Psychological Statistics

Psychology department

Andrew Ainsworth

Psychological Statistics

Psychology department

Andrew Ainsworth

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Ratings

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Overall 3.8
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 3.2
Easy
Heavy
Workload 4.0
Light
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.5
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.2
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Summer 2016
24.1%
20.1%
16.1%
12.1%
8.0%
4.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2015
22.0%
18.3%
14.7%
11.0%
7.3%
3.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2014
18.3%
15.2%
12.2%
9.1%
6.1%
3.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Summer 2013
22.4%
18.7%
15.0%
11.2%
7.5%
3.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Summer 2017 Submitted Aug. 21, 2017 Grade Received: S

This class was a drag and bore. I hated every minute of it. Most summer classes are easy, but this one just was not. The professor spends more time telling you about his time at CSUN and gets off topic real easily. There is no homework or assignments. just graded on tests and attendance.
The tests are extremely and I mean extremely hard even though there is a curve, it's bull. His grading scale is also pretty wack.
Midterm and final weigh the same. The pop quizzes are not easy cause if you dosed off in class you're screwed. Never had enough time to actually complete the quizzes either.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2017 Submitted Aug. 16, 2017 Grade Received: B-

While there may have been easier stats classes (especially during the regular quarter), I left this class knowing a good foundation of stats and a better understanding of research methods tbh. I regret not studying more, so make sure you start on the study guide like a week in advance. The stats book he uses is online and isn't particularly helpful because he goes over most things in his slides (and it's a bit easier to understand). The tests are 10 t/f, 15 mc, and 5 "written" (i.e. problems with multiple steps). Do ALL the extra credit (studies and problems on test). There's pop quizzes but I'm not sure how they are graded.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2017 Submitted Aug. 15, 2017 Grade Received: A+

Dr. Ainsworth will tell you that his exams are VERY difficult, but that's the furthest thing from the truth. The majority of the multiple choice and true/false questions on the exams require you to understand the concepts presented in the slides at surface level, while only a few questions test your deeper understanding of the material. The practice problems he gives you on the practice midterm/final resemble the difficulty of the exam. I would strongly suggest memorizing how to do those problems, as a few of them will show up on the midterm. In terms of the midterm, he doesn't lecture much about probability, but a lot of questions are based on basic probability concepts. The math in this class does not go beyond addition/subtraction/multiplication/division/square roots/squaring, so you should be more than fine with little to no math background. The equations for ANOVA and the sample testing can be a lot, but he gives you all the tables and equations you need on the exam.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2017 Submitted Aug. 15, 2017 Grade Received: A+

If you are OKAY with math, I think getting an A is a reasonable task in this stats class. The examples might look overwhelming at first, but if you review them again and again till you remember each step, the exams aren't that tough. The professor doesn't play any unexpected tricks in midterms and finals. In fact, the questions are very straightforward. But you really have to get a hold on every word in the slides, since there are truth or false questions regarding abstract definitions. In addition, I believe the extra credits helped boost the grade a bit, since it's 3 points directly added to the curved grade. The professors is a good lecturer. And he handed out equation sheets in exams, which are the most important things we needed. Also, no homework, so light workload for someone who really understands the material. By that I don't mean being a math genius but more importantly, master the lecture slides!

Quarter Taken: Summer 2017 Submitted Aug. 14, 2017 Grade Received: A+

The last review seems to be a bit salty about their grade this Summer. I understand that there are some people who simply aren't good with a little bit of math. However, please do not use "international students" as an excuse for your inability to use the equations sheet that Ainsworth PROVIDES for each test. I don't often write reviews for classes, but after reading the last comment how could I not.

Pros: Equations sheet provided in class, Book is provided online and FREE, no homework, tests are non-cumulative.
"Pop quizzes" this summer were merely to get you attendance points for lecture. I literally had 1/5 on the 2nd pop quiz (out of 2 quizzes we had) and still received full points for the quiz portion of the grade.
Cons: Email responses weren't very timely nor helpful.

