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    Barro, willams, Erika Williams, Emily Barro
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    Jun 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class felt more like a discussion than a traditional classroom.The worst classes stick to this regiment. The best classes focus on the learning aspect, not at points at all, and along the way, students will learn what they need to know through this process. And that is how this class functions. AP Biology can be amazing if you have the correct mindset. There are so many mysteries and everything connects. You can search for clues and figure out the puzzle by starting with a main idea and working your way down to the example you see.

    Course highlights:

    To me, everything. I cannot simply express my love for this course and subject through words alone. You learn everything about how life functions from a macroscopic scale to the microscopic scale. My favorite parts of the class were when I asked a question and the teacher said "I don't know... Let's find out!" Figuring out how everything connects and how you can apply the things you learn to create solutions or explanations for things you see in everyday life is what I live for. I remember using what I learned about introns/exons and ribozymes to try to explain the mechanism for how my friend's diabetes worked. I am also currently working on ideas for how to prolong life through the extension of telomeres.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I feel that the reason that many students hated this was because they did not actually care about the class or subject itself (which is frustrating because it's an AP class and unless you are interested DON'T TAKE IT) and all they cared about was the grade and AP credit. They only wanted to know what was on the test so they could memorize it, get the grade they want, and forget it. They never wanted to learn the subject. Come into this class with a curious mind, and an adventurous heart and you are set.

    • Fall 2016
    • Emily Barro
    • Group Projects Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Apr 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I love this class. Everyday is a new lesson and the labs are wonderful. The teacher is always full of energy and ready to teach the class and best of all, she is always prepared. Also, we learn so much from this class and find lots of ways to relate this back to the real world.

    Course highlights:

    We learned pretty much the basics of biology. This class goes a lot in depth of the basic biological studies. We also did many labs that related back to real world problems and how to solve them. We focused a lot on personal development rather than just a test.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure the read the book, take notes, and really just pay attention in class. A lot of information is given in class and also you must participate! She loves when students participate and it really helps your grade out. Also, stay on top of the homework and don't fall behind!

    • Fall 2017
    • Emily Barro
    • Many Small Assignments Group Projects Great Discussions
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    Mar 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The class was very interesting, and a definite for people considering a career in biology. This course would probably help you a lot in college biology classes by giving you background info and possibly review when you end up there. Don't take this class if you hate biology, you'll have a terrible time going through the readings and the tests like I did for a different AP course I hated.

    Course highlights:

    I love biology, so most of this class was a highlight for me. The labs were fascinating and informative, and the readings were long but still interesting. You get to learn the more in-depth explanations of already-learned processes such as DNA replication and Photosynthesis, and new ones such as PCR and polygenic inheritance.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't put off working on the notebook until the end, if you do, you won't have enough time to do a lot of the assignments. The notebooks earn a lot of points, they balance out your test scores. Don't slack off on the readings, the tests are tough. Try to study late march or early April for the Ap exam, it's a lot of material to learn and understand. Key word, understand. The AP Bio exam was changed in recent years to test your skills in applying the knowledge. Some of the FRQs give you a scenario and expect you to make graphs, analyses based on knowledge, and predictions.

    • Fall 2016
    • Erika Williams
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments


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