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Background Knowledge Expected
Many Small Assignments
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
First of all, Dr. Rashtian is a wonderful professor. She is enthusiastic about the course and offers a plethora of opportunities for students to go in and earn some extra credit. In fact, the only way to not earn an A in the course is to not show up. So long as you study on your own time and take notes during the lesson, including whatever she mentioned that isn't actually written on the PowerPoint, the tests are easy, especially since you can take them online at home (including the final). All you have to do to earn an A is show up to class - which is only once a week if it's a hybrid class like mine was - and study! Of course, as a requirement of the 250 course, you do have to go to some experiments on the side, but those take about ten minutes each, at the very least, and a lot of them are online surveys. You need the experiment credits to graduate CSUN with a psychology degree anyways, so taking the course makes that stress so much easier. I highly suggest any course with Rashtian, especially Psych 250. And to any freshman considering this course, just take it. I was a freshman when I took the course last semester, and being the baby of the class is kind of cool. It wasn't my first time being the only freshman (or person under 20) in a class. Just go for it. No one is going to judge you for participating in class, and it'll be worth it when you graduate early and get to work on your Master's before the majority of your friends.
There were so many things I learned from this course; I don't even know where to start! Let's start from the most trivial to your degree, which for me was getting to interact with people. As an introvert, I usually have to be forced to do anything with socializing, and Dr. Rashtian certainly does that. You have to work in groups in this class, and you have to learn how to work with a lot of people at a single time. You actually get to work alone and work with people at the same time, simultaneously making friends, which is cool, especially since they probably have the same major as you. You also really get into depth about each part of the brain and how it works with everything and anything in your body and in your environment. Everything that you learned in Psych 150 is going to be taken in the 250 course and dissected even further until you're figuratively looking at certain parts under a microscope. I can tell you all about sleep hygiene; your taste buds; the debate about animal testing; my favorite part of the brain, the great mediator of our minds, the corpus callosum; jealousy in relationships and who in the relationship is more likely to react to a given circumstance; eating disorders; and, of course, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which I can promise will stick with you forever. Dr. Rashtian teaches in such a way that the information she has you learn sticks with you forever.
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Advice for students:
Study each chapter at least once, to get a basic understanding. If you can, a second time to grasp the information, and a third time to really understand the information in depth. Go to the experiments. Do all the homework. Honestly, doing the bare minimum will get you at least a B. Making sure you go to class and studying the chapters at least once or twice will get you an A. Overall, the class is an easy A, in addition to being actually a lot of fun.