|Course Name (ex. CH 301)||Professor||Semester (ex. Spring 2017)||Test format (ex. multiple choice with some free responses)||Review (be sure to include the best study method for this course)|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Fall 2013||All MC||Let me start out saying that having a certificate looks great on your resume or application. Taking ACC 311 is also an option, but it's good to have some accounting knowledge if you want to become financially independent or own a private practice. For the actual class, the workload or topic is pretty easy compared to other science courses we need to take. The subject is logical, so you can understand what's going on even though you're not a business major. The grade consisted of participation (iClicker), iClicker quiz questions, group assignments for a virtual company stimulation, 2 exams, and the final.|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Spring 17||Quizzes, no tests||To me, this class is annoying and you could probably just take it online and learn the same amount. He uses Lemonade Tycoon to teach accounting which seems frivolous. There are no tests, just online quizzes and occasional in class pop quizzes that comprise basically your entire grade with the exception of a couple assignments. There are also "participation surveys" due before every class which count towards your grade, but there aren't any canvas notifications because it's on google docs so sometimes I forgot to do them. Overall, the class is not difficult, but the quizzes are timed so you have to know your stuff before you start the quiz.|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Spring 2017||No exams; only quizzes. About 2-3 quizzes are in class, and the rest are take home and timed. One quiz and participation survey per class (2 per week). All multiple choice or numeric calculation.||This course is definitely not a blow-off course, but it is a pretty nice elective. Verduzco makes the information interesting and exciting. The course does get tiresome during "hell" weeks because quizzes are due before EVERY class, but if you keep up and attend lecture, then it shouldn't be too difficult. TIPS: when taking the quiz, have class notes and the textbook close by; attend lecture all the time; work together with classmates.|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Fall 2016||No tests. Class grade is made up of 17(ish) quizzes.||Generally pretty easy class. If you show up to class, pay attention and take notes, you should have no problem making an A. Verduzco does an excellent job teaching the material, and gives canvas quizzes to make sure you stay on track. Very forgiving class, as the grade is made up of 17 quizzes, you can afford to bomb one or two and still make that A. Would take it again for sure. I bought the book, but truly never needed to use it if I took good class notes.|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Fall 2016||Quizzes no exams||Take the class with a group of friends because it can get boring and there are multiple assignments due outside of class so it’s nice to have people remind you. There are no exams which is nice, but he gives quizzes. They can be challenging at times since they’re timed. In class assignments are either hard or easy. All of the assignments do take some time to complete. He gives extra credit that you have to pay $60 for. I recommend (if you have extra cash) to buy it because you don’t know how many quizzes he will assign and what you will end up in the class. I thought I was going to end up with an A, but the quizzes towards the end got a lot harder and I was 0.4 away from getting an A (ended up with an A-). Pay attention in class, it can get super boring and long. If you pay attention, you will do well on the assignments.|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Spring 2016||no exams just quizzes, multiple choice||This course starts out to be very easy then quickly builds on the material little by little. If you don't keep up in class it will only get more and more confusing, so stay on top! To get the best grade possible i recommend attending each and every class period, he does take attendance through quizzes each week. There is homework due each week online, office hours help a lot when you get stuck on certain problems. Your main grade is from in class quizzes, yes it seems easy, but in class you get 1 minute to answer each question so you better make sure you are fresh and know whats going on in class. To grasp a better understanding of what is going on i recommend reading the book and going over all examples we go over in class.|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Spring 2017||Online quizzes outside of class||Most people take this course in order to satisfy either the BFP or Business of Healthcare certificate. Verduzco is a good professor and explains concepts clearly. Attendance is very mandatory since he does a lot of survey questions in class that are worth a lot of points. The majority of your grade will come from about 20 quizzes that will be taken outside of class online through canvas. The quizzes are cumulative and are usually 10 questions with about 30 minutes to complete it. There are 5 homework assignments but they are not bad at all. Going back to the quizzes, he drops two/three of them but they do get considerably harder a month or so into class. The questions are very specific and sometimes very tricky. MY BIGGEST TIP FOR THIS CLASS: take it with a group of friends who you can rely on to take the quizzes together with. Seriously. This will be key to getting an A in this class. You may be an accounting god but silly mistakes on the quizzes (you miss one question you're automatically at an A- and an A is a 94) will have a big impact on your grade.|
|ACC 310F||Wang, M||Fall 2016||Multiple choice||The best way to study is by taking notes while you go through the module. And honestly, most (if not all) answers for the bi-weekly quizzes can be found online. I didn't have a Chegg or coursehero account but I could still find most answers. There is a time limit for these exams so you need to be efficient while taking them. An A is doable since the quizzes make up most of your grade. There was no final when I took it. If you are comparing this class with the in-class one (with Verduzco), I believe you would be able to retain more knowledge from Verduzco's class because of the fact that the one with Wang is web-based, and the quiz answers are usually online.|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Fall 2016||Only MC quizzes, no exams.||Honestly, the professor is a very chill guy, but his lecture tedious and at times incomprehensible, so either you go to his office hours or study with a group of friends. I recommend the latter because the method is more time flexible and resourceful. The professor lowkey expects you to do the chapter practice problems bc he'll bring it up or similar questions in class.|
|ACC 310F||Verduzco||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice and Fill in the Blank on canvas||Verduzco is a very dedicated but tricky professor! His notes are a bit tedious but help you understand the class well. It is important to go through his notes after class to make sure you understood the material because with the big gaps between his exams it is easy to fall behind. There are practice exercises that are easy due before the class day and periodic quizzes and group assignments that aren't too bad. The exams are a bit tricky, but doable if you have had enough exposure to practice problems.|
|ACC 311||Charrier||Spring 2017||Multiple choice and 3 free response question||Charrier is an amazing professor that actually cares about you and your grade. For exams make sure you do the questions at the back of each chapter, and also redo the homeworks. Go to her office hours for extra help and practice problems that could potentially be on the test!|
|ADV 319||Scheinbaum||Fall 2017||Multiple choice||You NEED to read the textbook for this class. You also NEED to go to class because some things on the test are stated by the professor word for word in class. There were also pop quizzes but these were basically participation so if you go to class you will get the credit. Knowing the highlighted vocab words from the textbook helped a lot on the tests. Some of the test questions also came from class discussion.|
|ANT 301||John Kappelman||Spring 2017||I took the online course, so there were ten computer-generated exams based on readings from the textbook. Each test is only 15 multiple choice questions. You go to a computer lab to take the tests during designated times during the week. Also, you get two chances to take each test and your highest score is the one that is kept!!!||I loved this course because it combined things I had learned from my biology and genetics classes with anthropology. I saw it as a way to learn biology from a completely new perspective. Also, taking it online gave me a ton of flexibility. The class focuses on the evolution of Homo Sapiens, starting millions of years ago and following evolution up until modern humans. Reading the textbook is the main way you learn the material, but there are also 12 online labs that you complete during the course. The labs don't take much time to do at all and are only 10 questions. However, you do need to pay attention and actually read through the online labs to do well on them. There are designated weeks were you go into the computer lab and turn in your answers for the lab. Reading the chapters in the textbook is really the only way to study for the weekly tests. It isn't too hard though because the tests are usually over only one or two chapters. Also, I though the textbook was really interesting and did a good job of presenting the information in an exciting way. You are able to take both the labs and the tests as early as you want. I know people who were done with the entire class a month into the semester. I got all of the labs done half way though the semester and it made the rest of my semester a lot easier.|
|ANT 301||Kappelman||Spring 2017||Online multiple choice tests||I took the online version of this class and really loved it! You go completely at your own pace and lots of people were able to finish this class by spring break. There is a lot of reading, but it is really interesting and had a lot of overlap with a lot of my science classes, which gave me a major edge. There are fourteen short labs that you complete for a grade and ten tests. The labs are pretty short and you get all of the information from an online learning portal and the tests are only about twelve questions long. It is easy to do well in this class if you do the labs and pay attention to the reading. You even get a chance to re-take the tests, so its very easy to get an A if you work for it. The TAs are also actually really nice and willing to help you. Overall a really interesting class if you love science and think it would be interesting to approach biology from an anthropological perspective! Its also a great way to reinforce some of your basic science concepts while also learning cool new material. Also, ANT 301 can be counted towards a lot of different degree and certificate requirements, so definitely check into that!|
|ANT 302||Seriff||Spring 2017||fill in the blank, short answer, and a 3-4 paragraph essay||If you need a class for your cultural requirement for the BSA, I definitely recommend this! It's super easy, and all you have to do to prepare for the test is to know everything on her test review (which is just key terms and some general questions) and have a general idea of her powerpoints (which she posts online). Attendance is mandatory for discussion, and she does random checks for lecture. However, she usually tells us when it's going to be (she'll put a hint in an email or announce that the next lecture will have an attendance check). I probably only spend less than 30 minutes on this class per week, and that's just to write the discussion blog that's due weekly. It's also kind of interesting and a nice break from science classes. Would recommend!|
|ANT 302||Seriff||Spring 2016||Multiple choice, some fill in the blank (with a word bank), and then a short answer/essay portion. The tests are taken during class.||Taking this class made me want to minor in Anthropology! Professor Seriff is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about this topic and she teaches really well. Attendance is not mandatory, but every once in a while she gives a code to a short pop quiz to be done at home during class as an incentive for people to actually come to class. The tests are not hard at all if you do the reading and the discussion sections are super relaxed and low stress. However, attendance to the discussion sections are mandatory. There are a few books that you need to read for this class, but I didn't mind because they were interesting, relevant, and easy to get though. All information for her tests you can get from either the readings or the lectures slides that she posts on canvas.|
|ANT 302||Dr. Sturm||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||This class for me was an online stream and it was very vital to take good thorough notes as she often asked specific questions. Reading the material was pretty necessary as you can't access the book or anything during the exam. There were a total of three exams and a final project. The final project is graded subjectively and this kind of hurt my grade. The A for the class is a 94, so this is something to keep in mind as she doesn't curve. The films and movies are also a must watch as she draws questions from these. Sign up early for attendance sessions as they fill up quickly. Dr. Sturm is very approachable in person but she may seem a little intimidating over email but don't be encouraged. Use the online sources and piazza as they help and are a large part of your grades. Attendance is mandatory and there will be checks on participation. You can't really prepare for these but the best way to do well on these is pay attention during class and take notes. An A isn't too difficult to achieve but not too many people I know got one. The best way to study is to use your weekly notes and study them, read the book, and rewatch the films she plays and different short clips she posts online. Reading the side books are also very necessary to do well in the course.|
|ANT 302||Seriff||Spring 2016||Matching, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, and Essay||Difficulty: Easy |
Grading: Two exams. One mid-semester, and the other on the scheduled final date. The exams include questions with all of the question types listed above, but are basically definition questions. The essay requires a bit of analysis, but very basic discussion of your ideas will be more than sufficient. Discussion sections are attendance/participation based, and easily graded.
How to study: Fill out the study guides that she provides for you. I am one of those who reads for the class no matter what, but I know students who got by just fine without reading the books.
Overall Impression: Take it.
|ANT 302||Slotta||Spring 2017||multiple choice, fill in the blank, and free response||This class requires a decent amount of reading each week. There are 2 exams that are pretty straightforward if you attend lecture (not mandatory) A big chunk of your grade comes from attending discussion where you get points for participation and a free-response, short essay style quiz that covers that week's readings. The grading for the quizzes is really subjective based on what your TA thinks is a well-developed answer. If you're looking for a blowoff class, this is not it. There are easier anthropology professors out there!!|
|ANT 325L||Dr. Seriff||Spring 2018|
No exams! Weekly blogs, essays, and then a final group project.
She's such a great professor! She's open to all ideas and opinions and she has a genuine interest in helping her students. If you're looking for a nice break from the sciences, definitely take an anthropology class with Dr. Seriff. She'll force you to be open to other perspectives. This is a relatively reading intensive class. Expect 10-20 pages each week. As long as you keep up with them, they're fine. Most of them are pretty interesting. The group project is also much easier than it seems. She keeps you on track. She's also really understanding, so if you have any type of issues, or emergencies, keep her in the loop and she'll help you out.
|AR 301||Flaherty||Fall 2015||Multiple Choice and some free response and essays||He is a very good speaker and loves what he teaches. He likes to engage the class, but there is no participation grade. Discussion sections are mandatory, but he allows up to 3 unexcused absences. The discussions are where you analyze what he talks about in class so they are important to attend if you want to get all the information for the test. His tests are straight forward, but you have to pay attention in class to really get the information. His power points are mainly picture based so you have to take a lot of notes if you want to make a good grade. However, there is not a lot of outside work for the class so taking notes is pretty much the only work besides a few short papers that are not strictly graded.|
|ARH 301||Smith||Spring 2017||Free response||I would suggest collaborating with others in the class to make a study guide over each of the works that he lists on his test review. If you don't remember something about the works, you'll be fine as long as you can describe the works based on what you see. The tests are completely free response/comparison of works, so you need to know all of the details about each work/sculpture/building. You're on a time crunch, so make sure to write as fast as possible and know your stuff. Your grade mainly depends on your TA, but this class is not meant to be hard. There are 2 essays and 2 exams, as well as participation grades. You must attend class because he docks you a lot if you skip; the lectures are pretty interesting to me.|
|ARH 301||Ann johns||Fall 2017||Test has multiple choice and essay questions||This class is fairly easy and I would recommend it if you are wanting to get your art class out of the way. The class is online and there is a mandatory “discussion” component where you go to the Blanton museum once a week. Each online class has a quiz at a random time, graded for accuracy. This are fairly easy as long as you watched the previous lecture. Also there are 7 quiz drops. The museum component is a large portion of your grade so be sure to attend every single one. During the museum visit, you are asked a number of questions related to the art and are given an hour to complete them. These questions are graded harshly and there is limited time so you have to put in effort answering them. The tests are oven book/ open note and online so I would compile all important notes on a word document to reference during the test. Overall this class is easy to take and fairly fun so I would recommend it.|
|ARH 302||Penelope Davies||Spring 2016||Free Response||Dr. Davies is so awesome! She helped write the textbook and is super knowledgable about art history. It was really cool to learn about different places around the world. You gain an appreciation for the architecture of all those buildings! The exams are in an essay format where she puts up a photo or two and you have to write about it! There will be 3 or 4 of those on each test! The best way to study for this class is to go through the class power points and take really good notes during class so that you have good content to write about on your exams.|
|ARH 303||Johns||Spring 2016||Free response||The way I studied for this class was by typing out descriptions of every piece of art listed along with an analysis. You probably can get by without putting in as much work, but she does require you to be familiar with 70+ pieces of art per exam. The exams are completely free response, with 2-3 comparisons of two different artworks and an essay. This course was interesting, subject-wise, but I feel like it took a lot of work to get an A.|
|ARH 303||Anastasia Rees||Fall 2017||Multiple choice, short answer, and one essay||Rees is a very nice professor. Her class is very laid back and she doesn’t take attendance. You cannot use computers to take notes for her class. She gives out bonus points if you attend to certain out of class lectures. To study for her tests, you need to memorize a list of artworks and info about them. Those artworks are given on a review sheet. She will ask you to compare two pairs of art works, so you need to know some background history for each artwork as well. For essay, she gives you the topic beforehand. You can bring a notecard cheat sheet for the essay portion. So you could look up materials you need to write the essay, or write it beforehand and just copy it when taking the test. It is an easy A as long as you memorize the artworks and try.|
|ARH 341K||Dr. G Flaherty||Fall 2018|
Entirely open ended - asks you to define 3 big picture terms and write a comparative essay.
The course is based on 2 exams, 2 research papers, and a final group project. He presents all of the assignments simply and easily, but he and his TA are tough graders and he does not adjust grades generously at all. Dr. Flaherty doesn't take attendance, but this class doesn't require a whole lot of studying if you avoid missing class. He cares about making supported arguments for all assignments and make sure you have a good research group as it's a really important part of your grade. The work in this class is skewed heavily towards the end of the semester, so it's best to distribute the work evenly on your own so as to not have it interfere with other courses. Not the easiest VAPA you can take, but definitely an interesting one.
|ARH301 (Online)||Dr. Ann Johns||Fall 2018||Free Response (Essay Style)||Total Grade= 4 non-accumulative, essay styled tests (55% total, 10% for first test, 15% for the other 3), Weekly Blanton Museum visits (30% with 2 visits dropped), 23 in class quizzes (15% with 8 drops). This class is weighted very nicely with a lot of influence coming from if you simply show up to the weekly discussion sections at the Blanton Museum. The quizzes are typically over the previous lecture and do not really cover the expected chapter readings. The textbook goes into detail surrounding the history and context of when the artworks were created; however, the quizzes typically are word-for-word what Dr. Johns said in class. The tests are completely free response and consist of two parts: 1 short essay responding to one question and another short essay responding to a separate question. The majority of the test grade seems to result from simple essay structuring. If you at least try and answer the question, along with having an intro, 2 body paragraphs, and conclusion, you should be fine! Be sure to ask Dr. Johns for a sample essay before the first test to get a hang of the proper structuring needed.|
|ARH332L||Smith||Fall 2017||The test was split up into three parts: artwork identification, comparison of two pieces, and an essay on one piece. You need to memorize the date, artist, and name of artwork for about 70 pieces per test.||The grade is completely made up by two tests and a paper. The paper is 10-15 pages. There is a wide variety of topics to choose from, and many of them are pretty interesting. However, the paper is difficult and he grades fairly hard.|
|ART 320K||Jason Buchanan||Spring 2017||None||You meet once a week for four hours and attendance is mandatory for the most part(he'll let you go early or miss class if you have a valid reason). There aren't any tests, just projects due every week. First you start out with sharpies, then move onto ink, pencil, and gouache and there is a topic that you need to base it off of(ex: patterns, potraits, etc). Every other week he has a one on one talk with each student and discusses grades. He doesn't grade based off of artistic talent. He grades based off of effort and creativity, so be sure to try on it. Each class there is a group critique and its basically "what I like about your artwork". So I didn't really find it to be helpful since I actually wanted to see what I can improve on. He also assigns an essay which is about an art piece that you really hate from one of the art exhibits(Blanton, etc) on campus. This is really an class, just be creative and show up to class and you'll do well. The only thing is that each project can be really time consuming so just be aware of that. He also does a small lecture and shows examples of what past students or random artworks related to the topic. Most of the class time you will be working on the art project. If you are actually wanting to learn how to draw, I wouldn't recommend this class. The only thing I got was color theory, but even then, I didn't learn much.|
|BA 101S||Professor Kious||Spring 2017||No tests but there is a major interview||This class is a fairly easy A as long as you do all the assignments. There are a bunch of extra credit opportunities that can boost your grade throughout the semester to pretty much secure you A early on. There is a major interview at the end which counts of almost half of your overall grade. Business students learn how to prepare for an interview, how to write a resume and cover letter, how to research companies that you want to work for, and how to network with professional in the industry of interest. This class is very interesting and it really motivates us to go out there and network to gain connections that will help me land a job or internship.|
|BCH 339F||Hoffman||Fall 2015||MC and free response - during class||I would recommend taking this class over the non-major one. Hoffman makes the class easy to follow, and you can just tell that he's loves teaching this class. Also, he's easy to approach for questions and has a lot of experience on the subject. For my semester, we had 6 mid-terms (one exam was dropped) and a final. I actually preferred having 6 exams since it covered less topics, and you didn't have a lot to study for. However the down side was that you have an exam almost every other week. Lastly, textbooks. I didn't use the textbook since you can get all the information you need from his lecture slides. If you need a reference or additional help, he has Q&A based OH and is happy to go over materials again. You can look at the textbook in the library as well.|
|BCH 339F||David Hoffman||Fall 2016||Multiple choice with some free response but the free response is like one word answers. There are also some calculating problems on every test that is part of the free response but you've seen a problem like them beforehand in practice worksheets so they are pretty straight forward.||Dr. Hoffman is one of my favorite professors at UT so far. He is very intriguing and entertaining. He clearly loves what he does. He is full of energy so it is not easy at all to fall asleep in his class. I had the class at 9am every MWF and never fell asleep once. His class is pretty straight forward. Going to lecture is not "required" but I would highly recommend. He uploads the powerpoints but he says things not in the powerpoints that are important. He also will tell you things that are in the powerpoints that you do not need to know on the test. I showed up to every class and before the next lecture I made sure to do the worksheet that went with that class so that it was still fresh on my brain. The worksheets are not graded and there are not always worksheets with every class, it just depends. He eventually post the answers to the worksheets before the test. He will also post the test from the year before and the answers for those test. Just doing the worksheets, which are usually short, the practice test and going through the powerpoints with your notes a few times before the test is a good way to study for this course.|
|BCH 339F||Scott Stevens||Spring 2017||Free response, Fill in the Blank, True/False, and calculations||The best way to study for this course is to take notes directly on the powerpoints he provides, listen to his recorded lectures, and go to his office hours. You don't need to study his slides word-for-word, but understanding the concepts are very important. Going to his office hours are vital for doing well in this course. Although he is a great professor, his tests are pretty difficult because students do not know what he will ask questions over. He sometimes emphasizes topics in office hours that will be on the exam, and he will help you with homework questions.|
|BCH 339F||David Hoffman||Fall 2017||MC and FR (FR is usually math problems or one word answers||Dr. Hoffman is awesome! He is a super energetic lecturer and really explains things in a way that is easier to understand. He also attempts to explain things in a pre health context, making the material more applicable. The class (our semester at least) had 5 exams with one drop, and a final. The exams were about every other week so it can be kinda annoying. But on the bright side the material per exam is not that much. He also gives you practice questions for each lecture that are basically old exam questions. |
HOW I STUDIED:
So basically I would do the practice questions ASAP right after class. It would give me a good idea of what I was able to understand and what I missed. Also it helps you know what you should focus on. I would do the questions without looking at my notes, as best I could, and then grade myself later when the answer key was released later. This is a really good strategy because it will help you see what trends you're missing or what particular areas you should focus on.
|BCH 339F||Stevens||Spring 2018||Multiple choice, free response, calculations, fill in the blanks, True/False questions, matching||For all biochemistry majors taking this intro course, beware not to fall behind. His lectures are super dense and he goes through them very quickly. The plus side is that he records all of his lectures so that you can re-listen to them while following his PPT. Although his lectures are dry and not very exciting, he is knowledgeable about this course. GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS because he loves questions and is willing to help you succeed. Sometimes he will hint important information that will be on the test and even give examples of what kinds of questions he likes to ask. His tests can be tricky because there is just so much information with some answers could have more than one possibility. He loves to ask math questions, so make sure to practice those because his calculation problems are worth anywhere from 15-20 points out of 120!!! Don't worry because he gives you a sample exam one week before the actual exam so that you have an idea of what to expect. If you are lucky he usually puts a few questions from the sample onto the actual test, so GO TO OFFICE HOURS and pay attention while understanding the concepts as well! There is a project that is given around mid-semester, but he is very lenient with grading which is equivalent to a test grade itself!|
|BCH 339J||KEATINGE-CLAY, ADRIAN T||Fall 2018||Free Response||Chemical and Synthetic Biology is one of the more challenging biochemistry course. The class has three tests, homework, and a final. The course does not use plus or minus grading. However, there are bonus point opportunities through the homework and the course is curved up to an 80. The best study method would be to focus your efforts on studying the power points. The textbooks can be quite dense and difficult to understand. As well, office hours are extremely helpful in doing the homework. Overall, although the course is challenging, it is highly rewarding and has many real world applications. Don't fall behind in the class and you should do fine.|
|BCH 369||Gail Grabner||Spring 2016||Multiple Choice. Her final is just a repeat of all her old MC questions so you just have to memorize them to do well.||This is a hard, hard class though you will learn a ton. I've never met anyone who LOVED Biochem. Moreover, Grabner's teaching style is difficult if you're unwilling to put in substantial work outside of class. She is a SUPER nice person but her teaching style won't work for everyone. She does a flipped classroom where she posts video lectures and then does response questions in class. This system can work well, but only if you're putting in the time to actually learn the material instead of floundering around in class and cramming before the exam. It will help if you've taken Cell Bio before, but it's not required.|
DO expect to spend ~1.5-2 hours outside of class PER class watching her posted videos. I printed out the slideshows and notated them while I watched her videos on 1.5 speed. However, if found the best thing to do was actually print out her learning objectives AS WELL and write your notes on those while looking at the powerpoints which brings me to my next point...
***DO*** look at her learning objectives. There is so much material in biochemistry. Looking at her extremely detailed LO will keep you from drowning. Print them out at the start of the unit with space to write and then organize your notes with her learning objectives. I really can't overemphasize this point enough. My grades shot up once I started doing this. She's really good about asking only what's in the learning objectives on tests (which is still a lot, don't get me wrong) so you will be able to avoid studying useless things.
DON'T fall behind. Being even a lecture behind is huge because it's a flipped classroom. You will have wasted all the class time since you don't know what's going on enough to answer her questions. Watching her videos will take you ages. If you fall behind, make it a goal to catch up that weekend.
DON'T take this class the same semester as O-Chem, Physics, or any other really intensive class. It's definitely possible, but you'll be miserable. It's a pre-dental pre-req so you have to do it sometime... don't do it at a time when you have a ton on your plate.
AVERAGE WORK PER WEEK: 6 - 9 Hours (WAY MORE IF EXAM)
Final Advice: Prepare to work. Or just take it through UT extension.
|BCH 369||Grabner||Spring 2016||multiple choice||Biochem is a very material heavy course. To get through the class with the best grade possible you have to put in the effort no doubt! In order to do your best i recommend attending each and every class. Be sure to also attend the optional extra credit plus sessions. I recommend reviewing all required videos before class and after to make sure the material sinks in. To make sure you understand topics for the exam i recommend reviewing the clicker questions in class and also every old exam you can get your hands on.|
|BCH 369||Gail Grabner||Spring 2015||Multiple Choice||This class if flipped, so you have to do a lot of outside of class studying. She posts lecture videos on canvas with the learning objectives. I would print out the learning objectives and answer them as you watch the lectures. In class, you answers question that count for an attendance grade. Be sure to pay attention because you have to get most of the questions correct to get full credit for attendance. In terms of studying, after you go over you notes on the learning objects, rewatch the lectures if needed and refer to the textbook for clarity in foggy topics.|
|BCH 369||Grabner||Fall 2017||All Multiple Choice|
Question points vary from 1-3 points
1 point questions are simple fact questions
2 point questions are a little more difficult
3 point questions are full application
Professor: 4/5 (She's nice I guess)
Test Difficulty: 3/5
This course has A LOT of things that Grabner gives you and they're all supposed to help you in your studies to "learn biochem" or something like that. I honestly think that it's great that she gives you such a variety, but if you want to do well on her tests, simple use the Learning Objectives and Squarecap questions and you'll get at least a B if you understand everything. In this class, a 95 is an A, but she offers a ton of extra credit so if your test average is an 85, you should still expect to get an A. The format of this class if a flipped classroom class so you will watch the videos over the material at home and then during lecture, Grabner will try to explain it in better terms (she normally doesn't). The only point of lecture really was to get the squarecap points. This class is a decent amount of work so if you're up for the challenge and enjoy flilpped classroom classes, go for it. Unfortunately, for non-biochem majors, this may be the only option for biochem.
|BCH 369||Grabner||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice||Everyone rants about Grabner, and I always thought that they were just complaining for no reason. However, after being in her class I can kind of see where they're coming from. This class isn't hard, but it's extremely tedious. She actually changed her textbook and modules this year, so don't get old tests from friends and expect to do well. You really have to keep up with the material because it will build up. Her tests are pretty much based on her slides, but there are always some weird/tricky questions that I feel like we never talked about/I can't find the answer anywhere in the textbook. She gives a lot of extra credit though, so if you get all the extra credit you could have an 82 raw score test average and still get an A in the class. I just am not a big fan of the flipped classroom because I think it makes us spend an unnecessarily large amount of time, but I don't think that her class is as bad as everyone says it is. It's more annoying than it is hard. If you don't want to spend the $800 to take Hoffman through extension then this really isn't a hellish alternative!|
|BCH 369||Gail Grabner||Spring 2018||All multiple choice. Questions are in order of difficulty, starting from 1-pointers, 2-pointers, then 3 questions worth 3 points each. There was one online exam but that got nullified because there was an error in the system.||Grades are composed of homeworks, exams (best 5/6), participation via square cap, and extra credit (EC). You have the potential to get 25/25 extra credit points, meaning if you get 100% on the homeworks, you can get an A (cut-off is 94.5) with around an 83% average on your exams. Participation is always done on squarecap in class, and she will know if you aren't in class if you aren't using UT wifi. Homeworks are given weekly online where you have three, but really six, attempts to get the answer correct. You should find a group of people to do this with because if you do it by yourself, it'll take a much longer time. This is a reverse classroom style, so you'll watch videos on canvas and take a 5-question quiz before class and then she will lecture on it and do squarecap questions. The exams portion is the hardest part of this class. Many questions are very straightforward and are repeated questions from practice tests, but many require you to know the material very well. The best way to study for this class is to take notes while you watching the videos, because many will be inclined to find the quiz questions online, go to class, not pay attention, then try to cram it all in one week before the test. DON'T DO THIS! Go over the material in advance, pay attention in class, and make sure you thoroughly know the material to the point where you could teach your friends.|
|BCH 369||Grabner||Spring 18||multiple choice||The best study method for this class is to know the learning objectives by heart. Do at least some of the review questions she lists and for sure review Squarecap problems. I would leave space in my LO's to write hand-written notes under each bullet point and this was helpful. Take advantage of the first few tests because these are definitely easier than the last couple. I personally had to supplement the videos she provides with the book and regret not getting the paper copy of it. Some people don't even open the book, though, and they do fine. My best advice is to learn the material when you're supposed to, instead of cramming it into one study session. I failed to do this, but please learn from my mistake. My exam grades definitely could've been better, but thankfully she has a lot of extra credit which helped my grade out a lot.|
|BCH 369||Grabner||Spring 2018||All multiple choice|
This course is not very difficult if you put the time into to truly understanding the material. You are required to watch several videos and complete a quiz before each class. During class, the professor goes over that material plus more while asking square cap questions throughout. The exams are all multiple choice and are mostly conceptual. They are worth 60% of your grade. My best method of studying for this course was to fill out all the learning objectives while watching the videos. I honestly don't think a textbook is required for this course, although you have to buy it anyways as it comes with the required software for the course. There are weekly homework assignments as well. Make sure to not fall behind in this course as there is a lot of information making it difficult to catch up.
|BCH 370||Jessie Zhang||Fall 2017||Free Response||Dr. Zhang made Physical Methods easy because she gave A LOT of extra credit opportunities. I would definitely recommend taking this class as a biochemistry major. Her tests are moderate to difficult with all free response questions. However, if you go to her office hours, she will tell you most of what is on the test or what she will emphasize. It is best to take thorough notes during class and keep reading over them until you understand the information. She did have a project throughout the year that was split up into 3 parts, and it was pretty difficult, but she grades it somewhat leniently. Make sure to do all of her extra credit opportunities and complete assignments in advance because they can take some time.|
|BCH 370||Hoffman||Spring 2018||Multiple choice and free response||Hoffman is a great professor, making lectures fun and interesting. The class is not too bad, with study materials being his powerpoints and his review questions for each lecture which are only to help you study. There are two exams and a final, and most of the material from these comes directly out of the powerpoints, with some questions overlapping with the review questions. Just really understand all topics on the powerpoints and you should be fine as the tests are very application-based.|
|BCH 370||David Hoffman||Spring 2018||Multiple choice and free response (FR is usually math problem for fill in the blank)||If you have had Dr. Hoffman before than you basically already know what to expect. If you haven't had Dr. Hoffman before, he is amazing! He is super energetic and really strives for students to understand the material. He doesnt use much of the scientific jargon like many professors do, instead he explains things in a way that is easy to understand using many real world examples. This class has 2 mid terms and a final (no drop) as well as 4 graded homeworks (each worth a different amount but add up to 100 points). He also gives out old exams and ungraded practice questions (which are old exam questions of his) for every lecture.|
HOW I STUDIED:
-Should be obvious but go to lecture! The slides don't really make a ton of sense unless you understand what he said about them.
-Do the practice questions as soon as you can after class! I found this method to be very useful because it would test if I had absorbed the information from lecture or not. I would try to do it without looking at my notes first and then if I couldnt I would go back and use my notes later.
-Take the practice test like its the real thing and then grade yourself. I found this very helpful because I practiced under testing conditions. When the test came around I would be very relaxed and able to think clearly.
|BCH339N||Dr. V. Iyer||Fall 2016||No exams (YAY!)||For all you biochemistry majors that need to choose between a couple of different courses and can't decide, bioinformatics is an option. Dr. Iyer's Systems Biology and Bioinformatics class is no walk in the park HOWEVER, there are no exams and he is incredibly helpful outside of class. If you do choose to take this class, I believe that there is a CS pre-req that must be fulfilled but I've heard of some people getting it waived since they need the course to graduate. The best way to study for this class is to practice your coding if you don't know how to! Code Academy was a great resource for me while I was enrolled in the course (and of course there's stack overflow but I would only use that when the code is really difficult to solve because Dr. Iyer is known for checking for plagiarism). Also, work in groups! Ten heads are better than one and you will solve your program so much faster with some help. The course consists of four problem sets and five homework throughout the semester and he also uses squarecap. The first three problem sets are not that difficult but the fourth one is. I was in office hours at least twice a week every week throughout the semester and I went to tutoring at the Sanger Center in Jester. This class is very do-able but it does require more effort than usual.|
|BCH369||Grabner||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||This course is a lot of busy work, but overall it is pretty easy to get an A- due to all the extra credit opportunities Dr. Grabner offers you! A lot of people did not enjoy this course because it was flipped. The modules you have to do before class can be quite time consuming, so try not to do it last-minute before class. In class, she would ask hard Squarecap questions that were application based. To succeed, don't be afraid to ask the TA for help if you are confused on concepts!|
It is a lot of work because you have to do the pre-class modules, the corresponding module quizzes (completion grade), and the Sapling homework due every week. On top of that, to get extra credit you would have to go to the weekly plus sessions. She also provides 1 extra credit point after every exam for filling out a survey, and she drops one exam. Overall, I got 22 extra credit points which bumped up my grade by a letter. The final is also super easy because she repeats questions verbatim from your exams.
To succeed in class, watch the modules without any distractions before class and take good notes. To study for the exam, be sure you can answer all the learning objectives and do the concept questions at the end of the textbook (uses one or 2 on the exam). GO TO IAN'S RECITATIONS for clarification on what you are learning in class. After doing that, do the practice exam she provides you and make sure you know the concepts she is asking you.
|BCH369||Grabner||Spring 2017||Multiple choice||Dr. Grabner doesn't lecture because in class you only do squarecap questions. For squarecap just ask the TAs for help and most will give you the answer. You can work on them with your peers too so it is not too bad. You are supposed to watch a recording of a powerpoint for each module that Dr.Grabner has recorded her voice over before each class. Then you do a module quiz which you have 3 chances to do on canvas. There were 4 exams and a mandatory final. The exams have 1 point, 2 point, and 3 point questions. To study for the exams make sure to study the square cap questions and EOC (End Of Chapter) questions that are assigned, especially the long ones because Dr. Grabner would usually put those as the 3 pointer questions on the exam. Also understanding the learning objectives for each module and also doing the practice exam helps. For the final 60% is old exams so there are 8 (4 regular exams and 4 make up exams) in total that you literally have to memorize word for word with the answers for that portion of the final. I would recommend memorizing each exam as you go so it does not get too difficult to study for the final. The other 40% of the final is new content which is usually the easiest topics you will cover in the semester so it is not too bad. Just a lot of content so I recommend keeping up with the material. Also the exams are really hard, but Dr. Grabner curves each exam and she gives opportunities for extra credit each week if you go to a PLUS session and take the quiz at the end. You have to go to all of the PLUS sessions and take the quiz after each session and those points are added to your final grade. I would recommend just being a PLUS facilitator because then you can get to know Dr. Grabner and have a leadership position at the same time. You are going to go to ALL of the PLUS sessions anyways so it is best to just be a facilitator. None of the facilitators know what is going on in class either so don't worry about that. If you do all that you should be able to do well overall after all of the curves. Dr. Grabner is really nice so I would recommend going to her office hours if you need any help.|
|BIO 2016L||Martha Maas||Fall 2017||35 multiple choice, 2 pts each||Super fun lab, and far less time consuming than chemistry lab. The lecture attendance questions are annoying, but the lab itself is fairly simple, and the lab analysis questions are straightforward. The test was alright, and the best way to study for it is to pay attention during labs and lectures, because you'll end up remembering what you do then later on when you start studying for the exam. Also be sure to pay attention to detail (measurements, important procedures, colors).|
|BIO 206 L||Martha Maas||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||I really enjoyed this lab. We got to dissect a rat, which was really cool. The test can be tough, but your lab write ups will balance out your grade! The best way to study for the tests is to read through the intro for each lab, review pre-lab & in-class clicker questions, and go over the lab write up questions.|
|BIO 206L||Marty Maas||Spring 2018||Lab reports are very easy, take less than an hour. You need to write about two articles and then your experiment (she gives you the questions). I have not taken the practical or written exam for the course but the TA's are very thorough in letting you know what will and will not be on them. The quizzes are on the PAST lab, not on the new one. Basically you have to know the why behind most of the experiments and then some factual things; you can use your lab notebook on these quizzes but they are only as helpful as you can make them.||Be sure to write in your lab notebook!!! You can only write a little to almost none in it outside of lab but it is to your benefit to write in it as much as you can during lab. They get checked at the end of each period and signed (at least that is what my TA did). There is a scheduled lab period where you can go and practice everything that will be on the lab practical (what they set out is what you need to know). The written portion is on another night, completely different than your lab period. I believe that Dr. Maas will talk about that more and how to study for it. She does however in the middle of her lectures say " you will need to know this or know how to do this" so I would pay attention for those moments. In lecture, you have clicker questions through lab clicker. For those, TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS AROUND YOU. She lets you do it and she encourages it!! So don't feel awkward for asking or trying to make friends because then your grade will suffer for it.|
|BIO 206L||Maas||Fall 2018|
There are a variety of grades for this class, but most of your points come from in class quizzes.
The grading for this course is annoying, and it's not an easy A. The quizzes generally throw curve ball questions, and details are important. I didn't like the way the lab was set up because they added an ethics flag, and it's made the labs feel really rushed.
|BIO 208L||Kay McMurry||Spring 2017||Mostly writing assignments||The best way to study for the lecture quizzes is to just look over the slides and your notes. They are not difficult so you shouldn't have to spend too much time studying for them (and you only have one a week). The lab itself consists of going out and exploring the Brackenridge Field laboratories, and then writing a field journal. The field journals are not too long and you write about what you saw, and what you think about it. This is MUCH better than writing lab reports. Then there is a group project where you carry out your own lab and have a final presentation sharing your lab and results. There is also a final, which is pretty unique from others. You have to carry out techniques you learn during the class (such as identifying a plant using a dichotomous key). There are also 2 field trips, (one to Stengle Lost Pines, and another to the Bracken bat cave). These field trips can be very fun if you like being outdoors. For one of them, there are camping vibes at night, then land survey work during the day. All of these assignments might seem overwhelming, but it really isn't. You can earn bonus points on the field journals if you submit them early. Overall, I would highly recommend this class because the grading is relatively easy, and Dr. McMurry and the TAs are very friendly.|
|BIO 226L||Karishma kaushik||Fall 2017||Lab evaluations and data sets. Evaluations are half MC and then practical skill tests. Data sets are picture records of results and explanations.||There are no lab reports. Data sets are products of your efforts in lab and after hour prep. This course requires dedicated after hour work. It's important to keep up with after hours but also read the manual before the section. If you know what you are doing, you can leave early. If not, you have to go into lab after hours. You may not be able to go on to next weeks assignment. But overall, if you do what you are told each week, you should be fine for both assignments! Good luck :)|
|BIO 226L||Cambronne||Fall 2018||Lab Practical - so performing commonly used techniques in the lab||A point system, based on datasets, quizzes, performance, and the practical. There is a discussion section, but the professor basically just teaches microbio, not really how the lab for that week is done. If you would actually pay attention in that discussion, then go, otherwise it's a waste of time. There are quizzes around every 2-3 weeks, where some questions are from the powerpoints and some are from the labs you've done itself. The datasets, where most of the points come from, is you turning what you've done and analyzed from previous labs into a written document. The rubric is clear on what to do, and how well you do on it really depends on how chill your TA is.|
This is one of the easier labs, but there is something called 'afterhours'. After your official lab time, sometimes you will need to go in to take pictures of your plates or count colonies or something else. Rarely, there will be a week without afterhours. But if you're looking for a chill bio lab and you don't need the upper division writing flag, this lab is for you.
|Bio 311C||Dr. Sathasivan||Fall 2016||Multiple choice with some short answer||Dr. Sathasivan is a really helpful professor, he really wants students to understand the material that he is teaching. He's always encouraging students to ask questions during lecture if they're unsure about something. Going to his office hours can be really beneficial. His tests can be a little difficult because 2 answer choices on most questions seem really similar to each other, which makes it hard to choose the right one. I strongly recommend going through all of the ICAs (In class activities) that he posts on canvas because a lot of test questions come straight from there. I also found it really helpful to study in groups. Also, as a side note, he curves final grades a little bit at the end of the semester.|
|BIO 311C||Hansen||Fall 2016||Multiple choice, free response, and short answer||This course was definitely more difficult than 311D. The test was based off of everything (HW, slides, and even the little details in the textbook). The lectures were full of useful information, but boring. Use the LOs to study for the exam because the major topics and definitions you need to master are all on there.|
|BIO 311C||Satavastian||Spring 2016||Multiple choice with free response||He is the cutest man in the world and very understanding. Make sure to do your reading before his class and I would recommend taking notes directly in the textbook he's written. Tests are fair and he curves well at the end. Make sure you at least try on the group project at the end of the semester - if you do you're guaranteed a good grade even if your information isn't amazing.|
|BIO 311C||Dr. Sathasivan||Fall 2016||About 25-30 multiple choice questions with 4-5 free response questions.||Dr. Sathasivan (or Dr. Sata) was definitely a knowledgeable professor. You use the Campbell Biology textbook in his class and also a course review book that was written by Dr. Sata himself, which are both very thorough and helpful. He asks a few questions in class everyday through Squarecap, which are counted as quiz grades and also a way to count attendance. He drops about 5-10 of your lowest quiz grades. His lectures were sometimes hard to follow and require your full attention during class to understand the material you are learning. His tests can be tricky, but if you read the course guide and also show up to lecture you will be prepared. He posts multiple choice and short answer questions from old tests on canvas to help review for the upcoming tests. His PLAs also held reviews before the tests. You take four tests within the semester and he replaces your lowest test grade with the grade you make on the final if this method benefits your grade. Reading and taking notes from the course guide was the best way for me to study and prepare for the tests. The final was very difficult and required many days devoted to studying. At the end of the semester, he curved everyone's final grade. He's also very helpful during office hours, and I could tell he genuinely cared about his students' success. Overall he's a great professor and I would recommend taking his class.|
|BIO 311C||Sathasivan||Fall 2014||Multiple choice and short answer||Dr.Satha did not lecture and explain the material. You have to read and study on your own. He only did square cap questions in class and sometimes he would write some notes on the board, but for the most part you have to learn yourself. The exams were based off of ICA worksheets we did in class and sample exams. As long as you put in effort you should be able to make an A just be prepared to self study a lot. Dr. Satha is really nice and wants everyone to be successful in his class so go to him if you have any questions.|
|BIO 311C||Lisa Boucher||Fall 2016||Boucher's test has approximately 15 multiple choice, and the rest is free response. She often uses pictures in the free response section, so studying diagrams is very helpful.||If you do not go to class, you will not make an A. Boucher's test are based mostly on her lecture during class. Reading the textbook chapters can help you, but since chapters are so long and in depth, it is hard to narrow down what you really need to study. During lecture, you will be able to notice the topics that she emphasizes on, and focus your attention on those topics. The best way to study for this course is to take really good notes during lecture and think about the bigger topics that she discusses. There are many topics that are in the chapter readings that are not on the tests at all. Boucher takes attendance as well through an online app, so do not lose points for missing class. The TA's in my class were really helpful during review sessions and discussion times. They give useful hints for what will be on the test so go to every review session.|
|BIO 311C||Sathasivan||Fall 2014||multiple choice with 4-5 free response question||His class is flipped so you should definitely read before coming to class. Study his lecture worksheets because he does repeat some questions on the exams. Try to learn and understand the information. You can memorize the information and make a good grade; however, when studying for DAT, you will have to relearn everything on your own (which is very annoying). Also, memorizing information will not help you for the final. The final is all multiple choice. This class is very much self taught. His book can be confusing so try to watch khan academy videos and use other AP bio books as well. Overall, the class itself is not that hard, you just have to really keep up with the reading.|
|Bio 311C||Sathasivan||Fall 2014||Multiple choice & free response||Difficulty: Very likely one of if not the easiest Bio I professors. Sweet man as well|
Grading: The class itself consisted of In-Class Assignments (ICA’s) graded for completion every class period. There were also homework assignments graded for completion every two weeks. There were 3 exams and a final. Each exam was straightforward, and typically memorization. The final however was much more difficult, involving many more application questions than on the three semester exams. The class is also curved however, which will make up for the final.
