December 27, 2006

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Professor Rakitin is a nice guy. No, really, he is. You just won't find it in the class room. Rakitin likes to berade his students when they're late (as he should). But his lecture style is a little rough. He has an aggressive personality in front of the class. If you visit him during office hours, you'll see him more laid back and understanding. He'll walk you through what you missed on an exam and why.

Warning: his exams are impossible. Through speaking to many of my student peers, we found his exams might have well been written in Greek. The questions are asked in such a puzzling way that study guides from the textbook will never have you prepared. The answers to the test questions are just as perplexing with caveats built into True/False statements. The textbook readings are dense, and Rakitin only skims the surface of these chapters. If you don't read and memorize and somehow think like he does, you'll lose out on the exam. Even with a curve, this class is just too hard under his leadership to excel in overall. If you're taking this to fulfill a core, may the force be with you.

Workload:

3 two-page pagers, mandatory research participation, three impossible exams (graded on a curve with easy extra credit)