This class was tough.
Elizabeth Thomas (Liz) is utterly the most open and understanding professor I have had the privilege to experience and be educated by. She is sweet and carries this genuine demeanor about her. Thomas wishes each of her students to succeed, and does so by constantly engaging the class. Although her on campus class is lecture heavy, she always finds a way to keep her class entertained and awake. From critical thinking, interactive games, open-ended discussion questions, and sharing funny stories that bind to biological concepts, Liz will get you in the mood to learn biology!
Taking this course with Elizabeth Thomas, I gained the realization that test scores and grades do not define you. Everyone learns differently and everyone apprehends biology at a different perception as well as pace. As long as you engage yourself and put effort towards the class, pursuing to understand biology (or any course subject, for that matter) to the best of your ability, you are winning. T
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Advice for students:
Take notes in class, even when you are not instructed to do so! Sometimes what is on the exams and quizzes cannot be found within the lecture PowerPoint’s or the textbook. Liz likes to drop "Easter eggs", also known as mystery questions from points she's made in class, rather than all the material coming from her PowerPoint lectures and the textbook. This gives Liz an idea of which students are taking verbal notes in class. Another wicked piece of advice, which is often overstated but still important: ATTEND CLASS! Liz truly believes that grades do not define you. She preaches that exam scores are not everything and feels that students who do not preform as well on exams as opposed to assignments and lab activities should adhere to more practice to understand the subject under other perspectives, thus extra credit. Here's the catch with Liz, she only announces the extra credit once IN CLASS. Although she uses the Canvas feature on the side to communicate with her students, she does not post the extra credit opportunity online. That means you must attend and be present in class to get a chance with extra credit. Finally, for my last beneficial piece of advice for this course and many other courses you might take in the future is to get friendly with your classmates. Exchange numbers, emails, and Facebook requests. This network exchange will make this class a whole lot easier. First reason being, study groups. For each exam, having a study group helps you learn the material in new light. Everyone has a technique of their own on how to absorb exam material, and most of the time classmates are more than willing to share their insight. The other reason being that if you are not able to make a class session, you can rely on your classmates to fill you in on notes that you missed and even the extra credit opportunities. To conclude, even though Liz’s Biology 160 course is fast paced, and loaded with information that practically feels endless, she makes taking her class so worth the effort and patience. She’s energetic and creates such a respectful atmosphere. As long as you attend class and make a few connections with the classmates, you will find biology to be a breeze and actually interesting, since biology is relatable to all. Take a class with her, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!