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Lois McDermott
Professor in the Psychology department
at University of Washington, Seattle, WA
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Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.6
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
3.4
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11/20/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych 101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Tests are tough"

McDermott is no doubt a very nice individual who likes to make lecture interesting at times. I did snooze a lot in her lectures. Lectures off of textbook with videos and clicker questions. Tests are multiple choice, and you have to study hard off her textbook to succeed in her class.

11/13/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psych 101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+

overall pretty easy. clickers for participation, 3 non cumulative midterms, shows cool videos and demonstrations during class and she's funny. extra credit

08/21/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYCH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

Probably the easiest Psych 101 professor! Got 3.9 studying a bit on exam week, sleeping through every single lecture, and doing the extra credit. Don't even bother with Passer's textbook. All I did was read and memorize a different lecture book she makes you buy and that's all you needed really. Very boring professor but not a bad teacher at all!

12/26/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Psych 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I am a psychology major and found this class useless. Her teaching style would indicate that she isn't actually a psychologist, the class is purely based on superficial memorization. Nothing sticks after the class. Her lectures are boring and painful, tests are RIDICULOUS. The questions are detail oriented and do not address overall understanding

11/17/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
psych 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I took psych 101 and Human Sexuality class with her about 10 years ago. It was the easiest (and the only) 4.0 grades I got in undergrad. Her lectures are solid, albeit a basic. she is a perfect prof to teach intro classes. All you have to do to do well in her class is learn the lecture notes. if you can't do that, maybe college is not for u.

06/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYCH 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I am pretty good at remembering stuff and I easily got a 4.0 so don't automatically assume it's impossible to get a good grade. It depends on what kind of learner you are. However, I recommend that you DON'T take this course. It's horribly boring and LONG and I hated every second of it. Lois teaches but doesn't EXPLAIN anything.

05/25/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYCH 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Okay professor. Her PSYCH 210 class is virtually impossible to study for without cramming, though. She tests you on rather meaningless details that you would surely forget if you read it any more than 2 days prior to the exam. I personally didn't care for the class, as it seemed more like a sex ed class designed to kill your GPA.

05/19/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Midterm 2 was rediculous as somone has already stated. I'm somone that 4.0'ed psych 101 then got lower than a 3.0 in this class. This is NOT a class about undertanding. It is about pure memorization. I don't think my intrest in this subject matter was worth taking the class. I could have spared the bad grade and read research online.

05/17/2013
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

test 2 was impossible. don't bother with the exam review, questions run in fear at the sheer detail-oriented questions on one of the most ambiguously hard tests I have ever taken. eight minutes left and i was on question 25 out of 40. granted there were others more confident that still had guess on like ten questions....which is a C. HARD

05/05/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYCH 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had Professor McDermott for Psych 101 so I was excited to take another one of her classes because she is great! She is very honest and open to suggestions. You get the sense that she wants everyone to be more open-minded and not ashamed. Her exams are only hard if you don't study her notes. There are opportunities of extra credit.

04/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Psych 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She really is a horrible lecturer. Her tests are just about memorizing facts and not about depth or understanding. Be warned, this is not really a psychology class. She just drones for a couple hours about what appears to be nothing then asks a bunch of absurdly difficult multiple choice questions that hardly seem worth knowing.

03/28/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I hated this professor. I signed up for Psych of Sex expecting it to be a fun easy 4.0. But the tests are evil, and make up most of your grade. Yes there is participation (worth a whopping 10 of 130 points of your grade) and some extra credit, but McDermott is a boring lecturer with a monotone voice so it's impossible to pay attention and do well.

03/20/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYCH 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Material and lectures were good. However, the grades were too heavily weighted on test scores and there was very little room for error.

03/11/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYCH210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is fantastic! McDermott is a great lecturer with very clear powerpoints and even provides a lecture outline to take notes on. She's hilarious and its easy to sit back and listen, cause it's really interesting! There is a lot of detail that makes tests tricky, but extra credit and retake tests are offered.

03/05/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH 204 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I LOVE professor McDermott! she is open, honest, funny, and makes this quite long of a lecture FUN! she goes over material very well and wants you to get the difficult stuff. her clicker questions are actually worth while. and on Fridays she has guest speakers or videos that make the class more tangible and interesting. overall, loved this class!

02/26/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Teacher is so weird but that's what makes her hilarious.Loved her, she is very open about everything. Test are harder then the lecture material don't be fooled. She writes up confusing questions. Study. Overall, learned a tremendous amount. changed my perspective a lot. And lecture outline is overwhelming to memorize.

02/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
101 210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I absolutely loved her. For Psych 101, it's super easy, just attend class, study the study quide ( barely touched my actual textbook) and it'll be a breeze. For Psych 210 it's the same thing, but read the ARTICLES! She's makes the class a lot of fun! But don't expect it to be fun all the time, it gets kinda boring atthe end.

02/22/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYCH210 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Psych of sex is extremely interesting, not too difficult (good to pair with hard classes), and requires fairly low workload. McDermott is SO FUNNY, super clear, presents info in a clear way that is engaging, and brings fun into a class that could otherwise make people uncomfortable. Super good class to further your knowledge in an easy way

01/17/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

McDermott was wonderful!!! She cares about how she teaches the material. Quite funny too. You use a lecture outline, which you have to purchase, but it made taking notes super easy. It helps to have prior knowledge in psychology to succeed in her class, but as long as you attend class, read the textbook (for stuff she didn't cover), you'll do fine.

01/06/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Loved McDermott, she can make a boring lecture lots of fun, I'm excited to take another class of hers. If you follow along and use your lecutre outline to study every day, you'll have no problem on the quizes. There is are lots of clue sessions and resources for help on exams.

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