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Course Taken: LS2
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR:
He knows how to explain everything extremely well. He engages you in the discussion with relevant analogies. You won't fall asleep.
His tests are... Challenging. I wouldn't say fair, but challenging. A lot of people say just memorize the slides, but his tests do require critical thinking. For instance, if some part of some pathway breaks down due to a mutation, what will still happen/be expressed and what won't.
Please pray that the tests have some free response.
LOVE the topics covered. If you're pre-med there's no way to be more sure about you're choice than to take this class.
I wish there were podcasts and I wish there were practice tests. Don't look at the book, mostly go over and understand thoroughly the lecture concepts. HIS OFFICE HOURS ARE FANTASTIC.
THINGS I WOULD'VE DONE DIFFERENTLY:
Sleep well the night before the tests (none of that 8 hour B.S., I'm talking a solid 9-12 hours). I feel like if I had my brain to full capacity I could've performed much better than I did. The material is manageable and the course isn't overwhelming.
So this guy is fantastic - clear notes, exams strictly based on lectures instead of that gargantuan book - it's all good.
LS2 is normally regarded as a difficult class by the general populous, but he makes it easier. If you want to learn, write out all of his slides into conceptual pictures (e.g. process of the digestive system), and you are sure to get a good grade. His first exam is bad, but the second one is extremely fair. Study lots for the final, though not cumulative, it can get fairly detailed. Very personable, excellent professor.
I took LS2 with Esdin.
Esdin is a great professor. Very organized and you actually learn in lecture. Everything he mentions
in lecture can be tested on so be sure take good notes and stay awake. All exams come from lecture only;
hence, just print out the powerpoints and take good notes. No textbook needed, if its not mentioned
in lecture, then you can ignore it which makes studying alot more efficient.
Exams are very fair, multiple choice, short answers, and fill in the blank. Nothing tricky.
Labs were fun and not too difficult, just the usual lab writeups. He is very welcoming during
office hours and responds to emails within an appropriate time.
Overall, great professor. Definitely hope I take more classes with him.