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Professor Christensen is the most helpful professor in UCLA! He has great knowledge and the lecture is interesting. Most important of all, he's super nice and he concerns about students a lot! GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS! He's very very helpful and patient! It's not an easy A class but you won't regret taking psych 127 with prof Christensen!
One word. Wonderful. He is wonderful. take him if you really want to learn. Voice is very soothing, slides are very concise & organized, lesson content very interesting, VERY well planned and taught very clearly. I plan on saving his podcast videos because they can come in incredibly useful for reference in future. This is one class that I come off feeling like I really learnt solid. If you are serious about your major, take him, I'd personally rank him as one of the top ten psych professors to be taken in college. yea sure man, you have to work, of course, and work seriously (yes don't skim, don't study only 2 days before the exam!); but do you really want to pay for four years of easy-class skimming and come out of this school knowing only slightly more than the average layman? in that case you shldn't be doing psychology in ucla, it'll be a wasted education.
Honestly, the lectures were a little dry for me....basically going over the reading in the book...which i can do myself. The material is really interesting though. 3 multiple choice exams, fair curve, 1 pretty basic paper. I just did all the reading and I got an A.
This class was very interesting. It is a must for anyone who is considering medicine as a career. The reading is intense but the exams are fair. Dr. Christensen is an excellent lecturer, too. I would definitely recommend this class, but be prepared for a little challenge.
I really liked Professor Christensen. He seems like such a nice person and cares for his students. I didn't find the lectures to be boring, the subject material is interesting too. I got a C on his first exam because I wasn't familiar with his exam style. After exam 1 I got As on all the others plus the final. I realized he focuses strongly on symptoms and time frames for disorders. So if the book is still the same one: focus on those little summarizing boxes for each disorder! Yes, I studied - but with studying an A is totally doable.
He's an ok lecturer. Sometimes his class can get very boring. However, I have to tell you that the course material itself is very interesting. Just study the slides and actually read the book and you'll do fine. i got a B in the class from studying the slides AND reading the book. I think the issue with this class was how his tests are. Let me tell you, the tests are poorly phrased/worded. He had to an "item analysis" after every exam to weed out questions that few people answered correctly. This meant he gave us 2-3 questions for free because of the poor phrasing of the question. Overall, take it if you're interested in the material. Don't take it if you think it's an easy A.
I'm tired of the over achievers writing these reviews so i will give it to you straight. Class was decent... lecture slides with some elaboration, although the highlights are the short clips he shows. I fell asleep in maybe 1/3 to 1/4 of the classes, and it wasnt hard to catch up on what i missed before tests, most of the info is on the slides. He is a nice guy, but the tests are hella tricky, and he doesn't curve so the means will be way different from midterm to midterm, and he still won't adjust accordingly, which i personally think is B.S. One paper assignment which was THE DUMBEST PAPER I HAVE EVER WRITTEN... Seriously, I bet all 250 students had the exact same paper, and yet they still graded very strictly. I don't know anyone who was satisfied with their grade on such a stupid topic to begin with. I finished with a C+, which I'm not really surprised with, but his models of grading, and the matter in which he creates the tests/paper make this a pretty frustrating class. He is a good guy so its not overly boring, but for all you premeds or whatever who always F*** up my curves, I wouldnt recommend taking it.
This class was sooooo interesting and Prof. Christensen was awesome! I'll have to warn you that the first couple of weeks WILL be boring because he talks about research methods and definitions of abnormality. But hang in there and don't drop the class just yet! When all that boring stuff is over, he starts talking about all the different types of mental disorders and it gets fascinating! He podcasted his lectures (audio only), but i recommend going to class because he frequently shows short video clips that he will ask you about on the exams. There is one “thought” paper, 3 midterms and one final. His third midterm and final are both given on the day of the final. He drops your lowest midterm grade. His exams are a lot harder than I expected so make sure you really study and know the material well. He is really a great professor and does a really good job at explaining the material. He is extremely nice and helpful at office hours. If you get a chance to take 127 with Christensen, do it! You won’t regret it.
It's possible to get an A+.
Hardest class I've taken so far. Sure you'll learn the stuff if you try to get an A, but you won't get an A. Last time I checked, everyone wants an A because if you don't then you're in the wrong school. Take this class with anyone else so you can learn the stuff and get an A to feel good about it. This guy thinks a B+ is an A. No a B+ is a B+ retard!
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