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[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality

December 07, 2017

Well, Tara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality

Tara Well's lectures were so boring, she read off the slides. The subject matter is interesting however you are better off doing research on your own then taking the class. Pretty easy A tho...

Workload:

3 exams, multiple choice, non-cumulative

December 17, 2013

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

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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 20, 2013

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality

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Woike's class is just straight up weird. She is nice, and will answer questions but she is also qwirky and weird so the way she answers them doesnt always make sense... here are some basic facts about woike:

1.She knows her stuff, but always goes off on random tangents about nothing...
2.her voice is always the same.. she never changes pitch or anything
3.She teaches very colloquially... not with an assertive and loud "I know what I'm talking about" voice but with an "is this class almost over? You should know this... why am I even here" kind of voice

You need to know this because it is because of these 3 qualities that make her class crappy. Because of all of this it is so easy to get zone out, BUT BEWARE, because if you zone out for a minute during one of her tangents and then zone back in, you will realize that now she is talking about work again, but you didnt know she even switched from her tangent to work because she always sounds the same.. -__- This is the main problem with her teaching style... you never know what is important to listen to and what is just her talking bullshit about lord knows what.

NO POWERPOINTS, just her and her voice

her tests are do-able but just for some reason a little difficult... I dont actually know why though. I cram and always come out with a B so I think if I studied ahead of time I could get an A, but I'm not sure cause I never study ahead of time. whoopsie.

Workload:

3 tests and an extra credit assignment

November 14, 2013

Woike, Barbara
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality

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Professor Woike is the worst professor I have ever had the misfortune to take. This was absolutely the worst class that I have taken at Barnard/Columbia. She is unintelligent and makes ridiculous statements during class. She doesn't teach as much as she reads notes off of her little sheet that is essentially just a basic skeleton of the textbook ( which happens to be far more eloquent and helpful than Woike herself). The class time goes on for hours, you don't learn a thing, and the content for the exams cannot even be found in your lectures-- it is all in the book. You might as well not even bother attending class, she doesn't notice and she doesn't care. In short, steer clear of this course.

Workload:

3 midterms, impossibly hard as she has not taught you any of the material. A weird extra credit assignment that is time consuming and simply furthers her personal research.

December 11, 2010

Davis, Joshua
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality

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Professor Davis is really nice and approachable, and he definitely wants his students to succeed. I think he might have taken note of some of the reviews on here, because he now gives extremely detailed instructions for every assignment he gives. Every assignment is clearly laid out so you know exactly what he is looking for. Yes, a lot of the work is busywork, but it isn't very difficult, and it is almost all done in groups, so that leaves much less work for everyone individually.

All in all, this wasn't a very difficult lab and Professor Davis is very nice and understanding. I would not necessarily recommend taking personality psych, because I found the lecture half of it terrible, but the lab is definitely not the reason why the class was so bad.

Workload:

A lot of busywork at the beginning, then a final group project that takes up most of the semester and ends with a presentation and a final paper (all in a group)

December 10, 2009

Davis, Joshua
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality

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i agree with many points of the reviews below. while josh seems really nice, takes interest in his students, i think he makes TOO MUCH effort, and that's where the problem lies. having a lab for psychology of personality itself is kind of a joke, so i think his overzealousness is trying to compensate for that. so much of the work was total busy work, and often too much for the 1.5 credits. if we knew as a group that we would be writing our lab report together, it was pointless and annoying to have to write our own first. and 3 hours for this lab is ridiculous, superfluous and boring as hell. i struggled to keep awake because it was the 9-12 time. i think josh needs to reevaluate the class structure and not take it too seriously.

Workload:

a lot of stupid work. final lab report on our own project.

January 26, 2009

Davis, Joshua
[PSYC BC1123] Psychology of Personality

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Really nice guy, extremely patient and approachable. Mostly not very engaging, but funny and well intentioned.

Workload:

you have to go to every class, develop a mock group project and then an acutal group project which you have to test, mostly thorugh quesstionnaires. Then a final lab report explaning what you did and what you found. just as long as you follow the guidelines and everything is coherent you should do fine.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality Barbara Woike 2010 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality Barbara Woike 2009 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality Barbara Woike 2008 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality Barbara Woike 2006 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality 2006 Fall T / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality Barbara Woike 2004 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality 2004 Fall MT / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality 2003 Fall MT / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality Barbara Woike 2003 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality 2002 Fall MT / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality Barbara Woike 2002 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1123: Psychology of Personality Faculty Faculty 2001 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1