This class was tough.
The course is very difficult. For half of the semester, the class average was a D and he does not curve. However, I feel as though I learned more in this course than any other and I am finally able to understand the intricate mechanisms of microbial behavior. It is a must-have course for people who are passionate about microbiology but, due to the difficulty, I would not suggest it for people who are only mildly interested in the subject.
The most important thing I learned from this course has nothing to due with the material. Out of rather extreme necessity, I finally learned how to study. For this class, my friends and I discovered that the best way to study is to learn the basics independently and, afterwards, fine-tune the material as a group. This makes it easier to solidify complex pathways/mechanisms without missing small/important details.
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Advice for students:
Study every week. I know that professors always tell you to keep up with the material and not to wait until the last minute and I also know that most of us don't do that (I count myself as a part of this group), but it is imperative in this class. As someone who normally didn't study for organic chem 1&2, biochem, or cell bio.. trust me. Study every week.