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[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

January 10, 2017

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

She's an okay professor. Her lectures are pretty clear, and her examples really do help clarify concepts. The trouble comes when you attempt to speak with her outside of class. She is very unapproachable and at times straight up hurtful. One time I saw a girl leave her office crying uncontrollably. My roommate even considered speaking to the administration about withdrawing from her class after emotional torment over e-mail. The bottom line is that she gets the job done and will teach you psychology, and she is clearly passionate about what she does. BUT BEWARE. This comes at a cost. You would think Barnard/Columbia would want professors to inspire their students and break them down to build them up...not break them down for the sake of breaking them down. She clearly has some issues and projects them onto her students. College is a trying time due to workload..no student needs emotional abuse on top of that. Barnard, please someone with teaching skills AND compassion.

Workload:

Not bad. 3 exams. Do the reading. Attend lectures, and really pay attention to her examples.

November 20, 2014

Etengoff, Chana
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

Lab Review:
Professor Etengoff can come off as very friendly and smiley, but once you have enough exposure to her, her condescension becomes increasingly apparent. For some reason, she speaks to her students as if we are toddlers yet gives us an obscene amount of work. Each week, you are given an assignment that will add to your final paper, yet she gives almost no direction for the final paper itself, except a long list of extremely picky details.

Workload:

Stupidly heavy, especially when considering the fact that she explicitly said that she would try to give us the work load you might expect from a 1.5 credit course.

January 15, 2014

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

After reading the CULPA reviews of this class I almost didn't take it... and I am so glad I did!! If you are interested in personality psychology (ex. Meyer-Briggs personality test etc) at all TAKE THIS CLASS. If you put in some effort you can can get a lot out of the it, Woike covers a huge range of topics and I found the textbook really painless and the subject matter rather fascinating. The reviews of Woike and the class are totally unfair. Yes, you must do the readings in order to get As on the exams but this should be expected at the college level. Plus, unlike many other courses in which you are expected to memorize a gargantuan amount of info at test time, this stuff actually MATTERS and can be applied to your own troubles, existential questions, and all that good stuff. This class made me want to become a psych major.

This review may not be helpful for all students-- I did have an initial interest in personality psychology which may be why I enjoyed the class so much but I felt i had to write a positive review to even out the kilter.

Workload:

2 chapters of textbook reading and 1-2 journal articles per week (do it all) and 3 exams mostly based on the reading

December 17, 2013

Woike, Barbara
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I don't think it's that difficult to get an A in this class. You just need to know where to focus your time and energies when studying.
Woike's past reviews are a little unfair. She knows the material well and deserves credit for her contributions to personality psychology, but it's true that she's not a great lecturer. People often asked her to repeat herself. I sometimes found myself typing ".............." or "asdkjdgajsbk" in my notes when I couldn't tell what she was trying to say. I usually paid attention and typed up her lectures, but I often zoned out whenever someone asked an uninteresting question and then listened for a change in tone indicating that the professor was back on topic.
Going to class is definitely helpful. Woike usually gave us outlines before each lecture, but she often brought up very specific concepts or studies in class, noting "these aren't in your outlines." If you're going to skip class, borrow notes from someone who pays attention.

The class outlines are definitely the most important tool you can use to sufficiently prepare yourself for the exams. They explain the material that the professor considers most important, and they give you a clearer idea of how she thinks. It's also important to review the tables and figures in each chapter of the textbook--the professor often used these as test material. Other than that, I just skimmed the journal articles and the body of the text.

Workload:

Typical 1000-level psychology course at Barnard: three non-cumulative multiple-choice exams (except they aren't curved). She will most likely give out an extra credit assignment to boost grades a bit. Other reviewers said the assignment only raised class grades by a point, but she offered to raise our grades by "half a grade" if we did the assignment (i.e. a B+ becomes an A-).

November 05, 2013

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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Although Woike isn't a terrible person, I think she is the worst teacher I have ever had. She clearly doesn't care about you doing well and is more concerned with just doing the bare minimum. She prepares "notes" for you before every class, but it seems like she writes them 5 minutes before class. There is not real preparation or thought that goes into her lectures. She just rambles the whole time and sometimes what she says is irrelevant. I did this class for the major requirement and boy do I regret choosing her. I would record every class, do the reading and go over her notes... and I still found the test to be next to impossible. It's not that the tests were hard... they were unfair. I normally can admit to when I didn't prepare enough or when I could've done something differently to study. But I think the problem is her. When anyone would go up to her during the test to ask a question on her wording of a question... all she would say is "Can't help you" while she keeps staring at her phone. I truly mean it when I say... please do not take this class for your own sake. It will only affect your GPA and will make you hate psychology.

