December 31, 2004

Ristau, Carolyn
[PSYC BC1105] Psychology of Learning (w/ or w/o lab)

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This is the classic case of a successful researcher who can't teach. Despite the fact that Professor Ristau is well-meaning, I have never encountered such a headache of a class in my three years at Barnard. There was a 25 point discrepancy between my first two test grades although I studied exactly the same for both exams. I couldn't believe the material she felt was fair game for the test; you cannot just hastily scribble a formula on the board and neither explain it nor use it in a practical application and expect students to correctly use it on a test. I have never encountered such ambigiously phrased test questions or confusing test format; on the final, we must have corrected at least six different wrongly phrased test questions (not to mention having to erase two sections of questions because she numbered the test wrong, grrr). Also, she made us copy all these articles from books that are no longer in print and placed scant copies on reserve. It's a shame I dreaded this class all semester because some of the material was quite interesting.


Two midterms and a final.