Burn, Shawn  

Psychology and Human Development

3.65/4.00

71 evaluations


PSY 201


Freshman
B
General Ed
Aug 2006
Dr. Burn was an excellent teacher. I seem to be telling you old information by saying that, but she made the class very interesting and easy. She will give you the notes and info you missed if you were absent, and she will try and solve any problem you might have with the class or her. she will print out notes or make study guides if the students want that. if you have a choice, choose her as your teacher.

PSY 252


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
Dr.Burn is a great teacher. Her lectures are very interesting and student involving, accompanied by over-head projector notes. The tests and quizes are multiple choice, on both the reading and notes, which are on the same topics. There is a short paper at the end. This is a great class, one in which you won't forget what you learned.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Aug 2001
She makes the class very interesting, relaying plenty of examples so you get a good grasp of the material. She is very personable and has a good sense of humor. The class itself is very interesting as well and I definitely recommend it. The tests are very fair and she supplies a study guide, which if followed, is extrememly helpful.


Senior
C
Required (Major)
Feb 2002
Shawn was an awesome teacher. She did a great job making interesting material even more interesting. She made it easy to understand and apply to your own life. She's great, I'd definitely do her!!!


Senior
B
Elective
May 2002
Dr. Burn is great!!! She makes the informations, interesteing and gives examples that students can easily relate to. She is genuinely interested in her students doing well, which is aparent by her open door policy for anything, class related or not. Not to mention, she spent the majority of the first day learning our names =) If you have the opportunity take a class from her. You won't regret it!!!


Freshman
B
Elective
Jun 2002
Dr. Burn was a great teacher! She's really a cool lady who knows what she's talking about. She explained everything about social psychology VERY well, using good examples to apply it to real life. Her choices of readings for the course were very interesting, as well. Additionally, she was very approachable and humorous. Dr. Burn definitely comes HIGHLY recommended!


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2002
Dr. Burn definitely knows her material, and she is very kind and sincere and thoughtful. I took her class as a freshman during winter quarter and, it was by far my favorite class. It was enjoyable coming, and I found the texts to be well integrated with lecture. Most of all, I enjoyed the opportunity to write papers and adapt them to personal experiences in my life, or rather explain and analyze them using social psychological concepts. I decided to write about some very heavy subject matter, some things I am reticent discuss with anyone, and I found her comments on my paper to be real caring and, it felt good to speak to somebody and receive that kind of feedback. It is a cold harsh world, but I feel things would be better with more people like her around.


Senior
B
Elective
Sep 2002
Shawn Burn is definitely one of the better professors that Cal Poly has to offer. Her dedication to the subject along with her sincerity towards her students is a rare thing to find in any instructor. The course load is certainly manageable and doesn't take too much work outside of class. If anything, PSY 252 could stand to be more challenging. My only complaint is that sometimes Shawn made certain material seem too simple, or black and white, when in fact some of the concepts and studies could stand to be investigated on a more critical level. That said, Shawn is a quality professor that most students will undoubtedly enjoy.


Junior
A
Elective
Feb 2003
This class was the most interesting class I've taken at Cal Poly. Just know everything from her study guides to do well on the MC midterm and final. They are straightforward, just like her lecture so take good notes. One five-page paper is due at the end of the quarter to reflect on what you've learned in her class and how it applies to your life. Make sure you understand and know every detail of her study guide questions, and you'll do fine on her exams.


Freshman
A
Elective
Jul 2003
She is AWESOME. im only a freshman, but i suspect she's the best teacher there is. She makes everything so clear and applies each concept to real life situations. The discussions make the lecture much more interesting, and it really seem like she cares about the students. Test are easy if you study, you can get an A. She is so helpful, if there are questions you dont understand, she will help you out as best she can to make them less confusing. Definitely take her class, she makes it so interesting.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2006
Dr. Burn is an excellent teacher. She is very helpful and cares a lot about her students. She is very involved and has a lot of experience upon which to draw. Definitely take this class!!! You will not regret it! She can make class interesting even at 9 o'clock in the morning.


