This class was tough.
Mrs. Hill offered in depth lessons and notes to follow along. The homework she assigned was not busy work or repetitive. Rather, it really helped students to further grasp the concept discussed in class and was not a waste of time. Most importantly, this course prepared students to take the AP Biology Test in May by covering all of the topics on the test in detail. Additionally, Mrs. Hill made the class fun by teaching through hands on activities and models, not just through a power point.
The best part of this course was the structure. Student knew what to expect each day in class. Therefore, the teaching method was efficient: thorough, but not drawn out, so students were never bored. Another highlight was that Mrs. Hill used models, fun projects, and hands on activities to teach certain lessons to help the students better understand abstract concepts. Through the notes and activities, I learned about a wide range of biological topics including the cell cycle, evolution, Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium, enzyme substrate complexes, plant structures, and human systems just to name a few out of the countless lessons.
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Though this course was excellent and the teacher was fantastic, the tests were still brutal because they covered more than just one concept in detail. Several chapters worth of notes were covered in each chapter, in the form multiple choice questions, math problems, and free response questions. That said, future students should go into the class knowing that it takes commitment to studying in order to get an A in this class. Procrastination is not an option for students wishing to do well. Because so many topics are on each tests, it is critical that students review the material as they learn it, not just the night before the test. As the test gets closer, students should set a block of time which they will devote to studying biology without distraction. Another piece of advice I can offer is that students should get to know the teacher and never be afraid to ask questions.