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BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology

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    Always Do the Reading

    Many Small Assignments

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Apr 14, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is a tough class but if you go to class and take solid notes then you will do great on the quizzes and tests. He's very specific on his tests but in his note outlines he is very general so it's up to you to fill in the specifics as he talks about them.

    Course highlights:

    It covered quite a bit of what I learned in AP Biology in high school but it went more in depth than I had before which was cool. Shadwick also gives great examples of interesting things and examples that are relevant and used in everyday life to help better understand the topic

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take solid notes, Go to class, go to office hours, and don't be afraid to ask questions more than likely there are a lot of students that are thinking the same thing

    • Spring 2016
    • John Shadwick
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Mar 12, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Shadwick is unhelpful to the students and moves to fast. He is a genius in his own right and does not understand that students do not have the level of education he does, hence why we are the ones being lectured too not the ones lecturing.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course was him showing us on the first day that he can juggle and his off the wall personality, which was the only thing keeping you concentrating on the information. Also, every new chapter his power point cover slide had a picture of a cute baby animal.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book cover to cover. Find a friend and take turns writing the information from his slides as he moves to fast and you will not get it all down, he does not post them for you either.

    • Fall 2016
    • John Shadwick
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Participation Counts Requires Lots of Research
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    Jan 26, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would not recommend this class for an upcoming freshmen because this course is extremely hard. If you do not study hard for the exams, you will fail!

    Course highlights:

    I did gain some general biology knowledge and had a better understanding about life science

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study a week before the exam. Please. The exams are so hard.

    • Winter 2016
    • John Shadwick
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments

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