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Karen Spikes
Professor in the Psychology department
at Northeastern University, Boston, MA
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Overall Quality
3.9
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
4.1
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12/15/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC 1101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Hilarious" "Skip class? You won't pass."

Come to class and take notes because exams are lecture-based. She's a very entertaining person, but the class lacked depth and inspiration. She would hand us all of the information and explain things with silly examples... And yet I couldn't expect an A because the quizzes were so poorly worded! Really dampened my interest in psychology.

12/15/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC 1101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Hilarious"

Come to class and take notes, because the tests are based on lectures. She is entertaining and funny, and her information is pretty straight forward. However, I felt that the class lacked depth; that dampened my interest in psychology. Also, the poor wording on the quizzes made it difficult for me to predict my grade despite studying well.

06/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC 3404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As long as you come to class every day and pay attention, you'll get an A. She provides lecture notes for each class, where you just fill out everything while she's talking. For the exam, she tells you exactly what will be on the exam and what specific numbers and figures you need to know. Professor Spikes is super enthusiastic and friendly as well

10/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC3404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Easy class. Really interesting. She makes it fun. For the exams you just need to study what she tells you to study and you'll be fine.

04/17/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC 1200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Spikes tries to be funny and make the class laugh rather than actually teaching. She relies on the lecture outlines completely. I missed a quiz because I couldn't get back into the city after the bombing and she refused to let me make it up and gave me a zero unless I came back in the summer to take it. Easy if you do it exactly her way.

04/11/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYC 3402--3404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Had her for developmental (honors) and social. both classes are easy and have no finals. prof. spikes is also really funny. not exactly the best teacher ever, but she provides lecture outlines that are very relevant to the tests

03/18/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC 3404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Easiest class of all time. People who say that they don't like her lecture style are jacked up (as she would say). She knows her information well and knows how to make it interesting. You'll get an A if you take notes (which she makes VERY easy to take). She's a very nice person and I find her hilarious.

12/06/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
psyc3402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Spikes should not be anywhere near a classroom. class is funny at times but terribly annoying and frustrating the rest of the time. She does not know her subject, relies on cheat sheets to teach since she doesn't know the material. class is unchallenging, so easy. She does an excellent job at ruining one of the most passionate subjects in psych ...

11/27/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
psych3402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I hadKaren Spikes for social psych and she is a wonderful teacher. She is very helpful and hilarious. She gives plenty of extra credit. She is very strict with getting to class on time and she also doesnt like to receive unnecessary emails. I loved her class and I would definitely recommend her.

11/15/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSYC3402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Spikes is seemingly impressive. However, if you actually analyze her lecture style, you will realize that she is simply trying to be funny, and not exactly aiming to foster real learning. Initially I felt that her lectures were great, but I realized, that was just due to her southern accent being funny. I would not recommend her class.

11/14/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC3402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The most inept prof here. Easily intimidated, highly unread on the subject, degrading in her teaching & boring. She plagiarizes the entire course from the book. If you want an easy A & don't mind paying 4k for what is a true insult & disgrace to proper learning, you'll fit right in. For anyone here that seeks the slightest challenge, look elsewhere

11/01/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Soc3402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Spikes is awesome! She is really helpful and makes the class really interesting. You'll get good grades as long as you go to class, read what she tells you to and review your notes/attend the review session. HIGHLY recommend.

06/30/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I received an A in this class, but it was no thanks to Spikes. Plainly put, she is a complete lunatic. Its almost like she hates her students and she treats them like they are worthless. She is just rude and completely unhelpful. I would not take her again.

04/13/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYCH2302 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Professor Spikes is awesome! I highly recommend taking her, she really wants you to do well and gives you EXACTLY what you need to study for the tests. Her tests (in Psych of Women anyway)are all multiple choice and not difficult if you read the materials she suggests. Highly recommended, A++++

01/07/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
psych3402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

SPIKES IS AWESOME! I love her class. She makes the material easy to understand and interesting. She's funny & will make you want to go to class. She hands out note packets and tells you what parts of the book to focus on. She cares about her students & is incredibly helpful!

10/24/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYC3404 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Spikes is a great professor. She's so much fun and always makes class interesting. She provides you with exactly what material you need for the tests and is very clear. She is hilarious and makes every class fun. She tries to get you out early when possible and is real fair in grading. She cares about her students and is a great lady! :)

04/25/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych2302 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I have taken I/O, Develop., Social, & Psych of Women w/ Prof. Spikes. She is an exceptional teacher. Some people complain about her classes being a waste of time or not challenging.But she teaches you to be self disciplined &learn on your own so you can have discussions. I have learned alot from her courses. She is thorough & to the point.

04/15/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
psyc320 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Took 4 of her classes. Don't take any of them if you are looking for DEEP discussion. HOWEVER - she makes class time effortless and funny and if you're looking for a leisurely 4 credits, take hers. Don't be fooled by her style - you need to study! Nice professor, surface-level information.

04/07/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYU402 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

BEST TEACHER EVER!!!!!!!!

01/13/2010
average
1 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Developme Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Her class is very straightforward - she hands out packets and reads off of them, occasionally filling in a sentence. I hate this style. It feels like I'm in middle school. She is also not very good at answering questions probing further - often either deflecting the question to the class or just repeating the question in her answer.

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