Rupa De
School:Purdue University
Department: Biology
Location:West Lafayette, IN
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Pros: Wonderful course organization
Unmatched study materials
All the opportunities to do well
Cons: Tough material
Yes, this class is hard. Don't take it as an easy elective. If you want to learn the ins and outs of the human body, though, sign up today. The good news is, if you set your mind to conquering BIOL 301, and are willing to put in the time (I'd estimate I put in 8 hours a week. Max.), you will not be disappointed, and you will learn a ton.
The best part of this course is its organization. Rupa has taught this for a while, and has the routine down. The assigned reading materials line up perfectly with what she puts on her guided note sheets for lecture, which line up perfectly with what she lectures about. The lab compliments what we learn in lecture. As a result of this perfect organization, you have more study materials than you know what to do with. You have the book, you have the lecture notes, you have the lecture recordings with video, and you have the lab manual. Furthermore, the exams reflect what was covered very evenly, and ONLY what was covered. You know exactly what you're getting into when you walk into the exam. Nothing will be too over emphasized on the exam, almost everything will get a question, and there are NO questions that weren't covered several different ways in class.
My advice: Read the chapter before lecture and take notes, then either go to or watch the lecture online (posted almost immediately after) following along in your notes from the book. It will match right up. You might jot down a couple of things that she really stresses during lecture, as those will surely make an appearance on the exam, but don't get too caught up writing things down. Pay attention to Rupa during lecture. After reading the material, hearing her lecture will cement the material in your brain for good. A light review is all that's needed for exams, then. I got an A doing this.
WARNING: DO NOT FALL BEHIND. Source: my second exam score.
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Cons: Hard to understand
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Pros: Reuses a lot of old exam questions
Cons: Horrible at explaining
Uses facts that contradict the book
Terrible organization during lecture
Tests are in more detail than what she teaches
Absolutely horrible teacher. Going to lecture is a waste of time. Reading the book for 30 minutes is more helpful than 2 hours of lecture with her. Her notes she gives you are in complete disarray with pictures and diagrams 3 pages away from the material.You are flipping through diagrams all class. She will spend 30 minutes talking about something she finds interesting, but breeze through the important material. She says she only tests you over the stuff she teaches in lecture, but there are some questions that might only be covered for 10 seconds. The exams are 10 times more difficult than they should be just because she doesn't teach everything you need to know. Lecture quizzes are harder than the actual exams. Lab for this class is also a waste of time. The only way to succeed is to read the book and to get a good grade in the lab portion.
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Go over the lecture material after class. Test yourself on the concepts regularly.
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Pros: NONE
Cons: expects way too much out of her students
exams don't relate to what is taught in class
Sometimes it feels like she enjoys torturing her students. Her exams are way too difficult, even for the smartest students, and worst of all, the class isn't even curved! She loves bragging about how many students end up failing her class every year.
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Pros: deep explanations.
available if help needed
Cons: Very strict
Exams very application based and hard
I failed this class because of the exams she made.
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Pros: uses a lot of pictures
Cons: accent
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Pros: She teaches well. Her note is good material for studying.
Cons: If you don't study, exams would be really difficult.
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Pros: You learn a lot.
Cons: one the hardest classes I have ever taken. A lot and lot of memorization and it really does not pay off in the exams
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Pros: Very useful information for a career in medicine. Provides students with examples of how anatomy relates to healthcare.
Cons: Very hard to understand at first. Hard to study for exams. Very detailed and difficult. She believes the student should study an hour each night and three hours on the weekends.
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Pros: Only material covered in lectures in on the exam. Extremely nice and helpful during help sessions and office hours.
Cons: Tests and quizzes are very tricky and require that you know how to take exams because learning the material is simply not sufficient.
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Pros: has many office hours/help sessions, helpful or not
Cons: the subject material doesn't seem very hard, but the tests are worded in such a way that tricks you
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Pros: she cares very much about students.
Cons: very difficult
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Exams are a lot of multiple choice answers of A and B or all of the above type. Exams are detailed, need to know book even though De says you won't need to if she doesn't mention it in class.

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