All Ratings and Reviews for Sean P McAuliffe
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.
Like most people say, he's a nice person but he's a terrible teacher. He skips steps (which shouldn't be the case in a math class), and if you've never taken stats before (like me) nothing makes sense and reading the book on your own gets really hard after the first midterm (which wasn't too bad). I ended up dropping the course though because of a scheduling conflict and took it with Nandy, who is really boring but much more thorough when he teaches and his tests are way easier.
Took Psych 100a for Fall/03. Thoroughly enjoyed his class. He is a brilliant, funny teacher trying to make a boring subject matter (STAT!) more interesting and tolerable.
Lecture: I liked his lecture style, which focus main concepts using lecture notes (Power point slides, posted on a course web every week. Very helpful). Some exam questions come straight from his lecture or lecture notes, so make sure go to every class and listen carefully what he said. His lecture speed might be a little fast, so try to read book or lecture note in advance.
Exam: Tricky, but it is not bad. Make sure you fully understand the concept, logics, and try brainstorm, otherwise you will be panic during exam! I studied mainly on his power point slides, and got B+/A.
TA: Very helpful (thank you, J & L! You guys are awesome!). Make sure you go to review session before the exam.
I hated STAT before I took his class, but Professor McAuliffe increased my interest to this subject than before. I definitely recommend him, and if you are going to take him, good luck with STAT!
BTW, I saw some student made a negative comment on him pointing out his tardiness, but I went to every single class of 100a (T/TR 3:30pm) this quarter, and he was late only a couple times, less than 5-10 minutes. If somebody quote on him \305gregularly half an hour to an hour late to class\305h, the person must be talking about other McAuliffe.
There are those who caan teach, and those who cannot. Professor McAuliffe can NOT teach. This guy is just horrible when it comes to teaching. He straight up reads right off of the lecture notes, which if I may add comes straight from the CD in the book. Half the time when you ask him a question about a problem, he talks and talks until you get complelty lost and he ends up talking about some completley random thing that is way off topic. Oh yeah, and don't expect to udnerstand what he says either. He seriously talks incredably fast. If your a visual learner, DONT TAKE HIM. You wont get anywhere with him.
To those who expect to learn while in class, well, no such luck with this teacher. You'd be better off not going at all and learning all the stuff on your own. His lectures make no sense and he never specifys what he is exactly talking about. Its on you to figure out what he's on.
Don't expect him to ever show up on time either. He's always late and is pretty much always unprepared. For the midterms, he came in late, didn't have enought tests, he didnt have enough charts or tables to go around. He basically started the test 1/2 hour late, had an obsured amount of questions, and continously stopped us in the middle of the test to tell us he screwed up on certain questions.
On a personal note, leaving any details out, I have found that he is one of the most cold hearted, inconsiderate teachers I have come across. Don't expect him to have any compassion for the human heart what so ever.
On that note, GOODLUCK to those who are going to take Psyc 100A. Stay as far away as possible from Professor McAuliffe for any class he teaches.
always late(10 minutes?? more like 15 (: ), always unprepared (took him another 10 minutes to set up the projector and his laptop), but I was always entertained and always learned something new and interesting! the tests are basically on lecture material and lecture notes are available online- so just review those and remember what he was talking about in class when the slides were up...I seriously studied the lecture notes for 2 hours before the second midterm and got one of highest grades. With McAullife, you have to go to lecture and actually listen to what he says in class, otherwise you can get sooooo lost(the readings are fairly impossible unless you're quite informed on subjects of neuroscience and such). maybe its because I'm extremely interested in cog sci, but overall, I thought it was a fantastic class!
He is awful. He tries to be funny, but is truly just an idiot. He makes it seem like he cares about how you're doing in his class, but honestly, does not care one bit. Awful teacher, SOOO BAD! He has definitely earned the name McAwful!
Kinda corny, but an okay teacher. His tests are a little tricky, make sure you read q's carefully. Most of his tests are from the lectures, with a few def's from the text.
It looks like there are a lot of bad reviews out here. I took his Psych 101 course in the summer, which seemed not as hard as these reviews made me expect it to be. We didn't have a textbook, which is always a plus. The class consisted of two midterms (40% each) and 1 group presentation (20%). The midterms weren't too bad, no questions or ideas that he didn't go over in class. It is very manageable, the only part that was sometimes hard was the 4 hour lab, but he gave us a break and candy sometimes. He is very helpful in his office hours, so I encourage you to visit him. Overall, probably much better than any other Pysch lab out there.
Do not take this professor unless you want to ruin your GPA. I stayed because I need to declare my major. I'm an A student but not anymore! There is no way to get an A in this class as the past reviewers suggest, unless they cheated as many did in my class. I did not and actually memorized all formulas. The professor forces you to subscribe to the website he created, nice side income. The text is full of errors, his made up critical values-1.64? As well as other mistakes in the power section. His questions on exams have at least 4 that aren't mentioned in lecture or text. This is meant to sabotage you. What kind of teacher derives pleasure out of sabotaging students? He claims he has to in order to weed out serious psych students. Hmmm how come Nandy doesn't have that problem?
USE the lectlets on the disc with the book. The book was heinous, the professor was worse and they TAs were even worse than he was. I have NEVER had problems with Stats courses, but this one was nearly impossible, just try the lectlets, they were what got me through.
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