How to study: Read the biology manual that is required as a textbook for his class. Sathasivan wrote the manual, so he will pull all information from it. There is no need to read any Campbells or anything of the like biology textbook.
Overall Impression: Take it.
|Bio 311C||Sathasivan||Spring 2017||The test is half and half of multiple choice (about 20-25 questions) and three longer free response questions that sometimes have multiple parts||There are so many people available to help you in this course--take advantage of it. The PLAs, TAs, and Dr. Sata himself are available during class to come talk to you regarding your questions during the SquareCap sessions. Best method to study is going to office hours, looking at old test questions/ old tests off Koofers/the practice test he gives you the week before class. There is about one homework due every week out of his coursepack that can be purchased from the COOP. It is very clear that Sata is incredibly dedicated to helping his students in any way that he can, and his teaching style is reflective of that as well. The first half of class is an unconventional lecture, as he pulls out a sheet of computer paper, and will start lecturing and writing as he lectures for you to copy live. The second half of class is through an online site called "Squarecap" but he actually made this company. Through Squarecap a series of questions (about 5 or 6) are asked about the same-day lecture. You can also ask questions through the software as well. Be well aware of the final however because he does not recycle any questions AT ALL, it is all fresh new material. This is why people say his final is hard- its actually the same type of questions, but you haven't been exposed to them like you were used to before.|
|bio 311c||Sata||Spring 2017||MC/FRQ||There are so many people available to help you in this course--take advantage of it. The PLAs, TAs, and Dr. Sata himself are available during class to come talk to you regarding your questions during the SquareCap sessions. Best method to study is going to office hours, looking at old test questions/ old tests off Koofers/the practice test he gives you the week before class. There is about one homework due every week out of his coursepack that can be purchased from the COOP. It is very clear that Sata is incredibly dedicated to helping his students in any way that he can, and his teaching style is reflective of that as well. The first half of class is an unconventional lecture, as he pulls out a sheet of computer paper, and will start lecturing and writing as he lectures for you to copy live. The second half of class is through an online site called "Squarecap" but he actually made this company. Through Squarecap a series of questions (about 5 or 6) are asked about the same-day lecture. You can also ask questions through the software as well. Be well aware of the final however because he does not recycle any questions AT ALL, it is all fresh new material. This is why people say his final is hard- its actually the same type of questions, but you haven't been exposed to them like you were used to before.|
|Bio 311C||Dr. Hansen||Fall 2017||Multiple choice with free response||Make sure to pay attention in lectures as best as you can despite tophat being a casual annoyance, and it seeming like you can look at the notes later. I would also recommend doing the Learning Objectives way ahead of time before the tests and checking through your answers with Dr. Hansen during office hours. As for test prep, read through the textbook extensively, take notes that make you understand the processes very well, and make sure to get some sleep before the exam. The exams require more mental strain and application type skills than being able to spit out pieces of information that you memorized the night before.|
|BIO 311C||Sathasivan||Fall 2017||Multiple choice with some free response||The best way to study for this class is to really understand the material of the Cell and Molecular Biology book (written by Sathasivan himself). Don't bother to study the textbook too because everything you need to know will be in the cell and molecular book. Take the homework questions seriously, they are good for review. Satha will use Squarecap for attendance so make sure you go to class. It helps to read the assigned reading before the lectures so the lectures are just a review. Go to the exam reviews and the office hours! The final was more difficult than the midterms but still manageable.|
|BIO 311C||Jennifer Fritz||Fall 2018||Multiple choice with some free responses (about 5 free response and 20 multiple choice)||The overall grade in this class is based on a point system. Participation is counted through the use of clicker activities during lecture, there is a Canvas quiz due every Friday (but you can work on it with other people and you only need to get a 70% to get full credit), and there are four exams but the lowest one gets dropped and replaced with an average of your other three exams. There is also online Mastering Biology homework which is due before almost every lecture. The tests are not super easy but as long as you attend lectures, and do the study guides and discussion activities you should get a good grade. Also, you have discussion once a week and if you go to 10 out of 14 of them, you get an extra 10 bonus points. Getting full credit on everything else in the class is easy as long as you stay on top of your work, but you will need to do well on the tests in order to really secure that A. I recommend asking the TA questions and going to their review sessions because they will often tell you what you should study for the test and what you will need to know.|
|BIO 311C||Ruth Buskirk||Fall 2018||Multiple choice and short-answer free response questions||The grade consists of 3 exams, a final exam, in-class participation in the form of clicker questions, discussion section activities, and online homework assignments on Canvas. The 3 exams and final exam together account for 83% of the grade. The exams cover mainly the lectures as well as the discussions, handouts, and textbook assignments. The best way to study is to understand the learning objectives given on the handouts, read the textbook, review online homework questions, and take practice exams posted on Canvas. Reading the textbook and taking diligent notes on the material as we moved along topics helped me substantially.|
|Bio 311C||Partridge||Fall 2018||Multiple choice (60%) and Free Response (40%)||Attendance is technically mandatory because he uses Iclicker questions as 6% of your grade. His lectures are quite boring as he talks through a PowerPoint slide. A positive note is that the tests are really basic and based off the PowerPoints, and sometimes the homework has questions that will also be on the tests. The best way to study is to go through the learning objectives and reinforce them with the PowerPoint and textbook. Overall I dislike the lecture, but he doesn’t make it hard to get an A.|
|Bio 311C||Bradbury||Fall 2018||Multiple choice with some free responses||Dr Bradbury is a new professor coming from Emory this semester. There isn't much homework in that class, and textbook reading is not required. However, Dr Bradbury isn't really good at explaining new information, and shows crash course biology in class. Her test consists 30 multiple questions, 3 points each, 1 free response, 10 point total, and 1 bonus question, 5 point total. The best way to study for Dr Bradbury's exam is to go over her power point and worksheets.|
|BIO 311C||Buskirk||Fall 2018|
MC with some free response
Dr. Buskirk is the best professor I have! She is a great lecturer and really makes sure that you understand the concepts. Your grade is determined by homework assignments on Canvas (for full credit you only need to answer 6/10 correct), participation in class (clicker questions), discussion participation, and exams. So, don't skip class or your discussion! If you do miss class, Buskirk posts MOST of the lecture slides. Sometimes there are also key ideas that she only SAYS and is not found in the PowerPoints. If you miss your discussion, the TA's are extremely flexible and there are multiple other discussion times that you can attend to get the participation credit. For each unit, there are about 5-6 handouts full of learning objectives that you should familiarize yourself with in order to be successful on the tests. There are 3 exams and a final. To review for the exams, the TA's create a collaborative Google doc with all of the learning objectives and everyone in the class answers them. My advice is to actually contribute as much as you can, instead of just reading what everyone else put. In addition to the collaborative doc, Buskirk posts review multiple choice questions as well as free responses that were used on her previous tests. Some of the questions are definitely recycled or are very similar to the past test questions. In your discussion class, you have the chance to go over the learning objectives and often the in-class activity is over a topic that is most missed on the test or will be seen multiple times on the test. The best way to be successful is to really review over the learning objectives and be attentive to what topics/key ideas Buskirk emphasizes on.
|BIO 311C||Dr. Sata||Fall 2018|
About 25 multiple choice and 5-6 free response
Dr. Sata is a really nice professor. There are 3 main tests throughout the semester which count for a good portion of your grade. The best way to study is to review square cap questions, go over all lecture notes, attend or watch TA reviews, and do the practice exams that he provides. I also found it really helpful to watch the khan academy biology videos prior to tests. Overall, his class really isn't that difficult as long as you devote a bit of time to study for the tests, but you will learn a lot!
|BIO 311C||Dr. Sathasivan||Fall 2018|
25ish multiple choice (~25 points) and around 5 free response (20 points)
Dr. Sata is a really good professor. He does notes by hand in class so you can actually keep up with him, and he does squarecap questions at the end of class. Make sure to look at those again before the test because he likes using them on his exams. There's 3 exams and he makes your lowest score the average of your 2 other test scores. His final is kind of hard though. The best study method is to go through squarecap, look at old tests, and go to office hours because he's a really nice person.
|BIO 311C||Sathasivan||Fall 2018|
His usual test format includes 26 multiple choice questions with one that is a freebie and around 6-8 short answer questions.
The best study method for his exams is to first read all of the chapters in the course guide and then go over his lecture notes. After, learn what you do not know by asking questions and through study groups. Finally, complete the practice test that he provides for each exam. Also, going over the squarecap questions from in class assignments and the quizzes from discussions will help a lot because sometimes he includes similar questions.
|Bio 311C||Dr. Sathasivan||Spring 2017||Multiple Choice|
Study method: Write and rewrite your notes multiple times. He likes to do application questions, so be sure you can actually understand and apply the material. Don't just memorize it. DRAW THE CHAINS! You'll need to understand and know how they function for most classes anyway. I found it difficult to make an A in his class, but he curves quite a bit at the end, and he gives extra points for attendance.
|BIO 311C, BIO 311D||Ruth Buskirk||Fall 2015, Spring 2016||Multiple choice and free response||Both of these courses were some of my favorite I have taken at UT so far. Dr. Buskirk is truly an amazing professor who really cares about her students. If you put in slightly more effort than what is required, you will really reap the benefits and probably be able to have a relationship with Dr. Buskirk as well. She is very approachable and understanding. I found the content of both introductory biology classes to be very interesting, albeit challenging. For me, the best way to study was to complete the handouts Dr. Buskirk gives out in class. These contain detailed questions that are very similar to the material you'll have to know for exams. Also, her TAs are usually great and it's very helpful to go to their office hours, and Dr. Buskirk's as well. The tests are challenging, but fair. The multiple choice was what I found most difficult because there are usually a few answers that seem right. Make sure to study when things have slight differences. She also really likes testing over processes, so know the steps in detail of any process you learn. Overall, great classes with a great professor.|
|BIO 311D||Hansen||Spring 2016||Multiple choice with some free response||The best way to study for this course is to go over the lectures and memorize the details on the slides. She doesn't really provide extra materials that will aid in studying, so you should spend around a week before the exam to review the material. The exams are not difficult, but there are a lot of multiple choice questions and it is taken in class.|
|BIO 311D||Donald Levin||Spring 2017||7 free response, 25 multiple choice||If you miss class often, you will most likely not make an A. Professor Levin is extremely picky and specific about the definitions and concepts that he wants you to know. Saying one word wrong in a definition will make you miss a free response question. His tests are based off of everything he says in lecture. Reading the textbooks can only help you understands concepts better but going to lecture will give you all the information you need to know. I highly suggest going to every class and taking time out to review the notes you wrote for that class period. If you do this every time, then when the test comes around, you will not have to review 100+ slides closely, but instead just as a refresher. In order to pass this class, you should write down every definition or theory he discusses in class exactly word for word. He will repeat important things multiple times in a very obvious manner. There are 3 tests and he does not drop any of them. There is also a final. There is no +/- in this class so if you make an 89, you will get a B, not a B+.|
|BIO 311D||Buskirk||Spring 2015||multiple choice and free response||Her tests are difficult! Study the powerpoints and use the learning objectives as a reference. Bio 2 information is really boring so you have to make sure you keep up with the information because you can easily get behind. Her office hours are really helpful. She’s super nice and is willing to help all her students. Definitely take time to study for her exams! Her free response is either really hard or really easy! She is known to curve the class. This can help you or harm you, depending on where you are at in the class and how smart the class is. Also, if you go to office hours, she will remember your face and find out your name! It may not seem like it, but she keeps track of her students.|
|Bio 311D||Bierner||Spring 2015||Multiple Choice||Difficulty: Very likely one of if not the easiest Bio I professors. |
Grading: The grades consist of 3 exams, and a final. He teaches through PowerPoint, and stars the slides that are most pertinent. There is not much more to say here.
How to study: Two successful ways. 1. Study strictly the slides and memorize forwards and backwards. 2. Read the corresponding chapter for each PowerPoint, take diligent notes, and compile all the chapter notes that will be tested on a given exam. Also, go over the PowerPoint slides. I did option 2, a friend did option 1, we both got A’s.
Overall Impression: Take it.
|BIO 311D||Dr. Levin||Fall 2016||Multiple choice with some free responses||Dr. Levin has a very dry humor and isn't afraid to call on you in class (he will wait for an answer even if it's wrong), but he's not a bad professor. It's a must that you go to class because his exams are 95% whatever he says in lecture, unless he tells you not to write it down. The rest of the 5% come from supplemental articles and videos that he posts on Canvas and make up maybe 2-3 questions on his exams.|
To study for his exams, just make sure you've taken good lecture notes and review those and any examples he's done in class. You can also check Facebook to see if someone's created a group for his class. There could be a group google doc that would be really helpful. Additionally, he has a website that also gives additional information about each topic he's covered. His questions can be very tricky if you don't read the question and answers carefully. If you think a question was particularly confusing and two answers seemed to be correct, bring it up with your TA and they may talk to Levin about that question.
|BIO 311D||Dr. English||Fall 2017||All Multiple choice|| This class is pretty easy since you don't have to read every single chapter to the fullest. Dr. English is a horrible professor in the sense that he doesn't cover everything that is going to be on the test from his lectures. He only talks about the "hard" stuff in class which forces you to read. Although the portions he makes you read aren't long, it all adds up if you decide to read them before the test.|
The tests in this course are multiple choice; however, the tests are unique from other course you have taken in the past. The first test is all you. The second test is 60% your grade from the test and 40% partner test. The third test is 70% your grade and 30% partner test. This helps a lot and since its his first time teaching, he may change a lot of this up for future semesters. 5% of your grades comes from MANDATORY discussion sections and 15% comes from homework.
Some people really like Dr. English but I don't due to him not giving us sufficient time to write down notes from his slides. He expects you to print the power points with blanks before class. My class was at 9:30 each day and I had 8 am classes each day; he would upload his powerpoint with blanks like at 11 pm each day. I did not have a printer so the only way I would be able to print this is if I went to the PCL at 11 the night before each class day.
Don't make flashcards. They won't help in any way. His tests can get complicated because he will add a ton of questions like..... 1. blah blah blah 2. blah blah blah 3. blah blah blah 4. blah blah blah and the question will be how many of the above are true/ false. The answer choices will be 1,2,3, or 4. They are not obvious at all even if you read; he changes up the wording a lot so focus on really understanding the content you read.
|BIO 311D||McClelland||Spring 2017||About 15 multiple choice questions, 10 true false questions, a matching portion, about 7 fill in the blank questions and 2 free response questions||This class was great and I loved Dr. McClelland. She’s a wonderful professor and really fair with grading. During class she lectures while also having information on PowerPoints. She doesn’t count attendance and she uploads the PowerPoints online. The tests were very straightforward and she only tested us on what we knew, there were never any tricky questions. All of the test material comes from the PowerPoints. The test consisted of multiple choice, true false, fill in the blank, matching and free response questions. Before every test she gave us 10 free responses questions to study and prepare answers for, and then picked 2 from those 10 and put those free responses questions on the test. The final consisted of 75% information from the most recent unit that we learned at the end of the semester and only 25% of all of the information that we learned throughout the semester, making it hardly cumulative. You also get attendance points for going to discussion every week. I would say that the best way to study for this class would be to review her PowerPoints that she uploads online and review the notes that you take in class before the tests. Dr. McClelland was so nice in office hours and always willing to help. Getting an A in the class if very doable and I’d recommend this class to anyone.|
|BIO 311D||Thijs||Spring 2018||MC & free response||Thijs is super sweet and very approachable. She uses Tophat for attendance questions, which I prefer over squarecap because Tophat doesn't detect where you're answering from. She has 3 midterms and they are MC with 2-4 free response questions. As test review, she gives practice MC questions and a document of 10-14 FRQ questions from which she pulls the free response questions from! This is great because you literally get to see which FRQ questions she might use and the ones that she doesn't put in the FRQ section become MC concepts. Since she gives you the FRQ, the TAs can't give you the answer but are generally good at letting you know if your answers are correct. The MC can be a bit tricky but very doable. She does group testing for the MC, so what happens is you take the MC and FRQ individually for 80 minutes, turn it in, get a new scantron, then the last 40 minutes you retake the same exact MC section with a group. With each midterm, your individual MC section gets weighed more and more. Of course, try to find a study group. I recommend reviewing her slides and doing as much FRQ as you can, then discussing it with a group to see if you missed anything or maybe didnt understand certain concepts. Since her lectures were a drag, i usually watch Bozeman Science vids on youtube for relevant concepts. She also offers an extra project towards the end of the year. She posts all her lecture slides on canvas, if you go to lecture I find it easy to download the powerpoints then add notes to them as she talks instead of writing notes. Also, you don't even need to buy the book!! Just get the access code for MasteringBiology homework.|
|BIO 311D||Hansen||Fall 2015||Multiple Choice with no free response||Professor Hansen's class consisted of four exams, and discussions were mandatory. If you attended those discussions you gain more insight on how to approach the class because the questions you discussed really helped you with exams. Make use of Dr. Hansen's office hours, because if you have any specific questions she answers it thoroughly and is just overall helpful. Best method to approach this class is to stay on top of lectures, because it can get heavy quick. Also, ask questions before or after class if you are unsure about a concept because everything you learn in one lecture starts to build - its a foundation- and you need to make sure you have a good understanding of it. Don't be shy & make friends - the more you communicate your ideas with another person, your able to see what you know and don't know. Lastly, make use of the time you have in discussion, ask as many questions as you want because thats what they're there for!|
|BIO 311D||Mcclelland||Spring 2018||Multiple choice, True & False, Free Response, Matching||Mcclelland's tests consisted of all mc, t/f, frq, and matching which made her tests easier because t/f and and matching were free points as they were really easy. Also the textbook is not required for this class at all, her lectures and exams are based off of powerpoints. She teaches animal behavior so she really focuses on her animal related examples in class which may be different from other biology teachers. Also, she doesn't follow a strict 93+ is an A rule because she takes the average of the highest scoring grades in the class and marks it as an A, so my year an A was below a 93, somewhere around a 91.5. Overall, her class is very easy and you only need to study a few days before, I never paid attention in class and only reviewed during test times. Also, her quizzes have 2 tries and it gives you the answer after the first try...so no reason to not get a 100 on those.|
|BIO 311D||Thijs||Spring 2018||The tests were mostly multiple choice with 2-3 free response questions at the end. She gave out 7 free response questions in the study guide and picked out 2-3 of them to put onto the test. Your grade on the tests is dependent on 1) your own work and 2) the collaborative test you work on as a group after your individual test time is over.||She is a nice professor. Her tests are not too difficult. Make sure you study her slides for her test. She has an extra credit project that is extremely easy that boosts your grade 2%.|
|BIO 311D||Thijs||Fall 2018||20 multiple choice, about four free response||There are four tests and you go through it all individually. The last half hour you can go back over the multiple choice with a group. This is helpful cause it gives you some extra points. There is a lot of information on her tests, but she tries to make the questions a little easier than the homework. During lecture she just reads over the slides which can be a little boring sometimes, but Thijs is great overall. Her office hours are very helpful and not many people go so you get more one on one help. She is very easy to get a hold off to schedule a meeting if you can't make her office hours. I would recommend going over the slides to study for the test and the practice tests she posts.|
|BIO 320||Delozanne||Spring 17||Mult choice w/free response||This course is co-taught by De Lozanne and O'Halloran. I really like De Lozanne but O'Halloran is boring to listen to. They post lectures online which helps if you want to review something. Tests are really difficult, and require more than just memorization. You really need to fully understand the concepts in and out because exam questions are extremely conceptual and require abstract thinking.|
|BIO 320||De Lozanne||Spring 2016||Multiple choice and free response||Dr. De Lozanne co-taught this class with Dr. O' Halloran so they switched off on teaching different units. Both were good teachers and were very enthusiastic about the material! The book was not required for this course and all the information for tests came from what he went over during lecture (though I have heard from other people who took the course at the same time that reading the book was helpful for clearing up concepts if you did not understand them from lecture or for more details). Tests were a mixture of multiple choice and free response and are fair (there will not be anything random or stuff that he didn't cover during lecture) but after the first test it is a lot of material (especially details like enzyme names and pathways to know and be able to explain). Dr. De Lozanne puts practice tests on Canvas which are good indicators of the format and difficulty of the tests so they are good for quizzing yourself but you need to know more material than what is on the practice test. Grades are based on 3 tests in the class plus the final and you can drop one test out of the 4. Discussion sections were really helpful in going back over the material from the week before but are not graded. Tests were in the evening and we did not have class on test days. Dr. De Lozanne would always take a short break in the middle of class (since it's a Tues/Thurs class) to show a video clip or cartoon or let people stretch. His class usually fills up fast but they usually open up more seats at random times towards the end of registration so check back if it is closed at first.|
|Bio 320||Poenie||Fall 2016||Multiple choice and short answer||Difficulty: Difficult|
Grading: Consists of 3 exams and 1 final. 3 of those grades are taken, and one will be dropped. So it is possible for you to take three exams and drop the final. Discussion sections are optional. You take quizzes during discussion that can only help you if you do well, and will not hurt you if you do badly.
How to study: He posts study “notes,” which are essentially huge packets of the information that he teaches during lecture through his PowerPoints. Memorize his PowerPoints, and memorize the large packets of notes as well. This is strictly memorization, and the exam will be doable. Not an incredibly difficult class, but very little room for error because there are only 3 exams.
Overall Impression: Take it if you like straight up memorization.
|BIO 320||Arturo De Lozanne||Spring 2018||30 multiple choice questions (75 points) with 3 free responses (25 points)||Dr. De Lozanne is an amazing professor, and so is his wife, Dr. O’Halloran, who co-teaches Cell Biology. The lectures are interesting and should help with some DAT material. However, this class is pretty difficult and requires a hefty amount of studying. You should also take biochem before this class, according to De Lozanne; although it isn’t technically a pre-req on the course schedule, personally cell bio is a lot more difficult as a sophomore who had not taken biochem. It’s best to quickly review your notes as soon as you can after each lecture. Go to the discussion sections and attend lecture even though it’s recorded, and go to office hours if you can. The homework is a completion grade, but the problems are very similar to some on the test. In the week leading up to the exam, rewatch all the lectures (9 lectures covered on each exam) at 1.25x speed. Then look over your notes and homework. Go to the TA review session. I found it was best to balance some group studying (to ask questions and clarify concepts) with some studying alone (better for concentration).|
|BIO 320||Chan||Fall 2017||Half multiple choice and half free response||This is a really difficult class, but you learn SO much. Professor Chan will tell you that his class is really hard and not an easy A right up front, but don't let that scare you. This is not a class to fall asleep in, the class is smaller and he is not shy about calling you out in class if you look like you are asleep or not paying attention. The key to this class going over the power point slides two to three times before each test and making flashcards of all of the terms. The tests are both vocab and mechanism heavy, so basically you need to know everything really well to do well in this class. It really helped me to go over previous lecture slides before each class so I got more out of each lecture and before tests I would make sure that I could draw out all cell processes on a piece of paper by memory. All that being said, Chan is a really good teacher and explains everything pretty well. He is also super open to answering questions during lecture and making sure that you understand concepts. He won't hold your hand through the class though, so its always best to come prepared to any review sessions or office hours. Overall a really hard but really beneficial class! Its also a lot easier if you take it before or during the semester that you take biochem because a lot of the concepts overlap!|
|BIO 320||Daniel Dickinson||FALL 2018||All free response||He's a new professor so he doesn't really know how to access what background knowledge the class has coming in. His class isn't a standard cell biology class, he teaches based off of research papers and tests you on the cellular processes of what we went over in class and in the papers we read. He gives you a prompt and you have to come up with an experiment to solve that prompt. You have to know how each process works and how to read the data from it. Every week, you are given a paper to read and you have to write a paper about it and do three peer reviews, except on exam weeks and the first two weeks of the semester. There are no supplements for his class or text books. It's all purely based off of his PowerPoint (which have little to no information) and lectures, so be sure to take good notes. He holds office hours once a week, so you have to catch him then or after class if you have any extensive questions. During lecture, he's happy to go over any questions if you have any and he'll try his best to explain.|
He has 4 exams and he makes your lowest 10%. The exams consist of 3-4 short answers with multiple parts. The only other grades you get are the research papers/peer reviews(completion/effort grade), and attendance. He grades based on a curve, but don't rely on the curve since it comes at the end of the semester.
|BIO 320||Chan||Fall 2017|
Half multiple choice and half free response
A really interesting class but make sure you are willing to put in lots of effort to study and keep on top of the material! Your final grade in this class is calculated using three midterm exams, one final, and pop quizzes in class. Quizzes will count for 10% of your grade and three out of the four tests will count for 90% of it. Discussion section attendance is not necessary, but if you attend 75% or more you get two bonus points added to your grade at the end of the semester. Dr. Chan really knows his stuff and is obviously excited about what he is teaching. He expects you to be paying attention in class and keeping up with the material and has no issue with telling you when you are behind in class or calling you out when you look like you are falling asleep. I didn't touch the book once and only studied for tests using his lecture slides which worked out for me pretty well. The tests are difficult because of the amount of detail that he expects you to know, but if you make sure to review his lecture slides after each week and put in the work early you should be fine. The average final grade in this class is usually a solid B.
|BIO 320 Cell Biology||Arturo De Lozanne||Fall 2016||20-30 Multiple Choice with 4 multi-part Free Response||Professor DeLozanne lectures with powerpoint, and likes showing videos to demonstrate cell processes. He is very passionate, easy to understand, and helpful. In my semester, it was mandatory to purchase the online textbook because there were quizzes associated with the book that were graded for completion. However, I did not read the textbook and made an A in the class. It is more important to memorize and understand the powerpoint slides, go to office hours, and do the practice exam/homeworks. This class is challenging so do not procrastinate on studying! However, if you work hard and keep up with the material you will learn a lot and make a good grade.|
|BIO 322||Fulginiti||FALL 2016||30-40 question (multiple choice and fill in the blanks)||3 exams + 10 quiz, No final :) ...... Exam 1 & 2 are easy, but Exam 3 is a bit more challenging (twice the material)|
He's a very funny guy and very understanding. BIO 122L needs to be taken concurrently with this class or he will drop you. Labs consist of looking at slides and making plant slides.
Come to class, because he does not post anything on canvas. He lectures with the chalkboard, therefore you will have to take good notes. Read each assign chapter before coming to class, because he will call on you from time to time. Ask a lot questions, because you will have a lot when he is lecturing! Use the book and your notes to study. Taking good book notes and lecture notes will get you an A+ in his class. Flash cards is the way to go. Exams are straightforward, no tricky questions. Whatever you make in lecture will be your grade in lab. Be sure to give yourself a good solid week and a half to study, because it's a lot of material per exam.
|BIO 325||Patterson||Fall 2015||Free Response for midterms, MC for final||This class is the hardest class I've taken at UT, but genetics is a hard subject in general. To do well, I would understand her class worksheets! Her test questions are based on what she focuses on in class and her worksheets. I think the hardest thing about genetics is that it is your first upper level bio class. You actually have to learn how to apply the lecture materials.|
If you understand the discussion worksheets and class worksheets, you will be fine. I would not focus on the little details that might be in the book. To study, I answered all her learning objectives while in-class. I would review the learning objectives and redo the worksheets. Her tests are all free response and application based, so you are not required to know every little detail. There are 3 free response midterms and a multiple choice, cumulative final. The 2nd exam is the hardest! The class average was a 60, but she makes your lowest exam grade 10% of your final grade. The final is super easy, which really helps your grade. Additionally, you have homework, in-class worksheets, squarecap, and attendance to cushion your exam scores. Dr. Patterson is a sweet professor, so don't be scared to go to her office hours!
|BIO 325||Kim||Fall 2016||Half multiple choice and half free response||I loved having Kim for genetics! Even though it was her very first class ever teaching, she was very knowledgeable and passionate about the material. She was very sweet, very fair, and genuinely cared if the class did well. She is also very approachable and willing to answer any questions. The lecture power points have everything that you need to know for the test on them. Reading the book is not necessary, but I found it helpful when I didn't understand a concept and needed it to be explained in a different way. The questions asked in the weekly canvas homework quizzes are extremely similar to questions on the tests and are great practice. At least two questions from the homework appeared on the midterms. For every midterm, she releases a specific study guide that is very helpful and she makes sure that you don't waste your time memorizing information that you won't need to know. She has a little bit of an accent and can at times be difficult to hear/understand, but if you sit towards the front of the class and pay attention you should be fine.|
|BIO 325||Jennifer Moon||Spring 2017||There are 3 midterms, followed by a cumulative final at the end for a 4th exam. All the exams and the final are all free response and fill in the blank. The exams are around 10-12 questions for each exam and cover the more important, broad topics of the material that is covered in that specific section. Most of the questions, if not all, are conceptual questions. So just memorizing the material is not sufficient. You have to be able to apply the material you learn to the real life situation questions she asks you on the exams.||Doctor Moon is by far the best genetics teacher available. She really enjoys teaching the class, and teaches it to where she goes at a good pace for everyone to learn the material in the lectures. She cares about the students and the students well being. If the entire class does well on an exam, she will not make the next exam more difficult to even out the scores, like some teachers. She gives opportunities for extra credit by attending the discussion sections. The best methods to study for this course is to attend to lectures and listen to her as she goes over her powerpoints. She will sometimes tell you which slides "may" be on the exam, and makes it very obvious. The other best method to study besides going to lectures and studying the powerpoints is to study the discussion and individual homeworks. She bases her exams off the homeworks she gives you, just make sure you know them well, as she will add her own twist to those questions.|
|BIO 325||Saxena||Fall 2016||Predominately short answer, or free response. Limited multiple choice and fill in the blank.||I would take this class again. Taking Microbiology now, I am able to see how great of a foundation I was able to get. Saxena will teach you the specific things in class that you need to know for the exams, and in supplement to that, you DO need to read the book AND understand it in order to succeed. He does offer some points from attendance and assignments, which helps to offset if you don't test well. That being said, it will also kill you if you don't show up to class. Not terribly difficult if you put forth the work, read, and pay attention.|
|Bio 325||Saxena||Fall 2015||Short answer||Difficulty: EXTREMELY DIFFICULT|
Grading: The grades consist of 3 exams, and 6 quizzes. The 3 exams are 20 intense, and difficult short answer questions. The quizzes are short one word answer questions, but still not easy. There are also LearnSmart chapter assignments, and Quizzes.
How to study: I did not find a successful way to study for this class. His PowerPoints were just pictures. His lectures were useless because he would explain one topic out of the 10 that were in a chapter. My only method was to read the textbook, and make SUPER detailed notes about each chapter. Even that did not help me. Nearly every exam question was an application question. I did not enjoy my time in this class. He was a nice man, but his teaching style along with his excruciatingly difficult exams were too much.
Overall Impression: DO NOT TAKE.
|BIO 325||Fischer||Fall 2016||The tests were all free response with about 8 multi-part questions||Dr. Fischer is a very engaging professor. Her lectures were never dull and her passion for genetics really resonated in her lectures. Although going to class is required, it wasn't like other classes where going to class is an ineffective way of getting the material down. Her lectures were very helpful in getting a better understanding of the material. She also did a lot of practice problems in class that you got to work on with a group. Although these problems were for a grade, they were extremely helpful because on multiple occasions these questions were very similar to the ones she asked on exams. She also would go over the answers to these questions right after, so you never leave class wondering how to do a question. In addition to this she also posts her lecture slides and group questions with answers on canvas so you can go back and review everything.|
Homework in this class, in terms of graded homework, was very limited. There are online homeworks do before every class that are actually very easy if you read. The homework that is really important is the one that is optional. This homework comes from the book. For every chapter Dr. Fischer assigns
|Bio 325||Janice Fischer||Fall 2016||The tests were all free response with about 5 multi-part questions and a multi-part bonus. The final was all multiple choice.||(ignore my last response it was an accident. I wasn't ready lol) Dr. Fischer is a very engaging professor. Her lectures were never dull and her passion for genetics really resonated in her lectures. Although going to class is required, it wasn't like other classes where going to class is an ineffective way of getting the material down. Her lectures were very helpful in getting a better understanding of the material. She also did a lot of practice problems in class that you got to work on with a group. Although these problems were for a grade, they were extremely helpful because on multiple occasions these questions were very similar to the ones she asked on exams. She also would go over the answers to these questions right after, so you never leave class wondering how to do a question. In addition to this she also posts her lecture slides and group questions with answers on canvas so you can go back and review everything.|
Homework in this class, in terms of graded homework, was very limited. There are online homeworks do before every class that are actually very easy if you read. The homework that is really important is the one that is optional. This homework comes from the book. For every chapter Dr. Fischer assigns, she assigns some homework questions from the book. In case you don't already know, Dr. Fischer wrote the genetics book we use so she probably wrote some of these questions too. These book homeworks are a really important study tool if you want to do well in the class. My tactic for preparing for her exams was to review the lecture notes and the questions we did in class as well as doing the book homeworks.
Exams were around 5 free response questions with a bonus question and although that sounds scary these questions were also multi part so that kind of makes things better. All of her exams were fair. She never put a question on an exam that you weren't prepared for so you can have the security that she won't ever put a question on an exam that is meant to trip you up. The other thing about her exams is that they are almost always curved. If the class average isn't a 70 she curves everyone's exams up the amount it would take to get the average up to a 70. For example if the class average was a 60 then she would curve everyone's exams up ten points. She also drops your lowest test grade so that's good. The other great thing is there are so many opportunities for extra credit. For example, attending discussion is extra credit and that comes in the form of a quiz. Also you are only required to attend a certain amount of lectures and anything after that becomes extra credit.
The final is very different from all of her exams because it's multiple choice so if you are a person who prefers multiple choice this might be your last saving grace. She also curves the final so that's pretty cool. Studying for the final was a little different than studying for her other exams just because there were more concepts than application on the final, as is expected on a multiple choice test. I would study lecture notes and maybe read a bit from the book if you need refreshing on a concept for the final.
|Bio 325||Moon||Spring 2017||MC, free response||I loved Dr. Moon as a genetics professor. She wasn't the easiest option and I think an A was a 94. Many of my friends didn't get an A cause its not a blowoff but shes very engaging and kind. She will talk to you outside of class if you need it. There are daily squarecaps which are kind of difficult. The squarecaps are mainly to check for attendance as you only need to get 75% right to get full participation points. There are also weekly quizzes and discussions. Some extra credit is given during discussion. I believe up to 2 points on an exam. There is also weekly homework which helps on the tests. Study the textbook, class notes, and the homeworks. The homework is pretty reflective of the exams. I would definitely recommend as I learned a lot in her class.|
|BIO 325||Fischer||Fall 2017||All free responses! 7-8 questions, but broken into parts and credits only given to the parts that are right, so no partial credits. Many times a prior part of a question is need to answer the following part, so it's easier to mess up.||Please please please go to her office hours. It really does help and she holds it for around 2 hours twice a week AND definitely focus on doing the hw problems assigned per class and do them AFTER class so you don't get so confused (unless you self-study and do the hw problems before class, which is just awesome)|
|Bio 325||Kim||Fall 2017||30 multiple choice and 3 or 4 free response||I personally liked the course. Genetics is an interesting subject, but it can be time consuming. Reading the book is not required, but it is a good idea to either read the chapter before going in or go over the slides (I used to go over the slides) because Dr. Kim goes fast. Although she doesn't teach very well during class, Dr. Kim is amazing in office hours; she would actually go over all the questions you have as many times as you want. Study methods: read the slides and answer the questions in them, then go study the suggested HW problems plus old exams provided by her.|
|BIO 325||Lloyd||Fall 2017||multiple choice and free response||The powerpoints are very dense so going to class is beneficial since Lloyd breaks it down for you. You have weekly homework and these are harder than the test so if you can understand these then you will have an easier time on the test. The tests were straightforward but there is a lot of material so for most of the questions its just a matter of whether you studied that specific concept or not.|
|BIO 325||Lloyd||Fall 2017||Mc and free response||This class is fairly difficult but Lloyd is one of the better/easier professors for genetics. The tests are composed of some multiple choice and some free response. The best way to study is to take notes in lecture (attendance is not mandatory), and to do the homework problems in the textbook. The homework is essentially a completion grade but it can also double as a useful study tool as the professor posts the in-depth answer key. The homework questions are generally harder than the tests, so if you can complete the homework without help, you will do well in the tests. Overall I would recommend this professor for anyone wanting to have an easier time in genetics.|
|BIO 325||Fischer||Fall 2017||Midterms were all free response. There were around 8-12 questions that each had multiple parts. The final was cumulative and was all multiple choice.||This class is pretty hard. It will require a lot of your time so if you have a busy schedule you may want to reconsider taking this class. I really liked Dr Fischer. She was super energetic in lecture and was always very helpful in her office hours. The lectures were a bit hard to follow sometimes but were always pretty interesting. For each test, she assigns optional reading/practice problems from the text book. Students who read the chapters and worked through all the problems usually had no trouble on any of the tests. However, the reading and practice problems take forever to complete. Students who did not have time to work through them usually suffered on the tests. From what I remember, students either aced the tests with flying colors or bombed them. To study, I would start reading and working the practice problems a week in advance. The night before the test I would go through all the problems that I had completed to make sure I knew how to do them. (Usually the test questions came straight from the book). Our TA would hold a review session where she would give us lots of hints. The final was cumulative but wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The grade of the class consisted of four midterms, a final, and online quizzes (this was 10% and I think it may have just been a completion grade). Although it was a hard subject, Dr Fischer made it easy to make an A by giving out grade bumps for attendance, so make sure to show up to all lectures/discussions!|
|BIO 325||Goheun Kim||Fall 2018||multiple choice with some free responses||Dr. Kim gets almost all her questions from the homeworks and practice exams with some questions where she puts a twist on them. So I would highly recommend studying those for the test. In addition, in her office hours she works out all the homework problems so if you want to finish the homework and have a full understanding of it, definitely go to her office hours.|
|BIO 325||Saxena||Fall 2017||Mostly multiple choice, rarely free response||Very difficult class, easy to get lost in the not very helpful lectures, especially if you haven't read. The key to this class is reading the textbook thoroughly. If you don't read, you won't pass let alone get an A. Professor is very approachable and nice, but content is difficult and studying is very time consuming and reading intensive.|
|Bio 325||Fischer||Fall 2018||No midterms. Just weekly quizzes. All multiple choice. There are 5 of them.||Go to lectures and discussions because attendance is counted toward grade. There are PLUS sessions. If you go to 10 of them, you get one increment bump, which is amazing. for the quizzes, you can do hw to prepare for it. since it's open book, you can look at some of the terms you are not familiar with in the textbook when you are taking it.|
|BIO 325||Kim||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice and Free Response||Dr.Kim has really good power points and is an amazing lecturer. She has weekly quizzes in discussion section that are 30 minutes with the last 5 minutes as a discussion with class members for which you can change your answers if you feel. She has weekly homework assignments that are based on completion. Her exams get easier as you progress through the semester. She emphasizes not to focus on reading the textbook but instead focus on her power points and materials she covers as well as the homework and suggested problems. They are really helpful since she pulls from them for the exam.|
|BIO 325||Martin Poenie||Fall 2018||Half multiple choice, half free response; around 20-30 questions total||Grading is test heavy. Quizzes are assigned weekly to ensure you're keeping up with the material. DO NOT FALL BEHIND! This is not the course to slack off in. Stay on top of the reading. Read the chapter before coming to class. Pay attention during class and take notes. Then go to office hours for clarification because the lecture tends to be disorganized and confusing, but the TA are very nice about sitting down and explaining it to you. Along with the reading, you HAVE to do the practice problems. Not one. Not two. Every single practice problem should be fully understood. It is similar to the test and often questions are copied, so those practice problems are golden. Not an easy course, but interesting material in my opinion.|
|BIO 325||Goheun Kim||Fall 2018||25 question MC with 2 multi-part FRQs||Her tests are pretty difficult. The average on the first exam was a 74, which she curved. Her lecture slides are extremely detailed, which helps out immensely with studying. I recommend using active recall and reviewing the slides because there is a lot of info for each midterm. Attendance is mandatory as she has in class questions via Top Hat. She does the entire homework at her office hours, so you really don't have to do it on your own.|
|BIO 325||Fischer||Fall 2018|
No tests with an optional final; weekly quizzes that are timed (20 minutes) with 5 questions on each; Mostly multiple choice, "Check All That Apply" Questions, and Sorting; 10/14 is counted towards the final grade
Fischer decided to not do tests for Fall 2018 so the overall grade is dependent upon weekly quizzes and participation. For the weekly quizzes, they cover the material of the week before. They are supposed to be "cumulative" but most of the time 4/5 will be questions pertaining to the designated weekly reading/lecture and 1/5 is a simple question. These quizzes are 70% of the overall grade but she drops 4 of them. The best way to study for these quizzes is to read the book and do all the practice problems that she gives (answers are provided). Although the genetics problems can be tricky, the answer key gives a really good explanation and you can always go to office hours. After the quiz grades are released and there is a mistake in the question, DO NOT HESITATE to email her. The question bank that she makes these quizzes from was somewhat faulty for this semester and I had to email her multiple times to argue for credit. As for the participation portion of the grade, they make up 30% of the overall grade. This includes in-class participation where she gives the "Question of the Day" and you answer it with a group of 4-8 people and hand in a piece of paper. Really simple way of earning participation points and as long as your answer is thoughtful, you will get that point for that day (0- no participation points, 1- participation point). The same point system goes for discussion section participation where you just need to type up a question you have over the material and hand it into the TA. Again, super simple and you can just make up a random question that is thoughtful to get the point. Usually the TA is supposed to discuss these with the class but that never happens. Adding these two participation categories, she takes 30/38 available chances to earn these points as your overall grade. She does offer extra credit which involves going to study groups each week and earning points for that. If you earn at least 10 study group points, she will bump your grade up by 1/2 letter grade (i.e. B+/A-). Besides from grades, Fischer is very passionate about genetics but sometimes she explains things too fast so it gets confusing. I'm sure she is great at teaching genetics but because of the way she is teaching genetics this semester (quizzes and participation) I do not really retain the material like I would if I was studying for a test. Fischer would be a good class if you are looking for an easy A.
|BIO 325||Saxena||Fall 2018|
Mostly free response, very little multiple choice. The last test is all multiple choice.
