Not too easy. Not too difficult.
As a biology-chemistry major and first year student, I thoroughly enjoyed Principles of Biology 106. It covered many biology-related topics in great detail and was overall an enjoyable course. The professor was fantastic and it was evident he was passionate about the subject and knew it well. While the course was demanding, even difficult, at some points, it helped to bridge the gap between my ability to learn from a high school level to a college level.
Going into Manchester University, I thought that because I was a good student while I was in high school that college would be a breeze for me, but this class taught me otherwise. Principles of Biology 106 gave me a better understanding of the time and dedication it would require for me to reach my goals. The best classes are those in which you not only gain an understanding of the material, but also that you learn to function in a college setting. This class not only taught me biology, but it provided me with an insight into what I needed to do in order to be successful in my future at Manchester University. Other than learning this however, the course covered everything you would expect to learn in a biology course including such topics as: evolution, biostatistics, biodiversity, and an understanding of organisms in relation to the environment. Also, a major highlight of this course and probably one of the more exciting things you’ll ever get to do is hold a Saw Whet Owl.
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In order to be successful in this course, you must be dedicated and willing to work hard. Show up to class every day and on time, with an open mind and prepared to learn. Any college-level course is going to be difficult and require a lot of time outside of class to study and understand, so it will make it much easier if you try to find passion in what you’re learning. It’s ultimately your responsibility to make sure you understand the material, so ask questions and connect with your professor during their office hours as they are a great source and often your biggest supporter. It is also a great idea to become acquainted with other students in the course because you will find that study groups are the key to your survival in college. Also, take notes on everything, especially when the professor repeats something, even if you know it already or don’t find it important, take notes anyway!! Most importantly, self-motivation is the key to passing this class.