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    Mar 13, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course to anyone that is heavily invested in Biology.

    Course highlights:

    Mrs. Schramm is a very skilled teacher and has been recognized for various prestigious awards due to this. She really knows her stuff and goes to great lengths to appeal to many different types of students and learning styles.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Try to go through some of your recent notes every day, know your vocabulary especially at the beginning of the year, pay close attention to points of emphasis during lectures, do all of the homework and take the labs seriously (get all the "easy" points you can to make up for the eventual poor quiz or test grade).

    • Fall 2013
    • Mrs Schramm
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject
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    Nov 08, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course forces you to study the material in a timely fashion, so procrastinators will learn very quick that they need to change their ways. This course goes over a lot of material in a short amount of time, if you are looking for a challenge this is the class for you.

    Course highlights:

    I learned everything from the composition of our skin cells, to the photosynthesis process of a plant. This class is fun and challenging, it is good preparation for college. I was constantly challenged by the classwork and notes we did, it kept me on my toes. I had fun with the labs and group activities we did in class. I highly recommend this class.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Get rid of procrastination, cramming right before the test is a really bad idea. If you would study for 10 minutes every night, you will be stress free on the day of the test. You will be well on your way to getting A's on test too. Split up the work, life will be so much easier.

    • Fall 2014
    • Mrs Schramm
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Requires Lots of Research
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    Jul 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Being a student in Honors Biology under the direction of Mrs. Schramm was no easy task, however, the knowledge you gain and the fun memories you have made it worth it. Honors Biology is considered one of the hardest classes you can take at Mountain Ridge High School because of its rigorous schedule and high standards each student is held to. Due to this, my colleagues and I were really pushed to study outside of school, ask hard questions, and to always put all our best effort into everything we did for that class. The most exciting(and scary!) part of the class was when we got our tests back and when we saw our score. Most of us were hoping for a B but we all desired to receive an A and thus get a fun sticker! Sometimes tests we studied for(or didn't study for) were given back to us with a letter grade less than acceptable to us and we had to work twice as hard to get our overall grade back up. But through it all, Mrs. Schramm was always willing to help us out and always making us laugh with her witty humor. Hence, even though I don't miss the stress of the class, I miss the quality education and the quality learning environment that I was privileged to be in.

    Course highlights:

    Some highlights of this course for me were lab groups, bio chemistry, and DNA and cell division. Mrs. Schramm was never one of those teachers that just made you take notes while she lectured you everyday, in fact, Mrs. Schramm often had us working together in small lab groups on a hands-on experiment 2-3 times a week. This allowed us to actually see and feel what we were learning about! This also challenged each of us to create a hypothesis, collect data, and make calculations to come to a mathematical conclusion for each experiment. However, the best part of it all was getting to have fun with your friends in a safe and educational environment. Second, bio chemistry was the hardest unit for me in the entire class. Part of the bio chemistry unit consisted of ten equations relating to or of photosynthesis such as 6CO2 + 6H2O → C6H12O6 + 6O2. Mrs. Schramm encouraged us to memorize these equations for our next test and for the next two weeks every freshmens waking hour revolved around studying those ten equations. Thankfully I memorized the equations and got a good score on the test. Luckily, once that unit was over I never had to use those equations again, however, this unit taught me how to really study effectively. Finally, the shapes, structures, and processes of DNA and cell division were a huge part of the last semester of Honors Biology. We paid close attention to how DNA splits through several diagrams and experiments. We learned the phases(and phases of phases!)of the cell cycle. We also learned the complex structure of DNA. This unit was fun for me but it also required me to do something I don't always enjoy: paying attention to little details. This unit challenged me to slow down and patiently learn and memorize all the details such as the process of the G2 checkpoint, the structure of an H bond, or the two purines of DNA etc. In sum, I learned a lot from this class from the lab groups, the bio chemistry unit, and the DNA and cell division unit. However, the highlight of this class was truly my character development.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice to students considering taking this course is firstly to take a deep breath and don't stress out. Second, discover the most effective study method for you. Third, make time to study what you learned in class, the best time for me was before I went to bed. Next, have a friend to study with and to work on assignments together with, it is always good to have someone to compare answers with. Lastly, have fun and don't let your stress get in the way of this fun experience!

    • Winter 2014
    • Schramm
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments Group Projects Meetings Outside of Class

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