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Instructor: Rachael Polokoff

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PSY371, Summer II 2011
PSY371, Summer II 2010

Rachael Polokoff: PSY371, Summer II 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Psychology
Course: PSY 371 - Abnormal Psychology Crn (Section): 91684 (701)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
5. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
6. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
7. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 15 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 6 (40%) 3 (20%)
8. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 3 (20%) 7 (47%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Professor Polokoff was very enthusiastic and tried to bring excitement to the class. Good use of videos and powerpoint.
Topics were interesting and class discussions helped class participation and active thinking
The professor's background in psychopathology and practice in psychotherapy was ver valuable. I think all if the students gained something significant from listening to the experience of someone who has worked with afflicted individuals first hand.
Analyzing various disorders through the biopsychosocial model. Also, hearing personal accounts from the professor's experience in counseling.
The class lectures
The essay portion of the course which consisted of four essays due every Friday for the first four weeks of class really helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the topics we were prompted to write about. I also felt the essays were a GREAT alternative to simply relying on a mid-term and final grade.
class discussion
The powerpoints were helpful esp when referring to DSM-IV criteria
I enjoyed the class presentations.
The class discussions, were very helpful!
Emphasis on empirical research
10. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 3 (20%) 8 (53%)
11. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
None
She is a great lecturer and seeks active engagement from students.
Again, the professor's first hand experience and willingness to share really improved the course.
Provide quizzes throughout the term so the final is not cumulative. It's a lot of information.
I felt the professor did a great job of introducing the material. Her lectures supplemented the readings which allowed for me to gain a much better understanding of the material.
group discussions can help with class participation.
To expand a little more on the above question. I believe the essays and the class presentation could have been worth a little more.
She is great, she really pushes class discussions which helps greatly with allowing us to develop our own opinions about the subject matter. I dont really think you can improve when your that good!
12. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
She enjoyed teaching her class. She tried to keep the class involved by asking for answers and opinions.
Her open discussions helped class to engage in topic and ask questions
Her willingness to share and her empathetic attitude towards others who shared personal experience was great.
Her level of experience dealing with diverse patients. Ability to apply concepts to everyday life, making them easier to grasp.
Her enthusiasm and knowledge on the course material.
Her experiences along with her professional experience with patients was really helpful when she would explain certain topics. I felt her knowledge of the material far exceeded that of most other professors that I have had.
projects and discussion
She was very helpful with any confusions and very approachable.
Her work experience seemed to add more to the course.
Her willingness to stay after class to answer any questions involving the class and personal information.
13. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
14. The assigned readings significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
15. In relation to the number of hours spent in class, this course requires an appropriate amount of homework.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 8 (53%)

