Rob Brotherton

Apr 2018

Professor Brotherton is a great teacher! He taught the psych statistics concepts very well. All the material students needed to know for the tests were on the powerpoints that he posted after class. He used ample examples to help students understand the concepts and always paused to take questions. All of his multiple choice tests were very clear and didn't require you to memorize equations or do complicated arithmetic. There were weekly problem sets in R (a programming software) and a weekly 2 hour recitation. The problem sets would often take more than the two hours so it was recommended for students to do them on their own and then come to recitation if they have questions or problems. Prof Brotherton and the TA were always there to help during recitation and made sure the students left with a greater understanding for the concepts.

Dec 2017

Professor Brotherton was great. His lectures were not exhausting; on the contrary they were very coherent and engaging. He gave us a 5 minute mind break half way through the class which was nice to catch up on note-taking or just relax. Lecture slides were posted on Canvas a couple days later. Honestly, his class was so interesting I didn't mind going, but you could always get away with missing a lecture if needed because attendance is not taken. The course material is fairly simple and easy to grasp. However, I feel like the basics of psychology still have to be learned at some point so no regrets! P.S.: I had a friend taking another intro to psych class at Barnard and they didn't have an essay nor did they have homework. However, I feel like that's a loss because the homework stimulated me to consider the significance of the concepts I was learning with respect to other concepts in psych.

May 2017

This course did not require a ton of work, but was INCREDIBLY boring and the tests often felt tricky (poorly worded questions or asking about very specific details that were irrelevant to the larger themes of the class.) It's not the worst way to fill your science requirement, but I'm sure there are better psych classes out there.