Tips for Success: Biochemistry 460
Shared by current or former Allied Sciences Students
I think my success in Biochem 460 was a result of studying with friends I had in the class. There is material that my friends understood better than I did and vice versa. We could then explain that material to each other when we studied. Also, for Biochem 460 specifically, a good chunk of the points came from things other than the tests/quizzes like PRS/Engagement points. To obtain these points it was just a matter of showing up to class and participating. If you were to obtain most of these points it puts a little less pressure on how well do on the exams/quizzes.
----Brandon, Medical Lab Science
I would be the first to admit that it is a difficult class… What I did that helped me is that I did the recommended problems and the old exams (these probably helped more than the recommended problems). In addition, I went to office hours when I didn't understand concepts- the professor does a good job of explaining concepts one-on-one. I also went through lecture notes A LOT and tried repeating metabolic pathways back out loud step-by-step to ensure I knew them… For the final, it also helped to draw and connect all the pathways in sort of a "metabolic map."
----Kendra, Medical Lab Science
The professor gave several extra credit opportunities that I took full advantage of… I attended class everyday for extra points and class discussion. I was in a smaller section of about 30-40 people and class discussions were great to really talk out the concepts. I went over my notes before and after class to really keep up and ask questions when needed. It helps to talk things thru with classmates too. I work better studying for tests alone, but I did ask questions to some classmates I sat next to for help. The professor’s slides on paper were small, but while studying I would bring up the slides on the computer full screen and look at the diagrams. They really are helpful to see while grasping the ideas and put things into perspective. Take advantage of office hours or make appointments. The grad students in the course were the only ones I noticed at office hours… It's really just standard studying and no slacking which is respectful for a 400 level class. I was surprised though, there was an initial thought of 'I'm not going to be able to pass this' and then; 'I guess I'll be okay with a C', to; 'WOW, better than I thought!!'
--- Lori, Medical Lab Science
About BIOC 460, I didn't do special things. I just did what professor asked for. Here are some tips I can think of which I did : Read materials before the class and after the class. I read the materials before the class for related chapters, and read the materials after the class related to the lecture.
Rewrite notes. After each lecture, I rewrote the lecture notes. Good attendance is important; I only missed for 2 days for CLS interviews. Do whatever you can to help you to write complete notes. Record the lecture if needed. Sit in the front row if needed. Do the assigned practice problems and ask the professor if you have questions.
---Haihua, Medical Lab Science
I went to every class minus a few for going to internship interviews. Engagement points and clicker points really helped me out at the end of the semester for my grade. Those days that I was gone, I had another student help me on what I missed. Also, I would take advantage of all the documents posted on blackboard which included all the old quizzes and tests which really helped me prepare... While studying, I would weekly go through my notes and highlight things that I felt were important and wanted to go over more so that when I was studying for my test, I would rewrite notes from my own and look over things I didn’t understand in the book. Rewriting always helps me remember things. The one thing I wished I would have done more is visited the teacher during office hours to understand parts of the material more especially the few days I missed. Also, stay on top of the material and don’t get behind.
---Kelly, Medical Lab Science