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Teaching Experience & Course Evals

Teaching Experience

PS101: Introduction to Psychology

Spring 2023 - Graduate Teaching Fellow, Course taught by Dr. Martha Tompson.
Spring & Fall 2022 - Guest Lecturer, Graduate Teaching Fellow. Course taught by Dr. David Shim.
Spring 2021 - Guest Lecturer, Graduate Teaching Fellow. Course taught by Dr. Tracy Dunne
Fall 2020 - Graduate Teaching Fellow. Course taught by Dr. Barak Caine

"Basic introduction to field of psychology; topics include theories and findings governing learning, memory, perception, development, personality, social and abnormal psychology." - From Boston University

Guest Lecture: "Basics of Memory" (Fall & Spring 2022)

  • Forms of memory: sensory, short-term, long-term

  • Encoding memories

  • How LTM is organized

  • How we retrieve information from LTM

  • How we forget information

  • Neural bases of memory

  • Tips for improving memory/studying

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Guest Lecture: "Introduction to Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology" (Fall 2022)

  • Neurons

  • Brain structures

  • Brain lobes

  • The nervous system

  • Synaptic transmission

  • Brain development

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Guest Lecture: "Ethics and Bias in Psychology and Beyond" (Spring 2021)

  • Tuskegee study

  • Scientific racism

  • Ethical reforms

  • Racism within modern medicine

  • COVID-19 experiences for minority individuals

  • Jane Elliot and the "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes" study

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PS251: Personality Psychology

Fall 2021: Graduate Teaching Fellow. Course taught by Dr. David Shim

"The historical development of personality theories and their application to social, research, and clinical concerns are emphasized. Classic theories of personality (e.g., psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and social roles) are explored and evaluated through lectures, readings, and case materials. A consideration of trait-based approaches and personality disorder with regards to DSM 5 criteria is also included." - From Boston University

Course Evaluations

Selected undergraduate student comments

PS101 Spring 2022

  • "Savior of taking psych101. Memory lecture was the most engaging all year + information on the slides was actually helpful for notes, comprehension and studying”​

  • ”Loved this discussion section with Arcadia! She would help clear up any content from lecture that may be confusing and also basically went over the course content. Super helpful and such a godsend for this course”​

  • ”Best TF I’ve had so far. Amazing energy and can tell she genuinely cares about the information being taught and helping her students attain the best grades possible”

PS251 Fall 2021

  • "She really knows her stuff and is always willing to help. She went above and beyond to help in this course and I would love to have her as a TA again. I truly appreciated the quizzes and extra content she would make for us." ​

  • "The discussion was generally really enjoyable and it was a really good time to review content. Arcadia was always available for help with office hours or individual meetings and put a lot of effort into her presentations, and they helped a lot for exam preparation."​

  • "Arcadia is a very helpful and knowledgeable TA, and she clearly wants us to feel comfortable and do well. She explains lecture concepts in different ways and uses real-world examples that really help students to understand the material better (i.e. to solidify lecture material). It is obvious that she spends a lot of time planning classes and putting together elaborate powerpoints for us, and she sets expectations for us to look at the material outside of class, which makes sure that we are engaged and taking initiative to learn and study by ourselves."

PS101 Spring 2021

  • "Arcadia has done an incredible job of engaging us during discussions through providing a variety of engagement opportunities. Whether this may have been through Kahoot quizzes, Jeopardy review games, videos, presentations, or personal anecdotes as they relate to a given topic, Arcadia left me feeling far more confident in course material than I originally had been. I found that each discussion section was engaging, even if we were focusing on a presentation, and Arcadia took breaks to engage us in conversation. She was also strong when it came to answering any questions we may have had. Overall, Arcadia provided a wonderful environment in discussion sections where I felt comfortable participating and asking questions/making mistakes (in some cases)."​

  • "Very good at providing interesting and relevant class materials like videos, podcasts, and other media that made the class more engaging, especially for online"

  • "The instructor is really approachable which makes me encourages to participate, ask questions and stay engaged. The instructors seems to know the subject well and can answer any questions asked."

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