Senior
A
Elective
Mar 2006
Nice lady, very understanding, wants to help her students. This was a pretty easy class, I took it as part of my 22 units and it was easy. Two easy 3 pg. papers, and a midterm and a final. That's pretty much it. Easy material, she provides you with notes to copy down. A little boring at times because it recovers a lot of what you covered if you took PSY 201 or 202 and had Ryujin. Not a lot of reading either, the chapters are really short.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Apr 2006
Fantastic!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
May 2006
Great Teacher! She knows her Social Psychology.


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2006
Burn is the best teacher I have had at Cal Poly by far. She is a wonderful person and is very interested in helping her students inside and outside of the classroom. Go to her office hours and speak with her during the quarter, she really enjoys getting to know her students. She makes everything you learn seem interesting by the way she presents the material. If you pay attention in class and follow the study guide exactly for the tests, the exams never seem to be too hard. Take her for an class you can, she is wonderful and extremely intelligent.


Sophomore
B
Elective
Mar 2008
2 papers (15% of your grade), midterm and final, NOT CUMULATIVE! Attendance and participation, 10% of your grade. She takes time to learn your names, love when students participate and tell stories. She's a great person, she's not afraid to let you know. She's helpful and a great professor, the class overall is pretty easy and you'll love it. The papers are easy to write but she's a hard grader on that, it's an informal essay but she expects your writing to be perfect like an english essay. Other than that, I recommend her to anyone who wants to take social psych


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2008
Good teacher, very nice and makes lectures enjoyable. Your grade is based on 2 essays, midterm and the final. I would recommend her for a interesting class, she gives you a study guide that tells you what will be on the tests. The class information is cool and so is she!


Graduate Student
N/A
Elective
Jun 2008
She is awesome.. best class i've taken at Cal Poly.. she created this great environment.. learned everyone's name and fostered a respectful and open environment for discussion and learning. People I didn't even know in class were helpful and kind. My other classes in Kinesiology/Education were not as enjoyable.. people in my class were impatient.. called me names... and highly competitive.. crazy!?? i thought i was in high school... okay.. i digress... but after taking Shaun Burns class.. i was thinking maybe i should switch to Psychology.


Senior
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2009
Great Prof and a great class. Best of all, she is a major MILF!


Junior
A
Elective
Mar 2009
Very straightforward and simple class. Just go to class, take great notes and do the study guide that she gives you before the tests and you will do fine!


Junior
B
Elective
Jan 2010
Take Professor Burn!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2010
Burn was the best. She knows everyone by their first name within the first 2 weeks of class. You can tell she truly cares about her students. Her class was soooo interesting, and it was easy to get a good grade in. Her tests are straight forward. She was a crack up and potty mouth in class which just added to her appeal. Im mad I can\'t have Burn every quarter. TAKE HER!


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
May 2010
Dr. Burn is amazing! I loved going to her class every time and she always made things interesting. She uses explicit language, but it makes class interesting! I took Social Psychology from her...her tests are not easy, you really have to know all the concepts in and out. She has you write two essays, but they\'re easy because you just talk about yourself. Take Dr. Burn!! She knows what she\'s talking about and she truly cares about you (learned all of our names within the first couple classes) One of the best Psych teachers at Cal Poly!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
Excellent professor. You need to study and all that to do well in Social Psych, but the course material is not hard to excel in. Plus, I learned a lot of real-world-applicable information in this class and even the textbook was interesting. Definitely recommend Burn to anyone interested in this class, whether or not you are a Psych major.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
TAKE THIS CLASS! Professor Burn made social psych so much fun. Not only did I feel like I learned a lot for my major, but I learned a lot of information I can use everyday. The class isn't too hard as long as you copy all of the lecture notes and do the study guides she gives you. There are two writing assignments that weren't difficult at all as long as you pay attention in class and 1 midterm and the final (non-cumulative).


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jul 2011
Much of the material in the course is common sense, but probably not on things you've thought about a lot. Dr. Burn is a fun professor who presents the material in a straightforward manner. Just be able to answer all the questions on the study guide (they are answered in the book), and you should have no problem getting an A.


Freshman
B
Elective
Jan 2012
This teacher was one of the coolest teachers I've taken at Poly. I absolutely loved the class and looked forward to it. Not only is Professor Burn engaged in her lectures, but she inspires you to think and apply the material to your life which makes it interesting. I would definitely recommend this teacher!


