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BIOLOGY 201

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    Cullum, theodore burk, Taylor, Anderson, MACKENZIE TAYLOR
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    • Hard 38%

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Go to Office Hours

    Always Do the Reading

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    Dec 01, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to anyone interested in a science major or on the pre-health track because it gives you a good baseline of information and you learn a lot in this course. While Dr. Taylor mainly lectures, and it can be a bit boring at times, she is always willing to answer students questions whether that be during or after lecture, or during her office hours- and if you are unable to attend her office hours she's more than willing to make and appointment time that works for the both of you. There are attached tutors to this course that come to each lecture and take notes, so if you ever need help from them, they are always willing to contribute to your success in the course. Dr. Taylor uploads her lecture presentations prior to class, which is incredibly helpful if you wish to take pre-notes (which I highly recommend as it not only helps with retention, but trying to take notes in class can be stressful as she moves relatively quickly through the slides, and I noticed in the beginning of the course I often was so focused on taking notes that I wasn't really paying attention to the lecture, and hearing the information can be a crucial point in my learning and retention of the material). Dr. Taylor- as many other biology professors at Creighton- utilize Mastering Biology as homework for the course about every other week. This is one of the few assignments in my academic career that I have actually found helpful, as based on the questions Mastering Biology has you answer, you can get a good idea of what is going to be on the test. In fact, often times there are a few questions that are nearly word for word from Mastering Biology, and after you've completed each assignment, you can always go back and see the questions along with the correct answers, so it is an excellent review tool in preparation for tests!

    Course highlights:

    As a pre-health major, this class has provided me with the information that I need to further continue my education in higher level courses that are required for my intended major and other pre-med courses. Without a good base of knowledge, it can be difficult to succeed in later courses, and this course has done an excellent job providing a very stable foundation of knowledge- and because of this I plan to thrive next semester in BIO 202, and my courses in semesters following that. Another highlight of this course is that Dr. Taylor records her lectures, and later uploads them to Blue Line as a study and review tool for students, or if you weren't able to make it to lecture for whatever reason, you can go back and see and hear the lecture that you missed.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take pre-notes, this may seem more time consuming in the moment but when it comes around to reviewing for the test you will find that you retained much more information than you would have trying to frantically scribble notes during the in class lecture. Also, fill out the study guide that Dr. Taylor provides, and start studying this about 1-2 weeks before the exam, as the study guides are much more extensive than the content that you are tested over, so you need to be 100% prepared and know as much material as possible. If flashcards work for you, I highly recommend utilizing this study tool for this course in particular.

    • Fall 2017
    • MACKENZIE TAYLOR
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Participation Counts
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    Jun 19, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course especially for those in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you are looking to go into pre- Medicine or another health profession, then this course is an essential to take. I would recommend keeping up with the assigned reading and making a Quizlet of key terms that can be reviewed daily to avoid cramming a large amount of information in your head before an exam. I also recommend making your own study guide because that way you can review the key information and have it all in one place.

    Course highlights:

    This course covered a wide variety of subjects due to its introductory nature. Some of the main subjects highlighted in the course include evolution, ecology, and organismal diversity. I learned more about the process of natural selection and trait distribution. Furthermore, I learned more about speciation and the history of life including the different eras.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would suggest that students buy a rented hardcover book for the courses. I also think that it would really benefit the student to keep up with the assigned readings. I also suggest that the student taking this course should pay attention in lab because they go hand-in-hand.

    • Fall 2016
    • Cullum
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Mar 07, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class was very lecture heavy with not many points possible so every one counted very heavily and for that, I would not recommend this class.

    Course highlights:

    I did learn a lot about the history of biology and even about the cells. I absolutely loved the evaluation we did on a documentary about wolves.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed, you must spend a lot of time studying. To accomplish this best, I would find a quiet room by myself to relax and study.

    • Fall 2016
    • Anderson
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Competitive Classmates


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