February 04, 2011

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've had Hannah Hoch for two courses. The material IS dry and she isn't always the best at making it seem REALLY interesting. However, I found her examples in Learning much clearer and helpful than in Developmental. Once or twice she did get confused (but psych and definitions are always confusing...) but really did offer and/or come back with examples that really helped me conceptually. I don't think you can just "read the slides" and do well in the course, she does change things and gives examples (some of which are on the exam) only in class. Also, she is very open to questions and aware that at times, Psych of Learning is really boring... and dry.

Also, if you don't do well on an exam (as it's pretty much multiple choice - which I hate) and go to her she is very helpful and willing to go over each question. In fact, she helped me rethink how to approach her questions and how to study that helped me improve SIGNIFICANTLY on the last two exams (from a B- to an A).

And, it's pretty nice that she gives you a study guide for EACH exam and will not test you on anything not on that study guide. However, you do need to know the study guide inside and out.

She's not the best professor, but I really don't think she's the worst. She does want you to do well and will do her best to make sure you do (that includes you going to class... she takes note of that too). But you do have to work for it.

Workload:

2 Midterms, 1 Exam (non-cumulative), an extra credit option.