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2012
She is awesome! She makes the class very relatable to everyday life. Everyone looks forward to her lectures. Her class consists of 1 midterm and 1 final, 2 self evaluations and participation/attendance. The midterm and final both have study guides and should be no problem if you do both of them. The self evaluations are a little bit difficult to get an A but you should have no problem getting a B. An A would only require going to office hours and working with her as well as starting the paper earlier than the night before.ha Participation/Attendance should be a breeze because you will enjoy her lectures a lot! You will want to participate because it is so interesting. Take her and this class if you get the chance.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2012
Shawn Burn is an amazing professor. She is passionate, extremely knowledgable and did I mention passionate? I encourage every student at Cal Poly to take any class with her if possible. I am speechless...


Sophomore
B
Elective
Jun 2013
Lectures need more improvement. For a high rating professor, I expected a more lively class session. However, the typical day consisted of you writing whatever is on the powerpoint slide, zoning out as Prof Burn digresses a 4 or 5 minutes while she talks about an psych-related example of that slide, waiting for the next slide to pop up, and repeat. One hour of this would be fine, but two hours per day really gets tiring. What's also disappointing is that, because of those wasted minutes talking about the psych example (which are never important for the tests), we were behind two chapters and had to read about it ourselves. If you're reading this Prof. Burn, I recommend that you cut the time you take per slide because it's not particularly helpful to us. Good teacher nonetheless and the tests are pretty easy. Essays, you will probably fail unless you are a godlike writer, so even if you get A's on both the midterm and final, if you get C's on the essays, you will be stuck with a B.


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2014
Wonderful professor with a passion for the subject.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2014
Professor Burn is AMAZING! She is honestly one of the best professors I have ever had in all of the time I have been going to school. She made social psychology a joy to attend twice a week. The class was not only interesting, but also fun and exciting. Shawn Burn knows how to relate to her students and uses expletives when she thinks it is helpful to do so. She is also incredibly smart and has published multiple journals, so she knows what she's talking about! Burn tries to be as helpful as possible and is legitimately concerned with the well-being of her students. The tests can come across a little tricky but there are only 2 of them and they're not cumulative. I would take this class three more times if that wasn't a completely ridiculous thing to do.


Junior
C
Required (Support)
May 2014
Tests were fair, I suppose. I just suck a psychology so I guess it's my fault. Lots of "All of the above" questions. Kinda lame. Barely passed the class with a C-


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Jan 2015
I went into this class with very high expectations given the great ratings on here. While Burn is really cool and nice lady, I got so bored in her class. maybe it was because it was a bigger lecture hall so it was a little easier to get lost in the crowd, but it just wasn't that interesting. class is made up of 2 exams (one midterm and one final, final alone is 40% of your total grade), participation and 5 blog posts on polylearn. I did all of the blogs and for some reason got a low B total which I thought was weird. I went into the tests thinking I nailed them but I got a C on both of them. I don't know, maybe it was me but I was bummed I didn't enjoy and do as well as I thought I would.


Sophomore
B
Elective
Apr 2015
If I could sum up my opinion of professor Burns in one word, it was probably be: "Meh." While the subject matter itself was somewhat interesting, Professor Burns weighs down the material by constantly going off topic, and all too often lets her own personal experiences manifest themselves into a general bias that is patently obvious. For example, she is supportive of the LGBT(Q?) movement, and while I am all for equality and alternative lifestyle acceptance, I don't pay $20,000 a year to listen to sermons about how gender differences are a so-called "social construction." She entertains even the most ridiculous of hypothesis from her students, and I cringed frequently as she used verbal acrobatics to avoid hurting the student's feelings even when they were completing missing the point of the concept. As far as her "academic prowess", which she so often boasts about, it's hard for me to believe that she is highly respected in her field with the kind of 3rd wave feminist/leftist issues she seems largely focused on. That being said, she wasn't a terrible teacher, and i do think that her heart is in the right place. I would suggest to her, though, that she removes her various agendas from her lectures -- its more obvious than you think, and it turns people off.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
May 2015
I would definitely recommend this class. I found it to be extremely interesting, engaging, and useful. You can definitely tell how knowledgable Dr. Burn is during her lectures because she is able to answer almost any question in-depth and fully. She also does a great job of trying to make the content applicable to not just the Psychology majors, but to other disciplines, and to everyday life regardless of major. While you do have to work hard in the class to get an A, her tests are pretty fair and stick to what she puts on the study guide. Overall, great class.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
TAKE THIS CLASS! Professor Burn is extremely intelligent, witty, interesting, kind, and truly loves what she teaches. The class is straightforward: attend all lectures, take notes, and do the assigned readings, and you will get an A. I looked forward to going to lectures, because the material was presented in such an engaging manner. Overall, one of my favorite teachers I have ever had.


