Christina Williams at Duke University

Christina Williams

  • 3.2Overall Quality
  • 3.4Helpfulness
  • 3.1Clarity
  • 2.2Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
4/5/14

NEURO101

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/24/14

NEUROSCI278

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedC+

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.

6/12/13

Neuro 101

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/28/13

Neuro 101

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/1/13

Neuro101

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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...

3/17/13

Neuro 101

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

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

8/14/12

NEURO101

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

8/3/12

NEURO101

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/1/12

neuro101

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/25/12

Neuro101

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/3/12

NEURO101

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

8/1/11

PSY101

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/7/11

NEURO101

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/23/10

biobase

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/13/10

Neuro101

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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).

8/4/09

psy91

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/1/07

Psych91

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/22/07

PSY91

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/16/06

PSYCH150S

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Prof Williams is very interesting and knowledgeable --she knows interesting tidbits about everything we discuss. When she leads discussion, class is very engaging. Comments on papers are helpful and always received in a timely manner, despite how busy she is. The only disappointing part of the class was the lack of emphasis on bio from the book.

6/11/06

PSY 91

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

so much material to cover in this class that the lectures seem to go by way too fast. the quizzes seem to be tests in terms of the amount of detail. very enthusiastic professor.

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