December 25, 2012

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1610] Statistics for Behavioral Scientists

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

What a miserable man. Pompous, boring, and completely useless. He's so invested in making statistics seem REALLY HARD (and therefore making himself seem REALLY IMPORTANT) that all of his lectures needlessly obfuscate the actual. concepts and ideas that we need to learn.

Midterm and final are easy if you do the homework, but going to lecture and asking him questions usually confused me much more than just looking at the textbook. Ask the TAs questions if you have to - Rakitin is useless.

Attendance isn't mandatory for this class (not to lecture, at least), so you can pull a good grade and learn a lot of useful statistical knowledge without having to deal with this guy.

Workload:

Completely manageable. Weekly labs (usually doesn't take the full 2 hours), weekly homeworks (which are easy if you look at the examples in the books). Midterm was a little crazy but the final is very manageable if you keep up with your homework, and you get a cheat sheet for the final exam.