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Unformatted text preview: N. Guild, and T. Su, Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on In- Class Concept Questions, Science 323 (5910), 122 (2009). IV. My Suggestions Learning is a very dynamic process – so don’t be surprised if it becomes challenging and even uncomfortable at times. All logical minds delight in reaching a conclusion and eliminating or reducing uncertainties, but this will not happen overnight – so please don’t get frustrated and give up! Please make use of instructor office hours and help sessions (mine and the course TAs), as well as the preceptor- led study sessions – in order to facilitate and emphasize learning. If you find yourself 7 Revised 1/4/2014 CH369: Fundamentals of Biochemistry Spring 2014 Unique #53050: TTh at 8:00- 9:30 am in WEL 1.316 struggling at ANY point – don’t suffer in silence! We are all here to help you – so be sure to let us know if you have questions or concerns. There is an important caveat I must add, though – that we will not simply give you the answers to your questions. Instead, our united goal as instructors is to help you find the answers and to make sense of them – we’re not interested in simply training “parrots.” Biochemical systems are very complex and can be confusing and difficult to grasp. If you find yourself confused about a topic – it often helps to ZOOM OUT. Look at the big picture to see common patterns; then once you have that clear, you can focus in on more of the details. There is an architecture in nature, and if you organize and build learning by moving from the simple to the more complex – your neurons will thank you! V. Course Requirements 1. Attendance and punctuality a) Regular attendance – in body AND mind – is expected at all class meetings and random attendance will be taken throughout the semester by various means. b) Please be on time – late arrivals and early departures can be very disruptive to the instructor and to the other students. 2. Code of conduct a) I promise to make class as interesting and informative as possible, so please make every effort to be attentive. Please do no waste class time by texting, sending emails, reading newspapers, watching YouTube, sleeping, etc. – I’d ra...
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