Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Dr. Israel does far more than just teach the basics. She connects the real-life world into the course, allowing you to truly learn not just memorize. She even goes beyond the textbook and lets you in on greater knowledge which you may have not found out from any other professor. She does a lot of teamwork, which I know some people do not like, but the class never gets boring because we are always moving. Sure, there are long essay tests but students have proved to do better on those than multiple choice. On top of that, the essay questions are creative, forcing you to think and interact with the subjects.
I learned about the power of a fetus in a womb, the relationship between a mother and her child, the necessity for both parents, attachment issues, the factors of a healthy development, and other situations that affect our life span. The most interesting thing I learned was on the impact of fetuses. Consciousness appears before we even have a brain. A baby inside a womb is able to hear the mother sing and can recognize the song after birth. The way we give birth has the power to affect the physical and psychological development of a child as well. For example, a C-section is not recommended because it traumatizes the baby more. A baby naturally knows what do when it's time to leave the womb. A non-emergency C-section disrupts this, causing the baby to sometimes feel stuck in life in the future. There is now a new form of psychology, called prenatal psychology, which examines how some of our psychological issues could be linked back to womb. That by far was the most intriguing to me, but there was so much more amazing information that she shared with us. Thanks to this course, I view life and people differently.
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Advice for students:
Learn APA format. Dr. Israel makes you write in that format and grades you on grammar too. This is to prepare you for the future if you are going into Psychology or so. Also, ask questions. She is incredibly helpful and she clearly answers questions. Read the textbook for better understanding. Last but not least, make enough time for your essay tests! They are take-home, you have one week, but it is a lot. She gave us 10 questions, 2 page essay for each. Procrastinating is not an option.