Mapping Mind through Its Molecules
UCLA Department of Psychology: 119P - Winter 2010
Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0
UCLA Department of Psychology: 10 - Winter 2010
Pass: 5 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0
UCLA Department of Psychology: 15 - Fall 2006
Pass: 10 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0
I took this class at 8 a.m. which was the biggest mistake of my life. She is a nice lady but she was very unorganized with her thoughts, though the material was pretty straightforward. To be honest, I stopped going to class because it was just too early and her voice really annoyed me. I think she sounds like Goofy. The class being two hours THAT early and with HER, I just couldn't do it. However, her tests were very easy if you read, a lot of it is biological and definitions.
Lectures aren't super interesting, but the slides and the corresponding lecture she gives are very straightforward. The midterm and final are extremely straightforward also. If you go to class and do the reading from the book (which isn't very heavy or complex), you will do fine and probably even get a B or an A. You will do even better also, if you're a south campus major and have background in the (life) sciences. Not to say you can't do well as a north campus major, but a lot of the material covered on tests regarding physiological aspects were previously covered in my LS2 class.
She is not the most interesting professor, but she really does try. Her midterm and final is very straightforward, and the experiments that you are required to do are actually fun. Overall she is pretty easy, but you will learn more from the book than lecture.
DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS AT 8 A.M.! It was soooo hard for me to stay awake, no matter how much coffee I drank before. Read the book-I got so much out of it and enjoyed reading it very much. She provides all her lectures in power point online so I encourage you to read the book according to what her lectures are on. But on the final there were some things not in the book that she must have covered in lecture (I must have been sleeping) so be cautious of that. I owe her a lot though cuz she gave me a way higher grade than I deserved based on the curve; basically the median is a B or B-. Don't take her unless you are seriously going to major in Psychology.
Woolf is a very boring lecturer, especially at 8am. However, her curve is VERY fair. I bombed the midterm, making it impossible to get an A without the curve but studied my butt off for the final, and still pulled off an A-. I would even venture to say that going to lecture is not necessary if you are willing to read and study off the text. It is a lot more interesting than her lectures!
Prof. Woolf is very boring in class and can be hard to follow. She does not explain very well what is on the powerpoint slides and tends to be a bit scatterbrained. However, if you study the textbook and put a lot of emphasis on studying the topics that come up on the power point slides, you should be fine for passing the midterm and final, that is all she gives. However, don't slack off on studying in her class because the midterm and final (both 50 m/c questions) is all you have for your grade, so messing up on one could bring your grade down a lot. Overall, if you can deal with a monotone professor, I recommend Psych 10 with Prof. Woolf.
I have never had a professor whose lectures or power points were this disorganized. She is also a terribly monotonous and dull lecturer. Just read the book and study from it for the midterm/final. Or better yet, don't take this class.
My god! She's incredibly monotonous, annoying, and a horrible explainer. Read the book once, emphasize your studying on her lecture notes which are posted online and it's one of the easiest classes ever. Psych is mostly common sense or stuff you've learned in high school just with fancier terms to call things. Your entire grade is based on two multiple choice tests, 50 questions each. If that's the case, the questions have to be fairly broad in order to cover all of the chapters each half of the quarter. That's why it's not so important to focus on too many specifics. My theory is you can teach yourself more on your own. You can technically get more work done if you skip class and study in your bed like I do as opposed to waking up, getting dressed, grabbing food, walking to class, sitting for two hours (sleeping), and then making the 30 minute trek back up to your room. Save your precious time. READ THE BOOK. READ HER NOTES (emphasis on notes). Guarantee you'll do well.
First of all, I am NOT a science person. I want to be honest about this. I got a B+ in this class which was a lot lower than what I thought I deserved. She is a nice person with average lecture skills. But I did not enjoy this class at all. I skipped around 10 lectures which was actually not that bad. But I read all the readings and looked over the lecture slides and studied, and I still got a B+. If you are at all good at science and memorization, you should be able to do well. To get an A (these are just my suggestions): read every single word in the book beforehand so you can follow her lectures, print out lecture notes, lectures are optional but if you don't read then going to lectures and paying full attention will get you an A also. The TA was no help so don't rely on that. Overall, it's a fairly okay class. The midterm and final was 50 multiple choice questions plus a very generous curve. You just have to pay attention not sleep in every 8AM lecture like I did. Good luck. It's not that bad. I'm just a little bitter.
she is so nice and as for the "dumb" things she says or asks that just makes the lectures less boring and she tries to dumb things down to help you so i think thats a good thing...there is absolutely no need to go to lecture..just makes sure you read the text.. 2 tests mid and final: mid is on the 1st half of the book and the final is the other; the final is not cummulative. tips: READ!! do the questions from the cd (some appear on the exams) and memorize key terms and some of the examples used in the book are on the tests too so look over those a couple days before! she is awesome and her curve is very generous! hope this helps!
Professor Woolf is a good professor. Her lectures contain detail and examples about concetps in the course. The only problem is that your whole grade depends on your Mid-term and your Final. Each worth 50pts for a total of 100pts in the class. The tests aren't so bad, but you must memorize a lot! This isn't an easy GE but if you're thinking about Psychobiology, definately take the course.
