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Real Course: Psychology 120A
This is not an easy class at all. I really think that Monti made the material more difficult than it needed to be. Which defeats the purpose of having a professor, it shouldn't be easier to read the textbook than following someone's lecture in my opinion. Also I think the tests had real a**hole curve balls. The amount of time I spent studying for this class it is not normal that I should have to be totally guessing for at least 15 questions on the exams. This was the case as the way the questions were formulated were completely out of left field. No similar example in the book or lecture so I and many of my classmates had no idea what the prof or TA's were referring to. It was also mindbogglingly frustrating that many topics emphasized in lecture and were most of the time was spent on were not even asked about. Instead minor details that no one paid attention to were asked. Unless you are good at mindreading and don't mind spending 20 hours + studying for this class and barely getting an A. I suggest you take this with Castel or Rissman instead. Or just consider taking 115 instead of cog psych which is and incredibly fluffy subject.
Real Course: Psychology 120
In simple words, TAKE THIS PROFESSOR! He is funny, passionate about what he teaches and very welcoming to his student's questions or concerns. As a psych major, I worried about taking classes in Column A. However, if you are need to take this class, then take it with Professor Monti. He had students laughing at 8:00am and offered his lectures podcasted for non-early birds.
His tests were fair, but definitely prepare for them. After speaking with the TA's, they openly admitted to intentionally trying to make the tests difficult (the average being C+). Both the midterm and final are multiple choice questions with a heavy emphasis on lecture material and some on the book. There are also two papers (1 page length) due. Overall, it was a great experience and would definitely recommend it!