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PSYCH 100 General Psychology

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    Feb 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The course provided ample information about how the human mind functions, and is very practical. I can honestly say the course changed my life, because fundamental components of psychology are fundamental components of who people are--the human psyche is very distinct, and in learning about it, one cannot avoid learning about one's self.

    Course highlights:

    Katella presents a stress management unit that taught me the fundamentals of embracing life as it comes. I used to be very pessimistic, but even learning something as simple as that an agonist sets up your brain to believe your body has resources it doesn't have left me awestruck. I was able to understand why I have felt lonely growing up, and begin developing empathy. I learned that focusing on eating for the sake of my brain is much more effective than guilting myself about cravings. I learned that headphones are terrible for your ears and have not used them since the quarter ended. I learned that through teen hood, the hours of 3-7 am are crucial sleep hours, and in prioritizing those hours, my overall satisfaction with life improved. I learned that people commonly struggle with stress, and that it increases susceptibility to illness, and learned first hand that this is true for me. I learned that little children do not understand guilt--I learned to appreciate the development of young ones. I feel that by the end of the course, I had been given so great a gift as to be forever changed, it was so wonderful an experience.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise discussing course concepts with anyone who will listen--discussion really helped the material congeal. Also, go to the professor's office hours, simply because doing so is truly a gift to yourself. Ask questions, but go even if you don't have questions, or ask questions you know the answers to. The course was amazing.

    • Fall 2017
    • katella debolt
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Great Discussions
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    Dec 06, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I always looked forward to going to class because Mel had such a great bubbly personality! She is eager to teach about her passion and isn't afraid to be herself.

    Course highlights:

    I have learned a lot about mental disorders and how they are treated. It gave me insight about myself, for example, why I act the way I do.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    She gives students study guides which give all the things you need to know for her tests. Mel gives quizzes at least once a week, usually on Thursdays, on the things that she has taught throughout the week.

    • Fall 2016
    • Melinda Stafford
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions Requires Presentations
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    Aug 03, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    All the things that you expect from a introduction to psychology class, you get. Things you've heard from t.v. and everyday conversation, such as Pavlov's dogs or the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath, you learn. And every topic goes deep enough to keep you interested but not so deep as to take time from another topic. The tests are difficult, I warn you, but it is not something that cannot be fixed by adequate note-taking and paying attention. There is one group project, but the professor lets you choose how much you want to participate in every part of the project. So you can not present as long as you work with your group and help with the power point, and she will grade according to the paper everyone in the group has to fill out, telling who did what and what grade that person should get.

    Course highlights:

    One of my highlights from the course was watching the presentations at the end of the quarter. They were on different subjects of psychology, such as intelligence, dreaming, or love. There was an interactive part that was required in every presentation, and many of them were funny, with analogies about difficult topics that helped you understand them easier.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Right away, start reading. Don't wait until the second or third week. I took separate book and lecture notes and then slowly put them together in a separate notebook. By the time the test came I had memorized a lot of the material just by rewriting it. It takes time, but it really does work. And be prepared for any of the essay questions, because those can be easy points if you are well prepared.

    • Winter 2016
    • Melinda Stafford
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments


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