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Robert McGivern
Professor in the Psychology department
at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
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Overall Quality
2.9
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
3.0
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11/04/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Psy 101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class is almost three hours long and he has 60 slides to go over and somehow only manages to teach 5-10. He gives quizzes like each class and midterms on all the quizzes. He doesn't teach anything thats remotely relevant to the test, and the tests are the only thing your grade consists of. Worst teacher I've ever had.

08/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSY101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

While he is nice and can be funny occasionally, his three-hour lectures are impossible to pay attention to. By the second half of class, everybody was either asleep or playing flappy bird. Tons of people didn't even bother showing up. I passed with a C because I cheated on all the tests.

07/21/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psy260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The class itself is pretty dull but if you do the study guides and read the book, it's an easy A

05/22/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psych 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

Wooo! There's a lot of material in this class. Just like everyone else said, the best thing to do is read the book. His quizzes and tests take a lot of different cases and stuff that you only get from the book that he sort of mentions in lecture. I missed 2 full weeks and I still got an A on his quiz because I just read the book. READING RAINBOW!

05/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: C

This class was definetely challenging, but if you READ the book your going to be fine. One thing that help me was doing the study guides online, most of the questions are the same for quizzes and midterms so make sure to use them b/c they really are similar q's!! Mcgivern is a good professor you just have to put in the work!

02/01/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is definitely not an easy one. The material is super interesting but do not underestimate it. READ THE TEXT BOOK and do all of the study guides before the two midterms. Quizzes and tests are difficult but not impossible.

01/15/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
psych 260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is so freaking hard, I don't know what I would have done if I didn't take him. Our class made a google doc based on his study guide and it is EXACTLY the same as the tests except for maybe 2 or 3 questions. Put in work on the study guide, memorize it, and you'll get an A

01/10/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSY101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Difficult class but not impossible. Lectures are LONG but can be interesting. Usually lets class out early but since it's a 2h40m class it still feels like forever. Tests and quizzes are difficult and cover material from both the book and his lectures, so study everything! Also don't forget about the final essay, it's easy to put it off but don't.

01/07/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This class is definitely challenging, but if you read the book, you'll do perfectly good. Offers easy extra credit, so highly recommend taking advantage of that. Go to office hours to know which questions you got wrong. They'll be on the midterms! Office hours are only with his TA. He's very intelligent and knows his stuff.

12/10/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very interesting class but it's definitely not easy. Studying will make this class easy and you definitely need to rent/buy a book if you want a good grade. Lectures were somewhat helpful but you learn most of the material on your own. Plus, he gives study guides for midterms so that helps a lot. I would recommend his class.

11/01/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This is my first psych class, and I am very pleased. McGivern is challenging, but I am learning better study habits as well as the material. His tests are hard, but it is good prep for future classes. He went above and beyond to help in office hours, and his TA is also helpful. Don't expect to be spoonfed. It doesn't work like that.

10/18/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Do not take this class!! All he does is lecture! There is no way to study for the tests and quizzes. No study guides, very rarely are his ppt's on bb. You have to guess what he is going to put on the quiz and hope you studied the right thing. The questions are worded terribly and they are just overall impossible. Don't take it!!!

05/18/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSY 260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class wasn't too bad, it was just a pain to have it for 2 hours and 40minutes. Professor McGivern is quite helpful, he really wants his students to pass. He provides us with study guides, which help out a lot. Take advantage of the extra credit! He really knows his stuff. Difficult subject, but pretty good professor.

01/23/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY362 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Wow, I struggled in this class. The tests were hard and lets face it Cog.Neuro is not the easiest subject. But Professor McGivern teaches it well. He is very knowledgable and excited about neuroscience. So if you're into cognitive neuroscience take him. But it will not be easy.

01/08/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY362 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I did well in this class but alot of people struggled. the lectures are kind of hard to sit through but understanding teacher. there was a really easy poster project, extra credit, one midterm, one final, four quizzes. read the book alot of the questions came from the chapters

06/01/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY350 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

do not take this class if you are interested in learning about psy and especially if you are excited about taking ABNORMAL PSY because you will be dissapointed. its an easy A but THE most boring class ive ever taking. monotonous teacher, eeasily goes off track, not helpfull and rude to students. IM VERY DISSAPOINTED.

05/24/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

McGivern is great professor, I was never bored in his class. So I don't understand what other students are complaining about? His class was awesome. Do the study guides, the readings and go to class, trust me you'll get an A. I can't wait to take McGivern again.

05/11/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSY260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

TERRIBLE professor! Do not take this class if you want to learn anything about physiology of psychology. Give studies guides but does not teach anything on them. Stay away

05/09/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psy260 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class was pretty hard. 4 quizzes with one dropped. He gives out a study guide of 100+ questions that will be on the quiz.They are very unclear and you have to choose the "best answer" 2 midterms which are hard too Lectures only count for 20% of the midterms and nothing else, rest is from the book. unless you are really good at sciencedont take

04/23/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSY260 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

This teacher does not make extra time to meet with students. He does give study guides and uses the questions from them on the quizzes that he gives. However they are ambiguous and not always related to his lectures, lecture slides, information on blackboard, or the textbook.

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