Catherine Rankin - University of British Columbia

Professor: Catherine Rankin
Department: Psychology
College: University of British Columbia
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Switch your professor while you can. lectures were quite boring and lecture slides aren't that informative but include concepts that aren't included in the textbook so there is no way of learning them. Tests were really weird. Tested on minor details that she once mentioned in the class rather than on concepts that show your understanding.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Rankin did not know her own material but expected students to recall random historical facts that she briefly read during lectures. She is monotone and does not show much enthusiasm in her teachings. Additionally, she did not seem to want students to succeed. Her exams did not give students enough time and the expected average was always 60%
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC363
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class is definitely not a walk in the park, but Dr. Rankin makes it super interesting and if you work hard you'll do well. The grades are spread out across many short quizzes, three long quizzes and two papers. Keep in mind that this is a neuroscience course, so arts students who aren't used to science courses might find it harder.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Omg, this Prof is ridiculous. The first midterm average was 60 and it was expected and normalized by the prof. Save yourself from the trouble and SWITCH OUT OF THIS CLASS.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Catherine was kind, however not a very engaging lecturer. 90% of our grade came from 3 multiple choice tests that consisted of specific, and challenging questions. I found it extremely hard to do well in her class as there were not many chances for us to demonstrate our knowledge. Our TA was great and picked up a lot of the slack.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Cathy is one of the worst professors I have ever encountered. She goes on self-serving anecdotal tangents during her lectures and doesnt seem to always know her own material. She shows a lack of respect for her students and TAs, who are left to pick up the pieces. I wish UBC would fire her so future students dont waste their time or money.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are dull, TA does all the work for her, she just shows up and rambles. Tests are all about memorization of random facts and have nothing to do with understanding concepts. She reads each sentence on the slides and doesn't elaborate or provide more info. I go for clicker points and learn rest on my own. Not cumulative tho, which is nice.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC363
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Rankin is a great person, but not a great prof. She gives weekly quizzes that you only get 10 minutes for and midterms you only get 20 minutes for. You have to be able to regurgitate entirely memorized information in 20 minutes - not an easy thing to do. Quiz averages were 4/10 and midterms 9/20.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Worst teacher at UBC she needs to fired ASAP. Midterm questions make no sense and are unrelated to main points and concepts we learn. also some of the worst lectures Ive ever had in my life, theyre boring and dont make sense DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Gonna be honest, Cathy sounds like she doesnt understand the content herself. Im pretty sure her TA makes the lecture slides for her and then she wings the lectures. I am very bored in her lectures; and the lectures dont correlate with the textbook at all.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Her lectures are boring and makes me sleepy. She basically just reads off the powerpoint slides and relate it to her life and research. Very dependent on the TA. She doesn't make her class engaging and the final grade is solely based on 3 quizzes and online quizzes. This is a heavy reading course, but if you want med school, you have to take this.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The online textbook and practice quizzes ARE VERY HELPFUL. USE THESE RESOURCES!! Her lectures are quite interesting and helpful. Instead of a cumulative final, we had three quizzes spread out evenly throughout the term worth 30% each, all mc. Honestly, the easiest course I've had so far. Take the negative reviews with a grain of salt.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PSYCH101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Slides were hard to follow and lectures were not very engaging. Cathy would go on long tangents about her specific research projects, many of which weren't pertinent to the actual course content. I would show up to class for the clicker question and tune out the lecture. If you just study from the textbook you should be fine. As well midterm
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC363
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Goes on tangents and doesn't explain things very well. You have to buy and write two papers about a virtual rat. Grading unpredictable.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Although Dr. Rankin is super friendly and nice, my mark rested solely on the midterms and there was no assignments where we could improve our grade. The midterms were incredibly difficult and focused on minuscule details from lectures. The midterms were very hard to complete in the time allotted to us. I would not recommend this course :(
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PSY101
  • Grade Received: INC
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This prof is not good. Her lectures are boring and she moves through the slides way to quickly, especially the ones that have a lot of writing on them. She grades harshly and I would like to think that a prepared well for her midterms, as I used the MyPsychLab quizzes and her lecture slides but both midterms I was barely above average. :(
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC363
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Rankin may be a nice person, but she doesn't know how to run a university-level class. The tests are literally entirely memorization. She'll tell you how "you just need to make flashcards" and "you'll learn how to learn" ad nauseam. Really, the secret is just memorizing all the notes verbatim. If you waste time trying to understand, good luck.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC101
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Your grade comes from the midterms and final exam. The tests were based heavily off of the textbook.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC363
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
You can really tell she cares a lot and works hard during lecture to make sure you understand the material. Lots of the content is difficult to grasp the main point and she does a really good job of providing real-world examples and explanations to help. Weekly quizzes really force you to determine what the core information is from the material.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PSYC363
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Not a class you can leave to cram for midterms. She gives weekly quizzes, but is very clear on what you need to write to do well. If you go to class and make your flashcards the way she says the night before the quizzes you'll do well. Her anecdotes and the course material is fairly interesting and relevant to life.
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