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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
3.0
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
3.0
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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: Not Mandatory 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.

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