Breaux, Cynthia  

Psychology and Human Development

3.83/4.00

54 evaluations


PSY 101


Freshman
A
Elective
Apr 2003
Dr. Breaux is the BEST recitation teacher! She explains stuff so clearly and says, "this will be on the test" (which is very useful). I highly reccomend taking her for your recitation. Oh, and her students' averages on the tests was higher than everyone else.

DSCI 105


Junior
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
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PSY 201


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Feb 2004
Dr. Breaux is an extraordinary teacher. Go out of your way to get this class. She explains everything in a clear, thought out, and logical way. She clarifies everything that is taught in the lecture, and gives good advice when studying for the test. She is there to answer any questions, and will give extra help of you ask her. The best teacher for this course hands down.

PSY 202


Freshman
C
General Ed
Jul 2002
Dr. Breaux was a really nice professor. She was really easy to talk to regarding a test. She spends the time to go over the answers with you during her office hours so that you can understand what you are getting wrong and what you need to work on. Her resitations are basically a in depth review of the lectures in the big lecture hall and she will add in her two cents every here and there. There is no homework in her class but she does want you to take notes how she writes them up on the board. She makes sure that you know what will be on every test and then give a quiz after the review but the quiz is pretty easy and you can use your notes. Overall she is a pretty good teacher.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Oct 2002
She is a GREAT teacher. Makes concepts sooo clear it's amazing! I had her for my recitation and it was great! She clarified anything I didnt understand in the main lecture. Keeps your interest while lecturing well, and she gives 3 quizzes worth 5% of your grade each that are open note and book and are simple! She definetly wants to help you pass the class. Take her for recitation, she's GREAT!


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2003
She is a great teacher and understands the material is somtimes difficult. She give 3 openbook quiz in her rec. She also give great suggestions and notes so you can remember the material easlily


Freshman
C
General Ed
Mar 2003
Dr. Breaux is awesome, she is very nice and she wants all of her students to do well. She tells you what you need to study for the test and she isn't boring at all. The only problem are here quizzes. There are 3 quizzes worth 10 points each. They are pretty easy except that there are no extra credit questions. Katie Nierdhardt teaches the same recitation class and students got 15 out of 10 points on their quizzes, that had to help a lot in a class that has a total of 200 points.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Mar 2003
Wow, Dr. Breaux is a great professor. I wish all of the professors at this school knew how to teach as well as her. She really cares about her students and loves the course material, meaning that this class was great to attend. She gives three open-note quizzes in recitation. If you take notes and/or read the textbook, getting a 9/10 is very easy. She will give credit for the most-missed questions on the exams if she didn't discuss the specific topic in her class, which helped me get an A- instead of a B+. If you can, take Dr. Breaux's recitation. It is well worth it!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2003
cynthia breaux is awsome! i only saw her for one hour a week, but she was a great teacher and always gave ways to memorize the material.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2003
She is extremely nice and knows what to teach in order to help you with the tests. Her quizzes are easy and lectures interesting. Take her if you can.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jun 2003
Great teacher overall...enthusiastic, supportive, and interesting! I can't think of any reason not to take her class.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jun 2003
Professor Breaux is extremely helpful. She prepares you well for the tests in the main lecture. She is very approachable, and tries her best to help you out. I think most of the professors would be fine, but Breaux will definetly help you out.


Junior
A
General Ed
Jul 2003
Cynthia, What can I say about this Professor, she was incredibly mesmerizing, but how can you pay attention in class when the teacher is so beautiful. There should be a law against being so damn attractive and being in a position of power. Not to be the a**hole guy, but Cynthia, I mean Dr. Breaux, you are the hottest professor I have ever had. I am not a desparate college punk. I am an intelligent engineering student with an actual personality. I am very attracted to mature women; however, many women do not take me seriously. Cynthia, I am starting to ramble, but I really want to see you again in a more social environment. Orf-dizzle...


Freshman
B
General Ed
Aug 2003
Ok. She isn't as great as everyone makes her out to be. Her reviews for the exams are very general. So general that she might as well not even write them down on the board for us to copy since we pretty much know we're gonna be tested on that material anywayz. Also she offers no extra credit like some of the other psych teachers. She's good but she ain't the "best teacher I've ever had at Poly"


