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Lois McDermott
Professor in the Psychology department
at University of Washington, Seattle, WA
are you Lois McDermott?
Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.6
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
3.4
Helpfulness
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160 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
02/27/2015
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PYSCH 210 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B
"Tests are tough" "Hilarious" "Respected by students"

Amazing professor. She is brutally honest about her content (Human Sexuality) as well as hilarious and provides a great environment for education.

02/27/2015
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych 210 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Participation matters" "Would take again" "Tests are tough"

Lois is super laid back and awesome. The test are pretty tough though.

02/26/2015
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
psych 210 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious" "Participation matters" "Respected by students"

One of the most interesting classes, but exams can be a little toughconfusing. Attendance is mandatory (have to answer personal survey questions with a clicker each class) but lectures are usually pretty fun. Sometimes you'll have to watch old sex vids and a panel will come in to talk to the class. You learn A LOT about sex that you never knew.

02/26/2015
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych 210 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Tests are tough"

Don't take this class. Killed my GPA, tests are hard, class is boring. All about memorizing random facts

02/19/2015
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych210 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B
"Would take again" "Participation matters"

She is a very entertaining professor, really knows what she is talking about. McDermott uses clickers EVERY class, there is usually 5 or so questions, make sure you go. Exams are detailed and I found that I should have studied at LEAST 2 full days. Fridays are either movies or guest lectures without clicker participation, super interesting!!

01/20/2015
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
19962 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+
"Would take again" "Clear grading criteria" "Big time extra credit"

McDermott has a tendency to ramble on a bit sometimes, but the class is very simple: understand the terms in her lecture outline and you'll pass the class. You also have the ability to get extra credit very easily.

01/03/2015
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Participation matters"

Didn't realize how well she was able to keep our attention on relatively boring topics until she had her TA teach for a week. Tests are pretty straightforward and as long as you memorize basically everything in her Lecture and Study Guide book, you'll do fine--never even touched the other textbook. Definitely do all the extra credit.

12/10/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read"

The class is really awful. She is one of the worst professors ever... the class should be taught to a smaller group. The way she teaches...

12/07/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych 101 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: Rather not say
"Participation matters" "Respected by students" "Tests are tough"

Professor McDermott always knows her topics and she is happy to help students if they ask for it. Her lectures are jam-packed with information, and it's sometimes difficult to memorize all the information.

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.

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