Tips for success:
• You must bring an electronic device to class to answer in-class problems
• Perusall is due every Sunday night. You have to put online comments about the assigned
textbook reading and reply to classmates’ comments for marks. PRO TIP: if you have trouble coming up with questions, answer your classmates’ questions instead. Pro TIP: the diagrams are good places to ask questions.
• Mastering Physics are online problem sets that are due every week. Carve out time to work on these. Sometimes they can be challenging.
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- critical reading of academic texts
- how to write to communicate effectively
- mandatory regular attendance
- participation in class activities and discussions.
- In-class essays
- Take-home essay(s)
- 3-hour final examination at the end of the course where you’ll be asked to write essays
- Implementing “They Say I Say” into your writing style. You’ll find out what They Say I Say means every soon.
- Pointing out what established academics have done wrong in their writing
How to get a good grade:
- Actually do the assigned reading before class
- Bring the book or print out the reading to bring to class so you can refer to it during discussion.
- You can bring a digital version.
- IMPORTANT: Speak in class!! 1) you get participation marks. 2) you force yourself to organize and vocalize your thoughts. 3) your professor will learn that you’re alive.
- Your professor will often not write or present any notes but you should take notes on what is being discussed.
- Take notes on good points that your classmates bring up.
- Start working on your final paper early
- Choose a final paper topic that you’re personally interested. Do not choose a topic solely because you think your professor will like it. If you find your own topic boring, you will write a boring paper and your professor will cry while drinking coffee trying to read your paper.
- Go get at least two physical books when you’re conducting background research.
- The UBC Libraries are great resources.
- Spend time working on a good thesis.
- Talk to your professor at office hours if you have questions
Suggested professor: Dr Lorcan Fox (he’s hilarious!)
First year schedule at top,
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You should choose your first year classes based on what majors you’re interested in. You only have to take certain classes if you’re interested in a particular major, e.g. two semesters of physics if you’re interested in the Physiology (CAPS) major. That said, most first years in the Faculty of Science have roughly the same schedule to meet the Lower Level requirements set by the Faculty of science. I knew I was interested in a life science major such as Pharmacology, Microbiology, Biology, Physiology etc so I choose my first year classes so that I fulfilled the course requirements to apply for these majors. If you’re interested in more about choosing a major particularly a life science major, I intend to write a post on Choosing a Major in the future.
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First Year First term:
First Year Second Term
Frequently asked questions:
Should I take BIOL 112 or BIOL 121 first?
BIOL 112 in my personal opinion. Absolutely BIOL 112 if you’re claiming AP Bio credit and want to take a second year biology class term 2. If you’re not claiming bio credit, it doesn’t matter but I personally think the content of biol 112 (cell biology, metabolism etc) is a good foundation to build on for further studies in biology.
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