Oh my god, i'm so scare of this class. She gave us 8 chapters to read and we are supposed to know detail in the book. The book is hard to read since it is pharmacology book. In addition, it so hard to pay attention to her in class. Her voice just put me to sleep all the time which is amazing since im imsonia
Her lectures and class are extremely boring. If you are a science major or really interested, and I mean really interested, in science then you should take this class as a GE. I got a B in the class, my only B at UCLA, but had an A on the midterm. You have to go to lecture and read the book very specifically in order to be able to to do well on the tests. There are two tests, a midterm and a final, both count for half your grade. Both are 50 multiple choice questions and not too bad, but you have to know details and not just the main ideas. Don't recommend as an easy GE.
She's probably a nice person, but man, don't take a class with her unless you have a lot of patience. First of all, she has a LOT of annoying habits, like asking pointless questions of the class endlessly. "Has anyone here ever been in an elevator?", "Has anyone here ever felt mad?", etc., at least 20-30 questions per lecture. The worst is that she actually waits to see if people raise their hands! Second of all, there's her voice, but others have already covered that. Most important, though, it really felt like she was just phoning the class in. The lectures were just a bunch of facts from the book plus a few pictures from the book. It really didn't feel as if she had put any effort into creating her lectures at all, she was just going through the motions. I don't mind if a professor asks us to memorize a lot of stuff (which you have to do for this class), but I'd like to think they're putting a little effort into their end as well.
I thought Prof Woolf was very enthusiastic and excited about the material (despite teaching an 8am class). The class itself was very easy. There were two multiple choice exams (the second not cumulative), both straightforward. There is a lot of memorization, but she posts the notes and the CD you get with the book is really helpful (do the practice tests, she sometimes takes questions directly from them). Going to lecture is really not necessary (esp not at 8am) as long as you memorize before the exams.
I thought Woolf was a good professor. She had enthusiasm despite teaching an 8 AM class twice a week. She tried hard to get our attention so early in the morning. Even though everybody says "don't go to lecture!" I strongly suggest that you do. She explains the material fairly well. The key to getting a good grade would be to make index cards regarding key terms from the book and especially the ones from the book and lecture. Memorize the terms, know their significance, and most importantly, keep up with the readings. At the end you will have pretty much read the entire textbook. The material I must say, is actually quite interesting.
Here are some things to consider before taking Psychobio with Woolf.
1) If you do not like waking up before 8 AM, then do not take her class. You will only end up complaining about it on bruinwalk.
2) Do not take the class if you have trouble with science; this is not the class to take for "an easy A." If you suck in science, stick to the astronomy and atmospheric sciences.
This being said, Woolf is not a bad teacher, nor is she exceptional, but I would consider her a good teacher. Sure her lecture slides are online, and sure her lectures do not contain information on the final which cannot be found in the book. Her lectures, on the other hand, do help you understand certain subjects.
Psychobio is perhaps the most interesting subject I have studied in school, although certain neuroscience chapters seem to drag on. The book she assigned in Fall 2005 is a fantastic text book containing knowledge and interesting tidbits I have already used in my every day life.
I made the mistake of not studying the practice questions on the book's website for the midterm. Had I known of its importance, I would have probably gotten an A on the midterm instead of a B. For the final, I pretty much only studied those questions and got a high A bringing my grade to an A-.
The class is easy in that your grade is only based on two tests, both of which are 50 mc questions. The only hw you have is reading about two chapters a week, maybe 4 hours of close reading. Do not take the class if you are not going to read because you have to. Do not take the class if you are bad at multiple choice questions. If none of these are a problem for you and you want to learn something new and interesting, then take the class.
dont go to lecture, its a waste of time...read the book and do all the online questions and workshops. One midterm and one final, each worth 50% of ur grade. She is really really boring but u should take this class because its not difficult and if u read the book, a lot of the subject matter is really interesting.
Lectures are unnecessary. Do the reading in depth. Interesting material if this sort of thing interests you, otherwise not recommended. 2 exams (not cummulative.) Each one is half of your grade.
I was in no way satisfied with this professor's skills in the classroom. I had Psych 15; Psychobio with her at 8 am during the Fall 2005 quarter. It was already hard enough to get up early for the class but when I arrived all she did was show powerpoint presentations of her outlines of the chapters. I stopped going to the class halfway through the quarter when I realized I could easily outline the chapters myself and do exactly as she did during the two-hour block of class I had to subject myself to. There are a limited number of points available in the class, including just the midterm and final, 50 multiple choice questions each and that's all that comprises your grade. That small amount of questions covers probably 700-1000 pages of reading from a difficult, scientifically-engineered textbook for "science majors" even though it's supposed to serve as a "non-science major" class. That is definitely a misnomer. She is barely available to help students, doesn't really care about their well-being as is evident we are all in her "GE undergrad class" just trying to get by. My final opinion, thumbs down and skip out if she is the available professor. I changed my grading scale to PASS/NO PASS and had I not I probably would have failed the class.