Not too easy. Not too difficult.
It's a very intriguing and interesting course, not to mention the look on peoples faces is priceless when you tell them that you are taking a class called Dinosaurs. Both the midterm and the final are multiple choice, however, the class is very detailed and memorizing heavy. There are a lot of concepts that you need to know and memorize for the exams, but it is nothing completely unbearable or unreasonable. One of the things I love the most about the class is that Dr. Luna is very passionate and knowledgable so it makes the class all the more enjoyable.
I love the topics that we go over in class; I've always been curious about dinosaurs and what earth was like before humans. It is wonderful that students can take this class even though it does not necessarily have to be as a major requirement. This is the first time that I've taken a course like this and it has been a great experience. There are a lot of people who struggle learning all the material, but if you enjoy learning about dinosaurs and life before human existence, I would totally recommend this course. It does require a good amount of studying outside of class, so if you are a student who does not like or know how to study yet you might struggle a little. Another part of this class that I enjoy is that some of the homework assignments include submitting a video or article that he could potentially incorporate into the class and if it is shown during lecture then that student will be entered into a raffle.
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Advice for students:
Take good notes during class. Do not just copy off the slides because he will post those, it will be more difficult if you just look at the slides because not all of them are self explanatory. His explanations during class are very clear, so take notes on what he says. If there is ever anything that is unclear, as during lecture, or if you are not comfortable doing so go to his office hours or your TA's office hours. Really do pay attention to the points that he stresses and highlights, and just start studying from the beginning a little bit at a time. Otherwise everything will pile up pretty quickly by the time the exams start rolling in.