Saxena is an okay professor for genetics. He is a nice person but tends to fall behind in lecture a lot. Halfway through the course, we were already 5 chapters behind schedule. His tests and quizzes are hit and miss in terms of difficulty; you never really know what to expect. However, he curves anytime the class average is below an 80. His homework assignments are easy, and attendance to discussion and lectures is required. Study the PowerPoints he posts on Canvas to do better on the quizzes, and go through sample problems posted on Canvas to study for his tests. There is no final for this class, so don't stress about trying to retain all of the information from previous units. And finally, READ THE TEXTBOOK. You'll have to if you want to understand what's going on in lecture.
|BIO 325||Goheun Kim||Fall 2018|
25 Multiple Choice Questions and 2 Free Response Questions
Dr.Kim is a great lecturer and her powerpoints are really helpful. However, she can sometimes go too fast when trying to finish her slides. Her office hours are useful because she goes through the homework. Her tests can be sort of difficult but she gives three practice exams beforehand which I recommend doing. The tests can also be tricky because you might be pressed for time.
|BIO 326M||Pratibha Saxena||Fall 2015||The exams are a mixture of short answer and multiple choice.||The best way to understand the material in this class is to read before lecture. During lecture you want to take notes because she leaves out information that you can only get if you attend lecture. The class has 4 exams worth 20% each. The other 20% is made up of quizzes, attendance, and short assignments. The class has a one hour discussion where you go over a worksheet that you have to submit in canvas beforehand. The best study method would be to go over the lecture slides, discussion worksheets, and textbook readings. I suggest making a quizlet and reviewing with a friend.|
|BIO 326M||Saxena||Fall 2017||Half of it is MC and the other half is free response. For some tests she does give "take home" questions that count towards your free response points.||The syllabus says to buy a textbook to read assigned sections before class. However her tests are 100 percent from her lecture, the discussion section questions, and the articles she assigns . If you review all lecture notes right after the class and keep up with the discussion section questions, you will be prepared for the test. When taking notes in class, she will repeat certain things. Make sure to highlight these things! She quotes herself in tests all the time! You should try to record the lecture. If you can, you should also consider finding a study group to make sure your notes are complete.|
|BIO 326M||Dr. Pratibha Saxena||Fall 2018||Half multiple choice and half free response||Dr. Saxena is so sweet, is really knowledgeable about the topics, and really wants to make sure that you understand all of the concepts! That being said, this is a hard class and most of the test averages end up being in the 60s and 70s. She tries to help with this by making an A an 88 or above, so there is a slight curve from the start. The only homework in this class are weekly question sets that are discussed in length during discussion. Even though the look long and you sometimes need to watch videos for them, they really don't take too long and are an excellent review for her tests. The key to doing well in this class is either recording her lectures or taking really good notes on what she says in class. If you just study the power points, you wont make an A. She usually adds in a lot of important stuff that is not on the PowerPoint during her lectures and more often than not she adds this information onto the tests. This class is very memorization heavy, so be prepared to spend a lot of time just making sure that you understand the vocabulary. There are also a few quizzes throughout the semester, but you always know when they are going to be and she drops your lowest one. She also randomly takes attendance in her class by asking questions on Squarecap, but she doesn't grade for correctness on those.|
|BIO 326M||Saxena||Spring 2018|
Half Multiple choice and half short answer
In this class your grade is based on Squarecap in class questions (5%), discussion section participation (5%), four in class quizzes (10%), and four exams (80%). You get to drop a quiz, which is nice for if you don't understand a week's material as well. Overall this is a very interesting class and only difficult because of all the information that you need to absorb. The book was not necessary for me because most of the information you need to know is on her lecture slides. I highly suggest recording her lectures and then listening to the recordings before a test. She gives examples in class that are not in the book or on the lecture slides that appear on the test. Getting these little pieces of information will be what gets you that A if you understand everything else. The quizzes each week are on previous lecture material so she forces you to not get behind with studying. Just review her lecture slides at the end of each week and you should be able to stay on top of it!
|BIO 326R||Whiteley||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice, fill in the blank, free response||I would definitely recommend taking Dr. Whiteley for Microbio. You don't have to read anything (he doesn't use a textbook) just record his lectures and write notes during the lecture. He writes notes of important concepts and he goes over power points so you only need to know that information that he covers in class. He also posts "information sheets" which are just notes/vocab/concepts that you have to memorize and he uses those for the i clicker questions and sometimes puts some of those concepts on the exams. Dr. Whiteley really gives you all you need to know in class which is really great! The exams can be tricky because for the free responses sometimes there are small details you can miss, but he posts practice questions that help with practicing for the exams. I definitely recommend taking him though, I learned a lot and it was a really interesting class because a lot of the concepts you can apply to real life. :)|
|BIO 326R||Walker||Spring 2016||Multiple choice and free response||Grades are based on 4 tests (no final) – the first three tests are multiple choice with some short answer questions and the last test is only multiple choice (the multiple choice can be tricky because of little details). The information for the tests comes straight from Walker’s lectures, so I didn’t think it was necessary to buy or read the textbook. He doesn’t take attendance and tends to read from the slides (which are super dry). He posts old practice exams before each test and usually uses a couple of the multiple choice questions from the old exam on the test (other than that it’s memorizing or knowing the info from his powerpoints). He doesn’t use plus-minus grading.|
|BIO 326R||Walker||Spring 2017||Multiple Choice with some free responses (Free response is easier than his tricky MC questions)||The class is simply remembering all the information from Walker's slides, there is little analysis in the exams required. When I study I reread all the slides at least twice and also writing down information by hand will help with memorization. I recommend having a study group where you can explain concepts in your own words. One way to utilize the group is play sort of a Taboo style of explaining concepts - put yourself on the spot if you don't know something. Another recommendation is find past exams to test your knowledge, only a few multiple choice questions are recycled - but he's smart and makes MC questions much more complicated. DO NOT DEPEND ON past exams as a study method. Discussion is always helpful, best way to utilize your time is really KNOW the slides.|
|BIO 326R||WALKER||SPRING 2017||Multiple choice (20-25 questions) + Free responses (3-4 question w/ multi parts)|
3 exams + 1 cumulative final
Discussion section is not required.
Easy and interesting class if you manage your time wisely! His office hours are also nice and he's always glad to help you.
Come to class & take notes. While in class record the lecture with your smartphone or voice recorder, as you can listen to his lecture again to study. Recording his lectures is extremely important, as his power-point slides can be overwhelming alone. Make flashcards on every single thing on the power-point slides...I mean every-single-thing... and review them ~3-4 days days prior to the exam. On the day prior to the exam take his practice exam to test your knowledge of the material. His exams are VERY straightforward, more memorization than application.
|BIO 326R||Peter King||Spring 2018||Multiple Choice||Microbiology with Dr. King is so much easier than it could be with any other professor. His tests are 50 MC questions, which make up the bulk of your grade. Attendance is not mandatory, and the test questions are simple. Go to the discussion sections (which are also not mandatory) because the TA will tell you the information to focus on. I took notes on the power points that he posted before class and studied the information on the slides and emphasized by the TA. He also has a few easy assignments worth a few points at the end of the semester. I recommend taking this professor!|
|BIO 326R||Walker||Spring 2018||Multiple choice with some free responses||This class was overall not too bad as long as you memorize and understand everything on the powerpoints and in the syllabus for each of the tests. In class, he reads off of slides so it isn't necessary to go to all lectures to do well. Go to the review sessions before exams because the TA sometimes gives the topics to the free response questions. Overall do-able class.|
|BIO 326R||John Walker||Spring 2018||Multiple choice and short answer/free response||For exams, everything in this class comes from Dr. Walker's slides. The best way to study is to one attend lecture (you need more so what he is saying about the stuff on the slides and not just the slides themselves-- otherwise the slides don't make sense and are confusing). The TA is helpful-ish, but it is really on you to buckle down and memorize everything. The tests aren't hard/tricky, but you need to have studied to make sure you can put something down for each question. I would recommend going over your slides after each lecture. Also, do not be afraid to approach Dr. Walker, he is the cutest old man and does want to help you learn.|
|BIO 326R||King||Spring 2018||Multiple choice, not cumulative, everything from powerpoint||I really enjoy this class. For once in my life, everything I've learned about bio and chem is relevant. All those basic classes (bio 1, 2, genetics, etc.) are talked about here. Dr. King is a great lecturer--super knowledgeable! Our TA was great, too. All the diseases you will learn about are really fascinating. Highly recommend.|
|BIO 326R||Walker||Fall 2017||Multiple choice and fill in the blank||Walker is such a cute old man but his lectures can be super boring/ tedious to attend. All you need to do to get good grades on his tests are to literally memorize all his powerpoints. The multiple choice is usually pretty easy if you can memorize the slides, but the free response can be harder because they are looking for specific things and will take off points if you don't have key pieces of information. But again, as long as you memorize the slides you will be fine. He doesn't say much in lecture that adds to the slides, he just reads off of them. You can do well without going to class as long as you keep up with the lectures. Your grade is solely based off of 4 exams, so make sure not to slack off! I think it's more of a time consuming class rather than a hard class because there can be very lengthy lectures with 50 slides.|
|BIO 326R (Microbiology)||James Walker||Spring 2017||Multiple Choice with Short Answer||Microbio is a pre-req for many professional schools so I imagine a lot of people will end up in here eventually. Truthfully, the subject material is fairly boring. If you've taken cell biology and biochem, you will have covered a lot of this already. Walker is very nice but his teaching style is slow. He usually lectures from his extensive powerpoint slides. Print them and bring them to class or have them on your laptop and follow along (though be warned, you are likely to be distracted).|
The entire grade is based on averaging four equally weighted tests. It's easy to not pay attention until the exam since there aren't any other assignments. Don't do this! His tests are pretty hard (though "all of the above" is an answer a lot of the time) and they grade pretty strictly.
I actually rented the textbook on Chegg though it's optional. I find it decently helpful. I'm someone who doesn't learn well from lectures though, so I have to read the textbook to learn the material well. If you'e not a big textbook reader, it's skippable especially since he lectures beyond it sometimes.
The best study strategy that I've found is this:
Take notes in class as well as you can on printed slides.
Then, after every lecture, go home and make flash cards for that lecture. This will help you review what you just learned, and it will make test time a lot easier.
I'm going to say flashcards again, just to emphasize this point. Write them out by hand on paper. This is a memorization class pure and simple.
On that note, use memorization tricks like mnemonics. The one that works best for me is silly visualization. Like, to remember penicillin inhibits cell wall synthesis, I imagine a man waving a pen to stop a wall from being built. It sounds really dumb, I know, but it works.
AVERAGE TIME PER WEEK OUT OF CLASS: 3 ~ 5 Hours (Expect much more for test weeks)
|BIO 328M||Walker||Spring 2016||Multiple choice with a couple of free response||This class is fairly straightforward, but does have a lot of content. Going to lecture isn't entirely necessary because all of the information for the exam is in the powerpoint slides (getting the textbook isn't necessary either). Be forewarned, there is a lot of memorization involved with this class, so I would recommend taking it with more "easy" science classes, like microbio lab.|
|BIO 328M||Blondeau||Spring 2018||Mostly free response with a few multiple choice||Blondeau is an amazing professor who made Biostats (the first time I had ever taken a stats class) super easy. There is a lecture portion and a "lab" portion of the class. The lecture portion is made mostly of lectures and working on practice problems with groups (squarecap attendance is taken every class period). The lab portion is all about using R-studio, which is a computer program, to complete statistics problems. There really is no explicit "biology" connection in the class even though it is a bio class. The class does not have a final, instead it has a research project that we work on throughout the semester. The lab class grade and the lecture class grade are combined to make up your overall grade. Your grade is based off total points out of 1000, not percentage; Blondeau uses plus/minus grading. Your grade includes Homework, Labs, Pre-Labs, 3 Exams, and a research project along with bonus points. The best way to study for exams is to do her study guides and review the review powerpoint before taking the exam.|
|BIO 359K||McClelland||Fall 2017||Short answer, matching, T/F, multiple choice||I really like this class! Dr. McClelland is so funny and actually tries to relate to the class. She shows a lot of fun videos to keep us interested, and the content has been pretty interesting so far. The tests can be slightly tricky because of the way she words her questions, but if you just look through her powerpoint and make sure you know the key words she emphasizes then you will be fine. The powerpoints are very long, but a lot of the information is vocabulary, and she doesn't make you know detailed biological processes- she just emphasizes the general concepts and why they are important. This is probably the most enjoyable upper bio class I've taken since it's definitely not as time consuming as cell bio or microbio. A big grade percentage of the class is based on a group project that you do with people in your discussion group. It's slightly tedious, but they grade very leniently and give you full points even if your experiment didn't go as planned/ didn't get the results you were hoping for. Lecture isn't mandatory, but discussion sections are. You take a quiz every discussion section based on an article. The articles are generally very short, and the quizzes are super easy- usually just 1 question that's very general.|
|BIO 359K||McClelland||Spring 2017||short answer, matching, and T/F||This class is a fun and easy going. If you're looking for a GPA booster class, this is it. If you want to do well in this class focus on the study guide sheets she provides for every lecture - if you do all those and understand everything that corresponds to that sheet, you will do well on all the exams. The final exam is a tad bit harder, but you can still do well if you wanted. There is a presentation in this class, so make sure you follow through with the instructions and hit all the points listed on the rubric given for the group presentations and the several drafts associated with it. Quizzes, which consists of one question, are also given in every discussion. So make you complete the readings (articles) associated with each lecture and the lecture itself, and you'll ace the quizzes.|
|BIO 360K||Lauren Ehrlich||Fall 2017||All free response||Dr. Ehrlich is such an amazing professor! She is extremely nice and caring about her students. Its really easy to see that she is very genuine and passionate about her students and the Immune system. This class is without a doubt the HARDEST class I have ever taken at UT, but it is extremely interesting. I have had friends who were TA's for physiology take this with me and they all told me that the material for this class was harder than physio but the exams were easier. Dr. Ehrlich lectures insanely fast and uses a lot of sophisticated language to explain the topics; at times it can be difficult to comprehend what is going on. Each class had an assigned reading and during lecture there were 3 clicker questions before each subtopic. If you dont do the reading youre basically screwed because its almost impossible to understand what is going on the first time seeing it. Although this class is insane I found it very rewarding and it will hopefully pay off when you're in dental school later!|
HOW I STUDIED FOR THIS CLASS:
-I recorded every lecture and re-listened (while taking additional notes) to it again later.
-For each lecture that was tested I made a study guide with diagrams that would help me understand the material. I also redrew the slide pictures on the study guides
-Watch videos! Any topic that went completely over my head I just searched up a video on that topic on youtube and it was surprisingly super helpful
-I looked at older exams to get a feel for what she might ask
-Go to the TA review session / office hours. Our TA would often tell us what we did or did not have to know; you sometimes wont be able to figure it out on your own.
|BIO 365 S||Ian Cheng||Spring 2018||Multiple choice, multiple multiple choice, and short answer||Although this class is hard, it is super interesting which makes the learning not so bad. What you're learning about is actually going on in your body at that moment so it is hard to not be impressed by yourself. The best way to study this information is to look over it and talk yourself and know it inside out. Be able to answer any question from any context and "direction". The key to his tests are that when you are taking them, you need have to be able to identify why every answer is wrong and why the right answer is right. You will not do well if you half study or think you can wing it. It really is a test of how well you know the system, not just to take a test but to understand how your body is actually working. All that being said, I hope that does not discourage you but rather makes you want to understand your body even more!|
|BIO 365S||Machart||Fall 2015||MC with some calculation problems||Get to apply bio knowledge to many medical case studies. It's a hard class, but if you put in effort and take advantage of her study sessions, OH, and extra credit on HW assignments, you'll be able to pull though. I actually had fun in that class. Also, personally, my exam score increased throughout the semester, so don't be too discouraged by your first exam score. Oh, and the study guide she gives you is DEFINITELY worth it. It has practice problems that's similar to the exam format.|
|BIO 365S||Jan Machart||Fall 2016||Short answer with some "multiple multiple" choice questions (i.e. MC questions with multiple right answers). Questions typically involved a lot of analysis.||Professor Machart's class was one of the toughest I've taken at UT but I certainly feel I learned a lot. I can't really think of any class I took before that would have helped because most of the content was incredibly unique. Her tests were very tough. She approaches the tests as a learning opportunity (i.e. an opportunity to throw new things at you) so the questions are tough to prepare for. You could study for ages and still be totally thrown by a pathology you'd never seen before or a series of metrics that you were supposed to somehow interpret. Don't take this class unless you're willing to put in ~5-8 hours a week out of class or if you want an easy A. That said, you can do well and you will learn a lot! |
My primary tips are these:
DO start reading quizzes at least two nights before they're due. They're HARD. I often had to go to office hours or confer with my friends to do well.
DO get a good study group you can review things like reading quizzes with.
DO all your textbook reading. The textbook is really well written (though the course jumps around chapters a lot). Highlight it up if you need to.
DO all the "pink book" study guide problems. These are the best and only practice you'll get to simulate exam questions.
DO organize ideas using concept maps. These are the most successful study tools in my opinion for this class.
DO organize your studying by looking at her learning objectives. These are the best way to tackle what can feel like an overwhelming amount of content per exam. I would copy and paste them into a word doc and then type my notes directly into the doc.
DO attend office hours and sit in the front of class. Professor Machart is so incredibly nice and dedicated to helping you learn. It's worth it to establish a relationship with her.
DON'T skip discussion. It's well worth it to get practice in especially on the pink book problems. The answer key posted after discussion is sometimes incomplete.
DON'T panic about bad test grades. The final covers every unit in the class. You can replace every test grade with the section score on the final (which is also easier than the individual tests). Of course, don't slack off. I personally did better on the midterms than the final so this wouldn't have helped me.
DON'T study two night before the exam. I always started a week early.
|BIO 365S||Dr. Jan Machart||Spring 2018||Some multiple choice, some fill in the blank, and lots and lots of free response||Dr. Machart makes this class a lot less awful than it could be. Overall, this class is pretty hard and you need to study a TON if you want to get an A in it. It not only requires memorization, but you need to really be able to understand the material and apply it to real world situations. One of Dr. Machart's favorite thing to do on tests is to give you a situation that you have never seem before and then ask you to infer information or predict what will happen. However, she is extremely passionate about what she does and is a great lecturer. If you go to her office hours she literally will not let you leave until you understand the concept that you had questions on. She also makes a huge effort to learn all of her student's names, which i think is really sweet. Discussion sessions and office hours help a TON. Going to them is the best way to make sure that you do well in the class because a lot of the learning you need to do on your own. The textbook is your best friend and i highly recommend reading the assigned pages a few times. Dr. Machart also provides you with a study guide for the test. You must understand everything in the study guide in order to do well in the class! It helps so much! Overall, Machart gives you all of the tools to do well in her class, you just need to make sure that you are actually using them and putting in all of the time necessary to actually understand the material. Besides her tests, there are a few graded homework sets, graded daily clicker questions, and reading quizzes that heal raise your grade and she offers a LOT of extra credit.|
|BIO 365S||Machart||Summer 2018||Multiple choice and some free response||Machart is an AMAZING professor. She gives out tons of extra credit which makes up for the difficulty of her exams. There's weekly reading quizzes which are pretty easy (she releases the questions ahead of time) Reading the textbook is the key to this class. The material is pretty interesting so its not too bad. Her office hours are really helpful! She provides enough opportunities in the class for you to be successful. *This is not a blow off class* Physiology requires time and commitment, but in the end her class has probably been my favorite so far at UT.|
|BIO 365S||Ian Cheng||Fall 2018||Mostly multiple choice|
Some multiple multiple choice
|This class is very lecture heavy and you need to have a deep understanding of all the concepts to do well. After every lecture, make sure to review your notes to keep up with the material. It's so easy to fall behind because there's so much information! To study for the exams, rewatch all of the lectures that are posted online. Anything Ian says during lecture is fair game for the exam. Make sure to attend every discussion section because the discussion questions are essentially the FRQ's on the exam. Kai is a wonderful TA, so if you are struggling, go to his office hours and ask him questions. Also, there is an homework assignment for each unit which is done in groups of 2-4. Ian's exams are really tricky, so make sure to read the questions VERY carefully.|
|BIO 365S||Ian Cheng||Fall 2017|
Multiple multiple choice (there is A,B,C, etc and you circle every answer which is correct, so there were some questions where you would circle 3 answers)
Free response and short answer (included some questions with diagrams which you would fill)
Cheng letter grades you based on where you stand in the class. I don't know the exact percentages of A's, but my final grade in the class was somewhere around an 83 while the class average was around 70. I was still given an A in the course. So don't necessarily aim for getting 100's every time, just make sure you're doing better than everyone else. Also there's a text book for the course, but I never bought it or used it. Cheng goes over everything you need to know in lecture. He also records his lectures online, so I just watched those to review. The test (as far as I can remember) didn't have information which I didn't know because I didn't have the text book. Although lectures are recorded, you still need to attend class because of iClickers. FInally one of the most important things to do is attend every discussion and study session. Although discussion wasn't mandatory, the TA's cover everything that might be on the exam. They also provide and answer question examples that could show up on the exam. If possible, go for Kiki, the head TA. He's been with Cheng for several years and knows exactly how Cheng likes to structure the exam and which questions he tends to use. Since attendance isn't mandatory, find when he has discussion and ask to sit in it. He is one of the chillest guys you'll ever meet, so he shouldn't mind.
|BIO 365S||Ian Cheng||Spring 2018||1/3 mc 1/3 multiple multiple choice (basically there are multiple correct answers -.-) 1/3 free response The final is optional.||Make sure to keep up with the material every lecture!!! Its just so much. Even though the material is not as difficult as you would think, the sheer magnitude of things you need to know will definitely be the challenge in this course. Go to all discussions and get your questions answered weekly. The discussions include all of the free response (so just go...its so easy if you have a TA walk you through it once). Ian is a great teacher. He has entertaining lectures. Everything he says in class is said for a reason when it comes to test day. When he assigns homework, get started as early as possible. Its really difficult to do it all the night before. He allows you to work with a group. Make sure your group has it together (if not doing the homework will be a long and tedious time for you because you can only turn in one hm for the group.)|
|BIO 370||Theriot, E||Spring 2017||Multiple choice with some free responses||Difficulty: Medium. I would recommended that you rent/buy the book so that you can develop a good understanding of the material. The material itself isn't too difficult to understand, which is a relief. There are 4 exams (80%), discussion participation (14%), pop attendance (6%), and no final. A = 90-100, B = 80-89.9, C = 70-79.9. As for the exams, the first one was probably the toughest of the four because I needed to get used to what type of questions (conceptual) he was going to ask - it got easier from then on. Professor Theriot is a nice, approachable person, however, he might not be the best at teaching. That's when the textbook comes to use.|
|BIO 370||Theriot||Spring 2018||Multiple choice some free response||Ranked curve but gives bottom to those that drop, office hours and reviews are very helpful and reading is required. Reading textbook is main source of studying, but he sometimes puts out old exams for practice. If you get to know him, he's very nice and will bump your grade if you always show up to class.|
|BIO 370||Kirkpatrick/Linder||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice||86% from tests 14% from discussion section. Kirkpatrick teaches for two exams, and then Linder takes over for the last two exams. Kirkpatrick doesn't post lectures, so going in and taking notes is a must. He is a really good lecturer, so paying attention will not be hard. If you memorize what he puts on his slides and how to apply it, you will do well. Linder does post his lectures, but his topics aren't as interesting as Kirkpatrick's. A lot of people don't go to class, but like with Kirkpatrick, if you memorize and understand everything on the power points, you should be fine. Usually there are one or two questions based on what we talk about in discussion. Every week, we are given one or two articles to read, and we post 2 questions regarding them before the discussion section. At the discussion section, which is led by the TAs, you go over the articles. Points are awarded based on participation, so if you don't talk, it'll bring your final grade in the class down.|
|BIO 370||Kirkpatrick||Fall 2018||All free response|
Kirkpatrick is honestly on of the best professors that I have had at UT. In this class your grade consists of four tests [21.5% each] and participation in discussion sections [14%]. However, tests and discussions are ultimately graded on a Z score so at the end of the semester you are graded on how well you did in comparison to the rest of the class. He said that usually about 25% of students receive As, 30% Bs, 35% Cs, and 10% Ds and Fs. Discussion sections are mandatory but are really useful. You go over the mandatory reading for the week (the readings can sometimes be really dense and confusing so this extra help is needed). The textbook is going to be your best friend in this class because he does not post his lecture slides. He literally wrote the textbook so if you know everything in in it you will be golden. That being said, definitely go to class and take really good notes on the examples he goes over because it will definitely show up on his tests. Dr. Linder teaches material for the second half of the semester but Kirkpatrick is still available. Overall their tests are similar and he actually does post his lecture slides. This class is hard and there is a lot of material to know (you cant study just the night before the test), but everything is super interesting and Kirkpatrick and Linder are really good professors who love explaining things to you if you have any questions.
|BIO 373||Gonzalez||Spring 2017||Multiple choice, free response||Overall this class isn't too bad. As long as you pay attention during lecture and take notes, you should be fine. Reading the book helps, but I think her lecture goes into more detail than the book does. Her tests are different in the sense that her multiple choice questions have 0-4 correct answers, and you miss a point for every wrong answer you circle or for every correct answer that you failed to circle. The short answer isn't bad, but it's worth the majority of the points. You get to take practice exams and quizzes beforehand, so you should be familiar with her testing format. There's also research proposal presentations that you do in discussion groups, but those assignments are mainly completion based. Overall, it's not a very difficult class!|
|BIO 373||Dr. Caroline Farrior||Fall 2017||One page of multiple choice and the rest short response and essay||I know a lot of natural science majors offer Ecology as a fulfillment for a requirement. I took it to fulfill a requirement for my Biology major and I am really enjoying it! Dr. Farrior is younger than most of my other professors and really laid back and cool. She really knows what she is talking about (ask her about her research, she really loves what she is doing) and really tries to make sure that everyone understands the material. The beginning of each class starts off with grated "warm up" questions that are only easy if you actually payed attention in the previous class. Even if you don't do well on a few of these, she drops a fraction of the scores. Her lectures can be a little boring because all of the information is already on the lecture slides and she has a quieter voice, but she will pause at any point during the lecture to find supplemental sources to help with her student's understanding. For me, reading the book before each class period really helped for both the discussion questions and the tests.|
There are weekly discussion sessions that actually help with your understanding of the material. The only real outside work you need to do for them is to write three observational field journals. You get to rewrite the first one if you do not do well at first which is nice. They are also only two pages, double spaced in length so they really do not take too long to write. I thought that her tests are pretty easy. You will only do well if you pay attention to her examples in class and really pay attention to the worksheets that you do in discussions. Overall a pretty good class to take!
|BIO 446L||Hines||Spring 2016||MC with 2 free response - during class||First of all, this is a hard class. It contains microscopic AND gross anatomy which is usually separated into two class in other college. However, this will a great way to prepare for dental school. In my experience and from talking with others, the lab portion helps in bumping up your grade. Reading is crucial for this class, and you can't get behind. The prof. focuses on medical applications a lot which reflects on exam questions. Also, the lab is long (4 hrs), but you can normally get out in 3. No scrubs required like the physiology lab, but you do ~3 dissections. In one lab section, you have 2 graduate TAs and one undergraduate helper.|
|BIO 446L||Cannatella||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice (scratch off tests so you get immediate feedback whether or not you get the question right, if your second choice answer is correct, you get half credit)||First things first: thank god you don't have Hines.|
Lectures are basically him talking off his powerpoints and adding more context and information to the slides (half of them are pure text, the other half are just big diagrams). Attendance is mandatory and done via iClicker. Attending and paying attention during lecture is very important in my opinion since some of the test material is based off what topics he feels like focusing on. Reading the textbook is a MUST, but again focus mainly on the topics he talks about in class. The powerpoint slides are as important as the textbook, maybe even more so since not all of what is discussed in the textbook is on the test. There are warm-up quizzes posted for every chapter of the book, and while they are kind of annoying, they really do help you review the material and make sure that you absorbed all the content. Professor Cannatella himself is great, he talks a lot about his own stories (relevant with the topic at hand), and he really does want you to succeed. If you have the choice between Hines and Cannatella, choose Cannatella!
Best study method is to prioritize: 1) Powerpoint Slides/Lecture Material 2) Textbook 3) Warm-up quizzes. Also, don't fall behind, it's very easy to in this class.
|BIO206L||Dr. Maas||Summer 2018|
Multiple Choice with some free response
Study Methods: Review the labs, pay attention to the small details (Which instruments were used? What chemicals were used? What were the specific results of the labs and why?) She loves plants! Be sure to remember all of that section as it appears often. The practical can be difficult because it's based on performance. However, be sure to write an answer and don't leave anything blank, even if you don't finish the lab portion. You're graded on the written answers for the practical as well and that can really help your grade.
NOTE: Splurge and purchase the nice extra page chem lab notebook from the Co-Op with the carbon paper. You can use the same notebook when you take Chem Lab at a later date.
|BIO226L||Cambronne||Fall 2018||3 major lab reports (called Data Sets) and one Practical (Final), plus quizzes||This is an enjoyable lab, once you get the hang of it. Hopefully this review will help get you ahead of the game. Read the lab for that week, but its not necessary to study it since there are no pre-lab quizzes. Choose your lab partner(s) very wisely because this entire lab (almost) is group-based work. Make friends with other people in that lab as well so you could help each other out because there are many times where the lab instructions are not enough to help you understand how to analyze the data. It is also helpful to go into lab "after hours" with a buddy so that you could be helping each other out. This lab requires a lot of "after hours" because your bacterial plates are time sensitive and must be observed within 24-48 hrs, most of the time. Use your TA and UGTA as a resource by asking them questions! Keep up with the data set questions as you are moving through them in lab. Don't leave the data set to the night before because although the questions are easy, it is very time consuming to go back and describe in detail every step you took, including photos and analysis. People score really well on the data sets as long as they follow the rubric and example provided. You can definitely get an A!!|
|BIO311C||Boucher||Fall 2016||Test format is very structured. There are 4, multiple-part free response questions that ask you about a picture, or not. This section is worth 40% of the test. Then there are 15 multiple choice problems worth 60%. The averages on tests hover around the low 70%'s.||She will essentially stand in front of the class and read the PowerPoint slides that she posts on canvas. The best strategy for this class takes a lot of time and dedication, but it seems to be the only way anybody gets an A on her tests, so I guess it works. Read the textbook the night before the lecture that it covers. Take notes of things she says in class. She'll often derive her questions from upper level thinking about a topic. If you can answer the open-ended questions about comparing and contrasting different things and explain why everything that happens happens, then you'll do well on the tests and you might even enjoy the class.|
|BIO311C||Sata||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice and Free Response||He is so nice!! He's also a great professor and seems like he really cares about his students. You should go to class every day because he writes out his notes and you will have clicker questions. There's online homework due but it's not very helpful for the tests. The PLA run reviews are very helpful, and the practice midterms he posts are too. If you go to the reviews and do the practice midterms you will be pretty well prepared for the tests. He replaces your lowest test grade with the average of your other tests.|
|BIO311C||Sathasivan||Fall 2017||multiple choice with some free responses||His accent in the beginning took some time to get use to but writes good notes during class and posts them online. He has his only course guide which contains everything you need to know for this class. Heard that his tests are easier than other professors' tests. He also gives a lot of extra points to help boost your grade. Final was a bit difficult but if you study really well you should do fine.|
|Bio311c||Dr. Latham||Fall 2018||Multiple choice (40% of total test grade) and Free Response (60% of total test grade)||Grading Consists of: Discussion Section Activities/Quizzes (6%), Homework Worksheets (2%), In class Activities (2%), 3 Midterm Exams (60%), and a Comprehensive Final (24%). Quizzes are very easy (based directly off of lecture slides) and Dr. Latham drops a few. Tests are also not too challenging. If you do the chapter readings and answer the learning outcomes as you go, you will be more than fine. You will not see anything on the test that she has not talked about before. She typically discusses future exam free response questions when she writes out on the white board and will sometimes blatantly say that the concept is very very important. Also, at the end of the semester she lets you turn in a concept map for additional extra credit on total semester average!|
|BIO311C||Dr. Sathasivan||Fall 2018||The test usually consists of 25-ish multiple choice questions with around 5-8 free response questions. The free response questions are usually half recall questions.||Dr. Sathasivan bases his lecture off of his course pack almost word for word, so I recommend you reading what he’s going to lecture before you attend class. Class is pretty much mandatory. Before and after his lecture, he has Squarecap questions based upon what you read or what he lectured on. He’s pretty fast paced, and it’s definitely a class you have to study by yourself if you want the grade. His tests aren’t very critical thinking based, but a lot of knowledge based questions. For tests, make sure to look at Squarecap; Dr. Satha sometimes takes a question from Squarecap word for word for the test! His class requires discussions sections once a week for an hour. I personally didn’t find it helpful, but discussions are mandatory because of the quizzes that the TAs give out. The quizzes are competition grade so you don’t have to worry about it too much. He’s a very sweet person and he will answer any question that is asked. I highly recommend Dr. Satha because for the most part, his tests aren’t too bad, but when the time for the DAT comes, you’ll be stressed.|
|BIO311D||Boucher||Spring 2017||Free response is divided into 4 multiple part questions and is worth 40% of the test. Then there are 15 multiple choice questions that are worth 60%. A lot of people complain (myself included) that the wording on her questions can be very weird, as if she may or may not be trying to infer something or just throw you off. It is very annoying to miss multiple choice questions because every wrong answer is 4% off the test.||The lectures are fast paced. The best method I have found to take notes, is to quickly type on my computer what she is saying about the lecture slides (that she posts to canvas) and then later, try to formulate a cohesive paragraph out of it. It is important to know all of the details, lists, process steps, etc. but most of her test question involve around "Big Idea" concepts. She'll always ask you to compare and contrast, or to give the reason why.|
|BIO311D||McClelland||Spring 2017||Multiple Choice, Fill in the blank, T/F, Free Response||Her powerpoints are basically everything you need for the exams. She gives you 10 free response questions ahead of time and picks 2 of them on the day of the test so if you do these you will get the free response portion correct. Her exams are very straightforward.|
|BIO315L||Jones||Fall 2016||Multiple choice and a little bit of free response||Genetics lab is by far one of the easiest labs I have taken at UT. It is a great upper division on that you can take if you're looking to meet a degree requirement and an easy A. The course though does come with a writing flag, and so at some point in the class you'll have to write an 8 page research paper. Dr. Jones makes this portion easy because she breaks up parts of the paper into smaller assignments so it really helps. The lab's don't take too long about 2-3 hours max. There is no lab write up or prelab, just weekly quizzes over the lecture and lab manual reading for the week. There are three exams final, this is including a non comprehensive final. Super doable! Highly recommend! Best way to do well on the tests is to just review the homeworks.|
|BIO320||Poenie||Fall 2018||half MC and half free response||This is a very information heavy class! Make sure you read the "Lecture Notes" that he synthesized. Your best bet is really to understand every major topic on those extended notes, on top of the experiments he focuses on in class. Don't get behind on Lectures because each test is about 9 total lectures and each of those lectures has a corresponding note packet that is anywhere from 15-20 pages long. Dr. Poenie is a true scientist and he wants us to think like scientists, so his lectures and tests are very much focused on understanding experimental set-ups. If he talks in depth about an experiment, make sure to take notes about what it is used for, and in what other scenarios it would be useful because on the test a question may be "if you are a scientist trying to figure out how we know the lipid membrane is *some concept* , describe the experimental technique you would use." Start studying with enough time and you will be in good shape!|
|BIO325||Patterson||Fall 2015||All free response||First exam is very basic! Study the learning objectives/practice questions for the first exam! She repeats a lot of the questions. However, the other midterms are really difficult. Study the powerpoints and take detailed notes in class. She usually use examples in class on the exams. Exams are all free response questions so you should be somewhat familiar with every powerpoint slide because she can ask about anything. She is known to curve the other exams because the test averages are a lot lower than expected. You should study in groups and go through every powerpoint together to make sure you know everything.|
|BIO325||Saxena||Spring 2017||half multiple choice half free response||If you ended up with Dr. Saxena as your Genetics professor, do not be discouraged or terrified by the online reviews. This is a difficult class because of the amount of material covered, but Dr. Saxena is a very thorough professor, and he has structured his class so that you have a fair chance at success. This class is ALL ABOUT the discussion sections. Try your best to go each week and do the discussion sheets. Use your TA as a resource (especially if its Atsumi) during the section and make a friend there. Before each test, I would re-do all of the discussion sheets for that unit to make sure that I understood the concepts. Study with a partner when you're doing this because there are often useful tricks/approaches to questions that y'all can share with each other. His test are very conceptual, which means you can't get away with just memorizing the information in the chapters, so I encourage you to read the chapters in the book if you can. If you don't have enough time to do that, just skim the PowerPoints and find concepts that you specifically need to review and read those sections because they will likely come up on the exam. The exams are difficult, but they are a lot like the discussion sheets so if you are studying those, you will do great!! You can do it!!!|
|BIO325||Janice Fischer||Spring 2018||Free response for the midterm, and all multiple choice for the final||Dr. Fischer is a great professor! Her midterm was fair. She gives partial credit on the free response answers and curves. The best way to study would be to go over the Question of the Day's, go over the homework problems, and to go over the quizzes. I found her final difficult because it focused on specifics, whereas the midterm was more generalized. I recommend reading the book because I did not find her lectures sufficient enough. Take thorough notes during discussion as well, the practice problems during discussion are very similar to her exams.|
|BIO326R||Walker||Fall 2016||Multiple choice + Free response. Last exam all MC||This course was one of the most stressful classes I have taken at UT because there are only 4 exams that are worth 25% each - no drops RIP.|
To succeed in this course, study for the exams a week beforehand. A majority of his test is based on memorizing his slides. If you study last-minute, it can be overwhelming.
