Review Comment

[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

January 19, 2017

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

I hated this class and thought Senghas was a terrible teacher. There's a lot of memorization, and it's all dry. I recommend taking it with someone else. I did quite poorly in the class and I worked incredibly hard.

Workload:

3 tests- all multiple choice
textbook readings and article readings

May 16, 2016

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology with Professor Senghas was decent class, but nothing great...standard for Barnard Psych 1000 levels. Although I found the material for the first half of the class to be a bit dry, the sections on academic achievement, temperament, attachment, and gender development were super interesting and Professor Senghas supplemented those sections with great readings (it might be helpful to note that I was particularly interested in those topics though before taking the class though...)! Professor Senghas is clearly very interested in the material and has a lot of anecdotes to illustrate the concepts on the slides. I definitely think the course is worthwhile if you're trying to fulfill the science requirement or you're a psych major, but I wouldn't necessarily take it as a "fun" elective.

In terms of the exams, it's important to do the reading. She says it's the difference between an "A" and a "B" in the course. I'm not sure that's true - I didn't do all of the reading during the semester and I got an "A," but I definitely looked through the chapters pretty thoroughly when studying for the exams.

Workload:

2 midterms and a final exam. The multiple choice on the final were only from the last third of the course and the corresponding book chapters, but there was an essay question that was cumulative-ish.

March 06, 2014

Hoch, Hannah
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

Professor Hoch is one of the worst professors I've had at Barnard. She is a really friendly person, but she literally reads off of her powerpoints and doesn't add anything more than is already written. This would all be fine if her exams were super easy and vague, but they aren't. They are surprisingly tricky. She barely seems to know anything when asked questions that require more knowledge than is available on her slides. Going to lecture is nearly useless, except that she takes attendance about half of the time, even though it's a large lecture.

I'm shocked each and every time we have class by how useless of an instructor she is. Additionally, she shows an annoying number of videos (probably five per class).

Don't take this course unless you need to to fulfill a requirement.

Workload:

Three non-cumulative exams: first two are each worth 30% of final grade, final exam is worth 40% of final grade.

February 11, 2014

Etengoff, Chana
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

This is a review for the LAB.

Professor Etengoff seemed nice on the first day of class, but as the class proceeded she became extremely irritating. She treated us like we were middle school students, shushing us and telling us to "read silently" whenever anyone uttered a word. The lab required us to observe the Toddler Center, and so really limited what we could do with the final research report. Prof. Etengoff repeatedly told us we were doing super important, "real" research, but watching kids and taking down our arbitrary observations is hardly anything remotely significant in terms of adding to the body of research that's already out there. For someone who's NEVER done any kind of scientific research, the lab certainly walks you in painful detail of how to do it.... Prof. Etengoff obsesses over the most minute things (e.g. whether you get rid of the gridlines on your graphs or title your charts just perfectly; the syllabus even outlines exactly how many mins you should spend talking about X topic and where/who to look at when you're presenting your project).

I made an A at the end of the course, but only because I put in way more work than I should have.

Workload:

The workload was crazy for a 1.5 credit lab course. Extremely detailed assignments.

December 28, 2011

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Professor Senghas is not the most engaging lecturer, but she is very passionate about the material. The exams are pretty easy, read the textbook the day before and look over your notes. You don't have to take a lot of notes in class, is Professor Senghas posts her slides and doesn't have that much to add except for clarity to random words on her slides. Her personal research is really incredible and it was very interesting to read about it in the book and have her explain it in class. For a couple of the lectures, she brought in other Barnard psych professors who specialized in the area. That was really helpful because they could answer more specific questions from the students. This was a very interesting class, but if you need a class in the C group, I would recommend Social, which I took with Stroessner, because it is an absolutely incredible class, though this one is easier.

Workload:

Not a lot at all. A few medium length chapters and articles per exam. 3 non-cumulative exams. Nothing else.

January 16, 2011

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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I agree with most of the reviewers' comments here that Senghas is too caught up on minuscule details of the reading. I studied pretty hard for her 3 exams, and did not do very well on any of them. The second one was the hardest and afte she had given it to us she realized and made the third test slightly easier. That said, the material is extremely interesting and I don't regret taking this class at all to fulfill my psych requirement. Prof. Senghas has such a passion for what she is teaching. While some may be turned off by her outwardly gruff manner and her tendency to run a little late (please keep in mind she has a 2 1/2 year old child people!), her incredibly intelligence on the topics she teaches more than makes up for any of that. My family and friends are about at their wits' ends this winter break, because I won't shut up about all of the interesting things I learned in Developmental Psych (I'm a poli sci major).

