August 06, 2012

Graham, Norma
[PSYC W1610] Statistics for Behavioral Scientists

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

I waited a couple of months to write this review in hopes that the "end of semester emotional roller coaster" would cease and allow me to write about Professor Graham from a better place. Yeah...it's been almost four months and I still pissed that I wasted thousands of dollars on this class. I have never had such a miserable and wasteful class experience in my life! I am sure Professor Graham performs brilliant research, and she seems like a very nice lady. That said, she should stay far, far away from the classroom, as she is a horrible teacher.

She begins the course by telling you that, if you're not good in math, you will do poorly in the class. Pretty strange for a psychologist, right? Isn't the whole point of being in college to learn? C'mon. Earn your money...TEACH! Her lectures are downright incoherent, handouts and handwriting are illegible, and the exams were so long that they were impossible to finish. I'm not exaggerating, an hour after the midterm (right about the time I was in a bar drinking away my misery over my utter and complete shock at the difficulty and length of the exam) the class received a mass email from Prof. Graham APOLOGIZING for midterm's length and difficulty. Really? You're a brilliant statistician and you can't figure out how to create a moderately difficult exam that takes an hour and a half to complete? Really?

The labs are ridiculously long and tedious, and the TAs offer very little guidance and help. You will NEVER finish within the two hour lab, and it will take you hours upon hours to finish them on your own. I recommend buying the STATA program for an extra $60 so you have the option of doing it at home, since students had a really hard time finding available computers on campus with the up to date STATA.

I took this course because I am very serious about pursuing a career in clinical psychology, and I am extremely distressed by the fact that I got a B in the course and haven't the foggiest idea about statistics!

Oh, and if you're reading this, Professor: STOP USING YOUR F*CKING iPAD!!!!

Workload:

A couple of hours worth of practice problems per week to week and a half. Not terrible, except for the fact that you're learning everything from the text. Attendance to lectures is optional, but could positively impact your grade if you're borderline. I'm not sure if that's true, but I went to all but two lectures. Everyone that actually attends usually just zoned out or did other work, though, because her lectures are so confusing that you're better off not listening. The labs are mandatory and are going to take you hours and hours to complete. Majorly long midterm and the final exam will make you want to cry and jump off the roof of your dorm building.