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This class was tough.
Dr. Polayes is an excellent teacher and she always gives her lectures precisely. Any questions on the exam are directly discussed in lecture. A lot of outside effort is also needed to get a good grade in this class because it is a lot of memorization. Always go to office hours and the review sessions (there are atleast 3-4 held before each exam, go to all if you truly desire an A). Dr. Polayes also stays after lecture to answer some questions. This class provides tons of resources such as power points, study guides, review session practice exams; use all of them to your advantage.
The highlights are learning the atomic level of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and the many metabolic processes that happen in the body. This is the class that I feel I have learned the most from. It has also made me excited about my future coursework.
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This class requires copious amount of studying/memorization so get started early. Please don't read the textbook back to back. Skim the sections that you feel you understand and read the sections that you don't. Look for examples of a certain topic and connect it to the concept while reading. At the end, focus on the power points and most importantly the study guide (practice exam questions and names of the specific concepts covered) at the end of the day. This class will make you learn how to love studying because before and after an exam you'll be able to give out answers to Biochem questions like no other.