I personally cannot memorize trivial things, so I would always look up YouTube videos or McGraw Hill animations (so good!!!) on the topics we were learning. Therefore, I could see the animations of the cells and what was going on because sometimes Dr.Walker's PowerPoints can be difficult or boring to follow. If you have Eric as your TA, GO TO HIS DISCUSSIONS and memorize his summary sheets before each exam. Also look at the summary slides Dr. Walker provides at the beginning/end of the PowerPoints to see what the main objectives he wants you to understand. His multiple choice is tricky, so read carefully. When doing the practice exams he provides you, don't just memorize the answers - really dissect the test and focus on the concepts he is asking. For example, if you noticed he is asking a lot of questions about HIV, review everything about HIV ( i.e. structure, how it reproduces, unique characteristics). Also the first exam is the easiest, it is just memorization of types of bacteria so do not mess up! I am super interested in microbiology, so I felt like I had the motivation to study for this class. However, if you find this subject boring you might want to look into other professors because Dr. Walker is not engaging.
- Do not have to go to class
- No final
- Tests are not cumulative
- 87 is an A in class
- No drops
- Lectures can be boring
- no plus/minus system (this can be a pro if it works in your favor)
|BIO326R||Dr. Peter King||Spring 2017||King's tests are extremely fair and even on the easier side. They test you on what's covered on his lecture PowerPoint and are completely multiple choice , usually 40-50 questions. Averages are usually in the high 80s.||If you are trying to fulfill your microbiology requirement, and even boost your GPA,I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THE COURSE WITH DR.KING. Going in to this semester, I anticipated that this would be one of my more challenging courses but it actually is very enjoyable and very easygoing. He really has a talent of taking challenging concepts and teaching them in a way that is easy to understand. Grades are solely based on the 3 tests he gives out, and there is one drop. The best way to study for the course is just simply going through the PowerPoint and making sure you have them memorized and that you understand the main concepts of them. When I say memorize, it is not like Walker's class where he will test you on ever little detail, King is very fair and tests on main concepts that he emphasized in class. Overall, really enjoyable class and a very nice guy!|
|BIO340||Arlen Johnson||Fall 2016||Some multiple choice, majority short answers||This molecular biology class was definitely not an easy A. It was pretty challenging but not impossible. Though it was difficult, Dr. Johnson was pretty approachable and really wanted his students to do well. Test averages were generally around 63-67, but there was usually a 5 point curve. His tests were sometimes a bit challenging . The were more application based rather than route memorization of his lectures. With that being said, there were also super easy questions. Part of your grade in this class involves science poster presentations , they were usually a completion grade, but material of the papers presented was often on the exam and was often what students struggled with. I really enjoyed these his lectures, but this definitely was not an easy class. The readings for the class were never long, they were more like a snapshot/preview of what he will cover in class, and so test material is not really taken from the readings , and instead usually just from the lectures as well was the scientific papers. The best way to study for this class is to just review lecture notes, understand the concepts tested on homework questions, and do his practice exams.|
|Bio365S||Machart||Spring 2017||Free response and multiple multiple choice||This is by far been one of the most challenging courses that I have taken at UT, but with that being said it has also been one of the most useful. Dr. Machart really does care about her students if you are willing to live in her office hours. I would advise taking this your last year of school when your course load is not that heavy. You have to go to every class because she does iClicker questions and theres various homework assignments due throughout the year that you get to work in groups with. The discussion sessions are VERY helpful and if you don't go to them then its pretty hard to follow along throughout the week for lecture because it is kind of a flipped class. |
The tests are VERY hard. She purposely tries to trick you and her tests are always super long (side note she also does them friday night from 7-9 PM).
With that being said, she really does know what she is talking about but she does not make it easy to comprehend the material and physiology is already a super dense subject. She wants to you spend a lot of outside time studying and then if you have any gaps in your knowledge you're pretty much supposed to live in her office hours.
**Really important** if you bomb every single midterm but you do well enough on the final then you are still able to get an A (I had a friend who did this too) and its a little bit easier than the midterms but still just way too much material. Again, I would recommend taking this your last year and definitely have some time that you can devote to it!
|BIO365S||Machart||Spring 2018||multiple choice and free response||Physio is a difficult subject, but Dr. Machart makes it very possible to thoroughly master because of her teaching method. You'll have to read the book before class because she assigns reading quizzes, which are only 7-9 questions but can be tricky. I recommend working with someone on these quizzes and talking through why each answer choice is wrong. Use this same study group method (she loves for you to make groups) to study because her exams really test whether you understand the concepts front and back. I printed out the powerpoints to take notes in class and this was really helpful because she explains things well in class and you want to take good notes of her examples/explanations. The most important thing to practice is the supplemental study guide because its the same format as the exams. For exams: review in-class iclicker questions, reading quizzes, and the study guide. This seems like a lot because it is, but you'll get a handle on it quickly and Dr. Machart gives many opportunities for extra credit (even on tests)!|
|BIO365S||Cheng, Shao-Ying||Fall 2018||multiple choice (multi-multiple choice) with short responses||This is definitely not an easy class, however, Ian is really good at explaining! His exams are pretty hard, especially the multiple choice part. You really need to know the material in order to ace the multiple choice part because he tries to trick you. Short responses are not that bad if you go to discussions because they are basically the same as the ones on the discussion worksheets. You can work on the homework as a group and hand it in together!|
|Biostats SDS 328M||Kam Hamidieh||Fall 2016||3 Tests, multiple choice and free response||Dr. Hamidieh is a pretty good professor. The material is pretty dry but he tries to make it more entertaining. He also brings snacks and candy at times. Attendance isn't required but is important in order to do well in the course. There are random squarecap sign in's though that happen relatively frequently. The TA's were very helpful. Go to the TA's for help on the homeworks and labs as these two have a very large impact on your grade. You also have to do well on the tests in order to do well in the course as they have a large effect. The labs every week are pretty simple and the pre-lab handouts are key to doing well on these. The final project isn't too difficult but it is important to time-manage properly, as waiting til the last second can be detrimental to your success on the project. The key to studying is going over the old homeworks and studying the powerpoints. The lab and R learned aren't on the tests only the content specific to the book and notebook. The notebook also has good practice in order to study.|
British Literature (E 316L)
|Elizabeth Hedrick||Spring 2018|
Short Answer in Paragraph form: She'll give you a passage from one of the works you're reading, and you have to give the author, title of passage, location of passage in book (ex. 3rd chapter), and importance of passage to work (ex. reveals theme, character development)
Basic 10 point grading scheme (ex. 93+ is an A). There's books you'll have to buy, but you can find them for cheap online or at places like Half Price Books. Half of the stories you'll need are found in the course package you're required to buy. Grading is based off exam performance, attending discussion, and completing weekly assignments. The material covered on the exams is all discussed in lecture, so don't miss any. I recommend reading, but I was able to score A's on her exams just listening to her lecture and reading minimally. Her lectures basically just go over what you should of read and the important themes and how they're found in the text. What I did which I found extremely helpful was record her lecture to listen to at later times. This class was more enjoyable than I thought it'd be. I hate writing, so I dreaded the class initially. However, Hedrick is very fun to listen to and covers everything you need to do well in class, so as long as you're paying attention in class, this course shouldn't be too difficult.
|C C 303||William Nethercut||Spring 2017||All free response (Identification questions and essay)||I definitely enjoyed taking this class. Fair warning: Be sure that your'e at least somewhat interested in Classical Mythology before signing up for this course. It's not a very difficult class as long as you keep up with the readings. In all honesty, going to lecture is not vital at all in passing the class. Nethercut talks about his travels and relics/paintings related to the course during the whole lecture. However, none of what he talks about is ever on the exams. The important part is keeping up with the readings. The book is basically just a biography of all the different characters in classical mythology and their background stories. The readings are quite lengthly, so don't leave them to the last minute. Make sure to fully understand each character's status and story as there are alot of characters you need to read up on for each exam. Out of about 20 characters, the exam focuses on 3 or 4. The test format consists of identification questions (a page long essay for each character and their background story) and an essay which is either compare and contrast or analytical. Fortunately, the exam is set up to where you can choose from a list of characters, which gives you an opportunity to write about a character you're more knowledgeable about compared to another. Grading is not too harsh. Just make sure you sound confident, write about the correct character and theme, keep in mind everything previously mentioned, and the class should be an easy A.|
|C C 306M||Curtis||Fall 2016||Multiple choice||First it is good to go to class so that you can do the TopHat quizzes which will count for extra credit on the exams. To study for the 7 exams (one can be dropped) you should look through the powerpoint slides, the textbook (can be found online), and the practice exam he provides. The PowerPoint slides and textbook is good for learning the material, and the practice exam is very useful because the type of question will be very similar, but the prefix or suffix he asks about will be different, for example. This class is very good for learning basic medical terms, and it is not tough to make an A|
|C C 306M||Curtis||Spring 2018||All MC||This class is relatively straightforward. There are exams every other week, a total of 7 exams. Dr. Curtis only counts 6, so if you like your grade after the 6th exam you can be done with the class 2 weeks early. There are a lot of chances for bonus points, every day at the start of class with TopHat Questions. They boost your grade A LOT, but you need to go to class to get the points. |
Developing a consistent study system is ESSENTIAL when you have an exam every two weeks. I would spend the week after an exam making notecards for the next exam's terms and then spend the week after that memorizing them. As much as the book is important, Dr. Curtis loves to pull examples off his powerpoints and put them on his exams in order to encourage attendance. Once I started to focus my studying on the roots he included in his lectures, I did much better. There are also TopHat homework assignments that are due weekly, and can be tedious, so give yourself enough time to do them.
|C S 324E||Sarah Abraham||Fall 2018||No tests only projects||This course is graphics and visualization and is a very helpful course if you are interested in learning more about how graphics are made. The course uses Processing which is a java based language and may be a little difficult to learn at the beginning. Early in the course, you are assigned a group and you work with your group on projects for the rest of the semester. Unfortunately, you do not get to choose your groups. There are no tests in the course and the grade comes from team based projects. The projects are not too difficult and the professor holds many office hours each weak. The best way to study for this course would be to review the powerpoints before lecture and to also view examples of code online. Overall, this course was very interesting and well worth the time spent.|
|C S 327E||Shirley Cohen||Spring 2018||Multiple Choice||This course was a great introduction into databases and other data management technologies. The course only met once a week and about half the time was spent on lecture and the other half was spent on in class activities. The professor was very helpful and took the time to help anyone on their lab projects during class. The workload for the class is relatively light as there is only a weekly quiz based on the reading and one lab due each week. There is a midterm for the course that is quite difficult however since there were no practice materials given to study for the exam. The best way to study for the course would be to go over the power point slides and to read the posted lecture notes. The textbook was very dense and I did not find it very helpful. Overall, the course was great and was just the right difficulty for an intro course.|
|CC 306||Curtis||Spring 2017||Multiple choice only||Dr. Curtis is very energetic in class, so much so that it is barely possible to type fast enough to keep up with him. Tests are pretty annoying because they're every two weeks on Friday mornings, but they are easy if you study a little bit. He drops a test and gives extra credit through clickers every class. Gives you an A if you make a 90 and above and no final. Overall I would say an easy A, and you learn a lot of medical terms!|
|CC 306||Dr. Todd Curtis||Fall 2018||multiple choice|
There are 7 tests total (a test every 2 weeks), so its a bit fast paced but definitely doable. Most of the multiple choice questions come from information in his lectures, so just as long as you pay attention in class, you'll do fine. There's also extra credit given during classing that can boost your grade a whole letter up!
|CC 306M||Todd Curtis||Spring 2015||Multiple choice||This class is very annoying but not difficult. This class is all memorization because it’s just vocabulary. His practice exams are very similar to his actual exams. His class is point based, you need 270 points to get an A. There are no A-, just A’s which is really nice. For the first two exams, study the book! After that, study his powerpoints! Go to class because he gives you the definitions in class. If you get an average of 42/50 on all his exams and get 3/4 of the in class questions right, you will get an A. Advice for in class questions, pull up the previous lecture's powerpoint, and do control find! You will get most of your in class points! The in class questions are open notes; however, you cannot use google or classmates. If you don’t get exempt from the last exam, it’s okay! The last exam is the easiest exam because he knows people are borderline. He does not bump up, so you need to get a total of 270 points to get an A.|
|CC 306M||Curtis||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice||Dr. Curtis is very generous in that an A in his class is a 90+, he gives upto 10 bonus points on the overall grade (so technically an A is an 80 if you get all the bonus points), and he drops your lowest grade. Many people say this class has become more difficult but it is still very doable. I would study a day and a half before his tests, using his powerpoints and the book for definitions. I would say this class is pretty easy but work is still required as there are 7 tests and he has added homework (which makes tests count less). Overall, he is a very nice guy who jokes around and really engages the audience, so do not skip class (also thats when extra credit is given!)|
|CC303||Curtis||Fall 2018||All free response|
Dr Curtis is an energetic professor who makes the lectures interesting. This course is extremely test heavy, with 4 tests(70% of the grade). The other 30% are tophat lecture completion quizzes and tophat homework. The best study method is to actually read all the reading assignment as the course is sorely base on readings. It isn't an easy A, but it is doable.
|CH 204||Bohnsack||Spring 2017||No tests, just weekly quizzes prior to lab session.||Overall, the lab is pretty easy. BUT it is extremely time consuming, so be ready to give up some of your social life. The quizzes are made so that you have to know the general idea (as well as certain important details) about what will be going on during the lab session. Most labs are simple and short (only 2-2.5 hrs.), and only 2-3 of them take up nearly the whole time. This lab course is manageable if you start your lab report early, since each report takes 8-10 hours.|
|CH 204||Baranova||Summer 2018||Final is all multiple choice, quizzes are mostly free response||The TA's grade the lab reports so your experience in this class may be strongly influenced by who your TA is. There is quiz and a pre-lab for every experiment. The quizzes questions are extremely specific so make sure you REALLY know the lab manual for that experiment. The questions may by application questions involving equations. They may also ask for names of the specific chemicals or equipment you will use. Or even safety question. The quizzes will always be over the lab you are going to perform (not over the lab from the week before). They added a mandatory final for this course this past summer. Be sure you are familiar with using LabQuest or loggerpro. The final was pretty easy and the questions were less specific. One lab report gets dropped, but still do every lab report in case one goes terribly wrong.|
|CH 204||Baranova||Fall 2018||1 quiz per lab, with a final at the end||First and foremost, as many know, Chem Lab is based largely on what TA you get. I have Honghao Wang. Labs vary week to week and lab reports switch off between "worksheets" and lab write-ups depending on the topic of the lab. Worksheets are pre-made papers by Professor Baranova which you have to fill out meticulously using complete sentences, correct sig figs, subscripts, super scripts, answers, etc. Worksheets will usually have a Data Analysis section in which you analyze the data collected during your lab and a Discussion Question section in which you answer questions on the worksheet regarding the lab. Be careful about each part of the worksheet, even one mistake will cost you points-and these mistakes add up at the end. Write-ups are long papers that you write comprehensively about every aspect of the lab. Once again, be careful on these and take your time! You don't want to lose easy points. In addition, quizzes are given prior to each lab and they test you over the coming lab and procedural guidelines etc. Lastly, there is a final given at the end of the semester which counts for 20% of your grade. It IS possible to get an A in Chem Lab. Visit office hours as much as you need and make sure you are always on the same page as your TA!|
|CH 204||Baranova; TA: Vicki Oladoyin||Spring 2018||Quiz before each class, pre-labs and lab reports, NO FINAL||Chem lab really depends on your TA, but also you need to put in a good amount of work yourself. I ended up getting an A- in the class, and I had a super hard TA. The only reason I got an A- is because of office hours. GO TO OFFICE HOURS they saved my grades. It doesn't matter which TA you go to, they are all super helpful, and there is a lot of hard math you have to do in your lab reports, and they will explain to you how to do it. Start you lab reports early (not the night before they are due) because they do take a while, but if you go to office hours, they will be a lot easier to complete. You have to submit your lab reports to turn it in so DON'T CHEAT! I know people who have gotten 0s on lab reports for copying old people's reports. The database has reports up to 4 semesters before you take the class, so it's not worth the risk. The pre-labs tell you to write down the entire procedure but you don't have to. Just summarize it because you can print out the procedure and bring it to class. For the quizzes, go to lab lecture and study the PowerPoints Baranova posts on canvas, as most of the questions come from there. This class is really time consuming, but if you put in the work and use the sources available to you, you can do well.|
|CH 204||Baranova||Fall 2017||No exams|
This is not a difficult course, however, it is very time consuming. You start the course off by completing a few safety modules. Although they are only 5% of your grade, do not take them lightly as you're only allowed one chance for the quizzes. What I found most tedious in this class was the pre-labs. It takes minimum 1 1/2 hours to write down each pre-lab, so plan to do these in time. There are quizzes before each lab starts and you are required to complete lab reports. You start off by only having to complete specific sections of the lab reports. As the semester progresses, you are required to complete more sections until the entirety of the lab report is required. The post lab questions are fairly difficult, so do take advantage of the TA's office hours. Put the most emphasis on the lab reports as they are 60% of your entire grade. On the bright side, there are no exams or a final!
|CH 220C||Fjetland||Fall 2016||No tests, just lab reports and quizzes||The best way to succeed in this class is to do the lab reports three to four days ahead of time because there are two lab reports due each week. This class is "ranked" so you will be competing with your classmates for the best grade. This lab is not hard but tedious so it is best to plan accordingly to finish the lab reports on time. The best way to get the highest grade on the lab reports is to go to your ta's office hours because they usually tell you what they want on it. It is important to pay attention and go back and watch the lecture capture to do well on quizzes and on the lab reports. Some quizzes can be hard but do not really matter in terms of getting an A in the class. If you plan accordingly and go to ta office hours, you can succeed in the class.|
|CH 220C||Fjetland||Spring 17||None, lab reports only||Your grade is entirely based on which TA you get and who is in your class, which you have no control over. The course is graded based on a ranking system, in which you are compared to your classmates within your own lab session. Overall, I enjoy this lab and I find the lab reports to be less tedious than gen chem labs. Just take great notes during lecture, or rewatch the lecture when writing reports because Fjetland basically tells you everything you need to write for your discussion.|
|CH 220C||Fjetland (but it's the TA who really matters... mine is Grant Walby)||Spring 2018||No tests, but there are lab reports and lab quizzes (free response)||Honestly, the preparation for this lab is chill (lab reports aren't long), but the labs itself are pretty poorly written so it's easy to mess up and/or feel scared. The lab quizzes are surprisingly really hard (I always fail them). However, it's not bad, and time passes pretty quickly. I took it spring semester of sophomore year because it aligned with what was being taught in ochem 2, but you can take it any time. Grades are distributed based on the people in your section though... hopefully you have dumb people in your section.|
|CH 220C||Fjetland||Fall 2017||No exams||Ochem lab is generally time consuming. You need to make sure you have enough hours to spend doing not just one but sometimes two lab reports each week. Fjetland is nice and will accommodate your needs if you go to him in advance. Also, your TA's means everything in this class - you may get a nice TA that will guide you on how to write up a lab report, or you may get a TA that grades super harshly. So ask around to make sure you get a good TA. I had Ben - he's nice and pretty helpful. If you're having a very hard time, make use of the TA's office hours! Also there are quizzes every week that you need to make sure you do pretty good on because that determines whether you get an A or A-. These questions on these quizzes vary from week to week - some weeks it will be easy, some weeks it will be hard. Questions are specific to safety protocols and other handouts, including lab procedures. He sometimes gives you answer to lab quiz questions during lecture, so make sure you're attending those lectures!|
|CH 220C (Ochem Lab)||TA: Tabitha Schempp, Prof: Fjetland||Fall 2018||No tests, but quizzes before each lab and lab reports due each week.||Ochem lab is not hard at all! In the actual lab, things can get kind of confusing, but that doesn't really matter. Although the class time is blocked off for 4 hours, I always get out in 2.5 hours or less. Your grade is based on your lab reports and your quiz grades. Before each lab you have to do a pre-lab (takes maybe 20 minutes) and after each lab you have to write a lab report. As long as you can explain in the lab report what was supposed to happen and why things didn't go right, you will get an A on your lab report. The quizzes are a little tricky, but if you go to lab lecture and memorize the Standard Operating Procedures and the Emergency Operating Procedures you will be fine. I also suggest going to office hours. My TA was amazing and would help me with the lab reports in office hours, and basically tell me the answers. But if you don't go to OH, that's ok too because the lab reports are very straight forward. In comparison to chem lab, Ochem lab is way easier. Your grade depends on your rank in the class though, so if everyone is doing well that could hurt you. At the end of this semester, all of the sections are getting curved up though, so hopefully he'll continue to do that in the following semesters. Ochem lab is very manageable and it won't take up too much time!|
|CH 301||Biberdorf||Fall 2016||Multiple choice with some FRQ||Dr. B is by far the most passionate professor I've had thus far at UT, which made her class super engaging. She teaches in a way that ensures that any student can understand, so long as they do the work outside of the class (which is a lot, but the homework is easy to understand and very well-structured). She teaches very fast-paced, but her lectures are jam-packed with information, unlike some professors who don't cover a sufficient amount of info in class. She also does tons of demos and starts each class with loud, upbeat music to get us pumped up.|
|CH 301||David Laude||Fall 2014||All multiple choice||ESSENTIAL: Attend TA review sessions prior to tests. Laude's own review session is good as well, but the TA reviews will practically spell the entire test out to you. Laude also posts answers to his study guides for each of his tests, and it's very important to review those concepts and familiarize yourself with them because all the test questions are modeled after them. His course packet is a nice tool if you need to see the basics, but it isn't necessary at all to getting an A in the course. If he's still doing Quest, speed up his videos 2x to finish the homework faster because some of them take forever. Overall, this was in my experience a very easy and manageable course!|
|CH 301||McCord||Fall 2016||All multiple choice, about 25-30 questions||This course is super manageable as long as you stay on track. The material is fairly simple, and McCord is very, very good at lecturing and making sure you fully learn the material. I'm my opinion, the best way to study for the exams are to redo the HW assignments and study the notes you write from gchem and class. There's a lot of out of class opportunities to study too: review sessions and LOTS of office hours are available.|
|CH 301||Dr. McCord||Fall 2016||20-30 multiple choice questions||Dr. McCord is a good chemistry professor. He teaches the material well during lecture and explains all of the information that you need to know for the tests. He asks multiple questions through Reef during every lecture, which are easy and straightforward. There is no textbook for this class. There is a website called GChem that all students have access to that explains all of the concepts we are learning in great detail, which is very helpful. This class follows a "flipped classroom" structure, where you will do a learning exercise or homework assignment about a specific topic through Canvas before he ever teaches that topic in class. He drops about 4-6 of your lowest learning exercise grades and 1-2 of your lowest homework grades. His tests can have a few difficult questions, but overall are not very hard. There are 4 tests throughout this class and he drops your lowest test grade. Only a simple scientific calculator is allowed for the tests. You are given two hours to take the tests, which are usually at 7 PM on Wednesdays. His TAs also have weekly reviews which are very helpful. The final, while not too difficult, does require thorough review and studying. The final consisted of about 50 multiple choice questions. For me, the best way to study and prepare for tests in this class was to do practice problems, read over the GChem site, and review all of the homework assignments and learning exercises. Overall he is a good professor and I would recommend his class.|
|CH 301||Richard Jones||Fall 2016||all multiple choice||Professor Jones is one of the best professors I've ever had. He made CH 301 SO easy for me. His class is lectured base, with online learning exercises through canvas, as well as in class polling for attendance. His uses slideshows for his lectures and demonstrations as well. He is VERY direct and does not give you any extra information you do not need to know. He tells you exactly what you need to know to ace the test. He gives a review with very obvious hints of what you need to know the class period before a test. I made an A in Professor Jones class without having to put much effort because I learned 90% of the information from paying attention and taking good notes in class. His learning exercises are also very helpful in giving you good practice for the material you should know. The best study method for this course is going to class, taking notes over the learning exercises, and going to the review sessions before the test. The review sessions tell you exactly what you need to study, therefore I highly recommend attending them before test days.|
|CH 301||Dr. Vandenbout||Spring 2016||All multiple choice (25 questions)||The course packet that can be purchased for the class is very useful because it summarizes all of the topics that will be covered. It is also good to go over the homeworks assigned through Canvas (they can act as practice problems). The first few exams are not too tough, but I highly recommend spending a great deal of time understanding the concepts for the Thermodynamics exam (last midterm) because in my opinion it was the most difficult.|
|CH 301||Dr. David Laude||Fall 2016||Multiple choice||This is a great introductory course to chemistry and helps set the foundation not only for chemistry 2 but also for biology and ochem. There are 4 tests throughout the semester along with 4 quizzes which are given a week before each test. The final consists of 50 multiple choice questions and it includes about 12-15 question types from each test taken throughout the semester. Dr. Laude does a great job teaching this course in a way that students feel as if they are really understanding chemistry. He posts practice quizzes and practice tests on Canvas a week before to help students better prepare for them and he also posts worksheets that will help you on the tests. He does give extra credit which adds 3% to your overall grade! If you get an A on the final you get and A for the course; in other words, if your grade on the final is better than your semester average you get that grade regardless of the grades you received for each of the four tests. I took AP Chem during my junior year in high school and forgot over half of the content coming into college; Dr. Laude helped me learn chemistry in such a way that I can actually understand the equations and derive them through basic chemistry principles.|
|Ch 301||Dr. Kate Bieberdorf||Fall 2014 and Spring 2015||Multiple choice||One of my favorite courses! Definitely an easy easy A if you keep up with the work, attend class regularly, and go to office hours for help on anything you understand. The textbook is online (and free) and was an extremely helpful resource– reading the textbook and understanding the reasoning behind all of the topics is a sure-fire way to get a 100 on the exam. |
Homework is reasonable and weekly. Very helpful in preparing for the exams. One drop exam as well.
Bieberdorf is an awesome professor and extremely helpful! Very approachable and cares about her students.
|CH 301||Dr. Laude||Fall 2016||Multiple choice 25 questions||When I took this course, there were four exams, four quizzes that made you start studying for the test earlier, and one optional final if you were exempt based on the number of points you had. The homework is included in the course pack which is purchased from the Coop, but is optional and not graded at all. The SOLE key to doing well in this class is by attending TA office hours. They will essentially hone in on specifically what you have to study and spoon feed you information about the test. It is essential to learn how to take Dr. Laude's tests specifically, as he will release a video with what you need to know for EACH QUESTION type. I really like this type of teaching because he tells you what he wants from you, and if you take the effort to learn what he tells you to do, you will get the question right, no doubt about it. I would recommend going to class as he does cool demonstrations and I think he is funny, but no worries if you do not because attendance isn't mandatory and lectures are recorded online. This class is atypical as a gen chem class as there are no calculators allowed, rather you are supposed to implement "Laude Math" in which you approximate values by rounding and multiply in your head or on scratch paper. This might seem intimidating and scary at first just because it is so different, but his mindset about it is surrounding the calculator policy on certain grad student tests (MCAT, etc.) so you really end up appreciating it at the end. There are many grading schemes available to make an A in this class and Dr. Laude truly wants you to succeed. He is an inspirational professor and is recommended to any freshman for gen chem, I would even say he is one of the best science professors. There are also three extra credit points that are available for your overall grade that are easy and focus upon improving yourself (teach a family member science over Thanksgiving break, attend a research fair, and join a club/do something for the betterment of yourself). 10/10|
|CH 301||David Laude||Fall 2017||20 Questions, multiple choice. Mix of conceptual and math questions. No calculator allowed, so a lot of the math deals with rounding to whole numbers and using approximations.||The layout of the course is simply the flipped classroom model; there are online modules in canvas that you are required to do prior to lectures.These modules cover the lecture material and quiz material. There are also quiz guides that are posted on canvas that cover questions types on the quizzes, which is more than enough study material to get you a 5/5 on each quiz. For the exams, Laude has a review guide that breaks down each question on the exam into a learning objective. He ranks the learning objectives from easy to hard, and writes down exactly what you need to know to solve the problem on the quiz. Everything needed to get a 93% or higher for an A is handed to you via Canvas and the only thing you have to do to get the A is to just make sure you take advantage of the resources. In the exam reviews, he has practice questions; occasionally he says that they are useful. However, most of the time he says not to do them because they are not relevant to the question on the exam, which is true. If you only focus on what he explains and what is strictly needed, then studying will be a breeze because it slims down the material to a small amount to memorize and learn.|
|CH 301||Sutcliffe||Fall 2016||Free response and Multiple choices||I highly suggest self-study with the textbooks. She heavily digresses in lecture.|
|CH 301||Sutcliffe||Fall 2015||Multiple choice||If you had no other option but to chose this professor, then prepare for her to go off tangent frequently and learn very little in a span of an hour and fifteen. A way to remedy this is to actually read the book as a mean to self-study. Have weekly group sessions or practice the hw problems. She will give out a review sheet but try to use it as a guide to topics to study and not solely use it as a mean to save yourself from studying a lot.|
|CH 301||David Laude||Fall 2017||multiple choice||Best professor here at UT. All you have to do is study is review notes for quizzes and tests and you'll have an easy A. Everything you need to know is on those reviews. He also gives multiple opportunities for extra credit. TAs are also very helpful. Laude really wants everyone to succeed and get an A.|
|CH 301||Dr.Ruth||Spring 2017||All multiple choice||If you come from a high school that did not offer AP chemistry or overall you do not have a really good chemistry background, I recommend you take her. Her class is designed for non-science majors, but this works for your pre-dental requirements. There is a lot going on during a typical week for her class. You have pre-class quizzes for every class, that's why I recommend doing her tth class instead of her mwf. Also, there are weekly canvas and ALEKS homeworks. Along, with reading feedbacks. I know this all sounds like a lot, but since you do all this when it comes time to study for a test you really dont have to do so much because you already do that throughout the course of the weeks. She is very nice and approachable. She will remember your name if you attend her office hours. The best study method would be to just basically do all her homeworks, attend her office hours, and make sure you do the sample test, it is super similar to the actual test! Overall, I feel like she is the easiest CH 301 professor, specially if your chemistry high school background sucked!|
|CH 301||Laude||Fall 2017||All multiple choice||Overall this class is fairly easy if you put in the work. The best way to study for the exams were to do the practice exams and to go over the lecture/review videos. Laude provides plenty of resources. There will be quizzes pretty often. However all the questions are multiple choice and Laude will go over every question type so you can usually expect what the quizzes and exams will be like. The final is optional if you do well in the class! Do well in the beginning of the class so you can focus on your other classes during finals week!|
|CH 301||Laude||Fall 2018||His tests are all multiple choice and are about 25 questions.||This class is very doable because Dr. Laude gives you everything you need to know for the tests and quizzes. Literally everything. There is a quiz every lecture except for the lecture after the test, and the quizzes are 5 questions long. He will send out exactly what 5 question types you will need to know for the quizzes and the best thing to do for those quizzes is to go to the TA Discussion Sessions before every quiz because they go over it and tell you exactly what he wants. The tests are the same because he also gives you the 20 question types that will be on the test, and as long as you study those really well you'll get good grades. If you get around an average of a 93% on all the tests and work, you can not take the final and get an A in the course. I think Laude is the best chemistry teacher you could get because he makes the course so easy and if you have him first semester, you are guaranteed to have him second semester as well.|
|CH 301||Laude||Fall 2017||25 multiple choice questions||There's a quiz every day after class. Both quizzes and midterms come with a review sheet on canvas. Best study method is to study EXACTLY what the review tells you since nothing out of his review comes out on the quizzes and the exams. All questions are very straight forward and nothing that you haven't learn will be on the exams. Highly recommend his class|
|CH 301||Biberdorf||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice (always around 20 questions)||Dr. Biberdorf is extremely passionate about Chemistry. She makes her lectures engaging, fun, and geared towards learning topics conceptually. The grading scheme is by scantron, and the best way to study for tests are to do practice problems on Canvas and Koofers. I highly recommend her for anyone needing to take CH 301.|
|CH 301||Stacy Sparks||Fall 2018||20-25 multiple choice||Her grading is relatively friendly. Tests make up the bulk of your grade. There are constantly homework and learning exercises, but the thing with her class is that it's flipped. You actually learn the material and are first exposed to it through online tutorials at your home when you're doing these learning exercises. Then, she explains it in class to clarify and fill in the holes the video may not have been clear on. Finally, you have homework testing you over the same concept again. After a few repeats of those and a few concepts taught later, you take a test. Capitalize on weekly reviews. Office hours are helpful too, but if you do nothing, go to the weekly reviews. To study, take notes from the learning exercises. Before the test, study your notes and just go back through the homeworks to ensure you can do all the problems. If you can do the homework with ease, you will do great on the test.|
|CH 301||Dr. Biberdorf||Fall 2018||usually 20-22 multiple choice questions with no free response||Dr. B is extremely intelligent and entertaining. She is a great professor although she goes relatively fast, so giving 100% during lectures will help grasp concepts. Her grading scheme is standard; an A- is equal to greater than 90, and an A is equal to or greater than 93. She does give out candy for various reasons, such as asking or answering question, that bumps your grade up at the end of the semester. Typically, one candy equals one point. I would say the best study method would be to redo the pages that was covered during lecture in the course pack. Reviewing the homework on canvas or the gchem website would also be very helpful.|
|CH 301||David Laude||Fall 2018||All multiple choice||Your grade mainly consists of the 4 exams and final, as well as learning modules and almost daily quizzes. One can be exempt from the final if one already has an A or A- in the class. He wants you to succeed so even if you do badly on the exams, by acing the cumulative final exam, you can earn an A for the course. He provides a review packet with all the exam material for each test which contains all the question types on the exam and all the information needed to get a good score. Along with the review packet, he also provides practice questions to solidify concepts. Studying and understanding these materials is the best way to study for this course.|
|CH 301||Dr. Laude||Fall 2018||MC||Laude is a professor that students either love or dislike. His class is set up like a flipped classroom where he expects his students to watch the videos and complete the modules before class and supplements with active learning activities and skits in class. The modules are easy and he only expects you to earn a minimum of 6 out of 8 questions correct for full credit. There are quizzes every single class except for the day of exams and the class after an exam (19 in total) but he drops a total of 7. Each quiz is worth 25 points so the max number of quiz points you can earn is 300. There are four exams that are 20 multiple choice questions long (worth 100 points each). Laude does an excellent job preparing you for these exams. He and his TA's offer office hours throughout the week, along with discussion groups and academic communities. Also, he does an hour long review session the Sunday night before the exam. In this session, he goes over all 20 question types that will be on the test and he works through the examples. These question types are also posted at the beginning of each unit. This class is very easy to get an A in and he offers a lot of resources to make it happen.|
|CH 301||Biberdorf||Fall 2018|
The tests are around around 20 multiple choice questions with the amount of points varying for each question, so missing a couple of questions can seriously impact your grade.
There are 4 exams total, but she drops the lowest one. They make up 60% of your grade. the final is 25%, homework is 10% (5 drops) and attendance questions (reef) is 5%. If you ask her, she'll give you a study schedule for the week prior to the test that is actually really helpful. The tests can be kind of tricky though, so you have to know the material inside and out. If you take good notes on the learning exercises, review the material after the lectures, and drill the homework problems than you should do well. I really like Dr. B. She's really enthusiastic and has awesome demos. She's really nice if you need to ask her any questions or if you're confused about something.
|CH 301||Dr. Biberdorf||Fall 2018|
20-25 Multiple choice/ no free response
This has been my favorite class this semester. Dr. B makes the class really interesting and engaging. Before every class there are learning exercises which give provide background information and practice questions that correspond to the next day of lecture. It is important to thoroughly read through the text of the LEs and possibly even take notes. This will really come in handy when the concepts are mentioned at a much faster pace during the lecture. There are 4 tests and a final which make up the majority of the grade, so it is important to try your best to do well on them. The best way to study for the tests is to attend ALL of the TA reviews (or watch them online), read the gchem textbook, redo the homework assignments, and do practice exams on koofers.
|CH 301||Laude||Fall 2018|
Only multiple choice with 20 questions per exam (4 exams total excluding the final)
The best study method is to thoroughly look over his review notes that go over each question type individually. If there is something that you don't understand from simply his notes, then go back over the learning module over that topic only. Don't waste time going over all of the learning modules because his tests are based off of his review notes. He does provide practice tests that are somewhat helpful, but the main study source should be his review notes. Since there are only 20 questions, each question is worth 5 points, so it's best to really go over all of the material. Also, he has replacement quizzes that can replace a low quiz grade for each unit.
|CH 301||Dr. Ruth||Spring 2018||Multiple Choice|
Numerous ways to make an A, options to take the final (or NOT). Study method: Definitely keep up with the ALEKS, and go to her office hours. She's super helpful if you can meet with her one on one. She grades heavy on the equations, and lighter on theory, so be sure you master the extra tough in class problems she provides.
|CH 301/302||Biberdorf||Fall 2017/Spring 2018||Her exams were always around 20 multiple choice questions. It was pretty evenly divided between concept and calculation problems.||Dr. B always made class interesting and exciting. She is super energetic and usually starts class with music. The atmosphere of the class is always upbeat, and she makes lecture way more interesting than a regular chem class. She usually provides practice exams that have the same format as her tests, and McCord test bank is great because they are similar. Also, the TA reviews before the test are super helpful and they usually tell you what to expect on a few problems which was super helpful. They definitely guided you a lot more in 301 than 302. 302 can start pretty rough but the material seems to get easier towards the end of the semester. She also drops your lowest test grade which is amazing.|
|CH 302||Dr. Dave Laude||Spring 2016||UT Quest-style Multiple choice (25 questions)||Dr. Laude is one of the best professors I have had. He is very engaging and compelling. He gives us many examples for us to easily understand the concept we are learning. His lecture is organized. Even if you did not take AP Chemistry in high school, you will be fine. About a week before the test, he gives us a test review (review + video). If you study these, you will do just fine. You should attend every lecture. He gives us online homework, but those are not too hard. He gives us a lot of extra credit/bonus. His office hour is very helpful. His TAs are really knowledgeable. He wants every student to get an A, so he tries make everything easy, but very helpful for later chemistry-related courses we are going to take. If I were you, I would definitely take his class.|
|CH 302||David Laude||Spring 2015||All multiple choice||If you've taken 301 with Laude, it's pretty much the same as before. As always, it is ESSENTIAL to go to the TA review sessions since they basically describe the entire test and go over key concepts. The course packet itself is helpful, but not necessary to get an A on if you keep up with the Quest homework (if he's still doing those) and attend class. Work load is not very high and the course itself is very manageable. Speed up the Quest videos 2x to save time!|
|CH 302||Van den Bout and LaBrake||Spring 2016||All multiple choice, ~25 questions each.||Highly highly recommend this course. The professors focus on conveying the concepts, instead of just how to pass the tests. This will obviously serve you much better throughout your science career at UT than the class that may be a slightly easier A. This class is set up for you to succeed, there are many, many resources in place for you to do so. All math done in this class is mental math, however this was truly not an obstacle. I think that it made the math questions on the test significantly easier than the sister class that was allowed to use calculators. Also, I would say that this class got a much better foundation of concepts as opposed to the other calculator-allowed class because of how much more necessary the foundations are to succeed on the exams in this class with no calculator.|
|CH 302||David Laude||Spring 2016||25 Multiple Choice Questions||The best way to study is to attend all of the review sessions and look for a TA that fits your learning and studying style. There are like 3 practice tests that have very similar questions to the questions you might expect to see on the exam. The videos on the website aren't necessary to study or watch in detail. The quizzes online weren't very reflective of the exam questions either. I would study about 3 days before an exam and that was sufficient for me personally. If Omar is still TA-ing he was very helpful along with Meghan. The Sunday Night reviews Dr. Laude holds are very helpful but he also records these. There are iClickers but don't stress over them as many will be dropped but try your best as too many misses will add up. Dr. Laude does give some extra credit in the form of "teaching family members" so this is helpful. I would say Dr. Laude was the best General Chemistry teacher out there and the class is not too difficult. Also, if you do well on the final, the final exam will replace your overall course grade. The general A/A- system is employed in this course.|
|CH 302||Sarah Sutcliffe||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||This class was fairly straightforward. Attendance is counted via clicker questions but you can always skip class and do it from home. This class is primarily self-learned rather than learning from lecture.There is a large amount of homework and learning modules in the class. The tests are very similar to the quest homework, so if you can do those problems, you will do just fine on the test. She also gives a helpful hints page before each test that outlines all the different things you need to know. Finally, she curves HARD at the end of the class.|
|Ch 302||Dr. Kate Biberdorf||Spring 2018||Multiple choice||This professor is amazing and has a great network of TA’s and PLA’s there to guide you as well. Dr. Biberdorf really knows her Chemistry and she has her own course guide for the class. If you follow that course guide, which has her lecture PowerPoints, examples of questions, test prep material, then you will do well on the exam. Look at past exams from Koofers. Also, there is a website called gchem and it’s very helpful for the conceptual part of General Chemistry. This is a great course, and Dr. Biberdorf does a lot of demos and experiments which are fun!|
|CH 302||Laude||Spring 2018||Multiple Choice||Dr. Laude is a really good chemistry professor and I believe one of the easiest intro chemistry classes (which is why his class fills up so quick and is reserved for special groups). He has modules which give you 3 attempts so there is no reason to not get an A on those. His tests are multiple choice and are very similar to his test review. Most students do not even watch his lectures or the textbook, they just focus on his reviews which cover every type of question that will be on his test. I personally only used his test reviews as a guide as a lot of other people did, and he always had a good amount of people scoring 100s on his tests. Other than that attend his office hours as he sometimes gives answers to quizzes and exams or will tell you exactly what to study for, he is a very friendly and approachable man.|
|CH 302||Colapret||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice and Free Response||Dr.Colapret's lectures are aligned well with the textbook and compared to any other ochem professor his lectures are very on the surface as well as his exams. I recommend going to Shabbir's lectures until the second exam because they help understand the concepts more deeply. After the second exam their lectures diverge. Colapret's exams are very easy as long as you understand the concepts!|
|CH 302||McCord||Spring 2018||All multiple choice|
Chem 302 with McCord was pretty difficult. There is a lot of homework for this class that you need to understand for each test, so it's easy to fall behind. He clears up most of the concepts in lecture, but you'll have to get extra help if you want to get an A. It's hard to perform well on his tests given the amount of time you have and the difficulty of the questions, but he will curve when needed and drop one midterm. I found that studying Sapling problems helped me prepare for exams because the problems on both are very similar. Go through the extra practice he gives as well. Personally, I would not suggest taking this class with McCord. Try switching to another professor if you can.
