December 04, 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.

This was honestly one of the worst classes I've ever taken. Prof Balsam in some ways does a good job at making the rather dry ideas more accessible through his numerous everyday examples. However, I do not believe that makes up for his extreme arrogence and self involvement. The last few weeks of the semester he decided to torture the people who came into class late, which in my opinion was grossly inappropriate, and frustrating to both the people who came in late, and those of us that had come on time. The lab was by far the worst portion of the class. The assignments were incredibly time consuming and didn't actually help you learn everything. Additionally, there were 3 full APA papers, which is ridiculous for a 1.5 credit lab. The new lab technician (Dr Florer) was unclear in her expectations, and completely inconsistent in her grading. Although she seems like a nice person, she is highly emotional, and a disaster to have as a prof. So, unless you have an enormous interest in the psych of learning, I would STRONGLY recommend that you find another class.


Lecture: reasonable, 3 exams. Lab: average about 5 pages of writing per week in the beginning, and then 3 full APA papers in the second half of the semester.