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professor Kremer was honestly what saved this class for me, he was super into the content and related a lot of the stuff he was doing as a researcher to what we were learning in the class which made it more engaging to me. he hosted this zoom session where he talked about becoming a researcher and it absolutely pushed me in the right direction (as a rare bio major who isn't premed). he gave me advice, emailed me, sent me resources, and did so much out of his way as a professor, i genuinely felt cared for and i'm really thankful for that! overall, i would recommend taking LS7B with professor Kremer.
Midterm 1 - 120 points
Midterm 2 - 120 points
Final Exam - 200 points
Lab Section - 135 points
Clickers - 72 points
Weekly Launchpad activities - 45
Weekly pre-class review questions - 45
Weekly practice exam questions - 45
Total points possible = 782 (Graded on normal, straight scale)
LS7B was an okay class overall. It's very similar to LS7A, with the same type of clickers and launchpad assignments, the only real difference being the lab sections (which are honestly just longer discussion sections, with some of them being entirely useless). The professors were great and very accommodating, making sure they had extra office hours for exams and they were active on Campuswire too. However, the exams were poorly made, with many vague questions with confusing wording. The first midterm involves a lot of probabilities which can definitely be confusing, and the overall exams had a lot of "what if" type questions which were also confusing. Still, there was lots of extra credit given from simple surveys, midterm reflections, mini midterms (a 6 question "midterm" after the actual midterm), as well as a 1 question leeway on all the exams. Instructors also removed questions that they deemed to be unreasonable. There is no group stage for these exams. The best way to study for the exams in my opinion is to review clicker questions, practice exam questions, practice midterm questions, and going to office hours. Problem solving sessions can be helpful, but didn't really help me too much. Also, you are allowed to miss an entire week of class activities/homework and still get a 100%.
My scores: I got a 100% in all the sections except the exams. Lab sections were pretty leniently graded by my TA. Midterm 1 - 114/120; Midterm 2 - 118/120; Final Exam - 180/200; these scores include the added points from the reflection and mini midterm.
Dr. Kremer himself was an amazing professor who takes his time to answer everyone's questions and genuinely cares about his students, integrating small videos and extra tidbits of interesting info in his lectures, but the monotonous nature, the labs often being busy work, and poorly-made exams of the course diminish his teaching skills. I took the course where he was teaching with Dr. Pires, so it was divided so that Pires teaches the first half of the quarter, and Kremer the second. Not too much of a difference in the experience I got from either of them.