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Joanne Brewster
Professor in the Psychology department
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Overall Quality
4.6
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.5
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
2.4
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05/17/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYC 335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

VERY DIFFICULT! You're reading the whole book (and the chapters are like 30-40 pages long). She also doesn't go through everything in class, so bring your laptop and type EVERYTHING! However, she does give a lot of help. You can be tutored by her TAs and/or go to study sessions they have before every exam. 4 exams and extra credit with attendance.

05/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC 335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-

The class is a lot of material, yes; but this is the case with any professor. Brewster may only go through half in class but that's because no one has time to go through all of them and I loved that she went so in depth with what she did cover in class because she made it interesting & gave a good picture of what some disorders really look like.

03/26/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYC335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Don't take this class! She is a sweetheart, but her class is so ridiculous. Tests are hard and cover too much material--most of which you won't learn in class anyways. I would definitely take it with a different professor!!

04/12/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Psyc 335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Too much! This class should be a 400 level class. Material isn't difficult but there is just so much! She only covers half of it in class and you're left on your own to do the rest. Only take if you are really interested and you don't have a heavy course load.

11/06/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC345 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Brewster is a great instructor. This class involves a lot of reading, but as long as you do the reading and study you will receive a good grade. She is interesting, funny, and fair. None of her exams have any trick questions or anything used to confuse you. She gives study guides that tell you exactly what your exam will include.

07/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYC335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

In order to do well in this class, you need to go to class and you need to read and study the book. This is a very beneficial class to take if you are serious about the subject and want to learn the material. She is a great teacher, but you also have to be able to teach yourself. It's work, but it's worth it.

04/16/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Awesome and really interesting class. A lot of work but if you can keep up it's totally worth it. She won't cut you a lot of slack if you screw around but if you're dedicated and care about the content she's really nice and helpful

12/12/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psyc335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of the best classes I have taken at JMU. A lot of work, but you will learn so much from her. Highly recommended if you are serious about this major.

11/04/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psyc335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Makes the class way more difficult than it needs to be. You have to study almost an hour each night for a week prior to the test to get a B. Also a little rude in office hours. 4 tests attendence is extra credit.

04/02/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
psyc335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

this class is hard, but she makes it even harder to fail. She loves what she's doing and is so interesting!

01/21/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Her class is difficult, however she does offer a lot of help. Its a lot of information and you do need to study a lot!

12/21/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Good professor. The class isn't particularly easy, but she has tutors and tons of other assets for you if you want to do well. If you take advantage of what she offers and study hard enough, you can do well. If you're interested in abnormal psych, take this class. You'll learn tons.

12/10/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psyc335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Brewster is awesome. the class is not EASY, but if you keep up with the reading, do the work, the tests are NOT that ridiculously hard. She teaches you the material so that you can actually use it one day. Attendance=Extra credit; 4tests (including final). If you want an A, it is possible if you do the work. Helps if you are interested in the topic

10/20/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYC312 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lectures were interesting enough but her tests were RIDICULOUSLY HARD. You had to have the book memorized word for word more or less. I worked for hours on the study guides, did all the worksheets, and still got Cs on the tests. Too hard a class if you just want a psych elective.

12/28/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
psyc335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I loved this class. The tests are hard but as long as you read the chapters and do the study guide, you'll get an A. I just did the study guides and the worksheets and got an A. I didn't even look over the study guide once I had done it. Go to 21 out of 25 classes and get 5 points added on your final grade. final not comprehensive. easy!

04/01/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYC335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Extremely well-informed and intelligent woman whose lectures are very clear and informative. Yes, her tests are hard, but if you put the effort in by reading the chapters and making a detailed study guide, you will do fine. I've gotten A's on both tests but have literally memorized the entire study guides. You will learn so much - take her!

04/07/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
psyc312 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very nice lady who is well informed and wants you to succeed.However,tests are unbelievably difficult even with her study guides that take days to complete. If you want to get an A on these tests you better find a god to pray to if you dont already have one and learn how to memorize an unreasonable amount of word for word info from the text.

01/05/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She's an extremely intelligent woman. Her lectures are very informative but can be a little boring at times (she crams lots of info in them). Her tests are hard, but it is possible to get an A if you do the study guide and study the book. It's a great class and she's a great professor. Take it.

05/05/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
psyc Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I had her for abnormal, forensic, and police psyc capstone. She makes it possible to do well if you put the time and effort in. I wish I could take another class with her next semester. You will learn a lot and she knows what she is talking about. Take her for everything you can.

02/09/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
AB Psyc Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She is my inspiration!

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