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Lisa Fiksenbaum
Professor in the Psychology department
at York University, Toronto, ON
are you Lisa Fiksenbaum?
Overall Quality
2.8
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.6
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
2.3
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
156 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
02/25/2015
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
HLSC 3910U Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tough Grader"

This professor is awful. She does not give clear instructions for any assignments or tests. Does not prepare the students for what she is testing on. She assigned the whole textbook to be read and understood. Completely unreasonable professor. Defiantly complaining to the school about this prof.

12/31/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
psyc3630 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough"

you definitely need to work to do well in the course. if you think you can breeze through without opening the text or attending lecture, good luck. it seems like an easy course because a lot of it is common sense, but that wasn't the case. you need to take notes,; you can't rely on the slides that are posted. do your work and you will do well.

12/31/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
psyc3630 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B
"Tough Grader"

Worst prof I've had Good luck w the sa questions very unclear both the TA and prof are unwilling to help If it's not written word for word on what they expect you'll get major marks deducted. I'm an A student and believe in working hard for good marks but it was not worth the frustration. Would be a very interesting class w a diff prof

12/28/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psyc3630 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Would take again"

Good course. Need to KNOW material, can't get by reading chapter summaries. Too bad many students aren't willing to do the work, just hoping to get by and do well miraculously

12/15/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
3630 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read"

I found the material and lectures very interesting. If you aren't willing to work, you better shop around. This is university. If you aren't willing to do the work, you should get a job at McDonald's

12/14/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Social Psyc Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

This professor is very hard to approach. She is almost condescending and is very inflexible. Her short answer questions are very hard and the multiple choice on her test were also tough but not nearly as hard as her short answer. I dropped out of her course because she was a plain terrible prof and I was getting an A in her class.

12/13/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Social Psych Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader" "Get ready to read"

Lectures are boring and tests are tough! I have a high GPA and study hard, but it was really unclear what she was looking for on the tests. Her slides added new info that wasn't in the textbook, and there's a LOT to cover in the textbook. Also she posts partially blank slides to force ppl into class! This could be a good subject with a better prof.

12/04/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC 3630 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

Tests were unreasonable. I'm an A student and I got an A in this class but it felt like the short answer was created to trick students. Prof asks ?s about concepts referred to in passing. Most students failed the short answer part of our exams so it's puzzling to me why the prof didn't make changes accordingly. Multiple choice was fair-easy.

11/28/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYC 3660 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

It's pretty telling that on the two tests we've had so far, only ONE person has gotten an A. She is an incredibly tough marker and test maker and gives the most boring lectures ever. What's infuriating is that she tests on the most obscure and arbitrary details and is totally inflexible even though no one is getting an A in the course. AVOID.

11/25/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
3630 Taken for Credit: Yes Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B+
"Skip class? You won't pass."

Lisa Fiksenbaum is at best a boring lecturer. She seems to lecture as little as possible (for example our two 40% non-cumalitive midterms were two lectures apart; and we used half that time to watch a tangentially related film) and yet she draws most of her exam questions from esoteric points in her lectures. She does not like teaching and it shows

08/11/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
psyc2021 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 found some of the students didn't master basic math skills, perhpas they rely on their phones. Quite unfortunate. It created a very challenging learning environment as a lot of the time was spent on dealing with how to work with simple mathematical expressions. Prof and TAs tried their best but it was a very frustrating experience for all

08/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
psych 2021 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

teacher was extremely rude and unhelpful. a lot of students in the class had to drop it because marks were too low and they were actually given their money back because so many of us either dropped or failed because of her teaching methods. assignments and exam were marked differently for the same questions and she would not give explanation of why

06/05/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Stats Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lecture slides were clear and the went through the tests in a step by step fashion. We were constantly asked if we understood the matrial. If you didn't do well in the course, you prob didn't put in the effort or waited to the last minute to study. This is university, not high school.

06/03/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC Stats Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Seems like everyone is very divided on her. Sadly I fell into the dislike group. I found her very unapproachable and rude to students - even publicly berating some! I think if people are this split, do not go with her! You could end up in the unlucky half. I thought because I am very very strong at math I'd be unaffected, however I got only an A.

04/28/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
psyc3031 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very practical course. This course was not only a refresher of statistical methods, but it also taught me how to use spss to get the stats quickly. Great review of key cocnepts provided and there was a hands on segment for each class so we knew how to understand the output

04/28/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY2021 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Not helpful at all!Rude comments made in class and not willing to teach using blackboard to explain solutions

04/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC 2021 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Excellent prof. Class environment however was ridiculous, students were self-entitled and clearly didnt study or read the text and took it out on the prof. Prof provided tutorial for learning and opportunities for tutoring, and class was well organized.

03/30/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC 2021 Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I thought Lisa was a great professor. Her lectures were clear and the tests and assignments were more than fair. Its not an easy class by any means and you have to put work into it but its definitely possible to do well. She tests for learning and application, not memorization. I would take another class with her in the future.

03/27/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Res meth Taken for Credit: N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Almost finished the course. I didn't think I would enjoy it as it is a required course but surprisingly I did. Very knowledgeable and fair instructor.

03/07/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC3031 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 am taking the course now. I was afraid that this would be a very difficult course after what I've heard about it from others who are supposedly good students. However, this class is very fair; the material is manageable and like with any class, read the textbook, review the lectures, and you will get a good grade. I find Lisa to be very helpful.

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