January 20, 2003

Balsam, Peter
[PSYC BC1105] Psychology of Learning (w/ or w/o lab)

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

The professor's fine. Balsam is actually more entertaining than a lot of psychology professors. The class though is another matter. I took only the lecture and found the textbook boring and incredibly dense, at times even incomprehensible. The labs probably helped people understand the material better; the study questions Balsam offers help very little, as the questions on the exams are dependent on both the book and the lectures. The exams are tough, and watch out -- some questions are very tricky. It could be worse, but this was not one of my favorite psych classes, even with a tolerable professor.

Workload:

Three exams for lecture-only students, non-cumulative final. Read the exam even if it kills you, especially if you are not taking the lab.