Workload:

The lab is a joke, at least if you get Josh Davis as your lab teacher. I hated lab. It's one long group project all semester. But this review is about the lecture. There were 3 exams, mainly multiple choice, with some fill in the blank questions. You're not going to do as well as you think on the exams, so study hard. MAKE SURE YOU GO TO CLASS. If you don't go to lecture then you are NOT going to do as well, because the phrasing of a lot of her questions comes from her lecture notes. And read over the book closely. Not too much reading a week; Only about a chapter from the textbook and some articles.

May 23, 2010

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Professor Senghas is a nice woman, but boy do her exams test on the most ridiculous of details. Some of her multiple choice questions are honestly impossible for the average human being. On the first and the last test, you will do fine, but the middle test, well, that will turn out interesting. Be sure to write down everything she says in class, as well as read the book and study from her lecture slides, if you memorize every single detail from all of the above, then you can manage that A you thought you'd get.

Also, unless its an emergency scenario, she does not respond to e-mails so don't even bother.

Workload:

The exams are about 60-70 multiple choice and some short answer questions at the end that will test some random details you probably didnt think were important.

May 19, 2010

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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She is probably the most disorganized and apathetic professor in the Psychology department. The material presented in any Developmental Psychology course is not difficult, but Senghas manages to contort the information in a incoherent manner on her exams, and asks irrelevant questions about her own beliefs in the field that go against what is said in the textbook and other scientific journals. She claims she doesn't believe in extra credit because it is "unfair", yet on the exams asks unrelated questions such as "Where did Professor Senghas go to college?" and "Name 5 of the 7 Sister Schools" for extra points.

During lecture she mainly reads from the powerpoints and all her answers to more in-depth questions from the students are: "I don't know."

Workload:

Just 3 non-cumulative, incoherent exams. No curve.

January 05, 2010

McCrink, Koleen Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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I am always skeptical with new professors, especially in the Psych department, but there is nothing but good things to say about Professor McCrink. She's incredibly smart (Ivy League-educated), funny (during lecture and in office hours), entirely helpful and informative (in aspects even outside of Developmental).

Lectures are interesting, although some may regard them as boring because information in lecture is a mirror of what is provided in the textbook. Regardless, she plays videos during class that enhance the concept being learned. Overall, a very thorough professor who explains everything clearly and properly.

If you are unsure, she holds office hours right after lecture for a good 1-2 hours where she will talk to you about anything you didd not understand and will never make you feel slow or stupid. She also holds review sessions for the exams, which she calls "freak out sessions" the night before the test. Medium sized turn out and she goes through all of her slides, one by one, to answer any questions that any student had. Really patient!

A true gift in the Barnard Psych. Department. I would undoubtedly urge you to take a class with her, any class. Honestly, one of the greatest professor I've had in the department!!

Workload:

If you are a Psych major, you may find it to be on the lighter side. However, non-Psych majors do not struggle. Reading may seem like a lot but you can manage to skim and still get A's on the tests. 50 MC questions, 8-10 fill-in-the-blanks from vocabulary words directly in the lecture (never tests you on definitions that is in the text, not in the lecture)

November 04, 2009

McCrink, Koleen Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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She's absolutely wonderful! This is her first semester teaching at Barnard. She's quite funny and you won't get bored in her class. Exams are straightforward.

Workload:

3 exams, not cummulative
Interesting reading!

November 01, 2009

McCrink, Koleen Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Prof McCrink is a new professor this semester but I must say so far the class has been a very pleasant experience. Lectures are not boring at all, rather they are very interesting. She covers the subject matter and has a great handle on the area. Tests were for the most part very fair and straightforward, unlike tricky annoying mc psych tests where the teacher is out to get you. She is very approachable and is a very nice person, worth getting up for the 9:10 lecture slot.

Workload:

readings from textbook for every lecture plus occasional article, she posts her slides the night before the lecture to print out. 3 tests non cumulative

May 06, 2009

Davis, Joshua
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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As a lab professor, Josh is great. Although he can be awkward sometimes, he is very passionate about helping you become a better psychologist. He works with groups individually so that your experiment can be as successful as possible. He brings us to the toddler center so that we can observe the toddlers who attend there every day, which is great hands-on experience. I did more work in my lab than in my lecture, but the work is pretty enjoyable and practical.

Workload:

1 big lab report that you work on all semester, weekly assignments (not too demanding)

May 06, 2009

Hoch, Hannah
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Hannah Hoch feels passionate about developmental psychology, especially since she works with autistic kids. However, going to her class is pretty pointless because she posts the powerpoint slides online, and all she does in class is read off the class. She is very enthusiastic and often shows entertaining videos, but there is nothing valuable that she says in class that you can't find from the slides.

Workload:

Reading that is not necessary (but helpful in studying for exams), 3 exams, 1 extra credit article summary

December 17, 2008

Davis, Joshua
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Joshua Davis is the worst professor I have ever had in my experience at Barnard-Columbia. He is a nice guy, true, but a wreck as a professor.

