Professor Marina Klimenko Reviews
Prof: Marina Klimenko / Spring 2022
Apr 4, 2022
Not very useful, as you will learn things in this class from the other courses you’ll take. The instructions are always confusing, and the professor put a LOT of effort into the coursework, but it’s just not all necessary
Had the option to take an exam at the end of the semester or work on a research assignment that builds throughout the course. The workload is very stressful around times when submissions are due, but the discussions and other things are relatively easy.
She is very accessible through office hours and seemed like a nice person. I’ve never interacted with her personally, which I don’t like about online courses, but overall she will help you if you ask early enough.
I wish I had known the general structure beforehand. The first three weeks are so are HEAVY with discussion posts and assignments and things, which really freaked me out, but it sort of mellows out over time. I’m thankful that I don’t have to take the exam. I would definitely recommend doing the research project over leaving a big part of your grade up to one exam that is based on the book that is very easy to not read lol
Prof: Marina Klimenko / Fall 2020
Mar 8, 2022
Overall, this course is one of those really tedious kinds that aren't necessarily difficult, but there is a lot of work involved. Weekly quizzes for modules from the mediocre textbook she wrote (yes, she makes you buy her textbook access) and also discussion posts. It's a kinda useful class since you do learn how to use SPSS (a stats software) and how psych research generally works etc which is the point of the course. There is a big research paper you have to write that is due at the end of the course, but it's honestly not too bad because she makes small parts of it due throughout the semester and you're allowed to get feedback from the TAs. Only things that were annoying were the mistakes in her textbook and how some of the quiz questions are convoluted, but just follow the textbook as ...read more
Course content was useful in retrospect, especially if you end up becoming an RA for a psych lab at UF or want to get more into research in general. Also helpful practicing APA citations and research paper writing.
Klimenko wasn't the best prof. Since it's an online class, she doesn't really teach tbh. Also don't even try asking her for feedback because she's bad at responding and also is kinda snippish. Her textbook is riddled with mistakes and can also be convoluted in certain sections so be careful and try to get used to her writing style I guess. Also, her instructions for the paper often don't match (i.e. canvas instructions don't match her rubric for the paper which doesn't match the other instructions in the syllabus) so make sure to keep asking your GTA for feedback throughout the semester on your paper (not UTA bc sometimes they don't know what they're doing either/might not take it seriously).
Keep asking for feedback on your paper from the GTA!!! Really helped me (I got a 100 on my paper and an A+ in the course). Don't reach out to Klimenko for anything lol and be prepared to write (pick a topic that is actually interesting to you bc it's a long paper).