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Comments:1105/1106 - The class is taught by a TA, so the way actual the class time is used varies a lot. There's a super easy worksheet and online quiz each week, each of which are 5 points. BUT the tests are very, very hard. Nobody knows this going into 1305, so make sure you study hard right away. I managed to get an A in 1305, but the tests in 1306 get even more difficult, and I barely made a B. The powerpoints online are super helpful for predicting what material will be on the test, but you do have to read and take notes on all the chapters if you want to do well. Quizlet is your best friend now, just accept it and make about 100+ flashcards per chapter.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-04-09

Comments:1105 - I had Amanda Bracey as my lab instructor. She is an AMAZING lab instructor. She is extremely helpful and pleasant. She makes the worksheets easy. The only down side is that Bio Lab exams are unnecessarily difficult and almost set students up for failure, especially the practical.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2018-01-11

Comments:BIO 1106 - While I have filed this under Professor Bracey, it is really for my TA Meron. This lab is completely taught by TAs, and that fact alone will make or break your grade. The class is pure memorization- know everything in the lab manual whether you think it's important or not. I struggled in that department because I have difficulty memorizing without a larger purpose to it. My TA was charismatic but not in the least bit helpful with teaching. I had to rely on friends in labs with other TAs for help simply to pass the class. As a whole, there isn't much you can do about your TA. I would recommend showing up, taking tons of pictures, and finding friends in other labs who can supplement your lab should it be unhelpful. If at all possible, start studying and memorizing the material over summer or Christmas break in order to fully grasp what you need.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2017-12-26

Comments:1106 - This lab was taught by a TA. In class, you just have to fill out the worksheet and listen to the lecture. Make sure to take pictures of all of the images of slides and all the specimens because all 4 of the exams are practical and multiple choice with two short answers (no final). You don't stay the full time of class because it doesn't take long. You have to do a LOT of memorization for each exam. You have to know almost everything in the textbook about each genus/phylum/class. The exams weren't necessarily difficult as long as you memorized every characteristic from the book (quilt has some good sets). Whenever you do dissections, make sure to pay close attention on how to identify the parts. Ms. Bracey offers some bonus at the end of the semester, so that was really nice.   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-12-18

Comments:BIO 1105 - First of all, this class is a 1 hour class, but it is not a blow off class!! You have to put the work in and actually study for the tests! The tests are not bad, but you will have to study and put more work into this class than you thought you would have to. The third test (the final) is a lab practical.. which is not hard at all if you actually study.. go to open labs on Friday before the practical on top of studying and you will be just fine!!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-12-14

Comments:BIO 1105 - Your learning in this class is entirely dependent on your TA, for fortunately I had a great TA who was super helpful. The labs are super easy. It is extremely important to know all the bold terms for exams, you should basically try to memorize the labs that will be covered on each exam. Specific topics and concepts are not pointed out to know, so just expect to know it all. The rat practical drained my grade, you really need to know everything about the rat, so study study study. Overall not a terrible class.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2017-12-12

Comments:1401 - This is a horrible class, but you probably have to take it. Study a TON. Class is a joke, but it's required. The tests are way harder than the worksheets or quizzes, and Amanda Bracey will not work with you. If you email her with a question, she'll probably send a snarky response and not help at all. This class is way harder than a one hour, 1000 level class should be. The tests are okay if you memorize everything. I studied for this class more than some of my 2000 classes. Just try to survive.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-04-04

Comments:BIO 1106 - Well all I can say is I had an 89.31 and she wouldn't bump me to an A and my class was not curved- basically she just doesn't people to do well. Bio 2 was easier than bio 1 lab. Just memorize the lab manual and you will get high A's guaranteed.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2017-03-29

Comments:1105 - this class isn't that bad but they could do A LOT better job on telling students what to focus on for the exams. Myself and many other students I talked to felt mislead about topics for exams. The lab practical was honestly my favorite, I thought it was the easiest one personally just study study study.  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2016-12-15

Comments:1105 - This class is very manageable. As long as you actually read and take notes on the lab manual, you will do great!The labs are very simple and you are not graded on your lab results, just how well you answer the worksheet questions. The tests are easy and straightforward. Memorize the lab procedure, and study the manual. The class really is not hard as long as you take it seriously! The rat practical is not bad. Just do not start studying the night before. This is a lab that most pre-health students have to take. It is not a weed out class, but if you cannot handle this, then you will not be able to handle much harder labs in the future.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-12-14

Comments:1105 - This class is hell. You're better off taking this at your community college or bringing in your AP credit if possible. You will learn nothing from this class. You must memorize the bolded terms in the lab book (which by the way is poorly written) Also they will ask you questions from the labs that you most likely didn't even think twice about. To be fair there are some very very easy questions on the test, but there are quite a few that I wouldn't have ever guessed would be on the test.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-12-09

Comments:1105 & 1106 - 1105 was a breeze except for the rat lab, which youll have to study your ass off for. 1106 was much harder, my tip is to take a picture of your slides and then just to read the lab manual over like at least 3 times focusing on the vocab words that are in bold  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-05-25