Workload:

2 midterms, final, and a small extra credit assignment

October 16, 2012

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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I think Professor Woike is a wonderful, sweet woman. I didn't mind that there weren't any powerpoints, because it forced me to pay attention and take notes on what she was saying. I found that the hour and fifteen minutes went by really quickly each week. Multiple choice tests were definitely difficult, but the material was not so tough. She also gives you the opportunity for an extra credit project if you want.. Professor Woike is engaging, knowledgable, and personable. I really liked her and would recommend her class!

Workload:

3 Midterm exams and a final, all multiple choice

December 11, 2010

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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This psych class is structured like pretty much every other psych class at Barnard. It's broken up into thirds, separated by non-cumulative multiple choice tests. The difference between this class and most of the others is that Woike does not use PowerPoints for her lectures. Instead she just stands at the front and reads from her notes in her extremely quiet voice. This makes it pretty difficult to follow along. The nice thing is she assigned someone the first week of class to be the official notetaker, and all the notes were posted on Courseworks, so it is never really necessary to take your own notes.

The first test was pretty normal. I think most people did pretty well. I just studied by reading the notes on Courseworks and all the bold words in the textbook. And then came the second test. I was beginning to wonder why all the CULPA reviews said her tests were so impossible. The first one was somewhat challenging but easy enough that students were able to do well. But the second test was insane. It asked questions about the most minute details of the readings and worded the answers very weirdly, so even if you thought you knew the answer, you weren't really sure. The average for this test was a C, and she did not give any curve. Instead, she offers an extra credit assignment, which is very simple to do but only raises your final grade by 1 point, so it is not such a huge help. I think the class would probably have benefitted much more from a curve on the C-average exam.

So I do agree with the other reviewers when I say that it is VERY hard to get an A in this class. I am a psych major and I took this class for the lab, but I also took developmental psych, and I highly recommend that class over this one. For one thing, personality psych is not a very interesting subject. My other friends in the course and I laugh about how we took an entire semester of it and still have no idea what personality psych is. Developmental is MUCH more interesting and much easier to do well in. I can't speak for the developmental lab, but I'm still sure it's worth it to take another class over this one.

The lab in this class was fine. It was a lot of busywork but it wasn't too too terrible, and it ends up helping out your grade a little since it makes the exams weigh less.

Workload:

Normal amount of reading each week, three non-cumulative 50-question, multiple choice tests.

For the lab, there is a lot of busywork but the assignments are all very straightforward and most of the work is group work, which is nice.

December 10, 2009

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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i found the material positively boring, and her presentation of it i don't think helped that. she can be occasionally funny at times (intentionally or not) but i could barely pay attention half the time. additionally, the exams were unnecessarily difficult for material so simple and common sense. i felt like they didn't always give students the opportunity to show their knowledge of the material, as they were so detail oriented. but as the class progressed, she became a little more transparent about what she was going to ask on the exams (she gave a detailed review sheet for the last exam).

but a good class to take for the science requirement, i think. totally manageable.

Workload:

i only read the textbook closer to the exam, after she said what we should concentrate on; if you followed the syllabus you would be doing a lot of superfluous reading, as the book is pretty longwinded. three exams, 50 questions each.

January 26, 2009

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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Interesting lectures, really monotone voice and way of presenting the information though, she just talks straight at you the whole hour and 15 min.

Totally bearable, and sometimes really interesting. Sweet lady, approachable.

Workload:

Three exams, mulitple choice, make sure you read everything she gives you and try to go to lecture as much as possible, although you can get away with not going all the time.

January 15, 2007

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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To be honest, although she is a somewhat cold and aloof person, I don't fully understand the reviews that claim Woike to be a harsh and rude person. She seems to really respect her students and their input. She gives excellent and complete answers to every question she recieves and she is always quite well prepared. She is also a very humorous lecturer and designed a course centered around very interesting content and reading. I only took the lecture component and found it somewhat strenuous (especially around the time of the very difficult exams) so I can only imagine how tough this course must be if you take the lab as well. However she is a fair scorer and I came away happily with a B (note that it is VERY difficult to get an A in this class). Though this class wasn't perfect and wasn't ALWAYS exciting I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Workload:

a chapter a week and 3 difficult tests that require ALOT of preparation. no final, no homework, no attendance taken.

