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    Oct 10, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I loved the course content! I especially liked the focus on children. The tests were simple if you studied adequately for them.

    Course highlights:

    In PSYCH 220, you learn about language development, which was my favorite topic in particular. It helped me later on in Cognition with Professor Kurtz. The professor didn't just talk the entire class period...sometimes she showed videos, had group assignments, and open discussions.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are wish to take this course with Friedman, you have to be willing to teach yourself the content. She is not the best at explaining concepts, nor are her PowerPoints very helpful either.

    • Fall 2015
    • Alice G Friedman
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    Aug 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is extremely knowledgeable and expects you to thoroughly learn the subject as well. The class progresses from birth to death, explaining how human beings develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. The grading system is clearly outlined in the syllabus. Textbook reading is a must, and supplemental readings (listed in the syllabus) always show up on tests, too. Multiple quizzes, 3 main tests, and thought exercises (short essays) are where you get your grade. Highest two test grades and highest five quizzes count, but don't miss the thought exercises! Not all of the thought exercises will be announced, either, to get you to come to class.

    Course highlights:

    I learned so much! I learned about the stages of prenatal development and birth, including the difference between hospital births and more natural birthing practices; I learned how incredibly important the first few years of life are, due to critical periods for language and other skills; I learned about adolescence and how timing for boys and girls affects their development in different ways; I learned about different developmental theorists - Piaget, Vygotsky, Brofenbrenner - and their contributions across multiple aspects of development; I learned about identity and gender development; and I learned about the stages of death and the generational difference in the contexts in which people have died. All of this, and much more!

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to do a fair amount of work. Reading a chapter or two between class meetings, reviewing notes, studying with a partner or two, and attending the TA review sessions will help you keep pace and do well. Once you've taken a quiz or two, start making your own questions that are application-style that seem like the questions you've had on the quizzes. Pay attention to videos, too, and don't leave early! There can be last-minute notes you'll regret not having for tests.

    • Spring 2015
    • AnnM.Merriwether
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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