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Background Knowledge Expected
Great Intro to the Subject
This class was tough.
The beginning of the course seems like a breeze. It is the core basics, the same material you touched the first few day of general chemistry class too. However, as time goes on this class gets much more difficult. In other to do well in this class it is important to review the textbook readings before class and look at the lecture slides so you have an idea of what is being taught. Without doing so, you seem pretty clueless in class and you do not have a firm understanding. Clicker questions in class also count and help you at the end of the year. It is also recommended to study the notes and textbook chapters after class so you can review what was learned. The tests were more focused on application of the material, rather than logical reasoning.
I learned a lot in this class. I actually loved a lot of the lectures that Professor Erster taught. From the detailed steps in photosynthesis and cellular respiration to viruses, all the material was very fun and engaging. The discussion boards helped you spend more time reading the material and understanding the lectures.
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Advice for students:
Read the textbook chapters that she assigns, or at least skim through it before class. Or look at the lectures she posts before class so you have an idea of what is being taught.