December 30, 2006

Hoch, Hannah
[PSYC BC1105] Psychology of Learning (w/ or w/o lab)

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

Oh, poor Hannah Hoch. She tries so hard (showing YouTube videos, encouraging student participation) but in an intro psych course where every lecture is on PowerPoint, down to the examples... it's just not going to be interesting. The advantage is that she posts each lecture online, so technically you never have to come to class at all (and judging by the amount of empty seats, many seem to take this approach). I would recommend coming somewhat frequently, though, as she often makes mistakes on the slides that students correct in class. That said, if you have to take this course for a requirement, don't be scared. She's very sweet and approachable, offers extra credit (5 points on your lowest test grade), and holds extra review sessions upon request. If you don't have to take it, however... just don't, and spare yourself the boredom.

Workload:

Recommended reading for every class but all of the information you need on the tests is from class--it's pointless to buy the textbook. Two midterms and a final, noncumulative. A psych journal article summary for 5 extra credit points.