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    Great Intro to the Subject

    A Few Big Assignments

    Always Do the Reading

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    Nov 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is very thorough in her explanations during lecture. She is willing to answer any questions you have and grading is prompt. This is the type of course where you have to study everyday to fully understand the material and do well on exams. Unless you have an affinity for biology, then you're fine. She provides extra-credit learning excursions which are not only fun but also help in applying the information you've in-class outside of the classroom. Assignments are done through Pearson Learning aka Mastering Biology. I recommend doing the homework a week earlier from the due date or studying the material beforehand so that when you arrive to class that week, the information wouldn't be so new. Make friends in the class and form study groups! If you don't understand Biology quite well and you don't want to see the tutors at the campus, this a great way to help each other fill in the holes the you missed during lecture. Cramming is your worst enemy. Exams are detailed and some questions are application-based therefore understanding (Not just memorizing!) is crucial in getting a good grade on the exam. Exams are comprised of multiple choice, some fill in the blank, and one essay. The essay questions are given out a week to a week and a half before the exam. There are 5-6 questions but only one will be chosen the day of the exam by a roll of a dice. My least favorite part of the class as you have to study all the questions since you don't know which will be selected. The essay questions are very detailed so writing the essay isn't very difficult. There is no word count just make sure you've answered the prompt. Class grade is calculated by points accumulated throughout the semester. There is a bit of leeway (slacking-space) available from an A grade to a B and etc. As previously mentioned, you also have a ton of extra credit. DO NOT SLACK! Sometimes school and work can get busy at times and getting an A may not exactly happen for some but do not fear, the grading system for this class in very kind to your transcript.

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed lecture. The professor was always engaging the class in the learning process through activities and always used relative (daily-life) comparisons so that student could grasp the material better. Great teaching method. In addition, she had a sense of humor and interesting facts to share to the class. The most difficult topic covered in class was human anatomy and biology but after practice, it's not so bad. The topic you should befriend is plants. You will be well versed in the functions and processes of a plant once you are done with the class. If you take the lab in addition to the lecture, you will be growing you own beans, counting them, spending lots of time with them as if they held the fate of your grade in their pods (which they sort of do), you will be an plant expert. This is especially helpful since it'll reappear throughout the semester. Soon plant identification and characteristic recognition will be a breeze.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    1. Study the material daily just to familiarize yourself with the information taught and retain the information. 2. Form study groups or meet with a tutor if you are struggling. 3. Again, the professor is willing to help you and is readily available through email.

    • Fall 2016
    • AlyssaHaygood
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    Sep 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor is extremely knowledgable and well versed on any question asked.

    Course highlights:

    You need to really pay attention and study a lot before the test.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't take it if you aren't interested in this topic.

    • Fall 2016
    • Walguarnery,J.
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Requires Lots of Research
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    Apr 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If you're passionate about the natural world, this course is amazing. Professor Walguanery always had the coolest pictures, videos, and information to share with us. He was extremely knowledgable and well versed on any question asked of him, which he takes time to answer multiple times through out his lectures.

    Course highlights:

    The most amazing thing was being able to really understand how similar all organisms are, and feel the interspecies unity that exists somewhat incognito. I really loved the section on plant communication and signaling.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't take it if you aren't interested in nature and animals!

    • Fall 2016
    • Walguarnery,J.
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject

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