PSYC 2777 is a course that is required to be taken by many students at East Carolina University, especially students that hope to one day become a teacher. Being a 2000 level course, one may find it to be difficult, but Professor Vietor does his best to make the course fun and fairly easy. Many people struggle with this course, but if one follows five simple rules, the class is as easy as any other general education course at ECU. These five simple rules are as follows:
1. Create discussions in class!
Professor Vietor has a passion for teaching, and he loves creating discussions in class. These discussions can range from discussing current events to discussing opinions on the Holocaust. Because these discussions correlate to the weekly quizzes, it is extremely important to create and participate in discussions in class.
2. Take notes on Every. Single. Detail.
There is not a textbook to the class, but instead there are many articles (one to two per class period) to read. Professor Vietor goes over all of the important information from each article during class, but he talks the whole class period. Therefore it is crucial to listen to every single detail that he talks about. Spacing out or not paying attention for a class period, even five minutes, can make the difference between 50 and a 100 on a quiz. Take notes throughout the whole class period, and even if something does not seem important, write it down! It could still be on the quiz.
You can also become a Note Taker at East Carolina University for the class to help your classmates.
3. Do ALL of your essays!
Throughout the class, you will have to write a total of nine essays. Each essay is 1 1/2 to 3 pages. The essays are based on the article of the day, and Professor Vietor assigns all of your essays at the beginning of the semester. Therefore, he does not allow any excuses for not doing them. As long as you put in the effort, you are guaranteed to get a 90 or 100 on the essay. This makes the essays easy points to boost your grade. It is then crucial to do the essays!
4. Skim All Articles, but do NOT waste time reading all of them.
Because the professor goes over the important information from each article, it is not extremely important to read every single article. However, to understand what is being talked about in class, it is important to at least skim each article. This will help when the final exam comes around, as the final exam has essays based on some of these articles. Do not read every single article, as not all of them are important for the final exam or even any quizzes, but do know what each article is about.
5. Go to Class!
This is the most important step. If you are not going to class, you are not getting Professor Vietor’s details on the essays, which can lead to low quiz grades. Going to class is way more important than reading an article. Professor Vietor is an extremely intelligent man, and he will reward you and your grade for going to class. Also, you are paying for the class, so go!
PSYC 2777 is not a class to be afraid of. Follow the five simple rules above, and you will pass, and you should get an A or B. Most importantly, the class will be fun if you follow these rules. The class will only be difficult if you make it difficult, but these rules will prevent any difficulties in the class. It is still a college level class, so you cannot slack, but these rules will help guide you through the semester.