He never explains assignments, never budgets time, and never uses class time in an efficient manner. For the first month and half of this lab course, we spent three hours doing busy work that was extremely difficult and poorly explained. We spent about twenty minutes of the allotted three hours actually observing the children in the Barnard toddler center.

He is incapable of commanding attention and treats his students like they are toddlers, since is the only mode of communication he is familiar with.
He laughs everything off as if it is a huge joke and as if the material is in fact very easy, resulting in an infuriating and trying semester of psychology lab.
Avoid him as a professor at all costs.

Workload:

Extremely hard to explain...many meaningless assignments that had nothing to do with the goal of the course
ten-page final lab report based on ridiculously little data

December 17, 2008

Hoch, Hannah
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Hannah Hoch is a sweet person, but an inept professor. She is incapable of teaching a lecture without her slides, which are available online. The slides present no more information than the text book, which is the only valuable aspect of the class. There is barely any reason to attend class, and when you do, you always regret it.

Her voice is grating and unbearable, and she looks like she is twelve years old.
She is unable to answer any question not explicitly stated in her lecture slides. She is incapable of figuring out the technology necessary to show her slides, so she spends ten minutes every class setting up. Any extra material she brings to class is wholly unhelpful, consisting of anecdotes about her brother's children.

Workload:

3 exams, non-cumulative final
The tests are pretty easy, with no thought or creativity required

January 23, 2008

Tottenham, Nim Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Nim is by far the best psych professor I've had at Barnard. She's approachable, extremely helpful in office hours, a great lecturer, and a fair professor. And she's young and fun. All she needs now is a better lab director!

Workload:

Two midterms, final. Lab has weekly assignments and a final lab report.

April 19, 2007

Katz, Jared (TA)
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Although in comparison to other psych labs the courseload seems to be relatively light it is quite deceiving, as the few assignments you do are incredibly vague, poorly explained, and the objectives are unclear. Throughout the sometimes 3 hours of complete lecture, only a few topics are addressed and at the end everyone seems entirely confused, because the prof can't explain the material, and is even worse at explaining what the assignments are. Do not take this class unless you enjoy sitting through monotonous lectures and desire to actively use detective skills to figure out what is going on.

March 05, 2007

Katz, Jared (TA)
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Psycho man. The problem is that you are stuck with him if you are part of the Lab. His class is 3 hours long and he goes through the whole procedure and is not clear. He simply reiterates what is stated in his slide show. He makes sure to waste the whole 3 hours even if the class can be completed in 1.5 hours. He doesn't grade anything, but the student TA does, she is simply another Barnard student. He makes this class seem like finding the cure for cancer.

He is unclear and doesn't have good people skills.

Workload:

too tedious, with minute detials. a weekly basis work around 4 pages.

December 20, 2006

Crisafi, Maria
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Prof Crisafi is very nice. Her lectures are somewhat boring (though no more so than your average college course)and it often seems that she is not covering much material. For the tests its important to at least skim the reading highlights and know them as well as studying class notes. A lot of material needs to be remembered for exams, but it isn't impossibleas long as you're thourough.

Workload:

2 multiple choice midterms and 1 short answer final which is only worth 12%. 1 optional extra credit article summary and 1 short required article summary.

January 22, 2005

Rosiers, Fabiana Des
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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DO NOT TAKE ANY CLASSES WITH THIS WOMAN!! She is extremely self-centered, rude, and all-around annoying. I'm a psych major and understood the material pretty well, but she still made me want to cry. She sits at her desk and lectures from notes, rarely writes anything on the board and ignores questions.

Workload:

Long lab reports, but the worst is just sitting through the class knowing you could be taking a nap instead.

December 29, 2004

Crisafi, Maria
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Very boring lectures, seems to not have any clue of what she is talking about unless she is going on one of her tangents about her children. Lectures were painful due to the fact that she pretty much read straight out of the textbook and was extremely disorganized, but there was a sign in sheet passed around during every class so you had to attend.

Workload:

Very difficult multiple choice midterm and final. One -two short papers (one is for extra credit) that were very easy. Lab work if you are in the lab, two short quizzes and three lab reports with one final group presentation

May 30, 2004

Tottenham, Nim Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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I loved Nim...she is an excellent communicator and teacher. She made an very dense and sometimes boring subject very interesting...Nim has a wonderful way of explaining things so that EVERYONE knows what she is talking about...This was probably one of my favorite classes I have taken so far at this school (although the lab was terrible). The tests could be a bit detailed, but overall I feel that she prepared us well for the material covered. Prof. Tottenham is more than approachable and makes herself available to any student at a time convenient for them. She is a gem, take ANYTHING she teaches!!! She makes Dev. Psych interesting and understandable for even the most science-illiterate people (like me)!

