She is a nice girl but she is totally unexperienced. I did not learn anything from her, only from the book. She tries really hard to prepare the classes, but they turn really boring. Also, she makes up the questions to some of the answers in class. She is more of a graduate student than a teacher and the department should have trained her before. I felt she was just waiting for the opportunity to tell us about the thesis project. In summary, she is OK, but if you are serious about this class, choose a more experience teacher
To the review about her "rudely" dismissing a girl who needed the class to graduate. It wasn't so much "rude" as it was frank. The requirements to get into the class is in the class directory and if the girl needs it as her seminar to graduate, she should have known that she needed to get approval before adding the course at the end of the last semester. This class is not bad. It's all student based presentations of scientific papers (about 2-3 every week for two hours) and the workload isn't terrible at all. She gives constructive feedback on your presentation and is really nice when you make an appointment to talk to her about the presentation or paper topic. I liked most of the discussions we had in class about what we liked or didn't like about the studies. I think it helps you read psych papers a bit more critically. I'm not sure about grading, yet, since this is the first seminar course I've ever taken. We aren't graded on the presentations, so I'm not sure how it'll turn out.
To be perfectly honest, the comment below doesn't make any sense. She doesn't lecture in the class and I'm pretty sure this is the first time she's taught it. It's all student presentations and discussions. So far the class has been great. . To be perfectly honest, the comment below doesn't make any sense. She doesn't lecture in the class and I'm pretty sure this is the first time she's taught it. It's all student presentations and discussions. So far the class has been great. .
To be perfectly honest, I felt she was a completely horrible and unsympathetic lecturer. For starters, the second class, I remember her rudely dismissing a girl who apparently needed the class to graduate. She is extremely condescending, though there really isn't any warrant to do so, considering that I've had professors who are much more knowledgeable and down-to-earth than her. I guess that if one has nothing nice to say, one should just not say anything at all...but that wouldn't be very helpful. Workload-wise, the class was very manageable, but I'm very disappointed in the quality of her teaching. I expected so much more from a graduate psych class at Columbia. Most other professors I had in the psych department were great, but if you can, avoid her class, because it will most likely turn out to be an unsatisfying experience at best.
This lady is seriously the best. I took Mind, Brain and Behavior with her over the summer. They've considered making that course run 9 weeks instead of 6 because there's so much information (and 6:15-9:25pm classes over the summer are not the most conducive to information absorption), but she makes it work. She's engaging and CLEAR and her pacing is perfect -- she goes at just the right speed and always knows when to stop with the information blast for an anecdote or to talk about a study so you can catch your breath. I am NOT a science person but this class was totally manageable because she is just SO good at teaching. Simple as that. I have had a ton of teachers at Columbia University over three different degrees/programs, and she is easily one of the top three best teachers I've had. Seriously, if you need to take this class, take it with her. Even if you don't need to take it!