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Christina Williams
Professor in the Neuroscience department
at Duke University, Durham, NC
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Overall Quality
3.2
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.1
Easiness
2.2
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30 Student Ratings
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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.

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