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Karen Hollis
Professor in the Psychology department
at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
are you Karen Hollis?
Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.7
Helpfulness
0
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38 Student Ratings
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04/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+

Great professor who knows a lot about animal behavior. Great class. Be sure to ask her about her animal learning research!

12/12/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych101 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

Professor Hollis is a great professor, always clear and helpful. i loved her class. she is always available for extra help which is super convenient. So Sad that she wont be teaching psych101 any more :(

11/18/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

She is an amazing professor!! If you ever need help, she is very approachable and truly is interested in her students not only within the classroom but also wants to get to know you outside of the classroom too!

11/12/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I LOVE her! She's always willing to meet with her students personally and help with whatever problems she may be having or just to chat. Hollis is very clear about what is going to be on the exams and holds review sessions for each one.

10/27/2011
good
3 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

Very generic lecturing style. Very difficult to stay awake through. However, Karen is personable and clear with her expectations. Lectures kind of useless as long as you have the Powerpoint, but sometimes adds helpful supplements. Really breaks things down in Fourth Hour. Need to do the readings to do well.

04/10/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Her exams are quite tricky and it is not quite easy to score an A with her. Her classes are interesting but nothing really 'great' about her teaching.

01/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She is amazing! she strives to socialise and keeps the class lively with interactive examples and videos. she will even perform whacko experiments just so you can understand better. She repeats everything she says and takes all types of questions and answers them well. I loved this class!

11/11/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

HORRIBLE! tests were on stuff that wasn't discussed in lectures or in the readings. i studied the material everyday and i went to meet with her and she said my poor test grades were because i didnt study, which is a LIE. her lectures were boring but i still payed attention yet learned nothing from her. now i hate psych.

08/31/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I liked Prof. Hollis. I definitely wasn't a fan of the 8:30 am class though. I felt she didn't explain things very well, I probably would have been totally lost had I not taken psych in high school. She was really nice and helpful in office hours though! Her study guides for the tests were sometimes a bit off but if you pay attention its no problem

04/17/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Psych251 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The material is interesting. Her teaching is not.

12/19/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Horrible, she's insane and her questions on the exams are the most random useless things ever!!

11/06/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Only take this class if you plan to major in psych. a lot of reading and do not study the night before the test. the professor is very nice and wants to know you personally. I don't enjoy this class. the classes are very boring.

11/01/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very disciplined

10/20/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Only take Psych 101 with Karen Hollis if you NEED it for your major. It is a nightmare. I took it because I am a psych major, and would have dropped it if I didn't NEED it. SPARE YOURSELVES.

09/01/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Prof Hollis is a good lecturer, she lectures like she's having a conversation with the entire class, so it doesn't get boring. She's extremely helpful, she genuinely wants to get to know students, and is very approachable. She is very intelligent but isn't condescending. I loved her class and I'm not even a psychology major.

04/02/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Psych100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I think Karen Hollis is a lovely woman, and really likes what she teaches. She wants people to understand her and to do well. That said, all lectures are straight for the book, which you really need for exams.

12/28/2007
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Okay. She is very nice, but nice don't mean crackers. She does not teach (which is BAD, kids-it's an intro course, instruction would be PREFERABLE). You LEARN the material from the TEXT by YOURSELF. It's a useless waste of grade, and a bad reason to wake up so early. DO NOT take this course unless you NEED it for your major. I should have listened!

12/27/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PSYCHSECT Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Excellent professor! :) If you really read the textbook - its very easy to do well in this course... not a lot of work... and her pre-exam guides are EXTREMELY helpful! Do use them!

11/02/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Psych101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

She's very nice, and I thought she was a good teacher. If something isn't clear to you, she is always willing to help you understand. You do need to study for her tests, because the lectures do not cover everything in the book. She makes the content interesting and her power-points are very helpful.

07/02/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSYCH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

READ THE BOOK! after the first test, when you notice she leaves out big chunks of the reading you were assigned in her lectures and you fail a test.. you're all but screwed. if you go to Karen, she will do all in her power to help you. She isn't there to trick you and if you mess up in the class, it's your fault. not hers.

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