5th Year Senior
N/A
Required (Support)
Feb 2016
Honestly, if you enjoy extreme liberal views, and focusing only on the issues a liberal professor would focus on, go for it. If not, I hope there is another Social Psych professor for you. As far as a teacher Burn is adequate, she gets the lecture material across but not much else. She is going to tell you about every issue she has and every "struggle" she has gone through, but honestly, it seems very exaggerated. As a professor she is not good. She does not manage her classroom well at all and likes to micromanage every little thing, I feel like I am in a freshman high school class the way she treats the class. She also has her "Teacher's Assistant" and I stress the quotation marks. Really, Jon is like her little lap dog and pet, all his role in the class is to tattle if you are on your cell phone. He is supposed to offer a review session but I have not heard of any except for one. So many of the concepts overlap and the way she asks questions on her tests literally try to trick you. It is not a good test for knowing the content, but more so a good test of if you can pick the one she wants you to pick. It is not a hard course, but she is extremely boring. She tries to be funny and curse and talk about how she is the exception to this theory and this rule and how she is all accepting, and so on. But overall, the class is dull. Attendance is mandatory and she does check, but honestly, if you read the book, you may or may not do well, because it is her version of the theories not the books that she grades you on. Overall, she is enough to get by but a sad excuse compared to some of the other psych professors.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
Social psych isn't my favorite psychology class that I've had to take, but there are some interesting topics that you learn about-- just a lot of theories (not my thing). That being said, Dr. Burn knows sooooo much about the subject and is super sweet! She's entertaining in class and her tests are very fair. I recommend doing the study guides and memorizing them for the tests, because there won't be anything on the test that wasn't on the study guide! Overall, a decent class but a really awesome professor.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
May 2016
Excellent and knowledgeable professor. I highly recommend this course and teacher to both majors and non-major. Not only is the material very interesting, but so is Professor Burn. Also, the workload is extremely light and the final isn't cumulative.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
Shawn Burn is a boss lady! She's hilarious and smart. Any person of the male species should be required to take this class. Also it's pretty easy and her lectures are insanely simple to follow


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2016
Professor Burn is amazing! I really enjoyed this class and I highly recommend it. She made the material interesting and was a great professor. Your grade is based on 3 exams, attendance and blog posts. This class is very valuable and one of the best that I've taken in college. Social Psych is very interesting and was a great class to take.


Junior
A
Elective
Dec 2016
Dr. Burn is well versed in the subject and really wants her students to succeed. With that said, the lectures themselves are rather long and repetitive. Every class consists of simply copying down lecture slides. Luckily, the material itself is relatively interesting and relatable. Your grade is made up of 3 noncumulative exams (25% each), 5 blog posts (15%), and attendance/participation (10%). The exams are very easy to ace as long as you study the class notes and do the study guide. The exams are 50 multiple choice questions with about 35 questions directly from lecture and 15 questions from the textbook readings. Surprisingly, the blog posts are graded very harshly so spend an adequate amount of time writing them. As for attendance, missing 1-3 class sessions is fine, but if you miss a lot of classes it will hurt your grade. Overall, this class is topical and fairly easy to get an A in. However, there are a few downsides to this class. To begin with, Dr. Burn doesn't post the slides online, so if you miss class try to get the notes from a classmate. Moreover, she has a strict no electronics (no cell phone, tablets, laptops) policy in class. I usually take notes on my laptop, so this was a very frustrating rule for me. TIPS FOR GETTING A GOOD GRADE: spend a lot of time on your blog posts and EDIT them, allot 2 days to study for each exam (1 day to complete the study guide and 1 day to memorize it), only do the book readings from the study guide, and be aware that there are A LOT of "all the above" answers on the exams.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Dr. Burn is undoubtedly one of the best professors I have had at Cal Poly and has made a lasting impact on my life. I was not the healthiest person when I was in her class, so whenever I would stop by office hours she would make sure I was taking care of myself. There aren't many other professors I can say that about. She truly wishes for her students to succeed not only in their education, but in their lives, and wishes for them to be better people. Her lectures were captivating, intriguing, and incredibly easy to learn from. It was obvious that she is teaching something that she is passionate about and doing what she loves. I may have been among one of the last classes she taught, but if you ever have the opportunity to take her class I would highly recommend it. It will be a choice you won't regret.