|CH 302M||Shabbir||Fall 2015||Free response, True and False, some multiple choice||Keep up with your notes!!! After every lecture, the information may seem easy but you will forget it 24 hours later, therefore, keep up with your notes!!!!!!! Her tests are very similar to her practice exams. True and false questions are very difficult on her exams so try to learn the background information as well! She usually doesn’t teach a lot of background information so reading the textbook might help with that. Make study groups for this class and constantly look over reactions everyday so you will always have these reactions in your head. After any organic chemistry class, keep studying! This will help a lot for DAT! It is horrible relearning all these reactions again for the DAT! TRUST ME! If you put in a lot of effort in organic chemistry, you will do great in the class. Organic chemistry is all about practice.|
|CH 302N||Colapret||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice and Free Response (focus on Free Response)||Because Colapret recycles questions for his exams from previous years definitely find old exams (there are tons out there online). Studying methods would include, practice writing down mechanisms with mechanism sheet first on whiteboard, then multiple times without mechanism sheets. It would also be best to work with a partner at mechanism (groups aren't that great, because it gets hectic) - with your study partner help each other write out complex mechanisms and answer practice exam questions. Because there are multiple old exams out there, utilize some for studying and some for self examination. There are test banks that include ALL the multiple choice questions possible on his exams based on chapters. He is not a really good motivating professor during lecture, but he is a really nice person. |
|CH 302N||Iverson||Spring 2016||Free response, true and false, some multiple choice||Coming from Shabbir to Iverson, the format of the class and test is very similar. However, Iverson’s tests are way harder. You definitely have to study more with Iverson. Having said that, you learn a lot more with Iverson and he will prep you for the DAT a lot better. He teaches you to apply the information, not just memorize! This makes organic chemistry way easier, especially because there’s so many reactions you have to know. He offers a lot of resources so that you won’t feel behind. I would re-watch his videos on 2X speed online and rewrite my notes — which helped a lot! I would suggest to start studying a week before the exam. Keep up with your notes! It can feel overwhelming if you haven’t. Iverson is an amazing professor. I learned a lot from him and enjoyed his class.|
|CH 320 M||Iverson||Spring 2017||"Short Answer"||I really liked Dr. Iverson but there were people who didn't because they thought he was super difficult. He taught us very well and had genius ways of remembering things. He related things to real life examples and cared about us personally. He emphasized our health outside of school which is what I liked. I thought I learned it very well just in time for the DAT. It is three exams and a final with no drops. The exams were relatively difficult but an A was definitely possible. Study by using the practice exams. He provides many years of practice exams but use the most recent ones as those are the most representative of the exams. I didn't think office hours were that beneficial.|
|CH 320 N||Colapret||Fall 2018||Two sections: multiple choice and free response||First off, I would like to say that my review may be a little different given that I took ochem 2 with Shabbir last semester but pass-failed it, so this is my second time around seeing the material, which obviously makes it easier to comprehend. However, I firmly believe that Colapret is the easier professor to have. Shabbir's exams feature questions written by her TAs, so there's a decent chance that you won't see something coming. Colapret's exams, however, are very straightforward. He reuses a lot of the same questions from homework and past exams (which you can find online). I remember always leaving Shabbir's exams feeling like I bombed them, but with Colapret, I felt good about life. I even made an A on our last exam. All in all, I highly recommend him.|
|CH 320M||Arambula||Spring 2017||3 midterms , followed by a cumulative final at the end of the semester. None of the exams get dropped, and all span about every 3-4 weeks. The exams are all free response and fill in the blank. About 10 -11 questions for each exam, which makes each question weigh heavily. The exams are out of 150 points to make partial credit more lenient towards the students. He does curve the exams, but dont be expecting a big curve on the exam if you made a B or higher (T-score curve).||Doctor Arambula is a different professor than most. He does the lecture classes and does a well job at teaching them, but never talks about the exam or what it will constitute. There are no forms of extra credit, just the exam curves. To do well in his course, you MUST attend lectures and pay attention, along with staying up with the material. It is easy to get behind and feel hopeless, but if you attend his lectures and do the homeworks he assigns in the book, then you will do fine in the class.|
|CH 320M||Bocknack||Fall 2016||Multiple choice with some free responses||Dr. Bocknack taught well but often got behind and rushed through the lecture to keep up with the material. Compared to other ochem professors, 1) his class average was lower, 2) he didn't provide enough resources outside the lecture, and 3) he was not as clear on how he wanted us to answer free response on the exams, which can take off few points even if you get the right answer. He assigned a lot of textbook readings and problems, which was very time consuming but helpful to me. His homework and practice exam was in the same format as the real exam, but he did tend to put some twisted problems on the real exam.|
|CH 320M||Shabbir||Fall 2016||Free response with true/false and multiple choice||The best way to study for this course is to re-read your notes and practice drawing mechanisms and practice problems on scratch paper. Practice is key for this course. I also recommend attending her office hours. You don't really need to read the book for this course (I made an A without buying the book). It is also helpful to get together with a group of students to test each other.|
|CH 320M||Colapret||Spring 2017||Multiple choice with some free response||First of all, he is such a cute nug and wears adorable sweater vests. Second, you really have to adapt to his teaching style. He mainly lectures off of powerpoints and written notes, so it can get super boring. Ochem is super hard no matter what teacher you have. I like how his tests are very predictable and had a similar format to the homework and class notes. He is willing to help everyone and genuinely wants his students to do well.|
|CH 320M||Bocknack||Fall 2016||3 exams, 1 drop (30% each) 1 final (40%) - All about 2/3 MC and 1/3 Free Response.||Not the best professor to take this course with. If possible, take Shabbir, as she will likely teach your CH 320N course, and you will already be familiar with the format, and know everything you should for her class. In Bocknack, he does really know his stuff, but is not very good at conveying it and almost expects you to be on his level. There is an advantage to this course, as the tests are much more multiple choice than Shabbir, but the general organization of lectures and course material is definitely sub-par. If I could redo this, I would take Shabbir but this class is probably your next best alternative.|
|CH 320M||Bocknack||Fall 2016||Multiple choice with some free responses||The first exam is mostly review of previous chemistry concepts so it can be helpful to look over your old notes to review. The following exams will include chemical mechanisms. To master these mechanisms, you first need to know how to compound structure will change with a given solute/solvent. Then the next step is learning how to fit these individual reactions together to complete the whole puzzle in going from a beginning compound to a final compound. So it's not all about memorization, but also about a LOT of practice if you want to do well on the exams.|
|CH 320M||Shabbir||Fall 2015||Multiple Choice, “short answer” (you draw stuff out in this class)||Difficulty: Medium-Difficult|
Grading: The grades consist of 3 exams, and a final. She teaches by writing her own set of notes, and walking you through a packet of notes during lecture. The notes are very detailed and easy to follow. Each exam is equal in difficulty, and the final is the same level of difficulty as the exams, just longer.
How to study: She posts the notes that are written during class. Take all of her lecture notes from canvas, as well as the packet of class notes that you fill out during class and print them out. Take a day to synthesize all of the information, and connect the two sets of study materials. Make sure you UNDERSTAND all of the concepts. Once you understand the concepts, it is time to start memorizing. Once you catch the hang of the concepts, this becomes just a memorization and recognition class. A lot of people cannot seem to catch the hang of o-chem concepts, but I did not find that to be the case.
Overall Impression: Likely the best Organic Chemistry I professor, TAKE IT.
|CH 320M||Shagufta Shabbir||Fall 2017||Free Response (66% of grade) and multiple choice (33% of grade)|| Dr. Shabbir is an amazing professor. She explains things in a way that anyone can understand ochem. She writes her notes each day and records her lectures if a majority of students want her to. There are three tests and a final. You're grade comes from the tests; there is no attendance/hw portion to your grade. Each homework that she assigns will be due about a week from the date it was assigned and you will receive an extra point to your exam grade. Usually she assigns two to three homeworks before each test.|
I have not only learned a lot of ochem but I have also learned how to look at things from different perspectives just as you would when looking at molecules. This class develops perceptual abilities skills that may help when taking the DAT.
The best study method for this course is to do the practice exams about a week before the test and form study groups with your classmates. You will not be able to get through this course by studying the day before or even two days before as things start to get tough. Try to study a little bit each day especially when it comes to memorizing the reaction mechanisms.
I hope this review helped. The one thing that I would say for y'all to remember is to never forget the charges on atoms. You will end up loosing a lot of points if this happens.
|CH 320M||Colapret||Spring 2018||multiple choice with free response (about 50/50)||Colapret made Ochem as easy as it could be considering the subject. He records all his lectures and posts them online to study from (or watch if you missed class), but going to class is important in order to stay on top of material. The best way to study for this class is with flashcards (you can make your own or he gives you a template) and by drawing and redrawing mechanisms. Also, reviewing lecture notes is a great help, he doesn't really ask anything obscure from the book. The grading scheme is a normal 90,80,70 grading scale but Colapret does NOT do plus minus. In my experience, he rounds a lot of people that are on the bubble (89,79, etc...) up if he deems your test scores to be good enough for it. The class grade includes some homework assignments and your three exams along with a final. The final is much more difficult than his regular exams so be extra thorough in your studying for it.|
|CH 320M||Brent Iverson||Fall 2017||Free response exams and final||Dr. Iverson is one of the best professors I've had at UT! I highly recommend him. He breaks down everything and makes organic chemistry easy to understand. The grading method when I took it was 55% top 2 midterm grades, 40% final, and 5% electronic quizzes. The electronic quizzes were easy and the answers can be found in the book. The exams ask a lot of questions, and can be stressful, so manage your time wisely. I recommend studying the homeworks for review, as well as his practice exams. I would also re-watch the lectures if you have time, and recommend making a "roadmap" for all of the reactions, along with flashcards. Dr. Iverson also has online office hours that are helpful if you have any questions.|
|CH 320M||Iverson||Fall 2018||All free response questions with probably one or two multiple choice at the end. His tests are about 15 pages long and has a few MCAT formated questions at the end (which are doable, not hard)||I rewatch the TA's review videos and some of Iverson's recorded lectures. Read through his rules of the day and reread your notes. Also he give you ALL past exams. so you have tons of resources to look at and make sure to do most if not all of it. I also redo all the homework and extra problem solving worksheets they pass out before exam. If you do all these, you'll do great on the exam|
|CH 320M||Shabbir||Fall 2018|
Roughly 80% free response and 20% multiple choice
Shabbir is decent when it comes to lecturing. She is really knowledgeable about the material and prepares you for ochem 2 by making you learn the basics in depth. She gives a lot of hints as to what will be on her midterms as well, so you always know what you need to study. However, you will have to spend a disproportionate amount of time studying for this class because she makes her tests really difficult (one will be dropped). She goes over a lot of material really quickly in class, but don't panic if you missed anything because she posts her lecture notes on Canvas. Homework is for extra credit, but it's still worth it to do these assignments. Study by reworking homework problems repeatedly until you can get them all right. Reading the book is not necessary toward the end of the course; just skim to reinforce a few concepts.
|CH 320M||Colapret||Fall 2018|
Multiple Choice and Free Response
Overall, his exams tend to be very straightforward. His old exams are very helpful because questions are often similar. His lectures are recorded so you can always go back and rewatch parts that were confusing. Homework is due before every exam. I would recommend going through the textbook and making flashcards for the mechanisms. He does not use the +/- system.
|CH 320N||Colapret||Fall 2016||multiple choice and free response||This class is structured like his Ochem 1 class if you had him as a professor. The best way to do well in this course is to go over his powerpoint slides and go to his office hours if you need any further explanation on a topic. The multiple choice questions are not hard but pay attention and follow the instructions for the free response questions. He will take off points for the smallest things of you do not pay attention and read the instructions. He is not always the best at explaining things so I also advise to watch Iverson's lectures online to get a better grasp of the material. It is important to study at least a week in advance for his tests and not two days before to make sure you understand the material.|
|CH 320N||Shagufta Shabbir||Fall 2016||Multiple choice and free response||I had Dr. Shabbir for ochem 1 in the large lecture hall and got a B in the class. It was hard for me and definitely made ochem 2 a class that I was not looking forward to. Because of my schedule I had to take ochem 2 through the UT Extension course which is basically a night course on campus. I had to pay $550 and class was MW 6-7:30. That being said there was only 20 people in my class so Dr. Shabbir was able to get to know everyone and see where the class was struggling because we were able to raise our hand and ask questions which is not always possible in a large lecture hall. Having class this way allowed ochem 2 to be a lot easier for me and I ended up making an A in the class. Her test are still challenging but by never getting behind and doing practice questions over and over again you can have success in her class. You have HW's but they are for extra credit and won't hurt you. I definitely recommend doing them though because they will help you with the test. I studied by going through the HW's and practice test she post and practice problems. A key to this class is to actually practice. You can read over notes only so many times with this class, you actually have to look at problems and try to solve them in order to actually learn to do well on test.|
|CH 320N||Iverson||Spring 2017||Free response, multiple choice||Dr. Iverson is great at teaching ochem! He makes lecture engaging and fun, even though this can cause him to go off track sometimes. He posts every single one of his past exams on his website, so those are the best way to study for his exams. His exams don't really deviate from what he's done in previous years, so if you can do those then you are in good shape. He also offers a lot of help outside of lecture, so there are a lot of opportunities for you to get extra practice or assistance from him and the TA's. I would recommend him because he genuinely cares about his students and wants everyone to do well. He doesn't put extremely tricky questions on his exams- he honestly just wants to know if you are understanding what we are learning in class, so he makes the exams straightforward. He's great!!|
|CH 320N||Shagufta Shabbir||Spring 2017||Mainly free response, true and false, and multiple choice||The course is very fast paced, but doable as long as you stay on top of the material. Shabbir genuinely cares about her students and from conversations with her she wants her students to think on a deeper lever and be prepared for medical school, dental school, graduate school, etc. The best way to study for this class is to study the lectures if not right after the class, at least that same day to make sure that it makes sense because the class moves really fast. Also, testing yourself on all of the examples that were given in lecture is important because similar problems will be on the exam. For example, I get copy paper and write all of the box questions from the lectures and the homeworks without the answers and put them into cover slips and do the problems multiple times until I understand them and get them correct. I do the same thing with IUPAC, synthesis and mechanisms problems. Another key thing is reviewing the concepts that she covered in lecture and if the way she covered it was not clear enough then reading the book is the best way to clear up the concepts. In addition to this doing the problems she advises you to do in the book is helpful. After doing all of that taking the practice exam a few days before the actual exam is ideal so that you can test yourself and see what you need to work on some more.|
|CH 320N||Brent Iverson||Spring 2015||All free response||I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The best method of study for this course, for me, was repetition. First off, make sure you attend lecture and take notes. There are homeworks to help you practice and understand the material. Each homework, if you get it all correct, adds one point to the exam that the homework covers. So if there are 3 homeworks for an exam, it is possible to get a 103 on an exam. Dr. Iverson also offers many resources in order for you to succeed. These include TA office hours, active problem solving sessions, live office hours with Dr. Iverson, and virtual office hours, so an A in the class is definitely attainable! Dr. Iverson also posts past homeworks and exams that you can use for extra practice to further test your knowledge of the material. Your grade in the class is made up of two exams (30% each) and one final (40%). Dr. Iverson will pick your best two exams out of the three. Like I said before, repetition is the best way to study/make sure you understand the material, so keep practicing on past homeworks and exams and you'll be fine!|
|CH 320N||Colapret||Fall 2017||Multiple choice with free response||Colapret has easier exams than the other ochem professors in my opinion. However, the class is still difficult and time consuming. I found the best way to study is by skipping lecture and watching the lectures on 1.5 X speed online on your own time. Also, I would make flash cards for each of the many mechanisms to help you memorize them. Each test has multiple choice questions that can often be found in his homework’s and previous exams that you can find online. The free response is the harder part because you will need to memorize the actual mechanisms. Also, he does curve each exam. Overall, I would recommend colapret but I would take the course with the understanding that you will have to put in a lot of effort to get a good grade.|
|CH 320N||Shabbir||Spring 2018||mainly free response, and around 15-20 multiple choice questions at the end||Ochem 2 with professor Shabbir was a very challenging class. You must attend lecture in order to keep up with the course. Do all of the homework because you get an extra credit point added to your test for each homework assignment you complete. The class challenges you to apply what you have learned to different scenarios, so there will be things on the test that you've never seen before on homeworks. The best study method is to review a little bit every day. Studying last minute before the test will not work with this class because 90% of the test is free response. The tests are also relatively long, each one being around around 20 pages so do a lot of practice drawing the mechanisms and understanding the concepts so that you can have enough time to finish the test. Go to the tutorial sessions because the TA's are super helpful. Professor Shabbir also posts all of her lectures online, so if you miss a class don't worry. You can watch the lectures online! I recommend doing all of the homework over before each test. I also recommend doing all extra practice worksheets and attending each review session before the tests. Professor Shabbir is very friendly but sometimes she can move a little fast in class. Be sure to keep up!|
|CH 320N||Colapret||Spring 2018||Multiple choice and some free response||I loved Dr. Colapret for Organic Chemistry 2. He has 5 homeworks per semester, which are 5% of the grade, and the rest of the grade distribution is midterms (3) and the final. Stay on top of material, and although this class is not easy, Dr. Colapret's class structure and his test styles makes it possible to succeed. Learn how to do the homeworks forwards and backwards, go to office hours, and he will tell you exactly what mechanism/free response is on the test. Also, if you have access to old tests its also helpful because Dr. Colapret is notorious for recycling old test materials and putting homework questions (MC) verbatim on the exams. Form a study group and practice the mechanism worksheets. What I would do is print out the blank mechanism notes worksheets from his website and do them from scratch before tests, which was really beneficial.|
|CH 320N||Shabbir||Spring 2018||some multiple choice, mostly box and synthesis||Her lectures go at lightning speed, and she expects you to keep up. Very hard to learn through her, but some of her TAs are amazing and office hours really help. The key to getting an A in ochem here is to go to office hours and get exposed to reactions and synthesis problems that will most likely be on the test. Make sure to go to lecture though, because she often pulls reactions and synthesis from what she works out in lecture.|
|CH 320N||Colapret||Fall 2018||About 20 multiple choice, 5-6 free response||Dr. Colapret is a really nice guy who definitely cares about his students. His tests are based off of the material teaches in class, and he's a firm believer in test what you teach, so there isn't anything on the exam that you haven't seen before. He puts up practice exams on canvas before every test. STUDY THESE! They are really similar (and sometime the exact same) as the actual exam. All of the mc questions come from the previous HWs, so make sure to also study those before the exams. He posts his lectures online, so I would also suggest going back over those before the exams if you have time. He goes over medicinal chemistry a lot, but he never tests you on it. You have 3 exams and a final, and a few HWs throughout the semester. This class is not +/-. I would also suggest going to office hours, as he really likes it when he sees his students, since most people don't come to class since the lectures are recorded. The tests aren't too bad so you can definitely make an A or a B. Good luck!|
|CH 353M||BAIZ, CARLOS R||Fall 2018||Free Response With Some Multiple Choice||Physical Chemistry is a challenging course and requires a lot of studying to do well in. The grading scheme however is very forgiving with an 85 being an A-. The course is also curved and there are substantial opportunities for bonus points. There are pop quizzes given in the course so it is important to keep up with the course. The course is fast paced and it is very easy to fall behind in. However, Dr. Baiz and the TA are very helpful during office hours and are always there to help. The course has homework, quizzes, three tests, and a final. The final is optional if you are happy with your grade. The best method to study for this course would be to read the textbook and do the practice problems. As well, going to office hours is very helpful as well. In the end, Physical chemistry while challenging is very manageable if you do your best to not fall behind.|
|CH 371K||M. Miller||Spring 2018||No tests||So this is hands down the easiest and most unique upper division science class I've ever taken. Its apart of the Uteach program so you physically go out to local elementary schools each week and teach a science lesson. There is lecture once a week on campus. Here they teach you the lesson you're supposed to teach students at their schools within one week. There are background quizzes over each lesson at the beginning of lectures but if you read the info beforehand you should be fine. Also you're required to sign up for ~6 hours of mandatory volunteering shifts. You do all the lessons with a partner and you can request a partner if you and your friend sign up for it. The cons of the class though is that scheduling everything at the beginning of the year kinda sucks. Also most of the sections are in the morning (mine is from 8am-10am on tuesday mornings, you have to be at the school by 8am). Overall if you like kids or just want a super easy A in a science class you should definitely take it!|
you need at least 6 hours of upper division science classes before taking this class
|CH 372C||Stacy Sparks||Spring 2018||No exams. Your grade is comprised of participation, attendance, and preparedness.||By being in this class, which you need to apply for, means that you are a learning assistant for a ch 301, ch302 or an ochem class.|
Dr. Sparks will assign preparation material well in advance in order for you to come to class to discuss it with your peers. The class meets Monday and Wednesday, but you are required to go to the class that you will be assisting. Your class that you're assigned is based on an availability survey that she sends out upon your acceptance into the program. Mondays are ethics and leadership days, which is a thing because this you are part of the teaching team and it has an EL flag on it. Wednesdays are course material days to make sure you thoroughly understand the material before helping other students a week later on it. You are allowed a few missed classes depending on if it's MWF or TuTh. You will get close, hopefully, with some of your fellow LAs, which should help you to keep up with the coursework. You can take this class for up to two semesters, and after that you can applied for a paid position by becoming a senior LA. Keep in mind that this is a science credit since the code begins with 'CH,' so this is a good way to boost your science GPA.
|CH 372C||Sparks||Fall 2018||No exams or final||This class is the class that PLA's (Peer Learning Assistants) take while they are assisting in CH301, CH302, or ochem classes that they have signed up for. You must apply to be in this class! This class is incredibly easy, you will work through the lesson plans (they are due once a week on Wednesdays) and there is usually no class Fridays. There are side assignments as well, including shadowing a CA (course assistant), and an essay about what you learned etc. The assignments are trivial and easy to complete if you put effort in. In addition, you will need to complete the same homework that the kids are completing in the class you are assisting (for example, you will need to complete the same LE (Learning Exercise) Canvas assignments that kids in CH301 are completing). However, as long as you stay on top of your lesson plans and show up to class each time, you'll have no issues getting an A in this class. Dr. Sparks is a great professor and makes it easy for the LA's to assist the kids in the best way possible. Lastly, you may be asked to host weekend office hours prior to exams (or even weekly). These will generally just be Q&A sessions for students who are confused on specific topics. I highly recommend applying for this program and taking this class! Looks good on resume as well.|
|CH 455||Dananjaya Appulage||Spring 2018||Free response with a few multiple choice||The course contains both a lecture and a lab component. The lecture component is pretty standard and actually takes less time than most upper division science courses. The material is mostly from general chemistry (ex: titrations) and only until the second half of the semester are new analytical techniques covered. I found reading the textbook to be the most helpful followed by going to the review sessions and finally doing the homework. The lab component takes up by far most of the time. Lab reports may take around 6 or more hours to complete and the lab itself takes around 2 to 3 hours. Although the lab is only a third of the grade, failure to do any lab actually results in failing the course. Overall, the course material is not too difficult, however the course does takes up a lot of time.|
|CH220C||Fjetland (TA Animesh Paul)||Spring 2018||No tests just quizzes and pre/post labs||This class is alright. I like it a lot more than I liked general chemistry laboratory however, because the TA is so much more chill. The workload is kind of a lot because some weeks there is an overlap of 2 post- lab reports and 2 pre-lab reports due on the same day, but it is manageable and the post-lab reports really do not take that long to write. The thing that is really annoying about this class is that the quizzes are so specific and will ask very specific safety rules, so best bet is to rotely memorize the SOPs and EOPs by making a quizlet. Going to other TA's office hours have also benefitted me. The worst part about the class is definitely the quizzes and the fact that you are ranked against your classmates. Best study method is to memorize the safety, record the lecture, and memorize the mechanisms. Befriend your TA.|
|CH301||Laude||Fall 2014, Spring 2015||Multiple choice, usually 30 questions||There are quizzes and tests which are all multiple choice, and the quizzes are usually 10 questions and the exams are 30 questions. There is a optional final, and whatever grade you get on it can replace your overall grade in the class. Each quiz and exam, Laude gives you the topics that the assessment will cover. There would usually be about 10 questions per quiz and 30 questions per test. So in order to do good on the quizzes and exams it is best to find the TA that gives the answers and hints on what the answer will be for each topic/question. Also Laude also gives hints if you go to his office hours. I honestly did not learn much, and I felt like it was more of a scavenger hunt than knowledge based course, but if you just go to office hours and study like I mentioned above it should not be too hard to get an A.|
|CH301||McCord||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||You must go to class to answer clicker questions. There's modules or homework due before every class but these are very helpful for the test. To study for the test you should redo all the homework because if you can do those easily you will have no problem on the tests and he drops your lowest test. He has a good sense of humor and his TA is very helpful during reviews.|
|CH301||Biberdorf||Fall 2017||Multiple choice (15-20)||Biberdorf is a great professor who is very energetic and outgoing. You will definitely not fall asleep in her class. She does A LOT of experiments ... some of them are really cool. You will need to purchase a course book for her class, which have an one year subscription for REEF if you buy the two semester version. She uses REEF for attendance and answering questions. Therefore, attendance is required. She has homework on Sapling and they are great practice questions for tests. Her TA, Jimmy, gives out amazing reviews before exams. His reviews are extremely helpful, so I definitely recommend going to those. Also his reviews and Biberdorf’s lectures are all recorded, so you could rewatch them at home too. To study for the test, go over Jimmy’s review, do extra practices given on canvas, read materials on gchem, and do problems given on the course book. Also, DRINK WATER!!!!!|
|CH301||Dr.Sparks||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice with some free responses||She was not a tough grader.|
All test questions are straight-forward and did not meant to trick you off;
Get onto the gen-chem site, watch all the videos and go through all concepts, and that's it.
*Do all the canvas problems and make sure you understand the concepts -- if you feel like NOT to go to some of her lectures. But make sure to always go to the lecture before each exam and attend TA review sessions -- they are very important.
She offers 1 drop out of the 3/4 midterms (your lowest midterm does not count toward your grade) and there is curve for the exam/square cap quiz if the average grade is low (usually happens because it's a first-year class and not everyone is as smart as you do).
|CH301||Kate Biberdorf||Fall 2018||Usually around 20 multiple choice questions with NO free response||Dr. Biberdorf goes over concepts super quickly, but if you ever miss something, she's always open to answer questions either during lectures or during her office hours. For homework, she has mcq questions per module called learning exercises that consists of 10 questions and homeworks that consist of 20-30 questions. You get to drop 5 for learning exercise and 2 for homework if you forget, but they are easy points so she recommends you to get them done early. She wants you to know the lesson material before class so that her lecture is only a review for you. She always records her lectures, which can be found in Canvas. I highly recommend you to go through her lectures, Jimmy's lectures, gchem, homework and past tests on Koofers at least a week before the exam. Attendance is mandatory through a system called REEF and she has one-question quizzes almost every class through REEF to check your knowledge. You will definitely not sleep in class due to her passion for teaching! It's not a easy class but you will get an A if you work for it!|
|CH301||McCord||Fall 2018||multiple choice only||McCord is a solid professor. He explains the material extremely well during his lectures. His test is 100 percent multiple choice with about 20 questions.(He drops the lowest test) There is a final for this class. Other grades are learning modules, homework, and the Reef iclickers during lectures. To best study for the test, take practice exams on koofers and GO TO JIMMY'S REVIEWS.(super helpful) Overall I recommend taking him if you couldn't get Laude.|
|Ch301||Biberdorf||Fall 2018||All multiple choice|
I found this course challenging, but fun. We used iReef in class, which is about $20 per semester. The homework is all on canvas and you get multiple tries. Biberdorf was a really engaging, fun teacher. She’s definitely high energy, so if you don’t prefer that, I heard that McCord is a good alternative. All of her lectures are recorded so you can go back and look at them later. The TA’s have helpful reviews that occur throughout the week. The best study method I found for tests was to go over practice exams on koofers, review the homework in canvas, and go to Jimmy’s review sessions. Your lowest exam (out of 4 exams) is dropped and the final is cumulative.
|CH302||Dr. David Laude||Spring 2017||Multiple choice||Overall this course is challenging but fair. If you study his practice exam notes you will at least get a B but if you study the modules and do the worksheets you can push that to at least an A-. This course explores dives deeper into chemistry and helps us understand why something happens in terms of reactions or why something doesn't happen. Delta G, Keq, and Ecell will be examined for various reactions from general reactions to acid base reactions and this knowledge will be used to understand batteries and electrolytic cells. Dr. Laude is a great professor and helps us understand chemistry through a simplified approach initially before diving deeper into the topics. He is very helpful in his office hours and will do his best to help you raise your grades! There is a final, however if you get an A- or A you don't have to take it! There are also 4 exams throughout the semester and 4 quizzes. The quizzes are very easy and quite similar to the practice quizzes.|
|CH302||Dr. Biberdorf||Spring 2018||Multiple Choice Tests with about 20 questions half of which are conceptually based, while the other half is calculations.||In my opinion, the best study method is a multiple step process. The first step, is to do the Learning Exercises before lecture very thoroughly and even take notes on them. Next, I would complete the sapling HWs as early as possible, and throughout the week leading before the test check koofers, and Dr. B's canvas page for practice tests. It's very important to do copious amounts of practice problems to ingrain the material in your head for this course. If you feel shaky on the conceptual side of things I have 3 recommendations: rewatch lectures online, read through the gchem, and / or bring your questions to office hours. The final step for test prep includes going to "Jimmy's Review" the day before the test, and then reviewing everything you've gone over. When you get back home, review EVERYTHING that will be on the test, and make sure you can run through the calculation based questions confidently.|
|CH302||Dr.Biberdorf||spring 2017||Multiple choice with some free responses||She is the Gen-chem professor with real passion -- great choice if you want professor with excitement. |
You get your lowest midterm dropped, and the final was not very hard (When I was taking it, it was 50 multiple choices with no free response).
Test problems are straightforward, they do not meant to trick you off. Go to gen chem site, watch all the videos and concepts, and do all the canvas homework with full understanding with the material -- if you feel like not to come to some of her classes, make sure you UNDERSTAND all the online materials, and it should be an easy A.
I remember some of her exams came out without free responses, and in that case you should be careful with potentially tricky questions -- 1 wrong choice would cost you 4-5% of your total grade (out of 20-25 questions total). There's a plenty of time in night time exam (2 hours), so after you finished the first round, go through all the problems and check if there is any counter-intuitive questions asking for "NOT xxx" "From the Least to the Most xxx" ''last in the rank' etc. It is most painful for you to lose points when you understand the concepts but did not pay attention to the problem itself.
Few gen-chem 1 materials are used in this class, and in my opinion it is even easier than gen-chem 1. Make friends with equations and constants, and your TI-84, and you'll be thankful in the exam. Again, it's a first year class and your peers are not as smart as you -- some curves may be offered for low average as well as the squarecap questions (but don't skip too many classes and always go to review classes right before the exam and review sessions by TAs -- they are REALLY HELPFUL).
|CH302||Dr. Labrake||Spring 2018||Multiple Choice||4 tests, 1 accumulative final, and weekly homework determined the overall grade in the course. The tests were fairly simple in regards to what Dr. Labrake went over in class. Do not buy the coursebook, she uses it but jumps around so much that it is worthless. Simply take notes and study the practice problems she reviews in class and you should be fine. This is considered a "flipped" classroom and you will need to learn the material via the online learning modules on canvas, before you come to class. She typically goes over the information, but not to the detail that is on canvas. If you have access to old tests, they resemble her new tests extremely closely. Likewise, study your old tests for the final and many of the concept questions will be EXACTLY the same and the mathematical ones will just have different numbers. A good study tip is to make a set of problems and do them without notes , as well as time yourself. With her tests its important to have good time management!|
|CH317||Dr. Humphrey||Spring 2018|
No tests, just quizzes after every lab report is due.
A majority of the grade comes from the lab reports you turn in per experiment. In addition, there are quizzes given in class, around 5 questions each. I found them to be pretty difficult, but I recommend reading the lab packets to prepare for them. The difficulty of this lab will highly depend on who your TA is, since they are the ones who do all the grading. But Dr. Humphrey is a very smart man who gives interesting lectures and introduction to each experiment, therefore if you have to take CH317 I would recommend him.
|CH320M||Bocknack||Fall 2016||A mixture of multiple choice and free response. However, the multiple choice can sometimes have 10 options or more, so the odds aren't great for guessing. On the bright side, there is partial credit for the free responses if you were close to the right answer!||The best way to study is by doing. I would not even bother with the text book aside from practice problems. Do as much practice as you can. The same topic can look very different if the question is changed even slightly. It would be very beneficial to maintain a policy of going to office hours, Sanger learning center, or a friend if there is anything that you need help on.|
|CH320M||Shabbir||Fall 2017||Mostly free response, some MC, some T/F||Most of the concepts in this class are cumulative so staying on top of studying and doing the homework is important. The good thing about this class is that if you miss, you can watch the recorded lecture. If you miss a class, you NEED to watch the lecture or else you'll be really behind. The homework and past midterms are good indicators of what will be on the test. You are allowed one drop test.|
|CH320M||Shagufta Shabbir||Fall 2017||Multiple choice with mostly free response||This is definitely one of the most difficult courses you'll take. Shabbir recommends that you study at least 2 hours a day. Do not take this recommendation lightly. If you decide to procrastinate until the last minute to study the material, you will get a lot of the material mixed up. In my experience, the best strategy for this class is to first rewrite your notes. Shabbir's lectures are fast-paced, so writing neat and legible notes is not always doable. Next, rewatch the lectures and read the textbook for clarity on the material. Finally, do all practice problems provided to you over and over. Doing practice problems is the only way you will truly solidify your understanding of the material since the smallest mistakes can be detrimental. The entire class is cumulative when it comes to knowing reagents, so do study those on a daily basis as well. The exams as mentioned above are mostly free response, which is why I emphasized redoing practice problems as there is little guidance on how to get the correct answer. Fortunately, many of her TA's do host review sessions every week and are always accessible so do take advantage of that extra help. Last but not least, review past midterm material every now and then because the final is cumulative. "Strive to understand, not memorize" - Dr. Shabbir|
|CH320M||Colapret||Fall 2018||Three Exams, 20-25 Multiple choice, 6-7 pages free response||Great course and great professor. Dr. Colapret is an experienced Ochem professor and it shows. Never rambles during lectures or gets off topic, explains things clearly (and usually only once), and emphasizes things you need to know. Yes, it IS possible to never go to class and only watch his lectures online. Theoretically speaking, you can still do fine in the course since you will still be seeing all the lectures and class material he discusses in-class. His exams are generally easier-medium difficulty and will be VERY representative of the homework he gives and his past exams. Studying his past exams will be very useful when preparing for current ones, as he either recycles questions or varies in wording/numbers when asking new exam questions. Do not get behind in the course. Watch all lectures as soon as you can online, or just go to class. Do homework in a timely manner and stay current on material. If you get behind, it is very difficult to catch up in time to do well on the exams. With that being said, as long as you know whats going on in the course and can do the homework with no problems, you should be confident going into the exams as the HW and exams are very similar. His TA's also give fair partial credit for free response, which counts for the majority of your exam grade, so know your free response Q's before going into the exam. His office hours are helpful, he is a nice guy. Remember to study his past exams! Great class, I highly recommend Colapret.|
|CH320M||Iverson||Fall 2018||Free response|
Iverson grades fairly and makes sure that you have all of the resources you need to do well in his class. I would definitely recommend taking him, he's an excellent professor.
|CH320M||Dr. Colapret||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice (40%) and Free Response (60%)||Total grade is dependent on 3 midterm exams and 1 accumulative final. He has a homework due before every exam which has little weight. His tests are very straightforward and typically contain some of the EXACT questions asked in the homework. Likewise, ask for old tests to practice and he will typically give them to you. These old tests are almost exact to the actual test. The multiple choice questions on the practice tests are repeated on the actual tests, with a few new questions. The free response is also has very similar styled questions, but just with different details (ie. Compounds). Likewise, the final is very similar to his tests and is not a surprise. Dr. Colapret records his lectures, unlike most of the other OCHEM professors, so you are able to rewatch class with ease. Sometimes Dr. Colapret gets off onto rants about random things relating to pharmaceuticals; however, he does NOT test over this information.|
|CH320N||Anslyn||Spring 2016||Free Response||Even though organic chemistry I and II were probably the worst classes I've taken at UT, taking Ochem with Dr. Anslyn was very enjoyable and he made it bearable! He goes above and beyond to engage and help his students. In addition to holding exam reviews himself, he will also occasionally work with the class to plan extra review sessions if wanted. He provides exam study materials from Shabbir and Iverson as well. His tests are known to be a lot harder than Iverson's and Shabbir's test, but the T-score curve works itself out in the end. The best way to study for this class is to study homework questions, in and class notes. Homework is strictly assigned from the textbook, and is a completion grade. His tests are 33% homework questions taken straight from the homework, 33% in class questions, and 33% conceptual questions . The best way to study is to definitely do your homework, review lecture notes, and do practice exams. His office hours are very helpful. He's the best!|
|CH320N||Shabbir||Spring 2017||Multiple choice is very minimal and on the second test there was none. The test offers a lot of partial credit opportunities so it is important to have your fundamentals down.||The professor is very good. Lecture is crucial to go to but most of the learning is done on your own and in office hours. Organic Chemistry II is all about practice and there are a lot of mechanisms and reactions to memorize and learn, so it is definitely a time sinking class. Having a reliable and knowledgeable study buddy has helped me tremendously. People complain about this class being difficult, and it seriously is. But it is definitely possible to do well. The averages on both tests so far have been around 80% with a couple of people getting a 100%. I hate those people.|
|CH320N||Iverson||Spring 2016||Multiple Choice, “short answer” (you draw stuff out in this class)||Difficulty: Difficult|
Grading: The grades consist of 3 exams, and a final. He teaches by writing her own set of notes, and walking you through a packet of notes during lecture. The notes are very detailed and easy to follow. Each exam is equal in difficulty, and the final is the same level of difficulty as the exams, just longer. Shabbir mirrored Iverson’s teaching style so these classes are very similar if you took her for Ochem I.
How to study: She posts the notes that are written during class. Take all of her lecture notes from canvas, as well as the packet of class notes that you fill out during class and print them out. Take a day to synthesize all of the information, and connect the two sets of study materials. Make sure you UNDERSTAND all of the concepts. Once you understand the concepts, it is time to start memorizing. Once you catch the hang of the concepts, this becomes just a memorization and recognition class. A lot of people cannot seem to catch the hang of o-chem concepts, but I did not find that to be the case. I studied for this class the same way I studied for Shabbir in Ochem I. However, Iverson provides so many old exams. After studying all of the concepts. I would do (almost) each old exam that he made available for practice and mastery. Everybody says that he is the greatest professor here. I found him to be overhyped as a teacher, however he lived up as an individual. He brought in impactful speakers, taught impactful life lessons, and was overall welcoming, funny, and inviting even with such a subject as organic chemistry.
Overal Impression: TAKE IT.
|CH320N||Brent Iverson (I love this man)||Spring 2017||The test was mainly free response with some multiple choice sprinkled in. For each of the tests, there are three of the same questions that Dr. Iverson expects you to know and memorize. If you have these three things memorized, that's just free points. The rest of the test is from the unit material. They are not "accumulative" per say, but you will have to perform certain previously learned techniques occasionally. Overall, though, the tests are very straightforward and easy to learn how to do well on them!||For CH320N (Organic Chemistry II), I rate this course based on Professor, Teaching Methods, and Exams. |
---Professor | 5/5 ---
The very first day of class, I could tell that Dr. Iverson lived up to his reputation as being one of the most stand out professors at UT. His personality was quirky enough to be relatable and funny, but not too quirky to be considered awkward. He had certain things he would do that related to learning new methods in class such as playing his trumpet when there was a "new bond formation" in a mechanism, or playing goat screaming noises for some other thing that I currently forget. He didn't only do chemistry, though, and encouraged his students to go out and run or just be physical in some way. I actually saw him at the finish line of the Austin Marathon (no, I didn't run), and he came by to say hi regardless of the sweatiness/pain he was experiencing.
---Teaching Methods | 5/5 ---
The way that Dr. Iverson teaches is very straightforward. He has no slides, so if you were hoping to just get test material from slides, you're out of luck, but all his notes are handwritten in front of you during the class day. Because of this, though, attendance is highly encouraged as it is very difficult to learn the material if you are not present. When he gives his lectures, the notes are very fair paced and you will have a chance to write what he says and writes down as well as absorb the information. In addition to lecture, his website has a lot of useful information including what he calls "Picture of the Day" and "Notes of the Day (something like that)". These are very helpful study tools as they provide nice learning objectives that he expects you to know. Be sure to review these before the test especially for the true/false questions and theoretical questions.
--- Exams | 5/5 ---
Yes, I know that I'm giving him a "5/5" in every single category, but that's just how much I loved this class. The exams were very straightforward and you can tell what he expects you to learn beforehand. Dr. Iverson gives a butt ton of practice exams dating back to 2006 I believe, but really only the recent year's practice exams are useful. But when I say "useful," I mean DO THEM AND MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO DO THEM. The practice exams, homeworks, and learning objectives are basically what the exams are composed of. If you have a firm grasp on all of these, you will surely excel in this course.
