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    Alkire, Mrs. Alkire, Kristian Alkire
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    Jan 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend it because the course will push you to think critically without a heavy work load.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were learning about how your body fights off sickness. I learned many cycles that allowed me understand the human body better.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The teacher will give you homework due weeks later. Do not wait until the last minute! Do a little everyday so you are not swamped at the end.

    • Winter 2017
    • Kristian Alkire
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Group Projects
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    Oct 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course was easily understandable for what the material is, and for its advanced placement level.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot of information through this course in a very little amount of time. It taught me good time management and test-preparation. It also mimicked college courses very well.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention to the material, and make sure you fully understand all concepts that are discussed during lectures. Reading through each chapter also helps a great deal if you do not fully understand.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mrs. Alkire
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Sep 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The class is great for any student that enjoys a challenge and lives for biology. The course is in depth and fast paced. Furthermore, I applaud Mrs. Alkire for her teaching ability. She keeps the class entertained and engaged. Students feel comfortable asking her questions and she her answers are knowledgeable yet understandable. Not only that, but Mrs. Alkire displays a genuine interest in her students well-being. Lastly, the class assignments and labs were a blast and the independence given to you to research what you want made the course that much more enjoyable.

    Course highlights:

    There are plenty of things I learned from this course, from cells and reactions, to the body systems. The highlights of the class for me were the labs and the unit on enzymes. I absolutely loved both! In the lab, the instructor, Mrs. Alkire, gave us an outline of what we should learn and then allowed us to create our own experiments, within reason. We collected data and used it to react a thorough lab report which we turned in. These labs would connect to the topic we were studying at the time and allowed students to make connections through a hands-on method system. Finally, I simply loved the enzyme unit. It spoke of different enzymes, what they do, how they do it, as well as how they may be affected by pH levels, heat, et cetera.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    My first bit of advice, if you are even thinking about this course, I highly recommend pursuing it. There are so many benefits one can reap from an AP course. However, if you would like to take it, be warned, as expected from any AP course, it can be challenging at times. A student must expect to take some time to go over the material and make sure that they are not falling behind. Do not be afraid to ask questions and use the resources given to you. Overall, it is a great course and is worth the time and effort.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mrs. Alkire
    • Always Do the Reading Group Projects Great Discussions

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