PSY 256


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Feb 2002
Dr. Burn is a great prof. She is very helpful and wants all of her students to do well. She is very straight forward about all of the tests, do the studyguide thouroughly and you'll get an A. She really tries to make her class as interesting and interactive as possible. If you have the chance to take her, do.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2014
I highly recommend you go well out of your way to take a class with Dr. Burn! She is hands down the best professor I have ever encountered in my academic lifetime to date. She is entertaining, brilliant and I looked forward to each 2 hour lecture, which is hard to say for most classes. The material was extremely interesting and Dr. Burn keeps the class highly engaged and fun. Grading was extremely fair. I Learned something each lecture about myself, others and society that I will be able to apply to real world situations for the rest of my life. Words don't do this professor justice. Take Dr. Burn!


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2017
Professor Burn is honestly one of the best professors/teachers I've ever had in my academic career. She's extremely thorough and makes sure to address any concerns or questions that someone may have. Her midterms and final are extremely fair and weren't very difficult to study for. No trick questions, and no confusing topics. Everything on her study guide is on the tests and you can count on knowing what material you are expected to know. Overall a great class, with great structure, and fair grading. I would gladly take a class from her again.

RELS 280


5th Year Senior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
During this entire quarter all I could think about was how this professor reminded me of that small little dog that runs through the back of scene 23 in The Incredibles by Pixar. Seriously, if you look it up you will only be able to see it...

PSY 303


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2000
No doubt the hottest looking Teacher at Cal Poly. What a great job she does with her classes. She is well versed in the topic and always intrested in the learning process of her students.

PSY 311


Senior
A
Elective
Apr 2003
Dr. Burn is one of the greatest and nicest professors I have ever had at Cal Poly. The class was super interesting making you look forward to class. You are able to voice your opinions and viewpoints and learn from others instead of a straight lecture class. Dr. Burn cares about her students and makes it easy to learn. Take this class and this professor.

WS 311


Junior
A
General Ed
Apr 2005
Professor Burn is the best teacher I have ever had in my whole academic career!!! She is amazing! I never missed a class because she made the material that interesting! There are two projects and a hand full of light homework assignments. She has weekly reading quizzes that are easy (if you read LOL). Not only was she a great professor, she always was someone that you could open up to and talk to. She is real and down to earth and understands where her students are in life. I loved her and plan on taking her again. I recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!


Senior
A
General Ed
Aug 2005
Definitly one of the best teachers I have had at Cal Poly. She is filled with compassion for her students, very approachable. She loves the subject she teaches and it is evident. She works hard to build an enviornment where students feel comfortable with discussing personal issues. The projects are SO fun and the movie Iron Jawed Angels made me cry. VERY good class, VERY good teacher!


Senior
B
General Ed
Aug 2005
Dr. Burn is a fantastic teacher with a keen insight for individual student concerns. She is very open and easy to talk to and can be incredibly understanding, especially if you struggle with the course material (it can be very controversial at times). Her in-class discussions and special guests were motivating and inspirational. Class times is divided between lecture, discussion, movies and group stuff. You have two large projects, weekly reading quizzes, and a final. This is the only class in which I read the text cover-to-cover and I'm so glad I did. The material is fascinating and I learned a lot, even when I didn't want to! She does have a slight tendency to repeat material from the book during lecture, but if you can put up with that, you're set. Also, sometimes she can be passive, so it requires you to speak up a bit and challenge yourself. Overall, I definitely recommend the course and the teacher: they made my summer classes bearable!


