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    Dec 14, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It was incredibly enriching. Each unit was coupled with a lab which allowed for a hands-on approach to each concept that way conceptualized teachings became sensory experiences. The presentations given were equally thorough as they explained concepts in depth with diagrams and copious textual pieces. Everything was comprehensive and relatively easy to understand, and the teacher was always willing to offer study sessions to explain more.

    Course highlights:

    I learned so many things! The highlights include the pig dissection at the end for two reasons: 1) You learn about mammalian anatomy hands on. What could be more fun than that when you like science? 2) It's followed by the easiest test of the year which because it's your final, counts for a solid 10% of your final grade. To give you an idea, the class average I saw was 95%. On normal tests, it's way lower. You won't have to worry about this test at all. If you're a writer, you have to write current events for every unit. It's on science, and they're really quick. I learned about speciation of geckos in Madagascar for example, so you can easily have fun with it. You get to make cheese by studying the properties of coagulation which is what happens when you mix enzymes with milk. That was an incredible amount of fun, despite being very slimy. You have a lab where you diagnosis patients on serious diseases based on the pH of their urine alone. It makes you feel nice knowing one of the practical purposes of Biology and putting it into practice in your own life. Finally, my favorite unit was epigenetics. That's the study of how environment can actually change someone's genetic code and change how they react to things, such as stress reactions and changes in climates. You learn about how stress can affect the tightness of chromosomes, why we have different skin colors, and more. It's incredibly fascinating and gives a biological sort of self-awareness to the course.

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    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    1) Print out the slide show. I can't stress this enough. The course is fast and you will miss important material if you try to take notes in a notebook. Just try to take notes on the printed slides. Also, make sure you have a good printer, as you'll be printing about 30+ pages per slideshow per unit (and that's when you have six slides to a page) 2) Do not save studying until the night before. It will seem tempting, you will think you don't have enough time to study, but if you don't space it out you will not achieve higher than a C in the course. If you're good at cram-studying, give yourself three days AT LEAST. If you're not good at cram studying, start the weekend before a big test. You get the study guide at the beginning of every unit, so if you space it out you'll do just fine. 3) The tests are very fast-paced. Do not spend more than 30 seconds on each multiple choice question or you will be short on time for the FRQ. Or, do the FRQ first. It consists of the most points and you have the most details to cover in it, so I would definitely do everything you can to make sure you write a thorough FRQ. 4) Get the Baron's book and do the practice tests. Your timing will improve significantly and therefore, so will your grades. 5) Boyle does crash courses the Thursday before a test. If you can budget your time well, study the night before the crash course, and then only take notes on what you don't get. He goes through the entire unit in an hour, so don't think you're going to relearn everything from that study session. It's a supplement, it's to help you polish. Use it, but use it wisely. 6) Have fun with it! It's a fast course but it's not terrible at all. Do group study sessions with your friends! Play around on quizlet to learn those key terms. Don't worry, with hard work you'll be fine.

    • Fall 2013
    • Phillips
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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