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BIO 121L Principles of Biology

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    Always Do the Reading

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    May 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    There are many opportunities to be involved and advance your scientific understanding. Barratt is the sweetest, kindest soul but do not take her for granted. While other students complained about the challenging content, I thrived in learning new concepts

    Course highlights:

    Although I took the AP Biology exam my senior year, this class wasn't much of a review. Topics such as signal transduction and photosynthesis were especially interesting. The lab was my favorite part, especially when I was able to review lab reports and saw how much I grew.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Ask questions. You aren't in college because you know how to do everything. Try to apply what you learn to the real world. Think of the applications! Barratt also gives many links to videos and articles. There are pop quizzes so read/watch them! Keep up on the reading. I suggest doing a white board review (vomit concepts on a white board and if you have questions then refer to notes in order to challenge what you know), watch Crash Course videos, ask your SI/go to tutoring, and please keep up on the textbook reading. It really isn't so bad

    • Fall 2016
    • NatalieBarratt
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Apr 20, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    She doesn't make the material easy to understand, and if you have a lot of other credits on your schedule, you will most likely suffer trying to keep up with the class. She also talks too fast in class, so nine times out of 10, you will miss something she said in class unless you have an excellent short term memory. If you don't have a chance to read the book, then you will pretty much end up needing a Biology tutor to keep up with the material. Also, she does not give any indication of exactly what you need to study to get a good grade on the tests either. She also makes tests long and doesn't give you enough time to finish a test, so if you are not a good test taker, or tend to take a long time to take a test, you will not finish them. The lab is worse than regular class time. If you are not as fast as everyone else, you will most likely not be successful in the lab because it was confusing most of the time if you don't get it the first time the professor gives instructions.

    Course highlights:

    Being in this course taught me that to understand biology, you must dedicate a lot of time and effort into understanding concepts and little details so you can piece together how everything works.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Dedicate more time to studying for this course than other courses and do not wait til the last minute to study for a test or quiz. Review your material whenever you can and read the book often. Professor Barratt tends to say if you know it then you can explain it.

    • Spring 2017
    • NatalieBarratt
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    May 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    She was a great teacher. This class was needed for my major.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that I do want to be a Physical Therapist and help others. I learned that working together will help you strive to succeed. Biology is needed in my major so this was a fun course. I learned a lot about the body.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study hard and you will pass. It takes time and effort.

    • Spring 2016
    • AngelaPlanisekPh.D
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research


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