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David Whitney
Professor in the Psychology department
at University of California Davis, Davis, CA
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Overall Quality
4.7
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4.8
Clarity
4.5
Easiness
2.9
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06/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I LOVE THIS PROFESSOR! He's funny, engaging, and brilliant. Class is super interesting and you learn a ton. Attendance is a must and be sure you know how to apply the material, not just memorize. Test questions are ambiguous and focus on minuet details. I got a lower grade then I expected and worked my @ss off.

05/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
COGSCC126 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor. One of the best professors I've had here. Lectures are fun (professor's funny and lot's of demos), and you actually learn a lot. Cool class.

09/21/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSC131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Super difficult. Good if you are a Psychbiology major, horrible if you want to get a BA. Goes too specific into the biology of it all. You need to remember all the terms to do just decently. Aims to trick on tests. Final was 100 Qs. Despite a good initial peer review, horrible RMP reviews and for a good reason. AVOID - hope he goes back to Harvard.

06/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSC131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The easiest class to attend. Sit in the middle rows and see the effects of the concepts he's talking about. I've heard tests were hard, but I didn't find this to be true. Just go every day, and you should remember what you see. Take another PSC like 135 before this, and don't take PSC 131 with anyone else!!

04/03/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very enthusiastic about teaching, an awesome professor but the tests were not easy. Definitely go to lecture and OH.

03/21/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSC131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. As he infamously states the first day, YOU MUST ATTEND LECTURE. Even then, the class is certainly not easy. Grading is based on 2/3 midterms and a final only making it a pure test-takers class. Material is interesting and professor thought-provoking. His videos and slides are amazing as are his simulations on color blindness.

03/19/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Whitney is by far the best professor I've ever had. He loves his job and it shows. He's so damn enthusiastic and wants you to have a good time in class. Don't take the class too lightly though. It's definitely not an easy A. With a good amount of studying, a B should be fairly easy to get. The end-of-course curve helps lots.

03/11/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This professor was absolutely awesome!..But in order to succeed in this class YOU MUST ATTEND LECTURES, just reading the text will not help you at all, going to the TA OH's also helps. He is very passionate with his teaching...Not an easy A, but you don't exactly have to study tooooo tooo much either!Great class!

02/26/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSC131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

AMAZING Professor -- he really tries to make sure the students are engaged and making sure they understand. He's clever, witty, and entertaining. He does ingenious demonstrations and has clips from Family Guy and other shows in his slides, as well as optical illusions that keep everybody impressed. We rate each class and he uses it to improve.

06/10/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
psc131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

absolutely LOOOOVED him. by far my favorite professor at Davis. So funny, creative, actually cares about teaching! tests were easy too if you paid attention in class, which is easy to do b/c he keeps it entertaining.

04/05/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
psc131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Amazing Professor. I secretly hoped I would fail the class so I could take it with Whitney a 2nd time!

04/05/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
psc131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Amazing Professor. I secretly hoped I would fail the class so I could take it with Whitney a 2nd time!

04/03/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
psc131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Best professor I have ever had and best class I have ever taken. I felt an overwhelming urge to shake the man's hand after the last lecture. His teaching style, humor, wit and intelligence made me interested and fascinated by the subject. If you get him, consider yourself lucky.

03/28/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Amazing professor. Whitney does a great job at explaining difficult material and makes class very enjoyable. He's hillarious, knows his subject well, and is super helpful in office hrs. definitely go to class, the material will be much more clear and tests are off lecture slides anyways. also, doing the essential readings before class will help A L

03/25/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

GREAT PROFESSOR! Class didn't seem super interesting at first, but in the end it is incredibly interesting, you learn A LOT and I'm actually really sad that its over. Prof. Whitney is young, funny, and does just about everything he can to keep you entertained...just work hard and you will love this class.

03/21/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSc131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's a great teacher, very whitty, passionate, etc. The material is a bit difficult to understand but he makes class fun. The exams are curved. Cumulative mandatory final. It was OK. You must read and understand all material to do well. I hope i pass!

03/20/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psc131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

this class is AMAZING!!! if anyone commented otherwise, they are idiots! don't listen to them. Whitney is really funny and he makes a not so interesting class pretty fun. his jokes are funny and he really cares about what we have to say. at the end of class, we all give him comments/questions which he goes over during the next class. always funny!

03/19/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
psc131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This class does not suck. This class ruled. I was excited to go every day... Hard material but he is very friendly and funny. Just don't be lazy and not go/not study. Is it really that hard? I mean... you're paying to go here, right? Might as well get the most for you money and TAKE THIS COURSE!

03/15/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSC131 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

This is a man who loves his field, and knows how to make it interesting. The exams are rather hard, but he makes you want to attend lecture, so it's not a problem. DEFINITELY take this class if you are majoring, minoring, or even dabbling in psychology.

02/21/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psch131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Prof Whitney is hillarious! I think he should be a comedian instead....he doesn't have to try to be funny or tell lame jokes...it just comes naturally. Perception is a really interesting subject when this professor teaches it. He has awesome demonstrations. The tests can be somewhat difficult so attend lectures.

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