The most important question in Chemistry: "Where are the electrons?"
|CH320N||Colapret||Spring 18||Multiple choice with free response||I like Dr. Colapret and this course, it is much more manageable than other professors. I would definitely recommend taking Colapret and attending either Shabbir or Iverson's lectures and just going to Colapret's office hours and TA test reviews (recitations) as his tests are pretty straightforward and really similar to past years if you have access to them.|
|CHI 506||Chang||Spring 2018||multiple choice, written portion, listening portion||Professor Chang is really nice, and she is a very good teacher. Everything on the quizzes and exams are from what you have learned during class. You have to put a lot of time and effort on the class itself but the professor makes sure you know everything and she throughly explains everything. If you do all the assignments and reviews, you will be good for the exams. But it does take a lot of effort especially since you have a quiz every day and some sort of homework every day.|
|CMS||John Dally||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||John Dally is a hilarious and interesting man, a lot of people recommend this course because it is so interesting but fail to inform you about the tests. They are nothing but conceptual stuff and are designed to trick you and make you think the wrong answer is right. The course is very interesting and informative but the tests are very tricky, best way to study is know every single definition for that unit (80+) and an example to explain it. Very doable, but tough and is not a breeze.|
|CS 303E||Shymal Mitra||Fall 2016||Short Answer||Some of you BSA students looking for a certificate might be looking at the Elements of Computing certificate. The barrier to entry to that certificate is CS 303E, a class that introduces you to programming in Python.|
Mitra is an incredibly charming, funny professor who made the class very enjoyable. He types up notes on the projector and writes on the board (students are not allowed to use laptops in class though). Mitra spends less time teaching Python than he spends trying to teach you how to think like a computer scientist. That said, it can be pretty rote sometimes, and I've heard from friends that Bulko might have the edge in teaching.
Just a heads up, this is a TOUGH class. Tests were stressful 50 minute affairs that were difficult to do well on. The out-of-class assignments could be time consuming and nigh on impossible without office hours help. Clicker pop quizzes were often tricky logic problems. A substantial chunk of the class P/F the class or dropped.
That said, I actually really enjoyed this class a lot. I've taken CS classes in high school so that helped, but I also just really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of coding. If you like analytical thinking and you're good at problem solving, you'll enjoy this class. Plus, a CS certificate might be the most helpful minor at UT to have if you're on the fence about what career you want to do.
1. DO start assignments as soon as they're assigned. You may need help in office hours and the assignments are deceptively simple.
2. DO make a friend in the class. Mitra lets you complete assignments with a partner which makes the class a lot more bearable.
3. DO study for the tests the way you'd study for a math test. Do a lot of practice problems. Review all the old problems again.
4. DO memorize some algorithms. It will help you over just winging it on the test.
1. DON'T skip class. There are pop quizzes. Plus, Mitra will sometimes give you parts of the answers for assignments in class.
2. DON'T stress yourself out. Coding isn't for everyone. It involves a lot of thinking on your feet. If you generally liked math, you'll like this. If you prefer memorization classes, you'll hate it. P/F it if it's stressing you out too much.
ESTIMATED WORK PER WEEK: 3 - 6 hours out of class
|CS 303E||William Bulko||Fall 2018||Free response||He's a really nice guy and is such a dad. You should read the text book because his lectures pretty much follow it. He goes over it by writing the codes out and explains. |
He has 3 exams and you have homework each week. Don't wait until the last minute to do the homework unless you're proficient in Python. The homeworks count for 55% of the total grade whole exams count for 45%. He allows a cheat sheet (A6 copy paper) for all exams. The exams are held in class. Half of the test is based on if you know how to do certain things and get their output (ie formats, math with certain characters, booleans) and the other half of the exam consists of whether or not you know how to write the code. He gives you a prompt and you have to write a code on it. He's very specific on what he wants, so read it carefully.
If you go to his office hours and ask to review your exam, he'll go over each question and explain what you're supposed to do and how to do it. He may give you partial credit while going over it.
The best thing to do is practice writing whatever he goes over and keep up with the readings. Don't fall behind because everything builds on old information so it's crucial to know how to do each thing.
|CS 329E||FRAIJ, FARES Z||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice With Some Free Response||Software Engineering is a very manageable and rewarding course. You will learn about some of the more advanced programming techniques and also learn about software design tools. The course is graded on a plus minus scale with a 94+ being an A. There is a quiz everyday to test your understanding on the readings and the previous class's lecture. However, the quizzes are generally easy and you will do well if you keep up with the class. The course also has 5 projects and 2 tests. The projects are group projects and do take a while to complete. The best method to study for this course would be to form a study group. As well, it would be very beneficial to review the readings before class. In the end, Software Engineering is a rewarding course that isn't too challenging.|
|Cultures in Contact (ANT 326L)||Professor R. Alan Covey||Fall 2018||multiple choice is chosen from squarecap questions in class. |
5-6 short answer questions
2 essay questions (4-6 sentences at least)
|This class may seem hard because during lecture you have no idea what the professor is saying, but before each test he gives a test review. The test review has a bank of multiple choice questions from squarecap that he'll choose from (so just look over them). He also has a bank of possible short answer questions that he'll choose from. He also has a bank of possible essay questions he'll choose from. What I did was answer each short answer question and essay question as best as I could by using the book and readings in class. It is highly recommended to memorize dates, names, locations for your free response questions. I was able to make an A on the first test by using this study method. The class also has weekly essay assignments that are 2 pages max. They are super easy and very straightforward. You just have to answer each question that he asks about some articles or photos. Lecture attendance is 10%, weekly essays are 30%, exams are 20% each and there are 3. There is NO FINAL EXAM.|
|E 314V: 6-WOMEN, GENDER, LIT, CULTURE||Rivera-Dundas||Spring 2018||Essays||This is such a chill class. Because it's restricted to less than 35 students, we're able to form a relatively close bond to one another. We sit in a circle, discuss the readings, have the occasional (or not-so-occasional... more like all the time LOL) talk about our personal lives. Adena is a fair grader. The best way to do well is to actually read and to get help on the essays. Love it. Women rule.|
|E 316L||Hedrick||Spring 2018||All free response|
Professor Hedrick made this class very enjoyable and manageable. She acknowledged the fact that some of the readings were difficult but gave helpful feedback on how to comprehend them. It is crucial to go to class since she emphasizes what is important to know for the readings. Her exams are completely free response. The 1st part consists of 4 identification questions in which you have to summarize and provide the significance on specific passages provided. The 2nd part consists of choosing 1 of 2 topics and writing an essay on it. My preferred study method was to read chunks of the readings each day while annotating along the way. In my experience, going to the TA's office hours was most beneficial since they provide plenty of guidance on understanding the material plus they're the ones who grade the exams. The exams are 80% of your total grade and the quizzes are 20%.
|E316 (american lit)||Berry||Fall 2017||Everything is done in a blue book. There are several free response questions ranging from one-word to one-paragraph responses. There were always 2 matching sections that ask you to match the quote with the book or something along those lines. And then there was one essay question.||I loved this course! Betsy Berry was such a wonderful professor and always made lectures extremely entertaining. I also loved everything that was assigned to us for reading (Leaves of Grass, The Bell Jar, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Death of A Salesman, and more)! All three midterms were comparable but the first few weeks of the course are a bit dull since you'll be covering stuff that was written by the Puritans. Apart from that, everything was really enjoyable. There are no homework assignments and we never had any essays or projects due. I remember that your grade was composed of two midterms, a final (not cumulative), and attendance/participation in lectures and discussions. On average I probably spent an hour each day doing the assigned readings. The tests were not hard since I kept up on the readings however, I did find that they were long. As someone who is not a writer, I really appreciated that the TAs did not take off for spelling/grammar/writing technique. They really just wanted to make sure that you had done your reading. As far as studying, the best advice I can give is to keep up with the readings and know a good quote or two from each novel/text to sound smart on your essays.|
|E316L||Hedrick||Fall 2016||A couple of short answer, 1 Essay||I would definitely recommend taking Dr. Hedrick for Brit Lit! For the exams you just write everything she says in lecture for the short answer and essays, just take notes on the passage she covers. She doesn't care about how good you write (you don't even need a conclusion in you essays) she just wants to see that you pay attention in class and did the readings. I didn't think the readings were too much either and some of them were interesting. Your grade depends on your TA though since they grade everything, but I had a good TA, and he wasn't too harsh of a grader but I have heard some people that had hard TAs. The discussions are mandatory, but they are helpful because you cover passages that sometimes show up on the exam. Also, in discussion you do practice identifying and answering passage like you would for the exam to help prepare because she doesn't change the format of the question so you know exactly what to expect. In the exam she gives you a couple of passages that you have to identify who is the speaker, where in the reading the passage is located, etc. and you usually have to identify all but one and for the essays she gives usually two options so you can pick one and write about it.|
|E316L (British Literature)||Christian||Fall 2017||3 essays and Identifying quotes||First off, as much as English is not the most interesting class, especially British literature, but professor Christian takes this class to a whole new level. His passion for this class really entertains your experience for Brit lit. He picks stories that are interesting and makes you really appreciate the English language. Granted, the stories that you will read are anywhere from 12-30 pages every class period, but for sure you want to go to his lectures because 80% of what he talks about in lecture will be useful when crafting you essay on the test. His test are structured to where you have three midterms where he gives you a prompt - which is a theme that is displayed throughout all the passages for that unit. Then your job is to connect all the stories and tying it back to the theme. Make sure to read the sections that he talks about in class because those quotes will be on the exam (don't worry he puts them on a PPT so that you can study). So during the exam he gives you a packet that consists of the prompt for your essay and a identifying section (total of 10 quotes) which is where you have to be able to match quotes from characters of the stories and then you must embed at least 5 of 10 quotes into your essay. Then the essay is stressful in a sense because you are getting a prompt on the spot and then you have to craft a "beautiful" essay within 75 minutes. Don't worry, he gives a generous curve at the end of the semester. He holds review session before the exam and tells you which stories will not be on the test, so it helps to know which stories you should study for. Another helpful tool is that this class is based off of themes and applying these themes into an essay. If you go to his lectures and take notes, you can be able to organize your notes to help you write your test. On a side note, he does allow you to use your HANDWRITTEN notes on the exam, so you could make a flow chart and quotes page. I would take this class again if given the option!|
|E324L||Sara Kimball||Fall 2016||Essays that must be turned in to class (no tests)||This class is really chill, all you need to do is read what's been assigned, which honestly isn't that much reading. Every class period is just a Socratic discussion of ideas and what you thought of the reading. The essays that are turned in are graded very leniently, and prompts that you can choose from will often ask about certain aspects of society within the book and probe into how linguistics and language shape the worlds and characters. I believe there are 3 essays that have to be written over the course of the semester. There is no final. There really is no 'best study method' since its mostly just turning in essays and attendance, but once again, reading what's assigned is very important.|
|ECO 301||Dima Shamoun||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice only||Your grade in this class 75% exams and 25% homework assignments. The homework assignment is through an online textbook. Best way to get full points on the homework is to just skim through the textbook and see solved problems that are similar. Exams are fairly difficult and they usually take the entire class period. The best way to study for the exams is to look at the power point presentations and the homework. The homework questions are very similar to exam questions.|
|ECO 301||Dima Shamoun||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice only||Your grade in this class 75% exams and 25% homework assignments. The homework assignment is through an online textbook. Best way to get full points on the homework is to just skim through the textbook and see solved problems that are similar. Exams are fairly difficult and they usually take the entire class period. The best way to study for the exams is to look at the power point presentations and the homework. The homework questions are very similar to exam questions.|
|ECO 304K||Professor Wiseman (Thomas Wiseman)||Fall 2016||Multiple choice with a lot of free response||This microeconomics course was a very interesting in my opinion. Dr. Wiseman taught the basics of economics and set the foundation of economics that I have used in my macroeconomics class. He teaches in a way that students can grasp all the content. He does his notes by using the overhead projector and doesn't go through powerpoint which really helps students truly comprehend the topic. This class goes from talking about firms and how they play a role in the economy to supply and demand curves and eventually gets into theory and trends seen in the U.S.. This course was kind of difficult since Dr. wiseman made the tests challenging at times. The tests are cumulative including the final exam. If you get an A on the Final, you get an A in the class as long as you write a one page economic story and take both tests throughout the semester. He gives students incentives and ways to get the grade they want but there are only a few routes which can make it difficult to get an A in the course.|
|ECO 304L||Professor Monstashari||Spring 2017||multiple choice with some free response||This course is pretty challenging and can take some time to grasp the content. With a couple of hours outside of class spent studying for each topic, you can really understand the content and do well in the course. Professor Monstashari is a kind professor, however she just reads off the slides. The power points are extremely long(60 slides each on average). The tests are fairly easy if you study everything and I mean everything on those slides. She loves to include some challenging problems that require memorization at times. The class has over 400 students and you can set up study groups amongst your peers which helps me be successful in this course. Economics can be confusing at times especially if you don't fully understand the basic principles that are required and this is where friends will help you understand material in an alternate way in which you will understand the content. Overall this course is interesting and you learn a whole lot of the way our economy works as well as the global economy. This course teaches you about interest rates and inflation within the economy and the way supply and demand work in economics.|
|ECO304K||Thompson||Fall 2018||All multiple choice|
I found this course a little boring, but very well taught. Thompson talks relatively slow, which can make his 8am class seem even longer. He is a good teacher that thoroughly explains concepts. The homework is on Cengage MindTap, which can vary in price from $70 to $120 (for the unlimited bundle) a semester (depending on if you need Cengage for just one class or for multiple classes). The homework is not very hard, but tedious. It uses an average grading scheme. The test scores are curved by the bell curve so only a certain percentage of students (about 15%) get A’s. So test scores are not only based on how well you do individually, but how well the other students do. This can be problematic as it can curve your test grade down sometimes. I found the exams similar to his past exams. The questions are fair.
|FIN 320F||Toprac||Fall 2018||33 Multiple Choice||90% exams and 10% homework. Each exam is 33 MC, and there are no drops. Homeworks are posted after each class and are due the next class. She will ask a bunch of clicker questions from the homework to determine your points. Five homework grades are dropped. In order to do well during the semester, you need to do the homeworks, even though some of them are super long. Some people try to just look at other peoples clickers during the class, but that's not reliable enough. If you understand how to do the homeworks without looking at the explanations, then you should be fine on the exams. Before each exam, she'll post quizzes that aren't worth credit, but is a tool to help you gauge how well you'll do on the exam and what to focus studying on.|
|FIN 320F - WB (online)||Duvic||Fall 2017||Multiple choices, but mainly applying concepts aka know when to use and correctly combine financial formulas||Actually read the online book found on MHEducation (you'll have to pay close to 100$ for online access). The quizzes are also found on there so there's no choice but to buy it. However, the learning assignments aka mid-unit quizzes are very useful to study from bc there's an option to look up how to solve the question (and the software highlights the specific passage to read in order to solve them) and they are completion grades. Use those to study for the end-unit quiz, which are not completion grades.|
|FIN 320F online||Duvic||Spring 2017||no tests, just quizzes at the end of every unit and 3 essays||This is one of the harder BFP classes because you actually have to read the book if you want to do well on the quizzes. However, almost all of the answers can be found on Chegg or Coursehero! The only problem is that sometimes the answer they give is not correct, so in those instances it comes in handy if you have a general idea of how to solve the calculations. The essays are graded easily and a lot of the assignments are completion-based. Overall, not a terrible class but you might not do as well if you think it's just a blow off. It's all self-paced with units due every other week, so just make sure to keep track of all your assignments.|
|Foundations of Accounting 310F||Verduzco||Spring 2017||Weekly quizzes, but they are a bit tough. Multiple choices||Absolutely take detailed notes and memorize them, especially when to use certain formulas/compound formulas the day before. Do practice problems posted on canvas.|
|Foundations of Marketing (05330)||Herb Miller||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice||Fairly easy class. Buy and study the book, pretty much all of the questions on the tests come directly from the book. The grading is 3 tests and a few "pop" quizzes, but Miller will tell you the class before that there will be a quiz. Professor Miller's lectures are pretty useless and he talks a LOT about the potential amounts of money you can make in business. Also about Mercedes-Benz.|
|FRI||Dr. Tony Gonzalez||Spring 2017 and Fall 2017||There are no tests. There are only a few assignments and lab reports.||There is no studying required and minimal outside work required for this class. This has consistently been my favorite class- Dr. Tony allows you so much flexibility, and is so understanding. I would definitely recommend taking this class, you can claim Bio lab credit through this FRI stream, the coursework and outside lab work is minimal, and the mentors and Tony are so chill and caring.|
|FRI||Dr. Ruth/Stuart||Fall 2018||None|
No formal tests are given in this class. A few lab reports are assigned throughout the semester which account for a good percentage of your grade, but they are very manageable. Every week there is a different experiment for lab which requires you to come into lab for additional time after your scheduled lab. The labs are a bit time consuming; however, the class is very worthwhile since you get credit for chem lab.
|FRI (but for Bio lab)||Tony Gonzalez||Fall 17||No tests, just lab reports||Would definitely recommend this FRI stream for someone who is trying to learn something new but is also looking for something with not that much workload. Tony, the RE, is so caring and understanding, and the lab mentors will literally help you with any concerns you have and take you step by step. You don't have to study for this course at all, and you can get upper division bio lab credit and an upper division writing flag from the second semester of this course.|
|FRI LAB Epidemal Cell Fates||Dr. Gonzalez||Spring 2016-||No tests||This was probably my favorite course at UT. I am actually a mentor in this course. There are no tests or quizzes. I've heard he has made the course more difficult as he expects students to keep a journal and expects more weekly in terms of lab procedures. There are readings, which aren't completely necessary but do help in understanding what he discusses in lecture. The lectures aren't stated as mandatory but he does take attendance. There are also bi-monthly reports due along with reviews of scientific articles. Most of these are completion and he is very lenient. Your lab schedule is very flexible but there are a certain amount of hours you are expected to dedicate in order to complete certain procedures. Sometimes I would have to spend a lot of extra hours re-working the labs. This is a great course and I would definitely recommend it. There isn't a best way to study as you don't have to really study anything it is very hands on.|
General Microbiology (BIO 326R)
|Rasika Harshey||Spring 2017|
Multiple choice and short answer (consists of writing short responses, making diagrams)
Grading is based off a 10 point scale (93+ is an A). 80% is exams and 20% is iClicker. There are 4 exams and a comprehensive final. The final is used to replace the lowest of your 4 exam grades, but it should be noted that if your final grade is lower than the lowest exam, it will still be replaced. This means you could lower your grade, so make sure you're actually prepared if you decide to take the final. I'm not sure if this professor does this every year, but when I took her course, she featured a rotating roster of guest lecturers. In fact, I don't think she actually taught a lecture until the 2nd or 3rd week. The guest lectures were tested, so you need to pay attention to them too. There is no textbook and all the information discussed in class is also provided in powerpoints. Basically all the information you need to study for the exam is found in power points. If you memorize the slides, you should be able to ace the exam. You should still attend class for the iClicker and elaborating on information found in the slides.
|Gov 310L||Kelly||Spring 17||Mult. choice||I like Professor Kelly! She's a fun, young professor that incorporates her liberal views into her teaching which I like, but conservative students might feel uncomfortable in her class. There are four tests and they are really easy. I literally just study the day before the test. Class is interesting but you don't really have to go because she doesn't go that far in depth and her powerpoints are posted online.|
|GOV 310L||Ben Hardee||spring 2017||There are 2 exams in the class, so it does not give much room for wiggle room if you do poorly on one of them. They are both 40 questions, multiple choice. They are not cumulative, and only encompass the material for that section of the course. The exams are not too difficult, as long as you stay caught up with the material and attend class.||Mr. Hardee is a very intelligent and knowledgeable professor. He knows exactly the material he teaches and is able to go into detail with the subjects and hold mini debates with students that are perplexed with a topic. He does not teach the standard government class, as his class is more pertained to the studying of the Constitution, Federalist Papers, and Articles of Confederation. I enjoy his class because he is able to go in depth about the subjects and give insight as to what the founding fathers were thinking and attempting to achieve. To do well in his class, you MUST attend lecture, as there are pop quizzes that he does not tell you in advance. They are not difficult whatsoever, they are more of an attendance sort of grade. The 2 exams are not too difficult, taking notes in each class about the topics covers the exams. Along with that, he makes it clear what material he covers in class will be on the exam . There are 2 essays also, and the best way to do well on these are to see him in office hours, as he will help you write a better essay and in return a better grade, along with visiting the writing center for help on the essay, as he rewards extra credit to students that go to the writing center.|
|GOV 310L||Theriault||Spring 2018||There are no tests. Community participation events, readings, quizzes, and attendance are all that make up your grade.||Take this live stream course. Government is a required course. This is the best way to take it. Simply read the book, watch the live stream when it airs for attendance credit, and take the quizzes. Theriault also encourages attending different community events throughout the course that you may not think of attending otherwise if it wasn't for the class.|
|GOV 312L||Moser and McDonald||Fall 2016||All multiple choice.||This is an online class. That is good for some, bad for others. Very easy to get behind and get yourself in a position to where you won't succeed on the exams. There is a good amount of readings to do each week if you are planning on making an A. The tests can be very difficult because of the format (a, b, c, a and b, all of the above). They usually curved the exams around 7-10 points on average. There is an essay required that will be graded moderately difficult. Definitely not a class to take and expect not to work hard because it isn't a science class and still make an A.|
|Gov 312L||Professor Moser and Professor McDonald||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice, a couple of essays||Gov 312L is online and is pretty easy. Class is twice a week and is really convenient because you watch it online. If you watch the lectures and pay attention you'll do fine. I found it pretty interesting because they incorporate current world events into the course, and both the professors are personable. The majority of your grade are three tests, but there is also an essay and quizzes after each class. I think if you reviewed an online quizlet for awhile before each test you'll do great.|
|GOV 312L||Moser and McDonald||Fall 2018||All multiple choice, three exams||This is an online class taught by two professors. It is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays both professors will lecture and discuss current events (both of which will be included on exams, so be sure to never miss these lectures). On Thursdays, you will need to participate in "online discussions" based on current events and four "comprehensive" remarks are required to get full credit for discussions. Once again, try not to miss these discussions or you will be missing out on easy points. The class is based on modules that are completed for homework along with other materials that are completed outside of class yet still included on the exams. It is VERY EASY to succeed in this course and also VERY EASY to fail in this course. You NEED to take COMPREHENSIVE notes on the modules and lectures AS THEY ARE GIVEN TO YOU, not later, not cramming, and not last minute. Take notes on the material as it is shown to you. Later, look over your notes and make a comprehensive review for the exam. You will have no problem at all getting an A on the exams. With that being said, not taking lecture or module content seriously, failing to take notes, or getting behind on material just because it isn't graded will lead you to do poorly on exams. Know this: the exams are NOT easy by any means and they throw in multiple answers to confuse students or answers that may look like the right answers. You will only do well if you know your material backwards and forwards--which is EASY to do if you take notes. I recommend this class, an A is possible and these two professors are great guys!|
|GOV 312L||BUDZISZEWSKI, J||Fall 2018||Take Home Essay Tests||Government 312L taught by Dr. Budziszewski is one of the more challenging government courses as the course has a writing flag. The course is graded without pluses or minuses with standard cutoffs. There are quizzes on the readings during each lecture and also three take home tests. The quizzes are challenging however they are curved. There is a substantial amount of reading that must be completed before each class. However, the quizzes are open note and it is highly recommend to take notes. Because the tests are take home, it is easy to do well on them. Visiting Dr. Budzisewski during his office hours is very helpful as the essays must conform to his format. The best method to study would be to take notes on the readings before each class and to visit office hours frequently. In the end, Government 312L while challenging, is still very manageable.|
|Gov 312L||Moser McDonald||Fall 2018|
3 tests, 40 questions all MC
The class consists of 3 tests, an easy quiz every class day, and easy discussion sections once every 2 to 3 weeks. To do well in this class you must stay on top of the modules and lectures. If you do every pre lecture module, and watch every lecture, getting an A is much easier than skimming through the modules. To study for the tests I would recommend reading over your class notes, and talking through the material with a friend. NOT a blow off class, but a very possible A.
|H S 301||Nina Palmo||Fall 2017||Exams are comprised of True/False, Multiple Choice, and Free Response||Your grade is based on your tests (no drops), and article response papers. The class lecture style is you read the assigned articles given to you, and she will discuss that with the class as well as give her own input. Mostly it'll be her lecturing, but she constantly asks the class what they think about a certain topic in order to gauge the students. Out of the articles she assigns, you are required to write six response papers, two in the first third of the semester, in the second third, and the last third (but of course you can do them all early if you want to). The papers are graded by the TAs, and so are the free response on the tests. Personally, I got screwed by the TAs because they didn't give me a grade back for my article responses in time, so I had no way to improve. All of my grades for them came back near the end of the semester, and I addressed this to the professor and she admitted they were working on that. If you want to make sure your papers receive full credit, I advise you swing by the professors office hours or TAs' office hours. She does show a lot of TED talk videos in class that she will ask questions from on the test. The best way to succeed is to go to class and actively listen and participate; don't just use your laptop or be on your phone the entire time or you will miss out on important details.|
|HDF 304||Gleason||Spring 2017||About 50 multiple choice questions and 8-12 free response questions||This was definitely one of the best classes that I’ve taken at UT! Dr. Gleason is an amazing professor and the class was really interesting. There’s readings that you have to complete before every class and at the beginning of class there’s a 5 question quiz that also counts your attendance. The quizzes were very straightforward and it was easy to make a 100 if you did the readings. We finished two books over the course of the semester and both were very interesting, one being Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance. The lectures were so engaging and Dr. Gleason explained all of the concepts very well. She goes through her PowerPoints while lecturing and she does not post her PowerPoints online, so it’s necessary to take good notes. Tests were 50 MC questions and about 8-12 free response questions. The tests were straightforward and covered all of the topics from lectures and the readings. Some test questions could be tricky, for example some of the answer choices were very similar or you had to pick the best answer out of a couple in some cases, but overall the tests were not difficult and her lectures prepare you for them. There’s two essays that you have to complete over the course of the semester, and both have to be about a topic/theory that you learn about in class. These essays were graded very fairly by the TAs. There’s no final and at the end of the semester she offers an extra credit essay opportunity. Her and her TAs were always available and willing to help in office hours. I would say that the best way to study for this course would be to review all of the notes that you take during lectures and go over the readings again before tests. It is easy to do well in this class and an A is definitely attainable. I would recommend this class to anyone because of how interesting the subject matter was and how great of a professor Dr. Gleason was.|
|HDF 313||Speranza||Fall 2017||Multiple choice||Speranza is a super sweet lady and her lectures are pretty interesting. Attendance is expected and she takes attendance checks 6 times randomly throughout the semester by having you write your name on a piece of paper and turning it in. This class is required for the BDP Children and Society certificate, as well as for nursing majors, and the majority of the class consists of girls. She goes overs a powerpoint each class and so far she has not posted her slides on Canvas so it is important to take notes during class. I recommend typing your notes because she releases an exam review before each exam and it is easier to have your notes online so you can transfer them quickly. There are 4 exams in this class and they each consist of 50 multiple choice questions. So far, doing the review in depth and answering all the questions has been sufficient for me to do well on the exams. I definitely stress answering every question in depth and really memorizing the facts on the review because they will definitely show up on the exam. Some of the multiple choice answers are similar and you really need to use the process of elimination but if you do the review and understand it, you should be good to go. I recommend finding/making a friend in the class as well and work on taking notes and the review together because that will help a lot with the studying process. This class requires you to register for HDF 113L as well, which is a lab class where you observe children. The final exam is optional and an A ranges from 94 to 103 pts and an A- ranges from 90 to 93 pts.|
|HDF 313||Speranza||Spring 2018||Her tests were all multiple choice.||The only grades were the tests. She provides a study guide prior to the test, and if you study that you will be absolutely fine. Also, her final is optional so if you like your grade you can skip it. The final replaces one test, so it is still helpful if you need it at the end of the semester. I would not recommend buying the textbook because she covers it all in her slides. If you take the final I would recommend going to her office hours and looking over your old tests because she just copies and pastes the old ones. She is a sweet old lady so sometimes she will go on little tangents, but it is a pretty easy class overall.|
|HDF 371||Fatima Varner||Fall 2018||multiple choice with 5-6 essay questions (only 4-5 sentences required)||Group work is 10%. This is work during class with your peers. There is usually a worksheet to fill out with your peers and it is very easy. Class attendance is 10%. A paper about any topic on adolescence is 20%. You complete parts of the paper throughout the semester so it helps you break it down piece by piece. There are three exams worth a total of 60%. There is a study guide given and it accurately resembles what is on the exam. Dr. Varner is very understanding and very helpful. She loves what she teaches and she is very straight forward with her lecture material. To make an A in this class, always attend class, complete the study guide before each test, and turn in all assignments relating to the essay.|
|HDF 372K: Family Transition||Hannah Williamson||Fall 2018||test is 100% multiple choice. There is around 50 questions.||There are two exams in this class that covers the first half and second half of the semester. There is NO FINAL, but there is a final paper. The final paper is worth the same as the test. Each test is worth 15.38% and the final paper is worth 15.38% as well. The final paper focuses on a family transition topic of your choice. Throughout the semester, there are assignments related to the paper that help the students do portions of the paper a little bit at a time. These assignments are extremely easy and take very little time. They accumulate to worth more than the final paper itself--approximately 47.69% of the grade. There is also in class writing assignments that are randomly assigned so always come to class. At the end of the course, you are required to do a short presentation of your topic to your class. This class is super easy and Dr. Williamson is super cool. She lectures straight off of slides and is super clear on what is going to be on the test. She also gives test reviews before each test. Do the test review before each test and you'll make a good grade. You don't have to stress too much about the tests because the small assignments accumulate up to be a bigger portion of the class grade.|
|HDF 466||Natalie Ammon||Spring 2018||There are no tests in this class.||This class is great if you want an easy A for a 4 hour credit class. You meet once a week and have lab once a week. The lab is at the Flawn Child Lab School and is a great way to improve on your interaction skills with children. There are NO tests. Instead, lab attendance is 17.5%, two quizzes make up 25%, 3 journal entries make up 22.5%, classroom observation assignment is 15%, and a final lab evaluation given by your lab teacher is 20%. This class requires very little studying outside of the class/lab times. Go over the readings to ace the quizzes. The quizzes are very straightforward and are all open ended. The journal entries are simply short essays over your opinion on different topics. It is very subjective and if the professor can see that you put in effort, then you will get a good grade. The lab evaluation is given by your lab teacher. If you have good attendance in lab, participate actively in taking care of the children, and help out during lab then you will get a good evaluation. The class is a great gateway to learn how to interact with children and also teaches you more about their development.|
|HIS 314K||Zamora||Fall 2018||3 essays||Before you get scared by having to write 3 essays, he gives you the prompt beforehand. I wrote all 3 of my essays out beforehand and just memorized my main points. Keeping up with the reading and going to lecture would be nice, but honestly I could have passed that test without doing either. The test is over content that you could open the textbook and reference the information you need a week before the exam when you're pre-writing your essay. I still recommend going to class because Zamora really is passionate about his class and makes his lectures interesting. 5 reports over the reading are due, so you are kind of forced to do some of the readings to accomplish that aspect of your grade.|
|HIS 315K||Henry Brands||Fall 2017||No exams :) only quizzes every class that only are graded based on attendance||Easiest and most enjoyable class I've taken here at UT. Weekly HW online that only takes 30 minutes MAX, essays that are easy if you don't procrastinate, class attendance that doesn't test you on any material, daily quizzes just to make sure you're there. Doesn't require much time out of class other than the 4 hours per month for the essay and the 30 minutes per week for the HW. Plus, no class on Fridays.|
|His 315K||Steven Mintz||Fall 2018||No tests, weekly modules.||Lecture is optional. He posts poll questions every day on canvas that count as extra credit if you get them right. Every week a module is due that consists of about 20 multiple choice questions and 3-4 "essays". These "essays" are essentially just responses granted they are between 1200-2500 characters and usually aren't all that complicated. Mintz has a very high grade distribution of A's which can probably be explained by the fact that the multiple choice and essay prompts are fairly easy. Definitely a great class to add on to your schedule and for a History credit considering it's very low maintenance and the only work you have to do is a module every week.|
|HIS 315L||Stoff||Fall 2015||Essay||Dr. Stoff is an amazing lecturer. Second semester of American history is not a subject I had enjoyed in the past but he made it very deep and interesting. If you pay attention during the lecture (which is required) and keep great notes, you don't need too much work outside the class except assigned book readings to ace essay topics.|
|HIS 315L||Brands||Spring 2018||n/a||This class is extremely easy so if you need a history credit, take it with Brands. He makes lectures interesting and fun, and there are no exams. Every Friday there is a chapter online with mini-quizzes that each take about 15 minutes and are easy to get full points on. Attendance is mandatory to class, and the rest of the grade comes from two essays, a book report, and a movie review. Overall great class.|
|HIS 317L||Erika Bsumek||Spring 2017||Multiple Choice and Essay questions||This class is composed of two exams, numerous group presentations, participation, quizzes and short papers. The exams are a big part of your grade but are very straightforward and fairly easy. The multiple choice is essentially all memorization of words and different engineering projects. She provides a study guide with all the potential words/projects that you could be tested on. The study guide also has all the potential essay questions you can be tested on. Therefore, completely memorize all the vocab words from the study guide and write a couple of ideas and evidence for each of the potential essay questions and you should do well. Attendance is mandatory and is a significant portion of your grade. She assigns reading everyday however no one really reads them. Presentations are easy A's, your grade is mostly composed of the grade that your fellow group members assign you. The two short essays are a big part of your grade, so definitely put in effort and follow the rubric very closely.|
|IB 320F||Kate Gillespie||Spring 2018||All multiple choice. Mostly four options but she sprinkles in some True-False questions.||Your grade is from your best three of four exams. Lecture style is her primarily speaking based on the textbook, but some material isn't in the textbook, which she marks with a golden star on her slides. Usually at the end of her lectures, she will have some questions for the class to answer, some which appear on the test. Honestly, you will be inclined to skip sometimes because she posts all the power points but that will actually make the class so much harder. This might sound like common sense, but the best way to succeed in this class is to go actually go to class and pay attention. A lot of people will go to class and just screw around on their computer or phone. The book is optional to buy, but I've heard it doesn't really help too much.|
|Intro to IT Mgmt (04310)||Tuttle||Fall 2016||Multiple choice||He will give you a review, but also focus on your notes. The review are just broad objectives to follow. Try using quizlet to practice the exams|
|J S 311||Weinreb||Fall 2017||1/2 mc 1/2 free response||Do the readings. Its a lot to read, but if you read and attend some of the lectures, you will most likely make an A. Theres plenty of extra credit. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EASY OPPORTUNITIES. For her final essay assignment, make sure to get it edited by her. If you do all her edits and then show her your edited copy before the deadline, you'll get a really high A (especially for a paper of that length). if you're looking for an easy culture class for your BS requirement, this is your class.|
|Jazz Appreciation (21430 online)||Hellmer||Spring 2017||Multiple choice||Online exams. I recommend having notes read and memorized the day before and day of.|
Jazz Appreciation (MUS 307)
|Jeff Helmer||Fall 2017|
One Final Online ProctorU: Multiple Choice, Short Answers, A Couple Essay Questions
If you need a easy VAPA, this is definitely a good course to consider. You don't really need any prior music theory or jazz knowledge, but it definitely helps. The course is all online with set lecture times. There's a 5-10 question quiz every week, but if you pay attention to class, they're pretty easy. There's no outside reading, so class and Cerego is where you'll get all of your information. Cerego is this system where you look at facts about jazz terms, jazz artists and songs, and jazz history. After being given the opportunity to look at the information, they'll ask questions which are based off what you looked at. It's basically all about memorization and little application. You start off with 0% and every time you answer a question, your percentage increases by a small amount. You need to do this periodically from the beginning of the semester, though, because it is literally impossible to get to 100% in one sitting. The system caps you at a certain percentage after each review session. This is worth about 50% of your grade, so make sure you start and keep up with it early. It's a lot of fun, and it didn't feel like work or assignments. You have to attend one outside performance and write about it using class terminology and themes, but it's not difficult and was a fun experience. The final was also relatively easy when it comes to finals. If you complete all the Cerego sets, it should be pretty easy to ace this section since a lot of the questions are based off Cerego facts. The essay question will most likely ask you to pick an artist and compare how his music has changed throughout the years based off different stages of jazz (ex. John Coltrane went through free form and modal jazz). The course was very fun and easy, and I would totally take it again.
|LEB 320F||Bradley Gold||Spring 2017||All multiple choice||Tests are open book and notes, can bring in printed notes. Try to read the material in the book at least once so during the test you know where to look, and notes can be printed. Questions can be a little strange, but if you pay attention during class you should be fine.|
|LEB 323||Pedersen||Spring 2018||Multiple choice||Tests are open book and open note. Make sure to write her "key points" throughout each lecture. They help you analyze each case easily and are very helpful during the exams. There are no homeworks, just 3 exams and attendance. Make sure you go to class and write her notes (she tells you what to write). Also buy the outline for her class it helps to keep track of the material. On your own after each chapter make your own study guide of requirements of each statute/law. Questions on the exams are cases so if you have your own list it makes the exam a whole lot easier.|
|M 305G||Amanda Hagar||Fall 2016||Multiple choice(quest based) and free response||There are four exams and a final. The free response is usually a graph and some equations (ie trig, logs). For graphs, you need to know how to plot it as well as drawing it. In order to do well on the exams, understand what you do on the homework. Her exams are pretty much her homework problems. Each week you assigned to do homework, but each discussion period, the TA will go over problems just like it but use different numbers and she will let the class work on it when she is done. At the end, she has students come up and finish the problems, so homeworks are easy A's. Dr. Hagar uses piazza to answer questions and if you are active on it, she'll give you extra credit(2pts). If you don't understand something, don't be afraid to go to her office hours. She will do her best to make sure you understand it by the time you leave. I really love Dr. Hagar, she is so funny. She's also very passionate about what she teaches. She tries her best to make her students succeed if you put in the effort.|
|M 408C||Davis||Fall 2018||Free response||If you're taking calculus, I 100% recommend taking it with Davis. She teaches both M408C and M408D. Your grade consists of: a quiz every other week, 2 exams, and a final. Before each quiz and exam, she will put up old versions of the quizzes and exams with all the answers and work written on them. LITERALLY the key to getting an A in this class is to work the problems on these practice quizzes and tests because the exam has the EXACT SAME questions with different numbers. The quiz every other week takes place in your discussion class and you get 20 minutes to take it, which is more than enough time because the quiz is only one question. The exams are also in your discussion time and you get a cheat sheet - front and back of a piece of paper. Quizzes and exams were super chill, no proctors or checking of IDs, and your discussion class doesn't have that many people either. There is homework that is posted, but it is all optional and I would recommend focusing on the practice quiz/exam she posts because that's what your grade will consist of. 89.6-100% is an A and 88.6-89.5 is an A-. You also get one quiz drop. She posts a lot of resources and practice problems which are sufficient enough to do well. She teaches very differently, so forget everything you learned in HS calculus. Her approach is a lot easier and the tests are easy if you prepare correctly, AKA study the practice exam/quiz because they are IDENTICAL. Quizzes are 1 question and worth 25%, exams are ~3 questions and worth 50%, HW is 0%, and the final is 25%.|
|M 408C||Dr. Struppeck||Fall 2018||Both MC and free response||Your grade is comprised of weekly homework assignments and exams. There are a total of 3 exams and a final. The first exam is free response and the following two are multiple choice. BE CAREFUL because his multiple choice tests only consist of 8 questions, so if you miss one you're already at a B. Each exam is weighed at 20%, the homework at 10%, and the final at 30%. The homework assignments can be challenging but are doable if you find a group of friends. The Wednesday before each assignment is due, we go over any trouble questions in our discussion class. Struppeck is not a welcoming professor and does not offer any extra credit or drops. His lectures are boring and he works through problems too quickly. Most students are reluctant to ask questions because he either confuses them more or because he has a condescending tone. Attendance isn't required, but if you skip you won't pass. The best way to approach this class is to go to his office hours and ask him to work through certain questions and/or make a study group early on.|
|M 408D||Gustavo Cepparo||Fall 2016||Free response with a few multiple choice questions||Professor Cepparo is known not only for his amazing calculus knowledge and skills but also for his humor. He is extremely funny and has an accent but it doesn't come in the way of learning the calc. I enjoyed his class although I took it a 8am (Mon-Fri). It is a very challenging course and it can be made easier if calculus was taken in high school. The best method to study for his tests are doing the practice exams that he posts on Canvas throughout the semester. It is in your best interest to learn the calc before attempting the practices tests since there is only one practice test for each unit posted. The actual tests are very similar to the practice tests with minor changes or additions to change things up a bit. Most of the semester is basically a review of calculus 2 and the only part of the course that dives into calculus 3 is during the final 3 weeks of the semester. He tell you exactly what question types you need to know on the final which really helps.|
|M 408D||Davis||Fall 2018||Four free response questions.||Her class is very straight-forward; she has one question quizzes and four question tests with questions very similar to the ones she posts on her website. If her website is studied diligently and practice problems are a priority, going to lecture can be somewhat optional. The best study method is working practice problems in TA session. Overall, I love her personality and her passion for calculus shows every lecture, so the fact that she has awesome lectures and straight forward assessments makes her a great option for 408D.|
|M 408S||David Rusin||Fall 2016||multiple choice with some free response||You are going to have to learn the material mostly on your own as the professor goes off on tangents and focuses on unique, weirdly challenging problems that are not usually on the tests. However, there is accuracy based homework and weekly quizzes that are very helpful in providing you questions that are likely on the exams. Additionally, it is very important that you DO NOT blow off the homework as it plays a significant part in your final grade (1/7) as do the learning modules (1/7). The midterm exams were not insanely difficult, the questions are a little bit more conceptual than homework problems. It is important to note that there are around 5-6 multiple choice questions and 2 free response, so missing one question will significantly hurt your exam grade. Also, the weekly quizzes are difficult but he curves them based on how well the class does, so do not fret too much if your are receiving poor quiz grades|
|M325K||Meth||fall 2018||free response||Read through notes taken in class and practice writing proofs. Reading over solved hw problems or redoing them will help a lot too. He follows the textbook, so reading the textbook and familiarizing yourself with how the book writes proofs. He's a pretty chill professor (and wear the same shirt every day)|
|M408C||Dr. Mills||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice and Free Response||His class is very simple. Lecture prepares you for homework, homework prepares you for the test. His class has an optional discussion, but honestly it wasn't that much help. If you practice the problems he runs through in class and assigns for homework, you'll be fully prepared for the tests.|
|M408C||Dr. Solomon Manukure||Fall 2018||All free response questions, no multiple choice||Dr. Manukure is fairly a new teacher to UT Austin. He tends to be very thorough during lectures, but he seems to explain the concept very briefly but instead does a lot of examples to make up for it. If I didn’t know any Calculus outside of his class beforehand, I would definitely be struggling. You would have to go to his office hours. He gives out A LOT of homework: there’s something called pre-homework that gives a taste of what he’s going to lecture before you enter the class and something called post-homework that consists of 20-ish questions about what you learned during the lecture. Unfortunately, these questions are not completion grade and counts for 15% of your grade, so it really matters. This class is a lot of work especially since there are discussions for every day that you don’t have a lecture. Dr. Manukure specifically mentioned that his lectures aren’t mandatory but the discussions are. We take quizzes during the discussion times, but those are fairly easy. For the exam, he makes a sample exam and gives it out to you. Study those like your life depends on it. His exams are a replica of the sample exam he gives out. (he literally just changes numbers). He’s very sweet and tends to make jokes quite often. You can tell that he really cares about his students. If you need to take Calculus, I would recommend him. Just know that you have to work for you grade!|
|M408D||Davis||Spring 2018||Free response (3)||Davis’ class is very easy. She is a very cute old lady who tries really hard to teach you, but it may be a little hard to keep up with her in class because she is a little disorganized and works through problems fast. She doesn’t take attendance in her class. She has quizzes every two weeks. They have just one question. For the tests, she has three and whatever was covered on the quizzes will not be on the test. Tests have 3 questions, all free response. To study for tests, I recommend doing the homework (which never needs to be turned in for grades. They are just practice for you) and other practice questions on her website. Reviewing her notes also helps. She allows cheat sheet on her test. So you can anything on it to help you. If you make straight 100s on quizzes and tests, you can exempt the final. Her final is not accumulative. She drops the lowest quiz grade.|
|M408D||Staron||Spring 2018||MC and 3 T/F questions||I really recommend Dr. Staron for this course. There were 4 exams with one drop grade and a cumulative final. His explanations during lecture were thorough and his tests were pretty simple. The practice problems that he does during lectures are really similar to the questions on the exams, so I would definitely suggest going over the in-class notes to study for the midterms. The homework on Quest can be long and tedious, but they definitely help as good practice. The final exam was noticeably harder than his midterms, but if you study your notes and tests thoroughly, you should be fine. He also offered extra credit modules, so an A in this course is definitely attainable.|
|M408N||Sadun||Fall 2016||Free Response||If you did not take calculus in high school, his teaching style is very difficult to follow. You have to teach yourself through the modules (basically flipped classroom). You have to go to discussion to turn in your homework but you don't learn in discussion unless you have specific questions from the homework. His exams were pretty fair if you kept up with the homework. The final was harder than the midterm but he does replace your lowest midterm with the final if you did better on the final.|
|M408N||Evelyn Shultz||Fall 2017|
Multiple choice with some free responses.