Comments:1105 - For labs, it is important that you have a good TA. Thankfully, i had a great TA and made my life easier. There are 3 exams in total and the last one is the rat practical-the one everyone freaks out about. Tbh I did not thought it was too difficult but you HAVE TO KNOW EVERYTHING! I studied like a week before and made flashcards. Also, it will be super helpful to go to open labs! Just put in the time and effort to study for these exams and you will do fine!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-12-17

Comments:1105 - Never even saw Dr. Bracey so this rating applies to my TA, David Kang, who was excellent, but will be leaving after this semester. This class is not a blow off class. First two exams aren't too bad just know the procedures, what each component does and how it all ties together and the definitions in the manual and you will be fine. I didn't think the rat practical was too bad earthier, but you do need to know everything. In case you didn't catch that, EVERYTHING. Overall, not too bad a class.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-12-15

Comments:1106 - Here's the thing, giving Mrs. Bracey a low score on here is a lot like screaming at the cashier of H-E-B for the price of eggs going up. The curriculum is difficult, but most of the students in this course are pre-med and I don't remember adding that designation for its ease. Mrs. Bracey is very clear about what the tests will cover in the powerpoint notes for each lab and she most certainly isn't trying to trick anyone. I would say that any low ratings you see on here come from bitter pre-meds that want to blame someone other than themselves for not reading. Mrs. Bracey has been nothing but incredibly sweet and helpful to me, and I don't think that's an isolated thing.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-08-08

Comments:1106 - Honestly, 1106 wasn't bad. I think that if you come in with a good attitude and put in the effort, you will make an A. It helps that I had not only a TA, but a LA who was extremely helpful. Together, they told the class what to expect. Some people blew off the class, because it's a one hour credit course, but please do not let that fool you. You WILL have to put in work for this class. However, it is not impossible.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-05-11

Comments:1106 - Hello. I know what you're thinking. Made an A in Bio 1105? Thought the rat practical was "not so bad"? Prepare for four more practicals, each one more difficult than the rat lab. There is a terribly vast amount of information that demands to be known about everything from protists and algae to the complex structures of ringworms and echinoderms. You'll study for these tests twice as much as you will for most of your other classes and still make an A- at best. 95% of students who make an A (which already is only 15-15% of the class) make only a 90 or 91, which, hey, is still an A. Run, run very far from this class (Except if you're studying biology you can't sorry)  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2015-05-07

Comments:1105 - Loved my TA for this class but the practical exam was just completely unfair. It will drop your grade so be prepared, it dropped mine by 6 points. The other exams are pretty okay, just make sure to study everything and build up your grade early on because the practical will more than likely kill your grade. -End rant-  - Grade In Class:C+

Date: 2015-05-05

Comments:1305/1306 - Biology lab I and II are challenging courses, and it is all because of Bracey's exams. They are easily some of the hardest exams you will take at Baylor, namely the lab practicals of 1306. She makes the tests herself and they are purposefully difficult. You will put more time into this one-hour class than most of your three-hour ones, so prepare to make power-point slides and read the lab manual thoroughly.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-03-16

Comments:BIO Lab 1102 - Very difficult class. Heavy workload, very little interaction with professor. You're on your own.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2015-02-26

Comments:1106 - Amanda Bracey is the wicked witch of Central Texas, this lab was nearly impossible to do. I spent countless hours studying before each exam. **** This class  - Grade In Class:D

Date: 2015-02-01

Comments:1105 - The first two exams are relatively easy but make sure you study pretty much everything in the exercises. However, the last last exam (the practical exam) could have only been designed by Satan himself. It WILL drop your grade, so definitely plan to do well on the first two tests.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2014-12-16

Comments:BIO 1105 - Bio Lab 1 is not a blow-off lab. It requires that you study (and know ALL the information) before every exam. I recommend reading the manual and taking notes before your labs, and going over your notes and re-reading the manual before each exam. The third exam is the Rat Practicum. It is VERY detailed. You have one minute to answer two questions, and there are 60 questions total. I recommend studying at least 2-3 weeks before your test.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2014-12-06

Comments:Bio 1106 - Bio 2 lab is no joke, but it is doable if you put the time in... Just realize that you will be studying for it more than some of your 3 hour classes, which is annoying. I always made PowerPoints with pictures I took in lab and all of the information about that particular specimen and that worked well for me. There are 4 exams, 50 questions each, and they will test your knowledge (lots of "all of the above... both A and B... both B and C" answer choices) so be sure to have a thorough grasp of the lab manual. Go to open lab, because occasionally there would be a specimen in open lab (and on the test) that was not in my lab section. Stay on top of this class from the first exam and it is doable.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2014-05-05

Comments:BIO 1106 (Bio Lab II) - My rating applies to my T.A. I had Alyse Yeager. This lab is so straightforward, but requires so much studying. 4 tests, equally weighted, no curve. You get what you earn. Work your butt off. 4 Keys to Bio Lab 2: 1)Study the manual for every exercise you cover, especially emboldened words. 2)Study the taxonomy (phylum, order, class, etc..) 3)Memorize any anatomy in manual or dissections 4)Take pictures of every single slide and memorize what you're looking at and what it looks like. It's hard but it's doable.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-06-18
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