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2003
Dr. Breaux was great! She was so nice and helpful--you could tell she really wanted everyone to get the best grade possible in the class. She thoroughly explained everything and gave great examples so that it was easy to see how the material applied to real life and to the field of psychology. I have heard that her students tend to get higher grades than the other recitation instructors'. I believe it--she explains everything so well, and creates helpful ways to help memorize the material that will be on the tests (and she tells you "Know this. It will be on the test"). If you can, take Dr. Breaux for PSY 202 and any other class that she is teaching. She's an awesome teacher.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jan 2004
The point of taking the recitation section is that it aims to help you memorize the material better for the tests. Dr. Breaux accomplishes this very well. It is quite easy to get an A in the recitation part of the class because all her quizzes are open note. I also must say that it does help having a VERY attractive teacher... some of us need a little more motivation to come to class then others. That being said, she was a very good teacher.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2004
Dr. Breaux is one of the nicest ladies ever. She presents intersting material and really applies what you learn in lecture in her recitation. There are a few open note quizzes (about 10 questions each) and no homework. She helps you prepare for the midterms well. She's really great! Definitely take her!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Mar 2004
I definitely recommend Dr. Breaux, her students statistically do better than most of the students in other recitations. She did everything in her power to make sure everyone understood everything. We only met once a week for the recitation, but it was SO helpful, and she offers extra credit(essentially) if you go to class every week. She's a practicing psychologist (not all of the profs are) so she gives examples sometimes from real cases, which is really interesting. She's a great communicator, Psy 202 is a really fun class and pretty easy if you study the material online and take the practice tests.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Apr 2004
She is so awesome! I would recommend not taking any other recitation. She is so helpful, and explains everything really well. She genuinely tries to help students get good grades, and does all that she can to help. She is so nice and so passionate about psychology. Take recitation from Breaux. She is AWESOME!


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Nov 2004
I LOVED Professor Breaux. She is really the best teacher ever. She spoon feeds you the information for the test right before you take it. She is very interesting and she truly cares about her students. I also think she is beautiful and Dr. Ryujin is a lucky man!


Freshman
C
General Ed
Dec 2004
Awesome proffesor, she would tell us terms to study for the test and what points of the lectures were important. She would prepare us for the test by giving us easy quizzes. If u get a chance, try to take breux because her students score the highest on tests, my problem was that i had too many courses and I really didn't study, except for the last test, i spent about four days studying for that test because I needed a C. The lectures are sometimes boring but they are very cool at the same time. At least go to ryujins lectures because his are hillarious


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2006
Such a great teacher. I took her for psych 202 recitation and I loved her so much that I had to take her again, so now I'm taking her Psych 405(abnormal psychology) class even though I don't need to take it for anything. She is just amazing. She loves the subject and loves teaching it. She'll answer any questions you have a welcomes them with open arms. Someone mentioned that she doesn't offer extra credit... but she does. I definately recommend her. She makes everything so interesting and makes you want to learn it.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Apr 2006
i took breaux for my recitation because i had read what her previous students had written on here. sadly, she's not hot as most of the previous evaluations stated. in fact, she's about 45. but she's an easy teacher. i wouldve got an A but i tooled out the night before the final


Freshman
C
General Ed
Jun 2006
Really Really sweet teacher. I would have gotten a better grade but I never went to the lecture part of class...I'd recommend going to the lectures and definitley take her as your recitation!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jun 2006
Breaux is soooooo sweet. I really enjoyed her lectures. She is very calm and helpful. TAKE HER CLASS!!!


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jun 2006
Good teacher. I just didn't really like her because I felt she treated us as if we were in junior high, but I often feel alone with my expectation for college level courses... Anyway, she looks at the tests and tells you the recitation beforehand the most important topics to cover and the details she covers in class are always relevant and important. I didn't have the book, but you can study most of the material from the website. I put next to no time into this class and it was an easy B. A couple more hours of studying and an A would probably be easy enough to pull off.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Aug 2006
She is HOTTT!!!!!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Apr 2007
she's an awesome person and professor. she helps you understand the material, and uses examples to keep class interesting. probably the best recitation class you could have. her classes consistantly scored higher on the exams than other recitations.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Apr 2007
The best recitation teacher because she teaches you what is going to be on the tests. She gives helpful memorizing tricks that I actually used, sadly enough. They really help to memorize! Choose Breaux as your recitiation teacher if you can. I heard about the other ones and Breaux sounds the best because there is no additional homework and the three quizzes are open test, open notes AND she goes over like half of the answers right before we take the quizzes.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jul 2007
It was fine. You only see her an hour a week and the quizzes are cake.