To start, Dr. Shultz has one of the LOWEST ratings on rate my professor. She does not lecture, she just projects questions on the board and expects you to know how to do them. Therefore, most of this course is self-taught. She gives you a quest homework due weekly, which sometimes has 15 questions, and other times has 35. In addition, she assigns book assignments that are due during the TA sessions. The TAs during my semester were scared of her, but maybe that has changed. The tests fluctuate from being extremely difficult to fair. She does NOT curve, except for once when the whole class failed and she had to. The best studying method for this class is to prepare for the test using quest homework's and also utilizing your textbook.
Honestly if you can get a different professor, I would. But if you can't, then get ready to work really hard and deal with a lot of sass.
|M408R||William "Bill" Wolesensky||Spring 2017||Free response||There is four exams and a final. He gives homework every week; most of the time it is really lengthy. Then there is worksheets in discussion that you do with a group. I personally didn't find discussion really helpful because the TA wasn't helpful at all. Be sure to know how to do the homeworks and practice exams. He drops big hints on what will be on the exams. He won't add anything you haven't seen before either. If you don't understand something, go to his office hours. In this class, calculus is done very differently compared to other calculus classes for the most part. This class doesn't require any background biology knowledge. The questions are biology based, but you don't need to know anything about it to get the answer. I really love Dr. Wolesensky. He really tries his best to have his students do well in class. He is also a good lecturer and an amusing person with a unique background.|
|M408S||Rusin||Fall 2016||Multiple choice and free response||This course was good in that you can skip class and still do fine, but the quest HWs were pretty long. The first exam was extremely easy (didn't have to study for it), but the second exam (studied a lot) was tricky and pretty complicated. The material was pretty interesting especially to those math geeks out there, and the weekly quizzes were a piece of cake (2-3 are dropped). But seriously, watch out for that second exam! His grading system is also strange. If you get an A on an exam, you're grade doesn't get affected, but if you get a low grade, you're grade is curved. Bright side: you can completely bomb an exam or two and still end up with an A.|
|MAN 320F||Kristie Loescher||Fall 2016||Multiple choice||This is one of the easier BFP courses, and in my opinion, one of the ones most applicable to real life. I found the in-person lecture to be pretty straightforward. Professor Loescher provides almost all the information for the exams on her powerpoints (which are downloadable on Canvas). Attendance is required for this class, which is another thing to keep in mind, but I've found that the best study method for me was to listen actively during lecture and take good notes on the slides. Unfortunately, you do have to purchase online access to the textbook site along with the ethics readings. The grades are composed of attendance, exams, and online quizzes accessed through the textbook website. The quizzes can be time consuming, but she does offer the opportunity for 4 makeup quizzes at the end of the semester if you do poorly. I found the lectures to be engaging and the exams to be fairly straightforward. The exams are easier in the beginning, because the later units can get a little complicated with the vocabulary. To study for the exams, I just read the slides (and any notes I took on them). There are a few questions on each exam regarding assigned ethics readings. Professor Loescher posts a powerpoint detailing what you need to know about each reading. For each exam, I also made an outline on Word from this powerpoint, went through the readings, and wrote down the relevant information. This was a good study method because it made me actively read rather than just skimming the content. I would highly recommend this class!|
|MAN 320F||Kristie Loescher||Spring 2016||Multiple Choice||You learn a lot of very useful skills in this class. The class is 70% exams, 20% quizzes and cases, 5% pre-test assignments, and 5% class attendance. The quizzes and cases are super easy. The quizzes can be done with just the powerpoint lecture slides. The case quizzes are are about 5 questions long and come from short readings (you can finish them in 5 minutes, they are super simple). There are pre-test assignments that are basically reviews for the exam. They are a bit time consuming, but that is about the only thing I did to study for exams aside from going over the lecture slides. She gives you a terms sheet for the exam, which is just a list of all the vocabulary words you should know with their definitions. Her exams include the examples she gives of terms during lecture, so take good notes!|
|MAN 320F||Pritchett||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice||This class has been pretty decent so far. I took it in class because I didn't want to pay the $200 for the online version. Pritchett is super nice and wants everyone to do well, and even though the class is 1.5 hours, we usually get out within 50 minutes because we get through the lectures pretty quickly. I get bored in lecture pretty easily because she reads off the slides, but if you don't pay attention in lecture then you will have to do some reading and notes outside of class because the tests aren't super easy- you actually have to be familiar with the textbook because she gives some application based questions. I don't think it's a lot of work though. You would probably just need to study the weekend before the exam in order to get an A! An A is a 94 though which is pretty annoying. There are also quizzes for each chapter through the textbook website, but you can find a majority of the answers on quizlet/ if you just read the textbook you'll be fine.|
|MAN 320F||Aroian||Spring 2018||MC||This is probably the easiest BFP online class that you can take, but you have to pay the ~$200 online fee . There is a lot of time between the due dates, so you definitely have enough time complete the assignments without a heavy workload. The course consists of some ungraded activities, 4 quizzes, a few discussion posts, 1 midterm, and 1 final (worth the same as the midterm). The exams are all multiple choice, and some of the questions come from the quizzes. Pretty easy class, overall, but you have to complete all of the assignments in order to unlock the next assignment.|
|MAN 320F||Mihran Aroian||Spring 2018||Multiple choice (all online)||Be sure to stay on top of your modules. It is easy to get behind and miss deadlines. To study, a lot of the stuff is found online. Only the tests are through ProctorU but everything else is through canvas. The best way to study for the exams are to just pay attention to what you are reading in the modules. AKA if you just go through them to get done, the tests will be difficult but if you can absorb the main points and remember them, you should be fine!|
|MAN 320f||Aroian||Fall 2018||All multiple choice||Aroian's class is way more tedious than you'd expect for a BFP class. There is 1 module/week to complete and completing each activity in the module unlocks the next one. You keep unlocking assignments sequentially until you get to the quiz, although none of the activities actually count for a grade. Your entire grade comes from 2 exams (each worth 40%) and 4 quizes (each worth 5%) All exams and quizzes are ProctorU, so its important to actually study the textbook/ modules beforehand. You can also find lots of helpful quizlets online that match up with the quizzes.|
|MAN 320F||Mihran Aroian||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice||Quizzes weigh 20% and tests weigh 80%. I took the web based version, so it was done in modules. Once you finished certain modules, you have the opportunity to take the quiz before the quiz is due. At the beginning of each module, there is a box that tells you what to read in the textbook, and then to continue on. In order to complete each part of the module, you must participate, whether it's answer a poll, post a well-thought out response, or answer question.|
To be honest, you can probably write whatever, as long as it doesn't sound like you don't know anything just to get to the next section. Once you start studying for the quizzes, which are about 20 questions each, you can prepare by looking up quizlets for the course. About 60-75% of the questions will be identical. The same is for the tests, which are 50 questions each. Finding quizlets for the tests are a little harder since you need to look for a question bank. There are four quizzes and two tests.
|MAN 320F wb||Arion||Fall 2017||40 MC||This course is self paced. There are deadlines for some assignments and the tests. All the quizzes are all on Quizlet. The exams are not but there are plenty of student made Quizlets on textbook vocabulary and other concept a mentioned in modules. The test is mostly vocab/module concepts, so Quizlet is a great resource. I spent about 3 hours a week every two weeks taking exams and quizzes. I took the exams early and the quizzes earlier than the deadlines because I wanted that off my plate when my other science courses had tests, but that isn't necessary. The deadlines are very easy to manage. I would recommend this course!|
|MAN 334M||Loescher||Spring 2018||Multiple choice, two free response, and one essay||Overall not a difficult or time-consuming class. There are two exams, an individual project, and a team project. The individual project usually ends up being one or two essays while the team project is involved with healthcare institutions like DSMC and DCMC. For the two exams, you get a cheat sheet, so not really anything to memorize. There are cases to read and book chapters in preparation for the exams as well, which are usually where the essay and free response questions come from. Generally a good class and Dr. Loescher is super nice and caring.|
|MES 301L||Dr. Ahmadi||Spring 2018||no tests. There are 2 really easy quizzes - one is a map quiz and the other is a vocab quiz. The major points come from 2 short essays and one 10 pg paper. The reason I can confidently say I will get a good grade before each of these assignments is that I've already got it edited by the professor. If you make all the edits, you will get the A.||You really don't need to study. Its about the papers. Take advantage of her office hours. Go as much as you can with your paper and get all the edits she can think of, before the papers are due. Then make the edits. You can't go wrong. I took this class as a culture requirement for my B.S. prerequisites, and it was the easiest class I've had at UT so far.|
|MIS 302F||Tuttle||Fall 2016||Multiple choice quizzes and discussion posts/short typed assignments||I took this course online, and it was a fairly simple course. The quizzes were rather easy, and the short assignments we had to complete were not difficult. I would recommend taking this course if you need 3 hours. I mainly completed the work on weekends, so it was less time consuming than the average class. I would recommend finding a friend to work with you if you take the online course because you can clarify your understanding of topics/instructions.|
|MIS 302F||Clint Tuttle||Spring 2017||Multiple Choice||Only important if you're in BFP. Clint is amazing, he's so funny and smart. His lectures are very interesting and people think this class has to do with coding but you're wrong. Its really conceptual stuff about the internet and how companies run a very low amount has to do with computing and coding. You have one excel assignment due every Wednesday to be done outside of class and Clint isn't very helpful with it he encourages you to look it up on google... Tests are based off of lecture and reading, if he said it its on the test. Definitely recommend.|
|MIS 302F||Tuttle||Fall 2016||Multiple choice + excel assignments||This class is really nice for learning the basics of management and information systems. At some point in our lives, we will probably need to use Excel to organize and analyze data, so it is good to learn it in this class. The tests are open note so you can go back to previous modules and re-watch them if you missed something. I would also advise giving yourself a good amount of time to do the Excel assignments because sometimes you may get stuck one of the tasks, but if you already know how to operate Excel then you'll be set.|
|MIS 302F||Clint Tuttle||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||This was one of my favorite courses that I've taken at UT. It really teaches life/real-world application things. We had several excel assignment, and learned about information technology in general, which was so interesting! The best way to study for the exams is to get access to the class review google doc! All the summaries of the readings, study questions, etc are on there, and it was super helpful!! Tuttle is just a really cool guy and makes class fun!|
|MIS 302F||Tuttle||Fall 2015||3 multiple choice midterms -- no drops!||Don’t underestimate this class. I did at first and got a 70 on the first exam but turned it around and made almost perfect scores on the last two exams (ended up with an A in the class). Do the learning objectives! If you can answer those, you can do well on the exam. Take notes in lecture and understand the powerpoint. His tests are based on lectures and powerpoints, use readings as a reference. When doing the exam, read each answer choice and see what sounds familiar — as in, can you picture him saying that in class or do you remember him saying something along those lines in class? If yes, then that’s the answer. He gives a lot of excel assignments, which are very long. Some are easy and some are really hard. Make sure you schedule some time to do these assignments because it can take hours. Overall, it’s a very entertaining course. As future dentists, I felt like this course taught me a lot about business.|
|MIS 304||Khoo||Spring 2018||Multiple choice and Free response||The homeworks are very important for the exam, if you have trouble doing the homework, go to the TA office hours and they pretty much do the homework in their office hours. The multiple choice for the exams come from the textbook, so make sure to read that as well. There are two group projects that are relatively easy if you have a decent group. Other than that Khoo is very nice and she'll even push due dates if you're having a busy week.|
|MIS 320F||Clint Tuttle||Fall 2015||Multiple choice||For those trying to obtain the Business Foundations Certificate, or even those looking for a fairly easy A, I would highly recommend the in-person version of this class. Tuttle is a great teacher and explains the material very clearly. In addition to the exams, there are some Excel-based assignments along with one assignment that calls for you to create a simple website. Overall, it was very straightforward. Do keep the due dates in mind though - it's easy to lose points for submitting the assignments late, and they're very easy grades. The best study method for me was actively listening during lecture and taking good notes. Studying for the tests just consisted of reading over those notes. The content was fairly easy, and the tests only asked one or two questions about Excel-related topics, so you don't have to be an expert in it. Overall, this was definitely an enjoyable class, and my favorite of the semester by far!|
|MIS 320F||Tuttle||Fall 2016||All multiple choice||Most interesting class I have taken at this university. Tuttle is an excellent professor, who cares only about his students LEARNING. If you learn the material, you will excel on the tests. He sets the class up for you to succeed, only 60% comes from exams, the rest is from quizzes, attendance, participation, etc. He holds online reviews before the exams. You DO need to read what he asks you to and really pay attention to specific examples in class because they often come back on the exams. If you put forth the work, should be relatively easy to get an A if you focus on learning the material. If you study to make an A on the exam, you probably won't do well. Focus on LEARNING.|
|MIS301||Joshua Rock||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice and T/F||This professor was honestly life changing! The coursework was hard and overwhelming at times but it taught you important things that you need in the business world. To study efficiently, study throughout the class, after every class with a couple of friends and review. You’ll come to love “his” kitten Boo. Rock Rocks!|
|Mus 307||Hellmer||Spring 2017||Multiple choice||Difficulty: Easy |
Grading: This is an online class, but there is a live stream lecture. Attendance polls each class account for about 10%. Cerego sets: these are like memory programs. You answer the same questions over and over again over an extended period of time in order to gain mastery of it. If you reach level 3 of mastery, you get a 100 for this assignment. These are replacements of 4 mid-terms. Much better deal. There is also a final that I have not yet taken, but I do not expect it to be too bad. There are also 5-10 question quizzes every week during the live stream that are not hard at all. There are also a couple of intermittent assignments, such as attending two jazz concerts, and a listening assignment. Basically completion.
How to study: Read over the PowerPoints for the quizzes and fill out the study guide that is given to you.
Overall Impression: Take it.
|MUS 307 History of Film Music||Jim Buhler||Spring 2018||There are no tests in this class.||If you need an easy, semi interesting VAPA this is the one. There were three quizzes. They were pretty short: you listened to three pieces of music and had to identify them, and then you usually answered one of two short answers. Nothing too bad and he gives you a study guide beforehand. Most of the class was spent watching clips or looking at pictures. His lectures were probably 80 slides but only like 5 had words on them. Every week you have to write a short report on a couple samples of music. Its a pretty entertaining class. I would highly recommend if you need a VAPA credit. No final, only a final paper that he gives you a lot of time to work on ahead of time. A lot of weekly papers, but it is super manageable.|
|MUS 307 Jazz Appreciation||Hellmer||Fall 2018||multiple choice||this class really is a joke. easiest class requiring minimum effort. online class where you listen to him talk about and play jazz. However there are random instapolls that pop up to make sure you're paying attention that count as a participation grade. Also there are 2 short reports where you have to go to a jazz concert and write about it. Also there are online flashcards sort of things that you have to memorize a certain percentage over time and get points for it.|
|MUS302L||Liu Peng||Spring 2018||Listening Quizzes and Online Quizzes||If you need a VAPA, TAKE THIS CLASS. The online quizzes which comprise of 30 percent of your grade are easy.... and if someone took it before you then you'll have all the right answers. The listening quizzes are very easy, as long as you have a very baseline understanding of each song. For example: Being able to hear for pianos or a fast / slow tempo. Lecture is relaxed, and the professor is very nice and understanding. Definitely an easy A, coming from a person who never played an instrument their whole life.|
|MUS303E||Suzanne Pence||Spring 2017||There are rarely any tests in this course. A big part of your grade, however , is submitting performance videos of songs that you learn in class. There was one test, but it was more of a music worksheet, not multiple choice, but very doable.||This class is a great VAPA elective or just an elective in general. Its more of a beginner's piano class and so it may seem a bit slow if you have experience in playing piano. However, later in the year there are assignments that have you make your own compositions/renditions of popular songs and so that's very fun. It definitely is an easy A, but there are a couple assignments that may seem tedious. You are required to write about 4 different music analysis /critiques (fairly simple though, no over the top essays) and you are required to attend one music concert and review it. You also have to do a book report , due at the end of the semester (again, not really an over the top essay though). The goal of these assignments is to just get you more expose to different genres of music. The class usually consists of 15-20 people and is led by a TA. The best way to "study" for this class is to just practice the piano pieces.|
|MUS306M||Mott||Spring 2018||No tests; 3 quizzes||This was the easiest class I have taken at UT, and I highly recommend this as a VAPA course if you have experience with music. There were no exams, just the 3 quizzes that were similar to the weekly music theory worksheets assigned as homework. Attendance was mandatory, and listening during lectures and keeping up with the short textbook readings will make studying a breeze. There is a final project due at the end of the semester where you apply what you have learned by assigning chords to a melody from a pop song of your choice, which was really simple and enjoyable. Overall, Mott is a very chill professor and this course is an easy A if you have experience with music.|
|NTR 306||De Angulo||Spring 2018||All multiple choice||The best way to study for this class is to go over the powerpoints. De Angulo does a really good job at making sure her lectures include all you need to know for the exams. Just pay attention in class and review the powerpoints before the exams. There are a few projects throughout the semester however they are mostly completion grades. Just put in your effort into completing them on time. You can get a 100 (or over sometimes) on every exam without reading the textbook! You just have to really know the ins and outs of the powerpoints. De Angulo is also super sweet so don't be afraid to meet her during her office hours!|
|NTR 312||Lydia Steinman||Spring 2014||Multiple Choice||There is a lot of information in this course, as it is the intro to all of nutrition classes. The best way to study for this class is to take notes during lecture and do the exam reviews provided. Keep in mind that the exams reviews cover a lot of information, so you want to start working on it early.|
|NTR 312||Lydia Steinman||Spring 2014||Multiple Choice||There is a lot of information in this course, as it is the intro to all of nutrition classes. The best way to study for this class is to take notes during lecture and do the exam reviews provided. Keep in mind that the exams reviews cover a lot of information, so you want to start working on it early.|
|NTR 312||Drew Hays||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice||The class is super laid back. There are 6 quizzes that are 50 points, same value as midterms. The quizzes are online, open note, and are anywhere from 30 to 50 questions long. You're given 45 minutes/quiz. If you just review notes before and have them open with you during the quiz you should easily pass. She gives extra credit at least once a week via square cap, so as long as you show up you will get credit. The midterms are easier than the quizzes. They give you a case study and the questions are based off of the scenario given.|
|NTR 312||Dr. Freeland-Graves||Spring 2018||Multiple Choice|
This class is based on a project, quizzes, 4 exams, and a final. Dr. Freeland-Graves uploads her PowerPoints and her lectures consist of her reading off of them. The textbook she assigns provides good background information, but is not necessary by any means. She assigns pop quizzes at the beginning of class about 5 times a semester, so it is important to always stay on top of material and be there on time. She hints at quizzes happening in advance, but never specifies when they'll be so you should always be prepared. Her TA holds reviews before exams and lists big picture ideas to remember and values to review. Her exams are based on her slides and she pulls really specific details from them. She does not allow electronics in class. I found that reviewing values through mock case studies was the most helpful way to study aside from rewriting her slides.
|NTR 312H||Dr. Christopher Jolley||Spring 2017||Around 40 multiple choice questions, three tests and one final. You can drop a test, the final being included. There are 2 really easy projects that are meant to be a grade boost||I LOVED this class! It was my first nutrition honors class as soon as I got into the program, I enrolled in this. The best study method is to go to class and pay attention to his lectures. Dr. Jolley has a great class philosophy and personality and will always talk about how he has been done dirty by his previous professors at A&M in the past, and makes it obvious that he wants to be as fair as possible. There are three tests and TWO PROJECTS that are weighted the same as the exams. He lets you drop one of these midterms, or the final. I dropped the final, which I was really happy about! An A is a 90 because it is an honors class and I had a 89.4 at the end of the class, which he curved to an A. |
One of the projects is Diet Analysis Plus, in which you keep a food diary for three days straight, and the other project The projects are solely supposed to be a grade boost. Dr. Jolley is very caring and understanding, I definitely recommend taking this class. Print out the slides that he posts on his website before class and write down what he says during class and memorize it. Tests are based on lectures, although reading the textbook was also beneficial. The textbook was free online, but I rented it through Amazon because I always prefer a paper copy of textbooks.
|NTR 315||Lydia Steinman||Spring 2015||Multiple Choice||This course is very similar to Steinman's NTR 312 course. You want to take notes in lecture and study for the exams using the study sheet provided. Again, there is a lot of information for each exam, so start the exam reviews early! I suggest making a google doc of the review, so multiple people can work on it at the same time, this will save time.|
|NTR 315||Dr. Natalie Poulos||Fall 2018||50 Multiple Choice Qs|
The course grade is based on 4 quizzes, 4 exams, 4 case studies, and the final exam. An exam grade is dropped, so you don't have to take the final. All assignments are worth the same weight and she offers a huge amount of extra credit towards the end of the semester. Her lectures provide good background for her slides, but reading the book is what helped me make better sense of the information and get context for the values covered. The course is really straightforward and Dr. Poulos and her TA are really good at making themselves available.
|NTR 365 (Topic: Sports Nutrition)||Molly Bray||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice and Short Answer||I found this class very interesting because of the content and various guest speakers. The best way to study for this course is to take notes during lecture. The slides contain all the material you need to know for the exams. To study for the exams, I would concise notes over the lecture slides and notes you took in lecture. There are quizzes every week, so you are pretty much required to keep up with the material.|
|NTR312R||Dr. Tiziani||Spring 17||MC with a couple short answer questions||I loved this class, worst part about it was that it was Friday mornings. It is basically an introduction to research in the nutritional field, as mostly honors majors take it. Attendance is required because there are pop quizzes but they are only based on completion. Grade was determined by a final product on a compound that you are assigned, attendance pop quizzes, final lab report, and 2 exams. You can literally fail both of the exams and make an A in the class because they are weighted so little, and an A is a 90.|
|NTR315||Poulos||Spring 2018||50 MC questions||I really like this class because it is so straightforward, and there is so much outside extra credit offered. The tests are weighed the same as the online quizzes and the projects. The best study method is to write down what she says in class and memorize the statistics for each exam. Also you can be exempt from the final which is really nice. Dr. Poulos is so knowledgeable and kind, and she gives a lot of real world applications for the material covered. Would definitely recommend!|
|PBH 317||Marilyn Felkner||Fall 2017||3 multiple choice exams, optional final, and daily in-class quizzes||This is one of the courses that can be taken for the business in health professions certificate. Dr. Felkner is a good lecturer and asks the class plenty of questions to make sure information is being retained. Her powerpoint slides can be lacking in content for review, so I recommend taking notes to cover everything she talks about in class. There are daily quizzes that cover the previous lecture topics which are password protected and IP tracked, so unfortunately, attendance is mostly mandatory. Other than the daily quiz structure, there are 2 semester long projects and several homework assignments. These can be decently time consuming, and are quite forgettable, but give an easy boost to your grade. The grading system is out of 1000 points and having a 93 puts you at an A. The most effective study method is to definitely look at your own notes. Her slides are set up in a way that helps her lecture, but they aren't as useful for studying.|
|PBH 317||Marilyn Felkner||Fall 2018||All multiple choice||The grade consists of 3 exams, lecture participation quizzes every class over the previous lecture, a group project, an individual project, and assignments such as getting certifications and participating in canvas discussions.The exams account for 30% of the grade, lecture participation quizzes for 25%, and the two projects and assignments for 15% each. For the exams, the best way to study is to review the lecture powerpoints, learn the key words (a list of terms to understand), and read the textbook for clarification. It is helpful to take notes of examples mentioned in class because they will be used for the exam.|
|PBH 317||Felkner||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice||Dr.Felkner is a very nice professor who is concerned about the learning and understanding of her students. Her class is an easy A as long as you do fine on the LPs which are daily quizzes over the last lectures power points, the projects 3 worth 150 points each, and the exams which aren't bad as long as you understand the power points. Tests make up 300 of the 1000 points that constitute for your average.|
|PBH 354||Taylor||Fall 2017||Mostly MC with a few points from short answer.||This course is great in terms of how much you'll learn. I loved the material and the way Taylor lectured. He's very educated and has been in the epidemiology field for a long time. He's very strict when it comes to syllabus rules (no phones/ computers, turn in paper copies for assignments in a format he specifies, show work...etc), but it worth it because I feel like I thoroughly learn the material. The exam is based on his lectures and the textbook. Keep up with the readings before lecture, so you can take advantage of his lectures. He makes a very good ppt but that's not what you should be taking away from his lectures. write down his examples and problems. I highly recommend this course!|
|PED 105R||Yoon||Fall 2016||Take home quizzes and final performance||Master Yoon's Beginner's Taekwondo class is really fun and a good workout. I took this class for fun, and I didn't expect it to be as intense as it was. However, I felt that my health did improve after taking it. Attendance is required, and you have some minor quizzes throughout the semester where you answer some questions. The final exam is where you're tested on all of the moves that you've learned, but this class is not hard at all. If you have free time and don't feel that you have time to exercise, you should take this class! It is located in the stadium and you have to buy a uniform and the course packet.|
|PED 106C Weight Training||Beckwith||Spring 2017||two quizzes that are all multiple choice||you grade is based on coming to class every day and two quizzes. the class is what the description is, lifting weights. Just show up to class, lift some weights, get most of the quiz questions right, and its a free A.|
|PHL 304||Krecz||Fall 2015||free response||This class was all about reading. You only had to read various chapters from 2 separate books. There was no homework only 4 exams. In order to get the best grade possible on the exams i recommend attending each and every class, that way you know which topics professor Krecz thinks are most important. It is also important to attend class and discussion class because you are required to know the professor's viewpoints on certain topics and they go over what is expected to be on each exam. I highly recommend talking to the TA that way you will know exactly how to approach and answer each question on the exams.|
|PHL 325M||Jeffrey Leon||Spring 2016||Essay questions (NO MC)||It is critical that you keep up with the readings. There are pop quizzes over the semester (4-5 total) that will ask very simple questions about what the reading goes over, but usually they're not the type you can BS through. Pay attention and class and take notes, read the assigned reading, and you'll do great on the tests. The tests themselves aren't hard at all, and they ask basic concept questions that might ask you to compare two different frameworks of ethics (ex: in this scenario, what might Kantian ethics say about this as opposed to Rawlsian utilitarianism?) or describe certain aspects of ethical frameworks. The most important thing is to keep up with the readings!|
|PHL 325M||Jeff Leon||Spring 2017||Three short answer questions and two essay questions. On the test, he provides more prompts than what you will actually use, so you get to pick which prompts you get to answer. You take the tests during the hour long class period.||If you are planning on going into health care, this is a great class to take. Not only does it completely expose you to relevant issues in modern medicine, but it also discusses ethical issues in health care in the United States as a whole. Professor Leon is extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and tries his best to teach in a non biased way while thoroughly exploring both sides of each ethical issue. There are no lecture power points, so it is highly advised that you go to class. The reading can be a bit dense and confusing, but you go over what you read in class. You are expected to have read the assigned textbook reading for that day prior to class. The book contains real life situations described by real doctors which can be eye opening. The best way to study for tests is to read the book and take notes in lecture. The TAs compile a study guide before each exam, but you shouldn't only rely on that for the test. Every once in a while, there is a pop quiz over the previous night's reading in class. However, they are only two questions and pretty easy. Even though I am interested in being a dentist and this class mainly looks at cases presented by doctors, it still made me think about my own opinions about different ethical situations and made me reflect on where my values lie and how I would have handled different situations.|
|PHL 325M||Leon||Spring 2017||All of his tests are short answer and essay format. Usually three short answers and one or two essays per test. He gives you a few prompts to choose from for both short answers and essays, so you get to write whichever essay you feel most confident with!||Professor Leon is one of the most laid back professors that I think I have ever had. He is really knowledgeable about what he talks about and he really loves getting the student's opinions about the different topics. Beware, he is smart and has no issue trying to give you the other side to your opinion, but that makes it more interesting and fun! Definitely read the book because he will sometimes do pop quizzes that are based off of the previous night's reading. The reading was the only "difficult" part of this class. The textbook is pretty dense and he assigns quite a few pages a week. I would not advise getting behind on the reading and definitely take good notes on what you read to make studying easier! The book is also very helpful because he doesn't have class power points most of the time. Class most days is used to clarify topics presented in the book in more depth and answer any questions. Definitely take notes on what he says and copy down the charts that he draws. |
There are three midterms and one final exam, all of which are pretty easy if you have read the book and participated in class. I really loved this class because it taught me more about ethics in modern medicine and made me think about my decision making process and whether or not I would have made the "right" choices in different situations.
|PHL 329L||Leon||Spring 2017||1 essay take home midterm, 2 papers, 1 take home essay final||Be prepared to read a LOT. Lecture attendance is very important if you want to understand what exactly the reading is about since it can get very confusing. Professor Leon breaks the main points of the reading down in class in a stream-of-consciousness type of lecture (no powerpoints, just him talking) and often he'll get a little bit sidetracked. He's very open to questions and is always there for office hours. Grading is done solely by the TA (2 papers and the final). The take home final is a list of questions that need to be answered in essay format, and the papers are open-ended but they have to relate to the topics being discussed in class. There is one take home midterm that is also essay based (given a list of questions, you can choose which ones to answer. Usually comparisons between different philosophies). Discussion attendance is required and attendance is required. Weekly discussion posts are also due before the discussion sections and consist of a 250 word post talking about recent readings and your opinions on them. There is a lot of work involved for a philosophy class, but the content is very interesting since it takes you through a cool tour of Western philosophy. Overall, I'd recommend this course if you're interested in the philosophies of Descartes, Hume, Locke, Berkeley, Kant, etc. but if you're looking for an easy philosophy class, I would recommend looking elsewhere.|
Best Study Method: 1) Lecture 2) Reading. Unfortunately, there's not many other resources you can utilize. I'd put lecture over reading since lecture is where everything is explained.
|PHL 347||Leon||Fall 2018|
Three short response and two essay questions
Looking for something completely different than anything healthcare or science related? Why not try this class! I was looking for something completely different and for something that I knew very little about when I chose this class. There are two in class tests, two take home tests, and weekly reading responses that you post on Canvas. Overall this is an easy class. Going to class is really helpful because the mandatory reading can be very long and dense so professor Leon just goes over what you need to know in class and simplifies the material a lot. He is also a very chill and funny person so class is very relaxed. You definitely don't need a philosophy background to do well, you do however need to be able to read through long, wordy, theoretical stories and be ok with learning kinda-truths and "this is a fact but here are all the different ways that it could be wrong" sort of stuff. Discussion is highly encouraged with the professor and TAs so that is very helpful if you are not understanding a concept. Being a science major and not used to thinking this way, that was the only part of this class that was frustrating. Overall an interesting class with minimal effort needed to do well!
|PHY 102M||Reichl||Spring 2018||1 final; weekly lab reports (lab worksheet, data+graphs, calculations shown, postlab, prelab)||This class is terrible. I spend more time each week on this 1 credit hour course than I do for any of my non-science 3 credit hour courses. There is an unreasonable amount of work each week that is unreasonably time consuming. It's not difficult, but when you're stuck on a problem, expect to be stuck for a very long time. Office hours don't exactly help, because there's 15 people trying to get help, but that varies based on the TA. It's also difficult because the lab often dives into topics that we haven't reached in the PHY lecture course. Overall, would not recommend! But if you are taking this course, take advantage of Sanger tutoring.|
|PHY 302K||Micheal Marder||Spring 2016||Multiple choice||Dr. Marder is a great professor. I've heard some awful things about the physics department so I was really lucky to get him. He isn't the most entertaining at times but he definitely tries and wants you to do well in his class. Class is required because there are clicker quizzes but they are easy and you can work with your classmates sitting around you. There are 3 test and you can drop one. All the test are done through the Quest system and so are the homeworks. Because of this some of the questions you see on the test will be exactly like what you saw on the homeworks. He also drops your lowest 2 homeworks. All test are taken in class and are 10 questions long. The TA, Frankie, is also great for this class and is one of the reasons this class was easy. The best way to study for this class is to work out the homework problems several times and make sure you understand them.|
|PHY 302K||Dr. Markert||Fall 2016||Quest-based multiple choice(some from hw and lecture notes); 14 questions!||I was initially very scared to take any PHYSICS courses at UT, but Dr. Markert's class was one of the best classes I have taken at UT! There's 12 homework assignments, the two lowest homework grade will be dropped; the 10 highest grades will count for 25% of the final grade. One exam can be dropped (Midterm or final). The three exams count for 75% (25%+25%+25%); The final letter|
grades will be assigned as follows: A:≥90%, A-:≥85%, B+:≥80%
I studied by re-solving every hw question and lecture problem over and over again until I understood them!(She also curves so A/A- are very do-able!) Highly recommend.
|PHY 302K||Markert||Fall 2016||Quest Multiple choice||Class is quest based. If you do the homeworks over and over again, you should be able to do the math based problems on the exams. What makes her exams “hard” are the conceptual questions. I would always get the math problems right but some conceptual questions wrong. The best way to study her conceptual questions would be to go to her office hours and ask her for a specific physics textbook that have a lot of practice questions (it should be a red cover textbook I believe). She used some of those questions on the exams and it will help you understand the conceptual questions! Her class is not hard. If you actually put effort into her class, you should be able to get an A-. I would always study the last minute and put little effort and made a B+.|
|PHY 302K||Lai||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice||Professor Lai makes physics, a typically difficult subject, easy to absorb and understand. He always performs a few demos during each lecture to bring in real-life examples of applying physics! For the exams, they are 10 multiple choice questions and you get the whole period (50 minutes) to complete it. The questions are Quest-based and they are also based on the examples from lecture. Professor Lai allows you to make your own cheat sheet for the exams and do whatever you want on a sheet of paper. The grade breakdown is: 30% your top 2 highest midterms, 30% Quest homework (weekly), 10% clicker, and 30% final exam. The clicker questions are 80% if you get the question wrong and 100% if you get the right answer. He really cares about his students and has told us that his previous class was 50% A's. I would really recommend him for physics at UT.|
|PHY 302K||Marder||Spring 2018||multiple choice - 10 questions per exam (for midterms)||Overall, this class is reasonable and fair. Extremely easy to get an A-, but way more challenging to get an A. Very doable though. The class involves a lot of self-teaching and reading from the textbook in addition to practicing plenty of problems on your own. Attendance (LearningCatalytics) gets frustrating often times because you and the rest of the class guesses on the answer half the time. TA discussion sessions (which are optional) are time consuming but extremely helpful; they explain HW problems in full detail. I recommend taking physics outside UT if you can, but if you can't PHY 302K is not a bad option at all! Can't say the same for the 1 credit hour lab you need to take it with.|
|PHY 302K||Labun||Fall 2017||All quest based multiple choice||Professor was very mathematical in his teaching. I would say the best way to study would be to be able to understand the concepts, and be able to work the problems on the homework, and worry less about the complex algebra he derives in class. Homeworks are from quest, and exams are from quest, so generally there is some significant overlap between the two. The final had several verbatim homework questions on it. Can't miss class, there were iClicker questions every day, and participation was a good amount of the grade. Final was 40%.|
|PHY 302K||Markert||Spring 2018||Multiple Choice||Dr. Market is the sweetest lady you will ever meet, she makes jokes about herself and is not strict at all. Her lectures can be confusing as she's not that great at clarifying topics, but her tests are exactly like the homeworks she assigns. The best way to get an A in her class is to do the homework problems again and again. Sometimes she even recycles questions from the homework, additionally she drops the lowest test grade (which can also be the final!!). And on top of that, an A in her class is a 90+. Very doable, just seek help from the TAs or go to office hours if material becomes challenging, as physics can be pretty difficult.|
|PHY 302L||John Yeazell||Fall 2016||All tests are quest based.||Dr. Yeazell is super nice and very approachable. The best way to study for this class is to do the quest homeworks and go to lecture. Lecture is beneficial because Yeazell likes to go over a few homework questions. The homeworks are EXTREMELY SIMILAR to the exams, so do the homeworks! For my year, the exams ranged anywhere from 9 to 11 questions. Each exams covers about 3 homeworks and you are allowed to have a crib sheet (cheat sheet) for each exam, a 8 x 11.5 page (front and back).|
|PHY 302L||Keto||Spring 2017||Quest based multiple choice||Prof focuses very deeply on math and equation derivation in class. No participation, lecture attendance isn't really necessary but in my opinion it really helps. Exam questions are usually right off of the homeworks. There are discussion sections that are very helpful to attend, and aren't mandatory, but they should be. Some tests are very problem based, whereas others are very conceptual. My best advice to you would be to take Lai if you can, but if you have Keto, make sure you can work all the problems on the homework (or at least what equation to use) and memorize them, and you will do well on the exams.|
|PHY 302L||John Markert||Summer 2018||Multiple Choice (Quest)||One of my favorite professors here at UT! I was scared when everyone told me physics here at UT is really hard, but I didn't think it was that bad. The best way to study for this class is to take detailed notes during class and do the homework problems over and over again because questions are all pretty similar. We were allow to bring one letter sized cheat sheet so that was helpful. Dr. Markert was really great at explaining the concepts and friendly during his office hours!|
|PHY 317K||Karol Lang||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||Grades were based on 3 tests and the final. Homework sets (and answers) were posted online and didn't have to be turned in. The tests were about 16 multiple choice questions and we could not use calculators on the tests (which means though it is a calculus based physics class we didn't actually have to do calculus). The homework sets were pretty long (50-90 questions) and there were usually one or two sets per test. The tests were very similar to the homework questions (all the questions on the test would be familiar from the homework but with different numbers or asking you to solve for a different variable). The best way to study for the tests is just to go through and make sure can solve all the homework questions, focusing on the topics he goes over on his review. There were iclicker style questions during class with an online system that he was testing out as a way to take attendance - he ended up adding a percentage of these points as extra credit to our final grade. The class was well-structured and Land was good at explaining concepts.|
|PHY 317K||Yao||Spring 2017||Multiple Choice||Professor Yao is a fantastic teacher for physics I. Lecture consists of him fleshing out the details of his powerpoints (which just contain basic info and equations). He'll also do a lot of in class demonstrations to show how certain concepts apply in real life. Weekly Quest homeworks are due on Friday, and in my opinion, these and Khan Academy are the key to making an A in this course. Often times, I'll review Khan Academy for more info about content covered in class since sometimes more complex details will get glossed over. There are 3 midterm + the final (15-16 questions each for midterms and 20 for the final if I remember correctly) , and he lets you drop the lowest midterm, so you have a little bit of wiggle room. Overall, I'd highly recommend Yao for Physics I (from what I've heard, he's the best for 317K) |
Best Study Method: 1) Quest HW 2) Khan Academy 3) PPTs
|PHY 317L||Zhen Yao||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice||Lectures are informative, but Professor Yao can sometimes go too fast and brush over a lot of complex information. Khan Academy and Youtube videos (look up Michael van Biezen) are really key to relearning some of the more difficult concepts. Tests themselves are 20 questions, some of the questions are similar to the homework questions, but simply memorizing the question types won't be sufficient. The homework questions (Quest based) themselves can range from being easy plug and chug to more complex, math intensive problems not explicitly covered in lecture. Honestly, googling the questions and reverse engineering the problems are probably the most efficient way of studying and learning how to solve the problems. The tests seem in my opinion to be noticeably easier than the homework. Overall, I would recommend Yao for Physics II. He's very receptive to any questions, he does a lot of interesting physics demos in class, and he's really (and unintentionally) funny. |
Best Study Method: 1) HW 2) Youtube/Khan 3) Powerpoint slides 4) Textbook (if you're desperate).
