Brenda Larison
Department of Psychology
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2.0
Overall Rating
Based on 3 User s
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 1.7 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.3 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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

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9.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: N/A
March 21, 2020

Professor Larison is the most incompetent professor I ever had in my entire UCLA career. She can't teach. She doesn't communicate with her students. She messes up so much and expects her students to do well. She doesn't even care if her students do well because she rarely answers questions posted to piazza. The TA does more work than she does. If you're able to take this course with a different professor do so. Professor Larison should be your last resort.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A
May 14, 2019

Overall, the class was alright. Not gunna lie though, the class was a lot of work. But this is the type of class where the work put in pays off. I attended all her office hours, and they really helped (so go)! She also went over my midterm with me and gave me a few points back. The class was a bit unstructured at first, but she was willing to change things around in order to accommodate for us. The class will be focused more on Animal Behavior than Comparative Psychobiology. Also, there is a lot of reading quizzes, so be sure to read if you want to get an A. Her exams were based off her lectures slides only, so don't focus too much on the book. I personally wouldn't take the class again (because of the workload), but I learned a lot and made some friends. It's not impossible to get an A. You got this!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: B
April 16, 2019

This was by far the worst class I have ever taken at UCLA, an extremely stressful and disappointing experience. Larison is extremely, ridiculously unorganized (to the point even the T.A. was confused about the class most of the time) and not clear at all about anything- it was like trying to understand a foreign language with her (she would never directly answer questions and would want you to figure things out yourself. For example- students would ask a question in class, she would give a vague answer that no one understood, ask a clicker question about what she just asked, and the "correct" answer was the one least chosen by students). Her quizzes were stupidly nit-picky, and her first midterm was just a copy of those quizzes. So once I felt that studying the quizzes was enough for the final, what do you know- she actually puts in effort and makes a final not based on her quizzes and screws everyone over. Overall awful experience, I have literally gotten my first grey hair thanks to this class. Whatever you do, avoid this class and especially this professor at all costs- this single class felt like taking 8 am classes 7 days each week for the quarter.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: N/A
March 21, 2020

Professor Larison is the most incompetent professor I ever had in my entire UCLA career. She can't teach. She doesn't communicate with her students. She messes up so much and expects her students to do well. She doesn't even care if her students do well because she rarely answers questions posted to piazza. The TA does more work than she does. If you're able to take this course with a different professor do so. Professor Larison should be your last resort.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A
May 14, 2019

Overall, the class was alright. Not gunna lie though, the class was a lot of work. But this is the type of class where the work put in pays off. I attended all her office hours, and they really helped (so go)! She also went over my midterm with me and gave me a few points back. The class was a bit unstructured at first, but she was willing to change things around in order to accommodate for us. The class will be focused more on Animal Behavior than Comparative Psychobiology. Also, there is a lot of reading quizzes, so be sure to read if you want to get an A. Her exams were based off her lectures slides only, so don't focus too much on the book. I personally wouldn't take the class again (because of the workload), but I learned a lot and made some friends. It's not impossible to get an A. You got this!

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: B
April 16, 2019

This was by far the worst class I have ever taken at UCLA, an extremely stressful and disappointing experience. Larison is extremely, ridiculously unorganized (to the point even the T.A. was confused about the class most of the time) and not clear at all about anything- it was like trying to understand a foreign language with her (she would never directly answer questions and would want you to figure things out yourself. For example- students would ask a question in class, she would give a vague answer that no one understood, ask a clicker question about what she just asked, and the "correct" answer was the one least chosen by students). Her quizzes were stupidly nit-picky, and her first midterm was just a copy of those quizzes. So once I felt that studying the quizzes was enough for the final, what do you know- she actually puts in effort and makes a final not based on her quizzes and screws everyone over. Overall awful experience, I have literally gotten my first grey hair thanks to this class. Whatever you do, avoid this class and especially this professor at all costs- this single class felt like taking 8 am classes 7 days each week for the quarter.

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Overall Rating
Based on 3 Users
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 1.7 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 1.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.3 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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