BIOLOGY AP Biology
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BIOLOGY AP Biology

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    CatherineWolf, Liz Crane
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    Feb 25, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend this course to students who love biology, did well in Biology I, and want to learn more--and are willing to put in the time and effort. In AP Bio, you learn and discuss material much more in depth, which can make things both more fascinating as well as more confusing, so I think you have to really be interested and engaged in the topic, as that interest will help drive your performance. The work load is also considerably heavier than Biology I, so I wouldn't recommend the course for students who struggled with Biology I and also struggle with working habits and time management, as AP Bio would likely become overwhelming very quickly.

    Course highlights:

    In AP Bio I've learned about evolution, biochemistry, cells, genetics, etc., in great detail and depth, and my knowledge and understanding of the material has definitely increased greatly. Most importantly, though, I've learned to think critically and apply my skills in a scientific context, with the help of thought-provoking open response questions on assessments, labs, and other activities/assignments like problem sets. The class IS an AP-prep class, but most of the time it doesn't feel like a test-prep class at all. It's very much focused on students' learning and understanding, and not on drilling students with practice tests.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    My biggest piece of advice is to build good working and time-manage habits, because the work-load can be quite heavy and spread-out sometimes, and you don't want the bulk of the work catching up to you the day before the deadline. Also, don't be afraid to reach out, whether it's to peers or your teacher. The course is difficult and fast-paced, so if you think you're struggling, talk to the teacher as soon as possible so you don't fall behind. Lastly, make study guides and study in groups. Writing down the information will help you remember it, and so will talking through material with friends. Quiz each other, discuss difficult concepts, be both the teacher and the student--it will be good practice and preparation for assessments.

    • Fall 2016
    • Liz Crane
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 26, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who enjoyed taking the introductory biology course. The workload is rigorous and there are frequent tests and labs, but I think it is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for college classes. You dive back into a lot of concepts that were covered in the introductory biology course, but with a lot more depth this time around. You gain an incredible amount of knowledge in this course, along with gaining important experience in a fast-paced and rewarding classroom.

    Course highlights:

    My favorite part of the year was when we learned about the nervous system. This was my first time learning about it and at first it seemed extremely complicated. However, my teacher did an excellent job at going through the information in class, and would always welcome our numerous questions. As we learned about the neurons and the sodium potassium pump, I remember feeling amazed at just how truly intricate and extraordinary our bodies are.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would recommend to students taking this course to not fall behind on your work. The class is very fast-paced, and you do not want the work to pile up. I would also suggest to not be afraid of asking questions. I found myself often confused throughout the course about concepts that were difficult for me, and the best thing you can do is ask your teacher or a classmate. Do not worry about sounding dumb!

    • Fall 2016
    • Liz Crane
    • Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Apr 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Ms. Crane is wonderful and informative. AP Biology is much less stressful than a typical AP (think BC Calc or Physics) but you still get the same level of knowledge out of the class.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were the connections to the modern medical world. For instance, while we learned about the immune system and viruses, we also took a detour to talk about bioengineering in HIV medication (HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system). It was cool to understand the science behind what modern scientists are doing.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be organized and conscientious of time. There's no reason to spend too much time reviewing material you think you don't know but really do.

    • Fall 2016
    • Liz Crane
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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