January 09, 2006

Cesario, Joseph Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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I agree that Cesario is a nice, down to earth guy, always willing to help, blah, blah, blah. But he gives way too much time for people to ask dumb and hypothetical questions in class, and was not structured - halfway through the course he decided he wanted to stop using the textbook and he just asked us to print out random textbook chapters from courseworks. The text is expensive, and we only read 5 chapters or so from it. He does come to class prepared but a great deal of his lectures are simply details of experiments that can get boring and tedious. Tests are easy. Lab with Good is HORRIBLE.

Workload:

easy

January 07, 2006

Cesario, Joseph Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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Joe is an awesome professor. He has just started teaching and is very eager to share his enthusiasm for the subject. He was very proud of his tests, proudly annoucing before each one, "I think this is a good test." He was also very happy with how the class performed on these exams (the class average on the fist two was somewhere around a 93). The subject matter wasn't all that interesting-basically a rehashing of major themes from Intro while going in depth into a few major personality theories. However, Joe made it more interesting with his often humorous & cheesy PowerPoint presentations and lectures. Many of the things he said would elicit an "awwwwwww" from the entire class. This is a great class, especially for those doing Psych as a lab science. However, beware the lab section with Good.

Workload:

2 midterms & a final. All of the tests are of the same length (even though the final was given during the exam period & Joe allotted the full 3 hours). They are also non-cumulative. Readings from the textbook & excerpts from various other textbooks (I think he was trying to pick the one he liked the best) as well as some journal articles which can be hard to get through but are explained well in lecture
30% lab, if taking it(beware)

December 22, 2005

Cesario, Joseph Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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Joe is the coolest, funniest, best professor out there. He is sweet and charming (and very understanding and considerate), but most importantly, he is so enthusiastic and wants every one of his students to learn everything he possibly knows on the subject. He was always concerned that he was doing a good job, and would consistently ask the class's opinion on the job he was doing. He would always come to class prepared with powerpoint presentations, making note-taking easy. He even once brought in a video of him conditioning his cat- he is such a cool and sweet guy. He is the reason why I am a psych major. I really can't stress how great a guy and professor Joe is. I learned a lot in the class, and I enjoyed doing the readings and studying for the exams. Also, he is very easy to reach and very available to discuss any concerns or questions, via email or in his office. Take any class you can with him! As of now, he is still in the process of getting his PhD, but I am sure he will be teaching more courses in the future. Only take the lecture part of the course with Joe, if you can..the lab section (taught by Catherine Good) is boring and teaches nothing...a waste of time.

Workload:

Weekly readings- not too long or difficult or boring (for the most part). 3 exams (mulitple choice and short essay); non-cumulative final. All worth 1/3 of your grade. The lab section is awful (Professor Good) and I believe it's worth 30% of your overall grade in the class.

December 13, 2005

Cesario, Joseph Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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This guy is amazing! He is by far the best professor I have ever had at Barnard/Columbia. He organizes and presents the material in such an incredibly interesting and understandable way. After three years of attempting to skip as many psych classes as possible and cramming at the last minute for the test (which is usually very possible) I went to every class this guy gave. And I barely I had to study for the tests since I knew the material so well already from listening to his lectures. Take this class if you can -it really is one of the best.

Workload:

3 tests (the final is not cumulative) very manageable since the tests dont try to trick you up by asking about one tottally arbitrary and irrelevant sentence in the textbook but rather fairly evaluate your knowledge and grasp of the material

January 06, 2005

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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Despite mixed reviews, I really enjoyed my class with Professor Woike. Yes, she's a bit brash, and yes in the beginning I was intimidated by her; however, she is truly intelligent and knowledgeable, and she does a great job of relaying everything she knows to her students. Though some may have found her mean, I disagree wholeheartedly. Professor Woike is really kind, and if you are polite and interested, she'll give back to you 110%. She is quirky, humorous, and fun--all of her lectures were interesting, linear, and organized. It is not an easy class, however. The workload is steady and there is a lot of reading which you should keep up with. Her exams treat her lectures and the textbook as separate entities and test on both; therefore, take good notes and read everything (and take notes on the reading). Though I found this a challenging course, I ended up doing well. Just keep up with the reading, study, and be interetested; you'll appreciate Woike a whole lot more.

Workload:

Average: 100-ish pages per week of textbook reading, plus additional studies, three exams that divide semester into three parts, each take one class period (even final).