Rachael Polokoff: PSY371, Summer II 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Psychology
Course: PSY 371 - Abnormal Psychology Crn (Section): 92014 (701)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 13 (72%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
4. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
5. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%)
7. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (61%) 7 (39%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (33%) 10 (56%)
9. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 9 (50%)
10. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 18 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 4 (22%) 9 (50%)
11. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 18 1.38 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 3 (17%) 2 (11%) 9 (50%)
12. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
13. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 18 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 10 (56%) 4 (22%)
14. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 18 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 8 (44%) 7 (39%)
15. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (39%) 11 (61%)
16. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Class discussions were encouraged and were very helpful.
lecture
The writing assignments were challenging, but very helpful for future academic endeavors.
Understandable presentation of lectures.
Interactive aspects such as watching videos and commenting on them.
The course in general was very valuable because it taught a lot about different disorders that we witness in people and ways to deal with them.
Class discussions
Rachael gave us very useful information and helped us break down the important parts of the book to take with us for real life.
She did a really good job getting class discussion going.
class discussions and you tube were helpful
The powerpoint slides for each lecture were very clear and helpful. I enjoyed the disorders that we covered. I also thought that the student presentations were very interesting and well put together.
PowerPoints and student presentations.
I enjoyed the conversations that were held during the class. The instructors as well as many students had experiences that made the material from the text more real and applicable outside of the course.
Media examples of the mental disorders so we could see what they looked like. Writing essays also helped improve my writing and research abilities.
All the information provided (PowerPoints, external links, readings, and etc.)
class discussions, and writing papers! i had never written a paper for a psychology class, so this helped develop my writing skills, which I am grateful for!
Because I personally enjoy the lecture style classes, I feel that having the class run by powerpoint and in a lecture format was helpful in leaning about each disorder in equal depth. By not feeling the stress and pressure to do too many homework assignments and projects throughout the course, also helped me to take in more information about each topic discussed.
17. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I do not believe this course should be 5 days a week even if it is given during the summer session.
nothing really
N/A
The slides had too many words on them. Condense and make so that it is easier to take notes.
Student presentations
none
I think that we spent too much time on the individual presentations at the end of the term. With only 6 weeks in the summer term we should not be spending the last 2 weeks presenting to our classmates on topics that won't be on the final. The presentations should have been shorter, or she could have required us to write a paper instead. I would have liked to not rush through the material we are going to see on the final in the first 4 weeks just to make time for these presentations.
didn't really care for the book
I though that the text book was a little dry.
I didn't have a lot of background in psychology, where I felt many other students did. Therefore, a lot of the material used vocabulary that was very new to me. The least valuable aspect of this course (for me, personally,) was the amount of technical vocabulary that was used as they could've been substituted for much easier vocabulary. I also felt that sometimes important details were stressed less than they should've due to the explanation of less important points.
The bulk reading.
I think that by having only one final at the end of the course is a little too much since there was so much material covered. I feel that if there was a midterm that tested on the first half and a final that covered the second half of the material, then it might be a little better.
18. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%)
19. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
20. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
21. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
22. The instructor encourages constructive criticism.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 4 (22%) 12 (67%)
23. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 10 (56%) 7 (39%)
24. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 3 (17%) 12 (67%)
25. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (56%) 8 (44%)
26. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I would try not to read directly from the PowerPoints. It can be very distracting.
better lecture and better powerpoints
It's great!
Make her presentations more note-taking friendly, and stress the significance of certain material over others so students know what to expect when studying.
I think she could do more interacting activities when learning some of the disorders instead of only lectures, but I can understand how that would be hard because it is hard to find activities to teach about disorders. It's a tough topic.
Groupwork might encourage students to participate more in class and form better bonds with fellow students. Class did not feel particularly close. This might be in large part due to the short, six-week nature of the class more than any other factor, though. Some powerpoint slides had typos, but it didn't take away from the quality of the presentation.
Rachael was a great teacher. I learned a lot from her. I loved her enthusiasm and her grasp of the concepts. Great teacher!
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I think Rachel did an outstanding job. Her lectures were very clear and I learned a lot about a multitude of psychological disorders.
Although the powerpoints were very helpful, informative, and concise, I felt that the instructor read directly from powerpoints too often. To improve, I think that she should use the powerpoints as more of a guideline.
Cut down on the amount of time devoted to class discussion. Sometimes it got in the way of covering all of the material.
Nothing that I can think of.
our fourth paper topic was a little difficult to understand, so maybe she could explain it to future classes a little better.
I was very impressed on how smoothly this course went since this was your first time being a "professor." The powerpoints were not too much in material and just enough to learn and process each one. I understand that you are looking for some criticism to improve your teaching skills, and the only thing I can think of is to have students do more outside research on their own. Bring in outside articles or look up studies to bring into class. I think that having everyone pick a disorder and present to the class was a good idea and is something that should be kept in future classes.
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27. Other comments:
I learned so much from Rachel and would recommend her as an instructor to a fellow student.
Great term!
Teacher did a great job encouraging students to speak up and voice their opinions, and never seemed to make any student feel like a fool for doing so. Also was able to communicate to students on their level, vs. academia.
Thanks Rachael!
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All in all, this was a very fun and informational class. Even though I felt very intimidated from all the other students who had real life experiences or had taken other psychology classes, I did enjoy this class. Rachael was a very fun and I believe her experiences help her be the best abnormal psychology instructor!! I love how she can relate practically anything to the course; this truly shows her passion for the subject.
Very very good class. I wish I could have taken it during the school year, when we could have covered the material more thoroughly with Rachael. She is a very good teacher, and I would take another class from her.
N/A
Excellent professor! Truly enjoyed lecture, and loved that she was not monotone. It kept me awake and into the day's topic! Also loved how she was very understanding when we needed help and did not hesitate to answer any of our questions. Great class because of the professor!
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