November 09, 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.

I HATEd this class. SOOOOO boring. I am a non-psych major and had no choice but to take this b/c it was the only thing that fit my schedule, which made it all the more horrible. Normally I am strict about never missing a class, but with this one, it was so boring that I must have missed at least 4 classes and that is a lot for me. Balsam has a hypnotic voice, the book is poorly written, and he can make you feel rather stupid when you don't understand something. Even though the lab is a lot more work, I found the instructor to be much more engaging, a a hell of a lot funnier, and I learned much more. I dreaded the lecture every morning. Bring coffee - and I mean with a double shot of expresso. Non majors who are looking for an easy way out of the science requirement - stay as far away from this as possible. I will add that of all the students I spoke with in this course, no one liked it, and that included psych majors as well.

Workload:

Lecture 3 exams, non-cumulative - not bad, but the material is so dry it will probably take you hours to study (plus the tests are tricky)...Lab - more work than you'll ever wish to have... a lab report every week adn a huge final project at the end..... not worth your time if you are not majoring.