December 12, 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 completely agree with the review above. I went to a public high school in a not-so-great neighborhood and even there never encountered such an instructor. Not only does she clearly have no idea what she's talking about (as several times the slides she posted were wrong and needed to be redone) but in my opinion she is irrational, and completely unwilling to compromise. Her exams are ridiculous as oftentimes the answer would contradict what the text said or her own notes. For example, she gave us an equation in class (not in the book) and tested us on it having forgotten to mention to the class that a proportion needs to be used in the equation. She often forgets THE MOST IMPORTANT part of an experiment or any given theory. Also, the last test was clearly not measure for time: the entire class ended up staying a half an hour later and her instructions were insanely unclear (she didn't even show up to class on the exam date). When I met with her she hurried me out after five minutes (after having me wait for ten) saying she needed to meet with another student. Going to class is an utter waste to time since her lectures and notes don't make any sene. Also, we wasted entire classes arguing with her about how she marked correct answers incorrect to no avail. She's awful. Avoid Ristau at all costs.

Workload:

two midterms (incoherent and she marks things the book had said were right as incorrect), quizzes announced on courseworks the night before, and a final.