|PHY 317L||Rory Coker||Fall 2018||Multiple Choice||This second semester physics course is taught by Dr. Coker and is a challenging course for most students. The course is extremely fast paced and often the lecture is much farther ahead than what is on the week's current homework. However, the course is not too difficult if you put in a good amount of effort. Homework is 40% of the grade and helps a lot since the homework is only based on completion. The best way to study for this course would be to use an AP physics book instead of the normal book. The tests are primarily conceptual based and it is much more important to have a good understanding of the concepts rather than to be able to solve numerical problems. Overall, the course was interesting however it was very easy to get behind in. Make sure to seek help early in the course.|
|PHY317L||Dr. Zhen Yao||Spring 2017||Tests are 20 questions, purely multiple choice, but in quest format. Exams are usually at night from 8-10pm.||Like any other physics course at UT, this course is HARD. PHYSICS IS HARD. However, Dr. Yao makes it doable. He is very helpful and genuinely cares about his students and want them to understand the material. The course however, is very fast pace and so it often found it a little challenging to grasp the concepts in class. I don't think he's a bad professor, I honestly thing its just the nature of the course that makes the material difficult. There is a curve at the end and so as long as you are about the class average, you are guaranteed at least a B. There is also one drop exam and 2 drop homework assignments. There is a HW assignment due every Friday, and there are three exams and a final. Physics at UT ,in general, is difficult and if you are looking to make an A, maybe consider taking t at a community college. A's are definitely doable, but will definitely require a lot of effort. The best way to study for this course is to print out the slides and review them. The slides cover every main concept and are formatted more as notes (DENSE), but understanding the concepts addressed in each slide is the key to doing well on the exam. There will always be a practice exam posted on quest about 4 days prior to the exam, TAKE IT. Also, review the homework problems. If you do all three properly, you will most likely make an A.|
|PSY 301||Gosling, S||Spring 2016||Daily benchmark multiple choice quizzes||The best way to study this information is to take notes during the classes and staying caught up with the material. I used to copy and paste the dialogue after each lecture, and then try ctrl + F for the benchmark answers for the next class day. This was helpful at times, but it takes time to ctrl + F for everything so it didn't work too well for me in the end. The grading is broken up as follows: benchmarks (76.5%), RAS (9.6%), and writing assignments (13.9%). The benchmarks are taken near the beginning of class, and the RAS are taken at the end. The benchmark questions can be tricky so it I feel it is important to take notes and understand the material (this shouldn't take too long), the RAS is one question and usually easy to get (especially if you have notes or have copied the lecture dialogue), and the writing assignments are basically completion. So overall, focus on doing well on the benchmarks, and don't get lazy about it and it'll be fine.|
|PSY 301||Harden and Gosling||Fall 2018|
multiple choice benchmarks every class, no tests
Majority of your grade is from the benchmarks that occur at the beginning of each class. These benchmarks are tricky and vague enough to be indecisive about which one is right. There are 8 total questions for the benchmarks. The best way to prepare for these are to rewatch the lectures and read through the assigned readings making sure you fully understand them. You also have writing assignments and ready assessment quizzes as part of your grade. A requirement for PSY301 is to participate in 5 credit hours of research participation or you can do a research paper. Personally, doing the research participant studies was easier for me.
|PSY 306||Buss & Meston||Spring 2018||50 MC questions||This is the more science-oriented human sexuality class taught by Buss & Meston online. The class is pretty easy, quizzes every class with 1 additional question at the end of class. You have to be present the whole class because the quizzes occur at random times. There at 4 tests (1 drop), which are 50 multiple choice questions. You have to read the books and watch the videos because there are enough questions from these to impact your grade. However, the material is pretty easy/common sense, and they repeat the same information multiple times. You're not allowed to use your notes on the exams, but the questions are usually pretty simple. It shouldn't be hard to get an A in this class, but it's not a complete blow-off class.|
|PSY 306 online||David Buss and Cindy Meston||Spring 2017||All Multiple choice||Honestly, the information you learn in this course is pretty interesting, and class is actually fun. The online part makes it pretty cool too because it feels like you are watching a TV show on human sexuality. However, the tests are 50 multiple choice and you get an hour and 15 minutes to complete it, and the questions are super super specific. Like they will assign 3 chapters to read and out of those they will only pick one really specific question like "as mentioned in the book, what is the percentage of so and so". So basically to study for their exams you have to literally write down notes about everything! And read the assigned readings super carefully. The quizzes are also kind of hard since they will randomly test you on stuff you learned like a couple of seconds ago. The class consists of daily class quizzes, instapolls, surveys, and 5 exams, you can drop one except the 5th exam. I kind of regret taking this class so unless you are super into human sexuality and pay really really close attention to detail then i don't really recommend it. I know its different for people though because some of my friends are doing much better in the course, I guess it also depends on what kind of learner you are.|
|PSY 306 wb||Dr. Meston and Buss||Spring 2018||online, timed, not proctorU. If you took notes during class, pay attention to piazza for google docs people in that class make, and read some of the important readings (for test 1 mostly), and go over all of your notes before the exam, you should be ready. There are 5 exams. out of the first four, you can drop one.||If you take notes during class, pay attention to piazza for google docs people in that class make, and read some of the important readings (for test 1 mostly), and go over all of your notes before the exam, you should be ready. There are 5 exams. out of the first four, you can drop one. If you can, take the class with friends, so yall can split the readings and take notes together. If can't, I feel like itll still be an easy class.|
|PSY 352||Kirsten Bradbury||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||This is an online class. That being said there are no test. Instead there are benchmarks which you take at the start of every class. They are 8 questions long and are multiple choice and cover only the lecture before. You drop 4 of your lowest benchmarks. In total there are around 24 benchmarks. It seems like a lot but by paying attention to the class before and reading or watching the required material it makes them super easy. Dr. Bradbury is also a great professor. She is super kind and makes lecture entertaining. I definitely recommend this class for an easy A. It requires little work and is very low stress. If you took Intro to Psych with Gosling and Pennebaker than you might be discouraged because those benchmarks weren't always the easiest but having taken both courses I can tell you her benchmarks are nothing like there's. They are super straightforward and are not trying to get you. Studying is really just paying attention to lecture and doing the required reading/video that might be tied with that day.|
|PSY 352||Bradbury/Evans||Fall 2017||Multiple Choice||The course consists of the students watching pre-recorded lectures at a set time of Dr. Bradbury, but Dr. Evans is the professor in charge of the class. There are quizzes at the beginning of each lecture, and the average is worth 70% of your grade. There are also 1 question quizzes (PCQs) at the end of class for participation, but you have to get them right to get the point. You are given 4 drops for the benchmarks and 4 for the PCQs. You also have a few writing assignments that are completion grade and really easy. An A is a 94 in this class, which is doable, but it means that you have to get mostly perfect scores on the benchmarks. I would recommend this class since it is online, so you can watch it in the comfort of your own home. It doesn't require much outside work, except that you need to watch some videos before class since there are questions over them on the benchmarks. The quizzes are sometimes tricky questions, but you get used to how she words her answer choices. The quizzes are mainly over the previous day's lecture, but sometimes they are about review material.|
|PSY 353K||Dr. Hongjoo Lee||Spring 2017||Dr. Lee's tests are 1/2 multiple choice and 1/2 fill in the blank/short answer and free response. Her tests are fair but I wouldn't say easy. You would definitely have to know your stuff. With that being said, she is very nice about how she words her free response questions. She words them in a way that will help you recall the information more easily.||I took this psychopharmacology class as an elective this semester. However, studying wise, this is probably one of my more time consuming classes. There is a lot of material covered on her exams, and most of the material pertain to psychological and neurological effects of different medications. It is more of a fusion between a neuroscience class and a psychology class. With that being said, the material is very interesting and makes you more aware of how well known drugs work and the effects they can have on you . If you're looking for an easy A , GPA boosting class, this probably isn't the course for you. Its not terribly hard to make an A in her class, it just takes a little more effort then say a music class or other psychology classes. The best way to study is to just go over power point notes. Her test questions are pulled straight from lecture, there is no need to purchase a book. She is very sweet and is very understanding of her students.|
|R S 310||Seales||Fall 2015||MC with Free-Response||OMG OMG OMG At first this class seems like a lot of work. For someone that doesn't like to write much, I thought I would going to the death of me. Throughout the course, we have to write 10/18 reading journals which the questions are basically verbatim from the text source. His tests are EXACTLY like the review. His review will have more definitions and short answers, but you know the questions for test before hand. I literally would only study a couple hours before the test and would memorize my answers. His tests are in a blue book, but are graded so easily. He says that he doesn't want you to be a religious scholar by the end of the class, but instead wants you to understand the material at a basic level. The only down side to the class is that there are participation points from spontaneous lectures. It's usually during movie days, but occasionally he will throw in points on Fridays. His lectures are boring but go to everyone just in case. Overall, absolutely loved this class. One of my easiest to date!!!|
|Research Methods (HDF 315 L)||Edward Anderson||Spring 2017||all multiple choice||Professor Anderson's class has 3 tests (he drops 1), quizzes (he takes the best 6 scores), homework, article evaluations (super easy), and a final. This class is fairly easy. He gives a test review for every test, and they tell you the exact topics that you need to know. The test is all multiple choice and is based off of the homework assignments, assigned reading chapters (very short), and lecture. The best way to study for this test is to go over every handout he gives in class, the readings, and the test review. His homework, quizzes, and tests are all weighed the SAME. Therefore doing your homework is just as important as doing good on your test. The homework is also very straightforward and short. The article evaluations are less than 15 questions and ask you about direct article content such as "How many participants were in this experiment?". The quizzes are taken directly from a textbook that has questions after every chapter. He takes these questions exactly as they are, therefore if you do the readings and answer the questions, it is super easy. Professor Anderson tries to keep class fun and entertaining by telling funny stories and sometimes going off topic. I highly suggest this class if you're looking for an easy A!|
|Rhe309S||Mark longaker||Fall 2016||No tests, essays||If you need to take a writing flag I highly recommend taking this class. Though it's about 3 essays and a bunch of short writing assignments. Mark makes the class totally doable. He breaks down the essays and makes the process less overwhelming. He also allows for rewrites/corrections for full credit. Almost impossible not to make an A if you do all of the rewrites. You kind of have to because all essays get a grade of a C max at first until the regrade. There aren't any tests at all, the class itself is chill. Mark also allows for extensions of deadlines with no penalty. Highly recommend this class!|
|SDS 302||Kristin Harvey||Fall 2017||multiple choice with some free responses||Harvey was pretty nice. Lectures are mandatory as she takes attendance using squarecap. Tests were pretty easy if you listen during lecture and complete all the practice exams are reviews for the test. The practice exams and reviews are very similar to what is one the test. She also provides an in-class review the class day before the test which is extremely helpful in reviewing the material. In addition, if you get all the questions right on the in-class review she gives you bonus points.|
|SDS 302||Harvey||Spring 2018||Multiple choice, T/F and free response||Dr. Harvey is AMAZING! She is probably one of the best professors I have had in college, because she teaches the material so well. This class can be such an easy A. You have 3 test (each non cumulative) and no final. The final is a project where you run your own statistical study and it's super easy (most people get a 100). Each week you have a homework due on Friday at 5pm, which are only 3-4 questions long. You also have a lab each week, where you run a statistical test in excel. Before each lab you do a pre lab which will take you maybe 10-15 minutes. The labs are super easy, as in the pre-labs there are videos that tell you what to do. To study for the exams, go over the lecture notes, and the reviews they provide. The tests don't try and trick you, they are very straightforward. On exam review days, you can get up to 5 bonus points on your exam. Attendance is mandatory because she does square cap questions. As long as you put in the work, you can get an A in this class. Dr. Harvey is also really helpful in office hours, so if you get confused you should go.|
|SDS 302||Dr. K Harvey||Fall 2017|
Some multiple choice and free responses with occasional bonus questions.
This course was based on attendance, homework, exams, pre-labs, labs, lab quizzes, and a really easy final project. Attendance is taken with squarecap, but you only need to meet a certain percentage to receive full credit. Dr. Harvey makes the course really easy, so she's not very forgiving. Make sure you stay on top of things throughout the semester. Reviewing the homework and practice problems she provides makes it really easy to do well on exams, and she even provides an in-class review the day before that you can receive bonus points from. Make sure you have a good lab partner as you receive the same grade on whatever labs you work on. Keep close contact with your TA as they're really helpful on homework and the final project.
|SDS 302||Harvey||Fall 2018|
multiple choice with some free response
Grade consist of weekly homework, weekly pre-labs, weekly labs, and a total of 3 tests. The best way to study for the tests are to listen to Professor Harvey during the lectures to take good notes (she has guided notes that you print out for each class). She also provides many practice problems and reviews for the test which really help prepare you. As long as you listen during lectures, read over notes and do the practice problems, you should be fine for the exams!
|SDS 304||Sarah M Collins||Fall 2016||Some multiple choice but mostly free response, final is all multiple choice||Professor Collins is the nicest professor you will have at UT. She doesn't use power point slides very often in her class. She teaches all of her topics by giving multiple examples and demonstrations on the chalkboard. She also gives class time for you to practice using the new equations. She gives a LOT of extra credit opportunities that could bump you up a whole letter grade. There are quizzes, a final project, a final, and a few other short homeworks. Professor Collins gives a lot partial credit on tests and quizzes. Her tests are fairly easy and very similar to the practice problems you do in class. There are no surprises or trick questions. She is very clear about what you need to know for the test, and she is very helpful during class if you have any questions.|
|SDS 306||Lindsey Smith||Spring 2017||Multiple Choice with some free response||You absolutely cannot miss class. Her lectures are like a high school course where she lectures and then give you a few practice problems in between. You can totally get an easy A if you pay attention, practice regularly, and 100% do the Upgrades (optional; free points). IF you have the upgrades done you get a more lenient grade cutoff at the end of the semester! She's a nice lady but also is kind of sassy and sarcastic. If you don't care about sass definitely take her and if you put in minimal amount of work (at least try) you should do well.|
|SDS 328M||Alexandra Blondeau||Spring 2016||Approximately 50/50 multiple choice and free response||This was the first statistics class I've ever taken, and I found it to be very straightforward. Blondeau is an excellent professor, but can go through the material a little quickly at times. Attendance is required for this class, and she asks questions through Squarecap. There is also a lab component to this course involving the statistical software R studio, but it was usually pretty easy. The TAs are willing to help and explain the content to you, and will verify that you've done everything correctly before submitting it for a grade. In my opinion, the lab served as free points toward your grade (just don't make the same mistake as me and accidentally miss it!). She also assigns homework which varies in its level of difficulty, but using the class notes was usually enough to help me figure it out. The textbook for this course isn't necessary. At best, it can give you some extra practice questions, but I didn't get one and still made an A in the class. She also puts you in groups to help each other with the material and also to work on review questions before the exams for bonus points. There is also a project you have to work on in small increments throughout the semester. It consists of asking a question, forming a hypothesis, gathering data, conducting a statistical test, and making a poster. It sounds overwhelming, but it is done in such small steps that it isn't stressful. At the end of the semester, you have to present the findings in a poster, but that consists of half the class putting a poster on the wall and the other half going around asking questions. Very easy and basically a guaranteed A. As mentioned earlier, before exams there is a small review, and you and your group have the opportunity to earn points by answering the review questions during class. This review gives a good idea of what content will be on the exam. For the exams, I made sure I knew all of the steps for the various statistical tests. I also made sure I knew how to answer all of the example questions presented in class and during the review. This was a great technique for me, and it led to me getting A's on all the exams. Overall, I really enjoyed this class and would highly recommend Blondeau!|
|SDS 328M||Blondeau||Spring 2016||Free Response, some MC||This was one of my favorite classes at UT! Dr. Blondeau is so sweet and funny. I have never taken a stats course prior to this class, but she makes learning statistics easy. This is an easy A if you go to class, pay attention, and study 1 or 2 days before the exam. Attendance is mandatory and she checks it by doing squarecap questions (participation grade). |
To study for the exams, I would do the class worksheets in the course packet (harder than actual exam) to make sure I had the main concepts down. I would then do the exam review, which is similar to the exam and the same level of difficulty. If you are in a time crunch, studying only the review is sufficient enough to do well on the exams. On the day before your exam, she gives your group review questions to answer. This is extra credit that is added towards your exam score since there are no drop exams. The second exam is the hardest because there are so many statistical tests you need to know, but she gives you a summary sheet of them. If you know this summary sheet, you should be fine. Overall, her test are straightforward and not tricky.
Her homework questions are harder than the actual exam, so I would not waste your time redoing them to study. Also you do not need the textbook or need to do the textbook questions. If you go to her office hours, she will help you out on the homework and even check your answers. She's super chill in office hours! Sometimes I would just do my homework in there and ask questions when they came up.
This class also has a "lab" portion where you learn how to use Rstudio, a stats software. Nothing in this lab gets tested, but you do use Rstudio for your research project. The answers for the lab are literally found in the lab handout. You literally just copy and paste the code and change a few lines LOL. In her class, there is no final. Instead you do a stats project that everyone gets a 100 on. If you are unsure about your code or if your project will work out, just go to OH early rather than waiting last-minute to redo everything! Biostats in general is pretty easy if you take it with Blondeau or Amen. I highly recommend you NOT to take Viswanathan for stats!
|SDS 328M||Blondeau||Fall 2016||Few multiple choice and free response||This class is not hard but does require some studying to do well. The most important thing to do is to go to her office hours because she helps you with the homework and will even tell you if you got the right answer. The book is not necessary for the class. The powerpoint slides, homework assignments, and practice tests are all you need to study for tests . The tests are basically like the practice tests so it is important to go over these practice tests to know what is to be expected on the test.|
|SDS 328M||Amen||Spring 2016||Multiple choice, fill in the blank, free response||Professor Amen is really nice and she tells you exactly what you need to know to be successful in the class. There are 3 exams and a final project. The exams were based off of the power points and mainly the worksheets we would do in class. There are also group quizzes we would take with an assigned group which would add to our exam grade. If you took stats in high school this class should not be too hard. If you didn't you can still do great just go to office hours if you need help and ask TAs for help. Understanding the homework is also important, but sometimes it was harder than the exam so understand the class worksheets that are in the course packet for sure. Also there is a lab with this class where you use a program called R. For that it depends on you TA because the TAs run the labs. My TA would give us the generic code and we would use that to do the assignments. It is not too bad, as long as you follow along the notes for that days lab you should do fine on the assignments.|
|SDS 328M||Hernandez||Spring 2016||free response math with some multiple choice||This course has a lot of math no doubt! Professor Hernandez is very easy going and very willing to help. In order to get the best grade possible i recommend attending every class and every lab. Before class i would review the slides we went over the previous class period in order to be fresh about what was going on. Since a lot of material in this class is somewhat similar i recommend attending his office hours whenever you can. To prepare for the exams i would review all examples we went over in class and redo all previous homeworks.|
|SDS 328M||Hernandez||Spring 2017||Mostly free response, few multiple choice||The best way to review for exams in this course is to rework homework problems and the course review packet problems! I would also go through the class powerpoints and review your notes. Hernandez is really cool and makes class fun! I would recommend going to office hours and getting to know him.|
|SDS 328M||Hernandez||Fall 2017||Multiple choice and some free response||Overall, it's a simple class. Dr. Hernandez is very good in lectures, and he tries to help you in every way possible. The material isn't very difficult, especially after he explains it. Attendance is taken, and before every exam you take group quizzes which all count as extra credit for the exams. The exams reflect everything learned in class and is pretty straightforward. If you can understand basically concepts and put in the time for it, then you will ace this class. There is a lab component, which is one hour per week of coding in R. That part can get confusing, depending on you, but the lab isn't super tricky or anything either.|
|SDS 328M||Hernandez||Spring 2017||Free response with a few multiple choice questions||Professor Hernandez is a great choice for biostats! He is really energetic and makes the class fun. The lab is an extra class that you have to go to, but it helps you understand the homework. I've always heard that Blondeau was the best professor for biostats, but I feel that Hernandez is equally as good, if not better. The best way to study for the exams would be to re-do to the homework and the problems from the course packet. This class is not difficult, but it does have a lot of work that you need to do. Also, you don't need to worry about the project at the end of the year. They don't grade it harshly as long as you do what is required and follow the rubric.|
|SDS 328M||Golubski||Fall 2017||True false, MC, free response||This class is extremely heavy on “busy work”. Homeworks, labs and attendance (square cap) play a significant role in your grade. Tests are fairly straightforward, they are based on lecture. There are minimal notes provided online so be sure to take sufficient notes during lecture and follow along with the PowerPoints. The homeworks in this class are harshly graded and a big part of your grade so be sure to put in adequate time in getting the answers correct and showing your work. The final is just a poster project which serves as an easy A. Also he gives a large amount of extra credit at the end of the class. I would not recommend you take this class with Golubski because there was so much busy work and I found it hard to study for his tests because there was no provided review material.|
|SDS 328M||Hernandez||Fall 2018||mostly free response with some multiple choice||Hernandez is a cool dude and likes to crack jokes a lot. However his lectures are kind of hard to take notes on because of the way he makes his powerpoints. His powerpoints outline the main points but the actual info you need is what he actually says. This class is the exact same class as SDS302, which I've taken before, so this class was a breeze. Also, homework and labs every week.|
|SDS 328M||Nathaniel Woodward||Fall 2018||Mostly short response "show your work" type of questions with a couple "circle all that apply" questions. Poster project at the end of the year that serves as the final. This project is essentially just a statistical research project of your own choosing.||His class is broken into a lecture and lab section. He posts all relevant notes and powerpoints from class on canvas, and gives you practice questions in the coursepack that serve as a perfect way to study for the midterms. In the lab section you work with a group to code in R studio, using a handout that essentially tells you exactly what to do. Homework due every Sunday night, usually took me about 1-2 hours maximum. Lastly, each midterm carries the same weight as the summation of homework assignments and labs for each unit. Very doable class to get an A in and Woodward is also a very nice, quirky guy. His wife stitches his clothes and he wears cool hats too.|
|SDS 328M||Nathaniel Woodward||Fall 2018||Mostly FRQ's|
Some multiple choice
|Woodward is a really nice and understanding professor! The course material is not that difficult to understand if you put in effort and pay attention to lectures. He lectures off the powerpoint and course packet which has practice questions to prepare you for the exam. Before the exam, he assigns a practice exam that you complete in class with a group to earn bonus points on the actual exam. Homework is due every Sunday at midnight and it has similar questions to the exam. The exams are only worth 12% each, so they are not heavily weighted. The research project serves as the final for the class. In addition to the lecture portion, there is a lab section where you code in R studio which was pretty easy to me. This class is really doable and does not require that much work.|
|SDS 328M||Blondeau||Spring 2018||Mostly multiple choice, some free response||Large portion of grading through labs and homework. Tests can be hard, but the final grade is a simple project that you work out in parts all semester and office hours can often get you the exact answer you need for it and the homework. The labs are simply copy and pasting code into R. This class is probably the easiest A I've ever gotten, just make sure to put in the time to go to office hours.|
|SDS 328M||Blondeau||fall 2018||mostly free response, with probably 2 multiple choice||Reread her lecture ppt and reread your notes. Formulas are given so you don't have to worry about memorizing them. Just do the practice problem she gives out and know your notes very well. Also remember to turn in hw and labs on time.|
|SDS 328M||Hockenberry||Spring 2018|
Multiple choice with some free response
In this course, every resource provided to you will help vastly. The textbook is not required although it is a great help in truly understanding the material, so I do recommend getting it. We had weekly homework assignments which were fairly difficult but definitely prepared you for the exams. I recommend going to office hours as both the professor and TAs give wholesome explanations and guidance. The exams were a mixture of multiple choice and free response questions. Some exam questions may show up on future exams, so do make sure to go over the exams and review questions you may have gotten wrong to ensure you don't do the same mistake on the next. Each class consists of lecture, square cap questions which count for extra credit, and practice problems which are doable as long as you've reviewed the material beforehand. My best study method was to read the book as I went over the presentation slides then redo the homeworks/in-class practice problems over and over again. Fortunately, instead of a final, you have to complete a project that is fairly easy as long as you have a good topic to work with.
|SDS 328M||Hernandez||Fall 2018|
Mostly free response, some multiple choice
He does a really good job explaining the material learned in lecture. The tests are straightforward, and grading is fair on free response. The hardest part of this class is the coding in R, so make sure you keep the resource page handy for those assignments. You can get extra credit through SquareCap questions and team review quizzes, so always go to lecture for those. The best way to study for his tests is to redo homework problems and those from the course packet. The textbook is not required to get an A. There is also a semester-long project for this class, but it is very easy, and he will guide you through every step of it.
|SDS 328M (Biostatistics)||Michael Daniels||Fall 2015||Free response||All the biostats classes are pretty much structured the same way so the main difference is the professor's teaching style and TAs. The book was not required but I used an older edition because I thought it was helpful to have practice problems to review for tests (and I didn't think that Daniels explained concepts/problems well during class). The final project was a large part of the grade - most people did survey-based projects with categorical and numeric variables that you then do statistical analysis on and make a poster to present on the day of the final. The project was graded easily and there was a project proposal and update during the semester to make sure everyone is on track with it. There were 3 tests, a computer lab assignment every week, and short homeworks. The computer lab part didn't require any preparation outside of class - you just follow the directions for the lab for that week and submit it by the end of that hour (using R-studio to do data analysis and make graphs, which was helpful because you also have to use R to do the same type of tests on your data for the final project). Doing good on the project, labs, and homework can really help balance out test grades. The homeworks were about 3 to 5 questions and are the same for most biostats classes but can depend on how harshly your TA grades. I think they have now added a final quiz on the same day as the final poster presentation.|
|SDS328M||Blondeau||Spring 2017||Multiple choice and free response||She was a great professor! If you struggle with math then I highly recommend taking her because she really makes it very basic and her tests are not very difficult. You do have to go to class everyday for squarecap questions and theres a lot of homework due as well as labs every week, but from my other friends who have taken stats it sound like she is for sure the easiest/best teacher. She will send out a review before each test and that is almost identical to the test with different numbers on the problems and she also gives a good amount of extra credit also! I really enjoyed her class!|
|SDS328M||Blondeau||Fall 2017||Mostly free response||Dr. Blondeau is a great teacher. She always teaches to the point and reviews to make sure her students remember concepts. As long as you pay attention in class and do the example problems along with her, you will have a good understanding on what is going on in the class and this will minimize the studying you will have to do outside of class. Aside from tests, there is weekly homework and lab, and a project.|
|SDS328M||Wallace||Fall 2018||The test is mostly free response. Less than 10 questions.||Homework, labs, tests, and the project are worth the biggest percentages in the class. There are also small percentages for attendance, project proposals, and project check ups. He posts book problems to work prior to the test that have the same concepts he has on his tests. I think most biostats classes are similar in design though, and he is not a very articulate professor, so maybe choose another one if you can.|
|SIAD||Hansen||Spring 2016||Free response||This class is mostly for FRI students and it is "supposed" to teach the process of science. Honestly, I dread going to this class because instead of learning useful lab procedures that we could use in the lab portion of the class, Hansen gives random lectures and we have to do unnecessary assignments that just add more stress instead of actually helping us. There is absolutely no guidance in the lab portion of the class and you have to do 4 presentations and multiple reports throughout the semester (Hansen and her TA are also really strict graders and don't give good feedback about your presentations or reports). If you are in this class, DON'T MISS A LECTURE. Hansen will randomly assign work some class periods and if you miss the lecture you will get a 0 for the work. This class is supposed to be very manageable and an "easy A", however this class creates so much unnesscary stresss for me and has truly convinced me that I never want to pursue a career in research.|
|SOC 302||Kelly Fulton||Spring 2016||Multiple choice with some free response||This class was very interesting! Dr. Fulton is pretty cool and makes class chill! We watched some really cool videos in there. The best way to study for this class is to keep up with the readings. There can be a lot of reading, but its usually pretty easy and enjoyable. If you read and use a class review google doc, you should be set for the exams!|
|SOC 302||Brayne||Fall 2016||Multiple choice, some free response||Lecture is the most important, although it may be boring. If you can't take notes, then ask a friend. She'll give you a review sheet but it's general objectives. You and a friend or two should quiz each other on the notes.|
|SOC 302||Penny Green||Fall 2016||Multiple Choice||First of all, record her lectures so that you can get everything down. She also outlines her notes/lecture so its easy to structure, but sometimes she doesn't follow the outline exactly during lecture which leads to confusion. She has four exams and they are all mostly lecture based. Be sure to do the readings and go to discussion as well since that is a small portion of the test. Keep in mind the small details of both readings and lecture because she throws in some questions about things like that. On the exams, she likes to trick you too with very particular wording, so read carefully. Other than that, she doesn't have any homework assignments. Although, she does have a research paper due towards the end of the semester. The topic is very vague, but depending on your TA, you should do fine on it. I personally didn't really like her since she bore me, but the topics were interesting and up to date. She seemed really into what she was teaching, but wasn't a great lecturer. I would recommend another professor however.|
|SOC 302||Hagshenas||Spring 2017||Multiple choice and one essay||Attendance is vital for this class - literally everything he says in class is fair game for what you will be tested on the exams. There are about three exams and a group presentation in this class. Readings are a huge component of this class too. So make sure you keep up with those, because the exam questions are based on those as well. Make sure you go over everything he says during the lecture and prepare well for the group presentation, get really comfortable with being able to present in front of the entire class! His exams are multiple choice majority and one essay. TA's usually hand you a study guide which is EXTREMELY helpful in preparing you for both the MC and essay, so take those seriously! Lastly, after getting back your exams, you need to go and see what you missed. Ive had instances where I've gotten four points, two points, seven points back because the answer choices were arguable, so DO NOT forget to check your exams.|
|SOC 307K: FERTILITY AND REPRODUCTION||Glass||Spring 2018||Midterms are multiple choice with free response; you also need to write two essays throughout the semester that are about 5 pages long each||This was honestly my favorite class of my sophomore spring semester. You learn SO MUCH about pregnancy and fertility. Professor Glass is super knowledgeable and real. She designed this course so that you know EVERYTHING about having a child, so if you think you'd want to become a parent one day... take this course and see if that'll change. LOL. I highly recommend EVERYONE to take this course. And as long as you do the readings, the midterms are really easy.|
|SOC 354K||Nina Palmo||Fall 2017||All multiple choice||This class is both easy and very interesting! I was a nice break from all of my science classes while also being very relevant to anyone hoping to be a health care professional. She covers all aspects of health and how our society perceives and affects health. |
Professor Palmo is very knowledgeable about the subject, but her lectures can be a little dry. She reads directly off of the power points and her power points come directly from the book. My strategy is to read the textbook before class and then come to class and just sit back and absorb the information more. The textbook is actually interesting and engaging, so I don't mind reading it at all! Even though class may seem useless because all of the information is in the textbook, still go to class because she randomly takes attendance. She usually uses videos and TED talks to supplement the information which can be fun!
All of her tests are multiple choice and very easy. They information comes from the power points and you can usually tell the answers from process of elimination.
Even though this class is easy, there is a lot of writing and reading involved. You read two novels during the semester and write two summary papers on them. You also write about four short reports over text book chapters during the semester. She grades easily though!
Easy A and interesting! Take this class!
|T D 302T||Lyn Wiltshire||Spring 2017||No tests, just 3 journals for progress check with attendance||I know y'all are busy taking biology courses for pre-reqs, but if you have time, I would recommend taking this class. It's a great hobby to have, and relating it to dentistry, it's a great way to correct for or maintain good posture, especially if you think about sitting in a chair and bending over for long periods of time (hello lower back pain). If you think that you're not sporty or can't stretch much, it's okay. Lyn starts out the class easy and helps you ease into the practice, starting from just warm up poses and adding warrior's pose or one-legged pigeon pose later on. You don't get graded on how good your posture looks but on your progress. Lastly if I haven't convinced you yet, it's a T D class, meaning that even if you're science major, it counts towards as an elective, not like the PED classes, basically an easy A for your GPA.|
|TD 301||Laura Baggs||Fall 2016||Multiple choice||Professor Baggs makes the course more difficult than it should be. She is a very nice and engaging professor but some of the topics covered throughout the semester are quite boring. The tests are fairly easy as long as you read the short reading she posts on Canvas and study the notes. She does not post power point slides since she wants students to come to each and every class throughout the semester. She does give 2 pop quizzes throughout the semester along with 3 tests. There is no final in this class, however, the third exam is weighted heavily. You will have to go see three plays throughout the semester and show proof of attendance. You will also have to write a 3 page essay for 2 of these plays. This is not an easy VAPA credit and can ruin your GPA. I recommend you take some other VAPA course or the same course but with a different professor. This course dives into the history of theatre and how theatre came to be. It also touches on theatre going on today and she includes recent theatrical performances on her tests and expects us to learn it and understand it.|
|TD 301||Dr. Andrew Carlson||Fall 2018||50 MCQ for first test|
25 MCQ for second test
|This is one of the most time-consuming class ever. I HIGHLY DO NOT recommend this class even though it’s an online class: this has to be one of the hardest VAPAs ever. I heard from the previous years that it was easier, but Dr. Carlson makes you work for that A. We take quizzes consisting of 5 multiple choice questions every single class. Since the quizzes are only five questions, if you miss one then you’re already at a 80, but you’re allowed to drop 4 quiz grades. You never know when the quiz or when the chats are so the 1 hour 30 minute class is pretty much mandatory. Although the TAs and professor in this class are super helpful, you never know what to study, because the test and quiz questions are way too specific. It is required that we go to at least two plays during the semester and fill out a long summary template about it. Additionally, there’s a lot of homework. We either have to read a whole play and/or watch a 30min-50 min video for every single class (even after the exam). When studying for Dr. Carlson’s test, I highly recommend you to look through their recorded lectures and take thorough notes, look over your quizzes, and quickly shmoop/sparknotes the plays you’ve read.|
|TD 301 Online||Laura Baggs & Eric Vera||Spring 2017||All multiple choice||At first I felt like I had signed up for a harder VAPA credit class due to the very detailed and long syllabus. However, I decided to stay in the class and honestly it was the best decision ever. This class consists of readings, taking lecture notes, and attending theater performances and writing about them. The tests are very easy if you study the lecture notes, basically just write everything down, and you will be good. I don't know if it depends on the TA but i literally got 100 on all the assignments without putting that much effort. I feel like there might be easier courses to fulfill the VAPA credit, but if you are having a more relaxed semester the this one shouldn't be too bad. Make sure it is online though, and that you take it with these professors because I hear the other ones are harder. Also, you will get to learn some cool theater stuff, I was not even ever interested in it, but somehow professor Vera makes it fun. I feel like this is an easy A, if you put a little bit of effort.|
|UGS 302 The Development of Moral Action||Ann Repp||Fall 2018||No tests||The grade for this course consists of weekly reading set posts, weekly quizzes on the readings, weekly Canvas discussions, in-class activities, 5 reflection papers, a writing project, a blog submission, and group worksheets/presentations. Although a seemingly hefty amount of work, the assignments are simple and do not take much time to complete. The weekly quizzes consist of just one short answer question to assess whether one read the reading assignment. The best way to prepare for the quizzes is to scan the reading once more before the quiz to refresh one's mind on the reading's key concepts.|
|UGS 302: TPCS Pharmacy Based Health Care||Karboski||Fall 2018||No Tests||Due to the small size of his class, this UGS felt like a highschool class. Since there are no tests, the grade comes from a few essays and writing assignments, as well as three presentations. Overall it is not too difficult to get an A if some work is put in to the quality of the assignments. Also, the class has a more close dynamic than larger lecture classes, so the activities can be quite fun. Dr. Karboski makes his UGS an entertaining and worthwhile course for anyone wanting to go into a health profession, while making the stress of getting an A fairly low. I recommend this course for anyone who needs to take a UGS and is interested in pharmaceutical drugs.|
|UGS 303||Robert Jensen||spring 2017||There are 4 exams, all equaled the same weight towards the class. There is no final, and none of the exams are cumulative. The exams are all 20 questions, multiple choice. The exams are not difficult, as long as you go to lecture and pay attention. Along with the lectures and the occasional reading, you should get an A on the exams if you do both the readings and the lectures.||Professor Jensen is a great teacher, and is very passionate about the topic at hand. He is very into what he teaches, and literally preaches everything that he teaches. He gives the students insights and different perspectives on issues attained to climate and food. He makes you want to learn more about the topics yourself and makes you want to get involved. To do well in the course, you must attend the lectures. Attending lectures will already get you a great grade on the exams, as he answers all the exam questions in class. The other best way to do well in the class is to do well on the essays assigned, but I always meet up with the TA's to discuss my essay so they can critique it and I can receive the best possible grade on the essays, I recommend the same.|
|UGS 303||Biow||Fall 2015||No exams, just essays||Dr. Biow is a great professor who is passionate about the subject of Italian Cinema. Your grade is based mainly on 3 essays that are deep analyses of the movies that you're required to watch. The movies are old Italian movies (typically not in English), but they are really interesting, so you don't need to dread watching them. The essays are graded somewhat harshly, but as long as the TA sees that you put in effort, you will get a good grade. The discussion sections are a place where you can discuss your interpretation of the movies with other students in your class and the TA so you can see if you're on the right track.|
|UGS 303 - Global Health||Angel||Fall 2018||Free response||There are multiple papers you have to write. You will have 2 tests, 2 group presentations, and small discussion groups where you will all have to talk. You can go to lecture and learn everything day by day and then brush over the powerpoints before the test to study. In my opinion, her lectures are very disorganized, always have technical issues with iClicker or her powerpoint, and so I end up doing homework during lecture. Then before the test, I go look through all the powerpoints and learn everything. You can learn through her disorganized lecture, or you can look through her powerpoints at home by yourself. Either way works and will give you the information needed for the tests. The tests tend to go by fast, so be sure to pace yourself. The TA are very accessible and always willing to help you succeed.|
|UGS 303 (SIAD)||Dr. Hansen||Fall 2018||no tests only papers|
Dr. Hansen is a very sweet and nice woman and tries her best to accommodate to everyone. This course requires a lot of writing (since it has a writing flag) but she walks you through what she expects using past examples. Aside from the University Lecture Series and the GEM writing assignments, the in-class assignments are extremely easy and often times you work in partners or groups. Throughout the semester you design and conduct your own experiment and then conduct a second one with a group. These are where your two major writing assignments accompanied with a presentation come in (the second one counts as your final). Both are scientific inquiry papers and are lengthy and time consuming. This course is highly independent and pushes you to develop scientific writing skills to prep you for FRI. Be prepared for lots of unexpected changes in your experiment, but don't worry because Dr. Hansen is very understanding of the process.
|UGS 303 Doctor Patient Relationship||Sonnenberg||Spring 2017||No exams just 3 essays||Just show up to class and discussion, he takes attendance sometimes. There are no homeworks, tests, or quizzes, just the 3 essays. The topics are pretty subjective as well like "what would make you a good health care professional" or pick a topic that is trending in the healthcare industry. Grading solely depends on the TA, so if you have a good TA you're set. He also offers bonuses to go to on-campus talks about issues that somewhat relate to healthcare.|
UGS 303- Latin America History and Sustainability
|Dr. Knapp||Fall 2018|
Very few multiple choice (5-6), a few short free-response, one long free-response
I found the content covered in class to be interesting and relatively simple. There are 2 main tests and a final exam which are pretty easy and straightforward if you listen in class and do the review guide. He drops one test, and if you are happy with your first two test grades, he will let you drop the final. Easy quizzes are given at the beginning of almost every class just to check attendance. There is one big paper which counts for a good portion of your grade. Overall, if you attend class and do some minimal studying, you will do well.
|UGS 303: Race in the age of trump||Dr.Moore||Fall 2017||3 in class essays||This class was awesome! I was super into it, and Dr.Moore just made it even more perfect. He basically talks about random stuff every lecture, all related to the government, Trump of course, race, gender, and discrimination. There are 3 in class essays and a final project. The best way to study is to read the books assigned and take brief notes during class, because the essay prompts are based on the books and its relation to whatever he spoke about in class. This class also comes with a discussion, and there the TA will basically tell you what to write for the essays, super easy! The final project was also easy, it was a group paper along with a group video. This class changed my perspective on many cultural issues and I was genuinely engaged. I would take this class over again if I could! It fills up super quick because everyone wants to have him as a teacher, he is just amazing!|
|UGS303||Lori Holleran||Fall 2018||No test|
The grading scheme is 25% quiz, 25% project, 25% participation, and 25% essay. Young people and drugs is a solid ugs choice. Dr Holleran makes the class engaging and entertaining. There are 2 quizzes and 2 essays total, along with a group project. NO FINALS for this class. Best study method is to pay attention to Dr Holleran's lectures and read the textbook. Overall, I recommend taking this class.
|UGS303: How Things Work||Borrego||Spring 2017||no tests!||easiest UGS class. no tests. essentially the whole class is listening to guest lectures with only two quizzes over the content of the lectures, with the quizzes being online and given two attempts. You basically work on building a certain product with a group the whole semester and you have to submit a small part of the report every week or two. Provides a great introduction to engineering.|