Senior
N/A
General Ed
Sep 2005
Dr. Burn, for the most part, is a great teacher. She wrote the book... yeah... I know what you are thinking.. but this is actually a GOOD thing. Out of the eleven chapters only a few are slightly boring, but the rest are so amazing. She is a very flexible teacher and is always asking the class how we wanted to approach the material or how we felt we learned best. The two projects/papers were easy, and she meant them to be. It is more what you got out of the experience which is important. First, you interview someone who has recently lived in another country and write a paper about what you learned and what you researched. Second, you do an activist project which was a BLAST! I think almost everyone in the class had fun with theirs, or at least those who chose a more creative group did. Her only major flaw is that she is always right. Every week you take a short quiz on the chapter you read (NO BIG DEAL). However, if you found a discrepancy between her freshly written quiz (maybe made five minutes before) and the textbook (which she probably spent a year or more writing) she would always claim the quiz to be right. It does not even matter if you quote the page number and read her the passage. Her answer will likely be,


Sophomore
A
General Ed
May 2006
Dr. Burn is a wonderful person and an excellent teacher. She makes the material presentable and always takes time to get to know her students' names (not many professors do). She can be a little kooky but in a really sweet way. Definitely recommend her, someone everyone has to take at least once. WS 311 is really interesting and eye opening. There are weekly quizzes and two projects but she is an easy grader.

PSY 341


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2000
Best teacher at Cal Poly, hands down.

PSY 351


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Nov 2001
I am in the middle of the class, but so far Shawn (she doesn't mind being called by her first name) has been great. The lecture is only for an hour and then the rest of the class is group work that is usually interesting, fun and drives the concepts home. She is very personable and always open to class feedback. The test is written by her and doesn't cost much. There are 10 1 to 2 page essays over the quarter with one due each week. There is one midterm and one final. The midterm was pretty fair although some questions were confusing. Definitely try to take her!


Junior
A
Elective
Feb 2002
Shawn Burn is an awesome teacher. As a non-psych major, I took this class on the recommendation of a friend. First of all, it is applicable to everyday life...to everyone, not just a psych major. She is funny, responsive and caring. Her activities are always relevant, and if they aren't, you get a chance to give her feedback on her class which she is very receptive to. TAKE THIS CLASS! You will experience things that you won't learn anywhere else at Poly. I would take it again and again. The things you learn in this class will help you to improve your life. I really mean that. I also made some very good friends in this class, if that is a selling point at all. How many classes have you been through, where you just sat there all quarter, did the work, and left? Well, not in this class. You will love it, I guarantee it. Hands down, the best class and instructor I have ever had.


5th Year Senior
B
Elective
Apr 2002
Ok, here's the deal. I have never had a worse professor. Ever. She is the worst. She has no idea what is going on. Disorganized, Ignorant, Bossy, Demanding. She never let us learn anything for free. It always reflected in our grades when we made an error on a paper. I honestly learned nothing from her. She should be used as an example forhow to deal with extremely bad professors. She is the worst professor on campus. If you get stuck with her, it is really not worth it guys. I consider myself a decent student, and I have given a lot of great polyratings to teachers, but I can't see giving her anything other than the worse polyrating ever. She deserves it. However, nobody ever deserves to have to be in her class.


Senior
A
Elective
Jun 2002
I had Shawn for both Social Psych and Group Dynamics, and I have to say that she is one of the best teachers I have ever had anywhere! She truely cares about her students and that they take something with them from her classes. She arranges her syllabus to have alot of quizzes and work, but no stressful midterms (and low weight final). She encourages students to be more then just faces to each other, especially in group dynamics. Never before did I look forward to sitting through a three hour class every time! I wish all teachers were more like Shawn. After four years, I can easily say that they do not get better then her. If you are fearful of working in groups like I was, don't worry. The atmosphere is very relaxed and supporting. If you have troubles, even if not school related, Shawn is willing to listen and help. If you want a memorable class here at Poly, take her. She has touched the lives of many for the better.