Overall, reading the book will help you on some multiple choice questions, but as long as you master the equations then you will be fine. For the midterm, read the probability section of the book which will get you a few points on MC. The midterm covered the basics of math in general (SD, mean, median, mode, etc. some probability, and t-tests and z-scores) The final was pretty much only about ANOVA's with some correlation/regression. This is a reasonable amount of subjects for a class with only a midterm and a final. Just know what information is being provided and which equation is appropriate for the Short Answer portions of the tests.

tldr: Easy if you are relatively good at math. "Hard" if you don't know how to use equations and don't pay attention to what symbols mean.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2017 Submitted Aug. 13, 2017 Grade Received: C

This class was exceptionally hard. I hated every minute of it. Summer classes are always easier so im glad i just passed the class. The professor is cool he kind of moves through things pretty quickly. There is no homework or assignments. just graded on tests and attendance.
he has 5 pop quizzes (only did 2)
uses Socratic (a polling website) for attendance, meaning you can literally answer the questions from anywhere and get attendance credit.
The tests are extremely and I mean extremely hard even tho there is a curve all the international students set the average. tests are 25 MC and like 5 free response questions. And 1 or 2 extra credit problems at the end.
Midterm and final weigh the same.
pop quizzes are not easy cause if you dosed off in class you're screwed. Never had enough time to actually complete the quizzes either.
I would never be taking this class again so thats what I am happy about.
Also the professor did not drop the grades until after the first week of session C classes. SUPER ANNOYING. I was enrolled in psych 100B for the whole week wondering if I even passed 100A.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2016 Submitted Aug. 5, 2016 Grade Received: A+

Professor Ainsworth is one of the realest professors out there. Every word that comes out of his mouth is genuine. He talks to us as if we are normal people, not just students. He makes his lectures very interactive; it's like he is having a conversation with us. Although some are annoyed by his personal anecdotes, I actually appreciate them.

Your grade will consist of Participation, Quizzes, Midterm, Final.
Participation + Quizzes are practically free points if you attend all lectures. He will drop 1 Participation grade if you miss a day, as well as one quiz if you miss one. He says he stresses attending lecture and actually doing the quiz more than getting a good score on the quiz; and he means it. It doesn't matter if you do bad on the quizzes because he has a formula where what mostly all that matters is being present and completing the quiz (confusing I know, but it will make sense towards the end of the class).
The midterm and final consist of True/False, Multiple Choice, and Free Response questions. He says the Midterm and Final are difficult exams. I agree, but what will save you is the EXTRA CREDIT. On each exam, he has extra credit questions at the end. Do them ALL. The reason they're so valuable is because he adds on the extra credit AFTER he curves the class. For the exams, make sure you know the 7 hypothesis testing steps. Study and know the lecture slides in and out, because there are conceptual true/false and multiple choice questions that can be difficult if you don't know the concepts well. That being said, for our class, he actually doubled the amount of points the multiple choice was worth, so doing well on the multiple choice was more important than the free response (Multiple Choice: 25 questions, 50 points... while Free Response was 25 points).
Aside from extra credit on exams, he has two more extra credit opportunities. One being participating in SONA, and another being completing his survey towards the end of the class. Do both. They're worth about ~3% of your grade, and they are easy points.
Overall, I really liked Dr. Ainsworth. He is a funny person and will take time to answer students' questions thoroughly.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2015 Submitted Feb. 10, 2016 Grade Received: C

I thought that because I have taken previous statistics classes, this class would be a breeze. I was wrong. The professor is a really nice guy, who usually teaches at CSUN, but the exams were very difficult. Both lecture and discussion participation counted (sign-in sheet), there were also pop-quizzes in class, one midterm, and one final. He did allow for some extra credit from SONA participation, but it is only a few points. Do not underestimate this class

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 30, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

TAKE THIS CLASS.

For whatever reason you have to take 100A for. This is the professor tot take it with. Dr.Ainsworth is concerned and wants everyone to get good grades. He is straightforward and his tests reflect that.
Make sure your TA is Anthony. He is amazing and is vert good at breaking down the difficult concepts. Best TA I have ever had at UCLA.

Tests:
A midterm and final.
Non-cummulative and he gives you a cheat sheet for the final. Know how to apply the equations and know the conceptual facts on the slides.
Slides are the most important thing. If it isn't on the slides, it won't be on the test.
If you know how to do all the practice problems then you will be fine.

Book:
Unnecessary unless you are really confused. I never read, didn't even buy the book.

Extra Credit:
DO IT! it boosts your grade up A LOT.
Sign up for SONA tests as early as possible and get those 3 extra credit points that are added at the end when your grades are added together and can boost your grade up a whole letter grade.
You also get a point for doing the class eval.

This class is a win-win.
Also, taking stats 10 before taking this class can be very helpful but not necessary. I know people that got As without ever taking stats.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 15, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Ainsworth is a pretty cool guy. He comes in the summer to teach 100A (he teaches at CSUN normally). He makes jokes and his slides aren't too hard to follow. The TA also helps debunk some of the material. I think this shortened summer version of 100A is a win win. To me, it seemed not too hard and very doable. Just do all the practice problems they give you and if you know how to do all of those, you are doing just fine. He does offer extra credit.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again
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