Workload:

3 midterms, can be trickey but if you study everything she tells you there shouldn't be a problem

May 30, 2004

Rosiers, Fabiana Des
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Yes, Nim Tottenham taught the lecture course and was amazing. HOWEVER, what they don't tell you when you join the lab portion of the class is that Prof. DesRosiers teaches the lab. She is TERRIBLE....stay away from her at all costs. She has little to no patience for the toddlers she works with, much less the students she teaches. Her expectations are confusing at best, and her grading is even more arbitrary. Prof. DesRosiers is reason enough NOT to take Developmental psych lab; not only does she expect you to know EVERYTHING about writing a mini-dissertation (which is what all of her assignments turn out to be) but she also screams at the class for not being able to write sections of the lab reports that should be "second nature" for us...(i.e. sections that she NEVER went over in class). Overall, the lecture was great, the lab was probably the most frustrating experience of my life.

Workload:

6 paper assignments, all of which turn out to be close to 15 pages in length...the most tedious and frustrating assignments ever.

May 06, 2004

Rosiers, Fabiana Des
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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RUN. FAST. This was...perhaps, the single biggest waste of my life. The lab was a repeat of the lecture- A THREE HOUR LECTURE...the workload is annoying, classtime was totally ill-spent, and i got NOTHING out of it.

Workload:

"lab" due every other week, one actual lab, apa style

May 07, 2003

Tottenham, Nim Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Although I mistook her for a Barnard classmate during our first meeting, Nim is an excellent lab administrator. She is organized, smart, funny, and fun, and the lab is a breeze. And if you're struggling with anything, she's always around to help you out. If you have to take a course with a lab [sigh], I highly recommend Nim.

Workload:

Write-ups due every week (they only take about half an hour). One final project at the Toddler Center (very reasonable).

December 23, 2002

Subramanian, Sujatha
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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I have to say that I really disagree with the other reviews--I though that even though the lab was something of a joke, Prof. Subramanian was really helpful and handed everything to us on a silver platter! She was willing to answer any questions we had, and even though I probably learned everything about APA from my TA, who was amazing, she didn't seem like such a stickler for details that could mess up your grade. Trust me, take this lab--it is by far the easiest one in the whole department!

Workload:

2 lab reports over the semester--one that you write over the course of a few classes and one that you do on your own. Time consuming (the intros are insanely long!) but definitely not hard.

February 19, 2002

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Professor Senghas is the BEST! She makes things interesting by including lots of specific examples in her lectures. She is also always prepared, on time, and enthusiastic. I really liked that she was available outside of class if I had questions about any of the material. Get her to talk about her research on sign language! Anyone taking intro should definately try to take it with her, since I know (from experience) that other professors can make it extremely tedious.

Workload:

tests weren't too bad-- i think there were three and they were all multiple choice and short answer.

January 27, 2002

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology

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Though an expert in language acquisition and Nicaraguan sign language, Senghas unfortunately allows students a ridiculous amount of time to share their personal, irrelevant, annoying anecdotes with the class. Hoping to learn mainly from a solid professor, I ended up having to listen to people's random interjections about how old their nephews, nieces, & siblings were when they first started to roll over by themselves.

Workload:

relatively light. tests are straightforward multiple choice - three of them. No final. Questions can be a bit nit-picky, but overall not a huge problem.

December 31, 1999

Senghas, Ann Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1127] Developmental Psychology and [PSYC BC1001] Intro to Psychology

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Prof Senghas works with kids and she oozes sweetness and warmth. She's just starting out and so occasionally she lectures straight from the book in a gentle voice that will put you straight to sleep. But she's got some fascinating research going on concerning deaf kids in Nicaraugua that she loves to talk about, so steer the conversation in that direction whenever possible. She's trying really hard, and she wants to be your friend.

Workload:

If you're lucky, you'll take both her intro and developmental class, like I did. Soooo much overlap. It's lovely. Reading not at all heavy and multiple choice/essay tests. Not a problem.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Koleen McCrink 2012 Spring MW / 1:00- 4:00 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Hannah Hoch 2011 Spring W / 1:00- 4:00 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Ann Senghas 2010 Fall TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Ann Senghas 2010 Spring TR / 10:35-11:50 AM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Koleen McCrink 2009 Fall TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Hannah Hoch 2009 Spring TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Hannah Hoch 2008 Fall TR / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology 2006 Fall W / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Maria Crisafi, Jared Katz 2006 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology 2005 Spring W / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Ann Senghas 2005 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Maria Crisafi 2004 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology 2004 Fall W / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Nim Tottenham 2004 Spring TR / 6:10- 7:25 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology 2003 Fall W / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Nim Tottenham 2003 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology 2002 Fall W / 9:00-12:00 PM 0
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Nim Tottenham 2002 Fall MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology Patricia Lindemann 2001 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
PSYB / PSYC PSYB PSYC BC1127: Developmental Psychology 2001 Fall W / 9:00-12:00 PM 0