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Elisabeth Sandberg
Professor in the Psychology department
at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
3.1
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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48 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/14/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psy 101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A-
"Get ready to read" "Assignments galore" "Lectures are long"

Attendance is not taken so you don't need to go to lecture as long as you keep up with reading. Some class material will be on tests, but she posts the in class slides. She spends half the time fighting with the microphone or having the class watch videos during lecture. Also, tests are tricky but she provides plenty of padding for your grade.

12/14/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Assignments galore" "Big time extra credit"

Good lecturer. The class is huge, but Sandberg makes a point to spur class participation with handouts and clicker questionssurveys. Tests are MC and pretty hard, but she lets you buffer your grade with a lot of easy homework assignments and research credits. You don't have to go to class, but she does a lot of extra credit.

12/03/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSY 101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough"

Lectures are useless, she posts slides online. Reading the textbook is a must and a decent amount of time will be spent on homework. She does offer some extra credit and a project to balance out your grade, but tests are EXTREMELY difficult and unnecessarily so. They cover a lot of material and have vague questions with no clear cut "right" answer.

10/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSY-101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Inspirational" "Gives good feedback"

She inspired me to study psychology and pursue it at the graduate level. With her, you will move mountains (with your brain!).

04/28/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psy 208 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

This is a great class. Her expectations are very clear, and as long as you do the readings, the homework and quizzes are easy.

04/18/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
MHS 250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This class on autism was very interesting for someone who knew nothing about ASD. That said, Sandberg knows her stuff yet the class is more of a survey than real nitty-gritty material. It's a pretty easy A, and the work load is some of my lowest at Vandy. I wish Sandberg had lectured more but instead there is a lot of fruitless group discussion.

04/14/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Sandberg is very witty and easy going. Liked listening to her lectures, although she often goes on rants or tangents that are interesting, but not relevant. Tests are very difficult, so just skim the textbook every night with online homework and you'll be fine. More work than anticipated, but enjoyable class. Made me wanna major in Psych

01/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Sandberg, in a sense, ruined my interest in psychology. A seemingly easy course of study (intro psych) was made difficult by her impossibly worded test questions (each multiple choice with 5 options). I recommend studying from the text/website because her class lectures are painful and she always fails to properly operate the projector.

01/06/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Gen Psy 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Sandberg kept the class interesting. Often times we would watch movies and videos in class. Sometimes I felt as if the class period was pointless though because the tests were textbook based. There is a good bit of work on psych portal every night. Also, the tests cover A LOT of information, so start studying like a week in advance.

12/29/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY 100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Test questions are really vague but she provides a lot of grade cushioning. Study the lecture slides she posts online

12/16/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSY 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Sandberg is witty and articulate. Class is not mandatory, but you should go because the lectures include material that will be on the tests, and she shows clips of videos that are quite interesting. To prepare for the tests, practice the Learning Curve tests that are online-- they are key to getting an A.

12/16/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYCH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Sandberg is an interesting woman...she is whiny and somewhat harsh and unapproachable. Despite this, the lectures are interesting (lots of graphics and cool videos) and she keeps it light and funny for the most part. The homework is pretty mandatory, and is kind of busy work. Tests are WAY harder than the class itself, beware! Keep up w/ reading.

12/09/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYCH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I love her during her lectures because she is funny and kept us interested in the topics. But the exams are haaaaaaaard.

12/04/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Easy to do well if you actively do the homework. Lectures aren't mandatory but sometimes extra credit is offered. Also, there are questions on tests about in-class activities.

11/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSY 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are useless, and consist of her making bad jokes and showing videos. Fine to skip often. Material comes entirely from textbook/online homework, and is pretty simple, but tests are hard. Expect grade to be a full letter grade higher than test average because of grade booster assignments. Definitely can get an A, but have to put in some work

04/29/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
MHS 250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Extremely easy. Learned a decent amount but she went off on tangents all the time. Very funny professor and understanding. I would recommend it if you want an easy A

03/29/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 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

Course is a great survey of psychology. Her lectures are clear and interesting. There's online hw before every class, which could add up. The tests are manageable if you put the effort into studying. This class prompted me to pursue psych as a major and take another class with her the semester after. I 100% recommend it!

01/08/2013
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great teaching style. Very clear and interesting in class, but the tests can catch you off guard the first time or two. Do not need help outside of class and ask her anything though. She has T.A.s for you to associate with not really so much her. The final project is great, however, it provides a lot of cushion for your grade.

12/21/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSY101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She did not give clear indication that the tests would be difficult with the type of homework she assigned. The class is overall pretty easy, because most of the points you can earn come from things you get to spend a lot of time on. I personally disliked the class because she didn't make it worthwhile to come to class.

12/18/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

she was a great lecturer and the material was interesting. tests were all multiple choice questions and were difficult, but the portfolio project (30% of your grade) and the research participation (10%) and homework (10%) made it possible to have bad grades on the midterms but still to have an overall good grade in the class

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