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    Jan 02, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I like Developmental Psychology because it helps students (who may become parents in the future) better understand why children act as they do. My professor was able to concisely explain different theories and he gave great examples of what children do in certain scenarios. I learned about Freud, Skinner, and many others who created influential theories about the human mind. These theories, while they were not always accurate, became important in everyday life, because they were about children. Every parent wanted to know how to manage their children effectively. The theories created parenting movements as the years progressed. I think it is incredible how far developmental psychology has come over the past fifty years, and after taking this class, I am more aware of how important psychology is to everyday life. I would recommend this course to other students because it is very enlightening. I never once felt bored because the material was always intriguing. This course was amazing because I felt like I learned a lot in a short amount of time.

    Course highlights:

    While taking Developmental Psychology, my professor gave students the opportunity to find articles about children or parenting. I loved hearing what other students found in newspapers and magazines each week, because it proved that what I was learning was applicable to my life. Whether the articles were about how reading to children increased brain activity at a young age, or how poor living conditions can stunt mental growth in children, everything could be related back to the course. I found that the most intriguing lecture was about linguistics. I learned about when babies begin making vowel sounds, use consonants, and eventually speak comprehensively. It was also surprising to hear that until babies are around a year old, they can differentiate dialects and small differences in sound almost perfectly. Taking this course has taught me that I underestimated kids and how smart they are. I loved finding out that although adults are cognitively more developed than children, kids are still extremely intelligent. I hope to apply everything I have learned to my life. During the summer, I will be working at a preschool and I know that if I continue reading articles and remember everything I was taught last semester, I can become an even better caregiver. Developmental Psychology changed the way I view parenting, childcare, and kids in general. I am very thankful I took this course.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    When studying psychology, know that most of what is tested on relies on memorization. Although many psychology classes appear to be easy, do not let that fool you. My advice to any student thinking about taking Developmental Psychology would be to read the book, take organized notes during class, and study a lot. Some theories are hard to grasp, so consider taking time to research them. I spent around twenty minutes a day looking up terms or theories I did not understand and it made a big difference during exams. Finally, take advantage of office hours and remember that your professor is there to help. I very rarely went to office hours, and I wish I had gone more often because I could have obtained more concise explanations about topics from previous lectures.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Mark Strauss
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    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Great Discussions
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    Apr 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Even though the class is in a lecture format, the information is interesting and the professor always engages the students to participate and think about the material. The exams are relatively simple; all multiple choice exams with an optional final.

    Course highlights:

    You learn about the psychological development of children, from gestation to adolescence. A wide variety of topics are covered in child development, such as language acquisition, social development, and the various psychological theories associated with child development (i.e. Freud, Piaget, Ainsworth's attachment theory).

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you do the readings before class, since the professor assigns online quizzes before each lecture. Studying for the exams isn't that difficult since the professor gives the class a study guide but make sure you study about 1-2 weeks in advance. There's a lot of stuff to memorize and exam questions ask about specific ages in development.

    • Fall 2015
    • JenniferGanger
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading

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