Saturday, January 3, 2009


So, if you passed the fall semester with an 'A' in the course, good for you! You seem to understand what is needed, which includes doing the RA homework assignments and being able to use '' outside of class. You are probably a halfway-decent test taker, but you've also got a work ethic.

On the other hand, if you passed with a grade less than 'A', you probably need to ask yourself where you can most likely improve your performance. The test? Well, most students find them pretty challenging. In-class work? Most students complete this. Work assigned outside of class (such as Lecture Guides, Lab Questions, Rubric Exercises and homework)? This last is the one most students struggle with. In other words, you can probably stand to improve your work ethic.

Suppose you didn't pass the fall semester? Well, that's too bad, but it's not a death sentence. You wouldn't be in a high school biology course if you didn't have the ability to improve your performance over time. For almost all of you, improvement depends on having a better work ethic and completing the work assigned outside of class.

You will probably begin the semester in Study Hall to help motivate you to get off to a good start. We will be exploring whether or not you have an active account with '' , which is in your course contract. We will also try to figure out whether or not you are completing most of the work in the course, and if not...why? As your instructor, I hope you will take the hint.

No comments: