January 09, 2007

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.

I hated this class but it's not entirely the professor's fault. I blame Barnard's ridiculously stringent science requirements, forcing me to spend so much of my time doing something that I care SO LITTLE ABOUT.

Prof. Hoch is a well-intentioned but inexperienced professor. I imagine she will improve somewhat, but that doesn't make the class any better. Most students (myself included) are there only to fulfill requirements and are generally uninterested in what seems like arbitrary definitions to phenomenon that may or may not exist and may or may not have any relevance to real life.

That said, it's not a terribly difficult class to do well in (way easier than Psych of Perception, also offered fall semester) but for me it was most difficult to get past the fact that every bit of work I did for that class was not teaching me an f-ing thing.

Workload:

Don't be fooled. Her tests are straightforward but only if you study a lot. Meaning, way more than you'd like to on material this dull. So it's do-able. Just extremely, extremely painful.