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Great Intro to the Subject
Pretty easy, overall.
Dr. Jo is very thorough. She tells you everything you need to know, so there's never any surprises. Other professors make students read chapter after chapter in the textbook and only ask a few random questions from the readings, but Dr. Jo tells you specifically which sections will be on the test- and follows through with it. Her notes can be a little scrambled because she can be a little hyper, but as long as you pay attention, you'll be fine. She's really good at explaining concepts and applying examples that you can understand. You'll have to participate in some research experiments (I had to play a video game with 3 other people) for your research credits, but you can schedule those whenever is convenient for you. If you do extra experiments, she'll add extra credit to your overall grade. Other than that, there's not really any homework, besides the reading, which isn't a lot.
There are a lot of different aspects of this course that are interesting, considering its the study of brain and behavior. I thought the most interesting part was learning about rewards and punishments because it's very practical information for raising children in the future. The first two tests are definitely the most boring, but after that it becomes really interesting. You'll learn about tons of things, like the biology of the brain, mental disorders, crime, your unconscious, and more.
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Attendance isn't required, but go to every class if you can, and take detailed notes. Like, write down everything she says. She's one of those professors that says, "Anything I say in class is fair game," and she means it. I don't think she ever tested us on personal stories (like what she watched on TV last night), though. But, examples are always good to write down because her test questions are usually very application-based, and sometimes she'll just modify an example that she gave in class. She says on syllabus day how her tests are something like 85% lectures and 15% book questions, and she's telling the truth. She's always happy to answer questions, and she's very nice, so don't be scared to approach her. Going to the TA's review sessions helped some, but that just depends on the TA. She sends out an outline of next class' notes a day or two before each class and it always says what chapters we'll be talking about. If you have time, skim over those chapters before the lecture so that you have a better understanding of what she's saying when she's teaching. It will make studying for the tests a breeze.