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Kevin MacDonald
Professor in the Psychology department
at California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
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Overall Quality
3.1
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
3.1
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
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Easiness
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12/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSY 100 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again" "Respected by students" "Amazing lectures"

Very well presented lectures, easy to follow and retain a lot of content. Very informative professor. Would definitely take again. Tough but fair approach, but is really more centered on you getting as much out of the course as you can instead. Overall, a good professor.

05/28/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY363 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

HORRIBLE PROFESSOR! DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS FROM HIM!!

12/20/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
363 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

There is a reason over half the class dropped before the first exam. This class would be interesting and fascinating if it was not for the professor. What a joke!

11/21/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY 363 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awful teaching strategy, extremely confusing, fills up the board with nonsense that you can't read. Mumbles to himself. Does not offer extra credit. He also does not use Beachboard at all so you cannot check your grade. You figure out your exam grade when he passes it back but you have no idea what you receive on homework assignments.

11/18/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY 361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Avoid this class if possible. The homework is ridiculously long and only worth 5 points each. Exams are difficult with twisted questions and vocabs did not help much at all. 2 Written test that will pull down your grade. Not a very good teaching method. He scribbles on white board without any clear directions.

11/11/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY 363 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

unbelievably frustrating course. Kevin does not provide guidance as is very unclear with his expectations. You basically teach yourself in this course. He requires you to read the book before class and briefly goes over it during class. The study guides for exams are ridiculously long and he asks an averge of 6 essay questions for the exam.

10/22/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psy 363 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's hard- 80% is an A, but study guides are insanely thorough. The book feels a collection of research articles- a lot of info. Short answer question on his exams. He is hard to follow- but the course is interesting. The disorders are described to the fullest detail. Dont fall behind. He knows what he's talking about- but hes hard

10/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSY 363 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

By far the worst professor in the psychology department at CSULB. He is too old to be teaching. He is monotone, zero passion or enthusiasm about the topic. You basically teach yourself out of the textbook, which is poorly written. Everything from the text is related to his though process and how HE views things and that is what you are tested on

12/06/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psy361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a nice, knowledgeable professor, though he is boring at times. But 80% in his class is an A so I do recommend his class if you want to get a relatively easy A. He is pretty helpful too.

05/18/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is one of the the most brilliant professors I've ever had.

04/19/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ACCT202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very brilliant and very skillful approach.

01/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSY361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's not a bad professor. I didn't detect a hint of racism. There is a lot to do in this class. At least 4 exams, a written midterm, thesis paper, and final, which is MC and written. Each test is 50 questions. Homework is helpful. An 80% is an A. Show up,take notes, and you'll be fine.

08/10/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psy361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Difficult class due to large amount of time completing HW,so create a good study group.Must purchase inch thick very detailed instructions for the crazy paper.Ask lots of questions.His lectures are kinda dry but he's a nice guy and will explain but won't hold your hand. Got an A but it was a challenge.

11/04/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
psy361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I'm still in the class, and I really don't have anything volatile to say about this professor. His tests are not very difficult (I don't study, and I get B's), lectures are kind of boring (all Powerpoint), and class discussions are minimal. Haven't heard any racially-charged arguments from him yet, so meh.

08/27/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
gen101 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

the most courageous professor alive.

08/27/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
psy101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This guy is great. A true American. I have no idea what people are talking about with racism I really recommend this professor he's a great man.

06/02/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
psy361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Put aside the issues of his racism and look at the big picture. Taking this class expect: 4 m/c tests - from 3 chapts; you have approx 125-150 quest to answer for per chapt and one is powerpoint. No study guide and no idea what you will be tested on. 2 essays "study guide" consist of 6 quest that are really 19 or more questions. Food for thought..

05/22/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYCH222 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

rambling incoherent and nervous.absolutely no connection to students.

12/26/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psy463 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Class is not difficult if you pay attention, take notes, and study well for the exams (essay style). Homework helps grasp material. Dr. MacDonald is very approachable and will spend time with you at office hours to help clarify assignments and expectations. If you like the class topic and apply yourself you will do fine.

11/10/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psy361 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I liked him for child psych. An 80 is an A, it's not tough to get. His essay exam wasn't as hard as I had heard, I got 100%. The homework is extensive but it helps you ace his tests. He knows his stuff. I'd take him again.

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