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2002
The class was fun. It was well worth taking. First class were I met every student, and made some friends, and still see those people in my other classes. She would let class discussion go to long sometimes and I would feel like I was wasting my time. But other than that the class was pretty fun.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2002
Dr. Burn is an awesome professor. She really cares about her students and how well they do in their class. She is one of the few Professors at Poly to have the desire to get to know her students on a personal basis. She presents material in the class very clearly and she has a great structure in the class. She gives out 8 quizes throughout the quarter instead of giving the usual two mid-terms and a final. I would strongly recommend taking Dr. Burns for any class that she offers.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2002
Everyone's comments are right on. I recommended this class to all my non-psychology friends. Best class I have ever taken. Half of us cried on the last day of class. It was awesome. You really get to know other people, and I am no longer afraid of group work or public speaking. The quizes made it less overwheleming, adn easier to find time to read the text. The low points final really helped take off the pressure. The papers really help youto look at relationships in your life. I did not mind workign for Dr. Burn in this class. You didn't even realize the class was three hours!


5th Year Senior
B
Required (Support)
Dec 2006
best teacher i have ever had, no question. you will be able to get to know people, not just in a classroom setting, but as real friends. just learn so much about how to be a successful team member. do a great project to help out the community and can really change how you do things in life. can really open you up to change the way you are, just really practical things that you can use in everyday life. best teacher on campus by far, super nice, super willing to help out students, cant say enough about dr. burn, just take the class, you wont regret it.


5th Year Senior
A
Elective
Dec 2006
I took this class for my minor. Out of any class I have taken in my 4 years at Cal Poly this class is the one i will remember for the rest of my life! Dr. Burn is probably one of the most understanding, compassionate professors I have ever met. She genuinely cares about her students and isn't scared to challenge us. This class does have three 4-5 page papers but each one I learned a little bit more about myself and how others perceive me. Also, I have met some amazing people and friends that I will probably have for the rest of my life! Amazing class. Amazing teacher. Amazing friendships. Take this class if you have the chance!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2006
Psy 351 Take Shawn Burn!! There is a difference between other Psy 351 and Shawns class. This is the class where you do a Community Service Project, such an awesome class project, to work in a group to raise money for a nonprofit!! The class is worth way more than a grade it requires alot of time and energy but is worth it. You learn a ton about yourself and others and how to work as a group. I highly recommend this class to all Psy, CD majors, and the software - computer guys, as well as anyone else who wants to become a better group member, get to know others, and make a difference in the SLO community.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2007
Unless you want to devote ALL of your time and energy for the quarter on this one class then TAKE HAWTHORNE FOR GROUP DYNAMICS. Shawn takes this class (and herself) way way waaay to seriously. You have to spend HOURS outside of class time with your group community project. I didn't like groups to begin with and this class made me dislike them more. Hawthorne allows you to just do a few activities within a group and take the tests in a group. Shawn makes you write 4 different essays (ranging from 5 to 10 pages) and take 2 individual exams which are very detailed. She treats you as if you have no other classes to do work for. Yuck yuck yuck.


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
May 2009
Great! Really knows her stuff. Just make sure you set aside A LOT of time for this class!

PSY 352


Senior
A
Elective
Jun 2009
Shawn Burn is an EXCELLENT teacher. She really cares about the students, and tries her best to help as much as possible. Group dynamics is an intense class though, so don't take it if you're taking alot of other classes. Leave time to work as a team! Overall I wish i could take the class again. I loved it, best class at cal poly. Oh and don't use cell phones in her class - eek!

PSY 360


5th Year Senior
A
Elective
Dec 2006
I absolutely LOVE Prof. Burn!! the class was definitely challenging but very interesting at the same time. There are two major assignments. The first is an annotated bibliography. Definitely have her check out your articles so she can make sure that they're what she's looking for. The second assignment is basically designing an intervention/ program based on applied social psychological principles. It's a lot of work, but it is very interesting. Prof. Burn is easily one of the kindest, most concerned professors I have ever had. She really likes to get to know her students so try to stop by her office hours. she's very honest with her students. she expects a lot because she knows that we are capable of meeting her standards. so yea, difficult (but interesting) class and a really awesome professor!


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
Best Professor!!! 1 test, 1 final. 1 Annotated bibliography- make sure you check your articles with her to make sure they apply the concepts she is looking for. Lastly, a group project- this is time consuming, but if you all work well together, it is not that bad. Dr. Burn cares about her students and keeps the class interesting by throwing in an occasional F bomb. She is great! TAKE HER! The tests are difficult, but do the study guide and you will be fine!