December 29, 2004

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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Disagree with all the other reviews! Professor Woike is a very funny and interesting instructor. She makes the material seem fascinating, and generally gives us a fair idea of what to study for on the exams. Essay questions are never a surprise. There is, granted, a lot of reading, but she makes it clear that we should stay up to date on all of it. Definitely recommend her.

Workload:

3 non-cummulative exams, comprised of 40 multiple choice questions and one essay question

December 29, 2004

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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Professor Woike is a quirky funny woman. She is fun to listen to and her lectures can be interesting. But, she doesn't seem to know much about what she's talking about. So, the class is mainly focused on the large textbook. The textbook isn't bad, but Woike makes it unclear as to whether the tests will be focused on her disorganized lectures or the hundreds of textbook pages. Because of that, her tests are surprisingly difficult and often include questions that have very little relevance to the class or the subject matter. Out of a class of about 50-60, 20-30 students passed/failed. But, no matter. As Woike told the class right before we filled out the evaluations: "I have tenure so the evaluations don't really matter." Fabulous attitude.

Workload:

3 tests, lots of reading.

December 29, 2004

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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I'm ambivalent about Professor Woike. I can definitely sympathize with the other reviews that cite her for being somewhat boring and affected, and even rude, but I also found her quite funny and I thought that material was interesting. One area where I agree with the other reviews is that her tests are pretty random and unfair, with questions from the little boxes (yeah, the ones that no professor expects the students to read) in the textbook. But if you read everything and have a good grasp of the material, you'll do fine. Her in-class exam reviews are helpful also.

Workload:

Basically a chapter a week from the textbook, sometimes substituted for articles (we get a coursepack), three exams (the final is the same length as the first two)

June 14, 2004

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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This is bar far the most annoying teacher - she proceeds to not only chew the gum but also chew the words - if you understand her it is because she drags words as if you would not be able to understand her otherwise. The questions on the tests are ridiculous - like what did Prof. Woike say about this concept in class. Well I would know if I could stay awake in it...

February 11, 2004

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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Avoid Professor Woike at all costs. Do not be fooled by the "fun" first lecture or two. Once she ropes you in, she turns a complete 180 and proceeds to deliver a semester's worth of boring, unorganized "lectures". She is extremely affected, and while she clearly knows her stuff she is incapable of presenting it coherantly. Also: in order to succeed in this class, you must be willing to photocopy your own copies of thick piles of esoteric journal articles (not online), which may or may not be on reserve at the barnard library (note:super-annoying hours. Biggest copico card balance i've ever encountered. once a professor assigns that many pages of reading, a COURSEPACK is required.

a note on her exams: they include minute details that test your ability to physically be in your seat, and retain mindless information that does not pertain to the subject matter. for example (i'm paraphrasing, but the essence remains): according to the video we saw in class, erikson's (A) wife's name is mary (B) lived in cleaveland (C) had a border collie growing up (D) all of the above. she also asked the author of our textbook.

i kid you not.

this class is not suggested if you prefer being tested on actual, relevant course material.

Workload:

2 midterms, final: non cumulative. lab can be time consuming, grading can be tough on minute details, mostly pertaining to APA format, also very dependant on how tough your TA grades.

January 01, 2004

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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HOrrible, horrible! Stay away from this class if you can. If you can't...(I took the class to fulfill the Barnard science requirement) take it pass/fail. Not hard to get a B but almost impossible to get an A. Lectures were rarely organized...and Woike loves to put minute-detailed questions that were barely covered in class on exams. Lab was discouraging...grading was difficult emphasizing minute details that were not even brought up in class.

Workload:

Reading not that extensive...2 midterms and a final. All are the same format--40 multiple choice and a short essay. Multiple choice are meant to be tricky.

December 01, 2003

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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I disagree. I think that woike is an interesting professor. she is a bit of an odd person... but still she makes the boring textbook sound more interesting than it actually is. she is probably the most interesting psych professor- she's a dream compared to the others in the dept. i would recommend her class

Workload:

3 exams- not so difficult

January 24, 2003

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality (w/ or w/o lab)

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This woman has the worst personality ever. She is obnoxious, rude, and unprofessional. She chews gum during her lectures, rendering her speech unintelligible. I actually got an A in her class, so I have no grade-related axe to grind. The work load is not so bad and her tests are fair. her attitude and general demeanor are what offended me. She tends to be very unapproachable and mean.

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