All Ratings and Reviews for Sean P McAuliffe
Professor McAuliffe is super funny and engaging during his lectures. I felt that I learned something valuable and enjoyed the content we covered. I also appreciated the life stories and advice he sprinkled into his lectures. I highly recommend!!!
The class consisted of 2 take-home, non-cumulative, open-note exams and one final presentation where we presented a research study of our choice. Attendance in lectures and labs was not mandatory other than for the final presentation—everything was recorded and posted. The take home exams weren't hard—the answers are all in his lectures/labs.
*Note that I took this class during COVID-19, so my experience is only representative of the online class format. I think the class would have required a lot more time and effort if it were in person.
Tests are stupid, I guess he really worked hard to tricks you in some questions, and he makes terrible jokes. FYI, he makes loud noises to scare the shit out of you, don't take if you have heart conditions. And if you are here because this class does not require a paper, think twice, everything comes with a price. The funniest thing he will teach you if you are in the class is that bruinwalk reviews are biased samples from haters and lovers. Well, I guess he has more haters than lovers.
This class is unlike other psychology/life science classes. It questions theoretical probabilities rather than simply lecturing facts and expects the students to form their opinions while remaining open-minded on topics such as consciousness, free will, and judgement.
The textbook does not help, although it is available for $25 pdf copy.
Pros: Professor McAuliffe respected the time of his students; he always started and ended in the designated time slot. His materials outside of his slides (videos, examples, personal stories) were engaging and interesting. He does a good job of not imposing opinions and encourages discussion.
Cons: However, his instructions for a video project (15% of grade) were vague. Although I appreciated the artistic freedom, it would've been nice to have more guidance. Lecture recordings were sometimes uploaded 3 days late. Sometimes, he accelerates and skimps his explanations of important topics for the sake of time, and in my class, explicitly said that he would skip a topic that later showed up in 5 questions on the final exam.
Especially for a class that relied on Zoom and slides, I would've liked more prompt email communication between the professor and student.
Take this class while it is online! I took this class in the Fall this year for my lab credit and it was honestly such a small workload, especially compared most of the other lab options. This class might normally be difficult, but taking it online was super chill. The midterm and the final were both somewhat difficult, but you have 24 hours to complete each one, and you can go back and watch lectures and just write what he says as each answer to the question for most questions. There is also a presentation at the end, which is what gives you the lab credit, but he graded these quite nicely. There are no assignments other than the two exams and the presentation, all of which it is totally possible to ace with the online format.
I've never written a review before in my almost 4 years here at UCLA but I definitely knew I wanted to write one for Professor McAuliffe. This professor is super engaging, has great examples, and teaches you so much about life. I recommend taking psych 101 with him 100%
McAuliffe is absolutely awful. His tests are dumb -- he literally copies questions off his study guide, and the rest of the questions are on obscure details that have no relevance to the overall meaning of the topic. When he's not trying to be funny, his lectures are so boring. I'm so interested in psychology, but I was always so bored during his lectures. His grading criteria is ridiculous! Try not to take general psych lab if you don't have to!! For your own sake, really!
worst professor i have ever had at ucla. without a book assigned to the class, it meant i HAD to attend his lectures. normally, i'm all for classes without expensive books and normally i love to attend lectures and learn, but seriously mcauliffe's condescending attitude and overall lack of self-control makes it unbearable. if you can avoid him as a professor, please do. also, if you do end up taking him, make note of the fact that he's a self-declared non-researcher (and proud of it), yet when it comes to test time, you better remember the study he had participated in, because, well.. he's just that narcissistic. you will also be in for numerous anecdotes about his life that just waste a ton of time and have little to do with anything we should be talking about. with all of that said, he did give us candy and sang us a song right before we filled out our teacher evaluations.
I got an A on both of my midterms,
never went to class after the first week
and expecting an A from this class.
I normally nevery miss a lecture in my
other classes, but for this man,
PLEASE do study by yourself. Either
he does not know how to teach, or
have seriously problem sticking to an
academic subject. He keeps talking
about unrelated topics which stopped me from going to class the first week.
How to do well without going to class: 1. Take atleast 3 hours on monday when
the lecture slides are posted to go over what he'll go over during class.
2. spend 1 hour on friday to see if you still remember those materials
3. when the practice problems are posted DO THEM the second he post them
4. to study for finals, all you need to do is REDUE the practice problems
5. Memorize the questions on the practice problems and the answers to them
6. ON the actual midterm, READ the questions, b/c he WILL change numbers/words to 1 or 2 problem out of 30.
**afterall, this class is a breeze if you do what i've done.
i've never spent 4 hours a week of studying to get an A in UCLA. (although my grades aren't posted yet... :D)
McAuliffe's class felt like one of those Online courses you take at a school like University of Phoenix. Being an Econ-Psych double major, the class really reminded me of the majority of my econ courses. Go to the first couple of lectures, become disenchanted with the course, skip lectures for the rest of the quarter, read at home, and bring questions to discussion. Luckily, we had a really awesome TA who was very helpful and always around. His tests are very tricky and confusing. Don't bother learning how to do any of the problems the book provides nor any of the example he gives in class (same as the books). Just know the concepts inside and out, and pray that you have a class that is just as confused as you are so the curve is good. Worked for me...I basically got a 60% in the class and came out with a B.
This man has two personalities. His lecture style is funny but confusing. He is not as clear as he thinks he is. In office hours he is worse. But in 120A his multiple choice tests were impossible. I never knew what he was really asking. Thanks to help from my TA and the fact that the mini essays were easy I got above the mean on both tests. But, even with extra credit, I still got a B+ in the class. Yet, in 101 his tests were really different. They were short answer and very straight foward. I do not know why his tests are so different. Also for 101 all you have to do is present an article in section as the BIG project that all labs have to have. A lot of the info was the same exact slides from 120A and there was no textbook like the dry one in 120A, there were just a few short articles that you get quizzed on at the beginning of class which were also easy. The bottom line is avoid him for 120A but in 101 you may have a chance to do well if you understand the lecture and go to Super Office Hours which reviews the whole course the day before the test.
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