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Aug 2007
Moderated Comment
very good teacher in recitation, but i must admit shes not the easiest to talk too, ... but all in all she is very good at letting you know what to do and she doesnt have homework for recitation


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Sep 2007
SHE IS ABSOLUTELY SO FUNNY AND NICE! I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMEND HER


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Nov 2007
Dr. Breaux is one of the most forward professors out there. What do I mean by that? She outlined on the board what we REALLY needed to know from the big lecture--no fluff necessary. She always gave study hints of things that would, most definitely, be on the tests. The great thing is, I really feel like I learned a lot in this course. Sure, I wanted the A and like her teaching style as a means to get that, but I still LEARNED something. This is why Dr. Breaux was a great professor. She had quizzes that really are grade boosters if anything. In addition, there were plenty of opportunities for extra points. Those can really add up so don\'t hesitate! She also made a point to draw diagrams as well as verbally explain things, which I think is awesome if you have a different learning style. You\'d think more PSYCHOLOGY professors would do that... If you\'re taking PSY 202, do yourself a favor and take her for Recitation; you wont regret it.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Mar 2009
Great professor, has a lot of experience and awesome stories. Easy recitation instructor, just show up and before the midterms in the main lecture she would give a quiz (open book and notes) which helps you prepare for the midterms and final.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Apr 2009
Dr. Breaux was definitely one of the best professors I've had at Cal Poly; not only was her class very easy and straightforward (as long as you showed up) she's very caring towards her students. I had my registration rotation at the same time as one of the midterms for the giant lecture hall and she worked it out so I could bring my computer and register for classes before I took the test, so she's very understanding. Her quizzes were very easy; she basically goes over everything the day of the quiz and allows you to use your notes, so as long as you pay attention and show up, you'll get 10's on every quiz. Her exercises were also very interesting and helped supplement the lecture/book reading. I highly reccommend taking her for recitation.

PSY 323


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2008
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. You'd be so lucky to get her for any class.

PSY 370


Junior
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2003
This course has been the most helpful in helping decide my career. I think this course should be mandatory for all Psychology and Child Development Majors. This class breaks all the possible fields you can pursue in Psychology. You learn a lot about Grad School and really opens up your eyes if you really want to pursue a Ph.D or a Masters Degree. Her exams are not difficult at all if you keep up with the reading. She is a fair grader and really cares about all of her students. She has guest speakers from a variety of fields such as a Social Worker, Grad Students and Clinical Psychologist. I really recommend this class if you are not sure what you want to do after you graduate from Cal Poly and if you want to learn more about the application process for Graduate School


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2004
Dr. Breaux is a wonderful lady and her class was enjoyable. Probably one of the easiest PSY classes I've had at Poly....maybe a little TOO easy :) The first half of the class helps you to explore your options for graduate school and careers with a PSY degree from Poly. Lots of helpful info about applying to grad school and what you're in for. The second half of the class was mostly guest speakers, people from the community who came in to talk about their careers and grad school experience. Just come to class and participate and Breaux will love you. There's no text, one midterm, one final, a few easy assignments (like pick your top 5 grad schools and explain why). I highly recommend this class!!


Senior
A
Elective
Feb 2005
I've had Dr. Breaux for two other psychology classes and she has been an outstanding teacher for each one. She cares so much about her students and her lectures are very thorough and interesting. She was really helpful both in class and in office hours and follows through on questions, conerns, etc. All in all an excellent instructor

PSY 405


Senior
A
Elective
Jul 2002
Dr. Breaux is such an awesome teacher! i took her for abnormal psychology, which is a really interesting class. she loves the subjects covered, which makes the class that much more fascinating. when she's lecturing she writes everything you need to know on the board, so taking notes is a breeze. Her tests are straigtforward and are a combo of lecture notes and book readings (she also give a very comprehensive study guide for every test). also in lectures she always has the most interesting video tapes to show examples of all of the types of disorders covered in class. going to lecture would be worth it just to see these. she's also a very nice person who is easily approachable, and she offered extra credit options! it was very easy to get an A in this class, but more importantly, i learned SO much. (she's also married to Dr. Ryujin, and they are the cutest couple!!)


