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    Nov 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Let me tell you a little bit about why I chose to take AP Biology. The subject intrigued me, hooking me with its apparent ease of comprehension, reeling me in with its simple explanations of the complex biomechanics that help maintain homeostasis. I looked forward to attending class, and for the first time, prioritized the learning and understanding of the subject rather than the grade plastered on my transcript. I continually probed my textbook, wrinkling its spine and affixing Post-It notes on every chapter and fascinating detail I came across, the textbook doubled in size from the colorful ornaments adorning an exuberant amount of flyleaves. I crammed Crash Course and Khan Academy videos into my schedule to grasp the concepts of DNA replication and meiosis. I refused to sleep until I understood even the most seemingly insignificant details, so much so that I would fall asleep in the hall during breaks and lunches. Students should take this course if they want to expand their mind and learn more about the environment around them. AP Biology at Piedmont Hills teaches time management and helps students develop a passion for the science. It provides them with the resources they need to excel in the remainder of their classes due to its difficult nature; students learn to synthesize information from their reading and apply this synthesis to their every day lives.

    Course highlights:

    There were many highlights of this course, from the intriguing lab experiments to class discussions, but the most memorable highlight would be the teacher, Mr. Dries himself. Mr. Dries was no ordinary science teacher. He never wore his lab coat -- his name extravagantly embroidered in cobalt above the left pocket -- in attempts to display the multicolored-amino acid tattoos covering his entire right arm; in his spare time, he would add vaguely-related Biology memes onto his presentation slides for his own enjoyment. He made the easily-loathable course a delightful one, and I was ecstatic to go to class, a new adventure awaiting me every day. Armed with determination to ace the course with a side of Dries’ morbid humor, I set off on the rocky journey that was AP Biology. I learned, through frolicking -- coined the “Mitosis Dance” -- on hot cement, how living organisms continually renew themselves through the mitosis and apoptosis of their cells, how to pinpoint restriction sites on plasmids, illustrated by Dries’ impromptu sketches permanently etched onto the classroom wall and floor, and how to explain, in excruciating detail, why the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, a process that requires tact, understanding, and a load of binge-watching Crash Course videos, all without an inkling of self-hatred in the process. I also learned to love Biology itself -- its complex simplicity, its diversity, and most importantly, the possibilities it possesses for new discovery and breakthrough.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book. Read it once, re-read it, then re-read it again. Watch Crash Course or Khan Academy videos to deepen your understanding of subjects you may be unfamiliar or unclear with. Read the book. Do your homework and complete your labs. Read the book. Purchase AP Biology preparation books from Princeton Review or The Collegeboard. These should help you understand how to answer free-response questions with accuracy. Did I also mention reading? Read the book.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mr. Dries
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    May 22, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course for future doctors and researchers because it gives an insight on what to expect from college science courses and how rigorous they will be.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course were definitely the labs that I was involved in. I created a strong bond with my lab group and it taught me how to work within a team and make sure that everyone incorporates their ideas to the project or lab.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Study tips would include reviewing every chapter and even trying to go ahead just in case other classes get in the way of you studying a chapter. That way, you will never be behind and hopefully will be a step ahead.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mr. Dries

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