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USEM 101 University Seminar

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    CharlesChilcoat, VERSLUIS, DeborahFarris, AlmaR.Alvarez, BarbaraS.Winkler, CarolJ.Voisin, DoyneMraz, DianaVersluis, Stillwell, DLRichardson, EllenJ.Siem, Whitman, Laura Jessup
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    Mar 05, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course is required by the school and must be taken during your first year of college. You can defer from this course if you score high in English proficiency. There are many different types of USEM classes, each with different themes that they cover. This course covers basic English skills like grammar, spelling, and reading comprehension. Also, the class includes an overview of other college skills like time management and public speaking skills. While this class is helpful, I took a star off because of the teacher I have. I particularly do not like Professor Jessup teaching style. However, the Professor is kind and helpful

    Course highlights:

    This course covers basic English skills like grammar, spelling, and reading comprehension. Also, the course includes an overview of other college skills like time management and public speaking skills. Each quarter has different requirements. For example, in my USEM that I took, the first quarter we read a book that highlighted the themes of the class and wrote an essay, while in my second semester we learned about different essay writing and read a play.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice would be to pick a USEM that interests you and to make sure that you stick to the deadlines. Do not slack in your studies and manage your time wisely.

    • Fall 2016
    • Laura Jessup
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Mar 03, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class is taken as a sequence. This term, we specifically focused on how our actions can effect the rest of the world. We also focused on how other events around the world effect our daily lives.

    Course highlights:

    I love watching all of the documentaries. We also have quality discussions about the information we are learning about.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't fall behind! Try to develop good habits by not procrastinating.

    • Winter 2017
    • Whitman
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Feb 02, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course. Ellen is a wonderful, involved teacher who cares individually about all of her students and their success. The class covers all the scientific questions one might have about the universe, the beginning of life, and much more. While learning interesting new subjects, smaller papers are assigned to gradually improve writing skills. Great class!

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the Big Bang, the beginning of life, dark matter, science and God, the atmosphere, the universe, energy and how it works, and much more. I also learned how to write longer essays in certain formats and the correct way to site my sources.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You must complete all the assignments and really improve and look into grammar and writing skills. As long as you truly put effort into the papers, use peer reviewed sources, and check over your work, you will succeed.

    • Fall 2016
    • EllenJ.Siem
    • Many Small Assignments Requires Lots of Research Great Discussions


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