June 28, 2009

Canbeyli, Resit Silver_nugget
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

I would never take this class again. Ever! Too bad it's a summer session and students have only 4 days to withdraw (if you want your money back). When the class started there were 43 people in the class. After the second midterm only 23-25 were left. I personally know people that went and withdrew(and they lost their money) after the second midterm.
He is a very very harsh grader. You have to memorize("know it by heart"- "I will wake you up in the middle of the night and you report me all the learned material in a timely manner with your eyes closed" kind of memorization). His questions in the exams are not clear. And..here we go..students love that...: He DOES tries to trick you! He even admits that. When he'd go over the exam in class he's say with a vicious smile on his face :"Oh, yeah,that was a tricky one!".
Another thing about exams is he only gives you 70 mins but the amount of "in-writing" that you have to put on the paper is enormous(1 question: full-page essay; 4 questions: half-a-page essays(he gives you the same questions as for a question where you have to write a full-page essay, BUT this time you have to package all the details into half-a-page.That is very hard to do and sometimes is impossible. And don't forget he is a harsh grade and he will take a couple of points off. He might write : "not clear"(even if you covered all the definitions and examples correctly but only wrote 4 sentences on an experiment); one diagram; page and a half of matching,true/false and "come up with a definition when you read this definition"(that is so stupid because there is so many definitions that you can come up with if he'd give you a word "language" for example. IF YOU ARE HUMAN YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO WRITE(FORGET ABOUT THINK) ALL THIS. I have tried. I was writing as a maniac(I actually even was training myself to write fast at home for an hour before an exam) and I did not stop to think about questions for a long time(I had no fun in June because I was only studying for Psych class and I forgot how the Sun looks like) I still did not have enough time to finish to read true/false,match and "come up with definition" questions. Many people got in the low 50's after the first exam because they were so thrown off by the pace.
He is old and I'm not sure if he even knows how to use a computer. His ancient method of teaching without PowerPoints,handouts,ect. He'd sometimes write words(definitions) on the board. His handwriting is horrible. I had to come up and ask him to spell them later. He never posted grades online and when people were asking him what is the curve, the point averge on the exam, or how many points exactly is "A" he never gave clear answers. Why?! Because he can care less.He never did the curve. He doesn't know how to do it! He doesn't even know how to use CourseWorks!
His accent is ridiculous and he is very soft-spoken. Plus, he paces back and forth all the time from one end of the class to the other. As an example, one time he was talking about an experiment and I though he was talking about sharks. I was sitting there taking notes but it wasnt making any sense..then I realized that the word "shark" supposed to be "shock". He mumbles a lot. Actually, wait, that is the way he talks!
He has no office hours. And when you tried to ask him questions after the lecture he'd throw something at you and always make it look like that he's on a hurry and have to ran somewhere. His lectures were not helpful AT ALL. All the material that he gave us was really inconsistent with the book material and the review list that he gave up before an exam. I spent all my time online trying to clarify the material.
Sometimes I think that he has some kind of agenda to fail us all. He really doesn't care how you would do and what grade you'd get. After all, he's only here for the summer to make extra money and then he'll leave to Turkey to teach at his University and work in his lab. And you?! You will still be living in NYC and get a "B-" for all the hard work that you did with a ruined GPA.

Workload:

3 exams.