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Christina Williams
Professor in the Neuroscience department
at Duke University, Durham, NC
are you Christina Williams?
Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.2
Helpfulness
0
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05/05/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Neurosci 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A-

Class is tough. Harder than organic chemistry. Not a class you can study for. Kinda nitpicky grading. Williams is a nice person but the class is just not easy.

04/25/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
NEUROSCI 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Williams is a very good professor. Funny, engaging, brilliant. Lots of material--I recommend recording lectures. Textbook is useless. Review lectures/webnotes consistently and you will be fine. It just isn't a class you can cram for, which seemed to trip people up. Discussions and final paper are really helpful for the rest of the major.

04/05/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
NEURO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Class is really hard. You are expected to know random details about a lot of subjects. Dr. Williams is enthusiastic about the material, but she goes really quickly over a lot of relatively in-depth material so that you don't have time to absorb anything. Exams suck, because you can know the material really well and still not get a good grade.

03/24/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
NEUROSCI278 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C+

Sex-gender/nature-nurture was the worst class I've taken at Duke. Professors were disorganized and unclear, work was menial busy work with no room for creativity, lectures were boring and badly done.

06/12/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Neuro 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Lecture and textbook are useless. Memorize the webnotes and you will ace the exams. TAs are horrible and grade way too harshly but it equals out at the end because they grade the final paper very fairly. The information is fascinating but you learn it through memorizing her webnotes a week before the exam. Thats the only learning you do.

05/28/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Neuro 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

At the beginning of the class I struggled a lot in finding the best method to learn the material. As the semester went on, she recommended that her webnotes were the best tool to study for tests. I still had trouble during the middle of the semester but she was extremely helpful during office hours and advised to never give up in the class.

05/01/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Neuro101 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

Although the material is interesting, learning it is difficult as the tests are not straightforward. Grading is tough too--you need to really be able to write the answer how she said it in class otherwise she takes points off as if you didnt understand the material. Also never got any feedback on the paper so I dont know my grade before the exam...

03/17/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Neuro 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not awful, but a poor lecturer. Textbook use is extremely helpful.

08/14/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
NEURO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Williams enjoys hearing the sound of her own voice but fails to use it well. She often contradicts her webnotes when she is lecturing. Her pride prevents her from admitting that she sometimes simply does not know the answer to some questions and leaves the student in confusion. NEURO101 ought to be taken with Murphy.

08/03/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
NEURO101 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

If you have to/want to take Neuro 101, take it with Karen Murphy in the fall. You'll learn all the same things, but you will get graded much fairer and GUARANTEED get a better grade. Williams is unnecessarily confusing and tries to trip you up. She is helpful with papers, but overall a bad lecturer - very confusing - and a hard, unfair grader.

05/01/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
neuro101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

While the class if very interesting, Prof. Williams makes it somewhat unenjoyable. When she asks questions in class, she regularly tears down the respondent. The few times I ventured for help, I was met with condescension and left even more confused. Take the class with Murphy.

04/25/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Neuro101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Williams gives pretty fun and informative lectures. Bring a laptop because she goes through slides quickly. Tests are pretty much straight from the webnotes, but are sometimes tricky because they apply concepts to word problems and are MC/free-response. Discusssion is rather boring because the papers are difficult. A good intro class.

04/03/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
NEURO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Williams is just the right mix of sassy and informative. She can sometimes come off as a little condescending but she means well. Tries to make lectures fun and funny - succeeds most of the time. Knows what she's talking about but tends to talk a lot, esp if you ask a question. Tests are hard, go to lecture, read her webnotes.

08/01/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSY101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I love Professor Williams! She is extremely approachable, funny and really loves neuroscience. Her class is challenging, but if you go to her before each exam she's very helpful.

04/07/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
NEURO101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Williams is easily one of my favorite Duke professors. Don't get me wrong - her class is a challenge. I spent countless hours in study groups for midterms. But she makes the material very interesting and provides extremely useful web notes to study from, so the text book is more of a supplement. She is extremely nice and very easy to speak to.

12/23/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
biobase Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

extremely extremely hard class. i bombed it. however, this doesn't make williams a bad prof. in fact she is one of the most encouraging, approachable professors at duke. she is understanding and wants her students to do well. the biggest problem is that bio bases is an extrmely hard topic to become interested in if you're genuinely not.

04/13/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Neuro101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She uses other professors' lectures, so she spends most of class reading straight off of her computer, but the class isn't unmanageable. As long as you do the study guide she gives you before each exam, you should do well. Make sure you have a good TA (more helpful than prof williams).

08/04/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
psy91 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

psy 91 is a really hard class regardless of who teaches it...williams is really nice and understanding and won't let you fail if you atleast show you're trying though.

05/01/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych91 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She reads of her notes in class, and misspeaks sometimes. There are numerous mistakes in her webnotes. She emails a lot at random times. I felt I learnt more from my TA in discussion sessions.

04/22/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSY91 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Would recommend based on her interest in the material she's teaching and clear general knowledge of the material covered. Also, one of the few teachers to reach out to me on a personal level and that was really appreciated. Definitely a very nice person and would highly recommend this class for anyone interested in neuroscience.

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