Monday, June 15, 2009




If you are taking either or both sections of Biology as Review, be aware that there is no such thing as an 'excused absence' in summer school. Students who are tardy are marked as missing one hour of instruction. Students who miss more than 6.5 hours are automatically dropped.

But what if you are legitimately sick? Well, the cold, unfeeling answer is that it doesn't matter. A day of missed instruction is 2.5 hours per section. So, if you are in both sections, an absence is 5 hours and puts you at the point where you could easily be dropped. Bottom line: don't miss class, don't come to class late, the system is unforgiving.

I do, however, want to give students tools to help them succeed outside of class. One such tool is the notes, which I make available on Power Points. You will use them to complete Lecture Guides given in class as homework, as well as your notebooks, which must be kept Cornell Notes style.

What? You don't know what Cornell Notes are? Well, it so happens that is precisely one of the things I explain in this very first lecture. I encourage you to download all of the Power Points to make sure you can review your notes and have them all completed. Here is the very first one, "Introduction to Biology."

Just follow the link and download the presentation. If you don't actually have Microsoft Power Point, don't worry. You can download a free program from the Net called 'Power Point Viewer', and it's available here.

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