Professor Benjamin Bolker/jonathon Stone Reviews

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Class Ratings

1Awful Class
2Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Sep 2, 2021

Comments on the course

The worst course I’ve taken at Mac. It was my lowest grade in the semester. The material is dry and the lectures were filled with the prof just talking and talking with very few points on the slides. The test questions ended up having very little to do with what was taught in lecture. The material taught was also very confusing and along with the lectures, there was a written page with extra information the professor skipped. The PBL project wasn’t too bad and quite straightforward. Tutorial assignments were also ok. Tests and exam were a nightmare as the questions made no sense to what was “taught” in lecture.

Comments on the professor

Prof Bolker clearly didn’t care for his first years. It was pretty obvious that he put minimal effort into his lectures. Prof stone’s lectures were ok.

Advice

DO NOT take this course if you don’t have to. Many many level 2, 3 and 4 courses don’t require BIO 1M03 as a prerequisite.

Course: BIOLOGY 1M03Grade: BWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Optional
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
1Very Hard
4Interesting
2Barely Useful

Aug 27, 2021

Comments on the course

Fun, hard

Course: BIOLOGY 1M03Grade: B+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
2Hard
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

This course gets a lot of unnecessary hate but for the most part it’s decent. Some people can find the content very boring which will lead to a bad experience. Some of the test questions can be dumb, but overall they were decent and they gave us an alternative grading scheme after we asked.

Course: BIOLOGY 1M03Grade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Yes
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Class Ratings

2Bad Class
2Hard
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

The final exam dropped my mark from A- to B-. Many questions on the final exam were very confusing, to the point where it seems like the profs purposefully made it that way.

Advice

Even if you think you're a little interested in learning about human evolution, do not take this course as an elective. Just go watch some videos on YouTube.

Course: BIOLOGY 1M03Grade: B-Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
1

Class Ratings

1Awful Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

No words at all for this course. Awful. Test questions were very stupid and the exam was even worse.

Comments on the professor

Boring. Unorganized.

Advice

Don't take it.

Course: BIOLOGY 1M03Grade: Rather not sayWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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Class Ratings

2Bad Class
2Hard
3Kinda Interesting
2Barely Useful

Aug 25, 2021

Comments on the course

Let's be honest, Biology 1M03's gonna get a lot of bad reviews this year because people are mad. I'm gonna try and be unbiased. The course was not very well structured for online. A lot of assessments/tests were confusing and felt unfair. Some questions were utterly ridiculous if I recall correctly. I didn't particularly enjoy the content, but it was tolerable. If you're a bio fanatic you might find it more interesting than I did. I don't see myself using much of its content in my program choice, though.

Comments on the professor

Dr. Stone taught the first half on human evolution. I think he had some of the weird (kinda unfair) test questions. Basically read off of the slide, which is basically what's in the textbook. Dr. Bolker taught the second half on ecology. Slides were more like notes to highlight the things he said and he definitely went on tangents (which usually covered course content anyways, so take notes). In some ways his test questions were harder because it seemed like more than one right answer. Even though I didn't like the course or the structure, these profs are clearly pretty passionate about biology, even if they didn't enjoy teaching, and I think that's pretty cool.

Advice

I found this course to be one of the harder ones to do well in. There's a lot to know and memorize and test questions can start to seem like they have more than one right answer. I don't know what method to tell others to use when studying, but find something that really helps you learn and memorize the content so you feel more confident in your answers.

Course: BIOLOGY 1M03Grade: AWorkload: 10hrs/weekTextbook Use: Yes