August 14, 2001

Galanter, Eugene
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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I wanted to like this class. Yet I found Professor Galanter's explanations indecipherable and when I looked around the other students seemed stunned by the rambling lectures, like deer caught in headlights -- uncertain which way to turn or whom to ask. The day before tests, teaching assistants would come and, at the last minute, explain what Galanter really meant, to prepare us for the multiple choice tests. Assistants explained that in general students tested below the C level and to compensate the tests were curved upwards. With that bit of information, I dropped the class. I found it absurd to spend a semester attempting to learn that which Galanter seemed either unwilling or unable to teach effectively. Also, his requirements that his own books be used as textbooks and that we memorize pages of forumulae seemed pointless.


If you want to do well, you must have someone else explain it to you, creating more work than one would do if the class were taught more efficiently. A great deal of time must be spent memorizing.