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Harvey Swadlow
Professor in the Psychology department
at University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
are you Harvey Swadlow?
Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.1
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
104 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/15/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
1100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C

Ehh

12/11/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
1100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Tests are tough" "Big time extra credit" "Tough Grader"

I loved Swadlow, really funny and nice guy, very smart and knows his stuff. However his exams are very difficult. The material is easy enough but he tests in a very difficult way. You must study and study hard if you want a good grade. There's opportunity for a decent of extra credit. Overall a great class.

12/11/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC 1100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A
"Big time extra credit" "Would take again" "Tests? Not many"

Professor Swadlow is a very straight forward professor. You need to study to do well but if you do then you will get an A. You barely need the book, you only need to read the chapter summaries at the end of the chapter. He offers extra credit that can bring your grad up 3 points. Also there is a generous curve at the end (86's were curved to A's)

12/10/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
1100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Swadlow is a really dry humor funny guy, always made people laugh during lecture. Read off of slides, and that was what the exams were on. But he tends to say one thing and then ask different things on the exam. I ended with an A, but I rewrote my notes a lot. Just study and you'll get a good grade. (He apparently curves a lot too)

12/01/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH 1100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tests are tough" "Big time extra credit"

His tests are super hard, especially for a 1000 level course, and the multiple choice questions often have many answers that seem correct. There is extra credit offered but it can only help so much. Definitely hoping the curve will be in my favor for this class because I am going to need it.

10/31/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
1100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-
"Would take again" "Hilarious" "Clear grading criteria"

I believe Swadlow to be an excellent professor. He is definitely a character, but his personality is what stimulates the class and brightens the often boring subject matter. Go to class regularly for lecture; he explains complex ideas with simple analogies. Do the extra credit experiments he offers. Take good notes, study hard- you will do well.

05/07/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

...If you don't get an A in his class then I don't know what to tell you.. He curves the exams VERY generously AND you can get up to 4 extra credit points on your final grade by completing a few more credits in the research component (which is easy). Take this class if you want to get straight B- on the exams and still get an A.

03/19/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PYSCH 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

REALLY HARD. If you are not good at neurobiology you will rarely know what he is talking about. However he does give a nice curve to the class at the end of the semester.

12/28/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Swadlow is an interesting character nut I had a difficult time following him. The material is so general and he jumped all over the place. He exams are extremely difficult and his class is not worth the stress. It is a very difficult elective with him. Switch professors if possible

12/18/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Harvey's tests wouldn't be so difficult if he didn't word every question differently than he explains it in lecture. His exams are 80% lecture, 20% book, so going to class is definitely a must. The lab sections are super easy, and the experiment credits give you up to 3 extra points on the final. Not a horrible class, just not so easy.

12/12/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYCH 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Loved listening to him lecture. He doesn't read verbatim off of each slide like many professors. He curves at the end, so my 81 became a B+. I never studied for any of the exams, never took notes, and I don't own the book. I did; however, go to every class and listen. That should get you a B+.

12/11/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYCH 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Swadlow says right in the first lecture that his class will not be an easy one, and he means it. The course is full of tricky material. However, he is very fair and grades on a pretty generous curve. If you attend his lectures and take good notes and STUDY you should be able to pass his course with at least a B.

12/04/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Psych 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This professor is hard. He is no help at all and the TAs are even worse. Take with a different professor.

11/15/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a really good professor, but you really have to study for the tests. If you don't you will fail this class. It isn't very easy, but don't blame the Swad for you doing bad. It's easy if you try.

11/04/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
psyc1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Psych is supposedly an easy class and my sat was 1990 and my gpa is 3.5 and I failed this class. If you are good at memorizing useless facts to get a good grade this is your man. If you prefer being engaged in learning a subject and having to apply what you learned and be productive without memorizing pages of non-sense then stay away.

05/14/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A lot of people warned me about Swadlow but their words did not match my experience. I thought Swadlow was a very engaging lecturer, and an overall cool guy. One day in class he just whipped out a harmonica. He offers plenty of extra credit and doesn't require you to read the whole book, theres also a generous curve. Just go to class and study!

05/04/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Swadlow is a straight forward dude. He tells you at the beginning of the semester that this class will not be easy but if you put in the time and effort you'll do fine. The tests are hard but he's not trying to trick you in anyway, make sure you read the chapters in the book as thats 20% of material on the test. Take the class

04/29/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As long as you do the reading and study the lecture slides you're fine. The tests are word for word off the lecture slides and from the book. You don't even have to go to class. Try to find someone who took the class before and get their notes. Just put in the work and you're totally fine.

04/10/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYCH 1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Swadlow is the man. He grades with an extremely generous curve when his class is nowhere near as hard as people say it is. Nobody who puts in the effort or studying the night before the exam should have a problem getting an A. He's not a bad lecturer either. All the hate he gets on this site is nowhere near justified. I would recommend him.

01/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psych1100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His tests are hard, but he grades on a generous curve.

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