Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I recommend it because it engages the student in more ways then one. Not only were lectures and labs included in this course, but the teacher utilized slideshows of each chapter (from our textbook) which she made available to her students through out the semester. The teacher was excellent in how she engaged the class through her lectures with her personal knowledge as both a doctor and teacher. Prof. Potvin is very easy to talk to, and wants to see the student succeed. She will make herself available to sit down with the student and communicate with him/her about what may be confusing, or work ways to accommodate his/her needs to succeed in her classroom. Not to say by any means this is an easy course one can wing. Like with anyone, the professor wants to see an honest effort and will help when you advocate your needs to her.
I personally enjoyed the lectures. Besides being presented the information through the slideshows, discussions often came up that were related to the topic. Through these discussions a student would introduce a question, or experience they know of and seek clarification; the professor would answer in a way that was clear to follow. I found that this made the experience in her classroom more well-rounded/whole.
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Advice for students:
Stay on top of the reading. A lot of the tests, and homework relate to the material covered in the textbook and slideshows, so being consistent in ones studies will be key. Also, be open to talking with the professor. She's really nice, and really wants to see her students succeed, so if you feel that you're struggling, don't shrug it off and try to survive. There's no need to be closed off like that. Engage with the class lectures, ask questions, and communicate your needs to the professor, and you'll not only do well, but most likely enjoy in that class experience!