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    Sep 09, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    There is a lot of work involved, and the teacher is rather harsh in grading. While she makes up for it by bumping up grades at the end of the year and giving an easy final, don't expect any of your assignments otherwise to be an easy 100% credit. Her tests are multiple-choice based and tend to be difficult; she doesn't curve her tests very often, and if she does, it isn't by a significant amount. In terms of AP prep, her multiple-choice test questions are very unlike the ap test's; while they are more difficult, the ap test's questions require more thought to be put behind them to work out the answer. She also doesn't prepare her students for the written portion very well, either; many of my peers had difficulty pacing themselves on the actual test because she spent very, very little time (one day) on giving us a timed practice. She is a very kind teacher though, and does her best despite knowing that most of the class falls asleep during her lectures. She once gave the class a pop quiz after a lecture and everyone was demolished by it.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to fight off sleep when a teacher lectures for a long period of time, which will surely help me in my college days. I also learned how to study more thoroughly, and more than "the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell."

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I'm going to be honest: I barely used the in-class notes she made us take during our classes to study for her tests, because her tests demand information that is much, much more detailed than what her notes give you. Take your own notes when reading the textbook, and don't read the entire chapter the night before in order to prepare for the test tomorrow; you will fail if you do that. Be extra diligent in your lab notebooks, and don't stress if your grade is borderline throughout the entire year, since she will take pity on the whole class during the finals and bump everyone's grade by 3%. In regards to the AP test, if you've taken AP English Language or Literature, your writing pace should be good enough for the written portion. It's also very helpful to look on the collegeboard's website for the practice exams, since those helped me the most when studying. The teacher's own tests do not resemble the AP test, and it's best to do that so you don't get confused/surprised when taking it.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mrs. Srinivasan
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 28, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Unless you are interested in the field of biology, then I would totally recommend this class. Taking the class may seem tough at first, but you just have to used to the fast pace. If you aren't interested in biology, then this class may be very difficult, and unfortunately a huge time consumer.

    Course highlights:

    We were able to do several interesting labs such as combining the jellyfish DNA with bacteria to attempt to see them glow in the dark. We were also able to do a fun huge group project at the end of the year as a way to encapsulate what you learned over the year and have a great time doing so.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always stay on top of your studying because each new chapter will introduce an entirely new set of terms you have to memorize all over again.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mrs. Srinivasan
    • Many Small Assignments Competitive Classmates Requires Lots of Research
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    May 15, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I do not really have a high recommendation towards AP Biology because in general, science classes require rigorous time in and out to not merely just memorizing the material but also understanding it. I would say that the material you learn in biology is a combination of a foreign language class to a math class where the terminology of the concepts taught in biology can range from 500-1000 words that you have never seen before and required to recognize them when going into any job in the medical field like for example, the 20 different amino acids, bone structures, process of photosynthesis and fermentation, etc. But also, you are required to be able to do simple algebraic math like calculating genetic pool probabilities accurately where this stipulation can be somewhat difficult when you are given a long array of calculated values like in statistics and you are too calculate a 4*4 inheritance pull with to sets of characteristics given can take a while to do and requires patience to master and do accurately. So because every individual is different, this class should only be taken in my opinion if you enjoy the learning process and not trying to half fast work just to get a good grade in the class because if you are intending to major in the science field you want to not force yourself into this field for the money and let the material process into you naturally or else you will suffer miserably spending hours constantly on one class where you have no progress with.

    Course highlights:

    I loved the projects that were done in this class because they got into very interesting tests like trying to genetically modify a bacteria so that it could glow. The best thing that balances the difficulty of the class was that it was for sure always curved so that grades were not to burdensome and I believe this is a general thing since teachers are pretty understanding of what there students are required to learn in the time frame given.Personally I enjoyed mostly about this course was the nutritional aspects that I am really interested in for example: I never regarded the nutritional facts of food content really that crucial before biology. But after, I learned about the specific types of fats that you should be aware of like saturated fat which is animal fat that can basically lead to strokes (clotting of blood flow easily) if the content is too high in your system where they are stuck around your blood vessels that are basically ticking bombs to where if a blood cell touches it, it will expand like a sponge and close off the vessel. Or also being AWARE of trans fat which are basically modifying a saturated to unsaturated fat. This can be hazardous since fats are generally connected by a very weak bond called a hydrogencarbon bond that can easily be divided. But when you change an saturated to unsaturated, you are essentially adding on more bonds to it making it more complex like a protein so when they are present in your system, they will be obviously harder to break down which can lead to heavier cases of atherclolosis and even possibly cancer.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Love this course!!!! I will guarantee to you right now that at some point you will get board of the course and its not because the teacher is bad but merely because there are tons of material you have to review and it will be basically like really a dictionary where the learned can seem infinite and boring if you do not like science at all or trying to resist learning the material. So try to like learning so that you honestly enjoy the class. ALWAYS I mean always ask for help when needed on any material that you need in this course asap because the speed that you learn this material is pretty fast because of the need to review all of it before ap testing and there is alot so it is somewhat of a cram.So I recommend highly to get clearance on anything you don't understand so you are not behind because you will never ever slow down in this course to get clearance on material but are constantly being piled on with more work. Watch videos on youtube, they help 100% because the online tutors are teachers that can break down concepts into simpler terms to where you can understand it and make it more enjoyable. BE very meticulous of the material you learn and take notes always. By extra books out of the textbook because they are a great investment in learning the course and are very helpful like the blank for dummies series break down concept pretty simple or to princeton practice booklets.

    • Fall 2015
    • Srinivasin
    • Always Do the Reading Group Projects Competitive Classmates


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