December 13, 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 cannot agree more with the previous reviewer. Professor Ristau is the single most worst teacher I have ever had in three and half years at this college. She is absolutely horrible. She cannot keep facts straight and will teach material incorrectly and then announce that if it appears on the test and you mix it up she will not take away points....well, that is just wrong in general because she should get the material right, but you will find out that that is a big fat lie. She will take points away from you and be very happy to do so. Her tests are incoherrent, make no sense and cannot even be understood by other Psych professors. She will take points away from students after marking their answers correct and then deciding it was not a right answer, gets annoyed at students for using their intellect and arguing with her that her answers are not right from tests. As I am sitting here, attempting to study for her final, I am realizing that she does not even know the material, but seems to lift it straight from the book, almost word for word, and obviously does not even possess the intellectual capacity to come up with her own examples. She treats her students like infants and has a tendency to make you feel like you are in seventh grade again. She discovered that students did not do the reading for the class right after an exam and then proceeded to test us in class and pick out individuals to see if they had done the reading. As a senior Psych major I was forced into taking this class this semester. If she ever teaches this class again, DO NOT take it! You should suffer through Balsalm rather than subject yourself to the insanity of this teacher.

Workload:

Doesnt seem bad at first but as she realizes that students are not doing the reading she will add more and more each class to the syllabus. She will announce pop quizes the night before class covering reading she assigns at the same time.