Arnold Berk

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MIMG 102
Introductory Virology See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.2 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.6

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He only taught the last 1/3 of the course when I took him. I never went to his lecture so I don't even know how he looks or sounds like, but the material he chose to go over was interesting. However, there are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors in his reader. His test questions on the final was surprisingly easy (I heard that he did that because of student complaints from last year). If you memorize all the material in the online powerpoint slides and the reader, and fairly know what is going on, you will get most of the points.

(April 16, 2002)
MIMG 132
Cell Biology of Nucleus See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.2 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.8

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This class was awful. Dr. Berk had paragraphs from the textbook on his slides and literally read them verbatim. Needless to say, his lectures were not helpful. The tests in this class were awful. You get the questions ahead of time, but that honestly makes it worse. Each question is a paragraph and asks 3-5 questions. They want you to draw diagrams for almost everything. Also, their grading is so picky. If you tried to argue anything, they would mention that you had the questions ahead of time so you had no excuse for your work not to be perfect, even though they give you 30 questions and pick like 4 for the midterm. My advice if you unfortunately have to take this course: 1. Start studying the questions ASAP, basically the questions are your life now 2. Lecture is not mandatory, most people did better by studying from the textbook 3. READ the textbook 4. Try not to worry as based off of my grade and my friends' grades the curve was decent.

(Spring Quarter 2019)
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MIMG C132
Cell Biology of Nucleus See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Dr. Berk's lectures were terribly boring, but after two weeks or so you learn that you don't really have to go to them. He gives you the mid-term and final questions ahead of time. You cover four chapters that he wrote in Molecular Cell Biology. The chapters are really interesting and the way some things were figured out where fascinating. He seemed like a very nice guy and very approachable, even though I never went to his office hours. Basically, if you do the reading and answer the questions ahead of time, you should have no problem doing well in this class, even if the class is not really curved.

(July 19, 2005)
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