Senior
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2004
Not only one of the best teachers at this school but one of the nicest people ever. She is so genuine and she totally cares about her students. And the field of psychology, which is something she knows a lot about. Not only is she very knowledgable about psychology, she is very good at explaining things so that they make sense and are relevant. The tests ask you to know very detailed information and she wants you to be able to apply what you have learned, but if you went to class and paid attention (which is not difficult because her lectures are so engaging) you should be able to do fine. Also, she lets you replace a test with a presentation if you don't do as well as you wanted to. Very cool and nice. I can't say enough about this teacher. She is so kind and such an amazing teacher. You have to take one of her classes if you can.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2006
Dr. Breaux was one of the best teachers I have had in a long time. She was very understanding and flexible with students' schedules. Given that I am a psych major and happen to want to specialize in some aspects of abnormal psych, I realize that I definitely have a biased opinion. The point is, however, that Dr. Breaux is a genuinely nice person, and she really tries to teach material and relate it to students in such a way that her students will relate to the lesson and hopefully find it interesting. Even if you don't take Psy 405 with her (which is a fascinating class, by the way), take Psy 202 RCT with her or another class of hers. She is just a great teacher overall.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2006
This class was very interesting most of the time. Dr. Breaux is very understanding of what stressful lives students lead. That's why she is a good teacher to take with other more difficult teachers. It's very straight-forward to get a good grade: 3 midterms worth 50 points with extra credit opportunites.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2007
One of the best teachers I have had at Cal Poly. She is extremely nice and knows her stuff. She relates her experience to the material and the class is relatively easy. There are three tests and she gives extra credit. The material is so interesting that you want to go to class. Take her!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2007
Dr. Breux is very through with her lectures, but make sure you read the text , it is a really esay read and very detailed. Her tests are directly pulled out of the lectures and readings. If you read all the chapters before the lectures and take notes from the book, you will most definately get an A. She also gives you amazing opportunities for extra credits. I did a presentation on a topic that she does not cover in class, and it helped my grade a lot. SO take her if you can, because Dr. Breux, and her husband Dr. Ryujin are the best psychology proffesors in the department.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2008
GREAT professor, very cognizant of how students are responding to the material. Explains everything very clearly and is very straightforward about what type of information will be on the test. Brought in many real-life examples from her private practice, as well as relevant guest speakers. I would definitely recommend her class to anyone thinking about taking abnormal psych.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2008
Dr. Breaux is the most sensitive and caring professor I have ever had the honor of knowing. Her lectures are fascinating and enthralling and leave you wanting to know more. She presents the material using vivid true to life stories from her prior experiences in practice. There is no reason why any student should not earn an acceptable grade in this course as she offers a decent amount of extra credit. Tests are fair. Go to class- do the reading and everything will be gravy. PS. go to her office hours and get to know her! You will not regret it. I'm sad I don't get to be in her class this quarter :(


Sophomore
A
Elective
Aug 2008
What can I say? Read everyone elses ratings and you'll see that this lady is loved. She's an awesome teacher. I had her for psy 202 recitation and liked her so much that I took Psy 405 just for fun. After that I decided to minor in psych, all thanks to her! She presents the material in a way that just makes you want to learn more. Keep on doing what you're doing Breaux, because you are amazing at it.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Dec 2009
She is the nicest lady ever and she truly wants all her students to succeed. She presents the material in a clear and interesting way, and is very approachable. She is also always willing to help her students out. She is great! Take her class!


Junior
A
Elective
May 2010
I took this class for my minor in Psych and it was AMAZING. She presented the material clearly, was very fair on the midterms, and was an engaging lecturer. On top of that, she is the sweetest lady ever. The class consisted of 3 midterms worth 50 points and an optional final. There was also an opportunity for up to 6 extra credit points. If you go to class and take decent notes you should do very well, and if you actually study, you should get an A or A-. Take her for ANY course if you have the opportunity, she is INCREDIBLE!!!


Senior
A
Elective
Jul 2010
Dr. Breaux is the best psych professor I have had thus far. Took the class in summer where she taught the class in a 4 hour lecture period, and honestly it felt like two hours. We left wanting more from her. She is great, and her tests are not bad at all as long as you show up to class, listen, and take notes. Book is not necessary to buy. TAKE HER!


Senior
A
Elective
Jul 2010
I took Dr. Breaux for the 5-week summer period, and I loved it! It was 4 hours, twice a week, but honestly, it flew by! The material was so interesting, and Dr. Breaux was great at presenting it. There were 2 midterms, and a final which was noncumulative. They were not hard at all! As long as you go to class, and ask questions, you should be fine! I loved this class. I highly recommend Breaux!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Aug 2010
Fantastic professor. Dr. Breaux has a great way of presenting the information so that it sticks in your head after hearing it once. Often, she will tell you exactly what information to know for the test, and she offers easy extra credit. I took PSY 405 for a 5-week summer course, and not only was it passable, but highly enjoyable. I would definitely recommend PSY 405 with her.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2011
Take Professor Breaux if given the opportunity. Very exaggerated teaching style which makes the class enjoyable. Also, she is very clear on what will be on the exams. Her tests are multiple choice exams and are straight forward. Go to her lectures and read over your notes before the test day and you will do exceptionally well.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2016
Dr. Breaux is so sweet and great, very clear with material. Tests can be hard but just study what she tells you to and there are some good opportunities for extra credit. Also attending the class consistently boosts your grade at the end of the quarter.