November 30, 2004

Ristau, Carolyn
[PSYC BC1105] Psychology of Learning (w/ or w/o lab)

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

I came to this university in order to avoid classes with professors like this. Just about everyone who was not required to take this course dropped it and those who didn't deeply regret it. I have never met a professor so clueless, so overwhelmed, and so out of her league as this one. The lectures are unstructured and confusing. During one lecture Professor Ristau actually became so confused that she announced to a flabbergasted classroom that she was glad she didn't have to learn this material because she found it very confusing. The tests are even worse! Not only are the questions often not from the material covered by the course (there is therefore no way to study), but the answers are also often wrong, causing much class time to be wasted as the entire class argues their grade. While she might be a perfectly nice person Professor Ristau has no pity for the students and is unable to help them although she will be more than willing to meet with you. As unreal as this review may sound it is the truth so do yourself a big favor and DO NOT take this, or any course, with Professor Ristau.


The workload gets progressively larger as the semester goes on due to constant last minute additions to the syllabus. Emails announcing quizzes and homework assignments will often be posted on Courseworks the night before class.