BIOLOGY 121 - Topics in Biology
Section: 001 The Science of Studying
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
Meets 10/24/18 - 12/11/18. (Drop/Add deadline=11/06/18.).
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

When students take a course in a new area, or one at an entirely new school, they can underestimate the difficulties and challenges that they will face. Often, students think they are prepared (for example, studying the entire night before an exam) only to fail miserably the next day. Rather than feeling defeated, giving up, and dropping the course, we propose to help you take active steps to improve your performance, and ultimately your grade. We will discuss study techniques that do and do not work, and we will make suggestions and work together to help you improve your mindset, performance, and grade that will carry over for the rest of your years at the University.

Course Requirements:

This semester, we will ask you to choose at least one class where your grade needs improvement. We will ask you to assess what study techniques you are currently using to determine what does and does not work for you. We will then work to give you the study tools and techniques that you need to become successful in your current class(es) as well as your future classes at Michigan. Our assessments will include worksheets (5pts each) that quantify how you learn best and help you to overcome any barriers you may face. Finally, at the end of the class, we will have a presentation whereby you teach your most difficult topic to the rest of the class in a 5-minute presentation (10pts).

Intended Audience:

BIOLOGY 121 is intended for students not concentrating in the sciences with minimal background in the biological sciences; however, some exposure to biology at the high school level is assumed. This course can be elected by undergraduate students in any year of their degree program.

Class Format:

There is one 2-hour lecture each week with discussion.

BIOLOGY 121 - Topics in Biology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Th 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (LEC)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (LEC)
F 12:00PM - 2:00PM
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