This class was tough.
I would strongly recommend this course to students who are naturally curious. This Biology Lab course allows naturally curious students to conduct experiments, test and form their own hypothesis on things in the natural world. I believe students would be interested in observing organisms under microscopes and dissecting plants, insects, and small animals. In contrast to the usual lecture-style classes taking BIOL 1107L is an enjoyable experience because of its hands-on approach.
While taking this course I learned that simply memorizing lab notes was not a practical way for me to succeed in the course. For example, after a week in BIOL 1107L I quickly realized that I needed to pay attention to my professor lecturing on how to calculate and graph in centimeters the 95% confidence interval of mean height of males and females in our class using excel. Simply listening to lectures were not going to cut it, I had to practice BIOL 1107L lab problems daily to thrive in the course. Even though lab problems like these were difficult, they were the best part of the course because they forced me to use problem-solving skills that helped me to improve my performance in my other college courses.
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Advice for students:
Students entering this course should be comfortable in talking to their professors. Knowing this would have made my first month alot less difficult. Communicating questions to your professor regarding labs, homework assignments, or lecture notes are extremely beneficial to your overall grade. I would advise students that this course is about learning and exploring the natural world, and what better way to do that than to ask questions.