it, and read the chapters, they aren't long, its not difficult, and most of it is actually pretty interesting to read. take this class it'll be a good GPA booster. plus repetti is super nice and pretty interesting to talk to in office hours
Her midterm structures have changed, they are no longer 25 questions each. Instead, she gives two midterms each worth 50 points and a final. Honestly, her lectures were pretty boring and if she were to talk a bit faster the material would flow a bit better and we would cover more material. However, overall she is a good professor, listening to her lectures on bruincast should be sufficient; reading the textbook is critical! If I were to rate her, I'd give her a C. She is an average professor.
Good lecturer. Her class is interesting. She gets a little confused on her own ideas from time to time and has to start her sentences over - happens often. Midterms and finals very tricky, even though she says they are not. Everyone I knew from class was in the B range. I heard the other professor that teaches this class is even harder in his grading, so for that reason I recommend Repetti, otherwise I would move on. If I would have to rate her as a professor, I would give her a B-