Ratings for Presti, D E
Based on 222 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: I took this class before taking other neuroscience classes, and this class was the reason why i decided mCb neuro. Great interesting material. ALthough he can be dry at lecturing, the material is amazing and thought provoking.
Submitted Jan. 8th, 2016
Comment: Easy, fun class if you keep up with the (large) number of facts and have some basic chemistry/biology knowledge. However, by easy, I mean Berkeley easy. You will need to study plenty for the exams, but almost all of the necessary information is laid out for you in study guides.
Submitted Jan. 7th, 2016
Comment: Presti is a really cool guy with a real genuine interest in his work. The class was somewhat boring, though. Going to lecture was basically a good time to nap, though occasionally what was said in lecture (and the GSI mini lectures) were on the midterms/final. But in a nutshell your success in the class depends on memorizing the reader, which was very digestible. I learned a lot from the reader and surprisingly I think I learned more in this class than my other bio related classes. Perhaps that's simply because of the way the reader is structured. Presti presents the material in the reader really well and it wasn't full of that biology jargon that fluffs up bio textbooks. I am assuming that this class overlaps a lot with Drugs and the Brain, so if anything take either this class or the Drugs and the Brain. Overall easy class but not necessarily an easy A
Submitted Oct. 16th, 2015
Comment: Honestly I didn't find this teacher very engaging, and just a heads up this course focuses solely on how the brain works biologically and doesn't touch on the mind at all. It also goes into how the tongue, eyes, ears, etc. work which was interesting I guess, but I was disappointed in the topics covered. Also, go to lecture, cause he will put the most trivial things he mentions in lecture on his exams that aren't even related to the brain and aren't stated in the reader. His lecture slides used comic sans font which looked bad. Easy assignments though, just bad exams.
Submitted Sept. 10th, 2015
Comment: I took this course in summer 2015 online, so I can't compare the homework/discussion posts given in the online course to the homework assignments given during the semester, but from what I've read, they're the same in that they're more creative than actually having to do with the class material. The material itself is straight forward and you can tell that Presti really enjoys teaching it. However, he covers a LOT of material and so you will have to give yourself several days to study the material. If you study efficiently and know the key concepts he gives in each lecture outline, you will get an A. But really, your grade just depends on how much time you give into memorizing all that he says. Don't just memorize the general idea, but know the specific details as was.
Submitted July 10th, 2015
Comment: Interesting class, passionate instructor, and fun and easy homework. The only problem with this course was the exams. He would test you on tiny, insignificant details from the reader. Needless to say, I dreaded studying for those exams more than I did for my technical classes just because of how much memorization was needed. Overall an okay class, but it was hard to get a good grade given how much memorization and regurgitation was involved.
Submitted May 19th, 2015
Comment: Presti is a pretty cool guy. He really cares about students which is nice. The homework assignments are kind of pointless in my opinion, you really just need to read the reader. The tests can be pretty nit-picky sometimes but other than that it's a good class I guess.
Submitted May 16th, 2015
Comment: This is a very interesting and fun class to take, however IT IS NOT AN EASY A COURSe. Presti is a magnificent professor and a great guy, but the material in this course is fairly complicated and can be tough if you don't put the time needed into memorizing the material. His homework assignments are very easy, and you are required to submit every homework assignment otherwise you fail the class. The midterms are pretty hard if you don't put the time needed into them. Overall, this is a very interesting course with an awesome professor, but that doesn't mean it is an easy A. I do recommend taking this course.
Submitted April 13th, 2015
Comment: Presti is the greatest! Every lecture he brought in random things that linked to the particular lecture. He shows us pictures of his travels around the world to see these "drug" components, ie. SE Asia for poppy fields, S America for cacao plants, Cuba for their cigars (nicotine), various coffee plants for coffee, etc etc. Great guy. VERY knowledgeable about all of these material in both molecular form and its histories. Got an A- in this class, by just going to all his lectures, GSI discussions (Caroline is amazing btw), and doing hw (super fun and easy). Didn't read that much, but probably could've done better. Exams are fair. =P
Submitted Feb. 3rd, 2015