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    Dec 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Surprisingly, even when times were tough, and boredom struck, Dr. P and her teaching skills made it possible to learn and understand concepts that suit a broad range of learning styles. There is no other teacher like her that can produce prolific content for a class and be able to make biology fun even when cramming in loads of knowledge into our little brains. Hence, why her classes are so large and ever-expanding! Her incredible experience as a scientist and a teacher brings the best of both worlds to all.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course consisted of cell biology, human physiology, and ecology. Although it seems very succinct, it is in fact, the opposite. It took months and whole semesters to cover everything in these units and thus, made them my highlights. I learned specific functions, structures, names, and cycles of various cells found in life. For instance, the two types of cells known as prokaryotic or eukaryotic which the latter being significantly more complex. Also, because so much was covered, this means that some concepts were drawn from other science fields such as chemistry and physics. These fields can be applied to human physiology for example, where lung respiration relates to pressure and volume (Boyle's Law). Those are just some of the highlights, and without a doubt, I would list every single unit. However, I restrained myself.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Reread notes and look at teacher notes specifically for key terms and such. Be prepared to utilize a multitude of study techniques to effectively learn and understand how things function. Pay attention in class because the lesser amount of homework given means class time becomes extremely important in either succeeding or failing the class.

    • Winter 2016
    • Lisa Privitera
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Aug 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It's a very rigorous course, but I think holds useful information especially for those interested in a Marine Biology career after high school like myself. Although it is not specific to Marine Sciences, the course offers a lot in all different aspects of the science world.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a bunch about cells and microscopic organisms. I found it not only interesting but entertaining in a way to be able to look at multiple organisms under just one small glass lens.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I think a very determined attitude is needed as well as a persistent attitude, because it's not a course that can easily be looked over or given little thought, as it does get hard the more you slack off.

    • Fall 2016
    • Lisa Privitera
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class
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    Aug 09, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    HL Biology is a vigorous course but so worth it. It is an in-depth approach to biology with material that would not be covered in a standard/basic biology class. There is so much information that is thought provoking and makes you want to cure cancer. However, having the right teacher for this course is key. Dr. P (what we call her) is terrific at keeping the class intrigued and making information get through to a group of restless teenagers.

    Course highlights:

    Biochemistry is personally my favorite because it was easier to understand since I also take HL Chemistry. I also enjoyed learning about enzymes and substrates, the process of how energy is harvested and used in our bodies. My favorite thing about having taken this course is that when my mom purchases new vitamins it will have a small paragraph about how the vitamin works using vocabulary that an average person wouldn't know what it means, so my mom always asks me to help explain what the label is trying to say.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Review your notes for at least 20 minutes a day. Drawing diagrams is key. Get lots of practice drawing diagrams using the Biology IB Study Guide. There are websites such as BioNinja and IB Guides with information that may not be covered in class.

    • Fall 2015
    • Lisa Privitera
    • A Few Big Assignments Group Projects Participation Counts

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