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Presenter: Jessie Bull (VP Science), with insights from other members of the exec team.

* Disclaimer: All information (aside from the course descriptions on the PowerPoint) are based off personal experiences from students who have taken the course, or have had friends take the course. All opinions are not intended to bash on any of the professors or the course content, and are presented for the purpose of helping students have a better understanding of the nature of each courses. We are also not academic advisors, just fellow psychology students!

General tips and tricks:

  • Nobody checks if you’ve completed the prerequisites of a course, they're meant help you assess the content/difficulty of the course and are really just guidelines

  • Use McGill Tools "Find A Seat": a free service that texts you when a spot opens up when a course is full

  • If you are trying to get into a full class, check Minerva right after the class has ended during add/drop because people would’ve probably dropped it after attending class


  • Would a second-year student struggle in a 400-level course?

    • No, the course code levels are more about how specific the course topics would be, rather than the difficulty. 200-level courses are meant to scare you because they’re pretty dense and cover a wide range of topics since they’re intro courses.

  • Cognition (PSYC 213) or Perception (PSYC 212)?

    • ​​Really depends on personal preferences. PSYC 213 generally covers more interesting topics, will test on textbook material. PSYC 212 is more biology-based (on senses), the textbook isn't tested on, the exams are easier if you can memorize well.

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