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  • Average Rating

    3.3/5
    Overall Rating Breakdown
    • 9 Advice
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  • Course Difficulty

    • Easy 11%

    • Medium 56%

    • Hard 33%

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    Always Do the Reading

    Great Intro to the Subject

    Many Small Assignments

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    Jan 05, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is an interesting class if you enjoy biological sciences of any kind. There is a lot of material covered so you are bound to find something enjoyable.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight would have to be the lectures. Even though the class sizes are large (about 400 students in each class) the professor keeps the material interesting and is willing to answer questions in class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to put in a lot of study time. An A is attainable but you have to work for it and you need to make sure that all of the homework is completed because that can make or break a grade.

    • Fall 2016
    • John Shadwick
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments
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    Dec 28, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Overall, Shadwick covered everything we needed to know for the test, but not very thoroughly. He mostly read off of slides, moved really quickly, and didn't put the lectures online, so most of the time I was more focused on copying down notes than processing the information. The notes weren't too helpful, I mostly used them as a guide of what to teach myself for the test. The tests were really hard, and even after studying for two weeks, going to review sessions and multiple tutoring sessions, I still failed the test. The test I took in my corresponding lab were a lot more fair (but still difficult!), but they at least stuck to what we covered in lab. If you don't have to take Principles of Biology, find another science course to take.

    Course highlights:

    It gave a good overview of biology, a lot of the material I had learned in AP Biology in high school.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Like I said earlier, If you don't have to take POB, then don't. Find another science to take like Physics and Human affairs, or ANYTHING other than this. I get that biology is a hard subject but Shadwick writes his tests as if this were an upper-level class, not a freshman gen-ed requirement class. If you do have to take this class, (nursing, pre-med, special ed), then get ready to study. Something I wish I had done from the beginning is review my notes every week and create a study guide from my notes (I only did this for the last two tests). Try explaining the material to a friend in the class so you know you have a good understanding of the concepts. Go to SI sessions and try lots of different ways of studying so you know what works best for you!

    • Fall 2016
    • Shadwick
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Jul 27, 2016
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I wouldn't recommend this course, with Shadwick because he does not do a good job of helping his students with their confusion. Granted there are about 300 people in his classes and has hundreds of online students, I see how it could be hard to respond to every student. It is very hard to do well on the exams, because you are basically on your own if you have any confusions.

    Course highlights:

    I did enjoy the content of this course, it was intresting to learn about all the aspects of life. I also really enjoyed the lab section that was required. This section of the class enabled the students to have a more personable connection with the instructor, because the classes had less than 30 students.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to study every day. I recommend making flash cards at least two weeks before the upcoming exam, and know the material to every detail.

    • Spring 2016
    • Shadwick
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments

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