December 18, 2010

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.

Prof Hannah Hoch is an absolutely terrible professor! She is the worst psych professor I have ever had at Barnard, and I'm not sure why she is teaching courses in the department. She also works with autistic children, and I'm sure she's very good at that, and she should clearly stick to that. Her lectures are totally disorganized. She reads from her notes. When people ask questions she's always confused, and sometimes stops mid sentence to consult the textbook. She puts videos in her lectures, but they're usually really stupid and not relevant to the material, and most of the time she doesn't know how to use the projector anyway. She has an attendance sheet, and she offers an extra credit opportunity only to the students that attend more than 50% of the lectures, because if not there would be absolutely zero motivation to go to class. She has review sessions right before the exams, and she gets really nervous during them because she doesn't know the answers to peoples questions and then she laughs nervously. She gives examples about learning theories, and then students tell her her examples aren't relevant, and then she agrees that they are not relevant. One time she was convinced that the entire class was laughing at her, and she stopped class to ask why we were laughing at her. And then she asked us if she had something on her face. The whole class was awkwardly quiet and then she said "Well now I'm really embarrassed and I have to stand up here and finish teaching class and I might have something on my face." Please, avoid this class at all costs. It's an absolutely waste of tuition money.

Workload:

2 midterms
1 final (non cumulative)
All multiple choice, no essays.
1 extra credit opportunity: a journal article summary. Really easy and fast.
There is no need to read the textbook. She posts review sheets with questions, and if you know how to answer the questions, you might do well on the exams. Although you never know, because she often puts things on the exams that she had explicitly said before she wouldn't. And the multiple choice questions are really awkwardly worded.