Introduction to Cognitive Science
Spring 2020 - I really enjoyed the classes themselves, but the assignments were dreadful. About every other week we had to read 2-3 extremely dense, often verbose, scientific papers on a new, but related topic and complete an assignment based on them. Four of these assignments were graded for completion and two (of your choice) were graded for content. I totally bombed the first one but did much better on the second. Also, we were put into random groups to create two faux scientific research posters based on a topic in cognitive science. I didn't get the best groupmates but the projects weren't that hard. I found it very difficult to gauge how I was doing in the course so I ultimately switched my grading to P/NP. However, the final was fairly easy since we had a week to do it and it was an open book exam. I did okay on the final and if I hadn't switched to P/NP I would have ended up with a B+. I can't say this was my favorite class but I learned some cool stuff and Idan is very sweet and an amazing lecturer.
Spring 2020 - The whole class was asynchronous and she didn't even have office hours so she just posted lectures and required us to do the textbook readings. The lectures were long and full because she was nocturnal and filmed everything at night, so she was always whispering. I ended up dropping the class during week 10 because I knew I was failing it. The midterm was incredibly hard and the grading on the video presentations was harsh, so I didn't stand a chance. I dropped the class.
Winter 2023 - This is for 120B with Professor Fuchser. He has changed his curriculum due to complaints from previous students and made the tests somewhat easier and allowed a 3x5 note card for the final. His lectures are hard to follow and he mumbles for most of it. Luckily he records his lectures but it is still very hard to catch what he's saying even in the recording. He had easy reflection assignments each week that were 16% of the grade, exams were 37% of your final grade, and 10% was a final project. Class average was a B, good luck w this class